Staying Nourished When You Travel

Begin your holiday feeling nourished

A change in our environment and our daily routine when we travel can provide a wonderfully refreshing experience that stimulates our senses leaving us feeling invigorated and renewed. But how does travelling, especially in an aeroplane               , affect our Vata Dosha?

Vata is governed by space and air, with qualities that are light and drying. When we fly there is an increase of Vata due to the pressure in the cabin, the plane’s enclosed air conditioning system, and the fact that we are no longer on the ground.

​This can lead to experiencing the not-so-pleasant symptoms of dry skin, dry nostrils, and constipation. Luckily there are some practical ways to prepare for this so that you can arrive refreshed and ready to enjoy your holiday.

Tips for staying nourished when you travel

Before you go

  • Be prepared well ahead of time which takes the pressure off you and avoids last minute rushing. This helps to keep your Vata Dosha in a calmed state.
  • Having a massage before you leave relaxes your nervous system and keeps your skin nourished with oil.
  • Avoid junk food that can make you feel sluggish and stimulants like coffee and tea that increase Vata Dosha.

On the plane

  • Massaging the soles of your feet with a little organic sesame oil helps to ground you and is very relaxing.
  • Also rub a little of the oil into your nostrils and ears to counteract dryness and can protect your airways.


  • On the plane, stay hydrated with warm water, avoid overly salty food and snacks, and stay away from the stimulation of caffeinated drinks.
  • Once you arrive, treat yourself to a soothing chai, a herbal tea or a smoothie with coconut water to keep up your hydration.

Arrive refreshed

  • ​Include a refreshing facial spray bottle with aloe vera or rosewater in your hand luggage. This can be used throughout the flight to help keep your skin hydrated.
  • Practice breathing exercises to equalise the breath within your body, creating a state of relaxation.
  • Regular meditation is beneficial to keep you feeling centred instead of scattered.

Depending on which part of the world you are travelling to, and which season you are entering, there are several other vital Ayurvedic tips that you can use.

Article by Liesl Horne Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coach

For a more detailed consultation with Liesl,  please feel free to contact us on                            03 9844 5294


My Health Record

My Health Record is a digital health record for a patient that contains information of their health diagnoses, medication and treatment. This information will be held in a central data base which will collate medical records and will be accessible to any or all health care professionals. It will also be able to be shared broadly with gym instructors and even third-party companies like Fitbit.

The Federal Government has implemented the My Health Record e-health system despite concerns that fundamental shortcomings are yet to be addressed.  Researchers around the world are warning that none of the 165,000 available medical apps have been properly tested.

In a major new report on electronic data breaches and as seen recently in the case of breaches in the British National Health System where millions of health records were hacked, cyber criminals are illegally accessing health records to steal people’s identity.  They have also threatened to shut down busy hospitals by encrypting every patient’s electronic record so they can’t be accessed by doctors or nursing staff.

The scams have come to light after global technology and communication company Verizon released its latest Global Data Breach Report, which included Australia. This report finds healthcare is now the only industry where employees are the main culprits in these types of data breaches.  Fifteen per cent of the 42,000 data breaches recorded last year involved healthcare organisations, the report shows.

Experts have expressed fears that private medical records could be given to insurance providers and pharmaceutical companies. Whether you have a heart condition, diabetes, a rare blood disorder or are in fine health, this is all information which could be potentially turned to profit as experts fear your private medical records could soon be available to the highest bidder.

According to IBM’s 2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index, there has been a clear shift recently in online targets, essentially away from
credit cards and toward health-related data. IBM has worked with small suburban medical and dental centres in Australia, which have become a particular target for ransomware. Glen Gooding, an executive from IBM’s Security Services (ANZ), said health records were ‘an important way to extract money by taking on the persona of someone else’.

Tim Kelsey, the man who led the dumped UK digital health record system has been put in charge of Australia’s bungled $1 billion e-health record and is being paid as much as the Prime Minister to fix it. Former journalist, Kelsey, will be paid a total remuneration package worth $522,240 a year, almost the same as Malcolm Turnbull and just shy of the $548,360 paid to the Chief of the Navy and more than the Chief Scientist, the head of the Fair Work Commission and the Inspector General of Taxation, a remuneration tribunal determination reveals.

GP and member of the steering group for the national expansion of My Health Record, Dr Edwin Kruys says ‘It has been decided that the risks associated with the MyHR will not be explicitly discussed on the website.  This obviously includes the risk of cyber attacks and public confidence in the security of the data.’  His comments have been ordered to be removed from the official website and only the benefits of My Health Record will be displayed.

As part of the 2017-18 Budget, the Australian Government announced that the My Health Record system would transition from the original Opt-in system to Opt-out participation as there was minimal take up.  By giving little information on how to Opt-out, the Government will succeed in the majority of Australian citizens being registered on-line.

By the end of 2018, every Australian will have a My Health Record, unless they choose not to be included.  If you decide that you don’t want a My Health Record created on your behalf, you will have the opportunity to opt-out during a three-month period.  The onus falls on you to Opt-Out.  If you do not Opt-out your MHR will automatically will be created.

The Opt-out period will run from 16 July to 15 October 2018 but there has not been much helpful guidance or information given.    It’s not possible to opt out of having a My Health Record before this period starts on 16 July 2018.

Feminine Health

Recently the government announced its intention to remove GST from feminine hygiene products.  Great we may think but read this report about these products and decide for yourself!

It’s estimated that as many as 1 in 10 women of childbearing age suffer from some kind of reproductive organ condition at some time in their life.   Endometriosis and Ovarian Cysts are two of the most common dis-eases that cause discomfort and anxiety in many women and one of the main causes is shocking.

Toxic Feminine Hygiene Products                                                                                                                    One of the leading causes of endometriosis and cysts on the ovaries and other female problems has been found to be caused by commercial pads and tampons.  Cysts actually form in order to contain toxic waste from chemical dioxins contained in pads and tampons and medicinal residues that have been prescribed for the conditions in the reproductive region. The pharmaceutical industry uses dioxins in these products so that women bleed more during menstruation therefore requiring them to buy more product.

Do you remember the widely reported Toxic Shock Syndrome?   Not too long ago, there were such excessive toxins in these products, it was actually killing some women. TSS is caused either by poisonous toxins from Staphylococcus aureus (staph) or group A streptococcus (strep) bacteria and is a life-threatening condition.

When they finally managed to get the dosages worked out everybody thought the issues went away, but it’s still a very real problem.

Symptom recognition is crucial. Should any of the following symptoms occur whilst you are using feminine hygiene products, seek medical help immediately:

  • Sudden high fever
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Low blood pressure
    • Seizures
    • Rash on palms or soles of feet
    • Muscle aches
    • Redness of your eyes, mouth and/or throat


We have to remember that anything placed on the skin will absorb into the body. This distresses the system as the toxins have not passed through our digestive system where the acids have the chance to break them down.  By absorbing through the skin, toxins settle in the tissue and remain there. Monthly, we are placing these products in an area where the skin is at its thinnest and therefore toxins can be absorbed more quickly.

Additional to dioxins, bleach, fragrances, odour neutralisers and other chemicals are often added, many of which are harmful to the body and some are known to be carcinogenic. These crude oil plastics can cause other problems too.  For example, plasticising chemicals like BPA and BPS disrupt embryonic development. They are also linked to heart disease and cancer. Phthalates, which give paper tampon applicators a smooth finish, are known to disrupt gene expression and DEHP may lead to multiple organ damage. Synthetics and plastic restrict air flow and trap heat and dampness, potentially promoting yeast and bacteria growth in the vaginal area.

Conventional tampons contain pesticides and a whopping $2 billion is spent annually on pesticides to spray cotton crops.   Often tampons will contain genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) as according to the USDA, 94 percent of all U.S. cotton is genetically engineered. 

Tampons and pads with odour neutralisers and artificial fragrances are virtually a chemical soup, laced with artificial colours, polyester, adhesives, polyethylene (PET), polypropylene and propylene glycol (PEG), contaminants that are all linked to hormone disruption, cancer, birth defects, dryness and infertility.

  • The chlorine bleach used to give tampons and pads that ultra-white clean look can create toxic dioxin and other disinfection by-products (DBPs) such as trihalomethane. Studies show dioxin collects in the fatty tissues. According to an EPA draft report, dioxin is a serious public health threat that has no “safe” level of exposure! Published reports show that even trace dioxin levels may be linked to:
  •      Abnormal tissue growth in the abdomen and reproductive organs
  •      Abnormal cell growth throughout the body
  •      Immune system suppression
  •      Hormonal and endocrine system disruption

Disclaimer:  If you are experiencing any health issues that may be mentioned above, visit your health care professional immediately.

This report is put forward by Don Tollman who is an author, public speaker, trainer, imaginist, entertainer and experimental nutritional-eating researcher. He has written multiple books on a variety of skill-specific mental functions and self-improvement topics. He has been a coach and mentor for key personnel with Xerox, General Motors and Pitney Bowes corporations. Don has spoken to more than 1,000 audiences in all 50 states of USA and in 7 foreign countries. His media credits include more than 50 radio and TV talk show appearance per year. He has been a return guest on the Donahue Show, Entertainment Tonight, ABC Talk Radio, and he’s a regular guest on The Aware Show in Los Angeles, CA, as well as many newspapers & magazines.  He regularly visits Melbourne and offers a free evening seminar to introduce people to the idea of taking responsibility for their own health and wellness.

‘Prevention is always better than cure’ and prevention will come from learning.

Are there healthy alternatives?

If you have teenage girls whose ‘cycles’ have begun, it is vital to educate them early on about the difference between unbleached natural products and those that contain chemicals and dioxins. Tampons create a favourable environment for bacteria growth with micro-tears in the vaginal wall allowing bacteria to accumulate.

Use only unbleached, natural fibre tampons or pads as a first step to protect one of the most sensitive and vulnerable parts of your body

Try a Lunette Menstrual Cup.  They are comfortable, easy to use and form a seal so there is no leakage for up to 12 hours. They are hygienic and safe to use as they are made of soft medical grade silicone and are BPA free. This means no yeast, bacteria or odour; just cleanliness and comfort. Two added bonuses – one is financial as you only need one or maybe two, so there is no on-going purchases.  Secondly, they are designed, developed and packaged with the environment at heart so they are  the best alternative to disposable period products which pollute our planet.

 Natural  Remedy Tip

PMS Bath Soak Blend

Add 3 drops of Clary Sage, 2 drops of Chamomile, 2 drops of Geranium and 2 drops of Lavender to a running warm bath. Tip: Mixing these oils with 1/4 cup Epsom salt before adding to the bath will help keep the oils from floating on top of the water and it will give the benefits of magnesium.


It is always wise to research anything that will be placed on or in the body before using or ingesting it.  These days most foods and products will contain harmful chemicals or will have been genetically modified in some way, so it is important to use natural or organic sources where possible. The more we learn to listen to our body and trust what we feel, the healthier we will become.

All the products mentioned are available through The Purple Dragonfly.  The Essential Oils for the Bath Soak are available as a kit containing 5ml bottles of each oil (which have many other uses) and an information leaflet. 

Ring in for more information and to place your order 03 9844 5294

An Ode to Delicious Cherries

An Ode to Delicious Cherries

There are some beautifully sweet cherries in the shops at the moment and they are a fantastic powerhouse fruit packed with vitamins A, C, E, and minerals such as iron, copper, zinc, potassium and manganese. The high levels of anthocyanins and antioxidants   make them an excellent food to help the body’s fight against many blood and digestive complaints. Cherries also contain potent anti-inflammatory properties and are particularly beneficial for those suffering with chronic pain and sports injuries.

Cherries are well-known as a ‘brain food’ and can help to improve memory, focus, and concentration and to reduce brain fog. They are also a fantastic food for cardiovascular health and can help reduce the risk of related conditions.

Cherries are an excellent source of melatonin which is known to calm the nervous system, decrease irritability, ease headaches and promote a restful night’s sleep.   This soothing effect on the brain neurons makes it an essential food for those who suffer from insomnia or for those who have high anxiety and stress in their lives. Cherries are rich in fibre and are a great natural remedy for constipation.

Simple Cherry Smoothie Recipe

Blend frozen bananas and cherries together in a food processor with some almond or coconut milk.
Add a little lemon juice (and/or yogurt) for a delicious dairy-free (leave out the yogurt) & fat-free drink that both kids and adults will  love.
Pour into glasses to serve.

Crystals for Healthy Skin and Liver

Crystal for the Skin

Aventurine is a multipurpose crystal for skin ailments. If you submerge the crystal in water overnight, you can wash your skin and hair with the energetically charged water to help with acne, allergies, flaky skin, dandruff, hair loss and many other skin irritations. It also helps heal wounds.

Love your Liver

As the days gradually become longer and warmer it is really important to kick start our health for the increased activity that the sunny weather will promote.  We will want to go out walking, working hard in the garden, take exercise to tone up for that lovely  swimwear we bought in the sales and of course Spring cleaning.  Our bodies respond to this by mobilising the eliminative organs to detox the accumulated waste of a sedentary Winter.

While the colon, kidneys, lungs and skin all play a major role in this important cleansing process, it is the liver that is most in focus now as springtime energies stimulate the liver to cleanse the blood and internal organs of impurities. These impurities may be due to fatty, processed or undigested foods, a deficiency in enzymes, or environmental toxins including heavy metals, drugs, poisonous chemicals, polluted air and contaminated water. When the body is overburdened with toxins, the liver may be stressed causing symptoms such as allergies, headaches, nausea, irritability, foggy thinking, muscle tension, skin eruptions, itching and fatigue.

In women, PMS, fibroids and endometriosis are signs of liver stress, since the liver must process excess estrogens out of the bloodstream.

Spring is the best time to do the liver-gallbladder flush, so make an appointment with Catherine, our natural health practitioner to get this underway.

Crystals for the Liver: 

AmethystEither Amethyst  or Citrine can be used to energise water to enhance  liver function.  Some suggest Malachite but this must never be placed directly in water to be ingested as it becomes toxic in that form.


Can We Change The World?

We have all read about the belief that our thoughts change our personal universe and the world at large.  You must have thought, like me, can that really be the case?   Surely not! I can’t influence anything.  Well, it seems we can.  We do indeed create an effect with how we feel and what we think.

The Global Consciousness Project has been running in Princetown University in USA since 1998 and  monitors the presence and activity of consciousness in the world.   There are  60 active receptors in the network; in Europe, the US, Canada, India, Fiji, New Zealand, Japan, China, Russia, Brazil, Africa, Thailand, South America and Australia.  They measure unexpected deviations associated with Global Events when there is widespread participation or reaction to the event.     When millions of people share intentions and emotions the network data show massive spikes that deviate from the normal random readings.  Spikes occurred at the time of Diana Princess of Wales death, 9/11, the tsunami in Thailand and more recently the Paris bombings.  In fact over 500 major world events have been identified to coincide with a spike in the data.   The chances of this happening coincidentally are a trillion to one!

Simply put, when our thoughts and emotions join with others it effects what is around us. How exciting is it to think that we have that level of influence?  Just imagine what we could achieve by joining our focus with others in compassion rather than judgement; by using our natural desire to be kind and honouring the differences in people.  So let us try it out from today.

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Metaphysics Foundation Course Review

A review of the Metaphysics Foundation Course I recently attended.

  1. the branch of philosophy that deals with the first principles of things, including abstract concepts such as being, knowing, identity, time, and space.
    “they would regard the question of the initial conditions for the universe as belonging to the realm of metaphysics or religion”
    • abstract theory with no basis in reality.
      “his concept of society as an organic entity is, for market liberals, simply metaphysics”

I signed up to attend this course with Jane Offer from The Purple Dragonfly and all I can say is WOW, in capital letters.

I have been involved with spiritual growth and development for sometime, most of which has been self taught through reading and online courses   I have attended a few face to face courses, but never anything quite so engrossing or attention grabbing as what Jane offers in her Metaphysics Foundation Course.

From the first session, I was hooked.  Learning about and being able to be involved in live demonstrations of mind over matter.   When 4 ladies can lift me out of a chair above waist level with nothing more than 2 fingers each, it is a mind blowing experience.  We know this is possible, but to be part of the experience, it just changes your whole mindset to that next level.

The knowledge that Jane brings to her courses is outstanding. Jane and her husband David have been in the industry for many many years and their skills can only truly be appreciated when experienced first hand.The Purple Dragonfly

The detail in the handouts that we received is extensive and full of value.  I can honestly say that I am truly looking forward to the upcoming Intermediate Metaphysics Course and finally the Advanced Metaphysics Course that is offered by Jane, owner of The Purple Dragonfly.

I can highly recommend this course if you are wanting to develop your own personal intuitive skills, ability to read aura’s, learn how to work with crystals and wands and much much more.

Jane and David, thank you so much for coming into my life.

If you have not connected with The Purple Dragonfly on Facebook yet, please go to their fan page and give them a “LIKE”.

Fondest and best wishes

Diane Purdy, a very happy customer :-).

Goddess Rising and Sister Wives

Reality TV is not my favourite genre but I have become quite a fan of a show called Sister Wives. You may have watched it yourselves. It reflects the life of a polygamist family in America and the way in which the four wives work together to provide the most amazing framework of love and support for their children and each other. The whole process is fascinating and has really changed my ill-informed view of this way of life.
Kody, the husband, has his work cut out accommodating the four distinct personalities, strengths and challenges of his ‘wives’. Of course he is only married in law to one wife and has religious dedications to all of them, which in his eyes is the most binding. Their children are supportive of each other, have a sense of community, are articulate, confident and intelligent.
This family has been hounded out of their home state at the risk of being torn apart by the law. Whilst this is not a lifestyle for me, I do not understand why they are considered to be breaking any law. Surely, Kody is not practicing bigamy, as in the eyes of the law he is only married to one wife. It seems that is would be acceptable if he had one wife but was having relationships with three others behind his wife’s back and creating numerous children for the state to fund. They have four homes for which he pays taxes, they have income as they all work – taxes again – and, from the happiness displayed by all concerned he appears to be an attentive husband and a supportive father.

The Family

My fascination is the way in which the sister wives are so supportive of each other; they have a united focus – the family – and each are fulfilled in their own way. This to me is the gentle powerful strength available to all women. It is hard to define at what point in history women lost their standing in society. All old cultures had women as the wise ones, the Oracle was always a female, the Druids and many other ancient religions had priests and priestess as equals. So when did it all change and why?
Change it did but we do not need to engage in ‘man bashing’ or be anti-men as it was in the late 1950’s when I was growing towards adulthood.  As the movement for ‘equality’ began, I never felt it was the correct wording; women are equal to men, they are one half of a whole.  The discrepancy was actually  ‘equal opportunity’ and at the time that  was most definitely lacking.  Germaine Greer did a great job for the time because it really was a male oriented society; she needed to bring the inequality of opportunity to public awareness and help women to step out of, what for some, amounted to prison in the most powerful way and she became despised and judged for it by women and ridiculed by men.  Women had no rights in law, rape was always considered the woman’s fault so rarely came to court and if it did, it was presided over by an all male system, abuse was swept under the carpet, children would be taken from the mother if she attempted to leave her marriage and returned to the father, irrespective of the type of life they would endure with him, as she would have no money to support them and so on…

Because of this lack of equality in opportunity, mother’s taught their daughters both openly and covertly that this was the way it was, this is how you kept a man in your life so ‘suck it up’, it couldn’t change.  And there was the trap – the belief that it could not change handed down through generations.  My own mother would jump to the word of any man, except my father of course!  If a man spoke it, then it had to be true, if she was required to jump she would ask ‘how high?’  Yet she was fiercely independent and a business woman to boot so it didn’t match, but her mother did a great number on her belief system. However, she came a bit unstuck in passing it on to me; thank goodness for the 1960’s!

The World of Women has Changed

The result of Ms Greer and others was that the world for women has changed; not 100% yet as female graduates coming out from professional training often get paid less than their male counterparts – amazing that with such strict politically correct frameworks in place that this is still allowed and women don’t challenge it .  However, now at least women can have education towards their chosen careers, can leave a bad marriage with support of the law, can have children without actually involving the father and have an unprecedented level of freedom.

So let us stop referring to men as the ‘bad guys’ because over generations women have played their part in the process.  Fear of abandonment and starvation, of public opinion – women are pretty talented at judging other women – and the belief that ‘we need a man in our life to feel whole, complete, fulfilled – whatever the buzz word is at the time. all of it has created the situation and now we are in the best position to balance it out.  Let us remember the ancient feminine wisdom encoded within usGoddess Rising and Sister Wives

We are constantly told to balance our male/female energies and for some this wording may create misunderstanding but we do have within us the potential behaviour of both; all human beings have the potential to be gentle, loving and caring, the traditional female stereotype, but we can also be forceful, driven and ambitious, often seen as  the male preserve.  By bring it all together we balance it out to compassion and understanding; no-one in control, no situations seen as women’s work or the man’s job, just balance and harmony.

As Kody, the plural marriage husband, indicates in his interviews, it is not easy to balance his time, love and support between his wives but it is not impossible; it just requires the desire to try.  So instead of looking at the people in our lives as male or female let us understand  them as individuals with their own fears, needs, hopes and dreams.  Let us pull together in sisterhood.


Our own Catherine Bullard says :-

 ‘Sisterhood is not an exclusive group or an anti-men symposium. It is a way of being. It is a celebration of all that is gloriously and potently feminine.   It is foremost a choice to be alive and luscious in your female mystery and it is a path of the heart. Sisterhood is a movement of kindness’.                                                                                                      

It is time to celebrate our Sisterhood so join Catherine for her Feminine Wisdom Circle and tap into that part within that holds our ancient wisdom.  The group is held monthly at the time of the New Moon to maximise its creative energy as with the wise women of ancient times.

Join us to share, support, nurture and take some time to be with like-minded souls for ceremony, reflection and connection and let us step into that gentle feminine power with love and understanding together.  Visit our calendar to book into the next Feminine Wisdom Circle workshop


Jane G Offer

The Purple Dragonfly

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Numerology Reading

I love Numerology and the guidance that it provides.

Every situation on the planet can be reduced to a single number; our name, our date of birth, our phone number, house number and so on. Each number has a meaning and we can work with that to create ease and balance in our life. Since I learned this ancient practice many decades ago I have used it for any situation where I require more information to make an effective decision.

Here is a personal example of how Numerology Reading works.

The number in the address of the Purple Dragonfly Shop is 256. When you add the numbers together, it reduces to Number 4.

Numerology ReadingWe needed solid grounding to achieve the initial development of the Centre and Number 4 provides the foundation of our organisation. It resonates with the vibrations and energies of practicality, grounding and building solid foundations through service, patience, devotion and application. We needed all of that to create the foundation we required. Number 4 also generates pragmatism, a straightforward practical way of dealing with problems, concerned with results rather than with theories and principles and delivering a service with dignity and based in mastery, determination and hard work. This was required to ensure that the best possible service could be offered to meet the needs of others.

The second stage required was the spiritual dynamic. Number 4 fills that too as it relates to high morals, honesty and integrity. It supports us to a level of conscientiousness grounded in reality, realistic values, stability and ability. It helps us to use our inner-wisdom to provide a sense of security, self-control and loyalty.

Finally it holds the potential for progress, discipline, system and order, dependability, passion and drive. It helps all who visit the space to prepare for renewal using their instinctual knowledge.

I was delighted to find that Number 4 is the number that relates to the energy of the Archangels; certainly a level of energy to be encouraged! Also, it links to the Emperor Tarot card instilling the conviction and responsibility to those that work here to use their vast experience to help develop peace, knowledge, strength, wisdom and self-mastery within their clients.

Pretty neat! Everything we set out to achieve and to provide to others is sitting in 256.

Now we can look at the name The Purple Dragonfly.

Each letter has a value between 1 and 9 and please trust my maths when I tell you that it reduces to Number 7. The purpose of The Purple Dragonfly Centre is to support each person to remember who they really are – a spiritual being having a physical experience – and the personal power that lies in that belief. Number 7 resonates with the vibrations and energies of the ‘Collective Consciousness’, faith and spirituality, spiritual awakening and awareness, working towards spiritual enlightenment, spiritual acceptance and development, intuition and inner-knowing, inner-wisdom, psychic abilities, thoughtfulness and understanding of others, healing, peace, endurance and perseverance, persistence of purpose, manifesting and manifestation, science and alchemy working together, discernment and knowledge-seeking, evolution, the ability to set limits and completion.

Wow, the name was chosen before the Numerology was investigated and yet there it was; everything we stand for and value. This is the energy we needed to move into the next phase of our collective consciousness and I feel that we were drawn to this location. We had no intention of resuming the work we had pursued for so many years in the UK. We came here to retire! However, the moment we stepped into the empty and dilapidated property it was as though warm arms embraced us and we felt that we had come home. We were hooked from that moment!

Finally, when we combine the Number 4 and 7 we get the karmic Master Number 11 symbolising karmic-11the principles of spiritual awakening and enlightenment, encouraging the connection to our Higher Self; to identify and live our soul mission and life purpose. Yet again the numbers spoke and reminded us to trust the Universe. Master Number 11, ‘the Messenger’, connects to all those who are here to be inspirational guiding lights in their mission is to help raise spiritual awareness. This quantifies everything we envisioned when we began the Centre in the UK way back when only to discover that we obviously had not completed our work when we journeyed here to Australia.

So there we have it – a short journey into Numerology. I wonder what your numbers and the numbers of your family unit say about you individually and collectively. Wouldn’t it make it easier to understand the flow of your life and what the underlying energy supports? You can identify the perfect career, the highs and lows of life, the perfect timing to make important changes and why situations occur as and when they do, even identify the purpose of it all. Personally, I don’t know where I would have been in my darkest times without Numerology to guide me, keep me steady and at some points even sane.

Want to learn more about Numerology Reading?  We have a workshop with Kate Ellis this Saturday, 8th October 2016, that explores this amazing subject.

Give yourself a gift and try it for yourself. Discover the hidden world that resonates around you.

Please ring 03 9844 5294 for more information

Jane Offer

Australian Organic Awareness Month

October 2016 is Organic Awareness Month

There is growing awareness of the benefits and a huge move towards eating Organic foods – dairy, meat and vegetables – we know it makes sense but what about other things we regularly use?   Cotton clothing, deodorants, moisturisers, make-up, toothepaste, tampons; all full of chemicals to assist with production, to create an acceptable colour, to assist with non-creasing and imported goods are sprayed with chemicals for our ‘safety’.    Anything that touches our skin absorbs directly into our blood stream so what we wear, sleep on or in, apply to our body or breathe in affects our health.

You might be surprised to know that conventional cotton accounts for nearly 25% of the insecticides and 10% of the pesticides used throughout the world, although is it grown on only 3% of the total cultivated area. Cotton crops have been plagued by numerous diseases and pests over the years and rank fourth in the list of most heavily chemical fertilised crops.  Unfortunately,  the excessive use of chemicals in conventional cotton production has led to a great deal of environmental pollution.

As our awareness grows, manufacturers have been forced to change ingredients in many cotton products.  In the case of sanitary products, for example bleach was used to make the products pure white.  No-one would want to use a grey coloured product right?  We want pristine white but that involved a highly poisonous bleaching agent which caused toxic shock leading to death in many women. Whilst that bleach has now been banned, many other toxins remain in these products.

The same situation applies to deodorants with many still unaware of the hidden dangers in the active ingredients of modern day deodorant. These products use potentially hazardous chemicals as a way of reducing perspiration and odour with the primary ingredient being aluminium.   Working to block the underarm pores,  Aluminium has been linked to several potentially life threatening diseases.

As awareness rises manufacturers are forced to be more open with their labelling; not fully open but improving.  Not all ingredients are required to be listed if they are in low enough measures but, of course, when a product is used on a daily basis there is a build up in the body and the levels can reach catastrophic proportions in some people.

Even supposedly natural products need to be screened carefully. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is toxic manufactured chemical and is used in many beauty and body products including those for babies.  As public awareness grew, manufactures began to substitute Sodium Laureth Sulphate, a plant based chemical, proffered as a ‘natural’ alternative.  However, the interaction with the other chemicals in the product,  it becomes as toxic as Sodium Lauryl Sulphate.

the-chemical-maze-bookThere is a great little book called the Chemical Maze which lists every chemical used in manufacturing and the level of danger they represent to our health.  Simply laid out, it is very quick to check out the ingredients of any product and clearly shows levels of toxicity.  None of this is to create paranoia that we are slowly being poisoned but it is our awareness that creates change and puts the control of what we are exposed to firmly back into our hands.

Australian Organic Awareness Month at The Purple Dragonfly

At the Purple Dragonfly we carry The Chemical Maze, natural salt deodorants, soap, healthy cookware, bedding and other clothing items.  Also we can obtain any other natural and safe products you would like to introduce into your family.

Try this out!

Homemade Natural Deodorant with Coconut Oil


  • 3 tbsp organic virgin coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp shea butter
  • 3 tbsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 5 drops preferred essential oil  (good ones to try are lavender, orange or clary sage)


  1. Make a double boiler by placing a half-pint glass jar in the middle of a small pot of water. Bring water to a simmer. Add coconut oil and shea butter to the jar and let melt.
  2. Turn off the heat, add baking soda and cornstarch, and stir until completely smooth. Mix in the essential oil of your choice. Let cool.
  3. At room temperature, the deodorant is hard. You can scrape out a small ball and apply it directly to your armpits, or transfer it to an old deodorant tube for easier application.In warmer months, you’ll need to keep this deodorant in your refrigerator to prevent the coconut oil from liquefying.

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Jane xx