Product Spotlight: Be Radiant Beauty Oil #2 / The Wise One

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What it is

A facial oil that recognises the finer details and knows how to treat a lady. This extremely hydrating formula has been specially designed for experienced faces, working to minimise the appearance of fine lines and nourish dry, tired or mature skin. So even if you’ve had the longest day, week or month of your life, your face won’t give it away. Fragrance free.

What it does

Restore dull, dry and experienced skin, so the only thing that will give away your age is the amount of candles on your birthday cake.

Who it’s good for

Suitable for all faces; especially dehydrated and mature skin types that are prone to fine lines.

The full ingredient list

marula oil, prickly pear seed oil, argan oil, baobab oil, black seed oil, sunflower oil, elderberry extract, caprylic / capric triglyceride, vitamin E, jojoba oil, spilanthes acmella flower extract, lupin seed extract, oleo-active pomegranate extract, CoQ10, supercritical carrot seed co2 extract, supercritical red raspberry seed co2 extract, supercritical rosehip co2 extract, supercritical seabuckthorn co2 extract, supercritical rosemary leaf co2 extract.

Why each ingredient was chosen

All ingredients are certified organic, organic or wildcrafted (if organic is not available) and sourced ethically. All our oils are rich with their natural colour and retain their earthy scent that bring with it an abundance of benefits for your skin.

marula marula oil – is a highly nutritious, non-greasy, fast absorbing, light textured oil that is suitable for all skin types, especially reactive and sensitive skins, as well as dry skin and oily skin. Marula oil helps to heal skin tissue, reducing redness and blotchiness. It helps to improve and restore skin elasticity and improve the smoothness of skin. Marula oil is rich in essential fatty acids and nutrients that help protect the skin from free radical damage and premature ageing.

prickly-pearprickly pear seed oil – has an extremely high level of natural vitamin E and essential fatty acids, that help protect the skin from free radical damage and premature ageing. Prickly pear seed oil is easily absorbed to effectively nourish, moisturise and soften the skin, reducing the appearance of pores. It also is effective at helping to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and brightening dark spots and under eye shadows.

arganargan oil – we choose ‘triple extra-virgin grade’ cold-press extracted argan oil, the highest quality in the world. Argan is locally called ‘the tree of life’ by the Berber community in Morocco. It is extremely rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids that hydrate and soften the skin, helping to restore elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

baobabbaobab oil – renowned for it’s skin softening and regenerative properties, baobab is naturally high in vitamins A, B and C, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Baobab oil can help to improve the appearance of the skin by providing effective hydration and assistance with skin elasticity. Baobab is bursting with phytonutrients that help protect the skin from free radical damage and premature ageing.

black-cuminblack seed oil – the powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and phytonutrient properties of black seed oil can help to restore the natural health and vitality of skin. It provides deep skin moisturisation and is suitable for all skin types, especially cases of eczema, psoriasis and acne. Additionally the vitamin A, amino acids and fatty acids found in black seed oil work together to help skin regeneration.

vitamine-sunflowersunflower oil – an excellent skin conditioner that is easily absorbed by the skin, helping to prevent the skin from drying out. High in vitamins A, C and E, sunflower oil has both anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effects. Suitable for all skin types, and especially beneficial in the treatment of eczema, psoriasis and dry, damaged skin. Sunflower oil is also effective for oily skin types and acne due to the properties of helping to keep bacteria away.

elderberryelderberry extract – an antioxidant to provide protection from free radicals that contribute to cell damage, premature ageing and wrinkle formation. Bioflavenoids, found in elderberries, help to tighten the skin and provide additional anti-wrinkle benefits, generally helping to improve the glow and tone of skin.

coconutcaprylic / capris triglyceride – a fractionated version of coconut oil to separate the fatty acids. It feels less greasy on the skin and is highly stable because the more unstable fatty acids have been removed. The caprylic / capris triglyceride found in our Beauty Oil helps promote penetration of the active botanical extracts.

vitamine-sunflowervitamin E – an effective antioxidant to provide protection from free radicals that contribute to cell damage, premature ageing and wrinkle formation. Vitamin E also helps to minimise the appearance of fine lines, sun damage and is excellent at improving dry dull skin.

jojoba-oiljojoba oil – a beautiful golden wax that is easily absorbed by the skin in to the deeper layers where cell regeneration occurs, taking other nutrients along for the ride. High in essential fatty acids, vitamins A, D, E and antioxidants, jojoba boasts regenerative, hydrating and protective qualities.  Jojoba helps with uneven skin tone, pigmentation, dry, sensitive and oily skin.

spilanthesspilanthes acmella flower extract – also known as ‘nature’s botox’ spilanthes camellia flower is renowned for it’s ability to relax facial stress and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Because we smile, frown and laugh, our skin is subjected to thousands of involuntary microcontractions every day, which lead to the formation of fine lines. These fine lines may become more visible and deeper wrinkles over time. It is precisely because of the myorelaxant mechanism of spilanthes acmellaa, that slows down these micro-contractions making it an effective at helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The effect of spilanthes acmella on the collagen network helps to firm the skin and reduce fine lines.

lupinlupin seed extract – is renowned for its ability to increase the synthesis of type I collagen (the most abundant collagen, which diminishes with age), and also promote production of a high quality collagen that gives the skin its firmness and elasticity.

 

pomegranateoleo-active pomegranate extract – is bursting with phytonutrients that provide effective hydration and protection from free radicals that contribute to cell damage, premature ageing and wrinkle formation. Furthermore our highly active pomegranate extract is known to inhibit the enzymes that breaks down collagen and stimulate keratinocyte proliferation, promoting regeneration and strengthening of the epidermis. Pomegranate is also high in natural vitamin C which plays a key role in the formation of collagen.

CoQ10 – is an antioxidant naturally found in the mitochondria of our cells, and is fundamental to the production of energy within the cell. As we age, our Co-Q10 levels naturally decrease. Clinical tests have shown that topical application of CoQ10 provides protection from free radicals that contribute to cell damage, premature ageing and wrinkle formation – especially for mature and environmentally damaged skin.

carrot-seedsupercritical carrot seed co2 extract – is renowned for its ability to improve skin elasticity and prevent new lines and wrinkles from forming, due to the high level of vitamins, antioxidants and other phytonutrients. Carrot seed extract is effective in the treatment of sun-damaged skin, eczema and psoriasis due to its ability to stimulate cell growth, promoting repair and rejuvenation of the skin. It is also beneficial for helping to balance dry and oily skin types.

raspberrysupercritical red raspberry seed co2 extract – is bursting with vitamin E, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. The elegiac acid (antioxidant) found in red raspberry seed extract reduces the destruction of collagen and inflammatory response, both major causes of wrinkles. An excellent moisturiser for the skin, red raspberry seed extract also helps protect against ultra-violet damage, and is known to help repair skin damaged by environmental factors including sun damage.

rosehipsupercritical rosehip co2 extract – extremely high in vitamin C, essential fatty acids and is known to help effectively improve dry, irritated, weathered skin. It is also suitable for treating burns, scars and stretch marks. The remarkable skin healing, regenerating and rejuvenating properties of rosehip oil make it particularly beneficial for mature skin, helping to reduce the effects of sun damage and fine lines.

saebuckthornsupercritical Seabuckthorn co2 extract – high in essential fatty acids and antioxidant properties due to its vitamin A, C and E content, seabuckthorn oil helps to reduce inflammation, redness and skin sensitivity, as well as offering photo-protective properties (i.e. providing natural sun-protective properties). Beneficial for all skin types.

eo-rosemarysupercritical rosemary leaf co2 extract – an antioxidant to provide protection from free radicals that contribute to cell damage, premature ageing and wrinkle formation. Contains anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial compounds, and helps to restore elasticity and firmness to the skin.

 

Are you curious about what supercritical co2 extracts are?
Supercritical extracts are extremely pure plant extracts produced from a highly efficient extraction process. The process consists of pumping pressurized carbon dioxide into a chamber filled with plant matter. When carbon dioxide is subjected to pressure it becomes supercritical and has liquid properties while remaining in a gaseous state. Because of the liquid properties of the gas, the CO2 simply functions as a solvent, pulling the oils, pigment and resin from the plant matter. The difference between CO2 supercritical extraction and traditional distillation is that CO2 is used as a solvent instead of heated water, steam or solvents such as hexane, heptane or ethanol.

Before we bottle each Be genki product, the large ‘mother’ bottle of oils is delicately placed within a 120kg amethyst cave to rest and re-energise for 5 days. Amethyst caves are renowned for their cleansing, purifying and healing properties. We like to think that our Be Genki oils are being purified and intensified during this process.

Product Spotlight: Be Radiant Beauty Oil #1 / The Sensitive One

beautyoil-1What it is

Ready for a new moisturising routine but don’t want to risk looking like you mistook your blush for bronzer? Start here with our Beauty Oil #1. Especially designed for sensitive skin, it will help soothe and moisturise whilst working to reduce redness and inflammation so you can take on the day with a clear face and not a hot head. Fragrance free.

What it does

Nourish and soothe sensitive skin, hydrating without aggravating a red war on your face.

Who it’s good for

Suitable for all faces; especially sensitive skin types that are prone to irritation and redness.

The full ingredient list

marula oil, prickly pear seed oil, rosehip oil, avocado oil, oleo-active coconut oil and cork oak root extract; elderberry extract, sunflower oil, vitamin E, supercritical chamomile co2 extract, supercritical calendula co2 extract, supercritical St Johns Wort co2 extract and supercritical Seabuckthorn co2 extract, supercritical rosemary leaf co2 extract,.

Why each ingredient was chosen

All ingredients are certified organic, organic or wildcrafted (if organic is not available) and sourced ethically. All our oils are rich with their natural colour and retain their earthy scent that bring with it an abundance of benefits for your skin.

marula marula oil – is a highly nutritious, non-greasy, fast absorbing, light textured oil that is suitable for all skin types, especially reactive and sensitive skins, as well as dry skin and oily skin. Marula oil helps to heal skin tissue, reducing redness and blotchiness. It helps to improve and restore skin elasticity and improve the smoothness of skin. Marula oil is rich in essential fatty acids and nutrients that help protect the skin from free radical damage and premature ageing.

prickly-pearprickly pear seed oil – has an extremely high level of natural vitamin E and essential fatty acids, that help protect the skin from free radical damage and premature ageing. Prickly pear seed oil is easily absorbed to effectively nourish, moisturise and soften the skin, reducing the appearance of pores. It also is effective at helping to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and brightening dark spots and under eye shadows.

rosehiprosehip oil – Extremely high in vitamin C, essential fatty acids and is known to help effectively improve dry, irritated, weathered skin. It is also suitable for treating burns, scars and stretch marks. The remarkable skin healing, regenerating and rejuvenating properties of rosehip oil make it particularly beneficial for mature skin, helping to reduce the effects of sun damage and fine lines.

avocadoavocado oil – rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins, avocado oil has a profound ability to help soothe dry irritated skin. Fast absorbing it encourages soft smooth skin, and naturally triggers the production of collagen by the skin. Suitable for all skin types, avocado oil is not only beneficial for fine lines, and mature skin types, it is also equally as beneficial for oily and acne prone skin, as well as eczema and psoriasis.

coconutcork-oakoleo-active coconut oil and cork oak extract – in a clinical study our oleo-active coconut oil and cork oak extract was shown to reduce the appearance of skin redness by 70% after only 3 applications. High in phytonutrients, cork oak is an effective ingredient that helps to reduce the appearance of inflammation and protect the skin from free radical damage. Beneficial to help prevent premature ageing in all skin types, and especially soothing for sensitive and reactive skins. The oleo-active extraction process ensures potency and purity of the ingredients with no chemical reaction, no petroleum products or organic solvents used in the process.

vitamine-sunflowersunflower oil – an excellent skin conditioner that is easily absorbed by the skin, helping to prevent the skin from drying out. High in vitamins A, C and E, sunflower oil has both anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effects. Suitable for all skin types, and especially beneficial in the treatment of eczema, psoriasis and dry, damaged skin. Sunflower oil is also effective for oily skin types and acne due to the properties of helping to keep bacteria away.

elderberryelderberry extract – an antioxidant to provide protection from free radicals that contribute to cell damage, premature ageing and wrinkle formation. Bioflavenoids, found in elderberries, help to tighten the skin and provide additional anti-wrinkle benefits, generally helping to improve the glow and tone of skin.

vitamine-sunflowervitamin E – an effective antioxidant to provide protection from free radicals that contribute to cell damage, premature ageing and wrinkle formation. Vitamin E also helps to minimise the appearance of fine lines, sun damage and is excellent at improving dry dull skin.

german-chamomilesupercritical chamomile co2 extract – very beneficial for calming and soothing the skin due to its profound anti-inflammatory properties. Suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive and irritated skin due to its ability to help reduce redness. Chamomile is also beneficial for helping to minimize the appearance of broken capillaries, and prevent premature ageing of the skin.

calendulasupercritical calendula co2 extract – very beneficial for calming the skin due to its soothing anti-inflammatory properties, making it an effective oil for helping to improve wounds, eczema, redness and other inflammatory skin conditions. Calendula also helps to protect the skin from premature ageing.


st-johns-wortsupercritical St Johns Wort co2 extract
– helps to hydrate, heal, soothe and protect all skin types. Beneficial for all skin types, especially sensitive, irritated, acne-prone and ageing skin. St Johns Wort helps to support elastin production and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Whereas it’s anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties help to prevent acne.

saebuckthornsupercritical Seabuckthorn co2 extract – high in essential fatty acids and antioxidant properties due to its vitamin A, C and E content, seabuckthorn oil helps to reduce inflammation, redness and skin sensitivity, as well as offering photo-protective properties (i.e. providing natural sun-protective properties). Beneficial for all skin types.

eo-rosemarysupercritical rosemary leaf co2 extract – an antioxidant to provide protection from free radicals that contribute to cell damage, premature ageing and wrinkle formation. Contains anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial compounds, and helps to restore elasticity and firmness to the skin.

 

Are you curious about what supercritical co2 extracts are?
Supercritical extracts are extremely pure plant extracts produced from a highly efficient extraction process. The process consists of pumping pressurized carbon dioxide into a chamber filled with plant matter. When carbon dioxide is subjected to pressure it becomes supercritical and has liquid properties while remaining in a gaseous state. Because of the liquid properties of the gas, the CO2 simply functions as a solvent, pulling the oils, pigment and resin from the plant matter. The difference between CO2 supercritical extraction and traditional distillation is that CO2 is used as a solvent instead of heated water, steam or solvents such as hexane, heptane or ethanol.

Before we bottle each Be genki product, the large ‘mother’ bottle of oils is delicately placed within a 120kg amethyst cave to rest and re-energise for 5 days. Amethyst caves are renowned for their cleansing, purifying and healing properties. We like to think that our Be Genki oils are being purified and intensified during this process.

Product Spotlight: Be genki Radiant Corrective Beauty Toner

corrective-tonerWhat it is

Step two in your beauty routine: meet the toner that corrects, not clogs. Bursting with active botanical extracts, this handcrafted formula works to hydrate, balance and rejuvenate tired, stressed skin. So no matter what side of the bed you woke up on, you’ll feel as fresh as a daisy on a clear blue day.

What it does

Balance your skin, unclog your pores and even your complexion so you can be more comfortable in the skin you’re in. We can’t promise it will balance your life, but it’s one less thing you’ll have to worry about.

Who it’s good for

Suitable for all faces; normal, dry or oily skin types. Fragrance free.

The full ingredient list

Rose floral water, aloe vera, MSM from pine trees, acerola cherry extract, Aspen bark extract, mulberry extract, hyaluronic acid and Vitamin B3. Preserved with radish root ferment.

Why each ingredient was chosen

All ingredients are certified organic, organic or wildcrafted (if organic is not available) and sourced ethically.

eo-roseottorose floral water – a calming and soothing hydrosol that helps to reduce the appearance of broken capillaries and inflammation. It is nourishing, hydrating and moisturising, whilst promoting healthy skin elasticity. Suitable for all skin types.

 

aloe-veraaloe vera – ours is organic, unpasteurised and cold-pressed through charcoal filters to help retain as many of the bioactive components as possible. It’s the next best alternative to fresh aloe vera. It helps to soothe and condition skin, boost collagen production, and help reduce inflammation.

MSM-pinetreeMSM from pine trees – this sulphur compound is fundamental for collagen production. MSM helps to soften and promote smooth skin, evening skin tone, decreasing hyper-pigmentation and the appearance of age spots. MSM is anti-inflammatory, and aids in cellular detoxification and nutrient uptake.

acerola-cherryacerola cherry extract – one of nature’s richest sources of vitamin C, acerola works synergistically with MSM to help improve the appearance of hyper-pigmentation. It is also high in antioxidants that help to prevent against free radical damage that can accelerate skin ageing. Acerola is renowned for its ability to even skin tone, boost production of collagen and elastin, and increase the ability of skin to retain moisture.

aspen-barkAspen bark extract – contains a high level of salicylic acid that helps to soothe skin and reduce inflammation. Furthermore, aspen bark extract is renowned for its moisturising and skin smoothing properties, as well as helping to increase cellular turnover and repair. It is particularly beneficial for helping to heal acne.

mulberrymulberry extract – rich in vitamins A, C and antioxidants to provide protection from free radicals that contribute to cell damage, premature ageing and wrinkle formation. Mulberries are renowned for their skin lightening and rejuvenating properties, helping to improve the appearance of skin spots, blemishes and other skin irregularities, to promote a radiant glow.

radish-rootradish root ferment – effective as an anti-microbial agent, restricting the growth of micro-organisms, making it an excellent natural choice for the preservation and safety of natural skin care and cosmetics. It also increases the moisturisation rate of formulations, thus having a dual-action, benefiting the look and feel of your complexion.

hyaluronic acid – popularly called ‘the fountain of youth’ hyaluronic acid is an effective humectant with rejuvenating properties that help give the appearance of smooth, soft, plump skin, decreasing the appearance of fine lines. An excellent skin moisturiser. Ours is the cruelty-free alternative made by producing enzymes from a bacteria-based biofermentation process (our is NOT from poultry, as many others are).

vitamin B3 – supports cell growth, boosts the effect of moisturisers, and helps to impart a more even skin tone by providing skin lightening properties and helping to reduce the appearance of age spots, blemishes and blotches. Excellent at helping to improve all skin types, whether that be sensitive, acne-prone, mature or irritated/rosacea.

Before we bottle each Be genki product, the large ‘mother’ bottle of oils is delicately placed within a 120kg amethyst cave to rest and re-energise for 5 days. Amethyst caves are renowned for their cleansing, purifying and healing properties. We like to think that our Be Genki oils are being purified and intensified during this process.

Strengthening Our Body, Mind And Being

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How do we really get in touch with our inner knowing?

I’ve recently become fascinated by the English language, more specifically the origin of words, their true energetic meaning, and how a shift in the language we choose helps shift the body, mind and being to greater ease and freedom.

When I think of the word comfort, thoughts immediately go towards helping myself or someone else to feel less worried or upset. To give hope. But when delving a little deeper to the origins of the word – comfort – it actually means to strengthen greatly. This may seem like a subtle difference, but from my point-of-view, it’s huge.

Would you like to feel less of something that worries or upsets you, or feel less of that which causes your body pain? Or would you like to strengthen yourself greatly so much so that the cause of any dis-comfort is no longer present or relevant?

I know which one I’d choose.

So how do we do this? How do we strengthen our body, mind and being? Do we look for answers from someone else? Do we hand over our power by having blind faith in another? Do we allow someone to ‘tell us’ what is ‘wrong’ with us and what we need to do to ‘fix it’?

If you are at a crossroads in life or if you are experiencing any dis-ease in your body, mind or being, then the single most important and helpful thing you can do in order to bring yourself comfort, is to get in touch with that inner voice and knowing inside you.
From what I have observed, it seems society is going more this way. Self-made gurus and experts popping up all over the world, quick to tell us what we need to do. Have we lost touch of the inner voice inside ourself so much so that we no longer realize we have the ability to know exactly what is true for ourselves? Or have we forgot that our body knows in an instant what it requires to strengthen greatly, and thrive?

I can only speak from my own personal experiences, and that which I observe in others whilst traveling all over the world. And this is what I know to be the truest truth, irrespective of your age, sex, nationality or belief system: no-one knows what is better for you, than you. And by that I mean … if you are at a crossroads in life or if you are experiencing any dis-ease in your body, mind or being, then the single most important and helpful thing you can do in order to bring yourself comfort, is to get in touch with that inner voice and knowing inside you. Sure there are facilitators that can assist you, and I’m the first to jump at the opportunity to come together with the facilitators I choose to help me in my life, but there is a commonality with each of them … they all ask my body and being questions in respect to what is true for me.

If you’re keen to get more in touch with that inner voice inside you, the following are my favourite ways, which may or may not interest you too:

1. Meditation

Quieting the mind for 10 – 30 minutes each day to be present and still. Clearing the clutter from my brain.

2. A moment of me time

Gifting myself 15 minutes at the end of each day just for me. I love to use my organic crystal-infused Be genki oils during this time as I find they help me to become more aware of how I interact with my body, and the way in which I talk to myself. It’s a beautiful opportunity for me to practice kindness and self-acceptance towards myself.

3. Listening to David Bailey’s beautiful transformational music.

The first time I heard him play I was in tears. The melody touched my heart and soul in such a profound way, it was as if each note was transforming a part inside of me. He has CDs and Mp3s for self-healing, balancing yin and yang, coping with birthing, inner peace, freeing yourself from blockages and so much more.

4. Using vibrational colour on a day-to-day basis via Aura-Soma.

I like to choose colours to work with and apply to my body and the subtle energies surrounding my body based on what jumps out at me. Whilst it’s seductive to read all about what colour means what, it’s a trap. It’s best to leave your thinking mind at the door with this incredibly beautiful colour system, and apply the colours that vibrationally call out to your body and being.

5. Reminding myself that the more ‘I know’, the less ‘I know’.

It’s easy to fall in to the trap of thinking if we read more books or attend more courses then our point-of-view is more true than someone else who hasn’t made those choices. But all it really means is that we had the discipline to read or attend those things. I like to remain in a constant state of wonder, and open to new possibilities no matter where they come from. Being willing to look at different points of view and questioning everything so as to see if it is still ‘true for me’ on a moment by moment basis.

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Product Spotlight: Be Radiant Cleansing Oil

cleansing-oilWhat it is

Our Be Radiant Cleansing Oil is full of nourishing organic plant oils and botanical extracts – which is code for Mother Nature’s top shelf stuff – it’s the kind of cleanser that leaves your skin feeling clean and soft, not stripped and dry.

What it does

Remove makeup, any impurities, and environmental pollution absorbed during the day, though it won’t remove the block of chocolate you ‘absorbed’ at lunch. We’re still working on that.

Who it’s good for

Suitable for all faces; normal, dry or oily skin types. Fragrance free.

Please don’t use our Cleansing Oil as an eye-makeup remover. The potent plant extracts are bursting with ‘good stuff’ to help improve your skin, not your eyeballs. Whilst, the plant oils won’t harm your eyes, they aren’t intended for this purpose. You’re best to use good old fashioned grape seed oil as an effective eye-makeup remover.

The full ingredient list

chia seed oil, jojoba oil, chamomile macerated in sunflower oil, calendula macerated in sunflower oil, vitamin E, elderberry extract and supercritical rosemary leaf co2 oil. .

Why each ingredient was chosen

All ingredients are certified organic, organic or wildcrafted (if organic is not available) and sourced ethically. All our oils are rich with their natural colour and retain their earthy scent.

chia-seedchia seed oil – a light silky soft oil that is high in essential fatty acids and especially beneficial for dry, sensitive and acne-prone skin. High in phytonutrients and antioxidants to provide protection from free radicals that contribute to cell damage, premature ageing and wrinkle formation. Chia seed oil also helps to minimise the appearance of fine lines and enlarged pores, whilst significantly increasing the hydration of skin.

jojoba-oiljojoba oil – a beautiful golden wax that is easily absorbed by the skin in to the deeper layers where cell regeneration occurs, taking other nutrients along for the ride. High in essential fatty acids, vitamins A, D, E and antioxidants, jojoba boasts regenerative, hydrating and protective qualities.  Jojoba helps with uneven skin tone, pigmentation, dry, sensitive and oily skin.

eo-romanchamomilechamomile macerated in sunflower oil – excellent for the most sensitive of skins, chamomile is calming to the skin, providing significant anti-inflammatory properties.

 

calendulacalendula macerated in sunflower oil – excellent for the most sensitive of skins, including instances of eczema, calendula is calming and healing, as well as impressive at improving particularly dry skin.

 

vitamine-sunflowervitamin E – an effective antioxidant to provide protection from free radicals that contribute to cell damage, premature ageing and wrinkle formation. Vitamin E also helps to minimise the appearance of fine lines, sun damage and is excellent at improving dry dull skin.

 

 

elderberryelderberry extract – an antioxidant to provide protection from free radicals that contribute to cell damage,  premature ageing and wrinkle formation. Bioflavenoids, found in elderberries, help to tighten the skin and provide additional anti-wrinkle benefits, generally helping to improve the glow and tone of skin.

eo-rosemarysupercritical rosemary leaf co2 oil – an antioxidant to provide protection from free radicals that contribute to cell damage, premature ageing and wrinkle formation. Contains anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial compounds, and helps to restore elasticity and firmness to the skin.

Before we bottle each Be genki product, the large ‘mother’ bottle of oils is delicately placed within a 120kg amethyst cave to rest and re-energise for 5 days. Amethyst caves are renowned for their cleansing, purifying and healing properties. We like to think that our Be Genki oils are being purified and intensified during this process.

4 Ways to Improve Your Mental Wellbeing

misc-travel2There’s no doubt that we are placing more stress on ourselves these days. With our fast paced lives, mobile phones, various social media applications, instant news and growing to-do lists, there is one question that I often wonder. Are we as a society coping?

In many areas where I observe, the answer is no. Anxiety, sleeping problems, mood swings, stress, depression and fatigue are all common symptoms showing us that something needs to change. If any of these words sound all too familiar to you, and you would like to prevent these debilitating feelings from consuming your life, there is, in fact a lot that you can do to cope, so that you can be the happy and healthy person you desire to be.

Our physical body and mental state of wellbeing are so closely intertwined that they can not be treated separately. It would be irresponsible to do so. A healthy physical body helps create a healthy mind. And a healthy mind can help influence a healthy physical body. From my point-of-view, the keys to managing mental wellbeing all starts with the basics: eating healthily, exercising regularly, connecting with nature and setting aside a few moments in the day to nurture yourself.

Eating Healthily

Scientific American magazine recently stated that “Scientists are increasingly convinced that the vast assemblage of microfauna in our intestines may have a major impact on our state of mind.” To help improve your gut health and mental wellbeing, the following guidelines is a great place to start.
• Graze rather than overeat. Large meals are harder to digest, place a strain on your organs and can result in indigestion.
• Eat a balanced, nutritious diet based on organic and biodynamic wholefoods: fruit, vegetables, wholegrains, nuts and seeds.
• Eat both raw and lightly cooked foods.
• Choose a wide variety of brightly coloured fruits and vegetables that are in season.
• Take either a heaped tablespoon of ground flax, pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds, or a good quality omega 3-6-9 fatty acid supplement, such as Udo’s Oil.
• Eat probiotic-rich foods to improve your digestive and immune health. Sauerkraut is my favourite.
• Choose natural sea salt.
• Drink clean filtered tap water and herbal teas.

Exercise Regularly

There is so much research out there stating that regular exercise is one of the best physical stress-reduction techniques, that it relaxes tense muscles, helps you to sleep, improves blood flow to the brain and releases chemicals called endorphins in to your blood stream giving you a feeling of happiness. So, if exercise is not a part of your daily life and you suffer from low energy levels, anxiety, stress, feelings of unhappiness or an inability to fall asleep, for the next month make the effort to move your body for at least 30 – 45 minutes every day and take notice of the change in your overall sense of well-being.

Whether its a brisk walk around the block, a half hour jog in the park, a yoga class, workout at the gym, swim at the beach, laps in the pool, or bicycle ride, do something to get your body moving and sweating.

Connect With Nature

Enjoy sensible early morning and late afternoon sunshine to top up your vitamin D levels. Take a walk in the park. Get down to the beach and feel the sand and salt water in between your toes. Or go for a hike in the bush. Whatever it is that helps you to be present and switch off from your growing digital to-do list.

Set Aside A Few Moments In The Day To Nurture Yourself.

It’s easy to place other people higher up on the ladder of who we choose to care for. Whilst this is a kind and considerate attribute, please also remember to take the time to care for yourself too. Whether it’s in the morning, middle of the day or late evening, take time out to gift yourself a moment, just for you. Honoring yourself is an effective way to replenish your battery so that you can be more productive in your day as well as helping to maintain a sense of sanity amidst any stress.
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written for my Wellbeing Expert blog on Foxtel’s LifestyleYOU 

How to Use Crystals in Your Everyday Life

crystalsOne of the ‘traps’ and delusions is to think that if we study enough books we will ‘know everything’ and ‘understand nature’. What I’ve found to be true, is that the more I ‘know’, the less I ‘know’. And it’s this wonder of not knowing and staying in amazement over the beauty and mystery of nature, and remembering to ask questions … is when the magic shows up.

Crystals are certainly nothing new, and have been around for as long as the Earth itself. The use of crystals is also nothing new, with historical references from the Egyptians, Ancient Sumerians, Ancient Greeks, Chinese and just about every other ancient civilization. It’s safe to say that as long as we have existed, crystals have been an integral part of our life in some form or another.

I still carry around the same little howlite crystal that caught my attention 20 years ago. Now, I live in a house with over a tonne of crystals in various rooms. Seriously. My husband is quite the crystal lover. I certainly can not profess to be an expert as the healing properties of crystals baffles me more than anything else, and I love that I have absolutely no idea about how they do what they do. But what I do know is how I feel when I use crystals in my daily life.

Following are my top tips for choosing, caring for and using crystals.

1 : How to Choose a Crystal.

There are different crystals for just about anything. Some are renowned for their cleansing, stress-relieving and purifying properties, e.g. amethyst. Others for their soft energy of love, compassion, self-acceptance and peace, e.g. rose quartz. And others for their warm, energising, abundant properties to help support the transformation of dreams and wishes in to tangible form, e.g. citrine. When choosing a crystal I have always found that it’s best to follow your instinct and go with the ‘gut’ reaction. Whenever I’ve chosen a crystal it has always been a non-negotiable deal in my head. It’s like the crystal is literally jumping up and down saying ‘pick me, pick me’. This may sound a bit ‘woo woo’, but I assure you, nobody knows what is better for you than you. So always go with your gut instinct.

2 : When you first receive a crystal it is helpful to cleanse it.

Crystals take on energy, just like we do, especially if they are frequently handled. So it’s essential to care for your crystals and cleanse them regularly. The energy of the full moon is the perfect time to cleanse and charge any crystals that you have at home. On the evening of a full moon wash your crystals in salt water, preferably in the ocean, but not imperative. If you can’t get to the ocean, then gently rinse in a bowl of water with a sprinkle of sea salt. Then lay your crystals out on a natural surface (preferably the earth) under the full moon’s light.

3 : How to use crystals.

Take a moment for yourself and quieten your mind. Then choose an area in your home where you instinctively feel that you would like to position your crystal. It may be a rose quartz in the bedroom, or an amethyst in the living room or citrine in your work space. Again, go with your gut instinct. You can always change your mind and rearrange at a later date.

Crystals are also great to use during quiet ‘me’ moments. If you’re having a stressful day, take 5, 10 or 15 minutes just for you. Turn your mobile phone to silent mode and find a quiet space at home. Lay on the couch, bed, floor or wherever else you feel comfortable and hold the crystal in your hand. Or you might feel like placing the crystal on your body, on a certain chakra area. Again, follow your natural instincts. Take the time to clear your head. With every exhale breathe out any stress or worries. With every inhale breathe in peace and love.

Do you have a favourite way of using crystals?

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written for my Wellbeing Expert blog on Foxtel’s LifestyleYOU 

How to Embrace the Cycles of the Moon

phases-of-the-moon‘It must be a full moon’ is a common phrase that we pass around whenever crazy things happen. But is it just a throw away line, or is there some validity in the effects of the cycles of the moon?

The moon and the sun work in harmony to create the tidal effects on Earth via gravitational pull. Considering our bodies are approximately seven tenths water, it makes sense to me that the moon could influence our bodies, as subtle or profound as its effects may be.

There are numerous examples of how man has been working in harmony with the waxing and waning moon to bring about favorable results, whether that be farming, spiritual practices, or beauty rituals.

Following are my five favourite ways to embrace the natural rhythm of the moon.

1 : NEW MOON INTENTIONS

The evening of a new moon is the ideal time to create intentions for the coming month. Write down on a piece of paper what you would like to create in your life over the next four weeks. Are there any new habits you would like to focus on? Keep it positive and realistic. Take a moment to visualise yourself actually being, feeling and doing what ever it is that you desire, as if you were already there.

2 : GARDENING WITH THE PHASES OF THE MOON

Planting by the phases of the moon is as old as time itself – and it’s not just folklore. There is extensive scientific data to back it up. The biodynamic farmer embraces not only the moon, but also the subtle influences of the wider cosmos. A simple way to embrace the influences of the moon with your backyard veggie patch is as a time-guide for planting. A new and waxing moon is the best time to plant seeds for ‘above ground crops’, such as lettuce, spinach, celery and tomatoes. After the full moon, as the moon wanes, the energy is drawing down, so this is a great time to plant root crops such as potatoes, beetroot, carrots and onions.

3 : LETTING GO WITH THE FULL MOON

On the evening of a full moon, write down all the things you would like to let go. Whether that be unhelpful thought patterns, bad habits, or anything else that you wish to cease or release. Symbolically discard this list, either by burning the paper or tearing it in to tiny pieces before throwing it in the rubbish bin. As you do so, visualise all you wish to let go of, drifting up and away to the moon.

4 : FULL MOON CLEANSE

Since the full moon is a time to release and let go, it’s the perfect opportunity to create a home spa ritual to help cleanse your body of toxins. Run a warm bath and add a generous handful of Himalayan salts that not only help to release toxins but also help re-mineralise your body. You may wish to add a crystal to your bath water, such as rose quartz for self-acceptance and self-love. Lay back in the bath and relax. With every exhale release any stress or worries.

5 : CLEANSE AND CHARGE YOUR CRYSTALS

Crystals take on energy, just like we do, especially if they are frequently handled. So it’s essential to care for your crystals and cleanse them regularly. The energy of the full moon is the perfect time to cleanse and charge any crystals that you have at home. On the evening of a full moon wash your crystals in salt water, preferably in the ocean, but not imperative. If you can’t get to the ocean, then gently rinse in a bowl of water with a sprinkle of sea salt. Then lay your crystals out on a natural surface (preferably the earth) under the full moon’s light.

Do you have a favourite moon-time ritual?

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written for my Wellbeing Expert blog on Foxtel’s LifestyleYOU 

How To Bring the Spa Experience Into Your Home

womaninbathMy five favourite DIY spa rituals inspired from spas around the world.

RITUAL 1 – Essential Oils

I love the opening ritual of spa treatments whereby you take three deep breaths of an essential oil blend so I do this at home each morning when I apply a body oil (scented with essential oils) to my body, bringing my hands up to my face and taking three deep in-breaths before gently massaging the oil in to my limbs. Naturally, I am partial to my Be genki range of organic body oils scented with organic essential oils.

RITUAL 2 – Hot and Cold

I also love the hot and cold plunge pools in spas. It’s such an invigorating way to boost the immune system, and improve skin tone and circulation. It’s easy to recreate this at home by alternating the shower with hot and cold intervals. Enjoy a minute of warm water, followed by 15 seconds of cold water, and then repeat.

RITUAL 3 – Body Scrub

Getting a body scrub at spas is the ultimate indulgence and rare treat, so I make it a twice a week habit to mix a little bowl of celtic sea salt with organic olive oil and apply to my legs and butt while in the shower. The salt effectively removes any dead skin cells whilst the oil helps to leave my skin feeling oh so soft. This combination is easy to wash down the drain once in the shower and doesn’t leave my bathroom walls and floor needing a clean.

RITUAL 4 – Facial

Once a week I love creating an at-home spa experience in my bathroom. Usually it’s an at-home facial whereby I cleanse, exfoliate, and then apply a mask and lay back in a bath scented with essential oils for 20 minutes whilst the mask works its magic. I then follow with a facial mist, serum and moisturiser (I personally love Live Native for my at-home spa indulgence facial – the Cacao and 23k gold face mask is divine! An absolute treat! I also love AEOS energized organics for an at-home spa facial – the face mask is like a giant tea bag filled with herbs and flower petals that you lay on your face for 15 minutes – it’s extremely beneficial for calming the skin).

RITUAL 5 – Nails

Each fortnight I love to paint my toes, so I re-create a pedicure treatment at-home and apply a lick of colour to my toenails (I personally love Intensae 5-free nail lacquer). This provides the perfect excuse to take some much needed ‘me time’ to lay on the couch and read a magazine while the nail lacquer dries.

Do you have a favourite spa treatment that you can incorporate in to your home life?
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written for my Wellbeing Expert blog on Foxtel’s LifestyleYOU 

Sol

Sol Walkling photographed by Robert Palmer

Sol Walkling photographed by Robert Palmer

“I started using Be Genki oils years ago as a self care routine. The essences became a quick way to enhance my mood, deepen meditation and relaxation. Naturally, when I got an opportunity to use the Be Genki range in my yoga classes, women’s circles and wellbeing events, I jumped at it.

“I started by adding Be Sensual to my pulse points and my hands when I assisted clients in deep relaxation yoga poses and would move it gently through their space as I facilitated self healing and care. Immediately after the first time, several people commented and asked on how I had gotten these wafts of beautiful smells to come over them at just the right points. They weren’t aware my hands carried the scent but every time I deepened them into a more relaxed pose, they would smell this delicious self love and care essence. For me, this added to the experience of being in a nurturing environment, surrounded by kindred souls working on taking care of their physical bodies and connecting to themselves, one another and me. The scent became a carrier and facilitating tools just like the music.

“Since starting to use Be Sensual also on my own body a lot during private training, restoring or healing sessions with clients, people no longer comment about my voice, knowledge or connection first. They ask me about the smell. Normally they comment that I smell edible or that there was this divine scent in the air. For me, using Be Genki is a great tool to deepen the space I am weaving with my voice, facilitation and music. I imagine it to be like a cocooning healing bubble that clients retreat into to be, rest and restore. The scents make this easier as they, like music or touch, largely bypass the mind.

“After a little while, I got a bit more “daring” with the use of the oils. I now hand them out to people as an offering at ceremonies and circles. In the past, I would have thought a room full of 60 people wearing essential oils would be too much. Instead, the oils are subtle enough to just waft past you when people yoga or dance past. In fact, they create another cue to our interweaving as a community, as a group. We hear, see and smell each other. And the feeling space of “I am well” “I am relaxed” “I am loved” then translates into their daily life when they use the oils.

“At a special New Year’s Eve event, I used the oils not just in the ceremony that also included a powerful sound heavier, energy healer and shamanic work but also gifted each guest a little dose of the oil and tea to repeat the ceremony at home. This is the spirit of Be Genki. To offer self care tools that allow us to become present. In using these oils with a purpose, we anchor the feeling state, the intention deeply to our memory and can evoke it at a desired time by using the oils. To me, this is genius. Be Genki Oils can then become an instant stress buster, entering tool or connective medium.

“One of the most powerful experiences I have had with Be Genki oils was after I got concussed during a freeform dance event. Badly affected with nausea, light sensitivity, cognitive problems and sensory stimuli overload in normal situations as well as splitting headaches, I went through various stages of sleeping a full day, resting at any time when overwhelmed and nauseous and having fitful sleeps for a week until I started using the oils as well as listening to Om meditations and binaural beats brain wave music. In this combination, the music and smell felt they gave me a positive focus, created and anchor for my consciousness to rest in and to bypass the jammed signals in my brain.

“My latest experience with the oils was when I was invited to hold a large yoga class and cacao ceremony at our local community dance event called 5 Rhythms. As people were walking in, we created a ceremonial space with sage and clearing before offering each person an intuitive choice of the Be Sensual, Be Tranquil and Be Serene Oils. A room full of 40+ people with Be Genki Oils on their pulse points and heart weaved a beautifully calming ambience as we settled into the space together. When we started dating together, we could not only see and sense each other move through space but also follow the beautiful smell of the oils as each person’s own note danced and carries through the room. It created a harmony of intermingling strands of hearts connected in rhythm, smell and intention.”

– Sol Walkling


 

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