Conversations with Lucy Fitzgibbons - Womens Health Naturopath


 

Lucy is a Gold Coast based Naturopath who has a keen interest in women’s health, fertility & mental health. She is incredibly passionate about teaching women the natural rhythm of their cycles, and empowers them to listen to their bodies.

Lucy is a ray of pure sunshine, who is also wise beyond her years. Studying our Naturopathy degree alongside Lucy we saw first hand her natural and genuine ability to support and care for her clients, and we are constantly inspired by the work she does within the field of womens health. 

 

What is your full name and star sign?

Lucy Rose Fitzgibbons,

Gemini (sun), gemini (moon), pisces (rising)

I’m frequently told that I’m “not the typical gemini” (still not sure what people mean by this).  

 

How do you spend your working days?

At the present moment, each day is different. I have made some big changes to my business since COVID. I was pushed to do some things I’ve been wanting to do for a while now.

I currently work from home seeing all of my patients online via Zoom. I spend 4 days of the week doing consults. The rest of the working week I spend doing behind the scenes work (emails, social media, bookwork, researching, sourcing products etc).

I try to start each day with a wholesome meal and end each day with a sunset beach walk, of course a lot of the time both these things go out the window but I do try my hardest to make food and nature my priorities.

 

What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?

My work – being able to help so many women.

  

In life and in work, where do you draw most of your inspiration?

The healing power of nature - the pure fact that plants on this planet have the ability to treat humans for most disease is incredible.

Women’s bodies – our cyclical nature, the way we are a reflection of the seasons, life givers and innate nurturers.

 

Rituals are something we are drawn to in our daily lives. Do you have something you do everyday for yourself?

I don’t go to bed without a strong chamomile tea, which I’ve recently been combining with Totum’s purify tea (so yum).

 

If you could change one thing about your industry what would it be?

I wish more people could access natural medicine. I wish with every diagnosis in a hospital or a doctors office also came with a referral to a naturopath. A girl can dream, right?

 

Who is your favourite artist, and why or how does their work move you?

Lizzo, haha….. I’m honestly yet to find just one artist who I really deeply resonate with.

 

You are passionate about women’s health, what inspired you to focus on this area of in your practice?

I am strongly inspired by my beautiful mum. I grew up hearing of her struggles with endometriosis and fertility and it always frustrated me that in a such a modern world women still aren’t heard when it comes to pain and reproductive health. Times are definitely changing and I love that I am apart of spreading the message and educating women about their cycles. Knowledge is power and my absolute favourite thing about working with women is being able to teach them about their bodies. I too commonly hear, “wow, why am I only just learning this?”.

 

Naturopathy is commonly misunderstood as an industry based on ‘hippy ideology’, what would you say to someone who is sceptical about the efficacy of Naturopathic medicine?

I’m not as bothered by this as I used to be. From experience I’ve found it often doesn’t matter what you say, only time and experience will change people’s opinions. Most people will come around to when they need it, this may be when they are 20,40 or 80. When they don’t get what they need from conventional medicine is usually when they arrive on our doorsteps. This is okay, we are all on different journeys.

 

The human body has an innate ability to heal itself when given the right conditions. As a practitioner what do you think is the biggest barrier to health in our current society?

It’s hard to find just one answer as everyone has different barriers to healing.

The most common I see are:

- Stress (in all its forms)

- Poor nutrition

- Lack of connection with nature

- Lack of connection with community

 

You are headed to a desert island and can only take three herbs with you, what would they be, and why?

I’m taking this question very literally. I imagine on an island you would come across injuries, cuts, fevers, and infections so…

1. Golden seal- anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-haemorrhagic (stops bleeding). Great used internally and can also be applied to the skin for infections.

2. California poppy– pain relief (for aforementioned cuts or unpredictable injuries). Also good for headaches, anxiety, sleep issues, and nerve pain.

3. St John’s Wort- nervine tonic, anti-depressant, anti-viral. If I was on a deserted island by myself, I would be feeling pretty sad so some mood support could be helpful. St John’s wort is also great applied topically to the skin for wounds.