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Beauty on the Fly - 5 Simple Ways to Travel-Proof Your Skin!

Posted by Lolita Walters on

'Tis the season to travel. Set aside the glam of the party season or the chance to finally sit back and relax on a beach somewhere, long haul flights and aeroplane food unfortunately do not make good friends with gorgeous glowing holiday skin.

So, what's a jetsetter to do? Read on to follow these 5 easy beauty hacks to ensure you arrive at your destination fresh-faced and radiant, and return from your trip dripping with post holiday glow factor.

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    Five Tips To Maintain Your Summer Glow – Inside & Out

    Posted by Anna Mitsios on

    With fall in full swing, now is the time to ensure you are religiously maintaining your skincare and beauty regime with a few seasonal updates to carry you through the colder months. Read on to discover our top 5 inside-out beauty tips to help you keep that ethereal summer glow all year round!
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    Four Tips to Easily Increase Your Breast Milk Production

    Posted by Anna Mitsios on

     

    One of the more challenging elements of being a new mother (along with the lack of sleep!) can be ensuring that your baby is feeding enough and that you have enough breast milk flowing. Colostrum is the first milk in a mother’s breasts after birth and is rich in protein and antibodies that build your baby’s immune system. This is what makes breast milk an incredibly protective and nutrient boosting food for your bubba.

    The wonderful power of botanicals really shines through when boosting breast milk production. Herbs can work very quickly to boost breast milk production as can a few simple changes which I describe below.

    Botanical Boosters
    Fenugreek, Goats Rue and Blessed Thistle are three of my favourite herbs for increasing breast milk. They work by directly impacting the mammary glands. In fact, direct effect on the mammary glands in the breasts themselves. It is a good choice for women who experience problems with their production from the beginning, or those who have had previous breast surgeries.  It has been shown to increase milk production by up to 50% in many cases, and may also even stimulate the development of the mammary glands. Other herbs that also work include Fennel, Nettle and Red Raspberry Leaf. You may be able to find a naturopath to blend these herbs into a liquid herbal tincture for you (or contact me and I can arrange this) or find a tea that contains these herbs. Taking the tincture daily or having a few cups of the tea really does make a huge difference anecdotally with women in my practice. Sometimes we find this is often all it takes to get milk flowing naturally.
    Water
    Keeping hydrated is one of the best ways to improve your breast milk production. Given breast feeding depletes your body fluids, having a glass of water or a cup of tea ensures that you are keeping adequately hydrated.
    Food
    There are a few foods I highly recommend you get started on or increase when breastfeeding. These include:

    Oats: Whilst eating a bowl of porridge to increase breast milk is considered an old wives’ tale, many women do report their breast milk supply increases when they incorporate oats into their diet. A possible explanation for the mechanism of action may be that oats are rich in nutrients and minerals including calcium and iron required for healthy breast milk. They may also act as nervines, relaxing the body and hence encouraging great breast milk flow. Have a cup of oats for breakfast or add to your favourite smoothie.

    Healthy Fats. Omega 3 Fatty Acids are not only important for you but also for your baby given they are vital for their brain and eye development. Your diet can be influence the quality of fats in your breast milk so making a few changes to the types of fats you are eating is something I highly recommend. A study published in the “European Journal of Clinical Nutrition” demonstrated that the breast milk of Spanish mothers was lower in saturated fat and higher in monounsaturated and omega-3 fatty acids, which reflects the traditional Mediterranean diet of Spain. Aim to incorporate plenty of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids into your diet. These can be found in walnuts, almonds, avocado, chia seeds and fish as opposed to saturated fats found in processed foods and grain fed meat. Aim for a handful of nuts daily (walnuts and almonds are best), 1 tablespoon of chia seeds and 3 serves of wild-caught fish weekly (avoid fish high in heavy metals such as tuna, mackerel, ling and swordfish and avoid farmed fish).

    Sesame Seeds: Sesame seeds are a wonderful way to boost your calcium levels which is important for healthy milk supply. 

    A Few Practical Tips.
    • Feeding more often. Feeding more often ensures that the tiny nerves in the nipple are being stimulated by your baby.  This causes the release of hormones into your bloodstream. One of the hormones (prolactin) activates the milk-making tissues. The other hormone (oxytocin) causes the breast to push out or let down the milk.
    • Massage. Massaging your breasts may encourage milk supply. Stroke it towards the nipple on all sides as your baby feeds. Take care not to disturb the nipple in your baby's mouth.
    • Take care of mum. Ensure you are looking after yourself by continuing to eat a balanced diet, sleeping when you get the opportunity to do so and seeking support from friends and family.
    Lactation Smoothie Recipe

    This is an easy smoothie recipe incorporating the breast milk boosting foods I have recommended above. Aim to have this once daily if possible and vary with any fruits or your favourite superfood powders. The addition of maca to this smoothie assists in boosting your energy levels during the day.

    • 250 to 300 mls of almond milk
    • ¾ cup of oats
    • ½ avocado
    • 1 tablespoon chia seeds or flaxseed meal
    • 1 tablespoon of maca powder
    • 1 tablespoon of tahini paste (unhulled)
    • 2 to 3 drops of vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean scraped
    • ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
    • Optional: ½ cup of frozen berries, 1 cup of baby spinach or kale, 1 frozen banana

    Blend all of the ingredients together. Add a few ice cubes for a frozen shake.

    If you would like to discuss starting a breast feeding herbal formula please contact anna@ediblebeautyaustralia.com. For more detailed assistance with respect to lactation concerns, I highly recommend you contact Lynn-McKensey Hall, a private IBCLC (International Board of Certified Lactation Consultant) and midwife who has fantastic results with women experiencing difficulties with breastfeeding lynne@betterbeginnings.com.au

     

     

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    Must Have Skincare for An Instant Quick Fix

    Posted by Anna Mitsios on

    Whether it's stress, lack of sleep or hormonal fluctuations, our skin is a good reflection of our overall health. Have you ever noticed your complexion looking lacklustre right before a big event? When you need that emergency quick fix, it’s all about reaching for hard working products that are gentle on the skin. To see changes overnight, there are a few key products within the Edible Beauty range. Filled with botanical and wildcrafted ingredients, your skin will be left looking and feeling refreshed.


     

     

    & Sleeping Beauty Purifying Mousse

    Healthy skin all comes down to balance. If your skin is feeling congested, look for purifying ingredients to balance oil production without stripping the skin. Fluffy, intensely moisturising and gently cleansing, the & Sleeping Beauty Purifying Mousse works to rejuvenate skin overnight. The key ingredient in this luxurious product is Australian Pink Clay which removes impurities and prevents breakouts while soothing redness. Thanks to the addition of antioxidant rich Acai and moisturising Snowflower Seed Oil, you’ll wake up to a more radiant and deeply hydrated complexion.

     

    & Snowflower Illuminating Face Oil

    If your skin is looking dull, dry or dehydrated, it’s time to incorporate a facial oil into your everyday routine. The & Snowflower Illuminating Face Oil is formulated with a myriad of natural oils to infuse your skin with antioxidants and reduce inflammation. Known for its ability to reduce pigmentation and enhance luminosity, Snowflower Seed Oil is a natural anti-inflammatory which works to calm and hydrate irritated skin. For an added glow, mix a few drops into your foundation for an instantly dewy complexion. Filled with antioxidants and natural waxes, you can even apply to the ends of your hair to prevent dryness.

     

    & Dessert Lime Flawless Micro-Exfoliant

    How often do you exfoliate? This ever important step promotes cell turnover and helps to remove impurities. Free from plastic microbeads, the & Dessert Lime Flawless Micro-Exfoliant uses natural rice grains to polish the skin and boost radiance. While Desert lime supports collagen and increases hydration, the addition of Strawberry and Lime extracts works to brighten the skin. With a fresh Lime and Coconut scent, this gentle exfoliant leaves a youthful glow by resurfacing the complexion.

     

    Express: Bloom of Youth Infusion Mask

    After a long day or before a big event, nothing compares to a nourishing sheet mask. Rich in anti-ageing ingredients including Bamboo Extract, Ribose and Swertia Chirata, the Express: Bloom of Youth Infusion Mask takes beauty to a new level. One of the most impressive active ingredients in this sheet mask is Ribose. Known for its energy boosting properties, Ribose works at a cellular level to promote anti-ageing. While Bamboo Extract enhances firmness, the skin is also infused with hydrating Hyaluronic Acid. With the ability to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, this powerhouse ingredient plumps and smooths the skin. After 15-20 minutes of relaxation, you’ll notice features are more firmed and refined. While the weather is warmer, store your sheet masks in the fridge for an ultra refreshing feel.

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    Our Six Favourite Beauty Tea Fixes

    Posted by Anna Mitsios on

    One of the things that always amazes me about botanicals is how versatile they are in their therapeutic use. This also applies to herbal tea which can be used to brighten eyes, rejuvenate hair, relax as well as of course tantalising your taste buds.

     

    Below our six favourite beauty “inside & out” applications of tea which you may not be aware of:

    1. Luscious Locks: EGG found in green tea has in studies been shown to stimulate hair production by promoting the health and boosting the activity of dermal papillae. Green tea is also rich in antioxidants which strengthens and protects the hair from UV damage. Rinse your hair with the cold brew after shampooing or leave the tea on without rinsing to further condition and nourish your hair. Choose Black tea as a rinse to thicken and strengthen hair or if you have dark hair and would like to restore its lustre. Choose Rooibos tea if you have red or light brown hair, either rinse you hair with the tea or use it as a leave in conditioner to promote a red tone. Chamomile tea is our favourite rinse for promoting shine and natural highlights. Our No. 10 Balancing Butterfly Blue tea is a beautiful tea taken internally to boost circulation to the hair helping to nourish and restore it.
    2. Bright Eyes: Both Chamomile and Black tea work wonders for relieving red irritate eyes. Brew the tea, cool, strain well and infuse a cotton cloth into the herbal tisane. Soak well, remove and apply onto the eye area as a compress for ten to twenty minutes. The tannins in the tea work to reduce itching and inflammation whilst the antimicrobial properties of chamomile assist in combating microbes that may be present in the eyes.
    3. Puff Away: Cucumbers are traditionally the go-to home remedy for puffy eyes. However Peppermint, Chamomile and Black tea bags work wonderfully to reduce puffy and swollen eyes. Soak the bags for about ten minutes in boiling water, remove, place in the fridge until cool and then place on closed eyelids for 20 minutes. The tannins in the tea work to reduce inflammation, depuff and revive tired eyes. If you wish to always have a natural remedy at your finger tips, brew green or black tea and place in ice cube trays. Place the ice cubes in a thin cloth and on the eyes for an immediate cure to swollen eyes.
    4. Acne Away: Acne is often associated with an imbalance in hormone production for which liver cleansing teas such as Dandelion Root & St Mary’s Thistle and androgen calming teas such as Licorice and Peony root work effectively to combat the internal turmoil often creating acne. We have the blends ready to go in our No. 1 Green Goddess Detox and No. 4 Golden Glow Tea.
    5. Sinus Clear: Ginger, Chilli and Yarrow are my favourite herbs for stimulating the sinuses, boosting circulation and combating the common cold. You cannot go past the combination of teas found in No. 9 Tulsi Immune Fire for powerful sinus and fever fighting action.
    6. Circulation Boost: Poor circulation, cold hands and feet and a slow metabolism need not be something you need to put up with. Seep some grated ginger in hot water or reach for some ginkgo tea or better still our No. 9 Tulsi Immune Fire to get that blood rushing.
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