I fell back in love with ancestral medicine because I realised it has the potential to change generations of people... And when you improve someone's health, food and environment, you can change the generations to come for the better. You only have to look at Pottenger's Cats to see the effects inappropriate diet can have (1).
My family ancestry includes artists, opera singers, barristers, herbalists and a royal midwife. I moved away from family traditions to study modern medicine, a very different avenue from my ancestors‘ "outdated" herbal and homeopathic wisdom. After all, penicillin and systematic inoculations were still fairly new when I was growing up and it seemed that, in that brave new world emerging after WWII, this modern medicine had all the answers to the world’s ills. Only I eventually discovered that, for me, it didn’t.
After many health quests, I came full circle to my great grandmother’s traditional royal herbal, homeopathic, and food medicine wisdom. As a practising naturopath, researcher and author, I have over 30 years' experience in complementary health, lecturing and education. I specialise in gastrointestinal and behavioural health and have helped thousands of families, students, practitioners and business people.
When we see ourselves as a whole, and approach our health choices from many different angles, we become aware of how we support and are supported by our decisions. We are also better placed to help our family and our local community.
This is what Bubbling Life brings to you: a rising understanding of the effervescence of life, of old knowledge which never grows old, of proven, enduring, nourishing, viable traditions needed now more than ever before to sustain and anchor us as we reach forward to reclaim a better, purer, kinder future.
When you engage me to help you, you'll discover how to reclaim your good gut life habits: there is now so much research showing that those pesky critters in our intestines massively influence our moods, behaviour, intelligence and resistance to illness, it's high time we ditch the war on germs and engage in some Germ Welfare!
Cheap food is expensive food. It offers no value for money and is a main contributor to ill health, obesity and behavioural issues. Elle Fox
Fermenting Success, Fostering Resilience
To my delighted wonder I discovered that the art of fermentation breaks down barriers across every culture, life and business. It helps gut and brain health, birthing of ideas and success. It reconnects families, improves mood, brightens outlook, brings hope and clarity.
That's why I created Bubbling Life; to help you let go of those ailments and behaviours that hold you back. Through my expert advice, innovative approach and proactive coaching, you’ll soon be improving in ways you never thought possible on all levels and areas of your life.
I invite you to discover the glory of fermentation: it could be it the next wonderful idea for your health, your business, your life.
Book a discovery session today and find the change you’ve been looking for.
You may wonder what does any of this have to do with supporting people's health or mentoring entrepreneurs - or as one of my mentees calls "mentor-hip". Well, the long years of my journey through conventional western medicine, education, business, lecturing, supporting students, health practitioners and business executives, treating people's ailments, running workshops, writing and editing health articles and books, I found that people are more receptive to training and progress if they have a happy tum. And a happy tum is the result of a whole load of different things, from the quality of food and drink to the amount of stress you're in, to how you sleep at night...
And I discovered that if I wanted to really, really help people, what I needed to do was to show them how to make bubbles and fizz.
So, jump right in and see how you can create a Bubbling Life for yourself!
I have the privilege of being part of the Cooperative that owns two well-known biodynamic farms in Forest Row; Plaw Hatch and Tablehurst. These farms deserve all our support, because good quality food, sustainably and honestly produced, with respect for the animals, plants and Mother Nature is not easy to find.
Running fermentation workshops is one of my passions. With the enthusiastic help of my workshop attendees, which included international celebrities, I raised significant funds towards the building of the straw-bale eco house on Tablehurst Farm and the Young Farmer Apprentice Scheme at Plaw Hatch Farm. Our biodynamic farmers need continuous help and by booking one of my fermentation workshops you can do that, whilst learning wonderful skills to improve your health and wellbeing.
I am now fundraising for the out-of-plastic initiative at Plaw Hatch Farm.
Keep in touch for more information and how you can contribute to my fundraising work.
Why Biodyamic Farming?
I feel strongly about my charity work and involvement in Tablehurst and Plaw Hatch Farms: I have been the Newsletter Editor and Secretary of the Cooperative who owns the farms. This has deepened my understanding of what it takes to produce health-promoting food that is bursting with life, kind to the environment, and kind to our farmers and our local communities.
Working with this type of vital food and showing people how to get the best out of it is such an enormous pleasure.
Fermented foods have made a huge difference to my family's and my patients' health and I am a massive fan of the wonderful critters residing in our gut; they shape our personalities and our lives and we need to learn how to safeguard and promote their wellbeing.
I use naturopathic approaches in my practice along with teaching people how to enrich their diet with fermented foods. I have a line of fermented foods that can be found in local organic farm shops. My popular workshops see the attendance of international celebrities and proceeds go to support the infrastructure and education on the local biodynamic farms.
I coach private clients and business people in the art of discovering their real “gut feeling” – their true compass for success.
We can't achieve something as profound as this with pre-packaged, processed food. We need the vitality of local, fresh, seasonal produce.
I live this reality daily and I invite you to discover it for yourself.