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Characterised by tiredness, lack of enthusiasm and difficulty concentrating, fatigue can have many causes but is a complaint with no single, simple treatment.  We all have days when it is difficult to get out of bed but chronic fatigue can be frustrating, leaving sufferers unable to cope.  There are however several herbal remedies which can help fight fatigue, as well as various complementary therapies to help bring the body and mind back into balance.

Identifying Causes of Fatigue

Identifying the cause of your fatigue can help you choose the correct remedy.  Common causes include:-

Stress – Physical, mental, money or work related worries can keep you awake at night.

Emotional upset – Marital issues, divorce or bereavement can leave you feeling emotionally drained.

Insomnia – This is a medical condition that can be debilitating if left untreated.

Illness or infection – An underactive thyroid or the effort of fighting off illness can leave you feeling drained.

Food intolerance – Often difficult to identify but fatigue can be a major symptom of some food intolerances.

Blood sugar – Imbalance in blood sugar levels can lead to a serious lack of energy.

Depression – This condition can alter sleep patterns or prevent sleep altogether.

Herbal Remedies

Some herbs, called tonic or adaptogenic, can increase vitality and promote wellbeing.  They balance the body’s hormonal, digestive, cardiovascular, nervous and immune systems.  Alfalfa, ginseng and cordyceps improve strength and stamina.  Liquorice, which balances the adrenal glands, can help fatigue caused by weakened immunity.  Other herbs you can try include:-

Oats:  Rich in minerals and B vitamins, a daily bowl of porridge or a tincture of oat seeds raises energy levels and promotes sleep.  Oats combat exhaustion caused by stress, alcohol or drugs and are effective for mental or physical fatigue.

Sage:  Stimulates the nervous and digestive systems and is also a good all-round restorative. Try sage tea or a simple infusion of fresh sage leaves, or try a massage with clary sage essential oil. Avoid sage if you are epileptic or pregnant.

Astragalus:  Excellent for treating chronic fatigue, it stimulates the immune system and endurance.

Schisandra:  Improves digestion of fatty food, regulates sugar levels and the functioning of the liver and kidneys.

Complementary Therapies

Therapies can help with both the physical and mental/emotional causes of fatigue.  A course of treatment is usually recommended.

Reiki healing is an excellent all-round therapy for stress. It restores balance in the physical body (helping to balance the adrenals and nervous system) as well as strengthening mental/emotional energy.  Reflexology, which stimulates the reflex points on the soles of the feet, aims to bring the whole body back into a state of balance.  An excellent remedy for mental/emotional stress and fatigue is Meditation: this wonderful practice boosts mental alertness and focus and eases depression.

Lifestyle Changes

Changing your lifestyle can often relieve fatigue, especially if your lifestyle is contributing towards it! Regular exercise actually increases energy levels, while a new mind-stretching interest can stimulate the mind, leaving less time for lethargy. Being out in nature or taking a walk in the countryside can also boost your energy and wellbeing.

Recipe – Oaty Fruit Muffins

Delicious, low fat, and ideal for maintaining blood sugar levels.

225g plain flour

60g rolled oats

5ml baking powder

5ml bicarbonate of soda

4 medium bananas, mashed

120g caster sugar

90ml skimmed milk

90ml vegetable oil

1 egg

  1. Preheat oven to 190C/Gas mark 5.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together (flour, raising agents, sugar and oats) in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the egg and add milk and vegetable oil. Then add mashed bananas.
  4. Add wet ingredients. Blend mixture with a metal spoon.
  5. Spoon mixture into muffin cases, sprinkle with handful of oats and bake for 20 minutes until golden on top.


1. Reiki, Reflexology and meditation workshops are available with Helen Shortland.

2. All herbal remedies are available from Little London Herbal Stores, 9 Kings Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2AE. Tel 0115 9472854 or visit www.all-ages-vitamins.co.uk.

Helen Shortland is a Reiki Master Teacher, Meditation Teacher and Holistic Therapist based at Little London Herbal Stores on Kings Walk in Nottingham city centre. Please ring her on 07748 591690 to book a treatment or visit her website http://helenshortland.com for further information.



During my 12 years as a Reiki healer, and subsequent attunements in other healing modalities, I have noticed higher and higher vibration energies coming through and adding to the Reiki energy.  I have been guided by Archangel Raphael right from the beginning of my healing journey since he came to me in deep meditation after I called in the highest guide possible for me and my work.  Nowadays this angelic energy comes through whether I am giving a Reiki or an Angelic Reiki treatment and adds to both the Reiki and Angelic Reiki healing vibrations.  The clairvoyant readings I give often indicate which angelic energies a person needs but a healing treatment actually channels those energies into their energy field.

The Angelic Healing Energies

Each of these angelic colours relates to a particular archangel.  Archangels are the overseers of guardian angels and are extremely large, powerful and loving beings. Each archangel radiates a particular aura colour relating to their specific purpose.  Here is a list of the colours, their meanings and a note of which particular archangel they relate to:-

Creamy white (Azrael) – heals grief.

Pale green (Chamuel) – heals anxiety and brings peace.

Copper/orange (Gabriel) – heals issues around childbirth and fertility as well as creative projects.

Bluish white (Haniel) – heals female cycles.

Violet (Jeremiel) – heals emotions.

Dark pink (Jophiel) – heals negativity, trauma and chaos.

Green and pink stripes (Metatron) – heals childhood issues and learning disorders.

Purple (Michael) – heals fear and nervousness.

Royal blue (Michael) – brings courage and confidence.

Pale blue (Raguel) – heals personal and professional relationships.

Emerald green (Raphael) – heals physical problems.

Rainbow stripes (Raziel) – releases spiritual and psychic blocks, often connected to past lives.

Turquoise (Sandalphon) – heals aggressive tendencies.

Pale yellow (Uriel) – heals unforgiveness and resentment.

Dark blue (Zadkiel) – heals memory and mental functioning.

White (guardian angels) – raises vibration and lifts you above negativity.

Gold (Christ energy) – releases guilt and develops faith in self.

Pearlescent (Divine Feminine) – motherhood issues and issues with children/offspring.

Client Experiences

Many of my clients report seeing coloured light during their healing treatments. Many report seeing purple which helps them to release any fears they have been holding onto. Blue is another colour that is frequently seen during treatments: I often see it around a person’s shoulders bringing them courage to shoulder their responsibilities. A client with high cholesterol, who had suffered a minor stroke about a year previously, saw a bight emerald/lime green ball of light during his treatment.  He had suffered an on-going weakness in his right side following the stroke but during the treatment felt an incredible power and energy in his right arm as the healing energy focussed itself in that area.

Calling on the Archangels Yourself

Everyone is able to call upon the archangels and you can invoke them by your own intent. The easiest way is to just visualise the Archangel (with its coloured aura) with you or your loved one, saying or thinking their name silently or aloud and asking them to help you. You can also ask God to send the archangel to you or a loved one or pray to the archangel for their help. Archangels have unlimited energy, with no restrictions of space or time, so can be with many different people at once.  You can also visualise the archangel’s aura colour around a situation or person in need of healing. For example, for someone suffering with grief you would visualise creamy white light around that person, especially in the heart area. This calls forth the healing power of Archangel Azrael.

Once you start asking for help, the angels and archangels will be able to help you.  Practice this often and you will soon start to develop a stronger and closer relationship with these wonderful beings of love, light and healing.

Helen Shortland is a Reiki Master Teacher, Meditation Teacher and Holistic Therapist based at Little London Herbal Stores on Kings Walk in Nottingham city centre. She runs a range of spiritual themed workshops including Developing Intuition and Connecting to your Spirit Guide. Please ring her on 07748 591690 to book a treatment or visit her website http://helenshortland.com for further information.

Upcoming workshops:

Developing Intuition workshop  Sat 26th April 2014, 2.30-5pm, £15.

Connecting to your Spirit Guide workshop  Sat 22nd February 2014, 2.30pm-5pm, £15 (now fully booked).

Please email me at helenshortland@live.co.uk for further information/booking.


What is “Healing”?

We are all accustomed to hearing about the healing journey, spiritual healing, energy healing, Reiki healing etc but what exactly does ‘healing’ mean?  The term ‘healing’ means becoming whole, ie. being aware of yourself on all levels (physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually) and accepting, expressing and integrating all that you are. It is not denying aspects of yourself and living your life according to the expectations and needs of others but loving yourself enough to be who you really are.

The word energy is derived from the Greek words ‘en’ meaning in or inside and ‘ergon’ meaning work, force, power or effort.  Healing energy can therefore be interpreted as doing our inner work so that we can become whole.

Physical Healing

We have all had aches and pains, cuts and bruises, infection and illnesses. We may have needed antibiotics, stitches or painkillers to help and taken time out to rest and recuperate but essentially our bodies heal themselves.

Emotional Healing

We have all suffered emotional pain and injuries too.  We have all experienced unpleasant painful feelings such as anger, fear, sadness, loneliness and rejection.  Our natural response is to deny these feelings as we are too ashamed to admit to them. After all, emotional pain is harder to see and therefore easier to ignore.  However when these feelings are suppressed in the subconscious mind, the body always responds in some way – muscular tension, pain and stiffness, and the autonomic nervous system floods the body with anxiety-stimulating stress hormones such as adrenalin and cortisol.

We learn through experience that society does not deem it appropriate to express painful emotions and we even call them ‘negative’ to reinforce the idea that they are unwanted.  However, when these emotions are not expressed, they become stored in our body, energy system and unconscious mind.  When painful emotions are suppressed or denied, the act of suppression leads to anxiety, worry or depression, physical illness or addition. People usually turn to painkillers, medication or self-medicate with alcohol or drugs.

Pain from the past continues to affect the present.  It can take years to even acknowledge that painful emotions exist.  But until we can finally admit to ourselves that something is wrong, we will find it very difficult to heal.  We remain in this pattern of suppression and denial until we are ready to release and transform.

Becoming Whole

Becoming whole means being in good health and balance of all levels – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.  Wholeness involves acknowledging and accepting all that we are.  First it is necessary to discover and accept the more ‘negative’ aspects of our character and all the painful emotions we carry.

Few people genuinely love or understand themselves enough.  It is so much easier to judge ourselves and find ourselves lacking in some way, not being worthy enough or lovable enough.  Understanding is key: understanding where those painful emotions came from and the beliefs we have around them.  We must forgive ourselves for the mistakes we have made and we must also forgive others for the mistakes they have made towards us.  If you cannot forgive, you must at least learn to detach from the pain and let it go.  It is the only way to heal, the only way to set yourself free from the pain of the past.

Moving Forward

The best way to develop love, understanding and forgiveness is through a spiritual practice such as meditation; a form of healing such as spiritual, energy or Reiki healing; healing meditation connecting with the energy of love; or even counselling.  Meditation helps you enter the witness state of detachment from thoughts and feelings and experience stillness and clarity of mind.  Healing treatments can help you connect with the divine energy of source, make you aware of what’s in your heart and fully experience your feelings.  Counselling can help you identify painful emotions and explore their origin.  By making the connection with your heart, the soul is more able to connect with the body and infuse the body with more light, or soul energy, that helps you release and move forward.  I do believe that the body wants to heal itself; we just need to get out of the way and let it happen.

A Life-long Process

Healing is a life-long process.  It involves learning about ourselves and being willing to change.  I believe that meditation is one of the most profound methods of self-healing we can do and is something that can be practiced regularly by everyone.  You can meditate upon your thoughts and emotions and discover where they came from. Vipassana Meditation teaches you how to choose and master your thoughts, thereby influencing your moods and feelings, which has a direct bearing on the physical body.  If you practice healing meditation, you can direct a beam of bright white light into areas of tension, pain or illness and visualise the body healing itself.  By being willing to change, accept and integrate all parts of ourselves, we can all lead healthier and happier lives.

Helen Shortland is a Reiki Master Teacher, Meditation Teacher and Holistic Therapist based at Little London Herbal Stores on Kings Walk in Nottingham city centre. For further information about her courses, workshops and therapies, please visit her website at http://helenshortland.com.


Reiki Training Courses, Faery Reiki Training, Holistic Therapies, Readings and Spiritual Development Workshops

I offer a variety of healing and holistic therapies, Reiki training courses, meditation classes and spiritual themed workshops.  My particular specialism is healing and I have received training in a range of healing modalities including Reiki, Faery Reiki, Angelic Reiki, Kha Sekh Em, Ascension Reiki, Egyptian Cartouche, spiritual healing, Angel Therapy, crystal healing, Violet Flame Chakra Activation, Past Life Regression, Seichim Reiki and Archangelic Seichim. I have also undertaken training in spiritual coaching, tarot, mediumship and psychic development and connect to angels and spirit guides in my healing work.  Working as a professional healer for over 15 years, I have accrued a wealth of experience of healing, the healing journey and spiritual development which I use to assist and inspire others on their own healing path.

I am based in two locations: Nottingham city centre at 15 Wheeler Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2NA. This is a building of serviced offices, opposite Café Nero, with excellent reception facilities and a lift to all floors. Wheeler Gate is just off Old Market Square, with easy access to public transport and city centre car parks. Treatments are available Thursday – Saturday by appointment only.

I can also offer treatments from my home in East Leake, approx. 10 miles south of Nottingham, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If you need an appointment on a day other than those specified, please do contact me as I can often be flexible!

I am a member of The Reiki Association, the Spiritual Workers Association (SWA) and the Angel Practitioners Association of the British Isles (APABI).

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Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss any of the therapies, treatments or courses I offer via email or phone.

Email: helenshortland@live.co.uk

Tel: 07748 591690


I offer a range of holistic therapies including Reiki, Angelic Reiki, Faery Reiki, Crystal Chakra Balancing, Angel Therapy, Intuitive Readings, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology, Vitality Lift Facial Massage, Hopi Ear Candles, Foot Massage and Facials.

Training courses are available in Usui Reiki (all levels), for a minimum of 2 people, on Saturdays or a week day to suit.  Meditation workshops and spiritual themed workshops are available including Developing Intuition, Connecting with your Spirit Guide, Psychic Protection and Angels.

Gift vouchers available for all therapies if you would like to treat someone special to some relaxation and wellbeing.


“Do you believe in Faeries? Well this is my story. 32 years ago I was obsessed with Faeries. As a young artist of only 15 or 16 I decided to paint these Faeries from the book by Alan Lee on my bedroom wall around a “Ban the Bomb” poster. I was very proud of my Faerie paintings and my mother was quite upset when she wallpapered over them many years later. Recently I was reading an article by Helen Shortland (an Holistic healer that works in Nottingham), about this subject and I felt a sudden tingle, retracing my steps back to being a young girl. All the vitality and excitement of those days returned and I was compelled to tell Helen of my story. She immediatley invited me to her practice for a healing session. Being a Reiki master myself I became excited about what Helen had to offer. I was instantly at ease with this bubbly lady who escorted me into a calm blue room with candles and soft music. We chattered like old friends despite having never met and exchanged our stories. I then lay on her bed as she took me through the most creative journey of colour, texture and what I can only describe as pure magic. For an artist I can only describe this as paradise. I was cleansed with air, fire and water and felt them all right from the core of the earth up into our Universe. My faerie from 32 years ago opened a door into the natural world and I had front row seat. For 30 minutes I was transfixed by light and the most amazing colour that I would struggle to replicate with any artist paints. The words that whispered was “Look after our Earth.” If this is my job then I will abide. Whether you feel there is a vocation or you would just like to tap into this Faerie realm go onto Helen Shortland’s Facebook page to read all about what she offers. It’s not to be missed.” 
Julie Leivers, Nottingham.
“I was diagnosed with large ovarian cysts and fibroids in my uterus and was advised that I would have to have everything removed. I was feeling very low and anxious about the whole procedure and I knew I would benefit from some sort of healing therapy. My friend recommended Helen and I immediately went to her website and felt that this was exactly what I needed and I made an appointment for “Angelic Reiki Healing”. I was greeted by a bubbly, kind lady who put me at my ease immediately. The actual healing was so soothing and uplifting, it brought me back to a place of trust and peace, and the pains diminished considerably. I didn’t go with the intention of being cured, I went with the intention of accepting and being at peace with the surgical procedure and losing my “female” organs. Helen’s healing enabled me to feel calm and accepting of the situation, I booked another appointment the day before the operation and one more a few weeks after. Every session brought me to a place of deep peace and trust that everything was working out for my highest good, an amazing feeling. Thank you so much Helen for your healing and your wise words which have supported me on my journey back to health.”
Beth C. Nottingham

“Before I went to see Helen I had incredibly sore shoulders from spending hours infront of the computer and my energy just seemed to be low all the time no matter what I did. After just one session of Reiki and an Indian Head Massage I felt like I had all my energy back. Now I go and see Helen every 2-3 weeks which means that I am far more productive in my work and I feel SO much more relaxed and able to cope with things. That is why I would strongly recommend you see her. It has made such a difference to my quality of life.” Nicki Stanton, Nottingham

“After a bit of a difficult personal challenge, I saw Helen after she was recommended by a friend of mine. Now I am so much more clear headed and positive, she has such a calming energy about her. Which meant that I was able to deal with my challenges from a place of calm and focus. I recommend Helen to anyone who needs help dealing with the stresses of modern life or just to treat yourself!” Diane Colver, Lincoln

“Thank you so much for the Reiki course this weekend. Your peaceful, gentle way of teaching has inspired me so much. I have come away a changed person and I am so grateful that the universe guided me into your care. Once again, thank you.” Bronwyn, Nottingham (Reiki Level 1 student)

“I have had reiki and facials done with Helen. She is exceptionally professional and I so enjoyed my treatments…need to book in again actually!”  I Gamble, Sandiacre

“I can completely recommend Helen Shortland to anyone who is interested in natural and alternative therapies. I have used her services on a couple of occasions and had great results, particularly with the Angelic Reiki.  Such a tranquil place and right in the centre of Nottingham.  I’ll definitely be using her services again.”  P. Edwards, Nottingham

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