‘I talk to dead people as my day job’ – Meet the woman who’s had the gift to speak to spirits since childhood by Emma Jones

Emma Kinsey

When you’re granted a special gift, it’s important to grab it with both hands. That’s what psychic medium Emma Kinsey, 33, did when she realised she could talk to those who’d passed to the other side

Since she was five years old, Emma had known she was different. Her grandad had been admitted to hospital and she was tucked up in bed when she saw him standing next to her.

“You need to let your mum know I’m OK now,” he said warmly. She stood at the top of the stairs and caught her mum coming in from the hospital and told her the good news.

“Grandad was just here! He’s all better now.”

Her mum explained that he had died an hour earlier from lung cancer.

Not frightened, Emma kept seeing mysterious figures appear in front of her, but it wasn’t until her teens that she realised she was different.

“I started seeing faces when I closed my eyes at night,” says Emma. “You are more susceptible when you’re just drifting off to sleep and that’s when I’d hear people shouting ‘Hello?’ and ‘Can anybody hear me?’ It did then start to frighten me, but I didn’t want to tell anyone what was going on in case they didn’t believe me,” she explains.

“It was only when my parents separated and my mum married a psychic medium that I started to accept my gift. He knew I had the same gift as him and helped me open up to it.”

With her family aware of her abilities, Emma’s mother encouraged her to start doing readings, but Emma was nervous to take on the challenge and the responsibility, as it was a massive and frightening leap into the unknown. It was at this time that her stepfather put her in touch with a spiritual development class, aimed to help mediums unleash their full potential.

Emma attended and for the first time ‘felt normal’. Surrounded by people with shared experiences, she began to accept what she was capable of. It was there she began to communicate with of her spirit guide, and started working with him to get messages from those who have passed.

So, despite having a good job in insurance, when Emma’s mother and stepdad decided to move to Spain to set up a Tarot shop, something told Emma she was supposed to go with them.

“The spirits weren’t leaving me alone,” says Emma. “Every night they’d try to talk to me. I felt like they wanted me to pursue my gift, so within a week I’d quit my job and started giving readings at the shop. It came naturally. My stepdad taught me how to protect myself (with words that are a bit like The Lord’s Prayer) and I gave my first reading – it’s something I’ll never forget.”

Her first reading

An old lady called Rosie came through and connected with Emma just by looking at her with the most beautiful smile. Emma told the lady who was having the reading and sure enough it was her grandmother. She passed on all the messages from Rosie and the joy that reading gave to the woman made Emma realise this was the job for her.

“I believe you’re either born with the gift, or you’re not,” explains Emma. “And I knew it was the right path for me. Since then it has just soared. I knew I could help people through grief and that was what spurred me on.”

Of course, with Mediumship comes scepticism, but Emma is adamant the proof is in the pudding.

“The stories speak for themselves. The spirits pass on messages to me and also give me information about the future, which I always pass on, even if it’s a tricky subject. It is never negative, but if there is a warning about a relationship or work situation that comes through I’ll tell the client, because I feel that is more positive in the long run anyway, and you can’t have a reading if you don’t want warts and all,” says Emma.

“Some people get given dates of deaths and that’s something my spirit guides don’t give me. I don’t believe we should know anyway, and it would mess with my head too much to receive that sort of thing.”

Emma gained lots of experience working in Spain, so when she moved back to the UK a few years later, she started giving readings to whoever reached out to her. Some have been particularly memorable.

“I always find fertility issues the most interesting,” she explains. “I went to see a lady for a reading at her house, and I told her I was seeing a baby in May. This was April, and the woman burst into tears. She explained that just that morning she’d been to a specialist who said she wouldn’t be able to conceive. I’m not a doctor, but the spirit world had given me the information and I had to pass it on. Four weeks later I received a text from the lady saying she was pregnant. She said it was a miracle.”

A great comfort

Another occasion when Emma was able to give great comfort to someone was when a mother who had just lost her young son contacted her.

“I received a message from a woman asking how long you should leave it after a loved one has passed before having a reading. As I was replying, explaining it’s best to leave it a few months, a young lad appeared before me, clear as day. He was gorgeous. Well-built and with piercing blue eyes. I knew he was connected to the message. I let him speak, then I called the woman and spoke to her.

“I just knew he was there for her. She understood the letter B as his name was Ben*, and I told her how he’d passed, which was correct. Ben asked me to tell his mum about the yellow flowers at the funeral. She said she was sitting next to them.

“I explained a football connection and passed on a message of, ‘Tell Dad to stop wearing my socks!’ which I later discovered was because Ben’s dad and brother had borrowed his socks to go to the football. Now I am on-call for whenever this family need a reading, free of charge, because I felt we connected that day. The comfort it gave them was absolutely wonderful.”

Emma Kinsey
Emma realised she could see dead people when she was five

Mediumship is a £100-million industry in the UK, but Emma isn’t in it for the money.

“A lot of the time I am brought to people by chance, and although I’m lucky enough to

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Body Image BY RACHAEL HARTLEY, RD, LD

Body Image Through Stages of LifeRachael Hartley Columbia SC Dietitian Intuitive Eating

Every client I work with is a unique individual with his or her own unique story, struggles, and strengths. But I can’t help but notice trends that pop up, and one of those trends is seeing clients in my office who are going through transition periods in life – and also struggling with food and body image.

Both developmental and life transitions are sticky because we’re faced with both changes to our body, and external stressors that are out of our control. Think of aging. Hair grays, midsections soften and round, hormones shift. At the same time, society starts overlooking older people, especially women, whose value is often judged based on conventional beauty standards (thanks a lot, society 🙄 ). We don’t have much control over these changes, which is uncomfortable, especially for those whose sense of self relies heavily on how others view them. So it makes total sense that many would turn to food and trying to change their body to gain back that sense of control, especially when there is a multi-billion dollar diet industry telling them it’s possible.

As uncomfortable as it might be, change is both inevitable, and important. Here’s some common body image struggles at different transition periods of life:

Teenagers // Puberty is a period of rapid body change, and for both boys and girls, gaining weight before growing taller is common. But because it’s a time when hormones are raging, popularity is becoming a thing, the opposite (or same) sex no longer has cooties, AND because we live in a world where childhood “obesity” is feared, this normal, healthy weight gain can be quite traumatic. For young girls, this is often the first time they experience their body being objectified and sexualized. With teen magazines and social media, teenagers are being bombarded with images of beauty ideals.

Early 20s // Many women will find their body matures into their “adult” body in their twenties. On top of that, the life change/emotional stress of going from college to “the real world” can trigger weight gain or weight loss. I haven’t really studied it, but one theme that comes up with my clients at this age is the discomfort of having peers who are at all different stages of life – some still in college party mode, some getting married and having kids, some professionally successful, some still in school, some living at home. They’re just trying to figure out their place, and their future, while also trying to keep up with their peers. I don’t know about you, but personally, I’d rather go back to middle school than live through my early twenties again.

Becoming parents // For women who choose to have kids, pregnancy is a time of HUGE changes to their body in a relatively short (9 month) period of time. Like, you literally grow and pop out a tiny human. And afterwards, despite what celebrity magazines imply, your body does not go back to exactly how it was before. Plus, with young kids, there’s less time for self care, sleep, movement and cooking. From the new parents I work with, I hear a lot of anxiety about losing their pre-baby appearance, mixed with uncertainties and fears about being/becoming a mom. And while men don’t necessarily deal with biologically based body changes, they’re still coping with a major life transition.

50-60s // For women heading into menopause, it’s natural to gain weight, especially around the midsection. It’s actually healthy and protective against the side effects of menopause. That said, the body changes can be difficult to cope with, coming at a time when society tends to start ignoring women as they no longer fit in with conventional youthful beauty standards. At the same time, many men and women are first coming to grips with mortality,

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8 Benefits and Uses of Witch Hazel by Rachael Link, MS, RD

Witch hazel is a plant with powerful medicinal properties that can be used in a variety of ways.

There are many species of witch hazel, but Hamamelis virginiana — a type of shrub native to North America — is most commonly used in folk medicine in the US. The leaves and bark are made into teas and ointments.

Most often applied to the skin and scalp, witch hazel is widely known for its ability to ease inflammation and soothe sensitive skin.

It can also be added to herbal teas and ingested orally in small amounts as a natural treatment for other conditions.

Here are the top 8 benefits and uses of witch hazel.

1. Relieves Inflammation

Inflammation is a normal immune response designed to protect your body against injury and infection.

However, chronic inflammation is thought to play a central role in the development of certain diseases (1Trusted Source).

Witch hazel contains many compounds with potent anti-inflammatory properties, including gallic acid and tannins.

It also contains antioxidants that help prevent widespread inflammation and neutralize free radicals, which are disease-causing compounds that can build up in your body (2Trusted Source3Trusted Source).

Therefore, witch hazel could have far-reaching benefits and may be useful in the treatment of inflammatory-related issues, such as acne, eczema or psoriasis.

Studies show that topically-applied witch hazel can effectively reduce inflammation and help soothe your skin (4Trusted Source5Trusted Source).

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SUMMARYWitch hazel contains many compounds with anti-inflammatory properties, which may have far-reaching benefits for your health.

2. Reduces Skin Irritation

Sensitive skin, defined by abnormal sensory symptoms, is a very common condition, affecting an estimate of up to 45% of Americans (6Trusted Source).

Some research suggests that applying witch hazel topically to sensitive skin may be beneficial in the treatment of inflamed, irritated or broken skin.

In fact, witch hazel has been shown to suppress erythema — a reddening

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