digestive health & probiotic goodness

“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.”

3 natural beauty staples

Weleda Skin Food Body Butter Skin Food Body Butter is an intensely hydrating, rich and nourishing body moisturiser that leaves a radiant sheen on the skin. The texture is lighter than the original Weleda Skin Food formula making it much easier to spread. Formulated for dry and very skin, it is highly effective to use…

candles & intentions

When you light your candle, it illuminates your intentions, and when you meditate on your intention, it releases a message and sends our energy out into the universe. On a symbolic level, lighting a candle represents the five elements: earth, water, air, fire, and spirit. The wick and base signify earth and are vital for…

balance harmony strength

“Strength is all about the balance between body and mind” Anna K Anna K writes “Strength represents the balance between the Virgin and the Lioness in us. the balance between body and mind, intellect and passion, rationality and instinct. If our Virgin part, the mind becomes too strong we become passionless, cold and too much…

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…

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…

safe cosmetics

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 trying to navigate their way through this minefield of information the majority of people choose to completely ignore the information provided and opt…

juju organics philadelphia

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…

menstrual cups vs tampons

Manufacturers of tampons and sanitary pads are not required by law to disclose the ingredients used in their products. TAMPON INGREDIENTS: Synthetic Fibres Bleach Perfumes Polyvinyl Alcohol Hydrocarbon Dioxin Polyester Polyurethane Parabens We are inserting toxicity laden tampons into our body, month after month, year after year. It does not surprise me that a  large…

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…

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

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…

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…

ask Strala ~

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.

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

he aha? why ?

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 a teacher, laser and skin specialist, make up artist, dumping ground, friend and confidant working all…