I’m Mel and this is what I love! I’m a naturopath, nutritionist and herbalist as well as having a BSc Psychology. I’m the mother of a beautiful toddler – Leah, and partner to Aaron, my best friend and love of my life.
I’m originally from England and moved to Australia in 2002. In 2009, Aaron and I had a two year sojourn in Thailand where I worked as a naturopath at Six Senses Destination Spa. It was an amazing experience and I met a ton of interesting, talented individuals from all walks of life.
Leah was born in Thailand and we moved home six weeks later to be closer to the folks. We eventually settled on the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
I became interested in traditional food when a friend recommended I should buy Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. It’s become my kitchen bible and has prompted me to rethink many of the things I was taught as a nutrition student.
Herbalism is probably my first love. I remember being fascinated by herbs and their medicinal uses as a young child. It all seemed so magical – and still does. I passionately believe that herbal medicine, nutrition and other alternative therapies should be the first place people go when they get sick. Instead, complementary practitioners often see people only once orthodox medicine has failed them. This means they come to us after their condition has progressed, making it harder to treat. They are also often on a whole plethora of medications which carry many adverse effects of their own.
For me, it’s all about preventative medicine. Make a few healthy changes to your diet and lifestyle and you’ll find you don’t get so sick anymore. Genius!
Becoming a mother has reenforced to me the importance of Real Food and Real Medicine and I’m learning along the way how to be a ‘Real Parent’!
I believe in the importance of communicating well with children and in keeping processed foods and pharmaceutical medication out of their lives as much as is realistic.
My favourite culinary herb is coriander! My favourite medicinal herbs (at the moment!) are also culinary herbs – thyme, ginger and rosemary. How’s that for keeping it simple?
I’m also somewhat addicted to fermenting things. This drives Aaron slightly crazy as it means our tiny kitchen is always full of jars of my science experiments (his words not mine!). Bless his heart, though, for always being a (not quite) willing guinea pig to my weird and wonderful concoctions!
I live in a small 3 bedroom house with a tiny kitchen and a temperamental oven. My garden is not very good for growing stuff (or maybe I’m not very good at growing stuff…). I’m telling you this to let you know that you don’t have to live in a homestead or on an acreage to incorporate traditional living into your life. Work with what you’ve got and make changes that are acceptable to you.
When I’m not blogging, working on Aaron’s wedding DJ business (Cut a Rug) and being a mother (well actually I never stop that one), you might find me enjoying a coffee at our local cafe – La Botiga or shopping at Renae’s Pantry.
w : wellhealed.com.au
e : firstname.lastname@example.org
PO Box 270