radiance project nz – he aha?

I’m a seeker, a bit of a wanderer …  I study people, I try to understand them at their core and the experiences that have shaped them into who they are. For the past 15 years of my journey I have been laser and skin specialist, make up artist, teacher, dumping ground, friend and confidant working all the…

inner beauty is …

My inner beauty journey began with my own skin and health issues,” explains Carla. “I have seen that what I put into my mouth has a profound effect on my health.”

uttanasana , parivrtta trikonasana , apanasana

These yoga poses offer immediate relief for soothing and relieving symptoms of irritable bowel and poor digestive system. Standing Forward Bend ~ Uttanasana Exhale and bend forward from the hip joints lengthening the torso and engaging the knees and thigh muscles. Breathe deeply and hold for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Alternative: keep knees bent…

herbs for radiant skin and healthy hair

If your hair and skin has lost its usual lustre and shine, chances are you’re body is not obtaining the required nutrients from your diet. Skin, being the largest body organ is always the first to show any outward signs of inner disharmony. Supplements are not a replacement for a well balanced diet, food can…

5 reasons to add watercress to our meals

I grew up eating Watercress but not in the traditional soups or salads. I am part Maori and traditionally, watercress is a staple in the diet, so every 2 weeks we would have what was coined The Boil Up. Fresh Wild Watercress was washed, removing the stalking bitter ends and then placed into a 7L…

organic microdermabrasion

Organic Microdermabrasiion has to be one of my all time favourite treatments. Organic skincare and treatment menus have grown considerably throughout spas and salons the world over proving extremely popular amongst actors, models and ‘it’ girls. The majority of spas and salons retail and offer at least one range of organic skincare to clients opting for a healthier and more responsible…

kicking adrenal fatigues arse … very slowly and gently

Featured on Prayers and Apples It has been 8 months since my world pretty much came crashing down around me in more ways than one. For the past 10 years I have been living in a Chaotic mess. I seemed to draw Chaos to me. I had no idea of the toll that living a life, suspended in such a…

safe cosmetics

I have been wanting to write this post for awhile as I think the information is so important. The long and often intimidating list of ingredients found on the back of our cosmetics (cleansers, moisturisers, foundations) and toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste, deodorants, after shave, perfume) can be overwhelming. So I thought we’d start with 5 ingredients. In…

Mr Men … there is strength in weakness

I was in awe when legendary All Black, Sir John Kirwan came forward many years ago and spoke publicly of his panic attacks and battle with depression at the height of his career … a battle he succinctly called ‘freaking out’. Rugby in New Zealand is essentially one of the nations major identities which unfortunately transforms these remarkably talented rugby players into faultless ‘gods’. As in most sports…

skiing, beach bumming & organic sunscreen

Its that time of year again to hit the slopes here in the Southern Hemisphere. Organic and Natural sunscreens vary in organic percentages from 30 -70%. Make sure the brand you buy protects from both UVA / UVB rays and should be free from: Retinyl Palmitate Oxybenzone Benzophenone-3 PABA New Zealand and Australia have the highest levels…

stress head !

Stress, it nudges its way into our lives and then decides to put its roots down. Thankfully there are tools to combat it but it takes action and persistence.   Kathleen DesMaison remarked that “your body speaks to you in the language of symptoms “ Do you recognise that many of the symptoms of stress are interconnected – that one…

awkward: your chemical imbalance is showing

I had to share this fantastic article from my girl Jess @ Prayers and Apples, outlining the need for regulatory changes in how antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs are prescribed and marketed to the masses. She’s such a hive of information … thank you Jessica x Awkward: Your Chemical Imbalance is Showing

how hippie will you go

  Were you aware that manufacturers of tampons and sanitary pads are not required to disclose the ingredients used in their products ? Imagine these Known TAMPON INGREDIENTS: Synthetic Fibres Bleach Perfumes Polyvinyl Alcohol Hydrocarbon Dioxin Polyester Polyurethane Parabens being INSERTED WILLINGLY BY US: into our body, month after month, year after year…purely because of…

how do you meditate …

I was just out gardening weeding, feeling very clear headed and peaceful, when it struck me that we all practice meditation in various ways. So I just wanted to ask you all – What is it you do day-to-day that brings you peace and calm, that restores you without really being that aware of it….

10 benefits of yoga

The benefits of yoga are huge and span the physical, mental and spiritual, meaning there’s something in it for all of us 1. “On a purely physical level, practice of the asanas (postures) increases muscle tone and general vitality. It also rapidly improves circulation, co-ordination and balance. The practice not only promotes flexibility and skeleto-muscular …

triumph & disaster

Triumph & Disaster ~ Grooming & Skincare Tools Observation One: Triumph & Disaster’s packaging is super stylish … very ‘Dapper and Old School’. I have visions of the quintessential metrosexual David Beckham types perusing the bespoke tailors on Savile Row snapping up the complete T&D range, but it could equally appeal to the uber-manly-mans of the world. Clint Eastwood,…

d.i.y body scrub

A cheap, easy and decadent Body Scrub – click on the Logo to check it out 🙂

vitality supergreens smoothie

So many of us are fatigued or ‘running on empty’ giving little thought to the toll this takes on our bodies and in particular our digestive system. Digesting food and its nutrients requires energy from the body to break it down.  For those who are exhausted or suffering from ill-health the need to conserve or re-direct energy…

dermamelan: treatment for hyper-pigmentation

Melasma sometimes called chloasma appears as a “symmetrical blotchy, brownish pigmentation on the face. The pigmentation is due to overproduction of melanin by the pigment cells, melanocytes. It can lead to considerable embarrassment and distress” – Dermatology Network New Zealand. It is commonly seen in pregnant women, with brown patches becoming apparent on the top lip, across the…

growing fresh air with household plants

  I’m always up for learning new things especially regarding my health. I stumbled upon a TED talk by Kamal Matteal (at the bottom of the page) who had been told by his doctors that he was allergic to the air in his city, Delhi in India. Breathing in the toxic fumes over his lifetime, he was told his…

turn your face to the sun …

 turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you Te tiro atu to kanohi ki tairawhiti ana tera whiti te ra kite ataata ka hinga ki muri kia koe – Maori proverb

juju organics, eco-chic beauty

The last few years of my career have been within the medical spa industry using a number of different lasers and medical grade products to correct a variety of skin conditions. While I still believe there is a time and place for these treatments, a recent stint with ill-health managed to reignite my passion with…

restoring digestive health

Digestive health has been an interesting issue for me to research this past year as it has been the underlying cause of a number of physical and mental symptoms I have had to deal with. A sluggish or unhealthy digestive system can present in so many ways. Physically, bloating and nausea after meals is a common…

mii maa mineral cosmetics

I think most everyone is aware of the intense rivalry between New Zealanders and Australians. The slagging, witty put downs and cheeky banter runs thick through our veins. So it is with a heavy heart that I say so publicly, that I am a big fan of Australian Organic Skincare and Mineral Make-up. In my opinion they are at the forefront in setting standards of quality and…

on one breath of air – william trubridge

Freediving is a sport where you hold your breath and try to go as deep as possible I caught the documentary Breathe by chance one day on the National Geographic channel. It tells the story of  William Trubridge training to freedive the deepest hole in the world – Dean’s Blue Hole located in the Bahamas – to a…

a guide to medical spa treatments

If you’re contemplating slightly more invasive and stronger treatments than you would normally have in the spa setting then you may be contemplating a trip to a medical spa. It may seem intimidating initially, not knowing if you’re willing to commit to some procedures or perhaps not fully understanding the treatment process, just be sure…

giggle-fest

I just had to share this from Sugarfreeme28 ~ it made me laugh out loud !

ask Strala ~ I need to lose weight !

It’s hard to be healthy when we keep practicing struggle and strain in our lives. We need ease. We need to feel, breathe deep, and get calm.

lets play

here’s hoping you manage to find some time in your day to play, jump around, belly laugh and let go a little 🙂

why we breathe

Nothing beats an early morning walk along the beach in the rain, I’m just back from a refreshing jaunt out at Raglan beach where surfers were out in force, kids were riding their horses and there were even a few blokarts hooning around – nothing inspires me more than nature and it was such a beautiful…

all is well – louise hay

Whenever there is a problem, repeat the following affirmation over and over. Start the process today of retraining your mind 🙂 All is well. Everything is working out for my highest good. Out of this situation only good will come. I am safe.

recline and relax …

Restorative yoga was developed by Yogi B.K.S Iyengar after he travelled from India to the U.K and noticed that westerners were a lot more stiff and inflexible in their joints. His introduction of using props such as blocks, bolsters, straps and the wall are used to maximise the opening and awareness of the body, providing support to the less…

you had me at magnesium sulfate a.k.a epsom salt

Magnesium and Sulphate are the two major components of Epsom Salts – a lack of magnesium can contribute to high blood pressure, hyperactivity, heart problems and other health issues. Sulphate is essential for many biological processes, helping form proteins in joints and brain tissue so I thought I was onto a fantastic thing when I found a packet in my…

sobering words

Sir Paul Holmes a Veteran Radio and Television Broadcaster in New Zealand for the past 23 was often a controversial figure described as charming, challenging and entertaining who interviewed thousands, passed away this morning surrounded by his family, aged 62, after a long fought battle with prostate cancer. Known as an absolute workaholic who fronted his own television…

baked eggplant and ricotta rolls

  Baked Eggplant and Ricotta Rolls 2 eggplants Himalayan Pink Salt Olive Oil Tomato sauce, I used Delmaine Garlic and Olive Oil Parmesan Stuffing Gluten free bread crumbs, about 1/2 cup, 1 cup  ricotta, Grated zest of 1 lemon juice of 1/2 lemon 1 tsp. basil leaves, 1/4 tsp. Himalayan pink salt 1. Trim the stem end of…

sugar is my cocaine

Is it even possible? Quitting sugar? Substituting refined for more natural sugars? We all know we need to cut back on sugar but how ? I have no idea, it seems to have wedged its way into every food group I know, SugarfreeMe, was on Day 17 of being sugar-free and I’m in awe. I…

living hope, vladivostok russia

I realise money is tight for most of us but I wanted to let you all know about my favourite charity organisation run by New Zealander Rachael Hughes. Please feel free to re-blog her message and webpage to spread the word. She has done such tireless and self-sacrificing work for the past 16 years in…

10 ways to boost immunity

1. laugh. Laughter is the best way to relieve stress and helps the body to lower tension and blood pressure. Firstly it distracts you from pain and worry. Secondly laughter increases the production of T-cells, antibodies and natural killer cells (defence cells that attack foreign material in our bodies), these cells increase the likelihood that infections…

Mcjuicing …

I recently joined the masses and finally purchased a juicer, it wasn’t too expensive thankfully, so I’m stoked and it gets the job done. Now the only trick is to market shop once a week (not too hard) and then juice every (other) day. I like that there is a juice for whatever ails you, whether it be flu,…

quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking

So I’ve finally received the audiobook and I’m, so excited (geek me loves books and reading) … check it out and I’ll keep you posted on what I learn … YAY ! “At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who…

forgiveness … it’s medically beneficial

Dr Frances Pitsilis a Medical, Integrative and Holistic Doctor in New Zealand explains how Forgiveness is not just a conscious decision we make to ease our psychological pain it takes an enormous physical toll on our bodies too. Forgiveness and Health: “We have all watched as the family comes out of the courthouse with a…

the half smile

“Smiling to yourself is like basking in love: you become your own best friend. Living with an inner smile is to live in harmony with yourself.” “By transforming destructive emotions into positive energy the inner smile removes the cause and symptoms of disharmony”  – Mantak Chia “Peace begins with a Smile” – Mother Theresa When…

my love affair with coconut oil continues

Great books offering all you need to know about the benefits of coconut oil and your health: The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife Oil Pulling Therapy: Detoxifying and Healing the Body Through Oral Cleansing by Bruce Fife

yoga for t.m.j and neck pain

Sit on your shins in lion pose. Open the jaw and extend the tongue toward your chin as you exhale (I know but bare with me). Then, move both the tongue and eyes  in unison as you move them up, down and to the sides. As you come into camel pose, be mindful of the open…