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Monthly Archives: June 2017

  • Manuka Honey: Australia v New Zealand


    New Zealand Manuka Honey was considered the best, but new studies have shown that Australian Manuka Honey is at least as powerful against bacteria.

    The growing global crisis of antibiotic resistance (that we talked about in one of our previous posts), which is so often in the news now as it affects so many hospital stays, has further sparked interest in Manuka Honey.

    What's Different about Australian & New Zealand Manuka Honey?

    Australia has more than 80 types of manuka trees growing, while New Zealand has only one species. The research from samples in New South Wales and Queensland from their flowering manuka (Leptospermum) trees found the nectar-derived chemical that gives New Zealand manuka honey its unique antibacterial properties, is also present in all Australian varieties.

    This research by Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation lead by Dr. Nural Coketin also found the antibacterial properties of Manuka Honey remain unchanged over several years when stored correctly.

    What's the Big Deal?

    All honeys have different flavours and different medicinal properties, depending on the flowers bees visit for nectar. What makes Manuka Honey so special is the exceptionally high level of stable antibacterial activity, arising from a naturally occurring compound (methylglyoxal [MGO]) in the nectar of manuka flowers; it is this ingredient that acts against golden staph infections and other "superbugs" resistant to current antibiotics.

    Australian Manuka Honey

    The best of the Australian Manuka Honey is called Manuka Gold. A wonderful range of honeys plus a range of Manuka Honey skincare products. It is definitely worth having a look at this range. Follow the links below to see their range of Manuka Honey's.

    100% Raw Australian Manuka Honey NPA 5+
    100% Raw Australian Manuka Honey NPA 10+
    100% Raw Australian Manuka Honey NPA 15+
    100% Raw Australian Manuka Honey NPA 20+

    New Zealand Manuka Honey

    In our store, we have found that the best New Zealand Manuka Honey on the market today is Ka Noa. This is because all their honey is UMF Certified, meaning that they all meet a set of criteria which includes the regular monitoring and auditing of their product. It is also because their honey is single source and are only available in limited runs.

    ka noa Manuka Honey 20+ UMF


    If you are unsure about anything you have read in this article, please do not hesitate to contact us on (03) 9670 1346 or or comment on this post.

    Our team of qualified staff are here to help you.

    Written by Ian Collins

    Owner of Evelyn Faye Nutrition

  • Skin Conditions: What Can Help Me?

    What Products Should I Use if I Suffer from a Skin Condition?

    Skin disorders can have a wide array of symptoms, and can be mild to more severe. Temporary issues such as an allergic rash that comes and goes can be a minor annoyance, however more permanent conditions can be painful to deal with.

    Different skin conditions have different causes, and can be situational or genetic. Some can be minor, and come can even be life threatening.

    Some Common Skin Conditions Include


    Eczema (sometimes called contact dermatitis) can be categorised as having itchy and inflamed patches of skin.

    Adults can experience eczema but it is more common amongst children and teenagers.

    Common areas where eczema can affect are inside the elbows and behind the knees.

    Seborrheic Dermatitis

    Seborrheic dermatitis could be thought of as a form of eczema that mainly affects the scalp. This condition can cause an itchy and flaky scalp, resembling dandruff. It can also cause dryness of the face, particularly near the skin folds, forehead, eyebrows and anterior hairline. It can also affect the ears, upper chest, back and neck. Most often, symptoms appear on areas of skin with high concentrations of sebaceous glands (oil glands).


    Psoriasis is a more serious skin condition and is thought to be autoimmune in nature. Severity can differ and can be slightly irritating to debilitating.

    Symptoms may include:

    • Thick, red patches on the skin
    • Pitted, ridged fingernails
    • Scaly, itchy scalp and hair loss
    • Stiff, painful joints



    Acne is one of the most common skin conditions and often begins in adolescence. It starts with a blockage at the hair follicle and oil gland, leading to whiteheads, blackheads and inflamed pus-filled spots. These can occur on the face, back, neck and chest where oil glands are most prevalent.

    Factors which can exacerbate skin conditions include:

    • Food or environmental allergies
    • Toxic load
    • Hormones
    • Stress
    • Parasites or fungus
    • Imbalance of gut bacteria
    • Weakened immune system
    • Infections
    • Viruses
    • Genetic factors



    If you are suffering from a skin condition, you may notice that some products do not react well on your skin. When choosing products to use on your sensitive skin, it is important to make sure the product is hypoallergenic and free of any chemical irritants known to irritate the skin.

    If your skin issues are disturbing your daily functioning, do not hesitate to contact your local naturopath, herbalist or nutritionist.

    In our store, we often suggest MooGoo Skincare. Their products are made from natural ingredients and are proudly Australian Made.


    Come in store, call, or email us for our range of MooGoo Skincare products.


    If you are unsure about anything you have read in this article, please do not hesitate to contact us on (03) 9670 1346 or or comment on this post.

    Our team of qualified staff are here to help you.

    Written by Tanya Lim

    Medical Herbalist & Nutritionist at Evelyn Faye Nutrition

    360 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000

  • The Importance of Folate (Vitamin B9)

    folate forms

    Folate is an important vitamin for metabolic, genetic and nervous system function. It is required for the formation of healthy red and white blood cells.

    Folic acid is a synthetic form of folate used in supplements and fortified foods. It is a requirement in Australia to add folic acid to wheat flour for bread making; and breakfast cereals and fruit juices may also have added folic acid.

    In order for folic acid to be metabolised, it first needs to go through a process in the body called "methylation". Simply put, methylation is the transfer of a methyl group (one carbon and three hydrogen's) between compounds.

    Folate metabolism is an intricate process, which is also linked to homocysteine metabolism. Up to 50% of the population have a genetic predisposition (called a genetic polymorphism, or "SNP", pronounced 'snip') that impairs the optimal function of the methylation process. When supplementing, using the active form of folic acid is vital to ensure the proper metabolism of this essential nutrient.

    Active forms of folic acid can be identified as folinic acid, folacin, L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF) or L-methylfolate to name a few examples.

    Folate, which occurs naturally in foods like green leafy vegetables, is necessary for healthy growth and development. It has an important role in the production of nucleic acid and the metabolism of amino acids.

    Foods High in Natural Folate

    • Wheat Germ
    • Wheat Bran
    • Vegemite
    • Marmite
    • Red Kidney Beans
    • Chicken Liver
    • Green Leafy Vegetables
    • Bakers Yeast
    • Egg Yolk
    • Sunflower Seeds

    Benefits of Folate

    • Helps produce neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, which are important for mood, sleep and a healthy appetite.
    • May help psychological or mental symptoms, if they are associated with folate deficiency.
    • Prevent neural tube defects in pregnant women. Up to half of neural tube defects are believed to be preventable if women of childbearing age supplement their diet with folic acid.

    Signs of Folate Deficiency

    • Anaemia (large cell type)
    • Glossitis
    • Mental Confusion
    • Weakness
    • Fatigue
    • Irritability
    • Headache
    • Shortness of Breath
    • Elevated Homocysteine

    Folate deficiencies also occur when there are inadequate intakes, impaired absorption, or unusual metabolic demands for this vitamin (cell multiplication speeds up– as in pregnancy, burns, blood loss and GI tract damage).

    Other Vitamins Essential to the Healthy Metabolism of Folate

    • Vitamin B2
    • Vitamin B6
    • Vitamin B12


    Some of the more superior folate supplements are unavailable for purchase without consulting with a practitioner. Come in store or call us to get a personal recommendation from one of our qualified staff members.


    If you are unsure about anything you have read in this article, please do not hesitate to contact us on (03) 9670 1346 or or comment on this post.

    Our team of qualified staff are here to help you.

    Written by Tanya Lim

    Medicinal Herbalist & Nutritionist at Evelyn Faye Nutrition

    360 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000

  • Black Soybean Pesto Pasta


    Serves 4

    All ingredients for this recipe are available at our South Melbourne store.


    • 1 pack of Ceres Organic Bean Pasta- Black Soybean Fettuccine
    • 1/2 pack of Ceres Organic Sundried Tomatoes
    • 1 jar of Kehoe's Kitchen Pesto Cream Cheese
    • 1 teaspoon of Simply Organic All Purpose Seasoning
    • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt


    Place 1/2 pack of sundried tomatoes in a bowl and cover with warm water to rehydrate for 20 minutes (or leave to rehydrate overnight for next day preparation).

    Once soft, chop into strips.

    Fill two thirds of a medium pot with water and bring to a boil. Add salt and black soybean fettuccine and cook for 2 minutes.

    Drain and mix in pesto, seasoning and sundried tomato strips.

    Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and fresh herbs of your choice.

    This recipe is Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo and High in Protein.

    Recipe by Sahar Hajeb

    Nutritionist at our South Melbourne store

    BHSc of Nutritional Medicine.

  • Four Ways to Look After Your Knees


    Knees are critical to our ability just to get around, and are essential for virtually every exercise we tackle.

    Knee pain is one of the most common complaints we hear from our clientele. People commonly experience this due to carrying too much body weight, impact exercise and injuries from sport. The wear and tear we experience as we age can add up to pain alone.

    Here are four ways to look after your knees:


    The exercise and footwear you choose are so critical - we hear of pronators - our feet falling inwards or outwards; too much running on hard surfaces, all have an effect. Seek help and choose the right footwear for you (the amount of support, need for orthotics etc.). Ask your podiatrist or osteopath, physiotherapist or chiropractor to assist.

    Exercise to increase muscle strength around the knee is critical as this gives added support and helps prevent further injury. Flexibility of the knee joint - ask for exercises that help and always remember that doing exercise in a pool dramatically reduces the level of impact on the knee and will help with recovery and reduction of pain.


    Fish contains the highest amount of naturally occurring Omega 3 fats that have a strong anti-inflammatory effect. Reduce red meat which can promote inflammation in excessive amounts will help to shift the balance back to anti-inflammatory. Increase plant based Omega 3 sources such as flaxseed and chia seed.

    Reducing Inflammation with Supplements

    Turmeric/ Curcumin has had a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine as a strong anti-inflammatory, thus reducing the pain of swelling and heat, which causes the knee to be swollen and stiff. As people age, a previously injured knee can lead to osteoarthritis which generates inflammation. This occurs at the point of the knee where articular cartilage and bones touch. Reducing inflammation increases knee mobility.

    Fish Oil capsules or liquids can be the most convenient and practical way to increase your Omega 3 levels.

    Increase Cartilage Production

    Collagen is turning out to be the hero product in this area of knee soreness. So many of our personal trainers and their clients have found improved repair of soft tissue and cartilage due to the amino acid profile of collagen. Knees that were sore, swollen and painful have become far less so with a daily dosing of collagen. Ask us for the dosage regime you should follow.

    Glucosamine and Chondroitin are precursors to cartilage production combined with Boswellia and Ginger shows strong pain reducing effects on the knee.

    Suggested Supplements

    If you are unsure about anything you have read in this article, please do not hesitate to contact us on (03) 9670 1346 or or comment on this post.

    Our team of qualified staff are here to help you.

    Written by Ian Collins

    Owner of Evelyn Faye Nutrition

  • Purple Gut Healing Kraut



    • 1/2 Purple Cabbage - set aside outer leaf
    • 1 Onion
    • 2 Garlic Cloves (or as you prefer)
    • 2 tablespoons of Fresh Ginger Root & Fresh Turmeric
    • 2 teaspoons of Himalayan Salt
    • Pinch of Black Pepper


    1. Keep the larger outer leaves of the cabbage put aside, you'll need it later for keeping the kraut submerged.
    2. Shred the cabbage up with a knife to very fine, thin pieces. Do the same with the onion and garlic.
    3. Grate both the ginger and the turmeric with fine micro plane grater.
    4. Put all ingredients into a bowl and mix well.
    5. Let it sit for about 30 minutes so that the cabbage becomes juicy.
    6. Put all ingredients into a big jar with a lid, including all the salty cabbage juice. Press this mixture right down so the cabbage is submerged under the liquid.
    7. Place one of the larger outer leaf of the cabbage over the surface of the sliced cabbage. This will help keep the cabbage submerged in the liquid.
    8. Place a weight on top. I use a smaller mason jar filled with water.
    9. Cover everything with a towel. Set in a cool place, out of sunlight for 7 days.
    10. Check the sauerkraut every day and press the weight down a few times to release the gases that are inside. Always keep everything covered with liquid.
    11. After 7 days, remove the leaves and place the finished sauerkraut in the refrigerator. It will last at least 9 months or longer in your fridge.

    Recipe by

    Kayla Elizabeth Miller

    Clinical Holistic Nutritionist at our South Melbourne store

    BHSc. Nutritional Medicine

  • Get Well Soon Shots

    get well


    • 1 teaspoon of Turmeric Powder (or Fresh)
    • 1 teaspoon of Ginger Powder (or Fresh)
    • 3-5 cloves of Garlic
    • 1-2 teaspoons of Honey
    • 1/2 teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper or Chilli
    • Pinch of Black Pepper
    • 1/2 a Lemon (squeezed)


    Mix all ingredients in hot water or simmer on a stove, whichever you prefer.

    Strain if you like, then you have shots to enjoy.

    You can also make a garlic poultice to put on your feet. Simply layer a chux on your feet and then pile the garlic on top of it. Then wrap your feet up and enjoy!

    Recipe by

    Kayla Elizabeth Miller

    Clinical Holistic Nutritionist at our South Melbourne store

    BHSc. Nutritional Medicine

  • Kayla's Banana Quinoa Flake Cookies Recipe

    banana quinoa cookies




    1. Preheat your oven to 190 Degrees Celsius (fan forced) and line a tray with baking paper.
    2. Mash the banana in a bowl. Add in the vanilla essence and mix.
    3. Add the dry ingredients to the banana and combine well.
    4. Roll the mix into balls and squash slightly, then, put onto the tray.
    5. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave the cookies in there for another 15 minutes. Then remove them from the oven.
    6. Store your cookies in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days.

    This recipe is Vegan and Gluten Free

    Recipe by

    Kayla Elizabeth Miller

    Clinical Holistic Nutritionist at our South Melbourne store

    BHSc. Nutritional Medicine

  • Antibiotic Resistance & Natural Antibiotic Alternatives

    A range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi are on the rise, with pathogenic bacteria becoming stronger and stronger. Over time, and with the overuse of pharmaceutical antibiotics, bacteria has become destructive "superbugs", resistant to antibiotics and are increasingly harmful to the immune system.

    What Is Antibiotic Resistance?

    Antibiotic resistance happens when an overexposure to antimicrobial drugs (i.e. antibiotics, antifungals and antivirals) occurs. Antimicrobial drugs are used to treat microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites. These microorganisms can build up a tolerance to antimicrobial drugs, and become what is known as "superbugs".

    As a result of this, medicine basically becomes useless, and infection lingers in the body.

    What Causes Antimicrobial Resistance?

    The misuse and overuse of antibiotics in people and animals is a major contributor to antibiotic resistance. Often, antibiotics are given without professional oversight.

    Example of misuse include:

    • When they are prescribed to people for viral infections (i.e. colds and flu)
    • When given as growth promoters in animals and fish

    Herbal Antibiotics and Natural Alternatives

    With the rise of antibiotic resistance, it is important to look at alternatives to combat infection.

    With the immune system becoming increasingly burdened, use of plant based medicine and their complexity of compounds should be considered to restore the microbial balance in the body.

    Some excellent antimicrobial herbs to consider when combating infection include:


    Garlic contains a compound called Allicin, which has been shown to have antibacterial effects against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, including multi-drug resistant E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Proteus spp., and many more. It also has antifungal activity, particularly against Candida albicans.

    Golden Seal

    Contains antimicrobial alkaloids, and its considered a natural antibiotic. It is well combined with echinacea to strengthen the immune system.

    Many studies have been done on Golden Seal and it's antimicrobial properties, and has shown to be effective against pathogens including Staphylococcus aureus, Steptococcus sanguis, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and many more.


    Antibacterial and antifungal properties of Thyme have been observed in vitro and shown effectiveness against a wide range of pathogens including Clostridium botulinum, E. coli, Haemophilus influenzae, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Salmonella typhi, Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans.


    Is an excellent antibacterial product that can inhibit the growth of bacteria. It is excellent for oral health, and using a propolis throat spray is a great way to stop throat infection in its tracks.


    If you have a problem with recurrent infections, consult with your local herbalist or naturopath to find out what herbs could be best suited to you and your condition.

    Suggested Supplements

    NutraLife Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract High Potency Formula

    Comvita Propolis Spray Extra Strength

    Nature's Sunshine Golden Seal

    If you are unsure about anything you have read in this article, please do not hesitate to contact us on (03) 9670 1346 or or comment on this post.

    Our team of qualified staff are here to help you.

    Written by Tanya Lim

    Medicinal Herbalist & Nutritionist at Evelyn Faye Nutrition

    360 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000

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