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….

old school pantry fixins

I’m not sure what’s happened to me lately but I’ve turned into an old school use-whats-in-the-kitchen-pantry to clean the house (admission: I’m a clean freak) and cure my ailments (yes, I sound like an old woman). I remember when we were young, there was a Rawleigh’s Medicated Ointment we had that got put onto every…

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,…

taco salad

Like any human being I eat with my eyes so when I saw this tasty picture on 100 Days of Real Food, I was sold. I also enjoy the tapas, communal style of eating, placing everything on a big platter, choosing what looks best and diving in ! This Taco Salad reminds me of a…

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…

Spa and Beauty

Hot Wax: A strip-less hot wax applied with a spatula, that shrink-wraps around the hair follicle to enable it to remove hair as short as 1mm! I use it when waxing most area a part from the legs and arms. Perfect for short, stubborn hair on any part of the face and those xxx places. It is very…

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.