I know how debilitating IBS can be – I had this problem for YEARS in my early 20’s.  I went through the round about of specialists, doctors, natural healers and more – and got very little success for it. 

That is actually why I became a naturopath – no one could heal me, so I learnt what I needed to know, to heal myself!

In my journey, and through supporting others, I’ve found a few things key to helping relieve IBS symptoms.  What are IBS symptoms I hear you ask? Let me tell you…

But first let me say I don’t actually believe in the term “IBS”. In my personal experience IBS seems to be a catch-all phase (not truly a diagnosis) that they give to all of us that have some sort of gut health issue – but they don’t know the cause and they don’t know how to fix it.  So the medicos seemed to decide, “give ’em a diagnosis, that’ll make ’em feel better”!.  So yep…that’s my 2cents worth.

Now back to those symptoms…

Sufferers may get all or some of these symptoms, on a scale that ranges from very mild and not very problematic, to so severe and chronic it’s completely life-limiting and debilitating. Where do you fit on the scale? 

IBS Sufferers can experience:

  • cramping and pain throughout the abdominal area and bowel
  • nausea, vomiting
  • bloating and gut distention (which can be so extreme you feel you may burst!)
  • flatulence and gas
  • variable bowel motions from constipated to explosive diarrhoea and everything in between
  • reflux, heart burn and chest pains
  • hot sweats and a “heating up” feeling
  • headaches, migraines, head pressure

And the list goes on, each symptom can be as unique as the person experiencing it.

So what about symptomatic relief? Well, in clinic I have a myriad of options at my disposal to support you through the issues.

But let’s talk about what you can do for yourself at home…

  1. hot packs or cool packs for pain – if heat doesn’t help, try cool packs
  2. essential oils (topically only) – lavendar and peppermint. Use a few drops of each in a tablespoon of edible oil (even olive oil from the pantry is fine).  Rub this clockwise on your belly around your belly button. This can help ease pain and dispel gas. Using castor oil base can help the oils stay on the area longer too.
  3. aloe vera juice – you can get this in the supermarket or health food shop. Try a dose of 10-30ml when you are experiencing symptoms, or regularly up to 3 times per day.
  4. probiotics – now I’m talking about more than a “lactobac” (ie, one with two, or just a few, strains). What we need is a strong multi-strain probiotic with rhamnosus strain (as this decreases reactivity and sensitivity of the gut).
  5. peppermint tea – or gut healing tea. I make one in clinic with peppermint, spearmint, dandelion leaf, nettle leaf, alfalfa, calendula and hibiscus.  Taken hot or cold, it can ease symptoms.
  6. eat small meals regularly and don’t drink with meals (dilutes stomach acid making digestion harder)
  7. homeopathic NUX VOMICA – available in many health food stores, can help ease the nausea and sick feeling.
  8. avoid your trigger foods – this goes without saying, but sometimes finding our triggers can be difficult. That’s why BioCompatibility Testing is key in my clinic.
  9. try grated apple – eating a little grated or stewed apple, in my personal experience, did help to curb some symptoms.

I hope these tips help you!  If you have IBS or other digestive condition, why not reach out and ask about options to support you with natural & naturopathic healing?

I healed my IBS ~ I can help you too xx

Naturopath ~ Cassandra Henry

Even though I've been helping clients recover from gut issues for over 8 years now, I still get such happiness from their health improvements!
When a client can say "MY GUT IS THE BEST IT'S EVER BEEN", after how sick they were when you started working with them, you can't help but feel a gush of happiness!
This is why I do what I do... so I can help people like this 😍💕 So grateful I can share health and healing xx
Naturopath ~ Cass

#naturopath #guthealth #ibs #gutrecovery #gutissues #goldcoastnaturopath #naturopathgoldcoast

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Immunity is on our minds this morning. Thanks to my clients who've called and emailed asking about how I can help you.

I've put together a little blog post of simple things you can do to support your immune system, including nutrients that are helpful, herbs that I use - and my Pantry Immune Tea (that's right, you'll have all you need right there at home in the pantry!).

Here's a few other ways I can help you right now:

🌻 I've reopened my Acute Immune Support Consultations - only $50 for a 20min phone consult & I can prescribe naturopathic practitioner only supps & herbal medicine (that I will courier to your home for free!).

🌻 Immune Support Packs - my immune support packs are back; they have a Custom Herbal Medicine 200ml or 500ml, Immune Support Supplement & medicinal herbal tea blend. I can also add other supplements as needed, like vitamin C, zinc or vit D.

🌻 Immune Herbs for Kids - I'm ready to go with a new batch of my kids immune herbs! Kids love my blend, it tastes great AND it works!

🌻 New Herbal Teas - I have my URTI Tea, Cold & Flu Tea & Fever Tea for Kids ready to go 🤩 Batched up freshly when ordered, delivered straight to your door.

Reach out should you need anything via a PM or email me at info@healthhaven.com.au.

Stay well my friends

Naturopath ~ Cass xo

** please note that herbs, supplements & prescription products are available only via consultation. My teas & tea packs are available to order with or without a consultation.


#naturopathgoldcoast #goldcoastnaturopath #healthhaven #immunetips #immunetea #naturopath #cassandraduffill

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Thank you to all my gorgeous clients, friends and family who wished us well for our wedding last week! It’s hard to believe after all the planning and waiting, it’s done and dusted, a week ago already!

I’m pleased to say we had a magic day with perfect weather, couldn’t have asked for more 💕

@paul_duffill and I are so grateful for your kindness and well wishes. Thanks to all the suppliers and venue for making our day magic 💫🥂

And I look forward to coming back to consults next week. I’m back to work from Tues 23rd March 😊🙏

#healthhaven #naturopath #goldcoastnaturopath #wedding #austinvillaestate #garethkeenancatering #lavishfloraldesign #leisaottleycelebrantreviews

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Spent yesterday doing the online modules, today I’m off to first aid training refresher. Just what you want to do the week you get married lol

Did you guys know naturopaths have to do this every year? I did have a client go into a diabetic hypo once during a consult, but apart from that, I’ve luckily never needed the training...

#firstaidtraining #paradisefirstaid #healthhaven #goldcoastnaturopath

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Afternoon pick me up! Oat milk chai pudding. Healthy and sooo yummy! Great for breakfast, a batch lasts me 3 days, I just too with a different fruit to serve 🍉🍇🥝

#naturopath #naturopathgoldcoast #chaipudding

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Happy International Women’s Day 💕🙏

Thank you to the strong, empowered women in my life. May we all continue to walk through this world letting our light shine 🌟

And on the days when we aren’t so strong, thank you for holding one another up. 🙏


#internationalwomensday #naturopath #goldcoastnaturopath #strongertogether

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Reminder ~ Health Haven is closed from tomorrow for the next two weeks... because next Saturday I’ll be getting married 💕.

An amazing man I get to call my husband, and a gorgeous venue to host our wedding. We are so blessed 🙏

I’m back to consults March 22nd and won’t be contactable, as I’m taking a ‘real’ break.

Thank you all for you kind wishes, calls and thoughtful gifts and flowers this week. It means so much to us 🙏

See you in a couple of weeks x
Naturopath Cass 🌸

@paul_duffill @austinvilla_estate
#healthhaven #naturopath #goldcoastnaturopath #gettingmarried #mrandmrs

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Two industry guns in one image!


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So lucky to have the amazing Claire sharing with us tonight, live from Melbourne.


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