Sundowner Yoga Retreat – This Saturday

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Last year, I started on a new venture with two other beautiful, inspiring, heart based souls.

Health Healing Harmony Retreats are a collaboration between Stephanie of Holyoake Harmony‘, Bree of ‘Earth Sound Healing’ & Kristy of ‘Natural Health Conscious Living‘. We are all passionate about what we offer individually, and about working in collaboration to creatively share with you most exceptional retreat experiences, so that you may fully recharge yourself through yoga + meditation practices, earth + sound healing, and the most life enhancing food nourishment.

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Summer Sunset & Supper Nature Retreat…

This Saturday, 18th January, we are hosting a very special ‘Health Healing Harmony’ Summer Sundowner Retreat of embodied movement, mind clarification & sound healing, set in the splendour of mother nature.

This late afternoon practice session will commence at 4:30pm within the specially constructed Nature Tree Studio of Holyoake Harmony in Dwellingup. Everything you require for your practice will be provided for you. The practice will begin with a variety of embodied movement & breath enhancement and will conclude as the summer sun sets with a sublime restorative yin & sound session upon the nurturing earth. After your whole being enlightening practice, everyone will be invited to share in a sumptuous, healthy supper at 7.30pm of bodyheartmind nourishment in the company of kindred friends & the warmth of open conversation.

There are only 20 places available for this Nature Yoga retreat.  Detailed information for the sundowner including directions to Holyoake Harmony will be emailed to you a few days before the event.

This investment for your heath + wellbeing is $60. You can book your place here:

Sundowner Registration

We are so looking forward to seeing you.

With love + in good health,

Kristy xx

Boosting your immunity naturally

Every single day, we are continually exposed to organisms in our environment that are inhaled, swallowed or inhabit our skin. Whether or not these organisms develop into allergies, a virus, illness, infection or other health conditions, is reflective of the integrity of our body’s immune system + it’s defence mechanisms.

Our immune system protects the body from these pathogens by recognising them, neutralising and, or removing them. Constantly adapting to our body’s ever changing environment.

I want to share with you what I do to protect, support + strengthen my immunity, including eating a diet of mainly unprocessed, natural foods that are seasonal.

Raw garlic

Garlic contains compounds with potent medicinal properties. I also like to ferment garlic in a salt/water + herb brine to increase it’s nutritional properties. When we cook garlic, it can destroy some of it’s health-promoting compounds. I add the fermented garlic to things like dressings, pesto etc where it’s raw.

Ginger

Ginger is an antioxidant, is antibacterial + helps to support the immune system. I grate it into curries, smoothies, dressings etc.

Onions

I add onions to everything. Not only are they are packed with immune-boosting nutrients like selenium, sulfur compounds, zinc + vitamin C, but they make food taste so bloody good (+ smell incredible when you cook).

Turmeric

Turmeric is one of the foods with the highest antioxidants + anti-inflammatory properties. It is best mixed with black pepper to increase the body’s absorption. I love to drink Turmeric Golden Milk.

Turmeric Golden Milk

1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp coconut oil
pinch black pepper
1 cup organic coconut milk
raw honey to taste

Add the ingredients to a mug except the milk. I froth my milk in a frother + pour over. Give a good stir + add a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. If you want to be really organised like me, bulk make + add the dry ingredients to a jar (same ratio’s) to use when required. Obviously add the coconut oil, honey + milk when you make a fresh cup!

Probiotics

Probiotics are live microorganisms (beneficial bacteria) that have health benefits when consumed. I include fermented foods like sauerkraut, tempeh, kimchi, miso, homemade pickles + kombucha into my diet. 

Green leafy veg

Eating a rainbow of colour is a fundamental health tip. Optimal nutrients factor! As is, green leafy veg are some of the most nutritionally charged food (+ iron). In fact, the variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants + photochemicals in fruits + veg have enormous healing powers. 

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food”

Vitamin C

I eat plenty of foods high in vitamin C, including fresh fruits + veggies, especially citrus fruits, strawberries, broccolini, cabbage + parsley.

Zinc

I derive from fish, oysters, dairy foods (cheese come at me!), eggs, legumes, almonds, cashew, pine nuts, dark chocolate 85% + (hello you), sunflower + pumpkin seeds.

Seaweed

Seaweed is a potent anti-iflammatory + antioxidant + offers some of the highest quality of nutrition found in food. I add re-hydrated seaweed to my asian rice bowls, use it to make sushi etc.

Having a well balanced diet will supply you with all the essential nutrients your body needs for a healthy immune system, which is crucial to our all-round wellbeing.

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Essential oils

Many essential oils have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic + anti-fungal properties that can help to support your immune system. Some of the best essential oils for supporting your immunity including oregano (applied to the soles of the feet), myrrh, ginger, lemon, eucalyptus (apply to the chest), frankincense, peppermint + cinnamon.

To apply topically, add a couple of drops to the palm of you hand with a carrier oil + apply. Alternatively, you can make up a roller bottle blend for extended use. Always consult a dilution chart for safe amounts.

You can read more on essential oils below;

Essential oils supporting winter wellness

With love + in health,

Kristy x

 


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The author claims no responsibility or liability, for any loss or damage incurred by use of information provided by this site.

Sleep support. Drifting off to dreamland

Sleep plays a crucial role in your physical health and is as equally important as nutrition, exercise + emotional wellbeing. Quality sleep is important to a number of brain functions, including how nerve cells communicate with each other and is involved with healing + repair of the heart and blood vessels.

7-9 hours is the recommended sleep duration for adults

Essential oils may provide the safe, natural support you just need – for getting consistent, quality sleep + in managing stress.

Aroma’s/scents can have a strong influence over how we feel. When we smell something, our olfactory nerve sends signals directory to our limbic system (the part of our brain responsible for memory/mood. That is why certain scents can instantly make us feel uplifted, relaxed, nostalgic, or recall a memory.

Choosing essential oils that promote relaxation can help to prepare your body into a restful state, ready for slumber. Making essential oils part of your night time routine (before bed) can also help to train your mind to associate the specific scent with falling asleep.

Essential oils have adaptogenic properties – which means they can either stimulate or relax your nervous system, depending on what your body needs in the moment. A balancing effect per say.

Daily mindfulness + meditation are also wonderful daily wellness lifestyle habits

There are various ways to use essential oils for sleep support, including:

  • Diffusing in the bedroom in a diffuser
  • Rolling a sleep blend onto the forehead + neck
  • Massage a few drops into the feet + spine
  • Inhaling a few drops from cupped hands
  • Add to epsom salts and soak in the bath before bedtime
  • Creating an essential oil spray to spritz in the bedroom or onto your pillow 

 

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Essential oils to use for sleep support, but not limited to;

  • Place 1 -2 drops of lavender oil on your pillow
  • Combine 1 cup epsom salts with 10 drops Balance + 10 drops Lavender Peace *mix + pour into the bath
  • Inhale 1-2 drops of lavender or vetiver from cupped hands
  • Combine 15 drops of Vetiver + Wild orange in a 10ml roller bottle + top with fractionated coconut oil. Keep beside the bed + apply to neck/behind the ears when getting into bed. (this is my personal blend … my body instinctively responds to the scent – helping to switch off my mind + calm my system down.
  • Diffuse 3 drops bergamot, 2 drops cedarwood + 1 drop marjoram or,                                 4 drops lavender, 2 drops cedarwood, 2 drops Wild orange + 1 drop Ylang ylang *there are so many variations to try – go with oils that resonate with you
  • Combine 2 tbsp witch hazel, 10 drops lavender oil, 6 tbsp filtered water in a small spray bottle and spritz in the bedroom (or on the sheets + pillow)

It is all about creating routine… unwinding, and getting yourself in a zen garden before bed. That’s right, no Facey or Insta in bed!

Plant alchemy

Only use the highest quality and purest essential oils, that have been tested to verify purity + composition. Essential oils are extremely potent, so less is more. When applying topically, always dilute with a carrier oil.

You can purchase pure, high quality essential oils/diffusers here by clicking on “SHOP” (which will give you retail prices). Alternatively, you can click “JOIN + SAVE” to benefit from wholesale prices (25% off retail) for a $35 annual membership fee (why wouldn’t you!) If you buy a kit, this fee is waived! A wholesale account includes my on-going support, a personal Wellness Consult, access to umpteen oily resources and to our oily community/private FB group.

If you are not tech savvy + would like my help, I can help set you up over the phone/skype. It will only take 5 mins. You can book in here.

May you rest more easily + snooze more deeply.

Happy New Year!

With love,

Kristy x

 

 

 


Please note. All material on this site is provided for information only, and may not be construed as personal medical advice to diagnose or treat. No action should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.

The author claims no responsibility or liability, for any loss or damage incurred by use of information provided by this site.