Can you Influence your Immune System?

Can you influence your Immune System? The short answer to this is, Definitely!

We don’t usually think of our Immune System and how it works unless something goes wrong. We get a cold or flu, frequent chest infections or recurrent asthma or maybe something more serious. It’s only then that we feel we may have been doing too much or are ‘run down’ or really start to consider that our Immune system may be depleted.

But how can we have an influence on it?

Our Immune System consists of a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body. The Bone Marrow and Thymus gland are called primary lymphoid organs because they produce our defence cells, the lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. These are produced in the Bone Marrow and mature in the Thymus Gland.

The Thymus gland is the size of an orange in children and decreases in size with age. It was believed to have little use in adults but recent research has shown it can still have a significant function in immunity throughout our lives.

The secondary lymphatic organs are where these lymphocytes do their work. This is in the spleen, tonsils, mucous membranes of the bowel and in lymph nodes. Our lymphatic system transports these protective blood cells and removes old and damaged cells.

The Spleen acts as a filter for blood removing old or damaged red blood cells, stores platelets and white blood cells and also produces white blood cells to fight infection.

So as you can see, our Immune system works in amazing ways.

But what can we do to influence it?

Our brain and our Immune system are in constant communication with each other. If we are feeling stressed on a constant basis, our ‘flight or fight’ mechanisms kick in to help us survive. The endocrine system responds with the release of hormones such as cortisol and this severely depresses the immune system. It decreases inflammation, the production of white blood cells and increases the rate of tissue damage.

So reduction of stress is vital if we are to maintain our long term health.

A Diet high in sugar and processed foods has been shown to hamper the ability of white blood cells to fight infection so a healthy diet with plenty of whole foods, fruit and vegetables will make a huge difference.

Alcohol can affect the functioning of immune cells and increase your susceptibility to disease so look at moderating or reducing your consumption.

A good night’s sleep is vital for the replenishing of all your cells, especially your T-cells or lymphocytes so take measures to improve your sleep.

Other factors that can influence your immunity are exercise (increases circulation of antibodies and white blood cells, avoiding excessive use of antibiotics (weakens your immune system), smoking and obesity (trigger allergies and increase inflammation) and sufficient intake of water (helps remove toxins).

Regular Reflexology can have a profound affect on your Immune System too. It stimulates the functioning of your thymus gland and spleen and balances your whole body. It helps remove toxins via the liver and lymphatic system and powerfully reduces stress so your ability to fight disease is strengthened.

As you can see, there are many ways to boost your overall health and your ability to fight disease.

Can you influence your Immune System? Most definitely!

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx


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Staying on top of the Bugs












There seems to be a lot of viruses and flu’s around this winter, however this does not mean you will succumb.

Having a strong Immune system means that you can laugh in the face of a virus and send it on it’s way. How can you achieve this? Well the following suggestions may help you stay on top of the bugs.

If however, you are already ill, they may help shorten the duration of your illness.


Ensure you get a good night’s sleep. This may seem fairly obvious but your cells rejuvenate during the night. Lack of sleep depresses the immune system and the production of infection fighting antibodies and anti-inflammatory agents. This increases the likelihood of succumbing to illness, so try to avoid those late nights, especially on a consistent basis.

Putting YOU first. This may seem like a strange strategy to prevent the flu but if you listen to your own needs and those of your body, you will remain a lot healthier. If you’re tired, rest! Don’t just do one more thing because your boss, partner or child has asked you. Listen to what you really want and how you feel. Consider your own needs before those of everyone else.

Vitamin C. Certain cells in the body that fight infection need Vitamin C to function. It certainly is necessary for the healthy function of the immune system and also facilitates the absorption of Iron, strengthening the body’s resistance to infection. Vitamin C can be found in foods such as oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, strawberries, bell peppers, spinach, kale and broccoli.

Vitamin D. This important vitamin has been found to be deficient in much of the population due to diet, insufficient exercise and not enough sunshine. A lack of Vitamin D can increase your susceptibility to infection and can lead to increased autoimmunity. It is known as the ‘sunshine  vitamin’ because it is produced in our skin when it is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D2 comes from fortified foods, plant foods, and supplements. Vitamin D3 is found in fortified foods, fatty fish, cod liver oil, eggs, liver, supplements and can be made internally when your skin is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.

Zinc. This mineral is very important for your body to help fight infection, strengthen your immune system by increasing the production of white blood cells and assists in the growth of healthy cells. Many people have been found to have a mild zinc deficiency due to poor diet, mineral-deficient soils and the effects of drugs. Zinc can be found in oysters, meat, poultry, nuts and seeds and unsweetened chocolate e.g. cacao.

Probiotics. These are good bacteria that help in the digestion of nutrients that boost the detoxification of your colon. They also support your immune system because they have a direct affect on your gut. Remember, 70-80% of your immune system lies in your gut. Leaky gut, a condition whereby the gut is damaged and allows through previously filtered proteins, is a major cause of various conditions. These include food sensitivities, autoimmune disease and a weakened immune system. Probiotic foods include kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, yogurt, apple cider vinegar and miso.

Herbs and plants such as Astragalus root, ginger, echinacea, elderberry, garlic, ginseng and oregano all stimulate the immune system, treat the symptoms of flu’s and colds, may be anti-microbial and reduce inflammation.

Exercise. There are so many benefits to regular exercise but one main one is that it reduces stress. As stress increase inflammation in your body, reducing the stress response may help protect you against viruses. Exercise also increases circulation and causes changes in white blood cells that may boost your immune response.

Essential oils. These are nature’s wonders in fighting infection. Many of them are anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal so are an important part of your immune boosting strategies. The best ones to fight infection are Clove, Frankincense, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Myrrh, Oregano, Peppermint and Tea Tree oil. Essential oils can be inhaled via a diffuser, massaged into the skin with a carrier oil or added to a warming bath.   If I have a sore throat, I gargle with some warm water with a one or two drops of Tea-tree oil, making sure I don’t swallow the oil.

Reflexology. This is a powerful therapy for preventing infections, or if they have occurred, shortening their duration. Reflexology strengthens the immune system, increases circulation, reduces stress and help removes toxins from the body. I have seen clients who after regular treatments, have less colds, flu’s, infections or viruses.

Below you will find a Facial chart of Reflexology points that you might find helpful if you do get a virus this winter. These will help to boost your immune system and fight a sore throat if you have one. You can work these points up to three times a day. Click on the chart to see it magnified.











Let me know how you go and please comment below if you have any questions.


Warmest regards,

Judy xx


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References:,,,,,,,,, Multireflexology Dien Chan by Patrick Aguilar & Anna Rosa.

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

Feeling Stressed…………is it all in my head?

Stress has become synonymous with our daily lives and it’s something that we all encounter at some time, if not on a daily basis. “I’m feeling stressed’ has become the new byline. Just think to yourself how often you say that you are stressed or your life is very stressful.

Does thinking that you’re stressed actually contribute to the stress response? If I think I’m stressed, will I actually feel stress?

Stress is our body’s response to a distressful or dangerous situation. It’s that ‘fight or flight response’ that protects us from harm. Adrenaline and Cortisol are released and our heart rate increases, our blood pressure goes up, glucose is released to our muscles. All these responses help our body prepare for flight or react in an emergency.

More and more research is showing the connection between our thoughts and the physical changes that they may cause in our bodies. As soon as we perceive a situation to be stressful, we tense up, become anxious and may feel ‘butterflies’ in our stomach. A part of our brain, called the Thalamus detects negative thoughts as a real danger, not just a perceived one and sends sensory and motor signals to the rest of our body. Hence even thinking negative or stressful thoughts will cause physical changes.

Stress can also be beneficial in that it can help you stay focused, be more energetic or prepare for a challenge. If the stress is short term, our bodies return to normal but if the stress is ongoing over a long period of time, harmful changes may occur.

Every part of your body is affected by stress. It can suppress your immune system, lead to chronic fatigue, affect your digestive and reproductive systems, speed up ageing and increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. It may also lead to depression, anxiety and mood disorders.

The good news is that we can change our thoughts and hence diffuse the situation and decrease the stress response. If we are under constant pressure, take time out to see what changes you can make. What can you cut back on?

Learn to say ‘No’. Delegate! Ask for help. Everything doesn’t have to be done at once. Learn to prioritise.

Don’t try and be everything to everybody. Respect yourself and your time. If you can help someone, do it, but if it stresses you or exhausts you, politely say ‘no’. You might always try and do it all yourself, but perhaps it’s time to let go of that control and ask for help.

Look at how you react to others. Why do they trigger you? Can you respond differently and see their point of view as well. Trying to diffuse a potentially stressful situation may help avoid the stress altogether.

Also, try meditation. Numerous studies have shown the huge benefits of stress reduction from regular meditation practice. If we calm our minds, we become more focused, less reactive and our bodies become calmer. Reflexology is another great tool to deeply relax you and reduce your stress response.


Take some time out from those stressful thoughts. They may only be in your head but they affect every part of your body.

Take care and please let me know what you think.


With love,

Judy xxx

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Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

Do you have Fibromyalgia………could Reflexology help?

 In my recent Webinar and eBook, I spoke about many areas of pain and how you could treat them using Facial Reflexology. However, what if the pain was everywhere? Could you still use these points and if so, how?

One such condition is Fibromyalgia.

In Fibromyalgia, Facial reflexology nerve points will help but there is a lot more involved in the treatment.

Fibromyalgia literally means fibrous tissue, muscle and pain which translates to pain that is felt in muscles and surrounding tissues. The pain experienced can occur all over the body affecting your muscles and joints. Your muscles may feel as if they have been overworked, even without exercise and sometimes they burn or have deep stabbing pains.

It is believed that painful sensations are increased because of the way the brain processes pain signals. There is an abnormal increase in levels of certain chemicals, (neurotransmitters) in the brain that signal pain . Also the pain receptors of the brain seem to develop a memory of the pain and become more sensitive, meaning they can overreact to pain signals.

Fibromyalgia is debilitating and exhausting and affects your sleep, memory and mood. It is also associated with tension headaches, jaw disorders, Irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression, hypersensitivity to cold or heat, inability to concentrate, dryness of the eyes and mouth, numbness or tingling in extremities, abdominal pain and incontinence, as well as that awful neck, shoulder, back or hip pain.

Everyone experiences the symptoms differently and not everyone suffers from all the symptoms.

The cause is unknown though there are thought to be genetic influences, infections that trigger the onset, or some physical or emotional trauma and some consider it to be an autoimmune condition.

Treatment involves a healthy diet, regular exercise, strategies to help you sleep, relaxation and stress relief. Complementary therapies such as Reflexology, massage, acupuncture, yoga and tai chi have also been shown to help.

So how can Reflexology help if you have Fibromyalgia?

Facial Reflexology looks at areas of your face related to Traditional Chinese Medicine, where the imbalance in your body first commenced. Fibromyalgia is believed to have a strong emotional basis and it has been said that 85% of illnesses have an emotional basis. A traumatic event or a severe stress will affect different people in different ways but it will definitely affect your hormonal system.

Our hormonal system reacts to any stress by releasing adrenaline, our ‘fight or flight’ response. Insulin levels also increase as our brains need glucose to react and make decisions. Facial reflexology treats the gland that is most affected by the stress response and also the whole hormonal system. The reason a sufferer has so many symptoms is because the hormonal system doesn’t act in isolation. If one gland is affected then another will be affected and so on.

The Brain is also treated. Within our midbrain we have what is called the Limbic system. This is where our emotions and memory are stored and our memories of pain. In turn, other areas of the brain are believed to be involved and this affects our tolerance to pain.

A Facial Reflexology treatment looks at the whole body and treats it accordingly. It has been shown to help improve sleep by relaxing the body and assisting the  Hormonal system to regulate your sleep pattern. It  reduces IBS symptoms by relaxing the colon, eliminating toxins and reducing inflammation. It helps with mental clarity and fatigue by working the areas of the brain affected and most importantly, it helps reduce the pain by addressing the reasons behind it.

Fibromyalgia is a complex condition but treatments are available and there are many support groups in each state.

Remember that if you take an active role in your illness and recovery, you will feel more in control of your health and will have a much better outcome and recovery.

Take care,

With love,

Judy xxx


References: Webinars of Lone Sorensen/Facial reflexology. Image ‘sad-girl’

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.


Pain relief at the end of your fingertips

We have all experienced Pain throughout our lives and it can be very distressing and debilitating. When Pain occurs, our nervous system detects that there is an injury or underlying illness or distress in the body and we detect this as pain.

Facial Reflexology works with acupuncture points and nerve points on the face to help relieve pain. A Vietnamese form of Facial Reflexology that does this very effectively is called Dien Chan, Dien meaning Face and Chan meaning diagnosis or treatment.

It was discovered by an acupuncturist called Professor Chau. He discovered 564 points on the face that are related to the underlying nerves. Of these he currently uses 257 as he has found these to be the most effective.

The theory behind these nerve points is that when stimulated, the nerve point sends an impulse to the brain to release energy. This energy is then directed back to the corresponding organ. In other words, if you suffer from shoulder pain, when you press on the nerve point for the shoulders, a message is sent to the brain.

The brain detects the pain in that organ from the stimulation of the nerve point and endorphins are sent out to reduce the pain.

Stimulation of these nerve points is a very effective way of reducing or relieving pain. Rollers or implements such as the rounded tip of a ballpoint pen can be used or it’s just as effective to use your fingers.

Pain relief really can be found at the end of your fingers.

These points can be worked up to three times a day but remember – If you have had the pain for a long time, it may take days to a few weeks for your body to rebalance and adjust to the new normal.

I’m holding a Webinar on Treating Pain with Reflexology using the techniques of Dien Chan. I will be covering Headaches/Migraines, Backache, Period Pain and Shoulder Pain. Everyone who signs up will receive a FREE handout on treating headaches and migraines.

The Webinar is FREE too and will be held on Friday, 3rd March at 2pm. I would love you to join me.

Here is the link:

Take care,

Love Judy xxx


References: Multireflexology Dien Chan by Patryck Aguilar Cassara and Anna Roca.,

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

Treating Pain with Reflexology

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We have all experienced pain at some time in our lives. It may be a small pain as from a scratch or simple cut, or it may be more severe, following a serious injury such as a fracture.

So what is Pain and how can Reflexology help?

Pain is an uncomfortable feeling that can start as a mild discomfort or as something more

severe. It can be irritating or agonising and we all experience it in different ways, depending on the actual pain and  our tolerance of it.

When pain occurs, our nervous system detects that there is an injury or underlying illness

or distress in the body and we detect this sensation as pain.

Pain may be acute when we have a sudden injury such as a sprain  or fracture or a medical incident such as appendicitis. This type of pain usually resolves once

the reason for it is treated.

However, pain may also be chronic where it lasts a long time.

It may follow an old injury that never healed properly, such as a back injury, or may be due to

degenerative changes such as arthritis.

Pain doesn’t always occur from a physical injury or actual tissue damage. It may be related to an emotional or social issue, can be influenced by our beliefs and is usually worse when stress is present.

How then can Reflexology help ease the pain or take it away completely?

Reflexology helps improve circulation and nerve supply to all parts of the body.

It helps eliminate toxins through lymphatic drainage and helps boost the immune system. Hence it helps more blood flow to any injured area bringing oxygen and nutrients to the cells. It also boosts the immune response which is part of the body’s healing process. When an injury occurs, inflammation follows. This is a result of increased blood cells flooding the area to begin the process of healing. Reflexology helps increase this response.

When pain occurs, especially if it is severe pain, we start to feel stressed. Our heart rate increases, our blood pressure rises and our muscles tense up. If we are able to relax and let go of this tension, the pain often diminishes. Reflexology assists this process.

Facial reflexology works on specific acupressure points to stimulate nerve endings. It also uses Vietnamese maps of the face to work on areas of pain related to dysfunction in the physical body. As a point on the face is worked for neck or shoulder pain, that area of tension or pain in your actual neck or shoulder, is released.

Reflexology also helps stimulate your Hormonal system so that ‘feel good’ hormones or endorphins are released. These work on the nervous system to help ease the pain.

Studies in the UK and Korea have shown an increase in the pain threshold and a person’s ability to tolerate pain, following Reflexology.  It has also been shown to decrease pain associated with cancer, arthritic pain, lower back pain, kidney stone pain and pain following surgery, just to name a few.

As so many people suffer from headaches and back pain, below are some points that you can work yourself to help with these issues.

Start off by using your index finger to rub up and down in front of the ears, 12 to 15 times. This stimulates the nervous system so starts the relaxation process. Then press firmly on each point for 30 to 40 seconds. Finish off by rubbing up and down in front of your ears for 12 to 15 times.

So simple and can be done up to three times a day.

Take care and let me know how you get on.

With love,

Judy xxx


References:,, thanks and courtesy of Dien Chan, Multireflexology

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above reference. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.



















Can You Improve Your Eyesight? Reflexology says “Yes”.

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We generally accept that as we age, our eye function will begin to deteriorate and it’s not uncommon for many of us to start wearing glasses after the age of 40. While taste is the first sense to deteriorate, this is closely followed by our vision. Deterioration in our eyesight may occur as a result of ageing or as a result of an eye illness. Apparently there are 570 of them! Lifestyle and genetics may also play a part and and as a result, certain countries have more eye problems than others.

As we age, the lens in our eyes becomes harder and loses its flexibility to change shape. Hence it becomes harder to focus on objects near to you, such as writing or reading a book. As you reach your 50’s or older, this becomes more pronounced and you may need stronger prescriptions for your glasses. However it has been found that exercise and nutrition, with a diet high in Omega-3 fatty acids can help to increase the flexibility of the lens.

Other conditions such as cataracts, where the lens becomes more opaque, and dry eyes where less tears are produced, may present as well. There is also the risk of more serious disorders such as Macular degeneration, glaucoma and Diabetic retinopathy with a serious loss of vision, even blindness. Hence the importance of regular eye checks.

This may all sound very dismal but there is something that you can do to help improve your eyesight and decrease the risk of eye disease and deterioration.

The Bates method of Natural Vision was developed by an ophthalmologist called Dr Bates, a hundred years ago. At the time, he was so successful that his work threatened the livelihood of optometrists and he was banned. Today his method of improving eyesight without glasses, is taught in many countries around the world in Natural Vision workshops. Conventional belief is that the muscles of the eye will become strained with age and lose their optimum function. Stress, both physical and emotional may also contribute to this. The Bates method teaches you to strengthen these muscles by releasing any eye strain, thus relaxing  the eye so that healing can occur.

I actually did one of these workshops a few years ago. Within a week of implementing the techniques, I was able to use the computer without the need for glasses. Unfortunately I didn’t keep it up, so my eyesight deteriorated again. It’s time I went back to my notes and started implementing Dr Bates’ techniques.

There is also another tool that I am using and this is Reflexology!

Chinese medicine believes that behind every eye illness, there is an underlying organ with a dysfunction. Every meridian or energy pathway in the body has an effect on the eye, so in Reflexology every eye condition is classed according to a particular meridian. Chinese medicine therefore, doesn’t support eye surgery as it says that if you operate on the eye, you are not fixing the underlying condition, hence it will return.

Facial reflexology treats the underlying meridian as well as specific nerves and acupuncture points around the eyes. It is especially effective in treating conditions where there is degenerative vision loss. It is important to know a person’s overall health as this may be contributing to their eye condition and this can then be treated too.

Blindness is classified as a person having less than 20% of eye function. So long as there is some degree of vision, eye sight can be improved. An example of this was given to me by my tutor in Ocular therapy. She treated a young boy who was born “blind” and severely disabled from a genetic condition. After extensive treatments from her and his mother, over a period of time the boy completely regained his full eyesight.

A reflexologist friend has also treated a young woman born with Astigmatism in both eyes, where the curvature of the cornea is irregular and objects in the distance appear blurry. After a series of treatments, this woman no longer has the condition in one eye and it has greatly improved in the other.

Prevention of any condition is always preferable and there are many foods that contain beneficial vitamins, minerals and herbs to improve your eyesight. A few of these are blueberries, dark grapes, bilberry, eggs, liver, spinach, beef, eyebright, gingko, garlic, carrots, blackberries, buckwheat, citrus fruits, sweet potatoes and asparagus.

However if your eyes are deteriorating, know that there is something you can do. Regular eye checks are important to look for any serious condition but if your prescription for glasses keeps getting stronger, perhaps take some responsibility for your own health.


There are often alternatives and I, for one, am going to try them.


Let me know how you get on and if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below.


With love,

Judy xxx




References: Ocular therapy by Lone Sorensen,,,,,, Images by Pixabay

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

Top Tips to Beat the Winter Bugs











As someone once said, “Baby it’s cold outside.”  Winter is definitely here in Melbourne.

Low temperatures, gloomy dull days and even snow in some areas. Along with the inclement weather, we often have to put up with various colds and viruses that seem to come out of the blue.

But what if there was a way to avoid these illnesses or lessen their duration and impact. Well here are some of my top tips and suggestions to beat those pesky bugs, keep them at bay and send them on their way.

1. Reduce your stress! You may think that this has nothing to do with getting the flu, but stress has a huge effect on our immune system. Studies have shown that continued stress has a detrimental effect on lymphocytes and natural killer cells by lowering their numbers. Hence when a virus is encountered, there are less immune fighting cells around to ward off illness.

Simple techniques such as meditation, regular Reflexology, time out for yourself, early nights and including some fun and laughter into your life will all help to reduce stress. Recognition of what causes the most stress in your life, is important so that you can see what changes you need to make.

2. Exercise.  You may put this into the “too hard” basket, especially in winter, but regular exercise helps to stimulate our circulation, increase oxygen into our cells and supply our body with vital nutrients. It also raises our body temperature which may fight circulating bacteria and it improves our lymphatic response to help the body detox. Rug up and go for a short walk, or exercise indoors at a gym or dance class. Do something you enjoy but make sure you keep moving.

3. Sleep. It’s very easy to want to stay in bed on these cold mornings and many animals hibernate during the cold winter months. Although animals do it to conserve their energy when food is scarce and most of us don’t have this problem, making sure you have enough sleep helps your body to become better equiped to fight off illness. Most of the healing and regeneration of our cells takes place overnight while we sleep, so having deep regular sleep is of vital importance for a healthy body.

4. Essential Oils. These are my ‘go to’ whenever I feel a virus coming on. Many essential oils can be inhaled via a diffuser, massaged into the skin with a carrier oil or added to a warming bath. Some essential oils can also be taken internally but these need to be of a Therapeutic grade such as Doterra oils or Young Living oils, both of which can be ordered online. If I have a sore throat, I gargle with some warm water with a few drops of Tea-tree oil, making sure I don’t swallow the oil.

Some of the best oils to use for their anti-microbial abilities, are Lavender, Eucalyptus, Tea-tree, Lemon, Lemongrass, Cinnamon, Clove Bud, Sandalwood, Peppermint, White Thyme and Sage. Others that boost the immune system are Lavender, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Rosemary, Sandalwood and Tea-tree.
Put 1 to 6 drops in a diffuser and let the healing aromas of the oils drift through your home. Mix 4 to 6 drops with some bath salts and add to a warm bath. If you have a head cold, add a drop of Peppermint or Eucalyptus to a bowl of warm water and inhale gently to clear your head.
Two brilliant oils that you can take internally are “OnGuard” by Doterra or “Thieves” by Young Living. These are combination oils that knock a virus directly on its head. They contain cloves, cinnamon, rosemary and eucalyptus and are very powerful.

5. Vitamin C. Much has been said about the benefits of Vitamin C but if taken at the first sign of a sore throat or runny nose, it has been found to stop the virus from developing. If taken once a virus has a hold on you, it can still help to lessen the severity of the infection. Though doctors are divided on its benefits, they do agree that Vitamin C does boost the immune system so it may be of benefit as a preventative. Foods high in Vitamin C include oranges, chilli peppers, red and green bell peppers, kale,broccoli, papaya, strawberries, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, pineapple, kiwi fruit and mangoes.

6. Zinc. Zinc helps to keep the immune system strong. It helps control infections and balances the immune system by decreasing inflammation in the body. Recent studies suggest it may help treat the common cold. It can be taken as a supplement or found naturally in oysters, red meat, poultry, lamb, sesame and pumpkin seeds, lentils, cashews and seafood such as crab or lobster, garlic and luckily, dark chocolate.

7. Olive Leaf Extract. Olive leaf Extract is made from the leaves of Olive trees and is naturally very high in antioxidants. Olive leaves have traditionally been used to enhance the functioning of the immune system. Taking it as a preventative reduces the likelihood of you getting a cold or flu and if you actually become ill, it helps to shorten the illness by reducing the activity of the microbes or viruses.

These are just a few suggestions to keep you healthy this winter. You may have many more and if so, I would love to hear them. Please leave your comments below.

Take time out for yourself on these cold days and learn to be still. Winter is meant for doing less so learn to relax and just be. After all, if animals have been doing it for thousands of years, why can’t we.

Take care,

With love,

Judy xxx


References:,,,, The Fragrant Pharmacy by Valerie Ann Wormwood,,, www., Images by Pixabay.

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

Treat your hands, Treat your Body

hand-440092_1920Did you know that the hands can also be worked in Reflexology, to treat not only your symptoms but also any underlying illness. The hands are compact and easily accessible and can be treated any time, even while sitting in traffic.

I was recently in Sydney studying with Lone Sorensen, the lady who developed Facial Reflexology. Lone is an amazing woman who is always learning and studying new techniques so that others can benefit. She travels all over the world meeting doctors and therapists so that she can gain more knowledge and develop more courses to help her students and clients.

This latest course was on Neuro-Hand reflex therapy, a technique based on a combination of Korean and Tibetan Hand therapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine. All parts of the body are mapped on the hands, including the muscles and joints. It uses Chinese energy meridians, reflex zones, meridian related points and acupuncture points, as well as 383 nerve points to help balance the body. The function of organs is improved, the hormonal system is balanced, neurotransmitters and the circulation are stimulated and lymphatic flow is improved. Using this method also improves brain and nerve function and stimulates muscle tone.

The hands can also be treated if it is difficult to access the face, e.g. when someone is in hospital or if the feet cannot be touched, e.g. following an injury or accident. As the face and feet are examined for the areas most out of balance, similarly the hands are analysed to find the area of the body where an illness or condition originated. This is the area most out of balance and the one that needs addressing for healing to occur. The hands also contain energy meridians which are smaller branches of the main meridians that run through the body. The organs are treated along with nerve points relevant to an underlying condition or symptom.



















Simply massage on any areas that may be painful for you. For example, if you have a sore Right knee, massage firmly around the lower joint in your thumb, on both sides of your hand. If your hips are painful, massage around the base of your thumb and little fingers. Use some cream on your hands so it is easier to massage them.

The outside of your hand relates to the joints in your body, and the palm of your hand relates to the muscles. If an area is sore, it is a good idea to work both the joints and the muscles. As well as massaging an area, if you have a particular pain, such as in your shoulder, feel around the shoulder reflex area to find the sorest spot. You can then hold this firmly between your fingers for up to a minute.


This is a simplified version of treating some parts of your body on the hands. However as many of us suffer from neck, shoulder or knee pains, by working these areas yourself, you will get some relief from any discomfort.


Good luck and let me know how you get on in the comments below.

With love,

Judy xxx



Six reasons why Reflexology beats a Massage?


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As a busy Facial Reflexologist, I make sure that self-care is an important part of my life. This includes regular facial reflexology treatments and also remedial massage. Both are beneficial and both work in different ways, but is one really better than the other?

Obviously I am biased towards reflexology, but let me point out the benefits of both so that you can make up your own mind.

Here are six ways in which I believe, Reflexology, particularly Facial Reflexology, is of more benefit.


1. Relaxation. Massage relaxes the body and mind by reducing muscle tension, calming the nervous system and improving the quality of your sleep. It loosens tight and cramped muscles, improves muscle tone and lowers the heart rate and blood pressure. Reflexology also calms the nervous system but works in a different way. While massage stimulates the nerve receptors in the tissues so that they relax the body and endorphins are released, facial reflexology works directly on the brain and central nervous system. It stimulates points and zones on the face that directly relate to different areas of the brain. This results in a deeper relaxation, also releases endorphins (feel good hormones) and treats any underlying conditions. It directly works on the Pineal gland to help balance melatonin levels and the quality of your sleep.

2. Strengthens the Immune System. Massage improves circulation by helping the blood flow through congested areas of the body. This allows blood flow to increase and also helps remove lactic acid from the muscles and stimulates the flow of lymph. Reflexology also improves circulation and lymphatic drainage by the application of pressure to different zones of the feet or through the meridians on the face. However Reflexology works on the reflex points and acupressure points for a particular organ, thereby directly influencing the blood supply to that organ. It also helps stimulate lymphatic flow and improves the function of organs such as the spleen and the thymus gland to boost the immune system.

3. Balances the Hormones. Massage is a wonderful therapy to reduce stress and the hormones involved in the stress response, such as cortisol and adrenaline. It increases the release of endorphins such as dopamine and serotonin so that anxiety and depression are decreased. Reflexology also balances the stress hormones and the release of endorphins but influences all the other hormones in the body, too. It helps to balance the whole hormonal system and works on specific organs to affect the release of hormones for a particular condition. It helps to balance the ovaries to assist with painful or irregular periods or the symptoms of menopause, works with the thyroid gland when there is an over or underproduction of thyroxine, boosts the hormones of the thymus gland to increase immunity and helps regulate insulin levels in the pancreas.

4. Pain relief. Massage reduces muscle tension and congestion, improves blood supply throughout the body and reduces inflammation. It helps increase joint mobility and speeds up recovery from injury and is of great benefit when there is tension, sore or tight muscles or pain in the body. Reflexology can also be of huge benefit whenever there is any pain in the body. It improves circulation so that faster healing and regrowth of damaged cells can occur, it reduces inflammation by boosting the immune system and works directly on reflex points of an injured organ. Facial reflexology stimulates nerve points that directly affect the brain so that relief occurs quickly. It also stimulate ‘pain points’, that are acupressure points on the face that rapidly relieve pain and tension in the body. Reflexology has been shown to be of great benefit for pain during chemotherapy, labour and post surgery.

5. Improving Digestion. Though Massage is not often the first thing you think of when you have digestive problems, it can be of great benefit. Massage helps to relieve stress, tension and anxiety so can help with an irritated digestive system. Abdominal massage can assist with bloating, cramps and constipation, eliminate toxins and thus relieve any discomfort. Reflexology works on the whole digestive system to detect imbalances. It relieves any stress or anxiety that may be contributing to a digestive issue but it also works on each organ to correct imbalances. It helps to filter the liver, spleen and kidneys to eliminate toxins, reduces gut inflammation and helps relieve constipation. Facial reflexology also employs Ayurvedic techniques to cleanse the gut and balance any underlying emotional issues.

6. Chronic and Acute Health Conditions. Massage reduces stress and fatigue, improves circulation and can reduce pain and anxiety. It has been shown to help in stress-related disorders, insomnia, cancer-related fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, headaches and migraines and inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. Reflexology also helps in the treatment of many health conditions such as stress, fatigue, auto-immune conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis, stroke, diabetes, chronic pain, menopause, infertility, asthma and cancer, to name a few. It also reduces pain, relieves anxiety and improves circulation but it goes a lot deeper. Facial reflexology looks at where the original health condition started, not just the symptoms. It starts to then treat the area of the body that is most out of balance so that the body can begin its own innate healing.

These are just a few benefits of both Massage and Reflexology. Both are beneficial and both achieve fantastic results. Try them and have a think about how you really feel on a deep and lasting level. I love both modalities but I know that Reflexology helps me to heal in a more substantial and lasting way and helps to address any underlying health issues more profoundly.

With love,




Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.