13 May 2015

Purple Veggie & Rye Pikelets

These are quick, tasty and good for you! We only used carrots and beetroot this time as we were getting low on fresh produce but you can add any veggies you like, we often use spinach, peas, cooked kumara, cooked pumpkin, courgettes. I always add carrots and I find it helps the pikelets to keep their shape. Just keep in mind that any vegetables with a high water content need to be thoroughly squeezed and patted dry. This recipe makes 16 good sized pikelets.

Purple Veggie & Rye Pikelets

2 C Organic Rye Flour
2 C grated vegetables including 1 raw beetroot or 1/2 if you want a less beetrooty taste!
1 C Organic cheese
2 whisked Organic free range eggs
1 1/2 C Organic preferably raw milk
Black pepper and pink himalayan salt
Herbs of your choice.
Organic ghee or butter for the pan. 

Mix flour, vegetables, cheese and seasoning together. 

Add in whisked eggs and give a good mix up.

Finally add in Milk and mix well.

Let this sit for a minute, turn your oven onto its lowest setting and heat up your frying pan on a medium heat. I use my cast iron pan so it heats up really quickly.

Throw bout a tsp or two of butter or ghee into your frying pan, make sure it has coated the bottom then pour excess into a cup to add a little back into your pan as it dries up after every few batches or so.

Then simply add the mixture to your pan, I like to use a good heaped tablespoon for each pikelet.

Let each batch fry for about 4 minutes before flipping over to cook the other side. ( You should see the cheese melting and this is a good indication that its ready to be flipped ).

Remove from the frying pan and add to a plate in the oven to keep warm.

Serve with salad, couscous, rice, roast veg, anything you fancy really. My kids like a little natural yoghurt to dip them into or hummus.

Wait until any remaining have cooled, then pop in a container and into the freezer!

12 May 2015

Almost there

It had been almost three weeks since my health troubles began. I woke on Tuesday with the need to get out of this house and feel.......different. Reassurance that this will not be forever and just take a breath. So I bundled everyone in the car and we went to the ocean. I feel at peace here, the children were excited to be somewhere different, poor things, we explored, talked, and I stood in the water, took deep breaths and let the crisp air wash over me and cleanse my spirit. This shall end, I will be well again. The next day I paid for the exertion with a lot of pain but those few hours will sustain me while my body continues to heal and recuperate. Every experience is given to us for a reason, and this has reminded me not to take times of vibrancy and great health for granted and that natural medicine rocks my world more than ever!!

05 May 2015

Holistic aftercare for Tooth extractions, Dry Socket and TMJ

UPDATE: 14/05/15

I ended up getting a jaw and Neck infection, I had lumps all over my neck and pain in my jaw and ear. I was obviously advised that antibiotics was the only way to treat it. Instead I used Natures sunshine Echinacea and Goldenseal liquid 4 times a day on the extraction site aswell as taking at least 3,000mg sodium ascorbate. Finally I had ozone therapy by the naturopath. I'm so pleased that I was able to support my body through the infection instead of attacking it with conventional medicine. I'm feeling so much better but will continue to rest and allow my body to recuperate properly.

So, these last few weeks I have been recovering from a bad trip to the dentist. My first visit in a good 12 years. I had to have a tooth removed, it had a cavity, and although I had prevented infections and such for almost two years, I felt it was time to have it taken out so that I could concentrate on getting the area really healthy again. I was also concerned about the negative effect it may have had if I were to fall pregnant again. So off I went clutching my large amazonite, and I was being really calm and trying to zone out, but this chick was rough, it felt like my top jaw was moving (which obviously isn't possible) and my bottom jaw was popping in and out. At one point I thought I was going to be sick and pass out even though I was unable to feel anything.

So I get home, and I was bleeding profusely even though I had gauze in my mouth and there were pools of blood all over the bed. It finally stopped bleeding the next day but the pain was intense. I've had 4 natural childbirths and had intended on not having any pain relief for this but it was unbearable.

It turns out she had damaged my Temporomandibular Joint, which is the joint between your bottom jaw and the temporal bone, it was bruised and achy and the pain radiated throughout my ear, all across my head. I was also experiencing alot of pressure in my head and neck. This is known as TMJ. As I read about it I discovered that dentists should support the lower jaw when removing a tooth from it to prevent this and certainly shouldn't allow the jaw to move in and out of the socket. I was also suffering from dry socket which occurs when a blood clot fails to form in the extraction site. Sigh..........

So anyway, I managed after two days to come off the pain relief, but as a result have been basically bed/couch bound since. I dont like pain relief and I also felt it was important to feel how my body was healing each day so I could respond with natural medicine accordingly. (Call me crazy, I know!) I have managed to avoid any infection which is great and although I have all day pain due to the dry socket, I can now get back to running my home a lot easier and drive the short distances.

I wanted to share what I have been using to heal myself, and how to avoid more intervention from a dentist if you are unlucky enough to experience dry socket too!


You can buy one of these awesome Salter Homeopathic's kits here.

 I really noticed a difference when taking Arnica 30c and Hypericum 30c. I would recommend Arnica 200c if you are having dental work or an operation. Just be mindful that it can prevent blood clotting, this is why I waited until the bleeding had stopped. Once I was aware of the dry socket I started taking Ruta Gravidarum 30c and Hypericum at different times of the day.

Sodium Ascorbate


Do you have this at home? If not, you need to, especially if you do not vaccinate. This is far gentler on the stomach that traditional Vitamin C and as such you can take much larger quantities. I had 1/4 tsp three times daily but could easily of had more. If you want to learn more about it watch this, you can buy it here.

Clove Oil

I would dilute two drops of this with a tbsp of melted coconut oil and use a cotton bud to rub it all over the gum and in the extraction site. Clove oil is a wonderful reducer of pain and has antibacterial qualities. This is what the dentist will use if you go back to them with a dry socket. You can also soak a piece of gauze with it (in a carrier oil) and leave in the hole. Be aware that clove oil can burn the skin so it must be put in a carrier oil first. Alternatively you can chew on a clove seed. Here's some info on clove oil if you want to learn more. And this is where I purchase essential oils

Activated charcoal

This is great for anything infection related in the mouth. Empty a capsule into water and swish around the mouth. Use it to brush infected gums. I made a paste and put it into the extraction hole and all around it and left it until it naturally dissipated.

Oil Pulling

This is an absolute must. Everyone should do this anyway, but particularly in times of infection and  disease. I started after 2 full days. Its important not to swish as this can dislodge the blood clot (not that I had one anyway) so I just sat the oil in mouth and would tilt my head to move it around. Interestingly on the two days that I didnt do, the pain was noticeably more intense.


If you have a dry socket, you will need one of these. After eating, make up a saline solution and squeeze into the socket over a sink to remove food debris. This is super important to prevent infection and increased pain.

Saline water

Swish with 1/4 tsp of salt in warm water at least once a day.

Cranial Sacral therapy or Cranial Osteopathy

I went to see an amazing Cranial Sacral Therapist in Nelson, she really helped to clear the pain in my jaw and pressure and pain in my head. I think a cranial osteopath would also have been great. 

Foods to avoid

Sugary foods where possible. Sugar is never going aid healing in my opinion.
Anything particularly chewy.
Salad (for the first week as its quite hard on the jaw)

Foods to eat

Natural yoghurt
Homemade ice cream
Blended soups
Bone broth (daily if possible)
Spices such as turmeric
Onions and garlic to boost the immune system
Soft fruits and vegetables such as avocado and banana.

I hope none of you ever have an experience like me, but if you do, these natural remedies will definitely make a big difference!