Emperor Shen Nung, who ruled over China 5000 years ago was a stickler for hygiene, and ordered that all water in the palace must be boiled. When his men were boiling water one day, leaves from a nearby bush fell into the water - and the first cup of tea was brewed. Today, tea is the second-most consumed beverage in the world after water, with literally thousands of blends in existence. Did you know many of KORA Organics’ products, including our Foaming Cleanser, Enriched Body Lotion and Purifying Day & Night Cream, all contain Green Tea?
Let’s get one thing out of the way up front: I’m a man. A red-blooded American man (although I’m not too different from my Australian or European counterparts). And up until recently, my “routine” every day was the same. Wash my face in the shower with soap, and occasionally put moisturizer on my face when I remembered to do so while combing my hair. My big achievement for 2013 was moving from Dove Soap to Dove Gentle Exfoliating Soap, which occurred not out of any active choice but simply because the grocery store was out of the regular kind.
So even though I was and am well aware of KORA Organics’ ingredients, origins, and incredible results (full disclosure: I work with the brand), just like any other guy out there, skincare wasn’t something on my to-do list. I put time and effort into shopping at the right stores, eating the right foods, and trying to look fashionable, but the thought of putting on an entire skincare routine every morning (not to mention every night) was daunting and not something I ever really got around to.
Too often in the rush of life we can forget to stop and say two simple words… Thank you! Whether it’s sending an email, a handwritten card, a bunch of flowers or catching up for a cup of tea… I’ve learned how important it is to let my friends, family and work colleagues know how much I’ve valued their support and guidance. Try thanking someone today, no doubt it will brighten their day!
It’s difficult to overemphasize the importance of sun protection if you want to have beautiful, youthful, vibrant skin. As much as the sun is responsible for all life, the reality is that too much sun on the skin causes enormous damage to our skin cells and ultimately, can result in cancer cell growth.
Even if you never get cancer, who wants the effects of sun-damaged skin? Think: premature aging, wrinkles, sun spots and more.
Drinking herbal tea is a great way to stay hydrated, a wonderful additional source of vitamins and minerals with many aromatherapy benefits – from calming the mind to uplifting the spirit, and there’s the social aspect of sharing tea and memorable conversations with friends. Herbs also have a variety of amazing healing powers too, which is why we use many well-sourced, specifically selected and high quality certified organic herbs in KORA Organics.
I was asked by lots of people on the live Twitter chat for my healthy snack options for the holidays. So I’ll post some of my favourite healthy holiday recipes over the next few weeks for you.
It’s easy to indulge over the holidays, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to over indulge. I like to have healthy, delicious snack options prepared ready in the fridge to keep me on track. One of my favourites is crudités with freshly made dips. The recipes below are really easy, packed with nutrients and are loved by all my family.
Rosehips are the fruit of the rose plant and are one of the best plant sources of Vitamin C, which is important for the immune system, skin and tissue health and adrenal function. Consider reaching for rosehip tea next time you need a health boost or for our powerful Luxurious Rosehip Oil if you need a beauty boost!
One of my beauty tips for when I wake with a tired complexion is to splash my face several times with cold water, this leaves me with a firmer, brighter looking complexion, and it’s also a great way to wake up and energise yourself!
Like most busy working women and mothers, I can find it difficult to fit everything into the day, and more often than not exercise can get relegated to the bottom of the list. When I don’t exercise I don’t feel my best, so for me it’s important to capture a minimum of at least 15 minutes of focused exercise a day.
Generally when exercising I like to mix it up, with everything from resistance training to yoga, hiking to going for a bike ride with my son. But when I’m short on time, working long hours or travelling, I’ve developed a 15-minute workout routine that targets all areas, needs no equipment and can be easily done at home or in a hotel room. Not only does it give you a great workout, but it also increases your energy levels and improves concentration!
Humor is infectious. The sound of laughter is far more contagious than any cough or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness. Laughter also triggers healthy changes in the bodymndash;it can strengthen your immune system, boost your energy levels and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, it’s free!