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Despite being a novelty in Western society, oil pulling is an age-old remedy embedded in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.
Maybe you’ve heard of oil pulling, but you’re not sure what it means or how it’s done, or maybe you’ve never heard of it at all!
In this blog we’re going to cover the ins and outs of this simple and effective ancient technique so you can jump on the oil pulling health wagon yourself!

What is Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is simply the act of swishing oil (usually Coconut, Sesame or Sunflower) in the mouth for up to 20 minutes first thing in the morning. The oil is pulled back and forth through the teeth and gums, and then spat out.

The oil acts as a powerful cleanser, picking up and drawing out the millions of bacteria and toxins that live in our mouths, cutting through plaque and removing toxins from the body.
Oil pulling is a natural way to clean and detoxify the teeth and gums and even has the added bonus effect of whitening teeth naturally, helping to improve our overall oral health.


As we enter into the joys of the summer, sun exposure becomes an inevitable part of daily life.
On the plus side, summer is the easiest time of year to get your beneficial vitamin D. But the downside is it’s also the easiest time to get sunburnt.

When your skin is excessively exposed to these ultraviolet rays (UV), these rays can activate free radicals in the skin and cause accelerated aging, sunburn and may over time lead to skin cancer.

Contrary to popular belief, liberally smothering yourself in sunblock every moment of the day to avoid sunburn is not all there is to it.

There are many ways to improve your skin's UV resistance, and what you eat is one of them.
What you put in your mouths can have a huge impact on how your skin handles the sun.
Eating certain fruits and veggies can actually give your body the raw materials to build its own sun protection, from the inside out.

While not a substitute for topical sunscreen, combining both the use of a non-chemical protective sunscreen for the face and body, and the nutritional support from an antioxidant-rich diet complete with plenty of fruits and vegetables, high quality fats and proteins and plenty of pure water; you should be able to boost your skins protection from the sun.

Food is our first line of defence, but if you are going to be in the sun for long periods of time, be clever. Wear protective clothing, pop on some sunnies and rub in some non-toxic sun cream to avoid overloading your skin with too much sun.

Try incorporating the following foods to help protect your skin against UV rays from the inside out:


10 Ways to Look and Feel Amazing Naturally

Posted: Thu, 04 May 2017, 18:44

If you want to look and feel good naturally, then here are my top 10 ways to get you there!

No. 1 - Be nice to your gut

Your gut flora can influence your health in a lot ways, from helping to extract energy from your food, building and supporting your body's immune system, and even having the ability to affect your mood and metabolism.

And did you know that bacteria can also produce vitamins?

Bifidobacteria and lactic acid bacteria produce B-complex vitamins, including biotin, thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), and cobalamin (B12), as well as folic acid and vitamin K.

A happy gut is the first step to a happy and healthy body. If you want abundant energy, glowing skin and shiney locks, then your digestive system is your number one man.

Try boosting your levels with probiotic rich foods like fermenting veggies like sauerkraut (see my blog here on the benefits of fermented veggies), kimchi, pickles, yogurt, kefir, tempeh etc. or supplementing with high quality supplements like Udo’s Super 8.


Fermentation is one of the oldest forms of preservation.
Vegetable fermentation helps to transform a simple raw vegetable into something infinitely healthier and even more delicious.

How is this achieved?

The transformation owes everything to the microbes in the soil that the veggies are grown in and the sugars present in the vegetables.

During fermentation, microorganisms including bacteria, yeasts or moulds break down complex molecules into simpler substances. Given the right conditions, the bacteria kick-start fermentation by feasting on the vegetables natural sugars and converting them into a variety of things including lactic acid, carbon dioxide and a tinsy amount of alcohol.

This not only transforms the chemical composition of the food, but also enhances its nutritive value.

Fermented vegetables are so good for you and your gut health; they really should be eaten daily.

Not only do they aid in digestion, healing the gut, and boosting the body’s ability to absorb more nutrients from your food; they’ve also been linked to an increased immune system and an improved mood.

Our bodies are populated with trillions of bacteria, most of which live in our gut and have a huge impact on our overall health.
Our microbiome do so much to keep us healthy, from keeping our good:bad bacteria ratio balanced, synthesising vitamins including Vitamin K and B, enhancing nutrient absorption, regulating inflammation and immunity throughout our entire body and so much more.

That's why I believe that nurturing our guts is the number one thing we can do to boost our overall health and immunity.


26 Ways to Use Your Jar of Coconut Oil

Posted: Thu, 21 July 2016, 10:41

Coconut oil has suffered from quite a bad reputation in the past, but thankfully that’s now changing thanks to many scientific studies revealing the true make up of coconut and its wide array of health benefits.

With its antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties, plus its immune, hormone and healthy cholesterol supporting benefits, coconut oil is one of the most versatile (and tastiest!) substances on the planet!

So with that being said, here’s a list of 26 ways to use your jar of coconut oil!

No. 1 AS A CLEANSER

Perfect for light and deep cleansing and typically done in the evening prior to bed, coconut oil makes an amazing cleanser.

Massage a fingertips worth of coconut oil onto a damp face to cleanse your skin and wash off with a hot facecloth for an amazing clean feel.
For a deep cleanse, do the above procedure but massage into your face for up to 3 minutes. Soak your washcloth in clean, hot water, rinse and hold over your face to gently steam your pores to release the oil carrying the impurities. Allow it to stay until it cools.

If you suffer from acne, you’ll be pleased to know that coconut oil contains lauric acid that works as an antibacterial agent to help with breakouts and clear up your skin.

No. 2 MAKE UP REMOVER

Coconut oil is a totally natural make-up remover and works wonderfully - even on waterproof mascara!
Just dab some coconut oil on a cotton ball and gently wipe your make-up off. Alternatively do the cleansing method as above.


In this blog we’re going to uncover the beautifying qualities of a handful of ingredients you have right there in your kitchen, and there’s some real good’ns I tell ya!

So why are we raiding the kitchen cupboards?  I shall explain…

The quality of the ingredients you put on your skin is equally as important as the foods you eat. Since your skin is your biggest organ, anything you put on your skin is going to be absorbed by your body.

Around 70% of what you put on your skin will be absorbed straight into your blood stream, and that includes those nasty toxins found in commercial cosmetics, face washes, lotions and potions.

You wouldn’t eat them, so why would you put them on your skin?

Using natural, chemical-free (delicious) ingredients on your skin is the best way to cleanse, exfoliate, moisturise and detoxify your skin, resulting in brighter, glowing, radiant skin!

So, are you ready to break open the kitchen cupboards and smother yourself in their delicious contents? Good! Then let’s get messy!


5 Natural Home Remedies for Acne

Posted: Thu, 16 June 2016, 14:15

Welcome to part 2 of our Beauty Blog Series!

In this blog we shall be covering 4 Natural Home Remedies for Acne.

Last time we covered how acne and breakouts may be caused and found out some effective ways to address them from the inside. Now let’s find some effective ways to address acne breakouts from the outside.

No. 1 BEFRIEND PLANT OILS

Raw or cold pressed fats and oils are amazingly good for your skin because they contain beautifying properties with plenty of nutrients, essential fatty acids and vitamins.

You can replace pretty much all of your beauty products like cleansers, moisturisers, body creams, hair conditioner, even shaving cream with various plant oils.
My favourite is coconut oil, but there’s also sweet almond oil, jojoba, argan oil, olive oil, cacao butter, grapeseed or macadamia oil.

Coconut oil makes a wonderful makeup remover as well as an overall face and body moisturizer, plus a fantastic hair conditioner too! It also has antibacterial properties so makes a great oil to help conquer breakouts.

Now I can sense a few sceptics out there at the mention of using oil and acne in the same sentence.
Don’t be afraid of oil. We need oil. Our skin makes oil for a reason and that’s because oil keeps our skin healthy, waterproof, soft and protect ed from bacteria.


When you take a holistic approach to achieving healthy, radiant looking skin, starting from the inside out is the only way to go to get that long lasting natural healthy glow.

Clear skin says a lot about your health. It’s very important to know that what you put in your body is just as important as what you put on it. Your skin really is a reflection of your overall health, and unhealthy looking skin is an indication that you may be unhealthy or out of balance on the inside.

If you’ve followed my blogs for a while you’ll know my advice always focuses on your diet, but over this blog series I will delve in to both internal ways to heal your skin and external ways to get your skin glowing from inside out!

But first…

Why Skin Problems Are Often An Internal Issue

From a holistic point of view, acne and breakouts generally occur when your detoxification organs, mainly your liver and skin, become overburdened due to a heavy load of toxins in your body.
These toxins can come from pesticides on the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and bath in and even chemicals from household cleaning products.

I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t mention also that refined sugar, processed foods, food additives, and preservatives are also considered toxic to the body, and are closely linked to acne and inflamed skin conditions.

Your liver deals with a multitude of processes in the body in addition to its job as the body’s main detoxifying organ, and it can become quite overburdened when toxin levels become too great, or when they are entering your body constantly.


You may or may not have heard Black Seed oil before. It goes by many names, including Nigella Sativa, black caraway, black cumin and Roman coriander, to name just a few.

You can take black seed oil in capsule or in liquid format (available in any Nourish store or online)

Viridian Organic Black (Nigella sativa) Seed Oil
Viridian Organic Black seed (Nigella sativa) Capsules

For over two thousand years, black seed oil has been traditionally used in herbal medicine throughout various cultures all over the world as a natural remedy for many diseases and ailments, as well as to improve general health.

Black Seed (Nigella Sativa) grows throughout India, Arabia, and Europe to about 16-24 inches in height and has white flowers when in bloom. The deep black, sharp-cornered rectangular seeds (no longer than 3 mm) are the part of the plant that is used.

This herb has many many health benefits, but to narrow it down to just a handful, here are just 5 of the health benefits of Black Seed oil that you should know!


Soap up and Scrub up: Our Favourite Natural Soaps

Posted: Thu, 12 May 2016, 12:52

Using the right kinds of products on your skin is important, both for your own health and for the environment.

There are thousands of chemically manufactured ingredients out there used in a high majority of personal care products, from parabens, artificial fragrances and preservatives to genetically modified ingredients – yeeesssh!
All of these nasty things can cause skin irritations from dry, cracked hands all the way to rashes and eczema, not to mention the great environmental damage too.

With an abundance of natural and environmentally friendly soap alternatives out there, I encourage you to embrace a kinder way of cleansing and caring for your skin by using mild and effective products that gently cleanse, tone and refresh without drying the skin.

All of the brands mentioned below are free from any nasties, including SLS, SLES, parabens, synthetic chemicals, colourings, fragrances, artificial preservatives or GM ingredients.

To help you on your quest for choosing a natural and eco-friendly soap, here are just some of our favourite soaps available across our stores:


Our skin changes with each season, but in the colder months it can often be more noticeable, what with the steep dip in temperatures, the bracing winds, the dehydrating central heating and any changes in diet, these can cause all kinds of chaos to the skin.

Our skin is a reflection of our inner ecosystem, so our skin’s health and appearance is the first sign to seeing how things are functioning on the inside.

Ultimately, it all comes down to what foods we eat, what we drink, the air we breathe and the health and happiness of our digestion. Those 4 things create the foundation for clear, glowing, gorgeous skin.


Here are my 6 top tips for developing your best skin.

1. Drink More Water.

One of the best ways to support your skin is to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Your skin's health starts from the inside out, and as your body's largest organ it's one of the first places to show the signs of dehydration.

During the colder months we tend to spend more time inside, and this can mean drier air from heating (or even air conditioning!) which can lead to dry flaking skin, dandruff and frustratingly enough, can sometimes even lead to breakouts due to your skin going into oil-making overdrive to compensate for the dryness.

You may not notice that you’re thirsty, but your skin sure does—make sure to stay hydrated with plenty of water, coconut water or even green juices to provide you with an additional bunch of nutrients and an abundance of skin loving minerals.


Emily’s Top 5 Holiday Skin Care Dos and Don’ts

Posted: Wed, 29 July 2015, 09:18

So you’re all packed, ready to check in online and you’re feeling set for your holiday.

To help keep skin looking its best, here are my Top 5 Holiday Skin Care Dos and Don’ts.

1. Keep hydrated!

The re-circulated, dry and filtered air on planes can be incredibly dehydrating on the body and therefore the skin, and can affect your skin for days after if it’s not looked after with a proper skin care regime.

Before and during a flight, try to avoid all forms of caffeine, including coffee, tea and cola as these are all very dehydrating. Instead, opt for hydrating water, coconut water, green juices and watery fruits and veggies like melons, tomatoes and cucumbers to help replace the moisture lost whilst you’re flying.

To keep your face hydrated and glowing, try a rehydrating toner, such as Pai Lotus & Orange Blossom BioAffinity Skin Tonic to spritz over your face throughout the flight. Alternatively you could opt for rosewater and do the same.

For those who have very dry skin, try applying a couple of drops of Rosehip oil to your face before the flight. This will hydrate and plump the skin as well as giving it additional nourishment.

One thing to note for those who suffer from eczema, often the drying air in aeroplanes can exacerbate the condition so always use a rich body cream before you board the flight to help prevent this. Choose creams over body oils as creams are best at alleviating extreme dryness due to their water content.


5 Ways to Prep (and Pamper!) Your Skin for Sun

Posted: Thu, 16 July 2015, 15:24

Hello Summer!

It’s happened to all of us: you go on holiday, the sun is gracing you with its sunny presence, you get over-excited to get outside and you end up coming home an unflattering shade of fire red!

Sunburn is highly damaging to the skin and can truly affect your health, increasing the risk of skin cancer and promoting premature aging. Sounds scary, doesn’t it?

Never fear, sun-worshippers, I’ve got you covered with 5 ways to prep and pamper your skin for the sun this summer.

1.) Have a healthy relationship with the sun and learn what you’re up against.

What are UVA and UVB rays? Ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) are the two types of sun rays that travel through the earth’s atmosphere and shine directly on your skin. In short, UVA rays can age us and UVB rays can burn us.

UVA (long wave ultraviolet A) rays penetrate deep into the dermis, the skin’s thickest layer.
They are the forces behind the signs of aging, including wrinkles, sagging skin, leathery skin and sun spots.
Often we think we are safe from these rays when the sun is not blasting down on us, but these rays can come through a cloudy sky and penetrate your skin without you realising.
They are less likely to give you sunburn, that’s the UVB rays job, but they are still linked to increased risk of skin cancer.

UVB (short wave ultraviolet B) rays impact the top layer of your skin. UVB rays will usually burn the superficial layers of your skin. The intensity of UVB rays vary by season, location and time of day.
These rays are the main contributors to skin cancer and are strongest between 10am and 4pm. Be especially wary during the summer months when they are much stronger.


Top Tips for Glowing Skin!

Posted: Tue, 14 April 2015, 08:44

The skin is an excretory organ, much like the liver and kidneys and they all help to remove heavy metals, toxins and impurities from the body. The skin is very much an expression of what is happening on the inside, so if your skin is looking worse for wear, it may be time to clean up the diet, and look at what could be causing inflammation and/or dehydration.

Here are Emily’s Top Tips for healthy glowing skin!

Hydrate
Drink more water! Aim for 1.5-2 litres of water per day. After a work-out, coconut water rebalances your electrolytes and keeps the body sufficiently hydrated. Drinking herbal teas that support the liver can also help, especially nettle, fennel, dandelion or even green tea. Pukka Cleanse is a good combination of these herbs to help support the liver and aid in water retention, puffiness and skin health. Another option is to try having warm water with half a squeezed lemon in the morning before breakfast. This helps to detoxify the body and re-alkalise it, and it can help to fire up the digestion.Try replacing regular coffee with Dandelion coffee as a healthy alternative that is also great for enhancing bile production which ultimately helps with the digestion of food. This is also an ideal beverage for anyone sensitive to caffeine or for those who want to replace their caffeinated beverages.

Superfoods
Superfoods added to your diet will contribute to overall skin health. Wheatgrass and barleygrass are rich in alkalising minerals and contain lots of fibre. They are packed with protein, vitamins, minerals, and are an excellent source of chloryphyll. Spirulina, a blue green algae, is rich in chlorophyll, packed with protein, all the essential amino acids, vitamins A, B Complex, C, D, and E, potassium, and other trace minerals. Chlorella is an incredibly effective detoxifier helping to remove alcohol, chemicals, heavy metals and even environmental pollutants from the liver. Especially useful for helping your body cope with any alcohol consumption. Chlorella contains zinc and Vitamin B2, two nutrients known to help promote glowing radiant skin. Aloe vera is great for healing, soothing and cleansing the skin, both externally and internally. Acai is a powerful and nutritious super food that is incredibly high in antioxidants, polyphenols, anthocyanins, amino acids, dietary fibre as well as vitamins and minerals, including calcium, phosphorus, beta-carotene and vitamin E. Add to smoothies, shakes, porridge, desserts and raw desserts such as raw cheesecake.


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