Skin Juice Perfect Paws GIVEAWAY

posted 2015 Jul by Flora Organica

 

Woof! Nice to meet you. My name is... Well, I don't actually have one yet, but we'll get to that later.

I am an 8 year old pure bred Staffi.  I came from a pretty bad place where I was kept tied up on a balcony and frequently not fed.  I was only half my proper body weight when I managed to escape.  Some nice rangers found me wandering as a stray and took me to the Sydney dogs and cats home at Carlton, where they looked after me and fed me back to health. Then my new human came along and gave me a second chance and a new forever home, as the new Flora Dog.

Despite such a bad start in life I am a sweet natured and loving dog who greets everyone with a full body wag and doggy smooches if you let me.  I am quite petite for a Staffi, at only 16kg and slightly taller than knee high to a human. I have a short, shiny, cinnamon brown coat with a tiny white four pointed star on my chest. I like to think I am a lap dog and I try to sit on my human's lap while she is at the computer.

  

My interests include playing in the sunshine as much as possible, taking sneaky naps on the sofa when I am supposed to be helping in the office, exploring the new neighbourhood, trips to the beach and trying out delicious raw and organic doggy foods.

My humans think I am a great little pooch. I am affectionate and engaging. I love my food, my toys and my new humans. I'm sure I'm going to fit in well with the Flora team and will offer lots of advice and opinions.

After my life experiences so far I am completely powered by unconditional love.

All I need now is a name. 

Do you have an idea of a name for me? 

Please send your suggestions via Facebook and Instagram! I would wuff to hear what kind of name you think would suit me. If I like your name suggestion, you could win the NEW Perfect Paws hand and foot cream by Skin Juice :) 

This giveaway starts today and ends Sunday 2nd August at midnight. 

Good luck :) Hugs and big sloppy kisses! 

Summer Bodies Are Made In Winter!

posted 2015 Jul by Flora Organica

In winter your instinct may be to curl up in front of the heater and TV to hibernate until the summer months. However, it can also be a great time to prepare your body for the seasons when you show a bit more skin by taking advantage of the cooler weather as a time to exercise without the sweltering heat. Of course, if it's raining and dreary outside you can hit the gym or use a yoga/pilates mat and some floor space in your own home!

 

Here is a good starting point for an indoor workout. If you ever thought pilates wasn't a "real" workout, this video will prove you wrong :)

               

                   

 

After you've finished your winter workout for the day, don't forget to refuel with something satisfying. The Beauty Chef has a delicious Mushroom and Buckwheat Risotto recipe, perfect for winter comfort food (and very nutritious!) 

Chai Smoothie With The Beauty Chef's BODY Powder

posted 2015 Jul by Flora Organica


 YUM CHAI SMOOTHIE 

A delicious protein and nutrient hit, this smoothie will help boost your metabolism and curb cravings.

Perfect for breakfast or an afternoon meal supplement!

Serves 2

 

 

 INGREDIENTS 

  • 1 frozen banana, sliced

  • 2 scoops BODY Inner Beauty Powder (Or Substitute Vanilla flavour for a Vanilla Chai infusion)

  • 2 cups almond milk (or milk of your choice)

  • ¼ cup macadamia nuts

  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice

  • 1 pinch of turmeric

  • 4 ice cubes, made using filtered water

 

 METHOD 

Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth and serve.

GIVEAWAY: The Beauty Chef Vanilla Body Powder

posted 2015 Jul by Flora Organica

 THE BEAUTY CHEF VANILLA BODY POWDER GIVEAWAY:

 

To celebrate the release of The Beauty Chef’s new Chocolate and Vanilla flavoured Body powders, we have one full size Vanilla flavour Beauty Chef Body product to give away!

 

Information on the new Vanilla flavoured Body powder:

“Developed by The Beauty Chef herself, Carla Oates, BODY tastes like vanilla (made with organic vanilla bean) and boasts three premium sources of clean plant protein from easily digested fermented brown rice, organic peas and organic chia seeds, naturally completing the amino acid profile. In addition, a mix of potent nutrients from 25 organic, fermented wholefoods including health-boosting alkalising greens and nutrient dense fruits are blended with antioxidant rich spices to provide a good source of fibre, 100 per cent of your recommended daily intake of vitamins C and K, 50 per cent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin D and a natural source of vitamins B2, B3 and B6.

In addition to fermented fruits, vegetables and spices, BODY also contains a power-hit of prebiotics and probiotics to bring the body into balance, while a unique green tea extract helps to support the body's metabolism.” (For more info see HERE).

  

 HOW TO ENTER 

You can enter as many times as you like. Each action will be counted as one entry.

 

Like our Facebook page (1 entry)

Like the photo posted on our Facebook page about this competition (1 entry)

Follow our Instagram page (1 entry)

Regram our Instagram photo announcing the competition, with the hashtag #florabeautychef (1 entry)

 

Competition is open from 7th July 2015 - Midnight July 21st 2015.

The winner will be selected randomly on the July 21st 2015.

The winner will be contacted by direct messaging on Instagram or Facebook and will have a week to respond with their address and a contact number. If we receive no response, a new winner will be chosen from the existing pool of entrants.

Winter Warmer Activities To Get You Off The Couch

posted 2015 Jun by Flora Organica

The cooler weather may have you reaching for the blankets, guarding the TV remote like Smeagol's 'precious' and refusing to take off your comfortable house slippers and that's perfectly fine... For a while. However, when you start to feel like you've overdone it on the relaxation time and your brain needs some stimulation (or you have started to get hungry for something truly substantial) here are some hints on how to warm up your winter.

 

Invest in a slow cooker:

Using a slow cooker can make cooking easy, time efficient and is perfect for hearty winter meals. 

According to Jessica Harlan of About Food, "The most important choice you need to make when you buy your slow cooker is what size to get. They range in size from tiny cookers that are good for one-person recipes or to use for heating or cooking dips, to large-capacity cookers (6 or 7 quarts or larger) that can prepare stew for a crowd. Keep in mind that many recipes specify the size of cooker needed. If you use a cooker that is too large, you risk burning your food. And, obviously, a cooker that's too small won't hold all of the ingredients. For a family of four, the best slow cooker is probably 3 to 4 quarts."

 

Volunteer at a soup kitchen: 

Or help out doing some volunteer work for another cause that is close to your heart. There is no time like winter to remind us of how lucky we are to have a roof over our heads. 

For those of you who live in Sydney, here is a helpful link to some ideas for volunteering. 

 

Take up knitting: 

Knitting is not just for your grandmother. It can be therapeutic, relaxing and a fansticic way of gaining new wardrobe accents without spending a lot of extra money. If you don't feel like knitting a scarf for yourself, why not knit it for a gift or even knit for charity. 

Here are 5 reasons why you should give knitting a chance. 

 

Find some fantastic vegan and organic food:

Visit the Orange Grove Organic Markets

An organic hub of the Inner West, the Orange Grove markets attract crowds every Saturday, searching for organic as well as conventional foods. According to the Markets' website, "This is an excellent venue to meet the producers who supply many of Sydney's leading eateries."

You can start off your day of foraging with one of Bowen's famed egg and bacon rollx or French pastry and wash it down with some delicious coffee from either Mayan or Cappuccino Afloat before exploring what the rest of the markets have to offer. You may also be pleased to hear that vegan friendly food can also be found at Orange Grove Organic Markets.

 

Try Sadhana Kitchen in Enmore: 

Sadhana Kitchen is a cafe/restaurant boasting a menu of entirely raw, organic vegan dishes. If this doesn't sound like it could possibly work for every category of a meal, you would be sorely mistaken. Their high tea menu is delicious and will delight vegans everywhere as well as winning over those who are not quite sworn vegans or even vegetarians. A little on the pricey side, but it has to be seen (and tasted!) to be believed.

Lavanila Is Back In Stock

posted 2015 Jun by Flora Organica

Good news for natural deodorant lovers! 
Lavanila deodorants are back in stock in a range of scents including:

Vanilla Grapefruit: An Uplifting Citrus. Essential oils of crisp grapefruit and lime combine for a crisp and fresh feeling.
Vanilla Lavender: Essential oils of Spanish lavender and soft Madagascar vanilla give a light and powdery fresh sensation that lasts all day.
Pure Vanilla:  Essential oils of soft Madagascar vanilla give a light and powdery fresh sensation that lasts all day.
Vanilla Summer:  Tropical pineapple and mango blend with exotic coconut and Madagascar vanilla for an island freshness that lasts all day.
Vanilla Lemon:  Bright and Clean. Essential Oils of crisp lemon, pure bamboo and powdery vanilla combine for our cleanest take on vanilla yet.
Lavanila Vanilla Grapefruit
All of Lavanila's Solid Stick Deodorants provide superior, long-lasting odor protection. Soothing essential oils blend with powerful anti-oxidants and beta glucan technology for daily defense and nourishment. Lavanila is clinically Tested and Dermatologist Recommended. It contains no Aluminium, no parabens, no propylene and no harsh chemicals. 

 

How To Make a Simple Winter Salad

posted 2015 Jun by Flora Organica

People often tell me they are “not as heathy” during the cooler months, particularly with eating vegetables. This beautiful salad takes only minutes to prepare and makes the most of seasonal produce - fennel, pear and lemon. A little bit of effort will keep you looking and feeling vibrant all year round!

Image from Pinterest

 Pear, Fennel and Parmesan Salad 

* 2 baby fennel, trimmed

* 2 firm green pears

* 1 Tablespoon cold pressed extra virgin olive oil

* 1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

* Thin shavings of parmesan (you’ll need approximately 80g)

* ¼ cup toasted walnuts, roughly chopped

 

 METHOD  

Fennel: Using a sharp knife or mandoline, thinly slice the fennel across the bulb

Pear: Hold pear upright on an even surface and thinly slice down each cheek trying to keep theor natural shape.

Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk olive oil and lemon juice together. Add a splash of water and whisk to combine.

Place fennel and pear in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss well.

Place salad on a platter and top with walnuts and shavings of parmesan.

Serve with protein of your choice e.g., chicken or pork. I especially love this recipe with smoked trout and fresh dill.

Serves 4-6

 

Rebecca McPhee

www.ageyounger.com

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Accredited Practising Nutritionist

Health Behaviour Change Practitioner

Human and Kind Prize Pack Giveaway!

posted 2015 Jun by Flora Organica

Purchase either a Human and Kind Body Wash, Shampoo or Conditioner from our online store to be entered into the draw to win a Human and Kind prize pack worth $136!

 

 PRIZE INCLUDES 

1x Facial Cleansing Cloths
1x Family Remedy Cream
1x 24/7 Hydration Day and Night Cream
1x Body Oil
1x BB Cream

 

Competition closes at midnight on Friday 26th June and the winner will be announced June 29th.

Only open to Australian residents.

Good luck! 

Love, 

Flora Organica 

How To Take a Day Off (And Use It To Be Productive!)

posted 2015 May by Flora Organica

Busy people all tend to have something in common in their lives: they forget to take time out for themselves. Sometimes we will be forced to take a day (or week) off due to illness and other times it is important to recognise when your body is trying to tell you that it needs some time to recuperate. So, whether you have caught the office cold, your muscles are aching from overexertion or you have temporarily lost the ability to concentrate on anything at all, at some point you will need to stay in your pyjamas all day and disconnect from the outside world. 

 

Inspired by Collective Magazine, here are some tips on how to make the most of a day off: 

 

 Enjoy some journalling 

Writing your thoughts out on paper can sometimes help you to process your feelings and experiences from the day. Lisa Messenger of Collective Magazine recommends writing in a stream of consciousness style, ideally when you first wake up in order to reap the benefits for the rest of your day, but the timing is not essential. There is no restriction on what you can write. Simply write whatever comes into your head and let your thoughts flow freely. 


 Make lists  

Making lists can be very therapeutic for a busy person. It's probably something you already do, but whether you're a list aficionado or in need of a bit of an organisation boost, making lists of the things you need to tackle in the weeks ahead can enhance your relaxation on your day off. Write it down, put it somewhere so that it is easily visible when you need it, then forget it. For now, it is time to disconnect from your responsibilities.

To Do List from Pinterest 

 Pamper yourself 

You can't go wrong with a bit of self love on a day off. Choose any product that takes your fancy such as a body scrub, deep conditioning hair mask, face mask or get creative and make your own pampering treat. Decide what you think your body, skin and hair might need and allow yourself a few hours to give yourself the treatments you need. If you're feeling like you could use some serious pampering, consider leaving a hair mask in all day while you continue to make the most of your day off.  

 Spend some time meditating  

A program that recently aired on SBS, Michael Mosley: Don't Worry Be Happy is definitely worth a watch if you need convincing about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness. Let your thoughts go and try to give yourself at least 20 minutes to truly feel the benefits of slowing down and focusing on your own breathing.

Don't know how to meditate? Ashley Turner from Mind Body Green provides some tips:

"To begin the meditation, sit comfortably in your chair with your shoulders relaxed and spine tall. Place your hands mindfully on your lap, close your eyes, and as much as possible eliminate any stimuli that may distract you.

Watch your breath. Simply notice your breath flowing in. Flowing out. Don’t try to change it in any way. Just notice.

Silently repeat the mantra: “Breathing In. Breathing Out.” As your mind begins to wander, draw it back to your breath. Notice that as your breath begins to lengthen and fill your body, your mind begins to calm.

Consistency is key. Try to do this breath meditation first thing in the morning and/or at night. Be consistent with your meditation. Shorter meditations on a regular basis are more productive than long sessions every few weeks. Aim for 5 minutes a day and add 1 minute each week."

 

 Download an audiobook 

Lisa Messenger of Collective Magazine suggests audiobooks for those that are too busy to take time out to read. She recommends the business audiobooks section on iTunes for anyone looking for an excuse to keep learning during their time out, or the TED talk app for inspirational talks. 

  

 Vision boards 

If you love to get crafty, vision boards are a perfect way to spend your relaxtion time while thinking about the ways you would like to succeed in the future. Magazines, scissors and glue, pins or sticky tape are ideal for the old fashioned approach, but if these are not available to you or you prefer to keep things digital, Google Images, Pinterest ad Instagram are your friends. According to Lisa Messenger, "The free Google software Picasa is a foolproof way to create a digital mood board." 

 

 Get some good old fashioned sleep 

As much as you might like to, there is no escaping it. Sleep is essential to maintain normal functioning and if you're a busy person, it is all the more important to get your 8 hours a night. So, settle down with a cup of tea and your book or audiobook and let that sleepy feeling you have probably been fighting for far too long take over. 

4 ways to achieve glowing skin in winter

posted 2015 May by Flora Organica

Winter can wreck havoc on our skin as the the temperature starts to drop and indoor heating is cranked up. Here are 5 ways to keep your skin glowing through winter!

1. Exfoliate

Exfoliating on a weekly basis is really important in winter. Dull skin is often the result of a build up of dead skin cells so a gentle exfoliation one or twice a week will really help in keeping your skin looking fresh and dewy. I recommend the Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser as it is super gentle and uses a combination of apricot seed powder and pomegranate enzymes to remove dead skin.

2. Use an Oil or Serum

Think of your moisturiser as your skins food and your serum and oils as its vitamins. It's a super dose of nutrients for your skin. I like to alternate between a hydrating serum or oil like Acure Organic Argan Oil and a resurfacing serum like La Mav Vitamin C Night Repair Nectar

3. Drink Water

Sounds simple but with indoor heating we tend to get hydrated without even knowing it. Make sure to drink plenty of filtered water as no amount of creams will hydrate your skin if your whole body is dehydrated. For an extra beauty boost, try the Beauty Chef's Hydration probiotic to aid rehydration and enhance your skin's radiance.  

4. Fake the Glow

If you have followed steps 1, 2 and 3 your skin should be in pretty good condition. A subtle tan can do wonders for getting that glow and i love the Eco Tan Organic Winter Tan as its a daily moisturiser that builds up over time into a beautiful honey glow and that doesn't have that awful fake tan smell.

A rosy cheek is also a wonderful tip for adding a healthy glow to the face. I am absolutely obsessed with the new range of lip and cheek tints from Tata Harper. These little pots give a sheer pop of colour that instantly make your skin look amazing!

 

Welcoming Kester Black (and avoiding toxic nail polish)

posted 2015 May by Flora Organica

Kester Black is a proudly Australian made and owned brand and is committed to supporting local business. They use sustainable production methods including recyclable materials and small batch manufacturing to minimise wastage. Kester Black products contain only the highest quality ingredients and all have CCF (Choose Cruelty Free), and Vegan Society accreditation.

Choosing 5 Free nail polishes like those of Kester Black’s range is a step in the right direction and helps to avoid a plethora of problems that can result from selecting products containing dangerous chemicals. Kester Black's products are all Five Free, meaning they are free from Toluene, DBP, Camphor, Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde Resin. All products are Australian made, cruelty free and vegan.

A comprehensive article by Sarah Wilson of I Quit Sugar outlines some of the important things to take into account when you are purchasing nail polish.

 

 Firstly, Sarah emphasises the importance of “knowing your nasties” 

 

Maria Hannaford at Econest works for an environmental organisation researching the impact our food system has on the environment and our health. She says most brands promoting themselves as “safe” these days will list themselves as “3-free”. This means they’re free of the top three nasty ingredients listed below. She explains:

  • Formaldehyde. It’s the stuff they use to preserve dead things. I should know, I worked in a lab for many years and let me tell you, there is a strict protocol around avoiding getting it on your skin or breathing in its fumes! It’s a known human carcinogen and can cause ear, nose, throat and skin irritations.
  • Dibutyl Phthalate. It’s the most controversial of these ingredients; it’s a known reproductive and developmental toxin, and is linked to hormonal and long-term fertility problems in newborn males. It’s banned in the EU. [But is apparently safe enough for Australians? – Sarah]
  • Toluene. A possible reproductive and developmental toxin that causes headaches, dizziness and fatigue. It can cause liver, kidney and brain damage, as well as damage to a developing foetus.

 

 Sarah warns us to “beware of polish removers" 

 

Of course, these liquids are not typically full of safe, nourishing ingredients.

“Narelle Chenery is a scientist and creative director of Miessence. She says nail polish removers are just as bad as the polishes. They’re usually full of acetone, fragrances, methyl ethyl ketone, phthalates and toluene. Most of these cause significant damage to the human body, she says.

Maria adds:  As far as nail polish removers go, all conventional types should be avoided due to the harsh ingredients, but also the potent fumes.”

Thankfully, the solution to this can be as simple as using hot water to soak your fingers and carefully peel or scrape the nail polish off. Water based nail polish is a lot easier to remove than regular nail polish.

 

  Sarah Wilson stresses the importance of avoiding nail bars  

 

“The experts all agree: Don’t enter a nail salon. Just don’t. If you do go, at the very least make sure you sit next to an open window.

Sabrina Jacquier Parr says: Linda McSweeny, Journalist for the Medical Observer, describes visiting a nail salon as ‘chemical warfare’ and it does not take a science degree to know she is right. Nail salons reek of toxic chemicals because they are just that, toxic!” You can read more here. Chemicals (like those listed above) and other volatile organic compounds are used at such high levels that they can often cause headaches, irritations and breathing problems. Plus there are links to far longer reaching health issues such as cancer and reproductive issues.”

If you must use nail bars, try to locate places that use 3 or 5-free nail products.

 

 

  Additionally, Sarah warns that if you’re pregnant, naked nails are safest  

 

“Sabrina Jacquier Parr says: Pregnant woman should think twice before getting their nails done in a nail salon; at least one study has also shown that pregnant women who work or regularly visit nail salons may be putting their fetus’ brain development at risk due to the chemical solvents used.

Nicole Bijlsma is an accomplished naturopath, acupuncturist and building biologist. She adds: Pregnant women, asthmatics and children should all avoid nail polish and removers. Pregnant women – or more importantly the developing foetus – is uniquely susceptible to the hormone disrupting chemicals typically found in nail salons as they go through critical windows of development. This enhances their susceptibility to learning and behaviour disorders, reproductive problems later in life, and breast and testicular cancers. Remember with hormone disrupting chemicals the lower the level of exposure the better. For this reason, nail polish should be avoided in babies and children.”

Ultimately, nail polish is in a world of products wrought with issues of ingredient toxicity. Those beautiful fingers of yours are often near your face and therefore your mouth, as well as potentially holding your children. Stick to 5-free for maximum safety!

 

5 Things I'm Loving Right Now

posted 2015 May by Flora Organica

1. Noshu Sugar Free Donuts

Sugar has terrible effects on your skin so I'm always on the lookout for treats that avoid refined sugar. I recently came across Noshu Donuts which are sugar free and baked, not deep fried. At first I was a little skeptical that it would taste like cardboard but let me assure you these are AMAZING! My favorite is the Caramel Spice and you can find them at About Life or on their website

                         

2. Tata Harper Lip and Cheek Tint in Charming

I tend to keep my makeup very natural but I have always used blush to give my skin a little lift and make it look healthier. I used to use RMS Beauty but the new Tata Harper Lip and Cheek Tints have taken blush to a whole other level with incorporating anti ageing ingredients!  I have been using charming and it gives the perfect pop of sheer colour. I have had so many compliments on my skin since I started wearing it and it has officially become my all time favorite blush.

 3. Pottery Classes at The Pottery Shed Paddington

I recently started pottery classes as it's something I had never done before and I liked the idea of crafting something I could use or gift. In 3 lessons they take you through the whole processes of using the pottery wheel, trimming your creation and glazing. There is something almost meditative about using a pottery wheel and crafting the clay, which I really enjoyed. I highly recommend The Pottery Shed in Paddington, classes are $45 each. Good write up about it HERE

4. Growing my own veges

I live in an apartment and really started missing not having an outdoor area. I don't know if it's my getting older but I have been having a growing feeling of wanting to become more connected to the earth. So I decided to take advantage of my fathers garden and start growing some veges! I am really interested in heirloom varieties, the kind you can't find at your local supermarket and this way i know my veges and 100% organic and not from over farmed nutrient depleted soil.

I bought my seeds from Rangeview Seeds and The Lost Seed. I bought organic soil from Bunnings and used some old pots I found lying around. There are LOADS of websites that give you great tips about starting your own vegetable garden.

5. Endless Cups of Tea!

With all the storms and wild weather we have been having in Sydney there was no better excuse to curl up on the sofa with a good book and a cup of tea. I was gifted a beautiful tea cup for Christmas which I adore as it makes having a cup of tea feel special. I always buy really good quality tea as this is a little indulgence I give to myself.

At the moment I have been drinking The Seventh Duchess Radiance Tea which helps reset the mind and body.

8 ways to raise your positive energy vibration

posted 2015 May by Flora Organica

What is Vibration?

Vibration (or Universal Life Energy) is simply a method to describe your overall state of wellbeing. Everything in the universe is made up of energy vibrating at different frequencies. From a scientific and metaphysical perspective, you are a ‘being’ that is made up of different energy levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

Each of these levels have a vibrational frequency, which combine to create your overall vibration of being. Vibrations operate at high and low frequencies. Lower vibrations of being are associated with disempowering thoughts, negative emotions, poor health and lack of spiritual awareness. Higher vibrations on the other hand, are associated with empowering thoughts, positive emotions, good health and strong spiritual awareness. So how do we raise our vibration? Read on to learn how you can start attracting more positive experiences into your life, enjoy better health and experience more positive thoughts and a better emotional state.

8 ways to raise your Vibration

1. Become conscious of your thoughts. Everything you think, say or feel becomes your reality. Every single thought that comes into your head has an impact on you. When you change those thoughts for the positive, your reality is likely to become positive too. Easier said than done in the face of adveristy though right? How 'bout this, the next time a negative thought shows up in your head, take the time to acknowledge it, thank it for showing up, and then dismiss it and turn it around for the positive.

2. Find something beautiful and appreciate it. Beauty is all around us, yet so often we walk around with our blinkers on. Stop rushing for a moment and take the time to stand in the sun and appreciate your surroundings. Next time you look in the mirror find something you love about yourself and say it to yourself. You may be surprised with how this makes your feel.

3. Be conscious of the foods you eat. Some foods vibrate at high frequencies, and some lower (broccoli has a high vibration as do blueberries; Big Macs don't vibrate at all. If you are consuming foods covered in chemicals and pesticides, or foods found within plastic packaging, it will leave you vibrating lower. Conversely, consume good quality organic produce, food as nature intended it, and feel the high vibrations disseminate throughout your body. Most importantly, pay attention to how eating certain foods makes your body feel.

4. Drink water. Water is a form of energetic life force. Drinking plentiful quantities of water (filtered is best) will assist your body to flush out toxins and keep your energy levels and vibration high.

5. Meditate. Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes and breath in and out. Too often we rush through our days with a scattered brain leaving us in a state of anxiety and stress. Meditation helps to calm your spirit down and put you in a peaceful state of mind. 10 minutes of meditation a day can change your life forever.

6. Be grateful. Making a gratitude list shifts your vibrations from focusing on what you don't have to what is already abundant in your life. There is more to be grateful for than you could possibly imagine.

7. Practice acts of kindness. Giving to someone else (without expecting anything in return) shifts your thinking from “I don’t have enough" or "Woe is me", to "I have more than enough to give to others.” Abundance is a high vibration. In the same vein, being kind (as opposed to being mean) puts you at a high vibration. Gossip or treat others badly and your vibration will suffer.

8. Get your blood pumping. Vibration requires movement, the more you move the better your vibrations move. So Get Active! Dance! The happier you feel, the more you will draw happy experiences to yourself because you are operating at a different frequency.

Here is a very interesting video on the power of positive vibration!

 

How to make Blueberry and Cacao Superfood Clusters

posted 2015 May by Flora Organica

How do you satisfy a chocolate craving without jeopardising you diet? Try these little gems which nourish the body both inside and out. Coconut oil is hydrating, keeping the skin’s connective tissue strong which prevents wrinkles and sagging. Cacao, blueberries and almonds are antioxidant rich, encouraging cell and tissue growth, helping the body to repair itself. These superfood clusters are nature's answer to healthy, vibrant skin. 

 

 

 INGREDIENTS 

2 Tbsp organic extra virgin coconut oil

2 heaped Tbsp cacao powder

1/3 cup coconut flakes 

1 cup roasted almonds (could use other nuts such as macadamias)

1 punnet fresh blueberries or 1 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 Tbsp pure maple syrup

 

 METHOD :

  1. In a saucepan, heat coconut oil and cacao. Stir over a low heat until melted.
  2. Stir through vanilla extract, maple syrup, coconut flakes and almonds. 
  3. Gently fold through blueberries. 
  4. On a tray lined with baking paper, spoon 1 tablespoon at a time to form small clusters. Keep some distance between each cluster (Spoon out the mixture quite quickly as mixture will start to set and blueberries can clump together).
  5. Place in the freezer to set quickly (literally takes 5 minutes) or refrigerator if not serving for a few hours. Enjoy!

 

Why use pure maple syrup? 

Pure maple syrup is low fructose (eating high fructose foods can increase weight around the middle - the brain does not recognise fructose and is therefore converted to fat). Pure maple syrup contains important vitamins and minerals so it is a better (and more natural) choice than other sweeteners. It is also suitable for people with IBS who follow a low FODMAP diet. 1 Tbsp of pure maple syrup for a whole batch of clusters is still a very low sugar snack so can be enjoyed without feeling guilty!

 

Recipe by Rebecca McPhee

Director, Age Younger 

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Accredited Practising Nutritionist 

Health Behaviour Change Practitioner 

www.ageyounger.com

rebecca@ageyounger.com

M: 0432 969903

5 Ways Sugar Can Affect Your Skin

posted 2015 May by Flora Organica

Refined sugar is in just about everything we eat so it's almost impossible to avoid all of the time. But through thoughtful eating we can certainly limit the amount we eat. Here are 5 scary ways that sugar effects our skin.

1. Inflammation

 One of the main ways sugar ruins your skin is because it causes inflammation in the body. Sugar is highly acidic, and while all acidic foods can cause inflammation to some degree, sugar is one of the worst. Any sign of inflammation in the skin will cause breakouts, so be sure to avoid refined sugars and added sugars including white sugar, brown sugar, agave syrup, molasses, maple syrup and honey if you’re prone to breakouts. Instead opt for fresh fruit or stevia, which is less acidic.

2. Wrinkles

 The inflammatory properties in sugar don’t only lead to breakouts, but also to wrinkles. Sugar basically attacks the healthy, supple collagen in your skin that keeps your skin wrinkle free. Sugar basically "eats" the collagen, so to speak, on a cellular level, which leads to dehydrated, dull-looking skin. When your collagen levels are depleted, wrinkles occur.

3. Free Radicals

 Free radicals are the components that cause inflammation and disease in the body. Studies have been linked to high-sugar foods and high-sugar diets creating free radicals in the body. Anti-oxidants are important for fighting free radicals, but that doesn’t mean you can have the best of both worlds. Eat antioxidant rich foods such as low-sugar fruits and veggies in place of sugar so that you can include more antioxidants in your diet and limit the harmful sugary foods.

4. Redness and Rashes

 Another way that sugar affects your skin is through causing redness and irritation. You can also blame this on the inflammatory properties in sugar. If you suffer from rashes or are prone to yeast imbalances in the body, it could be because you are eating too much sugar. Rashes can be a sign of yeast imbalance, and redness occurs mainly from inflammation. Eliminate all refined and added sugars and focus more on beautifying green veggies and fiber rich options instead.

5. Dehydration

 Sugar basically sucks all the water out of your cells, which can lead to dryness, puffiness and those terrible under eye circles we all hate! Sugar creates a major imbalance in your entire body. Be sure to avoid eating too much sugar on days when you want to look your best. Your skin will glow and radiate in no time! Drinking plenty of water doesn’t hurt either.

4 Reasons why PRTTY PEAUSHUN is great for all year round use!

posted 2015 May by Flora Organica

The cult firming and brightening lotion PRTTY PEAUSHUN may need no introduction, however, have you considered how it can be a skin saver all year round? It may be obvious that in the warmer months we bare more skin and therefore require a little more help in covering imperfections and improving our skin's appearance, but there are some reasons you may not have considered for keeping PRTTY PEAUSHUN in your beauty routine throughout winter.

 

  1. It is moisturizing and smoothing. What could be better in winter when your skin starts to resemble scales and becomes generally lacklustre? Revitalise and bring back your summer glow in an instant with PRTTY PEAUSHUN’s range of skin tone shades.

 

2. While we’re on the topic of brightening up winter skin, let’s address the obvious. What if it gets all over my clothes? Why would I wear it all over my skin if nobody will see it? That depends on how and when you decide to use this magic product. Firstly, you can use it on your face! That’s right, it’s gentle enough to use on more delicate skin and can help to create a wonderful dewy glow.

 

  1. Secondly, if you are planning a winter escape to chase the sun for a change, you will inevitably be back in skin-revealing dresses, shorter sleeves and higher hemlines. The last thing you want is to look like you have stepped out of the cast of a vampire movie when you step out into the sunlight. For a quick fix of skin-smoothing, brightening and a sneaky tan-like glow you can’t go wrong with one of the darker shades in the PRTTY PEASHUN range. Don’t fear the tint! It will not look ridiculous and orange or streaky on even the lightest of skin tones and it washes off in the shower if you are dreading commitment to the colour.

 

  1. Last but not least, every time of year comes with its big events and times to dress up and look your best. We all know that rugging up during the cooler months and feeling the strain on our usual routines can lead to being neglectful of our skin. There is never a bad time to have PRTTY PEAUSHUN stocked up in your beauty collection for those last minute skin-fix emergencies!

How to Make a Beta Carotene Rich Soup

posted 2015 May by Flora Organica

How do we ward off colds and flu and keep the immune system strong during the cooler months? We only have to turn to nature to give us the answer - using seasonal produce will provide all the essential vitamins and minerals needed to keep us looking and feeling good on the inside and out. At the moment, I am making Beta Carotene Rich Soup, one of my all time favourite comfort foods. Roasting carrots in olive oil actually provides more beta carotene, a potent antioxidant, than raw carrots. Antioxidants are nature’s answer to ageing younger. Perfect for a light lunch or snack!

 

 

 INGREDIENTS   

Serves: 4                                                  

500g carrots, peeled and chopped into small chunks

1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped into small chunks

2 cups vegetable stock

1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1 teaspoon curry powder

1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger

Freshly ground black pepper and Himalayan sea salt to season

Organic Natural/Greek yoghurt or Coconut yoghurt and dill to garnish

 

 METHOD 

  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Place carrot and sweet potato onto baking trays. Drizzle with olive oil and use fingers to rub through the vegetables. Season with Himalayan sea salt and black pepper. Roast vegetables for 30-40 minutes or until soft.
  2. Place roasted vegetables in a blender and add all other ingredients. Puree until smooth (can also use a bamix).
  3. Garnish with yoghurt and dill, if desired.

TIP: This soup is quite thick in consistency. Add extra water if you like it a bit thinner.

 

- Recipe by Rebecca McPhee -

Director, Age Younger

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Accredited Practising Nutritionist

Health Behaviour Change Practitioner

www.ageyounger.com

rebecca@ageyounger.com

M: 0432 969903

Dry Skin Saving Tips For Winter

posted 2015 Apr by Flora Organica

Like many others, I have been plagued all my life by dry skin during the winter months. As the days become cooler and the humidity decreases my skin tends to develop scales and a dull appearance. My hands seem perpetually dry and rough and my feet don’t feel much better.

 

The biggest culprits are decreased environmental moisture, indoor heating and air-conditioning, harsh soaps and body products, excessively hot showers and consuming less water than we would in summer weather. Over the years I have discovered a few simple and effective remedies. They are very cost effective and might even help you save a few dollars here and there.

 

  1. Try not to use your heater as much as you might like to and turn the temperature down. A degree or two could make a big difference to the humidity levels in you immediate environment. It will also decrease your energy bills and lower carbon emissions. You can always rug up in more warm layers and blankets if you start to feel the cold!

 

  1. Use a humidifier. I have a small one that sits on my desk and if I need a little aromatherapy boost I can add some essential oils to it.

 

  1. We will all be tempted to take long hot showers, especially on those very cold and rainy days but this can play havoc with our skin. Instead I try to go for shorter warm showers, patting myself dry before moisturising all over.

 

  1. Make the switch from harsh soaps to a rich organic body wash or in-shower body oil. I love the simplicity of body oils. Just apply to your skin, rinse off the excess in the shower and emerge already moisturised with no need for extra products.

 

  1. Gentle exfoliation. Oatmeal based products are renowned for their skin-moisturising properties. Use them gently to exfoliate hands, feet, knees and elbows. I like to fill a muslin bag with oatmeal, and then soak the bag with me in a warm bath for all over soft skin.

 

  1. Use coconut oil. Apply it to your skin as a rich moisturiser and in your hair sparingly as a frizz tamer or more generously for about 30 minutes as a rinse out treatment. You can cook with it too! My friend Catherine chills ice cube trays of coconut oil in the fridge and eats one cube every day. I have been trying this for a couple of weeks now and have noticed remarkable improvements, particularly in my hair.

 

 

7. Drink more fluids. Hot weather in summer makes us thirsty but the need to stay hydrated is easy to forget in winter. Try sipping on delicious herbal teas throughout the day, as they will warm you up from the inside and hydrate your skin. I really love the Beauty Chef’s new Hydration Beauty Boost. It contains aloe vera and coconut water to support your body’s ability to stay hydrated. I have been taking Hydration Boost daily for a little over a month now and I’ve never received so many compliments about my skin before now. Beauty really does begin in the belly!

Soapwalla Has Returned With A New Citrus Scent

posted 2015 Apr by Flora Organica

Soapwalla is back in stock with a fresh new citrus scent to boot! 


If you have sensitive skin and a love for artisanal products that are lovingly crafted from the highest quality ingredients, Soapwalla is for you. The new citrus scent has notes of zingy lime and grapefruit that will help to lift your spirits and give you an aromatherapy boost for the day.

 

  

The new Soapwalla Citrus Deodorant Cream uses superfine vegetable powders, clays and a combination of citrus essential oils to absorb moisture, inhibit bacteria and ensure long-lasting deodorising, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. 

 

As with all Soapwalla’s other products, the new deodorant cream is made from organic, food-grade ingredients and pure essential oils. It does not contain additives like sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens or harsh and synthetic ingredients. Soapwalla is a proud member of the Leaping Bunny and Caring Consumer cruelty-free coalitions.

 

For more information check out our range of Soapwalla products here.

 

 Happy hunting for your perfect scent!

 

Love, Flora Organica

Breakfast In Bed For Your Mum

posted 2015 Apr by Flora Organica

If you're planning to treat your mum to breakfast in bed on Sunday May 10th, consider this deliciously healthy breakfast by Sugar and Charm. It's easy to make in advance and you can make extra to have some yourself!

 

 

Organic Cacao, Coconut and Quinoa Granola 

Ingredients

4 cups organic, old-fashioned oats

3/4 cup organic quinoa flakes

1/2 cup cacao nibs

1 cup coconut flakes

1 cut toasted coconut

1/2 cup raw, slivered almonds

1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon organic cacao powder

1 egg white

1/2 cup organic honey (add a little more if you like it sweet)

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 tablespoon coconut oil

                                                                            

Directions

Place all of the dry ingredients in a bowl (except the toasted coconut) and mix. Then combine the wet ingredients and stir until mixed. Pour over the dry ingredients and stir until everything is coated. Spread the oat mixture onto a baking sheet with sides. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes, checking on it and stirring occasionally. The oats should be a nice golden brown. Remove from the oven and let them cool. Then toss in the toasted coconut. 

 

A cup of tea in bed...

What could be better to add to a healthy granola breakfast than a cup of revitalising and uplifting tea by The Seventh Duchess?

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Have a fantastic Mother's Day everyone!
Love, Flora Organica

 

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