Nourishing Night time Face Serum

I used to buy a night cream but I have started making a nourishing night oil instead as it is really easy and you can customise it to suit your skin. My skin has improved and making my own is economical. I apply 4 drops to a clean face at night time before bed. Feel free to customise.

Some simple ingredients with lots of benefits

Jojoba oil- a golden liquid wax that mimics the skin’s natural oils, penetrating deep into the skin’s layers.

Rosehip Oil- absorbed quickly into the skin, it is pressed from seeds. Perfect for mature and sunburnt skin. Beneficial for healing scars

Lavender Essential oil; great for the skin. Used to treat disorders such as acne, wrinkles,psoriasis and other inflammatory conditions.

Frankincense Essential oil; promotes the regeneration of healthy cells, a powerful anti-aging oil.

Cedarwood essential Oil; has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, reduces skin irritations, promoting relaxation and balance.

When mixing your serum add the essential oils to the bottle first, lightly swirl to combine before adding the carrier oil. I use a 30ml glass bottle with a dropper in it(like these or try glass bottles direct in Australia) with 18 drops of essential oil topped with carrier oil. This is a 2% concentration which is commonly used for skin benefits.

For more information for Essential oils suitable for skin care please read here

Basic Face serum

9 dops Lavender    Essential Oil*                                                                                                                   9 Drops Frankincense   Essential Oil*                                                                                                         Fill with Jojoba oil

Mature Skin Face Serum
9 drops Lavender Essential Oil  *                                                                                                                 9 drops Cedarwood Essential oil

Fill with 1/2 Rosehip and 1/2 Jojoba oil, purchase these here

If making your own is not for you, Young Living Essential Serum is an excellent serum ready to apply straight on your skin. perfect for dry and acne prone skin and affordable!

 

*essential oils in the Premium Starter kit. Order yours here and recieve a wholesale membership with Young Living, 24% off future purchases and just the beginning of starting a natural health and wellness journey!

Sources

https://www.youngliving.com/blog/6-essential-oils-your-skin-loves/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_hip_seed_oil

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-lavender-essential-oil.html

https://draxe.com/jojoba-oil/

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Grocery Shopping- what to buy and where to get it

I have radically overhauled how I shop compared to a few years ago. One of the ‘big 2’ supermarkets in Australia used to get all of my business and now I nolonger put all my eggs in one basket! Having said that, there have been times when I simply did not have the time or energy to shop around.

After attending a speaking event by Libby Weaver in Melborne last year and reading her book “Exhausted to Energised” I really believe we need to get back to basics, teach our kids to cook, grow at least some veggies (even if it herbs) and eat simple food that does not come from a box.

After watching and reading about the study on a family eating organic produce in Sweden, I was amazed to see the traces of pesticides in their body diminish after only 2 weeks. I now place more of an emphasis of buying organic where I can.

Stocking a wholefoods pantry can be a challenge. Read this guide from Well Nourished to help  set yourself up.

I source a mix of things locally and online. As I live in Ballarat some of the recommendation are for places I can support locally.

Fruit and Veggies

I always try to buy fresh.

The Food Garden in Castlemaine Victoria deliver fruit and veggie boxes to Ballarat  on a Friday along with many other things. Their produce is always good quality and I love the convenience of it being delivered to my door. Graham is always a pleasure to deal with and their boxes ARE affordable. Just rememeber all fruit and veg is better than no fruit and veg but organic is better. They also sell pantry items that are carefully packaged in paper reducing the unnecessary plastic packaging.

Aussie Farmers direct also deliver organic fruit and veg.

Spring Creek Organics are at markets in Ballarat and melbourne. They also have a farm shop which works on an honesty system.

Organic Angels deliver to Ballarat on a Tuesday. I have not used them yet but their prices look good  and they have a range of other things you might find useful for your pantry too

Buninyong Blueberry farm have spray free blueberries for picking and farm gate sales every January. Fun day out for the family. Check out their website.

Meat

Brooklands free Range farm at Blampied have just delicious meat and bacon free of nitrates too. They are at many farmers markets. I have been known to drive out to their property and fill up my freezer. Jono and Nat are lovely

Millbrook Free Range I recently ordered half a pig! yep I filled my mum’s freezer and mine with different pork cuts that are absolutley delicious. Everyone in the family has been raving how delicious it is.

Salt Kitchen smalls good and Charcuterie. Beautiful ham and lots of other hand made goods that can be ourchased locally at Wilson’s Fruit and Veg, and other stores across victoria. Preservative free sausages are always a bif hit especially the wagyu and rosemary. They also do Christmas hams! Check out a stockist near you.

Simply Free Range offer home delivery. I have had a friend who uses them and recommends them.

Braelands Grass fed beef and lamb from Myrniong deliver to Ballarat

Pantry Goods

Feeding a family can be quite a challenge these days and a well stocked pantry makes the world of difference. There are many things I buy in bulk, like nuts, coconut, oats, rice, cacao, lentils, organic dried fruit.

The wholefood Collective* is a bulk wholefoods shopping site with flat rate postage Australia wide. I find their prices are great and delivery is quick.

The Source wholefoods I wish we had one of these locally!

Of the 2 Big supermarkets, I prefer woolworths that has a better selection of wholefoods.

However I absolutely LOVE our local IGA supermarkets in Ballarat. A great selection. Local sourdough bread from basilio, Free range pastured eggs from Millbrook, Inglenook dairy milk and so much more!

Bathroom

Now you might think it odd that I have added this category but I have learnt to consider everything I buy and try to continaully make the best choice when things run out.

Who Gives a Crap sell, toilet paper free made of recycled paper or sustainable bamboo. They also sell tissues and kitchen towel. They donate half their profits to overseas water aid which I also think is great. To receive $10 off you first order click here There are no synthetic fragrances on their products either which I think is important. Perfect for home or Office. Interesting talking point too!

Cleaning. I love Thieves Household cleaner. Plant based, biodegradeable, septic safe. If something smells chemically it usually is. One of the best things you can do for you and your family is the go low tox on your cleaning! I have written about it before and you can read about that here

Washing Dishes

For my dishwasher and washing up I currently use Ecostore.  A low tox option that works. Sometimes knowing what to buy is really hard. I recently listened to a podcast  by Alexx Stuart- Low Tox Life, who interviewed the founder of Ecostore products which I have found readily available in supermarkets in Ballarat and are available Australia wide.

Linen

Bhumi organic cotton store makes certified organic, fair trade sheets, towels, underwear, yoga and active wear. Click here for $20 off your first order

Sheets on the Line have stores in Brisbane, Melbourne and retail online. They often have some great sales and I have picked up some excellent quality organic King Single sheets sets for my kids here.

Buying in bulk will definitely save you money. It does require some foreward planning and organisation. Everyone time your purchase you vote with your dollar! Support the

Belinda

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Diffuser combinations with your PSK

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Recently my lovely sister  purchased a premium starter it and I have been discussing different diffuser combinations. The combinations really are endless but I just thought I would provide some really easy combinations that you will love.

Relax   4 Stress Away ∗2 lavender

Sniffles 2 Purification∗4 Thieves

Seasonal  2 Peppermint∗2 Lavender∗2 lemon

Wind down 4 Lavender∗2 Frankincense

Clear the air 3 Purification∗3 Lemon

Focus 2 Peppermint∗3 Lemon

Breathe easy 2 Peppermint∗4 R.C

Good Night 2 Copaiba∗2 Stress Away∗2 Lavender

Diffusing essential oils have a number of benefits. Fragrance your home without synthetic fragrances, unlike some candles there is no toxic fumes. Young Living Essential oils are pure plants extracts and their seed to seal guarantee is their committment to providing quality Essential oils. If you don’t have essential oils read my Essential Oil page for more information

An article recently published in the Good Weekend talks about the dangers of synthetic fragrance and it part of a book written by Kate Grenville- The case against fragrance. Read it here She speaks about the headaches she has suffered that after removing artificial frangrance have gone away. In my experience removing artifical fragrance has certainly been positive for my skin too. The Laundry aisle in the supermarket is a challenge for me to walk through down now!  Time to make some Laundry powder again.

Hope you like these combinations, let me know how you go

Belinda

Download a printable graphic  for easy reference diffuser-combinations-psk