essential health, essential oils, detox,caroline jackman, alison canavan, be complete, health and wellness, holistic health, juniper, lemon, grapefruit, detoxing, body careAt the start of the year we are often bombarded with cleanse and detox programmes. People don’t often think of detoxing as something we can do easily and on a daily basis without embarking on a strict regime. When we rid the body of toxins we feel more energised and our body performs its functions more efficiently. Cleaning up your diet is the most helpful thing you can do to decrease the toxic load on your system and essential oils can help support the detox process. Selecting specific oils can help to release toxins from fat cells and can also help with balancing gut bacteria for healthy digestion.

Here are some of the top 5 oils for detoxing

  1. Lemon

One of my favourite and most refreshing essential oils, lemon has so many day to day practical uses. Adding a drop or 2 of lemon oil to your water daily can help with lymphatic cleansing and detoxing. It is also helpful to take internally when suffering from heartburn and reflux. Inhaling it and applying it topically like a perfume will help with emotional balance and is incredibly uplifting.

  1. Grapefruit

Grapefruit essential oil is ideal for cleansing and helping to improve kidney function when taken internally. It is a good choice for supporting the body to detox and also assists the digestive system. Adding grapefruit to water or rubbing it on the soles of the feet aids an overall body detox. It is known to help combat sugar cravings so is also useful at a time when you’re trying to avoid adding sugar and toxins to the body.

  1. Lemongrass

Lemongrass is a wonderful purifier with anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It is useful for digestive issues & mixes well with peppermint. Taking lemongrass oil internally can help to flush toxins out of the body and it supports the liver, kidneys, digestive tract and bladder.

  1. Rosemary

Rosemary essential oil helps with digestive complaints and is also a great detoxifier. It supports the gallbladder and liver function, organs which are important for eliminating toxins from the body.

  1. Juniper Berry

Juniper Berry essential oil is known for its detoxing properties. Taken internally it helps with cleansing, supporting the liver and assisting with elimination of toxins. Applying it topically or taking it in a capsule is also a good way to improve urinary health and avoid water retention.

Top tip: Start your day with 1-2 drops of lemon or Grapefruit essential oil in a glass of water to help your body detox in an easy and natural way.

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When selecting essential oils it’s important to choose 100% pure essential oils for the safest and most effective health benefits. Only certified pure therapeutic grade oils should be taken internally or used neat on the skin. Always dilute essential oils with carrier oil if applying topically to children.

Essential oils can be used aromatically to affect mood and open airways; topically for quick absorption into the body through the skin, and internally for immune & digestive support.

Essential oils are a great way to improve your health easily and quickly. Drop me a line if you’d like to learn more about using essential oils or where to purchase 100% pure oils.…

STRESS AND DEPRESSION, mental health, CONCEPTION, PREGNANCY, PRENATAL DEPRESSION, ALISON CANAVAN, BE COMPLETE, DEPRESSION DURING PRENANCY, FERTILITY TREATMENT AND DEPRESSION,We often talk about postnatal depression in women but lately I’m hearing about more and more women struggling with both stress and depression when they are trying to conceive and during their pregnancy. Some women are lucky and conceive straight away, but for others trying for a baby can lead to years of stress, fertility treatments and, in some cases, depression.

According to the HSE, depression affects one in four women at some point in their life. It often occurs when women are in their 20s and 30s, when they may also be considering having children. Fertility treatment can cause you to live month to month, trying to balance and navigate a tight schedule of tests and treatments. This can be incredibly difficult even for the most resilient among us.

This journey can not only start to erode your self-confidence, but it can also affect your friendships and lifestyle, too. You can feel sad and scared, and for many life can spiral out of control, which is why it’s important to ‘mind yourself’. At times this is easier said than done, but eating well, exercising, keeping a gratitude journal, practising mindfulness and meditation, doing fun activities with your partner and spending time with friends can all help.

The most important thing to remember is to share your feelings. If you feel you can’t speak to your partner, finding a good therapist might help you to navigate your way through your emotions. Personally, I find it easier to talk to someone I don’t know who lends a non-judgmental ear, and counselling can sometimes help you to see things more clearly.

Researchers are not sure if mental health can affect fertility, although it is very clear that infertility can affect mental health! It is possible, though, that high levels of depression, anxiety and stress can affect the hormones that regulate ovulation.

If you have been trying for a baby for a long time and you finally become pregnant but the dark cloud doesn’t lift, please don’t be too hard on yourself. Pregnancy is an emotional time when hormones are rampaging through your body and they could be causing a bit of trouble on top of everything else.

Prenatal depression can present with symptoms such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Sleep problems
  • Feeling irritable in yourself and with those around you
  • Feeling fearful of the future
  • Appetite loss
  • Being tired all the time
  • Becoming withdrawn

For other women pregnancy might be unplanned, uncomfortable or complicated so there are many reasons you might start to feel down. This isn’t helped by the myth that pregnant women should be happy all the time. Out of the estimated 33 per cent of women who will suffer from depression at this time, this myth can lead to 20 per cent not asking for help because they feel scared or ashamed, says Healy Smith, a reproductive psychiatrist.

Prenatal depression can be a precursor to postpartum depression if it isn’t properly treated so follow my rule, which is…


  • Talk to someone you can trust or call a helpline
  • Ask for help or find help for someone you love
  • Do whatever it takes to get yourself well.

There are lots of non-medical approaches you can take including acupuncture, taking a good quality omega-3 supplement such as Eskimo as a mood booster, and psychotherapy, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

Self-care is important, too: it’s actually selfless and not selfish. A bath, some adult colouring (my current favourite), a massage or even a short walk can all help.

The question of medication, however, is always a conversation you need to have with your doctor. Clinical depression needs medicating, but a lot of the time therapy, positive lifestyle changes and stress reduction techniques will help enormously. And if you are on medication already, it’s important to ask about its safety of during your pregnancy. Throughout our lives it’s important that we figure out our own wellness formula, do our research and try new things because we are all so different. If you are looking for good quality information relating to women’s mental health and wellness, visit Kelly Brogan MD My friends in New York recommended this reproductive psychiatric specialist’s website when I was really struggling for the way she combined both medical and holistic approaches.


I love my herbal teas as you’ll see in this video and if you struggle to get enough water into you day herbal teas are great for taste and hydration!

These teas can also help with digestion (mint), detoxing (dandelion, milk thistle, licorice) skin purifying/ calming (nettle/ chamomile/ lemon balm) and sleep. So as Mrs Doyle would say go on, go on, go on!

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Ali xxx


I wanted to make a very simple video to introduce everyone to the idea of meditation and take away some of the preconceived ideas of great difficulty that can sometimes get attached to buzzwords.

I have been meditating for many years now and I have had a great many teachers from all over the world. Some teachers made it easy and some made it incredibly complicated. I practise daily now and its very simply just a part of my day like sleeping and eating. Very few of us even get a chance to stop and breathe each day so maybe just try and take a few minutes for yourself each day and check in.

This quote really sums it up for me:

“One who does not touch the stillness of his life, one who does not touch the stillness of his being, one who does not know or has not tasted the stillness within and without, will invariably get lost in the movement.” Sadhguru

Sometimes the greatest power is in keeping things simple!

Have you tried meditation? Do you like it? I’d love to hear from you


Ali xxx


It can be hard when we are living busy lives to make healthy choices all the time but when you feel a snack attack coming on there are healthier bars we can choose from.

Here are some of my favourites bars including Bounce Balls, Nakd, Creative Nature, Rude Health, The Food Doctor, 9 Bars and Trek.

The main reason I carry some bars around with me is so that i have something healthier to hand if I have been rushing about and forgotten to eat and as I don’t want to have long gaps between meals I find having these bars in the car and my handbag really helps!

Shine Bright,

Ali xx

So only four more sleeps till Santa gets here and as this is also the time of year when we can lose our way a bit, this mindful monday i’ve decided to share my Top 5 Tips for staying on track this holiday season


Keeping hydrated is important every day but over Christmas you might need a bit extra if you have been out at your Christmas party. Your kidney’s and liver will thank you for the helping hand. Starting your day with warm lemon is a great idea and then try and remember to drink water throughout the day.


It’s so important that we get out and get some fresh air over Christmas especially on Christmas day. Even a 10-minute walk will work wonders and help you digest or indeed prepare for your Christmas dinner. If you are prone to depression and feeling low its imperative that you get up and get out especially during Christmas and remember it’s only a short walk because small changes make a big difference.


I use the 80/20 rule in my daily life and it has helped me to break negative patterns that I have been struggling with for years. It has finally enabled me to have some balance. So enjoy your Christmas dinner (80%) and have some dessert (20%) just try and find a balance so you don’t feel bad. Christmas is a time to rest, relax and be happy. It is certainly not the time to make yourself feel bad about the decisions you make.


Breathing is essential for survival but it can also come in handy to survive Christmas when someone pushes your buttons (family, in laws!) or when you feel stressed. Simply count to 5 on your in breath and do the same on your out breath. I do this 10 times and I find it helps enormously!


Yes enjoy yourself! Try and be present and enjoy the simple things like time with your loved ones and if you are a parent enjoy seeing the magic of Christmas come alive through your child’s eyes. The real spirit of Christmas comes from our hearts and not from what we give to each other so open your heart to both let love in and share the love you have in there too.

Ali xxx

This week I’m delighted to be chatting to Stephen Terrass MRNT, who is one of Europe’s leading authorities in natural medicine, with a particular focus on nutraceutical and botanical science. Stephen has over 30 years’ experience in the natural healthcare field including more than a decade as technical director of Solgar UK before he parted ways to develop his own brand of vitamins and supplements in 2008 called Terranova.

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 Pregnancy is an exciting and special time when a woman really needs to place an emphasis on self-care, nourishing her body and growing baby. It is also a time when many women become more aware of potential dangers from the foods they eat or products they use on their bodies. Natural plant remedies provide a convenient option for pregnant women who need help dealing with some of the more uncomfortable side effects of pregnancy and the early days of parenthood.


Any pregnant woman who has struggled through a cold or flu without the aid of over the counter medication would welcome a natural solution to clearing a stuffy nose. Peppermint is wonderful for opening up the respiratory system and a drop of peppermint in water or under the tongue can help clear airways. It is crucial however, that the essential oil used is 100% pure and labelled as safe for consumption. Peppermint & ginger are also incredibly helpful for morning sickness and can provide a welcome relief from nausea in those first few weeks of pregnancy. In the later stages of pregnancy those same oils can help with heartburn and digestive upset. Peppermint is one of the first essential oils I recommend for pregnancy as applying it topically is also great for headaches which makes it a useful & natural alternative to a headache tablet. Peppermint can however decrease milk supply which breastfeeding mums should factor in when using.

Wild Orange

Pregnancy is both an exciting and tiring time for a woman, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy. Wild Orange can help with the fatigue associated with pregnancy and when used aromatically can help with energy levels. The uplifting properties of this citrus oil also help to lift mood and ease anxiety. Diffusing or inhaling wild orange can prove particularly useful in the days following the birth of a baby when new mothers can experience a rollercoaster of emotions and are more susceptible to low moods. Wild orange can also be helpful to calm emotions when diffused during labour.

Ylang Ylang

Choosing essential oils with sedative properties like Lavender or Ylang Ylang can help with insomnia or sleep problems associated with pregnancy. Ylang Ylang has a wonderful sweet smell and can help reduce high blood pressure, ease depression and encourage emotional balance.


Incredibly practical oil for any mum to be, Lavender used topically can help with sore muscles/swelling and breast tenderness. Applying Lavender to the back of the neck & temples also helps with headaches and inhaling it or adding it to a bath helps combat feelings of depression. Lavender has antibacterial and soothing properties which also makes it ideal oil to use postpartum to promote healing. Diffusing lavender in a room can help calm both mother and baby. Breastfeeding mothers will find Lavender useful if dealing with mastitis or pain from feeding.


Fennel has antispasmodic properties and can help with nausea and diluting it and applying it topically can help with colic. It is also well known as a natural way to increase milk supply which is welcome news to breastfeeding mums who don’t enjoy the taste of fennel tea. Fennel can also help ease cramps and to balance emotions.


‘Swelling Relief’

2 drops Lavender

2 drops cypress

3 drops ginger

2 teaspoon coconut oil

Combine essential oils with coconut oil & massage into legs & feet


Essential oils can be used aromatically to affect mood and open airways; topically for quick absorption into the body through the skin, and internally for immune & digestive support. It is important to select therapeutic grade oils free from synthetics.

Essential oils are a great way to improve your health easily and quickly. Drop me a line if you’d like to learn more about using essential oils or where to purchase 100% pure oils.…

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One of my favourite ways to use essential oils is to add a few drops to a diffuser and let the smell of the oils spread through the room. I first began using a diffuser when my daughter was a new born. Stuck indoors on rainy winter days, I wanted the house to smell fresh and uplifting but I also wanted an alternative to artificial air fresheners and the chemicals contained in them. Not only will diffusing essential oils make your home smell great, it can also help to boost your mood, increase your energy, and improve immunity & aid sleep. Inhaling the aroma of an essential oil can elicit a powerful emotional response and is also a great way to benefit from the valuable properties. A diffuser is a device that evaporates the essential oil into the room. There are various types to choose from, the most popular and cost effective ones being vaporising diffusers which are used with water to emit the oil and water particles into the surrounding air.

  1. Elevate your mood

Short dark winter days can contribute to low moods and seasonal affective disorder. Diffusing uplifting citrus oils such as orange and lemon can have an energising effect and lift low mood. Diffusing refreshing and invigorating oils helps to balance emotions and reduce stress. When stuck indoors with kids on rainy days, diffusing essential oils with soothing properties is an ideal way to keep the household happy.

  1. Ward off illness

Diffusing essential oils is also a great way to support the immune system and choosing supportive oils with antiseptic properties can help combat threats to the body. Essential oils such as Eucalyptus and cinnamon which have antiseptic and antiviral properties will help boost immunity, and aid the respiratory system proving particularly helpful for sufferers of coughs & colds.

  1. Sweet dreams

Diffusing calming essential oils with sedative properties can help when feeling stressed or struggling with disrupted sleep and insomnia. Diffusers make very little noise and can be safely left to run in a bedroom during the night. Lavender, sweet majoram, roman chamomile and ylang ylang used aromatically can promote peace and help to calm the mind. Diffusing relaxing oils such as lavender can help provide a targeted approach for relaxing the mind for a restful night’s sleep. When sick or congested, you can swap your oil for a respiratory aid such as peppermint or eucalyptus to help open airways when sleeping.

  1. Safe aroma

Before I discovered the benefits of using a diffuser, I loved using candles and incense to fill my home with welcoming aromas. Having a small child in the house makes burning candles too hazardous a practice and has also made me more aware of the contents & purity of products used in the home. Using a diffuser is a heat free and safer alternative to candles where you can also reap the benefits of aromatherapy.

  1. Concentrate & Focus

When trying to focus, avoid afternoon slumps and other distractions it’s helpful to diffuse stimulating essential oils such as Rosemary and lemon. Known to combat fatigue and assist with memory, Rosemary is a great oil to blend with peppermint to create a refreshing and uplifting environment while you work. Filling a space with an elevating aroma such as this is also an ideal way to help children focus when doing their homework.


Diffuser Blend

‘Happiness Blend’

2 drops Frankincense

2 drops lime

2 drops peppermint

2 drops wild orange

Fill diffuser with cold water. Add oils and diffuse to create a happy space!



Essential oils can be used aromatically to affect mood and open airways; topically for quick absorption into the body through the skin, and internally for immune & digestive support.

Essential oils are a great way to improve your health easily and quickly. Drop me a line if you’d like to learn more about using essential oils or where to purchase 100% pure oils.…


-Caroline Jackman, Honest about Health

For this week’s #WellnessWednesday I’m delighted to chatting about all things lifestyle and health with the beautiful and bubbly model and lifestyle blogger Madeline Mulqueen. I recently spent time with Madeline on a retreat and we had great giggles and a lot of fun. She recently returned from a trip to Zambia where she was filming a documentary with fellow models Teo Sutra, Irma Mali, TV presenter Diana Bunici and journalist, presenter and reporter Siobhan O’Connor where they were helping to build emergency shelter for impoverished street children.

She’s admits her life is very fast paced but she loves it and she finds balance by having snuggly nights in on the couch with her fiance actor Jack Reynor

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How would you describe your lifestyle? 

I’d say my lifestyle is fast paced and pretty unpredictable but it keeps me on my toes.

What’s your favorite food? Naughty or nice. 

My favourite food would have to be Italian or a hearty Irish dinner. I can’t live without potatoes!

Do you exercise and if so what do you do to keep fit?

I love working out. My main form of exercise is Proformer Pilates with Pilates Plus Dublin. It’s great for keeping in shape but is also very relaxing for the mind.

How do you find balance in your day-to-day life? 

I make lists for everything. I find my mind races around in circles if I don’t have everything I need to do written down. My day runs a lot smoother when I don’t need to think about what I have to do, I just do it. Making time for myself is always on that list.

How do you manage stress in your life? Do you meditate? Have you ever tried it? 

If I’m super stressed I do some yoga and a few minutes of meditation. Both are incredible for managing stress and anxiety.

I also love to colour. I get lost in time when I colour it’s a lovely feeling. 

People often set goals or intentions as they go through life. Is this something you do?

Yes absolutely. It’s always good for the mind to work towards something. It’s nice to set yourself near future goals that are realistic and achievable. It’s a great way of keeping you motivated for the bigger goals ahead.

How do you unwind after a busy day? 

Cuddling up on the couch with my boy and watching a movie is the go to, as long as there is enough milk for copious cups of tea. Other than that I love a good pamper evening to myself.  

It’s the weekend, what do you do for fun? 

I love being around my friends as much as possible. I usually have my friends over for dinner and giggles on the weekends when I’m at home.

What’s your top health tip for our readers? 

Take care of your mind just as much as your body.

Finish the sentence – Being complete for me means… always being in the present. If I focus too much on the past or future I start to lose my sense of self. I am happiest and complete when I’m living in the present.