Friday, 29 June 2018


The Superfood Beauty food Lunch of Champions

     Some of you may or may not know that I have just been certified in Beauty Nutrition and about to take a course to be licensed as a practitioner of The Face Lift Diet.  I am very eager to share some findings with you as I learn more about beauty from the inside out so here we go!

I have always known that you can't get all the skin nutrients you need from a jar.  Manufacturers try to put them into jars for us and you end up paying loads of money for minute amounts of ingredients and water!  I've always known that skin nutrients can be found in our foods and that they work from the inside out but I never realized to what extent.

You can eat minute amounts of "the good stuff" as a daily regimen and get everything you need sometimes even for free (when it comes to water for example).

Healthy foods and Superfoods really are our beauty foods and can be easily adapted into your food and drink diet to help you reap maximum benefits from the inside out.  I plan on adding this branch of Health and Wellness called Beauty Nutrition to my practice but first I plan to lead by example.

For those of you who have joined the LC Natural Health and Beauty group on FB you will see the recipe I've shared for my daily Smoothie (The Ultimate Beauty Elixer!) and I've added some nuts and seeds to the mix.  The picture below shows how you can add ground flax seeds to a smoothie for gut health (colon cleansing) because when you clean your colon you clean your skin.  The Coenzyme Q-10 we purchase in minute amounts in facial products can be found in the spinach in my smoothie and the 3 pistachio nuts.  The 23 almonds (28g or 1oz) give me the Manganese and Vitamin E I require and the 1 lone Brazil nut in the middle gives me more than the RDA of Selenium I need to prevent cellular rusting. 

The best part is that with all the nutrients and fibre that is rich in this lunch I am not hungry afterwards and can last until dinner while being very active during my work.  These little beauties pack a real punch! 

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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Heal Your Heart Naturally With Ayurvedic Principles

How To Heal Your Heart With Ayurveda

In this month dedicated to love and all things heart felt it's important to begin by making sure yours is in good condition.

We all know that the heart is one of the most vital organs in the body.  Look at the veritable fortress of bone and tissue that surrounds it in the chest cavity.  Given that we cannot survive without a properly functioning heart, this level of physical protection is really no surprise.  But physical protection isn't always enough to keep our hearts healthy.  In fact, heart disease is currently the leading cause of  death among both men and women, so the heart is certainly an organ deserving of our attention and care.

The following guide is not about heart disease; it is about the Ayurvedic approach to promoting heart health, and as such, it is relevant to all of us-whatever the current condition of our hearts.  Let's take a moment to consider the realms of the mind, consciousness, and other subtle energies that are intimately linked to heart health.

By definition Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge).  It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vibrant and healthy while realizing their full human potential.  

Ayurveda has always recognized that the human heart is really two hearts:  the physical heart that performs the function of a pump, and  the emotional heart that experiences joy and sorrow and everything in between.  It follows, then, that any problems the heart encounters are also on two levels:  physical and emotional.  On the physical level, accumulated undigested material, or ama, clogs arteries.  Free radicals bombard the system, impairing - among other things - the efficient functioning of the heart.  On the mental and emotional levels, day-to-day stresses can add up, spewing adrenaline that can damage the delicate fibres of the heart.

All these enemies of a healthy heart have one thing in common:  they attack silently, insidiously causing damage over time.  It is important, even when there seems to be no apparent damage to it.

My personal Ayurvedic approach to heart health, especially when going through challenging moments in life, is to focus on the 4 following acts:  Breathe, Eat, Sleep, Move.

Breathe Away Stress
According to Ayurveda, a holistic approach to heart health requires you to nourish the emotional heart as well as the physical heart.  The heart is not just a pump - it's the fountainhead of all emotions, whether it's joy and exhilaration or sadness and frustration.  Mental and emotional stress can disrupt the emotional heart.  Practicing a meditative technique twice daily has been shown in research studies to help in lowering blood pressure, reversing arterial blockage and enhancing resistance to all types of stress.  
Not everyone is able to concentrate for a full meditation so I just breathe.  Inhale (through the nose) for a slow count of 5 then exhale (through the mouth) for a slow count of 5.  Do this for a cycle of 2 to 3 times daily.

Eat Right
Arguably the most critical step you can take towards heart health is to eat a heart-friendly diet.  For a society used to fast food and eating on-the-go, this is also arguably the most difficult step to take and maintain.  But there are small things you can do to make your diet more heart-healthy.  Eat more servings of fresh fruits and vegetables; start your day with stewed apples or pears; include soaked blanched almonds in your diet; dress your veggies with fresh lime juice; and eat heart-friendly spices such as fresh-ground black pepper and the antioxidant power-spice turmeric.
Choose fresh foods over processed foods or leftovers; light foods over rich, deep-fried ones; and warm, cooked foods over cold, heavy foods.

Get Enough Sleep
Research studies have linked sleep deprivation to blood pressure problems, depression and other factors that increase the risk of heart disease. Ayurveda considers sleep just as important as dies in maintaining health.  Practice good bedtime habits - favour restful, calm ing activities as bedtime draws near to help disconnect the mind from the senses.  Keep your bedroom clear of distractions - television, computers, other work0-related material.  Maintain a temperature that's comfortable.  Wear comfortable, organic cotton sleepwear.  Stay away from stimulants in the evening.  Go to bed at a time that might allow you to get 8 hours of sleep a night.  Early to bed and early to rise still work to keep you healthy and energetic through the day.  There are even apps that you can get on your smart phone that signal you 15 minutes before your bedtime to allow you an 8 hour rest period night.

Move Moderately and Regularly
You don't have to do a strenuous workout five times a week.  The key is regularity.  If you follow the Ayurvedic principle of balaardh - exercising to half your capacity - you can exercise every single day without straining your muscles.  Walking is excellent exercise for everyone and excellent therapy as well.  The early morning is idea for taking a 30-minute walk.  It will not only help your heart; it will prepare you for the day by charging up your circulation and your metabolism.
I've been a dancer for the majority of my life so I find I can move my body most efficiently when I have my favourite music on and dance like nobody's watching!!

I'd like to add one more not to these 4 simple acts and it's a very important one; Love.  Love yourself, love others, love what you do, love how you look, love what you're about to eat...get the idea.  Love nourishes the heart, feeds the soul and fills your entire being with light.  Recognizing that you are taking care of your heart is a very loving thing to do for the Self.  Self-love is life giving.  It increases health and wellness and decreases pain and illness.

Start the month of love, February, by consciously loving yourself and your heart with these easy Ayurvedic principles that contribute to heart health. 

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Make Your Own Anti-Aging Serum That Works!

How To Make Your Own 

Natural Anti-Aging Serum That Works!

Face Serums are lightweight moisturizers that penetrate deeper to deliver active ingredients into your skin.  Regular use of a Serum can give your skin a firmer, smoother texture, makes pores appear smaller and increases moisture levels.

A few drops will be enough to cover your face and calm the skin.  In your late 30's, wrinkles suddenly look deeper because the skin's natural oils decrease, the moisture barrier breaks down, and the skin dries out.  Most creams contain little oil, but not enough to make a big difference in water loss.

Oil is the key to hydration for our skin. All skin types and all the skin in every location on our body. Remember back-in-the-day when the first "serum" on the market was actually called Oil of Olay? Due to the mis-education of consumers this company has chosen to change it's name to Olay. Due to the education of chemists we now call many facial oils on the market Serums and they sell by the bottle and fly off the shelf. It's just oil and you can make it yourself for a fraction of the cost sold by your favourite cosmetic company. 

Essential oils make marvelos face oils.  In general you need 30 drops of essential oil for each 2 table spoons of base oil, unless specified.  If you would like a more intensive treatment, use 45 drops of essential oil.

Information about the oils used in this recipe:

Evening Primrose Oil:  This oil is very rich in essential fatty acids containing about 10% Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA).  It is great for those with sensitive skin that flares up easily or for skin issues such as eczema or acne.  Evening Primrose oil has rejuvenating properties, helping sagging and wrinkled skin tone up and look more youthful.  

Borage Oil:  also known as Starflower oil, this oil is from the seeds of the pretty blue flowered Borage herb.  Another oil rich in GLA like Evening Primrose Oil.

Jojoba Oil:  This oil is technically a liquid wax and is almost identical to the sebum that your skin produces from its sebaceous glands.  It has little odour and is a clear yellowish liquid.  Jojoba has a natural affinity for the skin and is a great additive to any product.  It is easily absorbed by the skin and can even penetrate the hair shaft to moisturize each strand.  Because it is a wax not an oil, it is non-greasy and therefore great for products that don't need that heavy rich feel.  It also has a naturally long shelf life.

Vitamin E:  A powerful antioxidant employed to prolong the life of the carrier oils and butters in cosmetic blends.  Vitamin E is also one of the main skin vitamins and helps to heal, regenerate and nourish the skin.  It protects the tissues from free radical damage.

Chamomile (German) e/o:  Aids infected wounds and calms down irritated skin problems like eczema and dermatitis.  Chamazulene, a natural chemical in german chamomile, is a powerful anti-inflammatory and helps soothe and calm the skin.

Geranium e/o:  It is superb for oxygenating facial skin especially where there are broken capillaries and veins.  It balances the production of sebum in the skin, while keeping it supple and helping with the healing of wounds.  Superb to clear congested skin, dermatitis and eczema.  Works particularly well on oily and mature skin.  It promotes the circulation and is a good lymphatic cleanser which helps with oedema and cellulite and can be used in creams, gels and body wraps.

Rose e/o:  As Rose tones the liver, it is automatically a good skin care oil for all skin types but especially helping with dry skin, mature skin, wrinkles and broken capillaries.  It improves poor circulation and instils a sense of love and self care that is very appropriate for creams, gels, and lotions as well as eye and face serums and body butters.

Lavender e/o:  The number one choice to use on minor burns and skin problems.  It is the classic aromatherapy oil to use in massage lotions and oil blends as well as skincare creams, lotions, gels and body wraps.


-1 1/2 tbsp Jojoba oil

-1 tbsp Evening Primrose Oil

-1 tbsp Borage Oil

-1/4 tsp Vitamin E Oil

-5 drops Chamomile (German) essential oil

-5 drops Geranium essential oil

-10 drops Rose essential oil

-10 drops Lavender essential oil

Place all base oils and essential oils into a 1 ounce (30ml) dark glass dropper bottle

When ready to use give bottle a quick shake, place a couple drops on tips of fingers, rub together and gently pat on face after cleansing.

Check out our Youtube Channel to watch a video on how to make your own Natural Anti-Aging Face Serum