Healing Lipoma

Lipoma is a begnin rumour of fatty tissue which sits under the skins surface and is easy to move from side to side.

In the world of conventional medicine, the two GPS I went to advises lipomas “just happen” and “they’re harmless but there’s nothing you can do except surgically cut it out”.

In the naturopathic world, lipomas are a sign of liver overload and lymphatic system struggling. How? Because lipoma is a collection of fatty tissue which is trying to clear its toxins through the biggest organ it can – the skin.

My liver has most definitely had a hammering thanks to those years in my early twenties where I partied excessively (think excessive partying then triple that, and that was my life!) so I wasn’t too surprised when a lipoma popped up three years ago.

Recently, my lipoma on the back of my head went from the size of a pea to a cherry tomato and became itchy, sore, red and infected. The infection spread day by day and interferes with sleep, with moving my head left to right. I went to the GP who advised antibiotics but cautioned that antibiotics often have a hard time getting to lipoma as they enter the blood circulatory system, they don’t always penetrate into fatty tumours.

So here’s what I did for 10 days:

2 cloves garlic, diced, shot with a glass of water once daily

Apple cider vinegar swigged once daily

Tea tree oil topically applied to lipoma 3x daily

Clean eating, no alcohol, caffeine cut back to one cup coffee a day

Intermittent fasting 16:8 (or thereabouts, greater than 12hours).

No refined foods, sugar etc.

Lots of soups, eggs, meat and vegetables. Organic where I could.

1L Beetroot juice (organic with just vegetables, no fruit). Tried for daily but managed every second day. This does make excretions red, please note.


So just today I noticed my lipoma has dissolved, and turned into a mass of dry skin.




Maori wellness and breastfeeding

Te Whare Tapa Wha is the Maori wellness model that illustrates the four cornerstones of health which are all needed to be strong to hold up a person, much like four sides are needed to be strong to hold up a house. The concept is if one corner is damaged, the whole person suffers.

These cornerstones are Taha Tinana (physical health), Taha Wairua (spiritual health), Taha Hinengaro (mental health) and Taha Whanau (family health).

As a holistic health scientist, this model really resonated with me over and above any of the others I have come across. It describes the inseparable body/mind connection where all factors come together rather than other models where each factor isn’t connected, rather they are like a contributing factors of a check list where you focus on each one without acknowledging the other.

The Maori wellness model is incredibly relevant to breastfeeding as breastfeeding is not just about the physical act of transferring nutrients, it’s about so much more than that.

Our Taha tinana or physical health refers to our capacity to grow physically, which is the obvious connection here with breastfeeding. Our capacity to develop optimally and nourish our essence starts at Mothers breast. Our babies physical body is not only given nutrients but also antibodies from Mum to baby to prevent illness, enzymes to aid digestion, recent research shows that breastmilk sugars are used by gut flora to grow good bacteria in the gut such as bifidobacterium infantis, it contains stem cells which baby can direct to parts of their bodies – and the list of goodies for benefit to physical health in breastmilk goes on! This is a game changer for our capacity for optimal physical growth. Also, Mum receives physical benefits too such protection from breast cancer and ovarian cancer for every year or two that she breastfeeds. This folds in with how our physical health is an integral part of our essence.

Our Taha hinengaro (mental wellness) is about our feelings, emotions and thoughts. It is about how we see ourselves in the bigger picture and how others might perceive us. Breastfeeding releases a feel good hormone called oxytocin, the same one which is released when we make love, when we’re in labour (in terms of hormones, it seems what gets the baby in, also gets the baby out!) and is released when we are breastfeeding. That moment when you sit down in the chair and bring baby to breast, your hormones are working to create that rested and relaxed, lovey vibe for you and baby. One thing I wanted to touch on here is regarding how we see ourselves and others see us, as never have I seen this in action more than with breastfeeding! If our husband, family, society etc value breastfeeding then we are much more likely to breastfeed ourselves and keep at it! It is in this way that the support roles to breastfeeding relate directly to our mental wellbeing.

Our Taha whanau (family wellness) refers to us as not just individuals but as part of wider societal systems. It’s who we are and also the strength to be who we are, it’s to share and care. Our babies rely on us as part of their wider societal system to care for them. They’re individuals in our whanau so we share and care for them. Breastfeeding is what our ancestors always did, it’s strongly who we were and who we can be as a collective again.

Taha wairua (spiritual health) is regarding the faith side of wellness and refers to it as unseen energies and essence which is our life force. A baby’s energetic life force is from breastmilk, breastfeeding is an act of our energy, our love, and it is shown that without love our babies brain development suffers and a newborn who is deprived of love, does not live. Referring to unseen energies, any breastfeeding Mum can see, to a child especially, it is more than just the transfer of nutrients. It is warmth and comfort through pain and fear, it is quality time together, a way to for a baby or toddler to say “I love you, I missed you, I want to be close with you”. It is those energies which bond Mum and baby together.

Breastfeeding is a mind/body experience with where every aspect of wellness is intertwined with each other, much the same as Te Whare Tapa Wha. Our breastfeeding rates for Maori are statistically lower than other groups in New Zealand which we can work on as individuals, as a whanau, as a collective and as a country so let’s be that support network for our friends, whanau and wider society and encourage by doing, breastfeeding itself encourages others to also breastfeed.

One week to eczema free

In one week we turned my sons eczema around👌

It was almost as simple as quinoa and chicken for dinner.

Thanks so much for all the comments on my post last week regarding my son’s flare up. I really do love this community ❤️💕🙏 Antibiotic use (lung infection), and a couple of allergic reactions took us back to eczema city and I was so disappointed in myself for it.

Doesn’t seem fair on our eczema kids when they are so uncomfortable, crying and asking you to make it go away.

So I just wanted to share what we did to heal my sons eczema and how it was so simple the second time around!

As we already know his triggers, it was easy enough. I just did what I could with a uni student budget 👉👉 We don’t do chemicals (cleaning, cookware etc) in the house normally .

Ethical nutrients eczema shield probiotics once a day.

No dairy, egg, soy, sugar, nightshades or nuts.

The only gluten and wheat he has was 3x sandwiches at kindy in one week (but I would take these out if need be)

Nordic natural dha

Magnesium, zinc and vitamin d supplement

One hr min outside daily for vitamin d, no sunscreen unless necessary so long sleeves and sunlight just mornings/evenings to avoid sunburn.

Scratch mits at night

Hopes relief cream

Tea tree oil in the bath to prevent infection

Crushed fresh organic oregano (I grow it) with coconut oil and applied to the whole body

Although he is still a little itchy, it isn’t so bad now and the appearance has improved ten fold. No redness, no cracks, no weeping, no oozing.

This plan is specific to my boy but it might be worth a try if you are keen to heal from the inside out too!

I would advise a full consult with a qualified naturopath for anyone who isn’t sure how to implement a similar plan for their kids. Dosage is so important with kids so please go to see someone with appropriate training.

You may need bone broth, micro minerals, specific supplements or even a different histamine free diet.

But this is what works for us.


Euthanasia is a topic which needs to be discussed in New Zealand much more.

What does this have to do with a holistic health blog, you ask? Well, everything.

First of all, let’s just turn this on it’s own head and talk about what is and isn’t socially acceptable around the control of our own mortality. There is a cruel irony that those who oppose euthanasia are pro life span altering pharmaceuticals but seemingly only if it prolongs longevity. What is with the strong value we place on longevity and how is that different to controlling life span but by shortening it? Why is lengthening ok but shortening is not? It is true that modern day humans are leading longer, sicker lives thanks to our right of choice to use drugs to prolong lives. We often see diabetics on medication for insulin resistance and hypertension who end up in old age with Alzheimer’s Disease (now sometimes dubbed diabetes type 3). These people, for instance, chose to prolong their lives by using medication to control hypertension and diabetes damage. Imagine if we said that those people who are on pharmaceuticals to prolong their lives in this way, or choose to get a heart pacer etc. weren’t allowed this option because ethically we are playing God, sure we have the technology but you can’t use it to control your lifespan. That you have to face your mortality head on but don’t worry because we’ve got morphine and tramadol to help you with that. Also, imagine if you were in the agonising position of watching your family suffer and you “took their fate into your own hands” by agreeing to help them out of their pain, and live longer. This could look like agreeing to a transplant of an organ as an example. But, because ethically you played a role in controlling their  lifespan, you became a criminal of compassion for  helping your family member out.

We are smarter than we have ever been in this day in age. We have so many incredible ways of enabling longevity through medicine, those who choose to use medications to live longer should support those who have valid reasons to shorten their lifespans – and don’t even get me started on compassion and empathy for those who live with such chronic pain, for example, that they are not even human anymore, they are just pain. By this arguement, anyone who makes the decision to disallow euthanasia should be pro naturopathy, homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine etc because they are against using pharmaceuticals to our advantage. Don’t get me wrong, I am an advocate for natural medicine as a holistic health sciences student myself. But it grates me that some heartless fools get to decide in what capacity it is ok to control a humans lifespan and I want to know why they can play God themselves by saying yes, use our medical technology to prolong your life even if that makes you have a longer, sicker life as a result but no, you are not allowed to shorten your life . Stay miserable, in pain and suffer. 

Vegan vanilla strawberry cake 

The ultimate treat for a very special day or cake smash. This cake is perfect for vegan diets or those with dairy, egg and nut allergies. All of the ingredients are easily accessible and budget friendly.

The recipe can be adapted for gluten and wheat free by subbing the flour for gf flour, it can also be made soy free by omitting the yogurt or changing it to coconut yogurt.

Ok this is unashamedly girly. I was keen on being as gender neutral with my kids upbringing as possible. I think girls look cool in blue and I even bought my son a doll at age 1. But, in my case, my kids absolutely epitomise their gender stereotypes. I am sure to be eye ball rolled at when my super hero loving 3 year old boy is seen next to his tutu clad 2 year old sister. So, this is how this cake became what it is. And you know what, I love it. My kids are great individuals who I value as they are, tulle and all.

My daughter Daisy knew it was her birthday coming up and she specified a “pink sprinkle cake with a horse and a rainbow” numerous times, then told everyone about the cake she wanted. So, knowing how important this was to her, I whipped it up on a uni student budget.

This is based on the whacky cake or depression cake.

It has sugar in it but I cut the amount in half seems as the yogurt was sweet too. 

First batch, the test batch was made into 12x large muffins to share at daycare and I just doubled the batch for a large cake. I would recommend doing muffins as a test first. It is a pretty easy recipe however you might be keen to adjust the sweetness or tweak according to what you like before diving into the all important birthday cake!

Ingredients (double for a large cake)

  • 2 cups self rising flour
  • Half cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 dessert spoon white vinegar
  • 4 or 5 dessert spoons olive oil (or other veg oil)
  • 1 tsp strawberry essence 
  • A few drops of pink food colouring
  • 1 pottle of soy vanilla yogurt


  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F
  2. Grease muffin tray or cake dish
  3. In a bowl, mix flour and sugar
  4. Make three small indentations with the back of a spoon into the dry mix
  5. In one groove, put in vanilla essence
  6. In one groove, place vinegar
  7. In one groove, place olive oil
  8. Pour water over the mix and combine
  9. Add yogurt and strawberry essence and combine
  10. Drop in a two or three random drops of pink food colouring and, using the tip of the spoon, swirl
  11. Pour into dish and bake. A small cake needs about 30min, muffins 25 min and a double recipe large cake is 50min
  12. Skewed test (see if a knife comes up clean) to see if it has cooked

The icing is just dairy free margarine, melted with icing sugar, strawberry essence and pink food colouring.

Top with sprinkles and decorate accordingly.

Simple and delicious.

It was a hit and accounted for the four people with food allergies and our vegan friends. It was such an amazing feeling to not have to worry about my kids food allergies at our party. It was just a little do at home so it could be an entirely a safe food zone. We did kid snacks of bliss balls, fruit, popcorn and crackers then a “sandwich station” with roast meats, salad and veg for the adults.

Much love from my family to yours

Aleshia and little miss Daisy xx

Why do we believe that we are not good enough to have the life we dream of?

Low self esteem and feelings of not being good enough hold us back as humans.

This is how powerful the mind is.

It took my preschooler to make me wake up and look around at my life.

My three year old said to me “Mummy the house is very grey”
“Yes, Johnny, we painted all the walls grey”
“Mummy, I don’t like grey. I want a blue room”

More recently, and significantly, we were stuck in traffic and my three year old asked “Mummy, do we live in a city?”
“Yes, we live in a city. It has cars and buildings, see. A city”
“Mummy, I want to live in a beach please”

At three, he is wiser than me. At three he can see that we can manipulate our lives to achieve favorable outcomes and he KNOWS what he wants from his environment and his life. His world is so black and white, he doesn’t see why we can’t just go and live at the beach in a colourful, vibrant house. We could learn something from that.
Our environments are part of our well being. What does yours look like?

My daughter will surround herself with anything she finds pleasing to look at – flowers, ribbons, glitter etc. When did I stop doing this for myself? When did that part of being a female who likes pretty things become less of a priority to me? I want flowers, they make me happy, so I should damn well buy the flowers. I am always thinking of what others want, what will nourish their well being, but rarely do I treat myself in this same manner.

Imagine the life that you have always dreamed of, what does it look like? Who is in it? Who is NOT in it?

Where are you living?
Are you happy in your occupation?
Are you healthy? What are you doing to maintain good health?

Are you worried about the future? Are you always looking back into your past? What about right now. Right now is all we truly have and it is yours to build the life you dream of.

You can picture it.

Why do we get stuck in a rut? Finances? Health? Jobs?

Why can’t we just throw away multi tasking and focus on uni tasking to move forward to that which we want? In this case, it would be uni tasking towards moving to the beach. It makes the decision black and white. It means that you sit down, figure it out, and do it. Uni tasking is tunnel visions where the excuses of why you should not prioritize one thing fall away – they don’t fit in the tunnel with your vision.

Is it low self esteem holding us back? I know my Dad has always put down my achievements by saying “I never thought my daughter would be able to do that” and that comes from his low self esteem. He never believed in himself. You can have all the intellegence in the world but if you don’t believe in yourself then you wont have the confidence to take a step in the right direction. That’s why some smart people stay in their comfort zones, not progressing, and other less intelligent people lead epic lives. I know my Dad wanted a better life but he never believed he deserved it, he would roll his eyes at people who owned boats or nice cars etc. He catagorized people as “us” and “them”. This is such a common concept. We think nice lives are for other people, the people we see on instagram, not for ourselves. But screw that, you lead your own life, never mind them.

You owe it to your three year old self to know what your dream life is and be unstoppable in the pursuit to obtain it.

House on the beach illustration