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…

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…

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…

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 …

d.i.y body scrub

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

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

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…

giggle-fest

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

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…

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

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