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Retreat, reconnect, renew?

Is your world whizzing by at an ever increasing rate? Does the idea of just “stopping” fill you with joy? Are stress levels rising while sleep levels drop? Does anxiety affect digestion in your world? Maybe energy is flagging and brain fog is on the up? Skin issues, hormone peaks and troughs, allergies? How’s your immune system going? Or would you simply love to find ways to help you and your family negotiate today in the best possible shape for a happy and healthy future?

Some, any or all of these sound familiar?

This August our Renew and Reconnect Retreat, tucked away deep in the bushland of Kangaroo Valley, is all about:

  • taking a moment to refill your personal space, grace and ease balance .. taking a moment to stop ..
  • helping you understand the beautiful connection between your emotions, your hormones, your gut, your brain and any of the crazy suitcase of symptoms above
  • finding ways to achieve any changes you want, without overwhelm!
  • clearing the way to joy in your life, each and every day.

Our team of passionate facilitators are all there to help arm you with simple, practical tools to take away and use in your every day life, long beyond this weekend. To show you the small steps and achievable additions to your routine that can start wheels moving for positive change. For you. For those you love.

Optional practice and skills workshops include any or all of the following:

  • Relaxed and loving yoga is shared daily by our chilled yogi, Annette. Whatever your level, she will help you find energy, flow and balance.
  • Eat, make and take delicious treats, broths, beverages and ferments – our hands-on session shares how seeing food as medicine can simply and positively impact your mental, emotional and physical well-being. Take away recipes and know-how for recreating at home!
  • Let’s create a life balance tool kit! We share skills to help you manage stress,  release all manner of things that “do not serve”, and increase positivity in your world.
  • And all the while, the fire will be crackling, the lounges will be comfortable, the space will feel warmed by gentle laughter, space, calm, sisterhood. As little or as much as you wish to do .. the choice is yours ..

Our Renew and Reconnect Retreat is hosted by Jacks Corner Retreat, a unique and peaceful homestead nestled in amongst 40 acres of unspoilt rainforest and native bushland in magnificent Kangaroo Valley, NSW.

Our generous, locally sourced and chef created menu is simply mouth-watering. Cooked from scratch by Mary using the best seasonal produce your meals are based on nutrient rich, clean eating, predominantly plant-based foods. We aim to leave you and your cells zinging with well nourished energy!

NB Your meal can be adjusted by any dietary concern or restriction. Just let us know when you book.

Massage is an optional extra and available by pre-booking only. There are limited spaces for a 60 minute treatment at a fee of $120. Again, just let us know when you book and we will schedule your pamper!

Our numbers are strictly limited to 16 retreaters .. whether you do a little or a lot this weekend .. you will feel the benefit of space, nourishment and our loving nurture. We are so happy to welcome you along.

With love,
xx Shelley and Annette

 

Pregnancy, birth and pelvic floors.

For all those beauties who are joyously continuing the train of human procreation. I’d like to share with you a little something to help your physical journey as new life burgeons within you.

Say hello to the sToop .. a toilet footstool to make everyday in the bathroom easier, healthier, happier .. in pregnancy and beyond.

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* Pre birth? Popping your feet up on a sToop for number one or two significantly relieves the pressure your growing bundle is adding to your elastic pelvic floor muscles.

* Post birth? Assists you as you transition past that dreaded first poop point ..

* Suffering from constipation now you and bub(s) are co-habiting?

But how does this beautiful little piece of handmade, recycled timber, looks-fabulous-in-my-home furniture help with all this?

For the uninitiated, it is widely accepted (not least by the two thirds of humanity who naturally squat to poop) that Western toilets do not help us achieve the optimal position for easy and complete defecation. Sitting upright, with your knees often not even at 90 degrees, equates to varying levels of strain that can lead to a gamut of potential health problems. Of which, constipation, haemorrhoids, incontinence,  colon disease, prostate and gynaecological dysfunction name only a few.

The solution? We simply raise our feet by placing them onto the sToop to elevate our knees higher than 90 degrees. This mimics the squat position in a readily achievable manner. Voila, we naturally attain a fuller, easier emptying of our bowel .. pregnant or no .. and there is minimal strain and maximum support to your beloved pelvic floor too.

Happy days!

If you haven’t already, click here to read the beautiful Wholesome Cook, Martyna’s, review of  new motherhood with her sToop and grab her lactation smoothie to boot!

Great tips, lovely! Thanks for rating your sToop so highly. Thrilled it helped you so much.  xx

Why use a sToop to poop?

OK, my lovelies. Brace yourself. The day has finally come when I get to talk toilet and pooping with your feet up!

Don’t rush off in fear now .. this is actually going to be great! I promise. 😉

Right. So. Some of you have been privy to this discussion for many a long year. Some of you are relatively new to such potty talk. ALL of you, happy days, can benefit from what your about to learn as I introduce you to my beautiful and functional little toilet footstool .. the sToop!

What the heck, I hear?

For the uninitiated, it is widely accepted (not least by the two thirds of humanity who naturally squat to poop) that Western toilets do not help us achieve the optimal position for easy and complete defecation. Sitting upright, with your knees often not even at 90 degrees, equates to varying levels of strain that can lead to a gamut of potential health problems. Of which, constipation, haemorrhoids, incontinence,  colon disease, prostate and gynaecological dysfunction name only a few.

The solution? When we raise our feet by placing them onto the sToop, we elevate our knees higher than 90 degrees and mimic the squat position in a readily achieved manner. In this way, we naturally attain a fuller, easier emptying of our bowel.

Sorry to the squeamish .. almost there ..

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I, like anyone who has ever suffered gut or digestion issues, know the value of popping my feet up to poop. Indeed I gravitated to this solution before I even knew the science! Too much information!, I hear my boy say. 😉

The struggle then became for me to find something I would enjoy seeing in my home while fulfilling this functional task .. drawing a blank on the beautiful card for such a useful item I was compelled to create my “sToop” to benefit us all!

The long and short on your sToop?

Ideally proportioned to attain a comfortable squat position.
100% Australian artisan made.
Hand crafted in recycled Australian hardwood.
Lovingly branded and oiled.
Ready to sit happily and oh-so helpfully in your home.

Purchase price of AUD$160
includes free Australia-wide p&p.

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CLICK HERE TO SHOP YOUR STOOP NOW!

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Overseas order? Contact me for a quote on delivery.

I hope you love yours as much as I do mine! 🙂

Contact shelley@homehearthealth.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seasonal threats? Managed naturally ..

OK.

So, the sun is shining (on and off, anyway) here in the northern hemisphere and the roses on the house are simply glorious. Crops are in the fields and ripening beautifully. The bees are enjoying happily productive long, long days and our barn is now full of firewood for the coming winter .. it’s a pollen-filled, dust-filled extravaganza!

Happy days!

At least until the itchy, watery eye and scratchy throat thing arrives with all it’s discomfort and tries to take the fun out .. eek!

With a little drumroll, I am excited to say, now is the time to pull out my natural healthcare kit and grab the trusty trio of essential oils that will quickly have this dilemma on its knees .. lemon, lavender and peppermint .. taadaa!

But why, I hear you ask? Because, my friends, I am over popping a little white something for each and every ailment that comes my way. I have been horribly guilty of the over-self-medicating lark and the time has come to lighten my toxic load from the inside, as well as out!

Nowadays, I use 1-3 drops of each of these 100% pure oils in a small shot of water and down the hatch it goes. It makes for a refreshing and interesting start to the day, that I quite like actually, and helps keep me in control of my health naturally.

NB I love and trust doTERRA essential oils for their quality and purity. Their exceptionally high standard of sourcing and testing ensures that they are 100% pure and they are the only oils I would consider safe to ingest.

Want to give it a try but scared of the taste? For the faint of heart (or littluns) I suggest you combine the same oils in a veggie capsule and down that with water. Alternatively, you can combine all with a tablespoon of fractionated (light & liquid) coconut oil for topical application across the bridge of your nose, behind ears or under feet. Some blinking may be required from the menthol in the peppermint but, for me, it’s a good affect and passes quickly.

However you use this whizz-bang little treatment it really is the bomb for getting on top of those seasonal threats and staying there. Crazily enough, in Aus, I found I needed it in Autumn too with the second hit of natives flowering!

Use daily in a proactive approach to your health and well-being or as and when you are struck by the need.

Little and often is always the best approach with these intensely effective oils.

Bonne chance! Bonne été! xx

shelley@homehearthealth.com.au

Reach out and answer that push to a healthier you .. I would so love to help! 🙂

Chicken Soup : Immune Boosting, Gut Loving, Warm Hug Food

The change in the seasons. The push of a schedule. Late nights. Early mornings.

Stress?

A cold coming on? In progress? Slow to leave?

All reasons, I say, to MAKE CHICKEN SOUP!

Nothing packaged. All natural. Bone broth based. Slow cooked goodness to heal your gut and boost your immune system.

If you feel you are running at less than 100% I urge, urge, urge you to make soup, snuggle up, give yourself a break and sup on soup.

Bound to have you firing on all cylinders soon .. enjoy!

My absolute, all-time fav is the Jo Whitton classic lemon coconut chicken soup .. what’s yours?

PS I know this is a Thermomix recipe but easy peasy to adapt, I know from experience 😉

Owie Spray .. for kids of all sizes!

So! I didn’t think I was accident prone BUT turns out it’s a fab idea to keep this little bottle of goodness made up and handy at my house just now!

It all started with a tumble on a bush trail run a few weeks ago .. clumsy!

  • I treated minor grazes and bruising to the arm that broke my inelegant splat on the track.
  • Then it was a smashed-in-the-door finger needing treatment. Day one of home renovation is dangerous! Who knew?
  • Next (we think!) spider bite .. do spiders bite or sting? Possibly white tip nipping me on the wrist. Possibly bringing in the washing? So, no more washing it is then! 😉
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Caution! Bush track. Beware trip hazards ..

 

OWIE BLEND | NATURAL WOUND-CARE SPRAY

I have this homemade skin remedy made up, ready to deal with all my ‘owie’ situations.
A natural, safe and gentle antibacterial wound spray that can help with cuts, abrasions, bites, stings, infections,
trauma and any other skin irritations that come my way.

PREP TIME:  5 mins    MAKES: 30 ml

Make Up this all natural “owie” blend in a glass spray bottle (about 30 ml or 1 oz) with:-
Frankincense     10 drops
Lavender            10 drops
Melaleuca           10 drops

Fill the bottle with doTERRA Fractionated (liquid) Coconut Oil and screw the top on tightly. ?

Shake the bottle before each use to distribute the oils.

Apply regularly to anything that hurts!

Enjoy the goodness!

shelley@homehearthealth.com.au

Reach out and answer that push to a healthier you .. I would love to help! 🙂

*This trio of wonderfully pure essential oils are just a few of those I am loving exploring down here. We smell like a fabulously healthy spa retreat these days, and it’s good! 

Curious? Here or abroad .. just drop me a line on shelley@homehearthealth.com.au .

Happy to share the joy ..

 

Washing day meets natural, healthy, clean!

So, at the risk of sounding like a white’s-must-be-white clean freak, I want to share with you why I love washing .. or maybe it’s why I love washing now?

I love this process because, after years of living in the deserts of Saudi Arabia, I have a clothes line .. outside .. in the clean air!

I can peg up my clothes, dry them and bring them in! Sometimes in the sunshine. Sometimes in a blithering rush as the rain starts to pelt down. Always with that uplifting little click of the pegs hitting the basket.

I also have a laundry! With a sink for soaking (yes, absolutely, those white’s must be white) and joy of joys, I have found the means to make every load count as a way to better health for my family.

Really! Almost too much excitement for this bunny to bear.. lol .. I am laughing at myself here as I actually do mean every word of this and, yes, that does mean I am obsessed. 🙂

But, whether washing rocks your world or is just a never-ending chore to be endured, we can all benefit both physically and emotionally from improving the way we wash our clothes.

This everyday process can be simpler, cleaner, greener, cheaper and ultimately better for our health. It’s the perfect place to start reducing the toxic load placed on our lives by the synthetic nasties tucked into our day .. and yes-we-can still end up smelling sweet!

Why wouldn’t you?

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HOW I DO THE CLOTHES WASH
Prep Time: same as now
Takes: same as now
Makes: twice as many loads as now

YOU WILL NEED ..

washing powder/liquid (see below)
bi-carb soda
white vinegar
100% pure essential oil of your choice, I love lemon or the Purify blend

HOW TO APPLY & WHY YOU SHOULD

  1. Use half the normal amount of your washing powder etc along with 1/3 cup of regular bi-carb soda.
    Manufacturers directions and a heavy hand have us over-using massively here. The excess detergent residue this leaves behind has an adverse effect on us, our clothes, our washing machines and the environment. Less equals win win win.
  2. Add a cup of vinegar to your softener compartment along with 2-3 drops of essential oil. I like Purify or lemon but you choice depends on your taste. Just make sure you choose a 100% pure oil with no synthetic fillers and you are adding only goodness.
  3. Be organised. If it’s not easy, you won’t do it!
    I like my stuff in jars, lined up and easy access .. whoops! Another obsession ..
  4. Done!

Little points of very big note ..

  • When searching out the “best” detergent look for one with no petroleum products, phosphates, chlorine, optical brighteners or synthetic fragrances and dyes.
    It can be tricky but you will find “the one”! Or join me in trying Soapnuts !
  • The bicarb and vinegar are natural fresheners, brighteners and softeners. All this whitening power is further amped up if you can line dry in the sunshine.
  • Adding the essential oil hit with your rinse will ensure any unwelcome smells are long gone. It also gives us that reassuring hint of fragrance we have come to expect from our clean clothes but without the synthetic toxins of fragrance filled softeners.
  • For my buds who live in the lands of dryers only I am about to pull together the easiest, cleanest, best smelling home-made dryer sheet option yet ..  hold on!
  • For my buds who need the extra boost of stain removal power .. hold on too .. but the vinegar/bicarb mix will transform your whites as-is!
  • Options for choosing your best wash day oils equally inbound along with why they benefit us emotionally too.

So much goodness to share .. busy day at the keyboard .. but after a swim thank you very much!

Local or international curiosity about these glorious oils oh-so welcome. I use, share, sell and love them .. drop me a line to find out how you can too .. happy to share the love. Shelley xx

shelley@homehearthealth.com.au

Reach out and answer that push to a healthier you .. I would love to help! 🙂

 

Purify Anti Everything Spray

Healthy Home Remedy | Clean, green surface spray

Slowly but surely converting our home space away from chemical nasties and onto homemade clean, green and natural products.

Happily sharing with you today this little recipe from a recent “Detox Your Home Workshop” I was lucky enough to attend. How good is that?!

Just loving learning and sharing such good-for-us info .. more coming at you soon! 🙂

PURIFY BLEND | CLEAN, GREEN, ANTI-NASTY SURFACE SPRAY

This mix of gloriously pure essentials oil and good old white vinegar is my go-to for both kitchen and bathroom these days. No more gut-flora depleting anti-bacterial sprays .. just honest to goodness fresh, clean, happy homes.

PREP TIME:  5 mins    MAKES: 240-ish ml

Make Up your clean, green oil blend in a glass spray bottle (about 240 ml or 8 oz) with:-
10 drops lemon – to act as an invigorating, refreshing antiseptic;
10 drops Purify – to remove odours and for its powerful disinfectant qualities; and
10 drops On Guard – 
for its strong abilities to kill harmful bacteria, mould and viruses. 

Fill the bottle with half white vinegar and half water and screw the top on tightly. 😉

Shake the bottle before each use to distribute the oils.

Apply liberally to anything you wish to leave squeaky clean and germ-free. Wipe down with a clean cloth or kitchen towel if necessary or just leave it to air dry.

Enjoy the goodness!

*This trio of antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-fungal, deodorising, sanitising and wonderfully pure essential oils are just a few of those I am loving exploring down here. We smell like a fabulously healthy spa retreat these days, and it’s good! 

Curious? Here or abroad .. just drop me a line on shelley@homehearthealth.com.au .

Happy to share the joy ..

Interview | Chatting today with Wholesome Cook, author, blogger, Martyna Angell

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Martyna in her kitchen creative space. Gorgeous pic by www.ironchefshellie.com, Michele Froidevaux.

Feeling excited and oh-so lucky today as I share my interview with the lovely and generous food blogger and author, Martyna Angell.

With a gorgeously recipe-packed blog, a huge social media following and a newly released book, voted by Better Reading 2015 as “one of the top 10 Cookbooks for Christmas”, I am thrilled newbie me has been blessed with the chance to shed a little more light on this gifted individual.

Here we go! 🙂

Martyna is a cookbook author & photographer, health coach, food writer, recipe developer and blogger. Her book, “The Wholesome Cook : Refined sugar-free wholefood recipes for how we eat now”  was published by Harlequin MIRA in October 2015 and immediately caused a buzz with its sensible, achievable yet creatively tasty approach to wholefood, good eating and healthy living. Continue reading

Look back to look forward ..

 

Click to see our joyous 2015

OK. So. I know it’s not the 1st of January but, as the final slice of Christmas cake is eaten here, I feel the new year has at last arrived at our house. Yay! Is it here for you yet? Or are you still awaiting little peops back to school or that first, dragging return to work before you can crack on with your next creation in time?

How glorious to take this lovely, blank, sweet 16 slate and plan yourself a fabulous year? Being sure to carefully avoid the dreaded resolution tag in favour “goal setting”,  2016 can surely be whatever you want it to be .. gotta have a plan, right?

I just love a plan. Always have. Write it down. Stick it on the fridge. It happens in our house.

But before any writing and sticking can be done I needed to spend a little time reviewing where I am at after our changeling 2015 ..

As well as having loads of fun learning to Flipagram, as per above, I found and followed the steps in the fabulous little article I have pasted below on self-evaluation.

Though it is business based I can totally see these simple, quick and powerful insights adapting to everything from home renovation to martial bliss.

And I am now on the hunt for a great big jar .. read on to find out why! 😉

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Setting goals is a great way to progress in the upcoming year, however, it is not the first step. The first step in setting goals is evaluating previous efforts.

Evaluations are used to analyze the value or merit of something. Evaluation helps you understand where you have been, and why you are setting these goals for the next year.

Here are some questions to help you evaluate this last year to move on to a more successful 2016:

  • What did I do well this year?
  • What did I not do well this year?
  • What was my greatest accomplishment?
  • What was my greatest disappointment?
  • What new skills have I learned and how have they helped me?
  • Did I achieve my goals for 2015? Why or why not?

Now that you are ready to set some goals for 2016, here are some tips to make sure you are successful:

  • Keep it simple. The more complicated the goal is, the less likely you are to achieve it.
  • Remember your achievements. Have a jar and a stack of papers somewhere you will see them every day, write your accomplishments down, and put them in the jar. Open them when you are feeling discouraged.
  • Measurement is important. Make sure you have a way to measure your progress.
  • Stay positive and be kind to yourself.