Question and Answer with Vyne health's Naturopath Holly Mayo
Question 1: What made you get into Naturopathy?
Answer: I grew up in a really conservative household and so it was something that came to me after I had travelled. I had developed my own health issues from travelling through and living in some developing countries. Upon returning home I sought out the conservative approach and with lots of testing I was given no answers and that’s when I turned to natural medicine which gave me answers immediately and resolved my issues. It was the single best thing I ever did.
Question 2: Where did you study?
Answer: I studied a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) at the Southern School of Natural Therapies in Melbourne. I loved studying in Melbourne, my time there was amazing. I don’t much like the cold though.
Question 3: What is your advice on someone wanting to study Naturopathy?
Answer: Just do it. It’s challenging and it’s not an easy degree by no means but it will change your life, and for the better. Regardless of whether you pursue it as your career you will always turn to it for the health of yourself and your family. If you can make it work then definitely take the plunge.
Question 4: What is your favourite herb?
Answer: I have so many favourites. My favourite while I was studying was Vervain (Verbena officinalis). It seemed to work for so many people and cover multiple indications as it has actions on numerous body systems including the nervous system and digestive system. These days I truly love the humble Chamomile (Matricaria recutita). Humble but grand. It works again on the nervous and digestive systems and can be used to great success in various ways of delivery including herbal teas and tinctures.
Question 5: What herb do you use the most often?
Answer: Withania (Withania somnifera). Personally, I would bath in it if I could. It works so well as an adaptogenic herb which means it helps to increase your resistance to stress. It helps to balance cortisol as well which is good in times of stress and well, I rarely see people without some form of stress in this modern world.
Question 6: What is your favourite nutritional addition that you get people to include?
Answer: I’d love it if everyone started the day with a warm lemon water as it starts the digestive processes with the bitter principles of the lemon on the tongue. Secondly, add more fiber into the diet. One of the easiest ways to start with this is to add 1-2 tablespoons of ground chia in to the diet in a smoothie or your breakfast cereal like oats and to eat more vegetables!
Question 7: Which areas of naturopathy are you most passionate about?
Answer: I am most passionate about Women’s health and hormones. It’s an area I am so fascinated by and one that is constantly evolving and so I feel that it is where I can do the most benefit. In saying that, I’m passionate about the digestive and nervous system disturbances as well as these systems are almost always intertwined within my cases anyway.
Question 8: What things can I do to help me relax before bed so that I can get to sleep?
Answer: No bright lights 1-2 hours before bed. This includes, laptops, phones, tablets and TV’s. It also includes dimming the lights in your house down when the sun starts to go down. Bright lights disrupt the melatonin production which is what helps to send you in to a slumber. Watching the sun set and the sun rise also helps to trigger your circadian rhythm to produce cortisol and melatonin at the correct times of day. Unwind before bed – a relaxing bath, read a book, meditation, gentle stretching or yoga, gentle music and a cup of passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) tea before bed will all help to relax you before bed.
Additionally, seeing a naturopath to determine the cause of your sleeplessness would also be of benefit because stress can play a huge factor in interrupting the bodies’ natural sleep rhythms.
Question 9: How can I use herbal medicine at home?
Answer: You can easily incorporate herbal teas at home and kitchen gardens full of medicinal herbs if you really wanted to delve in. Chamomile is a great herbal tea for bloating and discomfort in the digestive system as well as relaxing the nervous system. Passionflower and Holy Basil are such beautiful herbs to help relax the nervous system and a good green tea at 2 cups a day can help to lower cortisol levels and stress.
Question 10: Will you continue to study?
Answer: I am currently enrolled to study my Masters of Acupuncture through RMIT. I’d like to think that I’ll study forever in some way or another as I believe that it’s highly important to continue to learn. I’m not sure how it is going to look or how long it might take me but I’d love to finish my Masters and then potentially look at some short courses for a few years before delving into anymore university study. I think the options for post graduate study will continue to open up for my industry in future years and so hopefully something that I’m passionate about comes up in the form of specialised learning.
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