I'm Leanne, a mum to two adult daughters, a Naturopath, Nutritionist, Medical Herbalist and founder of The Herb Clinic Sunshine Coast.
Through my signature program "Skin & Hormone Essentials (SHE)" I help women who are struggling with hormonal issues, irregular or heavy, painful cycles, skin issues (such as acne, eczema and ageing well), low energy, and weight issues who just want to look and feel better.
I am passionate about teaching women how to transform their skin at any age, how to balance their hormones naturally while feeling confident, calm and naturally beautiful. I combine nutritional education, beautiful herbs and topical treatments to show that beauty is more that just skin deep, It is a combination of a healthy mindset, diet and lifestyle.
I began my journey into herbal medicine and natural skincare in my early 20's. I was going through an extremely stressful period in my life I was 7 months pregnant with my eldest child, when my younger brother was killed in a motorbike accident. A few weeks later a close friend took his own life. I gave birth one week later. A few months after that, my great-grandmother passed away. I developed pleurisy, discovered an allergy to certain drugs that were prescribed to me, then developed dyshidrotic eczema. I had my second daughter 20 months later and 11 months after that I became a single parent.
I had been dabbling around with making my own skincare and herbal medicines that I had made from the herbs growing in my garden. Although being a single parent is one of the hardest jobs in the world and brings with it many more stressors, for the first time I had total control over what food I chose to eat, what exercise I did and how I ultimately lived my life with my girls. I religously applied my homemade calendula ointment and my skin began to heal. I am the biggest bookworm out there, and I began to research the link to our emotions, thought patterns and natural healing. I took up yoga, walked every day, planted and tended my garden, and got back into other exercise that I loved (ok...just swimming).
Although I worked full timein a corporate environment, my passion was natural medicine. I was still making my own skincare and medicines when I decided to study a degree in Health Science majoring in Complementary medicine, while also studying for my Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine Diplomas. I sold my home in Christchurch, New Zealand and moved islands to Auckland, to fund my studies and support myself and my children.
Once I graduated, I began working privately with clients and also with some of the leading natural health companies in New Zealand and Australia. This lead to me to make the move to Australia with my girls, where I then began clinical practice full time. With over 10 years of experience in the natural health industry and collaborating with other naturopaths, my fellow naturopath Barbara Dawson, and I decided to open The Herb Clinic. Barbara's daughter, Casey Twist, was studying Nutrition at the time and joined us, making the perfect fit! We have one clinic in New Zealand and one clinic on the Sunshine Coast of Australia.
The focus of our clinics are to help women who are struggling with whacky hormones, skin complaints, weight issues and energy levels. When I first graduated I thought I NEEDED to have the best diet, look the healthiest and be thin to show that I really knew what I was doing. I struggled with body issues, self esteem, fluctuating weight and chronic insomnia. My periods were heavy, ovulation pain was unbearable with a history of endometriosis and I developed an autoimmune thyroid condition (Hashimotos). I tried every "healthy" diet out there, but would always gain back the weight I'd lost. When I looked back on the few photos I had allowed anyone to take, I realised I wasn't overweight when I thought I was. Body dysmorphia had been mentioned to me on more than a few occasions. So although I was getting fantastic results with my clients, I was still struggling with my own personal demons. I had stopped doing everything I loved to do and was just working, working, working. Until I decided, enough was enough.
I began planning meals around my cycles, nurturing myself when I felt I needed rest, setting up daily rituals to begin my day on a positive note, ending the day in a calm, relaxed, environment. I took the herbs I prescribed myself, I started making my skincare routine a ritual in itself, with the herbal creams I created. Getting a good nights restful restorative sleep become a priority.
These are all things that I incorporate in my treatment plans with clients. This lead me to create my 12 week Skin and Hormone Essentials program (SHE). I love nothing better that to see the confidence and radiance on the women who have had success with following the guidelines I teach.
So.... if you don't know me by now...here are a couple more things you may not know:)
- I love being near the ocean. No matter where I have lived, I have always tried to be as close as I can. I learned to scuba dive when I was 17 years old, even though I have an intense fear of sharks!
- I was painfully shy as a child. It was literally painful for me to speak. I have improved somewhat, but I am still what is now fashionably known as an "introvert". I prefer reading to talking......
- I am a Kiwi living in Australia. My ancestors are a mixed breed of Irish, Maori, French, Scottish, Welsh and Scandinavian.
- I have also studied Cosmetic Science and am in the process of developing a bespoke skincare range.
- My wee girls are now 22 and 21 and I have a wee granddaughter.
- I am slightly besotted with my beautiful border collie.
Leanne works Tuesday and Wednesday 9am to 5pm