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Why I started a business when my baby was six months old, Business Chicks, November 2018
Clearly the lack of sleep was affecting my decision making when I decided to expand my organic skincare line into a legitimate brand.
Anyone who has had a baby knows that the first six months are often the hardest – at least they were for me. I had undergone an emergency caesarean section and my recovery was slow, aided by an infection and my inability to stop doing all the things you’re not supposed to do (like drive or pretend you have a life).
Needing some mental stimulation, I decided to return to naturopathic practice when my daughter was three months old on the two days that my husband worked from home. Little did I know how hard it would be. I wasn’t very good with the breast pump and so milk supplies were limited, and my brain just wasn’t back to its pre-baby sharpness, which meant everything took 10 times longer. So it would seem crazy that I would even consider expanding my workload.
Natural remedies to fix your baby’s skin woes, Mother & Baby, September 2018
There’s a war going on and it’s against chemicals. As more and more research sheds light on just how nasty some of the ingredients in skincare can be, it doesn’t hurt to read your labels and avoid those with questionable chemicals.
This is especially true when it comes to products for your little one because a new born baby’s skin is far more sensitive than an adults. “A baby has just come out of being immersed in fluid for nine months and now the cells need to change to being a skin barrier to a dry environment,” explains dermatologist Dr Daniel Lazner.
While there’s no need to be overly dramatic and bin everything in your cupboards, here are some easy, safe and chemical-free ways to solve common skin problems your child might have.
Nappy rash: “Nappy rashes occur because the skin is exposed under an occlusive environment,” says Dr Lazner. To counteract this air- and water-tight environment, Dr Lazner recommends letting your child lie with no nappy on a towel so their skin has a chance to breathe. In addition to this, Bridget Carmady, naturopath and founder of organic skincare range Clémence Organics, advises using natural balms and salves containing beeswax. “These can help by creating a barrier between the skin and the moisture, and also reduce inflammation,” she says.
Calendula oil: The wonder ingredient that fixes everything from baby’s nappy rash to stretch marks, Mother & Baby, September 2018
You might say that calendula oil is the beauty world’s Reese Witherspoon – a hard working multi-tasker, and seemingly everything it touches is all the better for it.
But what exactly is this magical oil?
Calendula oil comes from the Pot marigold plant’s flower, and is considered by many to be a miracle ingredient in skincare. There’s been some research into its effectiveness and while some of these studies were small and preliminary, they have shown it to have a positive impact on a range of skin conditions including wound healing, radiation burn, dermatitis, and more.
‘I lost my Dad to cancer, but not before he gave me my life’s purpose’, Body & Soul, September 2018
My Dad was one of the most creative people I’ve ever known. You know the jingle, “Aussie kids are Weetbix kids?” That was created by my Dad, Pat Aulton. So was the Gough Whitlam election song, “It’s time”. He even had a hit with “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” in Australia, which later went on to feature in The Lion King. Yes, he was multi-talented musically and used his voice, guitar and piano skills to carve out an impressive career in the music industry.
So it seemed a cruel twist of fate that Dad would be diagnosed with throat cancer. I guess I shouldn’t have been shocked given that he smoked and drank for all of his adult life.
Slow the signs of ageing, Nature & Health, December 2016
There is a saying that there are only two things certain in life: death and taxes. Well, I’d like to add ageing to the mix. You see, we are all ageing, every minute of every day. How well we age is up to us.
The main signs of ageing – fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and sagging skin – are most evident on our faces. Slowing down these signs is not as simple as choosing a good moisturiser. By making small changes to some of the most basic things we do every day, you can make a big difference to how well your skin ages.
Cleaner Beauty, Nature & Health, December 2016
I always read skincare labels. Why? Because I want to know what I am putting in my body. Yes that’s right, in, not just on, my body. While particle size, length of contact and skin quality all influence absorption of skincare products, your skin will definitely absorb some, if not all, of it. Unfortunately many commercial skincare products contain harmful ingredients, including:
Parabens: Probably one of the dirtiest words in skincare, parabens are a common preservative and broad-spectrum antimicrobial. They have been shown to interact with UV rays and potentially increase DNA damage and signs of ageing; they have also been found in breast cancer tissue, raising concerns they may play a contributing role.
Naturally Anti-ageing, Nature & Health, August 2016
Can natural skincare products be anti-ageing? Naturopath Bridget Carmady takes a look at the research behind several well-known natural anti-ageing ingredients.
My mum (pictured here with me) is a baby boomer: mid-60s, gorgeously young at heart and defiant about getting old. I grew up glossing over her books of organic gardening, macrobiotics, and yoga. She was always smothering us in natural creams, and childhood ailments were seen to by our local naturopath. The funny thing is: now I look in her medicine cabinet and it’s packed full of commercial anti-ageing products. When I ask her about this, she believes the commercial anti-ageing products are the only ones that will really work. Speaking to clients about this, it turns out this is not an uncommon point of view. Is mum right or is there sufficient evidence behind natural anti-ageing claims?
Arnica the gentle healer, Nature & Health, 2013
Don’t be fooled by its pretty face – arnica packs a powerful pain-relieving punch.
Mother Nature sure is organised: when she thought about what injuries we humans might get while tramping through Europe’s mountains – bruises, sprains, and the odd broken limb – she decided to plant plenty of arnica (Arnica montana) there as well. Distilled oils, infusions and creams made from arnica’s glorious yellow flowers and root have been used medicinally for centuries. While it contains toxic compounds and should not be taken internally (unless as a homoeopathic remedy, which is too diluted to cause any harm), for external use, it is extremely effective.
O for Olive leaf, Nature & Health, 2013
This immune-boosting plant is a must-have for every medicine cabinet.
Move over wheatgrass, olive leaf (Olea europaea) is the new green ‘superfood’. Its use dates back centuries; there are even references to it in the Bible: “the fruits thereof [the olive tree] shall be for food, and the leaves thereof for medicine.” In fact, so valued were olive trees that Moses exempted men from military service if they were involved in their cultivation.
In recent years, science has verified many of its traditional applications, and it has been made into liquid extracts, tablets, capsules and teas, as well as added to culinary seasoning mixes and beauty products – it’s even fed to cattle to produce award-winning steaks.
DHA: nature’s brain booster, Nature & Health, 2013
Our fat-phobic society sees fats as the enemy; the truth, however, is that we are starved of the ‘good fats’ needed for brain health.
TV abounds with great partnerships: think Scully and Mulder, Maxwell Smart and Agent 99. Similar partnerships exist in the food world; fish oil, for example, contains a powerful pair of anti-inflammatory essential fatty acids (EFAs) – eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) which is, literally, the brains of the operation.
DHA is found in all mammals’ cell membranes, especially the eyes, brain, testes and sperm. High concentrations are also found in deep-sea fish. DHA is critical for eye, nerve and brain function, explaining why fish is traditionally called “brain food”. DHA is vital at any age, but especially during pregnancy and early childhood; a baby starts drawing on the mother’s stores from the first weeks of life, when its brain and nervous system begin to develop. Unfortunately, levels of EFAs in general and DHA in particular may be inadequate in a typical Western diet.
- “Boost your metabolism” in Expert weight loss tips, Nature & Health, 2013
- The new natural wrinkle-buster, Nature & Health, 2012
- Beat the Bloat, Nature & Health 2012 Annual Healthy Living Guide
- Love your guts, Nature & Health, 2012
- The Krill of it all, Nature & Health, 2012
- “Complaint: Bad breath, Remedy: Parsley” in Food fixes for common health problems, Australian Healthy Food Guide, August 2011
- Probiotics Primer, Nature & Health, April/May 2011
- Supermarket Sleuth: Omega-3 Supplements, Australian Healthy Food Guide, April 2011
- Supermarket Sleuth: How Food Packaging Affects What you Buy, Australian Healthy Food Guide, March 2011
- Mind Food, Nature & Health, 2011 Annual Healthy Living Guide
- Supermarket Sleuth: No-name or labelled?, Australian Healthy Food Guide, January 2011
- Sun Supplements, Nature & Health, December/January 2011
- Supermarket Sleuth: Supplements, Australian Healthy Food Guide, December 2010
- Smith C, Carmady B, Thornton C, Perz J, Ussher JM. The effect of acupuncture on post-cancer fatigue and well-being for women recovering from breast cancer: a pilot randomised controlled trial. Acupunct Med. 2012.
- Carmady B, Smith CA, Colagiuri B, 2012. A comparison of decision-making processes for conventional and complementary medicine in cancer patients. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 2012: published online 21 November 2012.
- Smith CA, Ussher JM, Perz J, Carmady B, 2011. The Effect of Acupuncture on Psychosocial Outcomes for Women Experiencing Infertility: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 2011; 17:10, 923-930.
- Carmady B, Smith CA, 2011. Use of Chinese medicine by cancer patients: a review of surveys. Chinese Medicine 2011; 6:22.
- Smith CA, Carmady B, 2011. Use of Chinese medicine by cancer patients: a review of surveys. Chinese Medicine.
- Smith CA, Priest R, Carmady B, Bourchier S, Bensoussan A, 2011. The Ethics of Traditional Chinese and Western Herbal Medicine Research: Views of Researchers and Human Ethics Committees in Australia. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
- Smith C, Carmady B, 2010. Acupuncture to treat common reproductive health complaints: An overview of the evidence. Autonomic Neuroscience, doi:10.1016/j.autneu.2010.01.013.
- Wohlmuth H, Aulton B, Penman K, Lehmann R, Upton R, 2009. Authentication of skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora L.) – a commonly adulterated medicinal plant. Planta Med 2009; 75:877-1094.