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Recipe: Detox Bliss Brownies

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The name “raw bliss” brownies appears to be an oxymoron as we do not commonly associate detox with bliss! However if you have read our blog post on The Ultimate Liver Loving Foods you will quickly realise that some of the star detox foods including turmeric, beetroot and avocado feature in the recipe below. A good game to play with these brownies is “guess the ingredients” as you would never know that there are some super detoxifiers lurking within! Add your own creative twist to the brownies, you cannot go too wrong with raw food recipes. Be sure to let me know of any fun variations.

Ingredients

1 cup sunflower seeds

3/4 cup almonds

1/2 cup activated buckwheat

1/4 cup gojis

6 dates

1/4 cup carob & 1/4 cup cacao powder

1 medium raw beetroot, cubed

1/4 avocado

2 Tbs spirulina

1 Tbs turmeric

2 Tbs almond butter

3 Tbs coconut oil, melted

Pinch Himalayan salt

Optional

1 Tbs Maca root powder (great for fertility and hormonal balance)

1 Tbs lucuma (adds a beautiful caramel flavour)

 

Method

  1. Place the sunflower seeds, almonds and buckwheat in your food processor and process until a fine flour forms.
  2. Next add the gojis, dates, beetroot and avocado. Blend until broken down.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients until well combined and no “chunky” pieces remain.
  4. Press into a baking paper lined tray and place in freezer for one hour or until firm. Remove from tray and cut into small squares (5cm by 5 cm is a good size)
  5. Keep in the fridge and reach for them when you need to retreat into detox bliss :)
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Golden Glow Pineapple Passion Smoothie

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The below recipes makes for the ultimate nourishing and hydrating skin smoothie.
We have used No. 4 Golden Glow as the therapeutic base for this refreshing drink. However, you could just as easily use No. 1 Green Goddess or No. 8 Energise Me.
A synergistic blend of therapeutic skin rejuvenating herbs including nettle and calendula, combined with enyzme-rich pineapple work to stimulate the digestive system and skin repair mechanisms. Cucumber and chlorophyll cleanse and hydrate whilst lemon, lime and passionfruit take exotic flavours to a new level.

Ingredients

1 cup Green Goddess Detox Tea, chilled

¾ cup frozen pineapple

Juice of 1 lemon and lime

1 passionfruit

1 cucumber

Bunch of mint

1 tablespoon of chlorophyll

Optional

1 teaspoon of E3 live or spirulina for added boost

Directions

Brew tea for 3-5 minutes and chill.

Whiz all ingredients in blender. Serve on ice or blend with ice for an additional cool factor.

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Rose Oat Bath Bliss

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This rose bath petal bath is the perfect gift of love to yourself or to someone special or to you both! Keep the salts in a resealable glass container for repeat pampering bliss. The addition of oats in this bath mix makes your bath water milky and silky – perfect for soothing dry and irritated skin.

 

Ingredients:
– One cup dried rose petals
– 5 mls rose essential oil
– 1/3 cup baking soda
– 1 cup Epsom salts
– 2/3 cup quick oats

Directions
1. Mix all ingredients except for rose petals in a large bowl. Mix well so that rose oil covers the ingredients.
2. Transfer into a glass jar layering the salt with a layer of rose petals.
3. Place a big scoop of the finished mix into hot water and revel in the beautiful silky sensation on your skin.
4. For additional indulgence pop on your Coco Bliss Regenerating Mask.

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The Priceless Beauty Technique You Need to Start Now

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When it comes to looking and feeling beautiful we often do not consider the fundamentals of maintaining our youthful radiance. One of the techniques I always introduce my naturopathy clients to is SLN, it sounds like the next NLP, brain rewiring or food intolerance testing technique. It is in fact more powerful and more importantly free. It is Self-Love & Nurturing. Whilst it is easy to dismiss self love or pampering, it is a critical component of any beauty routine. Read on for three key methods involved in practicing SLN and how they will help to nurture that inner and outer glow:


Beauty Sleep

Sleep is critical for the growth and renewal of all body systems, including the skin. A deprivation of sleep can make fine lines more visible, increase redness, exacerbate pigmentation and decrease skin hydration.

A reduction in sleep leads to a decrease in the body’s release of melatonin. Melatonin is a natural antioxidant secreted at night which acts to prevent the skin from free radical damage. This is one of the reasons poor sleep may lead to accelerated aging and reduced skin health.

The other reason that sleep may make you look older is that a lack of sleep increases the body’s release of the stress hormone cortisol. An excess of cortisol in the body will influence the breakdown of skin collagen, the protein that keeps the skin smooth and elastic.

A lack of sleep has been shown in studies to affect skin hydration, appearance and impact fine lines. In fact a study conducted by the University of Cleveland on the Effects of Sleep Quality on Skin Aging and Function showed that sleep deprived women were shown to show more significant signs of attributes like fine lines, uneven pigmentation and less elasticity versus their well rested counterparts. Poor sleepers were also shown to retain redness in their skin, experience greater moisture loss in their skin and recover more slowly from sun damage as compared to women who were getting adequate sleep.

Switch Off:

Time and time again I see clients who feel so burdened by work issues, with no down time, feeling they need to be constantly in work mode- checking emails, responding to calls and thinking about work issues at least 14 hours per day. This work-domiated culture we have produced means we are consistently exposed to Electromagnetic Radiation (EMFs) from or. computers, smart phones and other electronic devices which we are using for the most part of the day and even at night

Radiation exposure at the levels we are exposed to on a daily basis can result in skin burns, dry, wrinkled skin and what is known as photo aging.

Countless epidemiological studies, from The British Medical Journal to the World Health Organization (WHO) to the California Department of Health, have linked EMFs to lymphoma, leukemia, male fertility problems, autoimmune system deficiencies, birth defects, tumours, insomnia, heart problems and more.

In a study Consequences of late-night smartphone use and sleep, researchers from Washington, Florida and Michigan State universities have found that using smartphones before bed disturbs sleep, negatively affects work and accelerates ego depletion, which refers to people’s capacity to self-regulate behaviour and act positively and productively.

What can you do to try to switch off from EMFs?

  • Switch off from all electronic devices at least two hours before sleep. It will make for better sleep and ensure you wake refreshed and ready to tackle the next day with the motivation and energy required;
  • Invest in a proven EMF blocker;
  • Do not sleep with your iphone next to you or put it in aeroplane mode to prevent you checking it in the middle of the night; and
  • Aim to have at least 10 hours of the day EMF free (you may be surprised at how difficult this is).

Allow Yourself to Receive:

We often think that we must be constantly giving and that we do not deserve to pamper or receive. When we allow ourselves to self-pamper and receive we actually build a supply of energy, strength and confidence to continue to be the radiant beings we deserve to be.
Our talents, passions and interests are in fact the basis of our life purpose. Practice doing your best to give and receive as well as to receive from yourself. There is no need to wait for others to give back to you. You can indulge in yourself without guilt. A few of my favourite ways include having a relaxing massage, switching my phone off and enjoying a day in the ocean or lighting beautifully scented candles and reading a light hearted book in bed.

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The Perfect Pampering Duo

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The Perfect Pampering Duo

We often forget the importance of exfoliating and “masking” when it comes to our skin care routine. The Beauty Apothecary Desert Lime Flawless Face Polish and Coco Bliss Regenerating Mask make the perfect exfoliating and hydrating pampering duo.

Desert Lime Flawless Face Polish is a micro-bead polish which gently exfoliates to remove dead skin cells and impurities, revealing radiant flawless skin. It features he native Australian Extract Desert Lime which is rich in a phytochemical called coumarin which help the proliferation of skin cells. It is also rich in glycosides which support healthy collagen production and skin hydration. The Strawberry Fruit Extract found in the Polish helps to tone, purify and brighten the skin to impart a healthy & bright glow. Gingko Extract in the Polish increases blood flow to the skin, helping to restore a youthful, radiant appearance by getting rid of dead skin cells and increasing skin elasticity.

Coco Bliss Regenerating Mask is a lush hydrating mask that works to intensely hydrate, heal and soften the skin. The Mask is made using Shea, Coconut Oil and Cocoa Butter as base. These ingredients are rich in fatty acids and intensely hydrate and improve the skin’s elasticity. The Mask also features Vitamin E oil which heals and regenerates the skin and B vitamins which act to quench and nourish the skin. Pomegranate is a beautiful addition to the Mask, it is rich in polyphenols and anthocyanins which strengthen cell membranes, reducing susceptibility to free radical damage and moisture loss.

Using the pampering duo is as simple as applying Desert Lime Flawless Face Polish on the face and neck with a circular motion, rinsing and patting the skin and then applying a thick layer of Coco Bliss Regenerating Mask. The Mask can be left on the skin overnight for intense hydration and repair or rinsed after 10

 to 15 minutes.

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