Wellspring Blog

The Endeavour blog is dedicated to sharing useful, uplifting and thought-provoking opinions and insights from a select team of writers including alumni, staff and students, and is intended to help readers live more enriched and nourishing lives.*

Wednesday, 31 May 2023

Endeavour College of Natural Health

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Exploring the ancient art of gua sha

Gua sha may be having a bit of a moment, but did you know that it's a traditional healing technique that has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years? Gua sha involves using a smooth-edged tool to scrape the skin in a specific pattern, …

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Tuesday, 30 May 2023

Anna Doktor

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How stress impacts your mental and physical energy

Let’s set the record straight. Stress is a biological response which impacts your mental and physical energy.

When you feel stressed, you go into a fight-or-flight-or-freeze response. The main stress hormone, adrenaline, makes you feel energetic and moti…

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Monday, 29 May 2023

Endeavour College of Natural Health

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Natural Health Heroes: Making a sea change in her thirties that led to a dream career in tonic herbalism

Heeding the call for a sea change, Amy Gardner relocated to the Gold Coast. But that change sparked the start of several more that brought her closer to her passion – food as medicine – and a discovery that would mold her future career.

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Wednesday, 24 May 2023

Tracy Gaibisso

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Recipe: Immune-boosting oxymel tonic

We all know that feeling ­– the tickle in your throat, the heaviness in your head, the sense that a cold or flu is about to take hold. It's not a pleasant feeling, and we'll do almost anything to ward off the impending illness.

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Monday, 22 May 2023

Tracy Gaibisso

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Tips for avoiding the flu this season, according to a naturopath

With winter fast approaching, Tracy Gaibisso – a herbalist and naturopathy lecturer at Endeavour – shares some wisdom to keep your mind, body, and spirit in tip-top shape.

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Wednesday, 17 May 2023

Adelaide Poschelk

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Why you should incorporate hair analysis into your clinical practice

Hair analysis is a quantitative test that measures the mineral composition of hair. Think of it as a blueprint to your body over the last couple of months. Each test provides you with a reading of important nutritional elements (e.g., iron, magnesium, c…

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Tuesday, 16 May 2023

Endeavour College of Natural Health

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Natural Health Heroes: Finding a healthier career path in nutrition

Following her passion for health and helping others, Kristy Emmett chose a nursing career after high school. But a few years into her career, Kristy’s health began to decline, setting off alarm bells. It took several more years before she decided to tra…

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Wednesday, 10 May 2023

Lexie McPhee

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Stress driven acne: How emotional health impacts skin

Stress is one of the most common drivers of acne that I see in my clinic. In fact, the longer I am in practice, the more obvious it becomes that the root cause of acne often lies within the psychological and emotional health of the person.

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Monday, 8 May 2023

Ashley Von Arx

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Not just for nanna: The benefits and uses of chamomile

Chamomile is the type of herb that everyone seems to know and tried. Your grandma probably keeps it stocked the cupboard, or you’ve had it in some sleepy-time tea blend from the whole foods store. However, the highly underrated chamomile is so much more…

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Wednesday, 3 May 2023

Endeavour College of Natural Health

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Natural Health Heroes: Research aimed at protecting and embracing First Nations health knowledge

Dr Alana Gall is right where she wants to be. A research fellow at the National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine, Alana is pursuing the research she set her heart on while studying at Endeavour.

“In 2008, when I was studying naturopathy, Professor Jon Wa…

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Monday, 1 May 2023

Ashley Von Arx

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The mysterious world of medicinal mushrooms

Medicinal mushrooms have been used to promote and maintain health in traditional medicine systems for thousands of years. But only recently has the humble medicinal mushroom been gaining more widespread popularity.

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Wednesday, 26 April 2023

Lexie McPhee

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Reducing xenoestrogen exposure for hormone health

“Xeno-WHAT?” I hear you say? My point exactly. Xenestrogens are abundant in our environment, they harbour harmful effects to human hormones and fertility, yet are rarely considered as obstacles to cure in the treatment of hormonal conditions such as acn…

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*The views and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Endeavour College.