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Self-care Chat for Challenging Times with Q&A FREE event

Hope you are doing well despite us having to go into lockdown again. If you are or you know someone who is struggling due to the current situation you may be interested in this event . We are going to discuss how we looked after ourselves during the first lockdown and share tips with you. To stay calm and well we supported ourselves with eg herbal remedies, nutrition, breathwork, healing, relaxation/mindfulness , ecotherapy, yoga, and stress reduction.

Jenny Mutlu-Collins is a Reiki Master Teacher and Wellbeing Trainer whose innovative programmes include Reiki for Work and Life and Body Wisdom. She specialises in finding ways to integrate relaxation, mindfulness and clarity into everyday life where people need it most, so that they can find their true balance and flow.
Yasemin Bhairavi A. is a yoga teacher, an ecotherapist and carries on her studies on psychology, mainly emotional anatomy and therapy works. She runs regular online yoga classes and wellbeing workshops to help with reducing stress, supporting physical and mental wellness, empowering individuals for developing compassionate self practice and self healing.

Chrissy Gray has been working in Cambridge, since 1993 as a Herbalist, Naturopathic Iridologist, Nutritonal Therapist, Reflexologist and Reiki Master.
She has helped many people reach levels of increased health and well-being, making it easier for them to be vibrant, energetic and lead more fulfilling lives. She feels it is her mission to share her knowledge of natural healing with as many people as possible.

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Me giving a Reflexology treatment just after I qualified in 1995!

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What is Reiki and how does it work?

healthynewage living Reiki articleIf you are interested in learning more about Reiki then here is a short article I wrote for a natural health magazine which gives a good introduction to Reiki.


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Reiki healing-my personal journey to become a Reiki healer.

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Natural remedies for toothache so you don’t have to grin and bear it.

Natural remedies for Toothache

Thankfully, I have only ever had toothache twice in my life. Once, in my mid thirties which was twenty years ago and then again just recently.  On the first occasion my flat mate who was an acupuncturist inserted tiny needles into my face which definitely helped but didn’t stop the pain completely.  So the next morning I took myself off to the chemist and bought homeopathic Merc sol. I took one dose immediately and by the time I stepped outside the shop the pain was totally gone. I was highly impressed with the Merc sol. However, I do think the pain relief effect may have been due a combination of having had both the acupuncture and the remedy. The second time I suffered with toothache was this year over the May bank holiday weekend. I had nibbled on too many dried figs and the high fruit sugar content provoked the toothache.  As it was a holiday weekend I couldn’t get a dental appointment straight away and this time the pain I was experiencing was significantly worse than the first time I had toothache.  I needed some pain relief and I didn’t want to use conventional pain killers. So I experimented on myself with different natural remedies(see below) that bring pain relief. All the remedies helped with the pain but as with conventional painkillers the pain would return in several hours . After using various combinations of natural remedies my pain completely went away after just 3 days.  I have been pain free since and I don’t have a dentists appointment until the beginning of June.

NB The most common cause of toothache is a dental cavity and the second most common cause is gum disease. If you have any pain in your teeth or jaw you should make an appointment to visit a dentist, but if you can’t get an appointment straight away or you do not want to take painkillers these remedies may help you.


When we work naturopathically to eliminate toothache we aim to not only help with pain relief, but to create healthier tissues in the mouth and to improve the immune system function locally and generally. The toothache may go away temporarily with pain relief but it is vital to address these issues for long lasting pain relief.

Pain relief remedies

Teeth and Gums tincture

Calendula, Jamaican Dogwood, Hypericum.Chamomile, Licorice, Skullcap, Thyme,Peppermint, Echinacea.

This formula combines herbs that help with nerve pain, reduce inflammation and streptococcus mutans (the main bacteria responsible for tooth decay). The formula also helps to detoxify the tissues in the mouth and lymph glands , and is high in anti-oxidants to speed up healing.

Take 1 tsp in a small amount of water and hold in mouth for up to 5mins and then spit out.  This remedy can be used as often as needed.

 I used this remedy the most and it gave quick pain relief .  The toothache woke me in the middle of the night  and  I reached for this tincture, I took 5ml in a little water and the pain went and I was able to go straight back to sleep.

What Sarah Yow, Aromatherapist and CKT Practitioner in Cambridge says about Chrissy’s Teeth and Gums tincture

I contacted Chrissy after having had 2 lots of antibiotics for gum/tooth infection. Antibiotics are generally not my ideal route, but this was quite a painful infection. 2 courses of them and the infection was still present, so I contacted Chrissy and she made up a tincture for me which to this day, I still refer to as ‘Chrissy’s marvellous medicine’ – it worked so quickly it was amazing.  It has been a fixture in my cupboard since and have used it when ever a problem either with the gums or teeth occurs.  I have recommended it to several people since and all very grateful for the advice. For me personally, I see it as an effective alternative to antibiotics for this type of problem and use it periodically to help keep the gums well.  Chrissy is a really skilfull practitioner and created a great formula here – Thanks Chrissy!

St Johns Wort

One of the main uses for Hypericum better known as St Johns wort is for nerve pain.

I found it had an immediate numbing effect on my tongue and mouth and very effectively took the pain away.

1 tsp of St Johns Wort tincture in a little water held in the mouth for a few minutes. Hold in the mouth    for 3-5 minutes. You can use this as often as needed.



This popular bright yellow spice which is most known to us as an ingredient in Asian meals has a wealth of health benefits and is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine.

In a recent study in the Journal of Indian Society for Periodontology  turmeric mouthwash (10 mg curcumin extract dissolved in 100 ml of water with a peppermint flavoring agent added was found to be as effective as a solution made from chlorhexidine gluconate (CHX), the gold standard compound for plaque buildup in dentistry.

I used tip of a teaspoon’s worth of turmeric in warm water as a mouth wash twice daily.

You can also increase turmeric in your diet. I like to mix 1/2-1tsp into salad dressings,  hummus, in at the end of cooking veggies. There are also some delicious recipes for turmeric and almond milk on the web.

Here is one particularly yummy recipe for turmeric milk

 Raw Garlic

Nature’s antibiotic and immune booster.

A chemical called allicin is produced when garlic is cut. This strong smelling chemical has immune boosting properties, Cooking garlic destroys allicin so you need to eat garlic raw if you want to benefit from it’s powerful immune system strengthening effects. Garlic is strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal. You can use it directly on the gums but if you leave it too long it may burn and irritate them. I prefer to increase the amount of garlic in my diet by adding 1-2 fresh chopped cloves into salad dressings.

Oil pulling with  organic cold pressed Coconut oil

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic medicine practice used to maintain oral health and hygiene. It is said to remove bacteria and fungus from the mouth and reduce build up of plaque. It is also thought to strengthen the gums and teeth, help as a treatment for bleeding gums and sensitive teeth, and for the prevention of bad breath.

I used coconut oil but sesame oil is also recommended for oil pulling. I find the suggested 1 tbs of oil too much and prefer to use 1  dessertspoon.  Put the oil into your mouth and then vigorously swoosh it through your teeth and around your mouth for at least 20 minutes. Do this on a daily basis first thing in the morning on am empty stomach for oral health maintenance or when needed if you have toothache. I did it twice daily whilst I had pain and found it very soothing.


Two days ago after nearly a month of being pain free I had a return of the dreaded toothache. I immediately returned to my regime of:

1 x 3 tsp of Chrissy’s Teeth and Gums formula.

Oil pulling with coconut oil 2 x daily

Using a a tip of  tsp of turmeric powder in warm water 2 x daily

Eating 2 cloves of garlic in a salad dressing

The toothache went away the same day but at last I have my appointment with the dentist tomorrow!

All the best for now


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Natureworking’s herbal, nutritional, natural healing tips and information blog

A warm welcome to my blog.

A childhood love of wild plants and nature, and a desire not to use pharmaceutical drugs led me to train as a herbalist in later life. I’m proud to say that I have been a herbalist and natural healer for over 20 years.  I’ve helped many people in my clinic to be healthier and happier by using herbs, nutritional therapy, superfoods, reflexology, and reiki.  Everyone would like improved energy levels, clearer skin, bright eyes and to feel calm and grounded.  I wholeheartedly believe Mother Nature can provide us with the means to achieve this.

Why have I started writing this blog? I have a great passion to share my knowledge of healing plants, nutrition and natural therapies to a wider audience. We face so many challenges in today’s world. There is an incredible amount of pollution in the environment and each and every second 310 Kg of toxic chemicals are released into our atmosphere, land and water by industrial facilities around the world and of these, over 2 million tons (over 4.5 billion pounds) per year are recognized carcinogens. This amounts to about  65 kg  each second. See more at People are expected to work harder, faster and for longer hours.  Millions suffer from acute and chronic stress.  In 2009 it was reported that chronic ill health and stress in the UK workplace cost  employers £100 billion. To help us deal with all these modern challenges we all need to raise our levels of health. We can achieve this by using plants and foods that are high in powerful compounds that boost the immune system and help us detoxify.  In addition to making these plants and foods part of our daily lives we need to drink more pure water. We also need to exercise regularly,  practice meditation, relaxation techniques, yoga, tai chi etc and receive healing therapies.  By using what herbs and foods nature has to offer  we can strengthen, rejuvenate and protect our  health.Through writing a blog it is my aim to help you delve deeper into the world of natural health and inspire you to move to greater health. I will share with you delicious health filled recipes, natural healing tips, safe and effective herbal formulae along with the latest research and information about natural medicines. and therapies.  I would like you to be able to keep yourself and your  family in excellent health during these challenging times.

Bulgarian Proverb –“Nature, time and patience are the three great physicians”.

Thank you for reading my blog, I welcome comments and feedback.

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