July 27, 2016

Get out there! Health benefits from nature are real

Posted in brisbane, health, nature tagged , , , , , at 8:41 pm by Margi Macdonald

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With thanks today to Senator Scott Ludlam, who shared this juicy science on social media today.

Health Benefits from Nature Experiences Depend on Dose

We show that people who made long visits to green spaces had lower rates of depression and high blood pressure, and those who visited more frequently had greater social cohesion. Higher levels of physical activity were linked to both duration and frequency of green space visits. A dose-response analysis for depression and high blood pressure suggest that visits to outdoor green spaces of 30 minutes or more during the course of a week could reduce the population prevalence of these illnesses by up to 7% and 9% respectively.

Read more here: http://www.nature.com/articles/srep28551

July 24, 2016

Periods, healing spaces and science. 

Posted in brisbane, health, interior design, life, Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 12:18 pm by Margi Macdonald


A new purchase, and an older one.

Lara Briden’s Period Repair Manual: Natural Treatment for Better Hormones and Better Periods

Esther M. Sternberg’s Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being 

Does the world make you sick? If the distractions and distortions around you, the jarring colors and sounds, could shake up the healing chemistry of your mind, might your surroundings also have the power to heal you? This is the question Esther Sternberg explores in Healing Spaces, a look at the marvelously rich nexus of mind and body, perception and place. 

As you’d imagine, there’s commonality between the two, which I’ll be exploring in the coming months and years.

What are you reading today? 

July 12, 2016

Good sleep needs good design (among other things)

Posted in brisbane, health, interior design, life tagged , , , , , , , at 8:40 pm by Margi Macdonald

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Well, I had no idea last week, when I wrote this post, that it was Sleep Awareness Week.  Who knew?

Information-overloaded like so many of you, I almost missed this gem of an article.

There are so many good ideas here.

Let us know in the comments what’s most appealing to you.

July 3, 2016

Stirring, stretching, thinking

Posted in health tagged , , at 2:51 pm by Margi Macdonald

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March 3, 2014

Winds of Change and a Little Pesto on the Side

Posted in health, life tagged , , , , , at 10:17 pm by Margi Macdonald

Monet_Poplars_in_the_SunThis full moon just past – while making pesto – The Eloquent Gardener suggested we invoke The Winds of Change with a simple ritual. It’s amazing the flashes of inspiration which come when you’re in the kitchen!

After dinner, we headed off beneath the moon to the seaside and a fierce wind, all set with fragrant white flowers, salt, spring water and clear intentions.

We were ready to create and meet change head on.

Claude_Monet_-_Les_PeupliersIn the days which followed, I got to thinking about rituals and their role in modern life, and of change in general.

One of my recurrent observations in clinical practice, is the struggle which so many of us have with “change”.

For some, this can be grappling with the pain and incapacity of acute injury, for others it might be workplace change and stress, for others it’s the transition from one stage of life to another.

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With its roots in Eastern philosophy, the medicine I practice reminds us that change is inevitable. It’s the role of an acupuncturist to help people move through life with ease, resilience, and equanimity.

How do you meet change?

Do you make it happen, and does it excite you?

Do you dread it?

Do you risk-manage with plans and protocols, go with the flow, or put it all down to “fate”?

How do you mark your passage through the big and small moments in life? I’m beginning to think there’s a place for simple, meaningful rituals in daily life. My sense is a simple ritual can help us to focus our thoughts, settle our nerves, and to move with the times.

Wikipedia has an enlightening entry about rituals here.

And if rituals just aren’t your thing, this exercise in cognitive restructuring might be for you.

You might want to read Thomas Moore’s book The Re-Enchantment of Daily Life. 

And what happened to the pesto? I promise that’s coming in the next post.
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Images: All from Monet’s 1891 “Poplar” series. From The Wikimedia Commons

February 24, 2014

Summoning the winds of change…

Posted in brisbane, health, life tagged , , , , , at 5:42 pm by Margi Macdonald

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Poplars (Wind effect) Claude Monet 1891

Well, not quite summoning…but certainly exploring, discussing and reflecting.

I’m so lucky to have six blogging friends who form The Health and Happiness Collective, and together, we share our unique perspectives and reflections.

For the next couple of weeks, we’re visiting the theme of Change.

First up, we have Ananda Mahony at Vitale, with Confessions of a Skincare Tragic.

If you’ve ever needed encouragement to make the switch to natural, pure and effective skin care, Ananda’s article is for you.

The other happy bloggers are

Kathleen at Your health. Your life.

Sarah at The Wellness Ninja

Jan at The Eloquent Garden

Sandra at Nature’s Healing

Peter at Peter Kington

We invite you to sign up and subscribe to our blogs.

We’re a diverse bunch of natural medicine practitioners, gardeners and cooks who like to think, eat, create and share, and we’d love to have you with us.

February 17, 2014

You are the Garden

Posted in brisbane, health, life tagged , , , , , , at 9:55 pm by Margi Macdonald

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Just like us, when our gardens are stressed from poor nutrition, dehydration or damp sogginess, over-crowding or temperature extremes, invading bugs will come and take over, creating an acute health problem.

Did you know that in Traditional Chinese Medicine, we see the mind-body-spirit as a landscape or garden?

Our job is to help you become your own gardener and show you how to cultivate great health and vitality.

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January 23, 2014

How do you feel today?

Posted in health tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 8:49 am by Margi Macdonald

How’s your health? Take this 30 second quiz.

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Have you reached a crossroads in your life, and need to take charge of your health? ContactMargi Macdonald today for a gentle conversation.


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September 22, 2013

… loosen the hair and have a relaxed bearing

Posted in brisbane, health, life tagged , , , , , , , at 2:30 pm by Margi Macdonald

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September is such a busy month, with acupuncture and herbal medicine  seminars, peer reviews and renewed focus and energy for ideas and projects.

During a recent online forum, Robin Marchment shared this gem.

It’s a beautiful counterpoint to the busyness of the season.

Great discourse on the four seasons and harmonising the spirit

四气调神大论篇第

春三月, The three months of spring

此谓发陈,this is called burgeoning

天地俱生,heaven and earth both give birth

万物以荣。So 10,000 things flourish.

夜卧早起,Lie down at night and rise in the morning,

广步于庭,take long strides in the courtyard,

被发缓形,loosen the hair and have a relaxed bearing,

以使志生。and thus enable the aspiration to live.

生而勿杀,Let live and don’t kill,

予而勿夺,give and don’t take,

赏而勿罚。reward and don’t punish.

此春气之应,This corresponds to the qi of spring,

养生之道也。the right path to cultivate life.

逆之则伤肝,To do opposite will damage the liver,

夏为寒变。and in summer one will feel cold.

奉长者少。With insufficient basis to support growth.

Nei Jing, Chapter 2

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Translation: Awaiting confirmation

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