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A Big Reveal and a Big Competition!

Posted by colette on Friday, 29 August 2014 in Uncategorized

For the past few weeks I've been working on something very exciting and I'm finally ready to make the reveal!

 

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I'm extremely excited to announce the opening of 

 

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Thank you for the heart-felt round of applause.  I really appreciate it :D

 

Starting in September I will be opening my (virtual) doors to you revealing a shop jam-packed with all your favourite organic products at easily affordable prices.  

 

(For the time being, this Community Buyers' Group is only open to residents of Brisbane and Logan in Queensland, Australia)

 

As a natural health business I have access to numerous suppliers offering a wide variety of products at substantially reduced prices when I buy in bulk.  For a long time I've been thinking about how best to pass these savings on to you, my loyal customers.  Well, here it is!

 

Every month on my Facebook page, I'll upload a comprehensive monthly "shopping list" for you to download.  At your leisure you make yourself a lovely cup of tea, curl up on the lounge and mark off your selections before returning the form to me by the due date.  I will then get to work placing your orders, collecting your goodies and packing your boxes ready for you to pick up at a set time at the end of the month.  I even offer delivery (a fee and conditions apply).  

 

This is a great way to avoid the supermarket chains and expensive health food stores and save a lot of money.  You can expect savings of up to 80% off recommended retail prices. The list of products I have available is  comprehensive and if you notice a favourite product is missing from the list, chances are that I'll be able to source it for you.

 

Here are the types of products I have available:

 

·    organic superfoods

·    organic teas & coffee

·    organic treats & snack foods

·    organic household items

·    organic personal care products & cosmetics

·    homoeopathics & essential oils

·    utensils & equipment

 

And these are just a tiny few of the brands I have available:

 

·    A’Kin

·    Al’chemy

·    Australian Native Botanicals

·    Baby Organics

·    Biologika

·    Bragg

·    Burt’s Bees

·    Cheeki

·    Dr Organics

·    Eco Child

·    Gaia

·    Kin Kin

·        Nature’s Child

·        Planet Organic

·        Pure Food Essentials

·        TOM Organics

·        Wotnot

·        Uniquely Organic

 

How great is that!

 

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Now, since Father's Day is only a week away I thought I'd give you even more of an incentive to sign up.  Every person who signs up to our Community Buyers' Organic Health Shop will receive an entry into our Father's Day Organic Essentials Gift Pack valued at over $100*.  (*unfortunately this competition is only open to residents of Brisbane and Logan in Queensland, Australia).  Here's what it includes:

 

* $50 gift certificate to be spent on your first Community Buyers' Organic Health Shop order

* 700ml jar of organic virgin coconut oil

* 700g raw local honey

* organic moisturising shaving cream

* organic all-natural deodorant

* organic re-mineralising toothpaste

* organic lip balm

* organic all-purpose herbal healing balm

 


How to Enter (How to sign up):

 

1. like our Facebook page (in order to download order form)

 

2. comment on this post with your email address (so I can contact you when you win)

 

3. share this post on Facebook (because sharing good things feels good)

 

Good luck! 

 

 

Wishing you health and wellness,

 

 

 

 

 

Colette

 

 

 

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Cancer is Curable!

Posted by colette on Saturday, 16 August 2014 in Uncategorized

I'm upset. I'm frustrated. My heart is pounding and I can hardly sit still because I want to do something about this but don't know what I can do. I want to pick up the world and shake some sense into it!

 

In the past couple of weeks I've had three up close and personal experiences with cancer. One relative and one friend diagnosed with cancer and one relative died after being diagnosed with cancer.

 

It's not that these people “got” cancer that really upsets me (although it's never a time for celebration when the body shows symptoms of dis-ease), it's what happened after their diagnoses that really eats at me.

 

You see, cancer is curable. Being told you have cancer does not have to be a death sentence. Cancer is not a mysterious or complicated disease. You can cure cancer yourself without allopathic medical treatment. You really can! It's just that we have been conditioned to be scared of cancer. We're so scared of cancer, we don't even want to understand it. We know so many people who have died after finding out they had cancer and we know even more people who have suffered through cancer treatments. The average person knows nothing about what cancer actually is. All we know is that some people get cancer, they go to the doctor, they have surgery and/or medicine and they either live or die. When it comes to cancer, our expiry date depends on the Gods (or our doctors, which for many people are interchangeable terms...). We do not know, do not consider, or do not take self-responsibility for, what caused our cancer in the first place. As with everything affecting the body, if we do not remove or at least acknowledge the cause of the cancer, we cannot effectively deal with it. If you finger is hurting because you've got a splinter stuck in it, you don't just take an asprin and get on with your day. No. You remove the splinter, wash away any dirt and maybe apply some ointment or a bandaid to protect the wound while it heals, and the symptom of pain will quickly go away. Why don't we address cancer in a similar manner? If we don't remove the cause and simply cut out or poison the cancer, the body will continue to react to that original cause! And now the body has the additional stress of invasive treatment to deal with as well. Maybe more cells will become cancerous, maybe you'll develop other symptoms.

 

Unfortunately even our modern medical system tends to focus primarily on symptomatic treatment rather than cause or prevention. And when it comes to cancer the newly diagnosed patient is told to get treatment YESTERDAY or they will die. There is no advice to seek a second opinion. There is definitely no recommendation to seek complimentary treatment from a natural therapist. There is no discussion about possible causes, let alone removal of these causes. There's not even any discussion about real options. Your only course of action is to undergo treatment immediately or die.

 

The truth is more people die from cancer treatment than the cancer itself. I'm not making that up. There are bucket loads of research available, even studies released by the Council Council itself that demonstrate how the treatment of cancer kills people. Your doctor may even tell you that one of the risks associated with treatment is that you possibly won't survive the offered treatment. It's not a secret - cancer treatment kills! So why aren't we looking at other ways to cure our cancer? Why aren't we looking for the causes of our cancer?

 

 

Cancer is the body's reaction to something causing it stress. Doctors tell us that cigarettes and exposure to the damaging rays of the sun cause cancer. There is no official acceptance of other factors that cause cancer. However, we have heard about lots of things that are classified as carcinogenic substances – various food additives, pollution, exposure to toxins, electromagnetic energy from our mobile phones and computers, stress. These things all make some sense to us. But the list is long. Taking responsibility for the causes of our cancer is big. It takes a lot of work and might involve changing our habits (making nutritious lunches for ourselves rather than relying on fast food), or giving up something we like doing (spending less time on our favourite mobile device), or getting out of our comfort zone (giving up that extra hour of sleep each morning to get in some exercise before work). So we look towards our doctors to fix us without having to do any work ourselves. Even if the treatment makes us sick, causes pain, makes us miserable, we still put all responsibility for our healing solely in the hands of our doctors. We do this even though we know the treatment options available are not particularly effective. Why do we choose the discomfort of possibly ineffective medical treatment that only address the symptoms of our dis-ease over the discomfort of possibly effective lifestyle changes which address the causes of our dis-ease? This is something we really need to think about and reconsider.

 

Let's start taking responsibility for our health now. Take responsibility before we develop symptoms of dis-ease. Take responsibility before we get a diagnosis of cancer. Or diabetes. Or heart disease. These are not conditions that randomly fall upon us. They are conditions that we bring upon ourselves. By the way, I've heard the argument that some people are genetically predisposed to developing these diseases and an eventual diagnosis of the disease is determined by luck. I believe this is a cop out and an excuse for doing the hard work of taking responsibility for our health. A predisposition for disease does not equal disease. It's up to us whether or not we manifest the disease.

 

Let's choose not to manifest cancer.  Let's choose health and wellness instead.  The choice is ours.

 

 

Wishing you health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

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Phew!  The last few months have been so busy!  We had the usual mixture of family and business to attend to but added to it we also had the addition of an extra person in the family and a new line of healing products in the shop.  

 

Our darling little girl is 4 months old now and I have absolutely no idea what happened to the time!  Our days have been full of falling in love over and over with baby Amarina.  We cannot get enough of her smiles, giggles and gurgles.  She is an absolute delight and we're so blessed to have her choose us as her family.

 

 

On the rare occasions when I've been able to pull myself away from Amarina, I've been working on my new herbal healing balms.  I'm so happy with how they've turned out.  They each work incredibly well.  At the moment I'm especially in love with the Organic Arthritis Aches and Pains Relief Balm.  Since giving birth to Amarina, I've been keen to get my body back into shape.  So for the past couple of months I've been diligently running with my sister-in-law 3 times a week.  This extra exercise has done wonders for my energy levels and my mood, as well as my fitness and weight loss.  However, over the past couple of weeks I've been noticing a lot of pain in my knees and especially my ankles while running and even throughout the following day!  I've never experienced this kind of pain before.  I'm not sure if it's due to the cooler weather, my advancing age ;-), or because the baby is sucking all the nutrients out of me!  Whatever it is, it was making running very uncomfortable and unenjoyable.  Finally it occurred to me to try out the Aches and Pains Relief Balm on myself.  I applied it to my ankles after my run when they were particularly hurting and you know what?  The effect was almost immediate!  The aching feeling completely disappeared!  So the next time I went for a run I applied the balm to my ankles and knees right before I set out and I barely noticed any pain during the run at all.  When I got home I applied the balm again and I felt no discomfort that night nor during the following day.  Like I said before, I am in love with this stuff!


Just don't forget to wash your hands afterwards ... it really burns if you inadvertently rub your eyes or mouth with it!

 

I would love for you to give it a try too and tell me about your experience.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February Recipes: New Baby Essentials

Posted by colette on Sunday, 17 February 2013 in Recipe of the Month

On the 18th January we welcomed our beautiful baby daughter into the world.

As parents who try to do things "au naturale" we keep away from all those baby products out there which are full of impossible-to-pronounce toxic, chemical ingredients, and instead I make my own creams, powders and lotions to keep our baby clean and rash-free.  I thought I'd share with you my favourite, can't-live-without recipes that really work.

 

Baby Powder

 

1/2 cup of arrowroot powder
15 drops of pure essential organic lavender oil

 

Step 1:  Put the ingredients in a ziploc bag and massage the oil through the powder until well combined.

Step 2:  Pour the powder into a container of your choice and let sit for a couple of days while the oil becomes well absorbed into the powder.

 

And you're done!  I rub this powder all over our little one's nappy area after every nappy change.  It smells lovely and seems to work wonderfully.

 

Nappy Rash Cream

 

1 cup of organic cacao butter
1/2 cup of organic coconut oil
1 tablespoon of beeswax
3 tablespoons of zinc oxide powder (I had a difficult time finding this, but eventually found a supplier on ebay)

 

Step 1:  In a double boiler, add the cacao butter, coconut oil and beeswax.  After a few minutes it will have melted.  

Step 2:  Remove from heat, add the zinc oxide powder and beat with an electric mixer for about 5 minutes to thicken it up and make it lovely, fluffy and creamy.

Step 3:  Scoop the cream into a jar and voila, you have a very effective, nasty-free nappy rash cream that smells lovely!

 

Baby Wipe Lotion

 

2 cups of water, boiled
2 organic chamomile tea bags
2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil 
5 drops of pure essential organic lavender oil
2-3 drops of organic tea tree oil

 

Step 1:  Allow chamomile tea bags to steep in hot water until cool.

Step 2:  Add coconut oil and essential oils.

 

We use this lotion by placing our baby wipes (cut up pieces of soft organic cotton) in a ziploc bag and pouring the lotion over them until they're saturated.  It works exactly the same way as the store bought baby wipes only without all the toxic, unnecessary chemicals.  After use we simply wash the wipe together with the nappy (we use cloth nappies) and re-use them. 

 

Preparing these lovely homemade baby products really takes no time at all.  And we know exactly what we're putting on our baby's delicate skin.  No harmful chemicals used here!  Instead we choose which natural, therapeutic ingredients we'd like to use and can adjust the amount of each ingredient we use depending on our baby's needs and on the weather (for example when it's really hot we may add more beeswax to keep the cream from melting).  I hope you'll give them a try too.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

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January Recipe: Refreshing Honey Lemonade

Posted by colette on Tuesday, 15 January 2013 in Recipe of the Month

 

It has been incredibly hot here in Brisbane.  Being 9 months pregnant is not helping either!  We've been spending a lot of time in the pool, at the library, visiting museums to take part in the various school holiday activities on offer and just about anything else we can think of that allows us to temporarily escape into air-conditioned bliss.  

 

We've also been drinking a LOT of water.  Usually we go through a 15L bottle of water about every 3 days.  These last couple of weeks have seen our family of 3 drink 15L a day!  Granted, hubby, who works outside, has been been the biggest consumer, but the little one and I are rarely seen without a bottle of water to our lips.  

 

We always add a pinch of himalayan salt to our water for the added minerals to help with absorption and prevent dehydration, but even so sometimes water just doesn't hit the spot.  When it's particularly hot I tend to crave something sweeter than plain water.  We never drink soft drinks or fruit drinks, of course, but we do sometimes indulge in fresh juices that we make ourselves.  The other day we wanted to try something different so we decided to make lemonade.  If you're used to regular sugar-laden lemonade this will taste a bit different.  But I think you will quickly get used to it.  We loved it.

 

 

Ingredients

 

6 organic lemons

4 cups water

2 cups of warm water

1/3 cup of raw honey

a couple of sprigs of fresh organic mint

lots of ice

 

 

Method

 

 

Juice the lemons and pour, pulp and all (we love the pulp) into a large serving jug.

Add 4 cups of water to the jug.

Heat 2 cups of water until warm and stir in the honey until it dissolves.  I simply used the kettle to heat the water until it was almost too hot to touch.  Do not boil the water as the heat from hot water will damage the wonderful healthful enzymes in the honey.

Add the honey flavoured water to the jug and stir.

Throw in some mint and ice.

Chill in the fridge.

Before serving slice the remaining lemon and place in the jug.  The lovely green mint together with the lemon slices make a lovely garnish to this yummy refreshing summertime drink.

 

 

I hope you enjoy it.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

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I love Christmas time.  Especially when seeing the magic through the innocent eyes of a little one.   Our 3 year old is entranced by all the mystery and excitment of Christmas.  We read lots of Christmas stories, make decorations, take part in all sorts of Christmas activities happening around our city, and do a bit of Christmas baking.  Unfortunately Christmas time for many children is another excuse to overindulge in junk food.  Being a health conscious family, we avoid the junk food as much as possible and on special occasions when colourful sweet treats are expected, we substitute the unhealthy ingredients with more natural options.  Seeing gingerbread men seemingly everywhere we turn lately, Mr 3 year old had been asking for his own gingerbread man for weeks.  So I came up with a recipe that I think tastes just like your traditional gingerbread but without all the sugary, refined, chemical-laden, nutrient-empty ingredients you'll find in the gingerbread men biscuits in the supermarket or coffee shop.  Actually, I think this gingerbread tastes even better!

 

 

 

Wholesome Gingerbread Men


Ingredients


Gingerbread

125g butter (at room temperature)

1/2 cup xylitol

1/2 cup honey

2 1/2 cups plain flour (we used an organic gluten free flour blend)

1 tbsp ground organic ginger

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (aluminium free)

1 organic egg yolk

 

Icing

1 organic egg white

3/4 cup xylitol

 

Method

Preheat oven to 180C.  Line 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper.

In a large mixing bowl, mix butter and xylitol until pale and creamy.  Add egg yolk and honey and mix until combined.

Stir in flour, spices and bicarbonate of soda.

Turn onto a lightly flour surface and knead until smooth.

Press dough into a disc, cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to rest.

In a clean, dry bowl beat egg white until soft peaks form

Gradually add xylitol and beat until hard peaks form.  Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate.

Once dough has rested, place dough between two sheets of baking powder and roll out until about 1/2 cm thick.  

Cut out shapes.  Place on trays approximately 3cm apart.

Bake in oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly brown.  Remove from oven and transfer to rack to cool.

Pipe icing over gingerbread shapes to decorate.  The icing also acts as a 'glue' to stick on lolly buttons or licorice smiles.  Let the kids go wild with their creative imagination.

 

 

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October Recipe: Wholesome Carrot Cake

Posted by colette on Thursday, 25 October 2012 in Recipe of the Month

 

 

This Carrot Cake recipe would have to be one of favourite wholesome indulges.  It has taken a bit of experimentation to substitute the typical less-healthy ingredients with healthier options and still have a sweet, moist cake, but to my family's tastes it's perfectly YUM. 

 

The most important trick to making a healthy, wholesome cake is to ensure that all ingredients are fresh, whole and raw.  Basically my principle is to stick as close to nature as possible.  For example, I always use organic ingredients, locally produced where possible to ensure freshness and optimal nutritional value.  We grow what we can in our limited space and we shop for the rest at our local organic farmers' market.  Eggs we grow ourselves thanks to our fat, happy chooks who have the entire 3/4 acres of the backyard to graze (and destroy!). 

 

The next thing to consider is substitution of oils and sugars for healthier options.  In this recipe I use coconut oil (of course) instead of margarine or vegetable oil typically used in similar recipes.  And instead of sugar I use our delicious raw homegrown honey.  Unfortunately, when heated, raw honey does lose most of it's health-giving enzymes and nutrients, but in saying that it is still a healthier option than regular sugar.

 

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do (even out of the bowl!).

 

 

Wholesome Sugar-Free Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

 

 

Ingredients 

2 cups (300g) organic, gluten-free self-raising flour

1 1/2 cups (225g) organic, gluten-free plain flour

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (be sure to look for aluminium-free.  I use McKenzie's)

2 tsps cinnamon

2 tsps ground nutmeg

1/2 cup raw organic honey

3 1/2 cups coarsely grated organic carrots

100g raw walnuts, roughly chopped

1 1/4 cups (310mls) coconut oil

5 organic eggs, lightly beaten

300g sour cream

2 tsp vanilla extract

 

Cream Cheese Icing

250g cream cheese, softened

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 1/2 cups (250g) xylitol*

 

Method

Preheat oven to 180 C.  Grease and line a 25cm round cake pan with baking paper.

Sift flours, bicarb soda and spices into a large bowl.  Add grated carrot and walnuts and stir to combine.

In a separate bowl, whisk oil, eggs, sour cream, honey and vanilla until smooth.

Add to dry ingredients and stir until just combined.  

Pour into pan, smoothing the top with a spatula.  Bake in the oven for approximately 1 1/2 hours or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Stand for 20 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool.

 

For the icing, beat the cream cheese using electric beaters until smooth.  Add vanilla and beat well.  Gradually add xylitol, beating until smooth and creamy.  

Spread icing onto the cake however your artistic talent dictates.  I like to split the cake into two layers.  Then I spread the bottom layer with half the icing, add the second layer, and smother the remaining icing all over the top!

 

Make a cuppa, cut a large slice, sit down, relax and enjoy!

  

* A note on xylitol.  Xylitol is a healthier substitute for sugar.  It's found naturally in many fruits and vegetables like plums and corn and it's even produced in our own bodies!  Xylitol is as sweet as sugar but contains 40% less kilojoules, virtually zero carbohydrate content and a very low GI which makes it a good option for those with diabetes.  And because it's metabolised slowly by the body, it doesn't cause the "sugar rush" that you may experience with other sugary products and therefore also doesn't result in the subsequent drop in blood sugar and a craving for more sweetness later.  

 

Best of all ... we'll be selling xylitol in our online shop very soon.  So watch this space.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

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Eggshells - My Secret Ingredient

Posted by colette on Monday, 15 October 2012 in Uncategorized

 

It's been a very busy and frustrating couple of months.  When it comes to getting things into my shop Murphy's Law has been exerting it's influence much too regularly for my liking.  It seems that despite every step I take in the forwards direction, I still end up two steps behind where I started.  Somehow I am progressing though.  The new container load of lovely fresh Organic Virgin Coconut Oil arrived safe and sound from Fiji.  The bees continue to do their work and we have lots of delicious Raw Australian Honey ready for sale.  And my perfected Whipped Coconut Body Butter has survived the tough test of a few stinking hot days by not melting and maintaining its deliciously luxuriously gorgeous texture!  Mmmm I'm so in love with that stuff.

 

However, sourcing a certain ingredient for our Remineralizing Toothpaste has been challenging.  I have not been able to find a calcium and mineral powder that I'm completely satisfied with.  So many of the powders tend to be poor quality, GMO, do not contain adequate ratios of the desired minerals, or are simply ridiculously expensive.  I was stumped.  Then one morning, as I wandered out to the backyard to collect the eggs from our hens, an idea popped into my mind!  Eggshells!  I could use organic eggshells!  Genius!  Afterall, a single medium-sized eggshell contains about 800mg of readily absorbable calcium as well as about 27 other essential elements such as magnesium, boron, iron, copper, manganese, zinc, molybdenum, etc.  Perfect!

 

 

 

Also, unlike the calcium found in your typical store-bought dairy foods like milk and cheese which isn't readily bio-available, the calcium from eggshells is about 90 percent absorbable by our bones AND the composition of eggshells if remarkably similar to our bones and teeth!

 

I don't think you can get better than that!  So there you have it, organic eggshells, my (not so) secret ingredient to our all-natural Remineralizing Toothpaste   

 

Coming very soon!

 

In health and wellness, 

 

 

Colette

   

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September Recipe: Wholesome Banana Muffins

Posted by colette on Monday, 24 September 2012 in Uncategorized

Today is officially the first day of school holidays and even though my little one is not yet school aged I've heard his whine of "I'm bored" enough to understand how difficult it can be to keep children entertained at home.

 

Meal planning, preparation and cooking is something that even the littlest people love to help us with.  And what a great opportunity to teach children about healthy food!  "Helping" in our kitchen usually involves about as much nibbling as it does actually cooking!  So I try to vary what we cook to including lots of different kinds of healthy foods.  

 

Today we decided to make something yummy, wholesome and easy to prepare for morning tea.  The little lad insisted we make something with the bananas ripening on our tree outside, so we settled on banana muffins.  Not only is this recipe quick and simple - great for little helpers - it's wholesome and yummy too!  

 

Note: we use organic ingredients where possible and always substitute very healthful coconut oil for the very unhealthful vegetable oil typically used in similar recipes.

 

Wholesome Banana Muffins

2 large ripe bananas (or 3 small bananas), chopped
1 organic red apple cored, peeled (optional), and chopped
2 organic, free range eggs, lightly beaten
1 tbs organic coconut oil 
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup rapadura (a considerably more nutritious substitute for sugar) or 1/3 cup of organic raw sugar
1 cup organic self-raising flour (we use gluten-free)
1 cup organic plain flour (we use gluten-free)
1/2 cup organic raw milk

 

Preheat oven to 180C.
This recipe is so kid-friendly that you can actually just throw the whole lot into your mixer together.  
Mix gently until combined.
Spoon into greased muffin trays.  

 

This recipe makes 12 mini muffins and 12 regular muffins.

Serve warm, alone, with butter, or with a dollop of crème Fraiche (or sour cream) and sliced banana.  

Enjoy!

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

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All-Natural Coconut Oil Toothpaste COMING SOON!

Posted by colette on Tuesday, 04 September 2012 in Uncategorized

  

 

As I finalise the tweaking of my coconut oil toothpaste recipe to perfection, you might be interested in reading some of the news articles that have been released in the last couple of days in regard to the many benefits of coconut oil to dental health.

 

Trade your Toothpaste of Coconut Oil - September 4, 2012

Coconut Oil Attacks Tooth Decay - September 4, 2012

Coconut Oil Hailed as "Miracle" Dental Breakthrough - September 3, 2012

Coconut Oil: Tooth Decay's New Enemy - September 3, 2012

 

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

 

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Whipped Coconut Body Butter COMING SOON!

Posted by colette on Friday, 24 August 2012 in Uncategorized

I'm so excited!  It's on it's way!  In just a couple of short weeks our fresh-from-the-coconut-trees shipment of organic coconut oil will be arriving from the unpolluted islands of the South Pacific.  

 

 

As soon as I get my hands on it I'll be whipping up a storm.  First on my list is some decadent Whipped Coconut Body Butter which you'll be able to order right here.  If you love silky smooth skin without the risk of nasty chemicals found in your usual moisturisers, then my Whipped Coconut Body Butter is for you.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

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Is Coconut Oil REALLY healthy?

Posted by colette on Friday, 17 August 2012 in Uncategorized

You may be wondering how coconut oil can be healthy when it is actually made up of 90% saturated fat.  For how long have we been told by our doctors and the media that we should avoid saturated fat at all costs?  "Saturated fat clogs arteries!"  "Saturated fat causes heart disease!"  Sound familiar?  There's just one problem... No one's ever proved it! 

 

In fact, it's not saturated fat that's damaging to your health, it's the trans-fats found in hydrogenated oil that are deadly dangerous.

 

In this video, natural health physician and Mercola.com founder Dr. Joseph Mercola discusses the truth about the many health benefits of coconut oil and why it is better than vegetable oil or any other cooking oil.

 

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

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Welcome to Passionately Vital

Posted by colette on Tuesday, 07 August 2012 in Uncategorized

Hello and welcome!

Finally, our new and improved website is here.  Yay!  I think it looks really nice, don't you?

 

I wanted it to be pleasing to the eye, easy to navigate with useful information, and no junk to wade through.  So far, I think it does all of that pretty well.

 

Over time I plan to add more and more interesting and useful health-related articles and videos for you to enjoy.  For now though, you can still find some important information about coconut oil, some of it's many many uses, and health benefits.

 

Coming very soon to the online shop will be some of my favourite homemade health and beauty products to nourish and protect your body.  You can look forward to my delicious, triple-whipped, all natural, organic coconut moisturising body butter.  Mmmmm!  I love love love this stuff.  There'll also be my all-natural, whitening and re-mineralising toothpaste.  Another "can't live without" product in our home.  And that's not all!  So keep checking back for more healthful, homemade products your body will love.

 

In the meantime, we have our best-selling organic coconut oil available.  Remember, not only is coconut oil the healthiest oil to use in your cooking and baking, it can also help you to lose weight!

 

Thank you so much to Mack, from Plan B Design Studio, for putting the site together for me.

 

Now to get back into the kitchen to whip up some more body butter ...

 

In health and wellness,
Colette

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A Big Reveal and a Big Competition!

Posted by colette on Friday, 29 August 2014 in Uncategorized

For the past few weeks I've been working on something very exciting and I'm finally ready to make the reveal!

 

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I'm extremely excited to announce the opening of 

 

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Thank you for the heart-felt round of applause.  I really appreciate it :D

 

Starting in September I will be opening my (virtual) doors to you revealing a shop jam-packed with all your favourite organic products at easily affordable prices.  

 

(For the time being, this Community Buyers' Group is only open to residents of Brisbane and Logan in Queensland, Australia)

 

As a natural health business I have access to numerous suppliers offering a wide variety of products at substantially reduced prices when I buy in bulk.  For a long time I've been thinking about how best to pass these savings on to you, my loyal customers.  Well, here it is!

 

Every month on my Facebook page, I'll upload a comprehensive monthly "shopping list" for you to download.  At your leisure you make yourself a lovely cup of tea, curl up on the lounge and mark off your selections before returning the form to me by the due date.  I will then get to work placing your orders, collecting your goodies and packing your boxes ready for you to pick up at a set time at the end of the month.  I even offer delivery (a fee and conditions apply).  

 

This is a great way to avoid the supermarket chains and expensive health food stores and save a lot of money.  You can expect savings of up to 80% off recommended retail prices. The list of products I have available is  comprehensive and if you notice a favourite product is missing from the list, chances are that I'll be able to source it for you.

 

Here are the types of products I have available:

 

·    organic superfoods

·    organic teas & coffee

·    organic treats & snack foods

·    organic household items

·    organic personal care products & cosmetics

·    homoeopathics & essential oils

·    utensils & equipment

 

And these are just a tiny few of the brands I have available:

 

·    A’Kin

·    Al’chemy

·    Australian Native Botanicals

·    Baby Organics

·    Biologika

·    Bragg

·    Burt’s Bees

·    Cheeki

·    Dr Organics

·    Eco Child

·    Gaia

·    Kin Kin

·        Nature’s Child

·        Planet Organic

·        Pure Food Essentials

·        TOM Organics

·        Wotnot

·        Uniquely Organic

 

How great is that!

 

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Now, since Father's Day is only a week away I thought I'd give you even more of an incentive to sign up.  Every person who signs up to our Community Buyers' Organic Health Shop will receive an entry into our Father's Day Organic Essentials Gift Pack valued at over $100*.  (*unfortunately this competition is only open to residents of Brisbane and Logan in Queensland, Australia).  Here's what it includes:

 

* $50 gift certificate to be spent on your first Community Buyers' Organic Health Shop order

* 700ml jar of organic virgin coconut oil

* 700g raw local honey

* organic moisturising shaving cream

* organic all-natural deodorant

* organic re-mineralising toothpaste

* organic lip balm

* organic all-purpose herbal healing balm

 


How to Enter (How to sign up):

 

1. like our Facebook page (in order to download order form)

 

2. comment on this post with your email address (so I can contact you when you win)

 

3. share this post on Facebook (because sharing good things feels good)

 

Good luck! 

 

 

Wishing you health and wellness,

 

 

 

 

 

Colette

 

 

 

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Cancer is Curable!

Posted by colette on Saturday, 16 August 2014 in Uncategorized

I'm upset. I'm frustrated. My heart is pounding and I can hardly sit still because I want to do something about this but don't know what I can do. I want to pick up the world and shake some sense into it!

 

In the past couple of weeks I've had three up close and personal experiences with cancer. One relative and one friend diagnosed with cancer and one relative died after being diagnosed with cancer.

 

It's not that these people “got” cancer that really upsets me (although it's never a time for celebration when the body shows symptoms of dis-ease), it's what happened after their diagnoses that really eats at me.

 

You see, cancer is curable. Being told you have cancer does not have to be a death sentence. Cancer is not a mysterious or complicated disease. You can cure cancer yourself without allopathic medical treatment. You really can! It's just that we have been conditioned to be scared of cancer. We're so scared of cancer, we don't even want to understand it. We know so many people who have died after finding out they had cancer and we know even more people who have suffered through cancer treatments. The average person knows nothing about what cancer actually is. All we know is that some people get cancer, they go to the doctor, they have surgery and/or medicine and they either live or die. When it comes to cancer, our expiry date depends on the Gods (or our doctors, which for many people are interchangeable terms...). We do not know, do not consider, or do not take self-responsibility for, what caused our cancer in the first place. As with everything affecting the body, if we do not remove or at least acknowledge the cause of the cancer, we cannot effectively deal with it. If you finger is hurting because you've got a splinter stuck in it, you don't just take an asprin and get on with your day. No. You remove the splinter, wash away any dirt and maybe apply some ointment or a bandaid to protect the wound while it heals, and the symptom of pain will quickly go away. Why don't we address cancer in a similar manner? If we don't remove the cause and simply cut out or poison the cancer, the body will continue to react to that original cause! And now the body has the additional stress of invasive treatment to deal with as well. Maybe more cells will become cancerous, maybe you'll develop other symptoms.

 

Unfortunately even our modern medical system tends to focus primarily on symptomatic treatment rather than cause or prevention. And when it comes to cancer the newly diagnosed patient is told to get treatment YESTERDAY or they will die. There is no advice to seek a second opinion. There is definitely no recommendation to seek complimentary treatment from a natural therapist. There is no discussion about possible causes, let alone removal of these causes. There's not even any discussion about real options. Your only course of action is to undergo treatment immediately or die.

 

The truth is more people die from cancer treatment than the cancer itself. I'm not making that up. There are bucket loads of research available, even studies released by the Council Council itself that demonstrate how the treatment of cancer kills people. Your doctor may even tell you that one of the risks associated with treatment is that you possibly won't survive the offered treatment. It's not a secret - cancer treatment kills! So why aren't we looking at other ways to cure our cancer? Why aren't we looking for the causes of our cancer?

 

 

Cancer is the body's reaction to something causing it stress. Doctors tell us that cigarettes and exposure to the damaging rays of the sun cause cancer. There is no official acceptance of other factors that cause cancer. However, we have heard about lots of things that are classified as carcinogenic substances – various food additives, pollution, exposure to toxins, electromagnetic energy from our mobile phones and computers, stress. These things all make some sense to us. But the list is long. Taking responsibility for the causes of our cancer is big. It takes a lot of work and might involve changing our habits (making nutritious lunches for ourselves rather than relying on fast food), or giving up something we like doing (spending less time on our favourite mobile device), or getting out of our comfort zone (giving up that extra hour of sleep each morning to get in some exercise before work). So we look towards our doctors to fix us without having to do any work ourselves. Even if the treatment makes us sick, causes pain, makes us miserable, we still put all responsibility for our healing solely in the hands of our doctors. We do this even though we know the treatment options available are not particularly effective. Why do we choose the discomfort of possibly ineffective medical treatment that only address the symptoms of our dis-ease over the discomfort of possibly effective lifestyle changes which address the causes of our dis-ease? This is something we really need to think about and reconsider.

 

Let's start taking responsibility for our health now. Take responsibility before we develop symptoms of dis-ease. Take responsibility before we get a diagnosis of cancer. Or diabetes. Or heart disease. These are not conditions that randomly fall upon us. They are conditions that we bring upon ourselves. By the way, I've heard the argument that some people are genetically predisposed to developing these diseases and an eventual diagnosis of the disease is determined by luck. I believe this is a cop out and an excuse for doing the hard work of taking responsibility for our health. A predisposition for disease does not equal disease. It's up to us whether or not we manifest the disease.

 

Let's choose not to manifest cancer.  Let's choose health and wellness instead.  The choice is ours.

 

 

Wishing you health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

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Phew!  The last few months have been so busy!  We had the usual mixture of family and business to attend to but added to it we also had the addition of an extra person in the family and a new line of healing products in the shop.  

 

Our darling little girl is 4 months old now and I have absolutely no idea what happened to the time!  Our days have been full of falling in love over and over with baby Amarina.  We cannot get enough of her smiles, giggles and gurgles.  She is an absolute delight and we're so blessed to have her choose us as her family.

 

 

On the rare occasions when I've been able to pull myself away from Amarina, I've been working on my new herbal healing balms.  I'm so happy with how they've turned out.  They each work incredibly well.  At the moment I'm especially in love with the Organic Arthritis Aches and Pains Relief Balm.  Since giving birth to Amarina, I've been keen to get my body back into shape.  So for the past couple of months I've been diligently running with my sister-in-law 3 times a week.  This extra exercise has done wonders for my energy levels and my mood, as well as my fitness and weight loss.  However, over the past couple of weeks I've been noticing a lot of pain in my knees and especially my ankles while running and even throughout the following day!  I've never experienced this kind of pain before.  I'm not sure if it's due to the cooler weather, my advancing age ;-), or because the baby is sucking all the nutrients out of me!  Whatever it is, it was making running very uncomfortable and unenjoyable.  Finally it occurred to me to try out the Aches and Pains Relief Balm on myself.  I applied it to my ankles after my run when they were particularly hurting and you know what?  The effect was almost immediate!  The aching feeling completely disappeared!  So the next time I went for a run I applied the balm to my ankles and knees right before I set out and I barely noticed any pain during the run at all.  When I got home I applied the balm again and I felt no discomfort that night nor during the following day.  Like I said before, I am in love with this stuff!


Just don't forget to wash your hands afterwards ... it really burns if you inadvertently rub your eyes or mouth with it!

 

I would love for you to give it a try too and tell me about your experience.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February Recipes: New Baby Essentials

Posted by colette on Sunday, 17 February 2013 in Recipe of the Month

On the 18th January we welcomed our beautiful baby daughter into the world.

As parents who try to do things "au naturale" we keep away from all those baby products out there which are full of impossible-to-pronounce toxic, chemical ingredients, and instead I make my own creams, powders and lotions to keep our baby clean and rash-free.  I thought I'd share with you my favourite, can't-live-without recipes that really work.

 

Baby Powder

 

1/2 cup of arrowroot powder
15 drops of pure essential organic lavender oil

 

Step 1:  Put the ingredients in a ziploc bag and massage the oil through the powder until well combined.

Step 2:  Pour the powder into a container of your choice and let sit for a couple of days while the oil becomes well absorbed into the powder.

 

And you're done!  I rub this powder all over our little one's nappy area after every nappy change.  It smells lovely and seems to work wonderfully.

 

Nappy Rash Cream

 

1 cup of organic cacao butter
1/2 cup of organic coconut oil
1 tablespoon of beeswax
3 tablespoons of zinc oxide powder (I had a difficult time finding this, but eventually found a supplier on ebay)

 

Step 1:  In a double boiler, add the cacao butter, coconut oil and beeswax.  After a few minutes it will have melted.  

Step 2:  Remove from heat, add the zinc oxide powder and beat with an electric mixer for about 5 minutes to thicken it up and make it lovely, fluffy and creamy.

Step 3:  Scoop the cream into a jar and voila, you have a very effective, nasty-free nappy rash cream that smells lovely!

 

Baby Wipe Lotion

 

2 cups of water, boiled
2 organic chamomile tea bags
2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil 
5 drops of pure essential organic lavender oil
2-3 drops of organic tea tree oil

 

Step 1:  Allow chamomile tea bags to steep in hot water until cool.

Step 2:  Add coconut oil and essential oils.

 

We use this lotion by placing our baby wipes (cut up pieces of soft organic cotton) in a ziploc bag and pouring the lotion over them until they're saturated.  It works exactly the same way as the store bought baby wipes only without all the toxic, unnecessary chemicals.  After use we simply wash the wipe together with the nappy (we use cloth nappies) and re-use them. 

 

Preparing these lovely homemade baby products really takes no time at all.  And we know exactly what we're putting on our baby's delicate skin.  No harmful chemicals used here!  Instead we choose which natural, therapeutic ingredients we'd like to use and can adjust the amount of each ingredient we use depending on our baby's needs and on the weather (for example when it's really hot we may add more beeswax to keep the cream from melting).  I hope you'll give them a try too.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

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January Recipe: Refreshing Honey Lemonade

Posted by colette on Tuesday, 15 January 2013 in Recipe of the Month

 

It has been incredibly hot here in Brisbane.  Being 9 months pregnant is not helping either!  We've been spending a lot of time in the pool, at the library, visiting museums to take part in the various school holiday activities on offer and just about anything else we can think of that allows us to temporarily escape into air-conditioned bliss.  

 

We've also been drinking a LOT of water.  Usually we go through a 15L bottle of water about every 3 days.  These last couple of weeks have seen our family of 3 drink 15L a day!  Granted, hubby, who works outside, has been been the biggest consumer, but the little one and I are rarely seen without a bottle of water to our lips.  

 

We always add a pinch of himalayan salt to our water for the added minerals to help with absorption and prevent dehydration, but even so sometimes water just doesn't hit the spot.  When it's particularly hot I tend to crave something sweeter than plain water.  We never drink soft drinks or fruit drinks, of course, but we do sometimes indulge in fresh juices that we make ourselves.  The other day we wanted to try something different so we decided to make lemonade.  If you're used to regular sugar-laden lemonade this will taste a bit different.  But I think you will quickly get used to it.  We loved it.

 

 

Ingredients

 

6 organic lemons

4 cups water

2 cups of warm water

1/3 cup of raw honey

a couple of sprigs of fresh organic mint

lots of ice

 

 

Method

 

 

Juice the lemons and pour, pulp and all (we love the pulp) into a large serving jug.

Add 4 cups of water to the jug.

Heat 2 cups of water until warm and stir in the honey until it dissolves.  I simply used the kettle to heat the water until it was almost too hot to touch.  Do not boil the water as the heat from hot water will damage the wonderful healthful enzymes in the honey.

Add the honey flavoured water to the jug and stir.

Throw in some mint and ice.

Chill in the fridge.

Before serving slice the remaining lemon and place in the jug.  The lovely green mint together with the lemon slices make a lovely garnish to this yummy refreshing summertime drink.

 

 

I hope you enjoy it.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

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I love Christmas time.  Especially when seeing the magic through the innocent eyes of a little one.   Our 3 year old is entranced by all the mystery and excitment of Christmas.  We read lots of Christmas stories, make decorations, take part in all sorts of Christmas activities happening around our city, and do a bit of Christmas baking.  Unfortunately Christmas time for many children is another excuse to overindulge in junk food.  Being a health conscious family, we avoid the junk food as much as possible and on special occasions when colourful sweet treats are expected, we substitute the unhealthy ingredients with more natural options.  Seeing gingerbread men seemingly everywhere we turn lately, Mr 3 year old had been asking for his own gingerbread man for weeks.  So I came up with a recipe that I think tastes just like your traditional gingerbread but without all the sugary, refined, chemical-laden, nutrient-empty ingredients you'll find in the gingerbread men biscuits in the supermarket or coffee shop.  Actually, I think this gingerbread tastes even better!

 

 

 

Wholesome Gingerbread Men


Ingredients


Gingerbread

125g butter (at room temperature)

1/2 cup xylitol

1/2 cup honey

2 1/2 cups plain flour (we used an organic gluten free flour blend)

1 tbsp ground organic ginger

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (aluminium free)

1 organic egg yolk

 

Icing

1 organic egg white

3/4 cup xylitol

 

Method

Preheat oven to 180C.  Line 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper.

In a large mixing bowl, mix butter and xylitol until pale and creamy.  Add egg yolk and honey and mix until combined.

Stir in flour, spices and bicarbonate of soda.

Turn onto a lightly flour surface and knead until smooth.

Press dough into a disc, cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to rest.

In a clean, dry bowl beat egg white until soft peaks form

Gradually add xylitol and beat until hard peaks form.  Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate.

Once dough has rested, place dough between two sheets of baking powder and roll out until about 1/2 cm thick.  

Cut out shapes.  Place on trays approximately 3cm apart.

Bake in oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly brown.  Remove from oven and transfer to rack to cool.

Pipe icing over gingerbread shapes to decorate.  The icing also acts as a 'glue' to stick on lolly buttons or licorice smiles.  Let the kids go wild with their creative imagination.

 

 

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October Recipe: Wholesome Carrot Cake

Posted by colette on Thursday, 25 October 2012 in Recipe of the Month

 

 

This Carrot Cake recipe would have to be one of favourite wholesome indulges.  It has taken a bit of experimentation to substitute the typical less-healthy ingredients with healthier options and still have a sweet, moist cake, but to my family's tastes it's perfectly YUM. 

 

The most important trick to making a healthy, wholesome cake is to ensure that all ingredients are fresh, whole and raw.  Basically my principle is to stick as close to nature as possible.  For example, I always use organic ingredients, locally produced where possible to ensure freshness and optimal nutritional value.  We grow what we can in our limited space and we shop for the rest at our local organic farmers' market.  Eggs we grow ourselves thanks to our fat, happy chooks who have the entire 3/4 acres of the backyard to graze (and destroy!). 

 

The next thing to consider is substitution of oils and sugars for healthier options.  In this recipe I use coconut oil (of course) instead of margarine or vegetable oil typically used in similar recipes.  And instead of sugar I use our delicious raw homegrown honey.  Unfortunately, when heated, raw honey does lose most of it's health-giving enzymes and nutrients, but in saying that it is still a healthier option than regular sugar.

 

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do (even out of the bowl!).

 

 

Wholesome Sugar-Free Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

 

 

Ingredients 

2 cups (300g) organic, gluten-free self-raising flour

1 1/2 cups (225g) organic, gluten-free plain flour

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (be sure to look for aluminium-free.  I use McKenzie's)

2 tsps cinnamon

2 tsps ground nutmeg

1/2 cup raw organic honey

3 1/2 cups coarsely grated organic carrots

100g raw walnuts, roughly chopped

1 1/4 cups (310mls) coconut oil

5 organic eggs, lightly beaten

300g sour cream

2 tsp vanilla extract

 

Cream Cheese Icing

250g cream cheese, softened

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 1/2 cups (250g) xylitol*

 

Method

Preheat oven to 180 C.  Grease and line a 25cm round cake pan with baking paper.

Sift flours, bicarb soda and spices into a large bowl.  Add grated carrot and walnuts and stir to combine.

In a separate bowl, whisk oil, eggs, sour cream, honey and vanilla until smooth.

Add to dry ingredients and stir until just combined.  

Pour into pan, smoothing the top with a spatula.  Bake in the oven for approximately 1 1/2 hours or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Stand for 20 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool.

 

For the icing, beat the cream cheese using electric beaters until smooth.  Add vanilla and beat well.  Gradually add xylitol, beating until smooth and creamy.  

Spread icing onto the cake however your artistic talent dictates.  I like to split the cake into two layers.  Then I spread the bottom layer with half the icing, add the second layer, and smother the remaining icing all over the top!

 

Make a cuppa, cut a large slice, sit down, relax and enjoy!

  

* A note on xylitol.  Xylitol is a healthier substitute for sugar.  It's found naturally in many fruits and vegetables like plums and corn and it's even produced in our own bodies!  Xylitol is as sweet as sugar but contains 40% less kilojoules, virtually zero carbohydrate content and a very low GI which makes it a good option for those with diabetes.  And because it's metabolised slowly by the body, it doesn't cause the "sugar rush" that you may experience with other sugary products and therefore also doesn't result in the subsequent drop in blood sugar and a craving for more sweetness later.  

 

Best of all ... we'll be selling xylitol in our online shop very soon.  So watch this space.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

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Eggshells - My Secret Ingredient

Posted by colette on Monday, 15 October 2012 in Uncategorized

 

It's been a very busy and frustrating couple of months.  When it comes to getting things into my shop Murphy's Law has been exerting it's influence much too regularly for my liking.  It seems that despite every step I take in the forwards direction, I still end up two steps behind where I started.  Somehow I am progressing though.  The new container load of lovely fresh Organic Virgin Coconut Oil arrived safe and sound from Fiji.  The bees continue to do their work and we have lots of delicious Raw Australian Honey ready for sale.  And my perfected Whipped Coconut Body Butter has survived the tough test of a few stinking hot days by not melting and maintaining its deliciously luxuriously gorgeous texture!  Mmmm I'm so in love with that stuff.

 

However, sourcing a certain ingredient for our Remineralizing Toothpaste has been challenging.  I have not been able to find a calcium and mineral powder that I'm completely satisfied with.  So many of the powders tend to be poor quality, GMO, do not contain adequate ratios of the desired minerals, or are simply ridiculously expensive.  I was stumped.  Then one morning, as I wandered out to the backyard to collect the eggs from our hens, an idea popped into my mind!  Eggshells!  I could use organic eggshells!  Genius!  Afterall, a single medium-sized eggshell contains about 800mg of readily absorbable calcium as well as about 27 other essential elements such as magnesium, boron, iron, copper, manganese, zinc, molybdenum, etc.  Perfect!

 

 

 

Also, unlike the calcium found in your typical store-bought dairy foods like milk and cheese which isn't readily bio-available, the calcium from eggshells is about 90 percent absorbable by our bones AND the composition of eggshells if remarkably similar to our bones and teeth!

 

I don't think you can get better than that!  So there you have it, organic eggshells, my (not so) secret ingredient to our all-natural Remineralizing Toothpaste   

 

Coming very soon!

 

In health and wellness, 

 

 

Colette

   

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September Recipe: Wholesome Banana Muffins

Posted by colette on Monday, 24 September 2012 in Uncategorized

Today is officially the first day of school holidays and even though my little one is not yet school aged I've heard his whine of "I'm bored" enough to understand how difficult it can be to keep children entertained at home.

 

Meal planning, preparation and cooking is something that even the littlest people love to help us with.  And what a great opportunity to teach children about healthy food!  "Helping" in our kitchen usually involves about as much nibbling as it does actually cooking!  So I try to vary what we cook to including lots of different kinds of healthy foods.  

 

Today we decided to make something yummy, wholesome and easy to prepare for morning tea.  The little lad insisted we make something with the bananas ripening on our tree outside, so we settled on banana muffins.  Not only is this recipe quick and simple - great for little helpers - it's wholesome and yummy too!  

 

Note: we use organic ingredients where possible and always substitute very healthful coconut oil for the very unhealthful vegetable oil typically used in similar recipes.

 

Wholesome Banana Muffins

2 large ripe bananas (or 3 small bananas), chopped
1 organic red apple cored, peeled (optional), and chopped
2 organic, free range eggs, lightly beaten
1 tbs organic coconut oil 
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup rapadura (a considerably more nutritious substitute for sugar) or 1/3 cup of organic raw sugar
1 cup organic self-raising flour (we use gluten-free)
1 cup organic plain flour (we use gluten-free)
1/2 cup organic raw milk

 

Preheat oven to 180C.
This recipe is so kid-friendly that you can actually just throw the whole lot into your mixer together.  
Mix gently until combined.
Spoon into greased muffin trays.  

 

This recipe makes 12 mini muffins and 12 regular muffins.

Serve warm, alone, with butter, or with a dollop of crème Fraiche (or sour cream) and sliced banana.  

Enjoy!

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

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All-Natural Coconut Oil Toothpaste COMING SOON!

Posted by colette on Tuesday, 04 September 2012 in Uncategorized

  

 

As I finalise the tweaking of my coconut oil toothpaste recipe to perfection, you might be interested in reading some of the news articles that have been released in the last couple of days in regard to the many benefits of coconut oil to dental health.

 

Trade your Toothpaste of Coconut Oil - September 4, 2012

Coconut Oil Attacks Tooth Decay - September 4, 2012

Coconut Oil Hailed as "Miracle" Dental Breakthrough - September 3, 2012

Coconut Oil: Tooth Decay's New Enemy - September 3, 2012

 

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

 

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Whipped Coconut Body Butter COMING SOON!

Posted by colette on Friday, 24 August 2012 in Uncategorized

I'm so excited!  It's on it's way!  In just a couple of short weeks our fresh-from-the-coconut-trees shipment of organic coconut oil will be arriving from the unpolluted islands of the South Pacific.  

 

 

As soon as I get my hands on it I'll be whipping up a storm.  First on my list is some decadent Whipped Coconut Body Butter which you'll be able to order right here.  If you love silky smooth skin without the risk of nasty chemicals found in your usual moisturisers, then my Whipped Coconut Body Butter is for you.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

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Is Coconut Oil REALLY healthy?

Posted by colette on Friday, 17 August 2012 in Uncategorized

You may be wondering how coconut oil can be healthy when it is actually made up of 90% saturated fat.  For how long have we been told by our doctors and the media that we should avoid saturated fat at all costs?  "Saturated fat clogs arteries!"  "Saturated fat causes heart disease!"  Sound familiar?  There's just one problem... No one's ever proved it! 

 

In fact, it's not saturated fat that's damaging to your health, it's the trans-fats found in hydrogenated oil that are deadly dangerous.

 

In this video, natural health physician and Mercola.com founder Dr. Joseph Mercola discusses the truth about the many health benefits of coconut oil and why it is better than vegetable oil or any other cooking oil.

 

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

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Welcome to Passionately Vital

Posted by colette on Tuesday, 07 August 2012 in Uncategorized

Hello and welcome!

Finally, our new and improved website is here.  Yay!  I think it looks really nice, don't you?

 

I wanted it to be pleasing to the eye, easy to navigate with useful information, and no junk to wade through.  So far, I think it does all of that pretty well.

 

Over time I plan to add more and more interesting and useful health-related articles and videos for you to enjoy.  For now though, you can still find some important information about coconut oil, some of it's many many uses, and health benefits.

 

Coming very soon to the online shop will be some of my favourite homemade health and beauty products to nourish and protect your body.  You can look forward to my delicious, triple-whipped, all natural, organic coconut moisturising body butter.  Mmmmm!  I love love love this stuff.  There'll also be my all-natural, whitening and re-mineralising toothpaste.  Another "can't live without" product in our home.  And that's not all!  So keep checking back for more healthful, homemade products your body will love.

 

In the meantime, we have our best-selling organic coconut oil available.  Remember, not only is coconut oil the healthiest oil to use in your cooking and baking, it can also help you to lose weight!

 

Thank you so much to Mack, from Plan B Design Studio, for putting the site together for me.

 

Now to get back into the kitchen to whip up some more body butter ...

 

In health and wellness,
Colette

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A Big Reveal and a Big Competition!

Posted by colette on Friday, 29 August 2014 in Uncategorized

For the past few weeks I've been working on something very exciting and I'm finally ready to make the reveal!

 

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I'm extremely excited to announce the opening of 

 

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Thank you for the heart-felt round of applause.  I really appreciate it :D

 

Starting in September I will be opening my (virtual) doors to you revealing a shop jam-packed with all your favourite organic products at easily affordable prices.  

 

(For the time being, this Community Buyers' Group is only open to residents of Brisbane and Logan in Queensland, Australia)

 

As a natural health business I have access to numerous suppliers offering a wide variety of products at substantially reduced prices when I buy in bulk.  For a long time I've been thinking about how best to pass these savings on to you, my loyal customers.  Well, here it is!

 

Every month on my Facebook page, I'll upload a comprehensive monthly "shopping list" for you to download.  At your leisure you make yourself a lovely cup of tea, curl up on the lounge and mark off your selections before returning the form to me by the due date.  I will then get to work placing your orders, collecting your goodies and packing your boxes ready for you to pick up at a set time at the end of the month.  I even offer delivery (a fee and conditions apply).  

 

This is a great way to avoid the supermarket chains and expensive health food stores and save a lot of money.  You can expect savings of up to 80% off recommended retail prices. The list of products I have available is  comprehensive and if you notice a favourite product is missing from the list, chances are that I'll be able to source it for you.

 

Here are the types of products I have available:

 

·    organic superfoods

·    organic teas & coffee

·    organic treats & snack foods

·    organic household items

·    organic personal care products & cosmetics

·    homoeopathics & essential oils

·    utensils & equipment

 

And these are just a tiny few of the brands I have available:

 

·    A’Kin

·    Al’chemy

·    Australian Native Botanicals

·    Baby Organics

·    Biologika

·    Bragg

·    Burt’s Bees

·    Cheeki

·    Dr Organics

·    Eco Child

·    Gaia

·    Kin Kin

·        Nature’s Child

·        Planet Organic

·        Pure Food Essentials

·        TOM Organics

·        Wotnot

·        Uniquely Organic

 

How great is that!

 

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Now, since Father's Day is only a week away I thought I'd give you even more of an incentive to sign up.  Every person who signs up to our Community Buyers' Organic Health Shop will receive an entry into our Father's Day Organic Essentials Gift Pack valued at over $100*.  (*unfortunately this competition is only open to residents of Brisbane and Logan in Queensland, Australia).  Here's what it includes:

 

* $50 gift certificate to be spent on your first Community Buyers' Organic Health Shop order

* 700ml jar of organic virgin coconut oil

* 700g raw local honey

* organic moisturising shaving cream

* organic all-natural deodorant

* organic re-mineralising toothpaste

* organic lip balm

* organic all-purpose herbal healing balm

 


How to Enter (How to sign up):

 

1. like our Facebook page (in order to download order form)

 

2. comment on this post with your email address (so I can contact you when you win)

 

3. share this post on Facebook (because sharing good things feels good)

 

Good luck! 

 

 

Wishing you health and wellness,

 

 

 

 

 

Colette

 

 

 

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Cancer is Curable!

Posted by colette on Saturday, 16 August 2014 in Uncategorized

I'm upset. I'm frustrated. My heart is pounding and I can hardly sit still because I want to do something about this but don't know what I can do. I want to pick up the world and shake some sense into it!

 

In the past couple of weeks I've had three up close and personal experiences with cancer. One relative and one friend diagnosed with cancer and one relative died after being diagnosed with cancer.

 

It's not that these people “got” cancer that really upsets me (although it's never a time for celebration when the body shows symptoms of dis-ease), it's what happened after their diagnoses that really eats at me.

 

You see, cancer is curable. Being told you have cancer does not have to be a death sentence. Cancer is not a mysterious or complicated disease. You can cure cancer yourself without allopathic medical treatment. You really can! It's just that we have been conditioned to be scared of cancer. We're so scared of cancer, we don't even want to understand it. We know so many people who have died after finding out they had cancer and we know even more people who have suffered through cancer treatments. The average person knows nothing about what cancer actually is. All we know is that some people get cancer, they go to the doctor, they have surgery and/or medicine and they either live or die. When it comes to cancer, our expiry date depends on the Gods (or our doctors, which for many people are interchangeable terms...). We do not know, do not consider, or do not take self-responsibility for, what caused our cancer in the first place. As with everything affecting the body, if we do not remove or at least acknowledge the cause of the cancer, we cannot effectively deal with it. If you finger is hurting because you've got a splinter stuck in it, you don't just take an asprin and get on with your day. No. You remove the splinter, wash away any dirt and maybe apply some ointment or a bandaid to protect the wound while it heals, and the symptom of pain will quickly go away. Why don't we address cancer in a similar manner? If we don't remove the cause and simply cut out or poison the cancer, the body will continue to react to that original cause! And now the body has the additional stress of invasive treatment to deal with as well. Maybe more cells will become cancerous, maybe you'll develop other symptoms.

 

Unfortunately even our modern medical system tends to focus primarily on symptomatic treatment rather than cause or prevention. And when it comes to cancer the newly diagnosed patient is told to get treatment YESTERDAY or they will die. There is no advice to seek a second opinion. There is definitely no recommendation to seek complimentary treatment from a natural therapist. There is no discussion about possible causes, let alone removal of these causes. There's not even any discussion about real options. Your only course of action is to undergo treatment immediately or die.

 

The truth is more people die from cancer treatment than the cancer itself. I'm not making that up. There are bucket loads of research available, even studies released by the Council Council itself that demonstrate how the treatment of cancer kills people. Your doctor may even tell you that one of the risks associated with treatment is that you possibly won't survive the offered treatment. It's not a secret - cancer treatment kills! So why aren't we looking at other ways to cure our cancer? Why aren't we looking for the causes of our cancer?

 

 

Cancer is the body's reaction to something causing it stress. Doctors tell us that cigarettes and exposure to the damaging rays of the sun cause cancer. There is no official acceptance of other factors that cause cancer. However, we have heard about lots of things that are classified as carcinogenic substances – various food additives, pollution, exposure to toxins, electromagnetic energy from our mobile phones and computers, stress. These things all make some sense to us. But the list is long. Taking responsibility for the causes of our cancer is big. It takes a lot of work and might involve changing our habits (making nutritious lunches for ourselves rather than relying on fast food), or giving up something we like doing (spending less time on our favourite mobile device), or getting out of our comfort zone (giving up that extra hour of sleep each morning to get in some exercise before work). So we look towards our doctors to fix us without having to do any work ourselves. Even if the treatment makes us sick, causes pain, makes us miserable, we still put all responsibility for our healing solely in the hands of our doctors. We do this even though we know the treatment options available are not particularly effective. Why do we choose the discomfort of possibly ineffective medical treatment that only address the symptoms of our dis-ease over the discomfort of possibly effective lifestyle changes which address the causes of our dis-ease? This is something we really need to think about and reconsider.

 

Let's start taking responsibility for our health now. Take responsibility before we develop symptoms of dis-ease. Take responsibility before we get a diagnosis of cancer. Or diabetes. Or heart disease. These are not conditions that randomly fall upon us. They are conditions that we bring upon ourselves. By the way, I've heard the argument that some people are genetically predisposed to developing these diseases and an eventual diagnosis of the disease is determined by luck. I believe this is a cop out and an excuse for doing the hard work of taking responsibility for our health. A predisposition for disease does not equal disease. It's up to us whether or not we manifest the disease.

 

Let's choose not to manifest cancer.  Let's choose health and wellness instead.  The choice is ours.

 

 

Wishing you health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

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Phew!  The last few months have been so busy!  We had the usual mixture of family and business to attend to but added to it we also had the addition of an extra person in the family and a new line of healing products in the shop.  

 

Our darling little girl is 4 months old now and I have absolutely no idea what happened to the time!  Our days have been full of falling in love over and over with baby Amarina.  We cannot get enough of her smiles, giggles and gurgles.  She is an absolute delight and we're so blessed to have her choose us as her family.

 

 

On the rare occasions when I've been able to pull myself away from Amarina, I've been working on my new herbal healing balms.  I'm so happy with how they've turned out.  They each work incredibly well.  At the moment I'm especially in love with the Organic Arthritis Aches and Pains Relief Balm.  Since giving birth to Amarina, I've been keen to get my body back into shape.  So for the past couple of months I've been diligently running with my sister-in-law 3 times a week.  This extra exercise has done wonders for my energy levels and my mood, as well as my fitness and weight loss.  However, over the past couple of weeks I've been noticing a lot of pain in my knees and especially my ankles while running and even throughout the following day!  I've never experienced this kind of pain before.  I'm not sure if it's due to the cooler weather, my advancing age ;-), or because the baby is sucking all the nutrients out of me!  Whatever it is, it was making running very uncomfortable and unenjoyable.  Finally it occurred to me to try out the Aches and Pains Relief Balm on myself.  I applied it to my ankles after my run when they were particularly hurting and you know what?  The effect was almost immediate!  The aching feeling completely disappeared!  So the next time I went for a run I applied the balm to my ankles and knees right before I set out and I barely noticed any pain during the run at all.  When I got home I applied the balm again and I felt no discomfort that night nor during the following day.  Like I said before, I am in love with this stuff!


Just don't forget to wash your hands afterwards ... it really burns if you inadvertently rub your eyes or mouth with it!

 

I would love for you to give it a try too and tell me about your experience.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February Recipes: New Baby Essentials

Posted by colette on Sunday, 17 February 2013 in Recipe of the Month

On the 18th January we welcomed our beautiful baby daughter into the world.

As parents who try to do things "au naturale" we keep away from all those baby products out there which are full of impossible-to-pronounce toxic, chemical ingredients, and instead I make my own creams, powders and lotions to keep our baby clean and rash-free.  I thought I'd share with you my favourite, can't-live-without recipes that really work.

 

Baby Powder

 

1/2 cup of arrowroot powder
15 drops of pure essential organic lavender oil

 

Step 1:  Put the ingredients in a ziploc bag and massage the oil through the powder until well combined.

Step 2:  Pour the powder into a container of your choice and let sit for a couple of days while the oil becomes well absorbed into the powder.

 

And you're done!  I rub this powder all over our little one's nappy area after every nappy change.  It smells lovely and seems to work wonderfully.

 

Nappy Rash Cream

 

1 cup of organic cacao butter
1/2 cup of organic coconut oil
1 tablespoon of beeswax
3 tablespoons of zinc oxide powder (I had a difficult time finding this, but eventually found a supplier on ebay)

 

Step 1:  In a double boiler, add the cacao butter, coconut oil and beeswax.  After a few minutes it will have melted.  

Step 2:  Remove from heat, add the zinc oxide powder and beat with an electric mixer for about 5 minutes to thicken it up and make it lovely, fluffy and creamy.

Step 3:  Scoop the cream into a jar and voila, you have a very effective, nasty-free nappy rash cream that smells lovely!

 

Baby Wipe Lotion

 

2 cups of water, boiled
2 organic chamomile tea bags
2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil 
5 drops of pure essential organic lavender oil
2-3 drops of organic tea tree oil

 

Step 1:  Allow chamomile tea bags to steep in hot water until cool.

Step 2:  Add coconut oil and essential oils.

 

We use this lotion by placing our baby wipes (cut up pieces of soft organic cotton) in a ziploc bag and pouring the lotion over them until they're saturated.  It works exactly the same way as the store bought baby wipes only without all the toxic, unnecessary chemicals.  After use we simply wash the wipe together with the nappy (we use cloth nappies) and re-use them. 

 

Preparing these lovely homemade baby products really takes no time at all.  And we know exactly what we're putting on our baby's delicate skin.  No harmful chemicals used here!  Instead we choose which natural, therapeutic ingredients we'd like to use and can adjust the amount of each ingredient we use depending on our baby's needs and on the weather (for example when it's really hot we may add more beeswax to keep the cream from melting).  I hope you'll give them a try too.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

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January Recipe: Refreshing Honey Lemonade

Posted by colette on Tuesday, 15 January 2013 in Recipe of the Month

 

It has been incredibly hot here in Brisbane.  Being 9 months pregnant is not helping either!  We've been spending a lot of time in the pool, at the library, visiting museums to take part in the various school holiday activities on offer and just about anything else we can think of that allows us to temporarily escape into air-conditioned bliss.  

 

We've also been drinking a LOT of water.  Usually we go through a 15L bottle of water about every 3 days.  These last couple of weeks have seen our family of 3 drink 15L a day!  Granted, hubby, who works outside, has been been the biggest consumer, but the little one and I are rarely seen without a bottle of water to our lips.  

 

We always add a pinch of himalayan salt to our water for the added minerals to help with absorption and prevent dehydration, but even so sometimes water just doesn't hit the spot.  When it's particularly hot I tend to crave something sweeter than plain water.  We never drink soft drinks or fruit drinks, of course, but we do sometimes indulge in fresh juices that we make ourselves.  The other day we wanted to try something different so we decided to make lemonade.  If you're used to regular sugar-laden lemonade this will taste a bit different.  But I think you will quickly get used to it.  We loved it.

 

 

Ingredients

 

6 organic lemons

4 cups water

2 cups of warm water

1/3 cup of raw honey

a couple of sprigs of fresh organic mint

lots of ice

 

 

Method

 

 

Juice the lemons and pour, pulp and all (we love the pulp) into a large serving jug.

Add 4 cups of water to the jug.

Heat 2 cups of water until warm and stir in the honey until it dissolves.  I simply used the kettle to heat the water until it was almost too hot to touch.  Do not boil the water as the heat from hot water will damage the wonderful healthful enzymes in the honey.

Add the honey flavoured water to the jug and stir.

Throw in some mint and ice.

Chill in the fridge.

Before serving slice the remaining lemon and place in the jug.  The lovely green mint together with the lemon slices make a lovely garnish to this yummy refreshing summertime drink.

 

 

I hope you enjoy it.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

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I love Christmas time.  Especially when seeing the magic through the innocent eyes of a little one.   Our 3 year old is entranced by all the mystery and excitment of Christmas.  We read lots of Christmas stories, make decorations, take part in all sorts of Christmas activities happening around our city, and do a bit of Christmas baking.  Unfortunately Christmas time for many children is another excuse to overindulge in junk food.  Being a health conscious family, we avoid the junk food as much as possible and on special occasions when colourful sweet treats are expected, we substitute the unhealthy ingredients with more natural options.  Seeing gingerbread men seemingly everywhere we turn lately, Mr 3 year old had been asking for his own gingerbread man for weeks.  So I came up with a recipe that I think tastes just like your traditional gingerbread but without all the sugary, refined, chemical-laden, nutrient-empty ingredients you'll find in the gingerbread men biscuits in the supermarket or coffee shop.  Actually, I think this gingerbread tastes even better!

 

 

 

Wholesome Gingerbread Men


Ingredients


Gingerbread

125g butter (at room temperature)

1/2 cup xylitol

1/2 cup honey

2 1/2 cups plain flour (we used an organic gluten free flour blend)

1 tbsp ground organic ginger

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (aluminium free)

1 organic egg yolk

 

Icing

1 organic egg white

3/4 cup xylitol

 

Method

Preheat oven to 180C.  Line 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper.

In a large mixing bowl, mix butter and xylitol until pale and creamy.  Add egg yolk and honey and mix until combined.

Stir in flour, spices and bicarbonate of soda.

Turn onto a lightly flour surface and knead until smooth.

Press dough into a disc, cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to rest.

In a clean, dry bowl beat egg white until soft peaks form

Gradually add xylitol and beat until hard peaks form.  Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate.

Once dough has rested, place dough between two sheets of baking powder and roll out until about 1/2 cm thick.  

Cut out shapes.  Place on trays approximately 3cm apart.

Bake in oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly brown.  Remove from oven and transfer to rack to cool.

Pipe icing over gingerbread shapes to decorate.  The icing also acts as a 'glue' to stick on lolly buttons or licorice smiles.  Let the kids go wild with their creative imagination.

 

 

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October Recipe: Wholesome Carrot Cake

Posted by colette on Thursday, 25 October 2012 in Recipe of the Month

 

 

This Carrot Cake recipe would have to be one of favourite wholesome indulges.  It has taken a bit of experimentation to substitute the typical less-healthy ingredients with healthier options and still have a sweet, moist cake, but to my family's tastes it's perfectly YUM. 

 

The most important trick to making a healthy, wholesome cake is to ensure that all ingredients are fresh, whole and raw.  Basically my principle is to stick as close to nature as possible.  For example, I always use organic ingredients, locally produced where possible to ensure freshness and optimal nutritional value.  We grow what we can in our limited space and we shop for the rest at our local organic farmers' market.  Eggs we grow ourselves thanks to our fat, happy chooks who have the entire 3/4 acres of the backyard to graze (and destroy!). 

 

The next thing to consider is substitution of oils and sugars for healthier options.  In this recipe I use coconut oil (of course) instead of margarine or vegetable oil typically used in similar recipes.  And instead of sugar I use our delicious raw homegrown honey.  Unfortunately, when heated, raw honey does lose most of it's health-giving enzymes and nutrients, but in saying that it is still a healthier option than regular sugar.

 

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do (even out of the bowl!).

 

 

Wholesome Sugar-Free Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

 

 

Ingredients 

2 cups (300g) organic, gluten-free self-raising flour

1 1/2 cups (225g) organic, gluten-free plain flour

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (be sure to look for aluminium-free.  I use McKenzie's)

2 tsps cinnamon

2 tsps ground nutmeg

1/2 cup raw organic honey

3 1/2 cups coarsely grated organic carrots

100g raw walnuts, roughly chopped

1 1/4 cups (310mls) coconut oil

5 organic eggs, lightly beaten

300g sour cream

2 tsp vanilla extract

 

Cream Cheese Icing

250g cream cheese, softened

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 1/2 cups (250g) xylitol*

 

Method

Preheat oven to 180 C.  Grease and line a 25cm round cake pan with baking paper.

Sift flours, bicarb soda and spices into a large bowl.  Add grated carrot and walnuts and stir to combine.

In a separate bowl, whisk oil, eggs, sour cream, honey and vanilla until smooth.

Add to dry ingredients and stir until just combined.  

Pour into pan, smoothing the top with a spatula.  Bake in the oven for approximately 1 1/2 hours or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Stand for 20 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool.

 

For the icing, beat the cream cheese using electric beaters until smooth.  Add vanilla and beat well.  Gradually add xylitol, beating until smooth and creamy.  

Spread icing onto the cake however your artistic talent dictates.  I like to split the cake into two layers.  Then I spread the bottom layer with half the icing, add the second layer, and smother the remaining icing all over the top!

 

Make a cuppa, cut a large slice, sit down, relax and enjoy!

  

* A note on xylitol.  Xylitol is a healthier substitute for sugar.  It's found naturally in many fruits and vegetables like plums and corn and it's even produced in our own bodies!  Xylitol is as sweet as sugar but contains 40% less kilojoules, virtually zero carbohydrate content and a very low GI which makes it a good option for those with diabetes.  And because it's metabolised slowly by the body, it doesn't cause the "sugar rush" that you may experience with other sugary products and therefore also doesn't result in the subsequent drop in blood sugar and a craving for more sweetness later.  

 

Best of all ... we'll be selling xylitol in our online shop very soon.  So watch this space.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

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Eggshells - My Secret Ingredient

Posted by colette on Monday, 15 October 2012 in Uncategorized

 

It's been a very busy and frustrating couple of months.  When it comes to getting things into my shop Murphy's Law has been exerting it's influence much too regularly for my liking.  It seems that despite every step I take in the forwards direction, I still end up two steps behind where I started.  Somehow I am progressing though.  The new container load of lovely fresh Organic Virgin Coconut Oil arrived safe and sound from Fiji.  The bees continue to do their work and we have lots of delicious Raw Australian Honey ready for sale.  And my perfected Whipped Coconut Body Butter has survived the tough test of a few stinking hot days by not melting and maintaining its deliciously luxuriously gorgeous texture!  Mmmm I'm so in love with that stuff.

 

However, sourcing a certain ingredient for our Remineralizing Toothpaste has been challenging.  I have not been able to find a calcium and mineral powder that I'm completely satisfied with.  So many of the powders tend to be poor quality, GMO, do not contain adequate ratios of the desired minerals, or are simply ridiculously expensive.  I was stumped.  Then one morning, as I wandered out to the backyard to collect the eggs from our hens, an idea popped into my mind!  Eggshells!  I could use organic eggshells!  Genius!  Afterall, a single medium-sized eggshell contains about 800mg of readily absorbable calcium as well as about 27 other essential elements such as magnesium, boron, iron, copper, manganese, zinc, molybdenum, etc.  Perfect!

 

 

 

Also, unlike the calcium found in your typical store-bought dairy foods like milk and cheese which isn't readily bio-available, the calcium from eggshells is about 90 percent absorbable by our bones AND the composition of eggshells if remarkably similar to our bones and teeth!

 

I don't think you can get better than that!  So there you have it, organic eggshells, my (not so) secret ingredient to our all-natural Remineralizing Toothpaste   

 

Coming very soon!

 

In health and wellness, 

 

 

Colette

   

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September Recipe: Wholesome Banana Muffins

Posted by colette on Monday, 24 September 2012 in Uncategorized

Today is officially the first day of school holidays and even though my little one is not yet school aged I've heard his whine of "I'm bored" enough to understand how difficult it can be to keep children entertained at home.

 

Meal planning, preparation and cooking is something that even the littlest people love to help us with.  And what a great opportunity to teach children about healthy food!  "Helping" in our kitchen usually involves about as much nibbling as it does actually cooking!  So I try to vary what we cook to including lots of different kinds of healthy foods.  

 

Today we decided to make something yummy, wholesome and easy to prepare for morning tea.  The little lad insisted we make something with the bananas ripening on our tree outside, so we settled on banana muffins.  Not only is this recipe quick and simple - great for little helpers - it's wholesome and yummy too!  

 

Note: we use organic ingredients where possible and always substitute very healthful coconut oil for the very unhealthful vegetable oil typically used in similar recipes.

 

Wholesome Banana Muffins

2 large ripe bananas (or 3 small bananas), chopped
1 organic red apple cored, peeled (optional), and chopped
2 organic, free range eggs, lightly beaten
1 tbs organic coconut oil 
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup rapadura (a considerably more nutritious substitute for sugar) or 1/3 cup of organic raw sugar
1 cup organic self-raising flour (we use gluten-free)
1 cup organic plain flour (we use gluten-free)
1/2 cup organic raw milk

 

Preheat oven to 180C.
This recipe is so kid-friendly that you can actually just throw the whole lot into your mixer together.  
Mix gently until combined.
Spoon into greased muffin trays.  

 

This recipe makes 12 mini muffins and 12 regular muffins.

Serve warm, alone, with butter, or with a dollop of crème Fraiche (or sour cream) and sliced banana.  

Enjoy!

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

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All-Natural Coconut Oil Toothpaste COMING SOON!

Posted by colette on Tuesday, 04 September 2012 in Uncategorized

  

 

As I finalise the tweaking of my coconut oil toothpaste recipe to perfection, you might be interested in reading some of the news articles that have been released in the last couple of days in regard to the many benefits of coconut oil to dental health.

 

Trade your Toothpaste of Coconut Oil - September 4, 2012

Coconut Oil Attacks Tooth Decay - September 4, 2012

Coconut Oil Hailed as "Miracle" Dental Breakthrough - September 3, 2012

Coconut Oil: Tooth Decay's New Enemy - September 3, 2012

 

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

 

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Whipped Coconut Body Butter COMING SOON!

Posted by colette on Friday, 24 August 2012 in Uncategorized

I'm so excited!  It's on it's way!  In just a couple of short weeks our fresh-from-the-coconut-trees shipment of organic coconut oil will be arriving from the unpolluted islands of the South Pacific.  

 

 

As soon as I get my hands on it I'll be whipping up a storm.  First on my list is some decadent Whipped Coconut Body Butter which you'll be able to order right here.  If you love silky smooth skin without the risk of nasty chemicals found in your usual moisturisers, then my Whipped Coconut Body Butter is for you.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

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Is Coconut Oil REALLY healthy?

Posted by colette on Friday, 17 August 2012 in Uncategorized

You may be wondering how coconut oil can be healthy when it is actually made up of 90% saturated fat.  For how long have we been told by our doctors and the media that we should avoid saturated fat at all costs?  "Saturated fat clogs arteries!"  "Saturated fat causes heart disease!"  Sound familiar?  There's just one problem... No one's ever proved it! 

 

In fact, it's not saturated fat that's damaging to your health, it's the trans-fats found in hydrogenated oil that are deadly dangerous.

 

In this video, natural health physician and Mercola.com founder Dr. Joseph Mercola discusses the truth about the many health benefits of coconut oil and why it is better than vegetable oil or any other cooking oil.

 

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

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Welcome to Passionately Vital

Posted by colette on Tuesday, 07 August 2012 in Uncategorized

Hello and welcome!

Finally, our new and improved website is here.  Yay!  I think it looks really nice, don't you?

 

I wanted it to be pleasing to the eye, easy to navigate with useful information, and no junk to wade through.  So far, I think it does all of that pretty well.

 

Over time I plan to add more and more interesting and useful health-related articles and videos for you to enjoy.  For now though, you can still find some important information about coconut oil, some of it's many many uses, and health benefits.

 

Coming very soon to the online shop will be some of my favourite homemade health and beauty products to nourish and protect your body.  You can look forward to my delicious, triple-whipped, all natural, organic coconut moisturising body butter.  Mmmmm!  I love love love this stuff.  There'll also be my all-natural, whitening and re-mineralising toothpaste.  Another "can't live without" product in our home.  And that's not all!  So keep checking back for more healthful, homemade products your body will love.

 

In the meantime, we have our best-selling organic coconut oil available.  Remember, not only is coconut oil the healthiest oil to use in your cooking and baking, it can also help you to lose weight!

 

Thank you so much to Mack, from Plan B Design Studio, for putting the site together for me.

 

Now to get back into the kitchen to whip up some more body butter ...

 

In health and wellness,
Colette

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A Big Reveal and a Big Competition!

Posted by colette on Friday, 29 August 2014 in Uncategorized

For the past few weeks I've been working on something very exciting and I'm finally ready to make the reveal!

 

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I'm extremely excited to announce the opening of 

 

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Thank you for the heart-felt round of applause.  I really appreciate it :D

 

Starting in September I will be opening my (virtual) doors to you revealing a shop jam-packed with all your favourite organic products at easily affordable prices.  

 

(For the time being, this Community Buyers' Group is only open to residents of Brisbane and Logan in Queensland, Australia)

 

As a natural health business I have access to numerous suppliers offering a wide variety of products at substantially reduced prices when I buy in bulk.  For a long time I've been thinking about how best to pass these savings on to you, my loyal customers.  Well, here it is!

 

Every month on my Facebook page, I'll upload a comprehensive monthly "shopping list" for you to download.  At your leisure you make yourself a lovely cup of tea, curl up on the lounge and mark off your selections before returning the form to me by the due date.  I will then get to work placing your orders, collecting your goodies and packing your boxes ready for you to pick up at a set time at the end of the month.  I even offer delivery (a fee and conditions apply).  

 

This is a great way to avoid the supermarket chains and expensive health food stores and save a lot of money.  You can expect savings of up to 80% off recommended retail prices. The list of products I have available is  comprehensive and if you notice a favourite product is missing from the list, chances are that I'll be able to source it for you.

 

Here are the types of products I have available:

 

·    organic superfoods

·    organic teas & coffee

·    organic treats & snack foods

·    organic household items

·    organic personal care products & cosmetics

·    homoeopathics & essential oils

·    utensils & equipment

 

And these are just a tiny few of the brands I have available:

 

·    A’Kin

·    Al’chemy

·    Australian Native Botanicals

·    Baby Organics

·    Biologika

·    Bragg

·    Burt’s Bees

·    Cheeki

·    Dr Organics

·    Eco Child

·    Gaia

·    Kin Kin

·        Nature’s Child

·        Planet Organic

·        Pure Food Essentials

·        TOM Organics

·        Wotnot

·        Uniquely Organic

 

How great is that!

 

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Now, since Father's Day is only a week away I thought I'd give you even more of an incentive to sign up.  Every person who signs up to our Community Buyers' Organic Health Shop will receive an entry into our Father's Day Organic Essentials Gift Pack valued at over $100*.  (*unfortunately this competition is only open to residents of Brisbane and Logan in Queensland, Australia).  Here's what it includes:

 

* $50 gift certificate to be spent on your first Community Buyers' Organic Health Shop order

* 700ml jar of organic virgin coconut oil

* 700g raw local honey

* organic moisturising shaving cream

* organic all-natural deodorant

* organic re-mineralising toothpaste

* organic lip balm

* organic all-purpose herbal healing balm

 


How to Enter (How to sign up):

 

1. like our Facebook page (in order to download order form)

 

2. comment on this post with your email address (so I can contact you when you win)

 

3. share this post on Facebook (because sharing good things feels good)

 

Good luck! 

 

 

Wishing you health and wellness,

 

 

 

 

 

Colette

 

 

 

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Cancer is Curable!

Posted by colette on Saturday, 16 August 2014 in Uncategorized

I'm upset. I'm frustrated. My heart is pounding and I can hardly sit still because I want to do something about this but don't know what I can do. I want to pick up the world and shake some sense into it!

 

In the past couple of weeks I've had three up close and personal experiences with cancer. One relative and one friend diagnosed with cancer and one relative died after being diagnosed with cancer.

 

It's not that these people “got” cancer that really upsets me (although it's never a time for celebration when the body shows symptoms of dis-ease), it's what happened after their diagnoses that really eats at me.

 

You see, cancer is curable. Being told you have cancer does not have to be a death sentence. Cancer is not a mysterious or complicated disease. You can cure cancer yourself without allopathic medical treatment. You really can! It's just that we have been conditioned to be scared of cancer. We're so scared of cancer, we don't even want to understand it. We know so many people who have died after finding out they had cancer and we know even more people who have suffered through cancer treatments. The average person knows nothing about what cancer actually is. All we know is that some people get cancer, they go to the doctor, they have surgery and/or medicine and they either live or die. When it comes to cancer, our expiry date depends on the Gods (or our doctors, which for many people are interchangeable terms...). We do not know, do not consider, or do not take self-responsibility for, what caused our cancer in the first place. As with everything affecting the body, if we do not remove or at least acknowledge the cause of the cancer, we cannot effectively deal with it. If you finger is hurting because you've got a splinter stuck in it, you don't just take an asprin and get on with your day. No. You remove the splinter, wash away any dirt and maybe apply some ointment or a bandaid to protect the wound while it heals, and the symptom of pain will quickly go away. Why don't we address cancer in a similar manner? If we don't remove the cause and simply cut out or poison the cancer, the body will continue to react to that original cause! And now the body has the additional stress of invasive treatment to deal with as well. Maybe more cells will become cancerous, maybe you'll develop other symptoms.

 

Unfortunately even our modern medical system tends to focus primarily on symptomatic treatment rather than cause or prevention. And when it comes to cancer the newly diagnosed patient is told to get treatment YESTERDAY or they will die. There is no advice to seek a second opinion. There is definitely no recommendation to seek complimentary treatment from a natural therapist. There is no discussion about possible causes, let alone removal of these causes. There's not even any discussion about real options. Your only course of action is to undergo treatment immediately or die.

 

The truth is more people die from cancer treatment than the cancer itself. I'm not making that up. There are bucket loads of research available, even studies released by the Council Council itself that demonstrate how the treatment of cancer kills people. Your doctor may even tell you that one of the risks associated with treatment is that you possibly won't survive the offered treatment. It's not a secret - cancer treatment kills! So why aren't we looking at other ways to cure our cancer? Why aren't we looking for the causes of our cancer?

 

 

Cancer is the body's reaction to something causing it stress. Doctors tell us that cigarettes and exposure to the damaging rays of the sun cause cancer. There is no official acceptance of other factors that cause cancer. However, we have heard about lots of things that are classified as carcinogenic substances – various food additives, pollution, exposure to toxins, electromagnetic energy from our mobile phones and computers, stress. These things all make some sense to us. But the list is long. Taking responsibility for the causes of our cancer is big. It takes a lot of work and might involve changing our habits (making nutritious lunches for ourselves rather than relying on fast food), or giving up something we like doing (spending less time on our favourite mobile device), or getting out of our comfort zone (giving up that extra hour of sleep each morning to get in some exercise before work). So we look towards our doctors to fix us without having to do any work ourselves. Even if the treatment makes us sick, causes pain, makes us miserable, we still put all responsibility for our healing solely in the hands of our doctors. We do this even though we know the treatment options available are not particularly effective. Why do we choose the discomfort of possibly ineffective medical treatment that only address the symptoms of our dis-ease over the discomfort of possibly effective lifestyle changes which address the causes of our dis-ease? This is something we really need to think about and reconsider.

 

Let's start taking responsibility for our health now. Take responsibility before we develop symptoms of dis-ease. Take responsibility before we get a diagnosis of cancer. Or diabetes. Or heart disease. These are not conditions that randomly fall upon us. They are conditions that we bring upon ourselves. By the way, I've heard the argument that some people are genetically predisposed to developing these diseases and an eventual diagnosis of the disease is determined by luck. I believe this is a cop out and an excuse for doing the hard work of taking responsibility for our health. A predisposition for disease does not equal disease. It's up to us whether or not we manifest the disease.

 

Let's choose not to manifest cancer.  Let's choose health and wellness instead.  The choice is ours.

 

 

Wishing you health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

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Phew!  The last few months have been so busy!  We had the usual mixture of family and business to attend to but added to it we also had the addition of an extra person in the family and a new line of healing products in the shop.  

 

Our darling little girl is 4 months old now and I have absolutely no idea what happened to the time!  Our days have been full of falling in love over and over with baby Amarina.  We cannot get enough of her smiles, giggles and gurgles.  She is an absolute delight and we're so blessed to have her choose us as her family.

 

 

On the rare occasions when I've been able to pull myself away from Amarina, I've been working on my new herbal healing balms.  I'm so happy with how they've turned out.  They each work incredibly well.  At the moment I'm especially in love with the Organic Arthritis Aches and Pains Relief Balm.  Since giving birth to Amarina, I've been keen to get my body back into shape.  So for the past couple of months I've been diligently running with my sister-in-law 3 times a week.  This extra exercise has done wonders for my energy levels and my mood, as well as my fitness and weight loss.  However, over the past couple of weeks I've been noticing a lot of pain in my knees and especially my ankles while running and even throughout the following day!  I've never experienced this kind of pain before.  I'm not sure if it's due to the cooler weather, my advancing age ;-), or because the baby is sucking all the nutrients out of me!  Whatever it is, it was making running very uncomfortable and unenjoyable.  Finally it occurred to me to try out the Aches and Pains Relief Balm on myself.  I applied it to my ankles after my run when they were particularly hurting and you know what?  The effect was almost immediate!  The aching feeling completely disappeared!  So the next time I went for a run I applied the balm to my ankles and knees right before I set out and I barely noticed any pain during the run at all.  When I got home I applied the balm again and I felt no discomfort that night nor during the following day.  Like I said before, I am in love with this stuff!


Just don't forget to wash your hands afterwards ... it really burns if you inadvertently rub your eyes or mouth with it!

 

I would love for you to give it a try too and tell me about your experience.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February Recipes: New Baby Essentials

Posted by colette on Sunday, 17 February 2013 in Recipe of the Month

On the 18th January we welcomed our beautiful baby daughter into the world.

As parents who try to do things "au naturale" we keep away from all those baby products out there which are full of impossible-to-pronounce toxic, chemical ingredients, and instead I make my own creams, powders and lotions to keep our baby clean and rash-free.  I thought I'd share with you my favourite, can't-live-without recipes that really work.

 

Baby Powder

 

1/2 cup of arrowroot powder
15 drops of pure essential organic lavender oil

 

Step 1:  Put the ingredients in a ziploc bag and massage the oil through the powder until well combined.

Step 2:  Pour the powder into a container of your choice and let sit for a couple of days while the oil becomes well absorbed into the powder.

 

And you're done!  I rub this powder all over our little one's nappy area after every nappy change.  It smells lovely and seems to work wonderfully.

 

Nappy Rash Cream

 

1 cup of organic cacao butter
1/2 cup of organic coconut oil
1 tablespoon of beeswax
3 tablespoons of zinc oxide powder (I had a difficult time finding this, but eventually found a supplier on ebay)

 

Step 1:  In a double boiler, add the cacao butter, coconut oil and beeswax.  After a few minutes it will have melted.  

Step 2:  Remove from heat, add the zinc oxide powder and beat with an electric mixer for about 5 minutes to thicken it up and make it lovely, fluffy and creamy.

Step 3:  Scoop the cream into a jar and voila, you have a very effective, nasty-free nappy rash cream that smells lovely!

 

Baby Wipe Lotion

 

2 cups of water, boiled
2 organic chamomile tea bags
2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil 
5 drops of pure essential organic lavender oil
2-3 drops of organic tea tree oil

 

Step 1:  Allow chamomile tea bags to steep in hot water until cool.

Step 2:  Add coconut oil and essential oils.

 

We use this lotion by placing our baby wipes (cut up pieces of soft organic cotton) in a ziploc bag and pouring the lotion over them until they're saturated.  It works exactly the same way as the store bought baby wipes only without all the toxic, unnecessary chemicals.  After use we simply wash the wipe together with the nappy (we use cloth nappies) and re-use them. 

 

Preparing these lovely homemade baby products really takes no time at all.  And we know exactly what we're putting on our baby's delicate skin.  No harmful chemicals used here!  Instead we choose which natural, therapeutic ingredients we'd like to use and can adjust the amount of each ingredient we use depending on our baby's needs and on the weather (for example when it's really hot we may add more beeswax to keep the cream from melting).  I hope you'll give them a try too.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

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January Recipe: Refreshing Honey Lemonade

Posted by colette on Tuesday, 15 January 2013 in Recipe of the Month

 

It has been incredibly hot here in Brisbane.  Being 9 months pregnant is not helping either!  We've been spending a lot of time in the pool, at the library, visiting museums to take part in the various school holiday activities on offer and just about anything else we can think of that allows us to temporarily escape into air-conditioned bliss.  

 

We've also been drinking a LOT of water.  Usually we go through a 15L bottle of water about every 3 days.  These last couple of weeks have seen our family of 3 drink 15L a day!  Granted, hubby, who works outside, has been been the biggest consumer, but the little one and I are rarely seen without a bottle of water to our lips.  

 

We always add a pinch of himalayan salt to our water for the added minerals to help with absorption and prevent dehydration, but even so sometimes water just doesn't hit the spot.  When it's particularly hot I tend to crave something sweeter than plain water.  We never drink soft drinks or fruit drinks, of course, but we do sometimes indulge in fresh juices that we make ourselves.  The other day we wanted to try something different so we decided to make lemonade.  If you're used to regular sugar-laden lemonade this will taste a bit different.  But I think you will quickly get used to it.  We loved it.

 

 

Ingredients

 

6 organic lemons

4 cups water

2 cups of warm water

1/3 cup of raw honey

a couple of sprigs of fresh organic mint

lots of ice

 

 

Method

 

 

Juice the lemons and pour, pulp and all (we love the pulp) into a large serving jug.

Add 4 cups of water to the jug.

Heat 2 cups of water until warm and stir in the honey until it dissolves.  I simply used the kettle to heat the water until it was almost too hot to touch.  Do not boil the water as the heat from hot water will damage the wonderful healthful enzymes in the honey.

Add the honey flavoured water to the jug and stir.

Throw in some mint and ice.

Chill in the fridge.

Before serving slice the remaining lemon and place in the jug.  The lovely green mint together with the lemon slices make a lovely garnish to this yummy refreshing summertime drink.

 

 

I hope you enjoy it.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

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I love Christmas time.  Especially when seeing the magic through the innocent eyes of a little one.   Our 3 year old is entranced by all the mystery and excitment of Christmas.  We read lots of Christmas stories, make decorations, take part in all sorts of Christmas activities happening around our city, and do a bit of Christmas baking.  Unfortunately Christmas time for many children is another excuse to overindulge in junk food.  Being a health conscious family, we avoid the junk food as much as possible and on special occasions when colourful sweet treats are expected, we substitute the unhealthy ingredients with more natural options.  Seeing gingerbread men seemingly everywhere we turn lately, Mr 3 year old had been asking for his own gingerbread man for weeks.  So I came up with a recipe that I think tastes just like your traditional gingerbread but without all the sugary, refined, chemical-laden, nutrient-empty ingredients you'll find in the gingerbread men biscuits in the supermarket or coffee shop.  Actually, I think this gingerbread tastes even better!

 

 

 

Wholesome Gingerbread Men


Ingredients


Gingerbread

125g butter (at room temperature)

1/2 cup xylitol

1/2 cup honey

2 1/2 cups plain flour (we used an organic gluten free flour blend)

1 tbsp ground organic ginger

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (aluminium free)

1 organic egg yolk

 

Icing

1 organic egg white

3/4 cup xylitol

 

Method

Preheat oven to 180C.  Line 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper.

In a large mixing bowl, mix butter and xylitol until pale and creamy.  Add egg yolk and honey and mix until combined.

Stir in flour, spices and bicarbonate of soda.

Turn onto a lightly flour surface and knead until smooth.

Press dough into a disc, cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to rest.

In a clean, dry bowl beat egg white until soft peaks form

Gradually add xylitol and beat until hard peaks form.  Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate.

Once dough has rested, place dough between two sheets of baking powder and roll out until about 1/2 cm thick.  

Cut out shapes.  Place on trays approximately 3cm apart.

Bake in oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly brown.  Remove from oven and transfer to rack to cool.

Pipe icing over gingerbread shapes to decorate.  The icing also acts as a 'glue' to stick on lolly buttons or licorice smiles.  Let the kids go wild with their creative imagination.

 

 

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October Recipe: Wholesome Carrot Cake

Posted by colette on Thursday, 25 October 2012 in Recipe of the Month

 

 

This Carrot Cake recipe would have to be one of favourite wholesome indulges.  It has taken a bit of experimentation to substitute the typical less-healthy ingredients with healthier options and still have a sweet, moist cake, but to my family's tastes it's perfectly YUM. 

 

The most important trick to making a healthy, wholesome cake is to ensure that all ingredients are fresh, whole and raw.  Basically my principle is to stick as close to nature as possible.  For example, I always use organic ingredients, locally produced where possible to ensure freshness and optimal nutritional value.  We grow what we can in our limited space and we shop for the rest at our local organic farmers' market.  Eggs we grow ourselves thanks to our fat, happy chooks who have the entire 3/4 acres of the backyard to graze (and destroy!). 

 

The next thing to consider is substitution of oils and sugars for healthier options.  In this recipe I use coconut oil (of course) instead of margarine or vegetable oil typically used in similar recipes.  And instead of sugar I use our delicious raw homegrown honey.  Unfortunately, when heated, raw honey does lose most of it's health-giving enzymes and nutrients, but in saying that it is still a healthier option than regular sugar.

 

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do (even out of the bowl!).

 

 

Wholesome Sugar-Free Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

 

 

Ingredients 

2 cups (300g) organic, gluten-free self-raising flour

1 1/2 cups (225g) organic, gluten-free plain flour

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (be sure to look for aluminium-free.  I use McKenzie's)

2 tsps cinnamon

2 tsps ground nutmeg

1/2 cup raw organic honey

3 1/2 cups coarsely grated organic carrots

100g raw walnuts, roughly chopped

1 1/4 cups (310mls) coconut oil

5 organic eggs, lightly beaten

300g sour cream

2 tsp vanilla extract

 

Cream Cheese Icing

250g cream cheese, softened

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 1/2 cups (250g) xylitol*

 

Method

Preheat oven to 180 C.  Grease and line a 25cm round cake pan with baking paper.

Sift flours, bicarb soda and spices into a large bowl.  Add grated carrot and walnuts and stir to combine.

In a separate bowl, whisk oil, eggs, sour cream, honey and vanilla until smooth.

Add to dry ingredients and stir until just combined.  

Pour into pan, smoothing the top with a spatula.  Bake in the oven for approximately 1 1/2 hours or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Stand for 20 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool.

 

For the icing, beat the cream cheese using electric beaters until smooth.  Add vanilla and beat well.  Gradually add xylitol, beating until smooth and creamy.  

Spread icing onto the cake however your artistic talent dictates.  I like to split the cake into two layers.  Then I spread the bottom layer with half the icing, add the second layer, and smother the remaining icing all over the top!

 

Make a cuppa, cut a large slice, sit down, relax and enjoy!

  

* A note on xylitol.  Xylitol is a healthier substitute for sugar.  It's found naturally in many fruits and vegetables like plums and corn and it's even produced in our own bodies!  Xylitol is as sweet as sugar but contains 40% less kilojoules, virtually zero carbohydrate content and a very low GI which makes it a good option for those with diabetes.  And because it's metabolised slowly by the body, it doesn't cause the "sugar rush" that you may experience with other sugary products and therefore also doesn't result in the subsequent drop in blood sugar and a craving for more sweetness later.  

 

Best of all ... we'll be selling xylitol in our online shop very soon.  So watch this space.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

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Eggshells - My Secret Ingredient

Posted by colette on Monday, 15 October 2012 in Uncategorized

 

It's been a very busy and frustrating couple of months.  When it comes to getting things into my shop Murphy's Law has been exerting it's influence much too regularly for my liking.  It seems that despite every step I take in the forwards direction, I still end up two steps behind where I started.  Somehow I am progressing though.  The new container load of lovely fresh Organic Virgin Coconut Oil arrived safe and sound from Fiji.  The bees continue to do their work and we have lots of delicious Raw Australian Honey ready for sale.  And my perfected Whipped Coconut Body Butter has survived the tough test of a few stinking hot days by not melting and maintaining its deliciously luxuriously gorgeous texture!  Mmmm I'm so in love with that stuff.

 

However, sourcing a certain ingredient for our Remineralizing Toothpaste has been challenging.  I have not been able to find a calcium and mineral powder that I'm completely satisfied with.  So many of the powders tend to be poor quality, GMO, do not contain adequate ratios of the desired minerals, or are simply ridiculously expensive.  I was stumped.  Then one morning, as I wandered out to the backyard to collect the eggs from our hens, an idea popped into my mind!  Eggshells!  I could use organic eggshells!  Genius!  Afterall, a single medium-sized eggshell contains about 800mg of readily absorbable calcium as well as about 27 other essential elements such as magnesium, boron, iron, copper, manganese, zinc, molybdenum, etc.  Perfect!

 

 

 

Also, unlike the calcium found in your typical store-bought dairy foods like milk and cheese which isn't readily bio-available, the calcium from eggshells is about 90 percent absorbable by our bones AND the composition of eggshells if remarkably similar to our bones and teeth!

 

I don't think you can get better than that!  So there you have it, organic eggshells, my (not so) secret ingredient to our all-natural Remineralizing Toothpaste   

 

Coming very soon!

 

In health and wellness, 

 

 

Colette

   

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September Recipe: Wholesome Banana Muffins

Posted by colette on Monday, 24 September 2012 in Uncategorized

Today is officially the first day of school holidays and even though my little one is not yet school aged I've heard his whine of "I'm bored" enough to understand how difficult it can be to keep children entertained at home.

 

Meal planning, preparation and cooking is something that even the littlest people love to help us with.  And what a great opportunity to teach children about healthy food!  "Helping" in our kitchen usually involves about as much nibbling as it does actually cooking!  So I try to vary what we cook to including lots of different kinds of healthy foods.  

 

Today we decided to make something yummy, wholesome and easy to prepare for morning tea.  The little lad insisted we make something with the bananas ripening on our tree outside, so we settled on banana muffins.  Not only is this recipe quick and simple - great for little helpers - it's wholesome and yummy too!  

 

Note: we use organic ingredients where possible and always substitute very healthful coconut oil for the very unhealthful vegetable oil typically used in similar recipes.

 

Wholesome Banana Muffins

2 large ripe bananas (or 3 small bananas), chopped
1 organic red apple cored, peeled (optional), and chopped
2 organic, free range eggs, lightly beaten
1 tbs organic coconut oil 
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup rapadura (a considerably more nutritious substitute for sugar) or 1/3 cup of organic raw sugar
1 cup organic self-raising flour (we use gluten-free)
1 cup organic plain flour (we use gluten-free)
1/2 cup organic raw milk

 

Preheat oven to 180C.
This recipe is so kid-friendly that you can actually just throw the whole lot into your mixer together.  
Mix gently until combined.
Spoon into greased muffin trays.  

 

This recipe makes 12 mini muffins and 12 regular muffins.

Serve warm, alone, with butter, or with a dollop of crème Fraiche (or sour cream) and sliced banana.  

Enjoy!

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

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All-Natural Coconut Oil Toothpaste COMING SOON!

Posted by colette on Tuesday, 04 September 2012 in Uncategorized

  

 

As I finalise the tweaking of my coconut oil toothpaste recipe to perfection, you might be interested in reading some of the news articles that have been released in the last couple of days in regard to the many benefits of coconut oil to dental health.

 

Trade your Toothpaste of Coconut Oil - September 4, 2012

Coconut Oil Attacks Tooth Decay - September 4, 2012

Coconut Oil Hailed as "Miracle" Dental Breakthrough - September 3, 2012

Coconut Oil: Tooth Decay's New Enemy - September 3, 2012

 

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

 

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Whipped Coconut Body Butter COMING SOON!

Posted by colette on Friday, 24 August 2012 in Uncategorized

I'm so excited!  It's on it's way!  In just a couple of short weeks our fresh-from-the-coconut-trees shipment of organic coconut oil will be arriving from the unpolluted islands of the South Pacific.  

 

 

As soon as I get my hands on it I'll be whipping up a storm.  First on my list is some decadent Whipped Coconut Body Butter which you'll be able to order right here.  If you love silky smooth skin without the risk of nasty chemicals found in your usual moisturisers, then my Whipped Coconut Body Butter is for you.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

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Is Coconut Oil REALLY healthy?

Posted by colette on Friday, 17 August 2012 in Uncategorized

You may be wondering how coconut oil can be healthy when it is actually made up of 90% saturated fat.  For how long have we been told by our doctors and the media that we should avoid saturated fat at all costs?  "Saturated fat clogs arteries!"  "Saturated fat causes heart disease!"  Sound familiar?  There's just one problem... No one's ever proved it! 

 

In fact, it's not saturated fat that's damaging to your health, it's the trans-fats found in hydrogenated oil that are deadly dangerous.

 

In this video, natural health physician and Mercola.com founder Dr. Joseph Mercola discusses the truth about the many health benefits of coconut oil and why it is better than vegetable oil or any other cooking oil.

 

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

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Welcome to Passionately Vital

Posted by colette on Tuesday, 07 August 2012 in Uncategorized

Hello and welcome!

Finally, our new and improved website is here.  Yay!  I think it looks really nice, don't you?

 

I wanted it to be pleasing to the eye, easy to navigate with useful information, and no junk to wade through.  So far, I think it does all of that pretty well.

 

Over time I plan to add more and more interesting and useful health-related articles and videos for you to enjoy.  For now though, you can still find some important information about coconut oil, some of it's many many uses, and health benefits.

 

Coming very soon to the online shop will be some of my favourite homemade health and beauty products to nourish and protect your body.  You can look forward to my delicious, triple-whipped, all natural, organic coconut moisturising body butter.  Mmmmm!  I love love love this stuff.  There'll also be my all-natural, whitening and re-mineralising toothpaste.  Another "can't live without" product in our home.  And that's not all!  So keep checking back for more healthful, homemade products your body will love.

 

In the meantime, we have our best-selling organic coconut oil available.  Remember, not only is coconut oil the healthiest oil to use in your cooking and baking, it can also help you to lose weight!

 

Thank you so much to Mack, from Plan B Design Studio, for putting the site together for me.

 

Now to get back into the kitchen to whip up some more body butter ...

 

In health and wellness,
Colette

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A Big Reveal and a Big Competition!

Posted by colette on Friday, 29 August 2014 in Uncategorized

For the past few weeks I've been working on something very exciting and I'm finally ready to make the reveal!

 

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I'm extremely excited to announce the opening of 

 

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Thank you for the heart-felt round of applause.  I really appreciate it :D

 

Starting in September I will be opening my (virtual) doors to you revealing a shop jam-packed with all your favourite organic products at easily affordable prices.  

 

(For the time being, this Community Buyers' Group is only open to residents of Brisbane and Logan in Queensland, Australia)

 

As a natural health business I have access to numerous suppliers offering a wide variety of products at substantially reduced prices when I buy in bulk.  For a long time I've been thinking about how best to pass these savings on to you, my loyal customers.  Well, here it is!

 

Every month on my Facebook page, I'll upload a comprehensive monthly "shopping list" for you to download.  At your leisure you make yourself a lovely cup of tea, curl up on the lounge and mark off your selections before returning the form to me by the due date.  I will then get to work placing your orders, collecting your goodies and packing your boxes ready for you to pick up at a set time at the end of the month.  I even offer delivery (a fee and conditions apply).  

 

This is a great way to avoid the supermarket chains and expensive health food stores and save a lot of money.  You can expect savings of up to 80% off recommended retail prices. The list of products I have available is  comprehensive and if you notice a favourite product is missing from the list, chances are that I'll be able to source it for you.

 

Here are the types of products I have available:

 

·    organic superfoods

·    organic teas & coffee

·    organic treats & snack foods

·    organic household items

·    organic personal care products & cosmetics

·    homoeopathics & essential oils

·    utensils & equipment

 

And these are just a tiny few of the brands I have available:

 

·    A’Kin

·    Al’chemy

·    Australian Native Botanicals

·    Baby Organics

·    Biologika

·    Bragg

·    Burt’s Bees

·    Cheeki

·    Dr Organics

·    Eco Child

·    Gaia

·    Kin Kin

·        Nature’s Child

·        Planet Organic

·        Pure Food Essentials

·        TOM Organics

·        Wotnot

·        Uniquely Organic

 

How great is that!

 

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Now, since Father's Day is only a week away I thought I'd give you even more of an incentive to sign up.  Every person who signs up to our Community Buyers' Organic Health Shop will receive an entry into our Father's Day Organic Essentials Gift Pack valued at over $100*.  (*unfortunately this competition is only open to residents of Brisbane and Logan in Queensland, Australia).  Here's what it includes:

 

* $50 gift certificate to be spent on your first Community Buyers' Organic Health Shop order

* 700ml jar of organic virgin coconut oil

* 700g raw local honey

* organic moisturising shaving cream

* organic all-natural deodorant

* organic re-mineralising toothpaste

* organic lip balm

* organic all-purpose herbal healing balm

 


How to Enter (How to sign up):

 

1. like our Facebook page (in order to download order form)

 

2. comment on this post with your email address (so I can contact you when you win)

 

3. share this post on Facebook (because sharing good things feels good)

 

Good luck! 

 

 

Wishing you health and wellness,

 

 

 

 

 

Colette

 

 

 

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Cancer is Curable!

Posted by colette on Saturday, 16 August 2014 in Uncategorized

I'm upset. I'm frustrated. My heart is pounding and I can hardly sit still because I want to do something about this but don't know what I can do. I want to pick up the world and shake some sense into it!

 

In the past couple of weeks I've had three up close and personal experiences with cancer. One relative and one friend diagnosed with cancer and one relative died after being diagnosed with cancer.

 

It's not that these people “got” cancer that really upsets me (although it's never a time for celebration when the body shows symptoms of dis-ease), it's what happened after their diagnoses that really eats at me.

 

You see, cancer is curable. Being told you have cancer does not have to be a death sentence. Cancer is not a mysterious or complicated disease. You can cure cancer yourself without allopathic medical treatment. You really can! It's just that we have been conditioned to be scared of cancer. We're so scared of cancer, we don't even want to understand it. We know so many people who have died after finding out they had cancer and we know even more people who have suffered through cancer treatments. The average person knows nothing about what cancer actually is. All we know is that some people get cancer, they go to the doctor, they have surgery and/or medicine and they either live or die. When it comes to cancer, our expiry date depends on the Gods (or our doctors, which for many people are interchangeable terms...). We do not know, do not consider, or do not take self-responsibility for, what caused our cancer in the first place. As with everything affecting the body, if we do not remove or at least acknowledge the cause of the cancer, we cannot effectively deal with it. If you finger is hurting because you've got a splinter stuck in it, you don't just take an asprin and get on with your day. No. You remove the splinter, wash away any dirt and maybe apply some ointment or a bandaid to protect the wound while it heals, and the symptom of pain will quickly go away. Why don't we address cancer in a similar manner? If we don't remove the cause and simply cut out or poison the cancer, the body will continue to react to that original cause! And now the body has the additional stress of invasive treatment to deal with as well. Maybe more cells will become cancerous, maybe you'll develop other symptoms.

 

Unfortunately even our modern medical system tends to focus primarily on symptomatic treatment rather than cause or prevention. And when it comes to cancer the newly diagnosed patient is told to get treatment YESTERDAY or they will die. There is no advice to seek a second opinion. There is definitely no recommendation to seek complimentary treatment from a natural therapist. There is no discussion about possible causes, let alone removal of these causes. There's not even any discussion about real options. Your only course of action is to undergo treatment immediately or die.

 

The truth is more people die from cancer treatment than the cancer itself. I'm not making that up. There are bucket loads of research available, even studies released by the Council Council itself that demonstrate how the treatment of cancer kills people. Your doctor may even tell you that one of the risks associated with treatment is that you possibly won't survive the offered treatment. It's not a secret - cancer treatment kills! So why aren't we looking at other ways to cure our cancer? Why aren't we looking for the causes of our cancer?

 

 

Cancer is the body's reaction to something causing it stress. Doctors tell us that cigarettes and exposure to the damaging rays of the sun cause cancer. There is no official acceptance of other factors that cause cancer. However, we have heard about lots of things that are classified as carcinogenic substances – various food additives, pollution, exposure to toxins, electromagnetic energy from our mobile phones and computers, stress. These things all make some sense to us. But the list is long. Taking responsibility for the causes of our cancer is big. It takes a lot of work and might involve changing our habits (making nutritious lunches for ourselves rather than relying on fast food), or giving up something we like doing (spending less time on our favourite mobile device), or getting out of our comfort zone (giving up that extra hour of sleep each morning to get in some exercise before work). So we look towards our doctors to fix us without having to do any work ourselves. Even if the treatment makes us sick, causes pain, makes us miserable, we still put all responsibility for our healing solely in the hands of our doctors. We do this even though we know the treatment options available are not particularly effective. Why do we choose the discomfort of possibly ineffective medical treatment that only address the symptoms of our dis-ease over the discomfort of possibly effective lifestyle changes which address the causes of our dis-ease? This is something we really need to think about and reconsider.

 

Let's start taking responsibility for our health now. Take responsibility before we develop symptoms of dis-ease. Take responsibility before we get a diagnosis of cancer. Or diabetes. Or heart disease. These are not conditions that randomly fall upon us. They are conditions that we bring upon ourselves. By the way, I've heard the argument that some people are genetically predisposed to developing these diseases and an eventual diagnosis of the disease is determined by luck. I believe this is a cop out and an excuse for doing the hard work of taking responsibility for our health. A predisposition for disease does not equal disease. It's up to us whether or not we manifest the disease.

 

Let's choose not to manifest cancer.  Let's choose health and wellness instead.  The choice is ours.

 

 

Wishing you health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

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Phew!  The last few months have been so busy!  We had the usual mixture of family and business to attend to but added to it we also had the addition of an extra person in the family and a new line of healing products in the shop.  

 

Our darling little girl is 4 months old now and I have absolutely no idea what happened to the time!  Our days have been full of falling in love over and over with baby Amarina.  We cannot get enough of her smiles, giggles and gurgles.  She is an absolute delight and we're so blessed to have her choose us as her family.

 

 

On the rare occasions when I've been able to pull myself away from Amarina, I've been working on my new herbal healing balms.  I'm so happy with how they've turned out.  They each work incredibly well.  At the moment I'm especially in love with the Organic Arthritis Aches and Pains Relief Balm.  Since giving birth to Amarina, I've been keen to get my body back into shape.  So for the past couple of months I've been diligently running with my sister-in-law 3 times a week.  This extra exercise has done wonders for my energy levels and my mood, as well as my fitness and weight loss.  However, over the past couple of weeks I've been noticing a lot of pain in my knees and especially my ankles while running and even throughout the following day!  I've never experienced this kind of pain before.  I'm not sure if it's due to the cooler weather, my advancing age ;-), or because the baby is sucking all the nutrients out of me!  Whatever it is, it was making running very uncomfortable and unenjoyable.  Finally it occurred to me to try out the Aches and Pains Relief Balm on myself.  I applied it to my ankles after my run when they were particularly hurting and you know what?  The effect was almost immediate!  The aching feeling completely disappeared!  So the next time I went for a run I applied the balm to my ankles and knees right before I set out and I barely noticed any pain during the run at all.  When I got home I applied the balm again and I felt no discomfort that night nor during the following day.  Like I said before, I am in love with this stuff!


Just don't forget to wash your hands afterwards ... it really burns if you inadvertently rub your eyes or mouth with it!

 

I would love for you to give it a try too and tell me about your experience.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February Recipes: New Baby Essentials

Posted by colette on Sunday, 17 February 2013 in Recipe of the Month

On the 18th January we welcomed our beautiful baby daughter into the world.

As parents who try to do things "au naturale" we keep away from all those baby products out there which are full of impossible-to-pronounce toxic, chemical ingredients, and instead I make my own creams, powders and lotions to keep our baby clean and rash-free.  I thought I'd share with you my favourite, can't-live-without recipes that really work.

 

Baby Powder

 

1/2 cup of arrowroot powder
15 drops of pure essential organic lavender oil

 

Step 1:  Put the ingredients in a ziploc bag and massage the oil through the powder until well combined.

Step 2:  Pour the powder into a container of your choice and let sit for a couple of days while the oil becomes well absorbed into the powder.

 

And you're done!  I rub this powder all over our little one's nappy area after every nappy change.  It smells lovely and seems to work wonderfully.

 

Nappy Rash Cream

 

1 cup of organic cacao butter
1/2 cup of organic coconut oil
1 tablespoon of beeswax
3 tablespoons of zinc oxide powder (I had a difficult time finding this, but eventually found a supplier on ebay)

 

Step 1:  In a double boiler, add the cacao butter, coconut oil and beeswax.  After a few minutes it will have melted.  

Step 2:  Remove from heat, add the zinc oxide powder and beat with an electric mixer for about 5 minutes to thicken it up and make it lovely, fluffy and creamy.

Step 3:  Scoop the cream into a jar and voila, you have a very effective, nasty-free nappy rash cream that smells lovely!

 

Baby Wipe Lotion

 

2 cups of water, boiled
2 organic chamomile tea bags
2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil 
5 drops of pure essential organic lavender oil
2-3 drops of organic tea tree oil

 

Step 1:  Allow chamomile tea bags to steep in hot water until cool.

Step 2:  Add coconut oil and essential oils.

 

We use this lotion by placing our baby wipes (cut up pieces of soft organic cotton) in a ziploc bag and pouring the lotion over them until they're saturated.  It works exactly the same way as the store bought baby wipes only without all the toxic, unnecessary chemicals.  After use we simply wash the wipe together with the nappy (we use cloth nappies) and re-use them. 

 

Preparing these lovely homemade baby products really takes no time at all.  And we know exactly what we're putting on our baby's delicate skin.  No harmful chemicals used here!  Instead we choose which natural, therapeutic ingredients we'd like to use and can adjust the amount of each ingredient we use depending on our baby's needs and on the weather (for example when it's really hot we may add more beeswax to keep the cream from melting).  I hope you'll give them a try too.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

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January Recipe: Refreshing Honey Lemonade

Posted by colette on Tuesday, 15 January 2013 in Recipe of the Month

 

It has been incredibly hot here in Brisbane.  Being 9 months pregnant is not helping either!  We've been spending a lot of time in the pool, at the library, visiting museums to take part in the various school holiday activities on offer and just about anything else we can think of that allows us to temporarily escape into air-conditioned bliss.  

 

We've also been drinking a LOT of water.  Usually we go through a 15L bottle of water about every 3 days.  These last couple of weeks have seen our family of 3 drink 15L a day!  Granted, hubby, who works outside, has been been the biggest consumer, but the little one and I are rarely seen without a bottle of water to our lips.  

 

We always add a pinch of himalayan salt to our water for the added minerals to help with absorption and prevent dehydration, but even so sometimes water just doesn't hit the spot.  When it's particularly hot I tend to crave something sweeter than plain water.  We never drink soft drinks or fruit drinks, of course, but we do sometimes indulge in fresh juices that we make ourselves.  The other day we wanted to try something different so we decided to make lemonade.  If you're used to regular sugar-laden lemonade this will taste a bit different.  But I think you will quickly get used to it.  We loved it.

 

 

Ingredients

 

6 organic lemons

4 cups water

2 cups of warm water

1/3 cup of raw honey

a couple of sprigs of fresh organic mint

lots of ice

 

 

Method

 

 

Juice the lemons and pour, pulp and all (we love the pulp) into a large serving jug.

Add 4 cups of water to the jug.

Heat 2 cups of water until warm and stir in the honey until it dissolves.  I simply used the kettle to heat the water until it was almost too hot to touch.  Do not boil the water as the heat from hot water will damage the wonderful healthful enzymes in the honey.

Add the honey flavoured water to the jug and stir.

Throw in some mint and ice.

Chill in the fridge.

Before serving slice the remaining lemon and place in the jug.  The lovely green mint together with the lemon slices make a lovely garnish to this yummy refreshing summertime drink.

 

 

I hope you enjoy it.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

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I love Christmas time.  Especially when seeing the magic through the innocent eyes of a little one.   Our 3 year old is entranced by all the mystery and excitment of Christmas.  We read lots of Christmas stories, make decorations, take part in all sorts of Christmas activities happening around our city, and do a bit of Christmas baking.  Unfortunately Christmas time for many children is another excuse to overindulge in junk food.  Being a health conscious family, we avoid the junk food as much as possible and on special occasions when colourful sweet treats are expected, we substitute the unhealthy ingredients with more natural options.  Seeing gingerbread men seemingly everywhere we turn lately, Mr 3 year old had been asking for his own gingerbread man for weeks.  So I came up with a recipe that I think tastes just like your traditional gingerbread but without all the sugary, refined, chemical-laden, nutrient-empty ingredients you'll find in the gingerbread men biscuits in the supermarket or coffee shop.  Actually, I think this gingerbread tastes even better!

 

 

 

Wholesome Gingerbread Men


Ingredients


Gingerbread

125g butter (at room temperature)

1/2 cup xylitol

1/2 cup honey

2 1/2 cups plain flour (we used an organic gluten free flour blend)

1 tbsp ground organic ginger

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (aluminium free)

1 organic egg yolk

 

Icing

1 organic egg white

3/4 cup xylitol

 

Method

Preheat oven to 180C.  Line 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper.

In a large mixing bowl, mix butter and xylitol until pale and creamy.  Add egg yolk and honey and mix until combined.

Stir in flour, spices and bicarbonate of soda.

Turn onto a lightly flour surface and knead until smooth.

Press dough into a disc, cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to rest.

In a clean, dry bowl beat egg white until soft peaks form

Gradually add xylitol and beat until hard peaks form.  Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate.

Once dough has rested, place dough between two sheets of baking powder and roll out until about 1/2 cm thick.  

Cut out shapes.  Place on trays approximately 3cm apart.

Bake in oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly brown.  Remove from oven and transfer to rack to cool.

Pipe icing over gingerbread shapes to decorate.  The icing also acts as a 'glue' to stick on lolly buttons or licorice smiles.  Let the kids go wild with their creative imagination.

 

 

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October Recipe: Wholesome Carrot Cake

Posted by colette on Thursday, 25 October 2012 in Recipe of the Month

 

 

This Carrot Cake recipe would have to be one of favourite wholesome indulges.  It has taken a bit of experimentation to substitute the typical less-healthy ingredients with healthier options and still have a sweet, moist cake, but to my family's tastes it's perfectly YUM. 

 

The most important trick to making a healthy, wholesome cake is to ensure that all ingredients are fresh, whole and raw.  Basically my principle is to stick as close to nature as possible.  For example, I always use organic ingredients, locally produced where possible to ensure freshness and optimal nutritional value.  We grow what we can in our limited space and we shop for the rest at our local organic farmers' market.  Eggs we grow ourselves thanks to our fat, happy chooks who have the entire 3/4 acres of the backyard to graze (and destroy!). 

 

The next thing to consider is substitution of oils and sugars for healthier options.  In this recipe I use coconut oil (of course) instead of margarine or vegetable oil typically used in similar recipes.  And instead of sugar I use our delicious raw homegrown honey.  Unfortunately, when heated, raw honey does lose most of it's health-giving enzymes and nutrients, but in saying that it is still a healthier option than regular sugar.

 

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do (even out of the bowl!).

 

 

Wholesome Sugar-Free Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

 

 

Ingredients 

2 cups (300g) organic, gluten-free self-raising flour

1 1/2 cups (225g) organic, gluten-free plain flour

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (be sure to look for aluminium-free.  I use McKenzie's)

2 tsps cinnamon

2 tsps ground nutmeg

1/2 cup raw organic honey

3 1/2 cups coarsely grated organic carrots

100g raw walnuts, roughly chopped

1 1/4 cups (310mls) coconut oil

5 organic eggs, lightly beaten

300g sour cream

2 tsp vanilla extract

 

Cream Cheese Icing

250g cream cheese, softened

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 1/2 cups (250g) xylitol*

 

Method

Preheat oven to 180 C.  Grease and line a 25cm round cake pan with baking paper.

Sift flours, bicarb soda and spices into a large bowl.  Add grated carrot and walnuts and stir to combine.

In a separate bowl, whisk oil, eggs, sour cream, honey and vanilla until smooth.

Add to dry ingredients and stir until just combined.  

Pour into pan, smoothing the top with a spatula.  Bake in the oven for approximately 1 1/2 hours or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Stand for 20 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool.

 

For the icing, beat the cream cheese using electric beaters until smooth.  Add vanilla and beat well.  Gradually add xylitol, beating until smooth and creamy.  

Spread icing onto the cake however your artistic talent dictates.  I like to split the cake into two layers.  Then I spread the bottom layer with half the icing, add the second layer, and smother the remaining icing all over the top!

 

Make a cuppa, cut a large slice, sit down, relax and enjoy!

  

* A note on xylitol.  Xylitol is a healthier substitute for sugar.  It's found naturally in many fruits and vegetables like plums and corn and it's even produced in our own bodies!  Xylitol is as sweet as sugar but contains 40% less kilojoules, virtually zero carbohydrate content and a very low GI which makes it a good option for those with diabetes.  And because it's metabolised slowly by the body, it doesn't cause the "sugar rush" that you may experience with other sugary products and therefore also doesn't result in the subsequent drop in blood sugar and a craving for more sweetness later.  

 

Best of all ... we'll be selling xylitol in our online shop very soon.  So watch this space.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

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Eggshells - My Secret Ingredient

Posted by colette on Monday, 15 October 2012 in Uncategorized

 

It's been a very busy and frustrating couple of months.  When it comes to getting things into my shop Murphy's Law has been exerting it's influence much too regularly for my liking.  It seems that despite every step I take in the forwards direction, I still end up two steps behind where I started.  Somehow I am progressing though.  The new container load of lovely fresh Organic Virgin Coconut Oil arrived safe and sound from Fiji.  The bees continue to do their work and we have lots of delicious Raw Australian Honey ready for sale.  And my perfected Whipped Coconut Body Butter has survived the tough test of a few stinking hot days by not melting and maintaining its deliciously luxuriously gorgeous texture!  Mmmm I'm so in love with that stuff.

 

However, sourcing a certain ingredient for our Remineralizing Toothpaste has been challenging.  I have not been able to find a calcium and mineral powder that I'm completely satisfied with.  So many of the powders tend to be poor quality, GMO, do not contain adequate ratios of the desired minerals, or are simply ridiculously expensive.  I was stumped.  Then one morning, as I wandered out to the backyard to collect the eggs from our hens, an idea popped into my mind!  Eggshells!  I could use organic eggshells!  Genius!  Afterall, a single medium-sized eggshell contains about 800mg of readily absorbable calcium as well as about 27 other essential elements such as magnesium, boron, iron, copper, manganese, zinc, molybdenum, etc.  Perfect!

 

 

 

Also, unlike the calcium found in your typical store-bought dairy foods like milk and cheese which isn't readily bio-available, the calcium from eggshells is about 90 percent absorbable by our bones AND the composition of eggshells if remarkably similar to our bones and teeth!

 

I don't think you can get better than that!  So there you have it, organic eggshells, my (not so) secret ingredient to our all-natural Remineralizing Toothpaste   

 

Coming very soon!

 

In health and wellness, 

 

 

Colette

   

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September Recipe: Wholesome Banana Muffins

Posted by colette on Monday, 24 September 2012 in Uncategorized

Today is officially the first day of school holidays and even though my little one is not yet school aged I've heard his whine of "I'm bored" enough to understand how difficult it can be to keep children entertained at home.

 

Meal planning, preparation and cooking is something that even the littlest people love to help us with.  And what a great opportunity to teach children about healthy food!  "Helping" in our kitchen usually involves about as much nibbling as it does actually cooking!  So I try to vary what we cook to including lots of different kinds of healthy foods.  

 

Today we decided to make something yummy, wholesome and easy to prepare for morning tea.  The little lad insisted we make something with the bananas ripening on our tree outside, so we settled on banana muffins.  Not only is this recipe quick and simple - great for little helpers - it's wholesome and yummy too!  

 

Note: we use organic ingredients where possible and always substitute very healthful coconut oil for the very unhealthful vegetable oil typically used in similar recipes.

 

Wholesome Banana Muffins

2 large ripe bananas (or 3 small bananas), chopped
1 organic red apple cored, peeled (optional), and chopped
2 organic, free range eggs, lightly beaten
1 tbs organic coconut oil 
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup rapadura (a considerably more nutritious substitute for sugar) or 1/3 cup of organic raw sugar
1 cup organic self-raising flour (we use gluten-free)
1 cup organic plain flour (we use gluten-free)
1/2 cup organic raw milk

 

Preheat oven to 180C.
This recipe is so kid-friendly that you can actually just throw the whole lot into your mixer together.  
Mix gently until combined.
Spoon into greased muffin trays.  

 

This recipe makes 12 mini muffins and 12 regular muffins.

Serve warm, alone, with butter, or with a dollop of crème Fraiche (or sour cream) and sliced banana.  

Enjoy!

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

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All-Natural Coconut Oil Toothpaste COMING SOON!

Posted by colette on Tuesday, 04 September 2012 in Uncategorized

  

 

As I finalise the tweaking of my coconut oil toothpaste recipe to perfection, you might be interested in reading some of the news articles that have been released in the last couple of days in regard to the many benefits of coconut oil to dental health.

 

Trade your Toothpaste of Coconut Oil - September 4, 2012

Coconut Oil Attacks Tooth Decay - September 4, 2012

Coconut Oil Hailed as "Miracle" Dental Breakthrough - September 3, 2012

Coconut Oil: Tooth Decay's New Enemy - September 3, 2012

 

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

 

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Whipped Coconut Body Butter COMING SOON!

Posted by colette on Friday, 24 August 2012 in Uncategorized

I'm so excited!  It's on it's way!  In just a couple of short weeks our fresh-from-the-coconut-trees shipment of organic coconut oil will be arriving from the unpolluted islands of the South Pacific.  

 

 

As soon as I get my hands on it I'll be whipping up a storm.  First on my list is some decadent Whipped Coconut Body Butter which you'll be able to order right here.  If you love silky smooth skin without the risk of nasty chemicals found in your usual moisturisers, then my Whipped Coconut Body Butter is for you.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

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Is Coconut Oil REALLY healthy?

Posted by colette on Friday, 17 August 2012 in Uncategorized

You may be wondering how coconut oil can be healthy when it is actually made up of 90% saturated fat.  For how long have we been told by our doctors and the media that we should avoid saturated fat at all costs?  "Saturated fat clogs arteries!"  "Saturated fat causes heart disease!"  Sound familiar?  There's just one problem... No one's ever proved it! 

 

In fact, it's not saturated fat that's damaging to your health, it's the trans-fats found in hydrogenated oil that are deadly dangerous.

 

In this video, natural health physician and Mercola.com founder Dr. Joseph Mercola discusses the truth about the many health benefits of coconut oil and why it is better than vegetable oil or any other cooking oil.

 

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

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Welcome to Passionately Vital

Posted by colette on Tuesday, 07 August 2012 in Uncategorized

Hello and welcome!

Finally, our new and improved website is here.  Yay!  I think it looks really nice, don't you?

 

I wanted it to be pleasing to the eye, easy to navigate with useful information, and no junk to wade through.  So far, I think it does all of that pretty well.

 

Over time I plan to add more and more interesting and useful health-related articles and videos for you to enjoy.  For now though, you can still find some important information about coconut oil, some of it's many many uses, and health benefits.

 

Coming very soon to the online shop will be some of my favourite homemade health and beauty products to nourish and protect your body.  You can look forward to my delicious, triple-whipped, all natural, organic coconut moisturising body butter.  Mmmmm!  I love love love this stuff.  There'll also be my all-natural, whitening and re-mineralising toothpaste.  Another "can't live without" product in our home.  And that's not all!  So keep checking back for more healthful, homemade products your body will love.

 

In the meantime, we have our best-selling organic coconut oil available.  Remember, not only is coconut oil the healthiest oil to use in your cooking and baking, it can also help you to lose weight!

 

Thank you so much to Mack, from Plan B Design Studio, for putting the site together for me.

 

Now to get back into the kitchen to whip up some more body butter ...

 

In health and wellness,
Colette

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A Big Reveal and a Big Competition!

Posted by colette on Friday, 29 August 2014 in Uncategorized

For the past few weeks I've been working on something very exciting and I'm finally ready to make the reveal!

 

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I'm extremely excited to announce the opening of 

 

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Thank you for the heart-felt round of applause.  I really appreciate it :D

 

Starting in September I will be opening my (virtual) doors to you revealing a shop jam-packed with all your favourite organic products at easily affordable prices.  

 

(For the time being, this Community Buyers' Group is only open to residents of Brisbane and Logan in Queensland, Australia)

 

As a natural health business I have access to numerous suppliers offering a wide variety of products at substantially reduced prices when I buy in bulk.  For a long time I've been thinking about how best to pass these savings on to you, my loyal customers.  Well, here it is!

 

Every month on my Facebook page, I'll upload a comprehensive monthly "shopping list" for you to download.  At your leisure you make yourself a lovely cup of tea, curl up on the lounge and mark off your selections before returning the form to me by the due date.  I will then get to work placing your orders, collecting your goodies and packing your boxes ready for you to pick up at a set time at the end of the month.  I even offer delivery (a fee and conditions apply).  

 

This is a great way to avoid the supermarket chains and expensive health food stores and save a lot of money.  You can expect savings of up to 80% off recommended retail prices. The list of products I have available is  comprehensive and if you notice a favourite product is missing from the list, chances are that I'll be able to source it for you.

 

Here are the types of products I have available:

 

·    organic superfoods

·    organic teas & coffee

·    organic treats & snack foods

·    organic household items

·    organic personal care products & cosmetics

·    homoeopathics & essential oils

·    utensils & equipment

 

And these are just a tiny few of the brands I have available:

 

·    A’Kin

·    Al’chemy

·    Australian Native Botanicals

·    Baby Organics

·    Biologika

·    Bragg

·    Burt’s Bees

·    Cheeki

·    Dr Organics

·    Eco Child

·    Gaia

·    Kin Kin

·        Nature’s Child

·        Planet Organic

·        Pure Food Essentials

·        TOM Organics

·        Wotnot

·        Uniquely Organic

 

How great is that!

 

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Now, since Father's Day is only a week away I thought I'd give you even more of an incentive to sign up.  Every person who signs up to our Community Buyers' Organic Health Shop will receive an entry into our Father's Day Organic Essentials Gift Pack valued at over $100*.  (*unfortunately this competition is only open to residents of Brisbane and Logan in Queensland, Australia).  Here's what it includes:

 

* $50 gift certificate to be spent on your first Community Buyers' Organic Health Shop order

* 700ml jar of organic virgin coconut oil

* 700g raw local honey

* organic moisturising shaving cream

* organic all-natural deodorant

* organic re-mineralising toothpaste

* organic lip balm

* organic all-purpose herbal healing balm

 


How to Enter (How to sign up):

 

1. like our Facebook page (in order to download order form)

 

2. comment on this post with your email address (so I can contact you when you win)

 

3. share this post on Facebook (because sharing good things feels good)

 

Good luck! 

 

 

Wishing you health and wellness,

 

 

 

 

 

Colette

 

 

 

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Cancer is Curable!

Posted by colette on Saturday, 16 August 2014 in Uncategorized

I'm upset. I'm frustrated. My heart is pounding and I can hardly sit still because I want to do something about this but don't know what I can do. I want to pick up the world and shake some sense into it!

 

In the past couple of weeks I've had three up close and personal experiences with cancer. One relative and one friend diagnosed with cancer and one relative died after being diagnosed with cancer.

 

It's not that these people “got” cancer that really upsets me (although it's never a time for celebration when the body shows symptoms of dis-ease), it's what happened after their diagnoses that really eats at me.

 

You see, cancer is curable. Being told you have cancer does not have to be a death sentence. Cancer is not a mysterious or complicated disease. You can cure cancer yourself without allopathic medical treatment. You really can! It's just that we have been conditioned to be scared of cancer. We're so scared of cancer, we don't even want to understand it. We know so many people who have died after finding out they had cancer and we know even more people who have suffered through cancer treatments. The average person knows nothing about what cancer actually is. All we know is that some people get cancer, they go to the doctor, they have surgery and/or medicine and they either live or die. When it comes to cancer, our expiry date depends on the Gods (or our doctors, which for many people are interchangeable terms...). We do not know, do not consider, or do not take self-responsibility for, what caused our cancer in the first place. As with everything affecting the body, if we do not remove or at least acknowledge the cause of the cancer, we cannot effectively deal with it. If you finger is hurting because you've got a splinter stuck in it, you don't just take an asprin and get on with your day. No. You remove the splinter, wash away any dirt and maybe apply some ointment or a bandaid to protect the wound while it heals, and the symptom of pain will quickly go away. Why don't we address cancer in a similar manner? If we don't remove the cause and simply cut out or poison the cancer, the body will continue to react to that original cause! And now the body has the additional stress of invasive treatment to deal with as well. Maybe more cells will become cancerous, maybe you'll develop other symptoms.

 

Unfortunately even our modern medical system tends to focus primarily on symptomatic treatment rather than cause or prevention. And when it comes to cancer the newly diagnosed patient is told to get treatment YESTERDAY or they will die. There is no advice to seek a second opinion. There is definitely no recommendation to seek complimentary treatment from a natural therapist. There is no discussion about possible causes, let alone removal of these causes. There's not even any discussion about real options. Your only course of action is to undergo treatment immediately or die.

 

The truth is more people die from cancer treatment than the cancer itself. I'm not making that up. There are bucket loads of research available, even studies released by the Council Council itself that demonstrate how the treatment of cancer kills people. Your doctor may even tell you that one of the risks associated with treatment is that you possibly won't survive the offered treatment. It's not a secret - cancer treatment kills! So why aren't we looking at other ways to cure our cancer? Why aren't we looking for the causes of our cancer?

 

 

Cancer is the body's reaction to something causing it stress. Doctors tell us that cigarettes and exposure to the damaging rays of the sun cause cancer. There is no official acceptance of other factors that cause cancer. However, we have heard about lots of things that are classified as carcinogenic substances – various food additives, pollution, exposure to toxins, electromagnetic energy from our mobile phones and computers, stress. These things all make some sense to us. But the list is long. Taking responsibility for the causes of our cancer is big. It takes a lot of work and might involve changing our habits (making nutritious lunches for ourselves rather than relying on fast food), or giving up something we like doing (spending less time on our favourite mobile device), or getting out of our comfort zone (giving up that extra hour of sleep each morning to get in some exercise before work). So we look towards our doctors to fix us without having to do any work ourselves. Even if the treatment makes us sick, causes pain, makes us miserable, we still put all responsibility for our healing solely in the hands of our doctors. We do this even though we know the treatment options available are not particularly effective. Why do we choose the discomfort of possibly ineffective medical treatment that only address the symptoms of our dis-ease over the discomfort of possibly effective lifestyle changes which address the causes of our dis-ease? This is something we really need to think about and reconsider.

 

Let's start taking responsibility for our health now. Take responsibility before we develop symptoms of dis-ease. Take responsibility before we get a diagnosis of cancer. Or diabetes. Or heart disease. These are not conditions that randomly fall upon us. They are conditions that we bring upon ourselves. By the way, I've heard the argument that some people are genetically predisposed to developing these diseases and an eventual diagnosis of the disease is determined by luck. I believe this is a cop out and an excuse for doing the hard work of taking responsibility for our health. A predisposition for disease does not equal disease. It's up to us whether or not we manifest the disease.

 

Let's choose not to manifest cancer.  Let's choose health and wellness instead.  The choice is ours.

 

 

Wishing you health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

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Phew!  The last few months have been so busy!  We had the usual mixture of family and business to attend to but added to it we also had the addition of an extra person in the family and a new line of healing products in the shop.  

 

Our darling little girl is 4 months old now and I have absolutely no idea what happened to the time!  Our days have been full of falling in love over and over with baby Amarina.  We cannot get enough of her smiles, giggles and gurgles.  She is an absolute delight and we're so blessed to have her choose us as her family.

 

 

On the rare occasions when I've been able to pull myself away from Amarina, I've been working on my new herbal healing balms.  I'm so happy with how they've turned out.  They each work incredibly well.  At the moment I'm especially in love with the Organic Arthritis Aches and Pains Relief Balm.  Since giving birth to Amarina, I've been keen to get my body back into shape.  So for the past couple of months I've been diligently running with my sister-in-law 3 times a week.  This extra exercise has done wonders for my energy levels and my mood, as well as my fitness and weight loss.  However, over the past couple of weeks I've been noticing a lot of pain in my knees and especially my ankles while running and even throughout the following day!  I've never experienced this kind of pain before.  I'm not sure if it's due to the cooler weather, my advancing age ;-), or because the baby is sucking all the nutrients out of me!  Whatever it is, it was making running very uncomfortable and unenjoyable.  Finally it occurred to me to try out the Aches and Pains Relief Balm on myself.  I applied it to my ankles after my run when they were particularly hurting and you know what?  The effect was almost immediate!  The aching feeling completely disappeared!  So the next time I went for a run I applied the balm to my ankles and knees right before I set out and I barely noticed any pain during the run at all.  When I got home I applied the balm again and I felt no discomfort that night nor during the following day.  Like I said before, I am in love with this stuff!


Just don't forget to wash your hands afterwards ... it really burns if you inadvertently rub your eyes or mouth with it!

 

I would love for you to give it a try too and tell me about your experience.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February Recipes: New Baby Essentials

Posted by colette on Sunday, 17 February 2013 in Recipe of the Month

On the 18th January we welcomed our beautiful baby daughter into the world.

As parents who try to do things "au naturale" we keep away from all those baby products out there which are full of impossible-to-pronounce toxic, chemical ingredients, and instead I make my own creams, powders and lotions to keep our baby clean and rash-free.  I thought I'd share with you my favourite, can't-live-without recipes that really work.

 

Baby Powder

 

1/2 cup of arrowroot powder
15 drops of pure essential organic lavender oil

 

Step 1:  Put the ingredients in a ziploc bag and massage the oil through the powder until well combined.

Step 2:  Pour the powder into a container of your choice and let sit for a couple of days while the oil becomes well absorbed into the powder.

 

And you're done!  I rub this powder all over our little one's nappy area after every nappy change.  It smells lovely and seems to work wonderfully.

 

Nappy Rash Cream

 

1 cup of organic cacao butter
1/2 cup of organic coconut oil
1 tablespoon of beeswax
3 tablespoons of zinc oxide powder (I had a difficult time finding this, but eventually found a supplier on ebay)

 

Step 1:  In a double boiler, add the cacao butter, coconut oil and beeswax.  After a few minutes it will have melted.  

Step 2:  Remove from heat, add the zinc oxide powder and beat with an electric mixer for about 5 minutes to thicken it up and make it lovely, fluffy and creamy.

Step 3:  Scoop the cream into a jar and voila, you have a very effective, nasty-free nappy rash cream that smells lovely!

 

Baby Wipe Lotion

 

2 cups of water, boiled
2 organic chamomile tea bags
2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil 
5 drops of pure essential organic lavender oil
2-3 drops of organic tea tree oil

 

Step 1:  Allow chamomile tea bags to steep in hot water until cool.

Step 2:  Add coconut oil and essential oils.

 

We use this lotion by placing our baby wipes (cut up pieces of soft organic cotton) in a ziploc bag and pouring the lotion over them until they're saturated.  It works exactly the same way as the store bought baby wipes only without all the toxic, unnecessary chemicals.  After use we simply wash the wipe together with the nappy (we use cloth nappies) and re-use them. 

 

Preparing these lovely homemade baby products really takes no time at all.  And we know exactly what we're putting on our baby's delicate skin.  No harmful chemicals used here!  Instead we choose which natural, therapeutic ingredients we'd like to use and can adjust the amount of each ingredient we use depending on our baby's needs and on the weather (for example when it's really hot we may add more beeswax to keep the cream from melting).  I hope you'll give them a try too.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

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January Recipe: Refreshing Honey Lemonade

Posted by colette on Tuesday, 15 January 2013 in Recipe of the Month

 

It has been incredibly hot here in Brisbane.  Being 9 months pregnant is not helping either!  We've been spending a lot of time in the pool, at the library, visiting museums to take part in the various school holiday activities on offer and just about anything else we can think of that allows us to temporarily escape into air-conditioned bliss.  

 

We've also been drinking a LOT of water.  Usually we go through a 15L bottle of water about every 3 days.  These last couple of weeks have seen our family of 3 drink 15L a day!  Granted, hubby, who works outside, has been been the biggest consumer, but the little one and I are rarely seen without a bottle of water to our lips.  

 

We always add a pinch of himalayan salt to our water for the added minerals to help with absorption and prevent dehydration, but even so sometimes water just doesn't hit the spot.  When it's particularly hot I tend to crave something sweeter than plain water.  We never drink soft drinks or fruit drinks, of course, but we do sometimes indulge in fresh juices that we make ourselves.  The other day we wanted to try something different so we decided to make lemonade.  If you're used to regular sugar-laden lemonade this will taste a bit different.  But I think you will quickly get used to it.  We loved it.

 

 

Ingredients

 

6 organic lemons

4 cups water

2 cups of warm water

1/3 cup of raw honey

a couple of sprigs of fresh organic mint

lots of ice

 

 

Method

 

 

Juice the lemons and pour, pulp and all (we love the pulp) into a large serving jug.

Add 4 cups of water to the jug.

Heat 2 cups of water until warm and stir in the honey until it dissolves.  I simply used the kettle to heat the water until it was almost too hot to touch.  Do not boil the water as the heat from hot water will damage the wonderful healthful enzymes in the honey.

Add the honey flavoured water to the jug and stir.

Throw in some mint and ice.

Chill in the fridge.

Before serving slice the remaining lemon and place in the jug.  The lovely green mint together with the lemon slices make a lovely garnish to this yummy refreshing summertime drink.

 

 

I hope you enjoy it.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

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I love Christmas time.  Especially when seeing the magic through the innocent eyes of a little one.   Our 3 year old is entranced by all the mystery and excitment of Christmas.  We read lots of Christmas stories, make decorations, take part in all sorts of Christmas activities happening around our city, and do a bit of Christmas baking.  Unfortunately Christmas time for many children is another excuse to overindulge in junk food.  Being a health conscious family, we avoid the junk food as much as possible and on special occasions when colourful sweet treats are expected, we substitute the unhealthy ingredients with more natural options.  Seeing gingerbread men seemingly everywhere we turn lately, Mr 3 year old had been asking for his own gingerbread man for weeks.  So I came up with a recipe that I think tastes just like your traditional gingerbread but without all the sugary, refined, chemical-laden, nutrient-empty ingredients you'll find in the gingerbread men biscuits in the supermarket or coffee shop.  Actually, I think this gingerbread tastes even better!

 

 

 

Wholesome Gingerbread Men


Ingredients


Gingerbread

125g butter (at room temperature)

1/2 cup xylitol

1/2 cup honey

2 1/2 cups plain flour (we used an organic gluten free flour blend)

1 tbsp ground organic ginger

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (aluminium free)

1 organic egg yolk

 

Icing

1 organic egg white

3/4 cup xylitol

 

Method

Preheat oven to 180C.  Line 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper.

In a large mixing bowl, mix butter and xylitol until pale and creamy.  Add egg yolk and honey and mix until combined.

Stir in flour, spices and bicarbonate of soda.

Turn onto a lightly flour surface and knead until smooth.

Press dough into a disc, cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to rest.

In a clean, dry bowl beat egg white until soft peaks form

Gradually add xylitol and beat until hard peaks form.  Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate.

Once dough has rested, place dough between two sheets of baking powder and roll out until about 1/2 cm thick.  

Cut out shapes.  Place on trays approximately 3cm apart.

Bake in oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly brown.  Remove from oven and transfer to rack to cool.

Pipe icing over gingerbread shapes to decorate.  The icing also acts as a 'glue' to stick on lolly buttons or licorice smiles.  Let the kids go wild with their creative imagination.

 

 

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October Recipe: Wholesome Carrot Cake

Posted by colette on Thursday, 25 October 2012 in Recipe of the Month

 

 

This Carrot Cake recipe would have to be one of favourite wholesome indulges.  It has taken a bit of experimentation to substitute the typical less-healthy ingredients with healthier options and still have a sweet, moist cake, but to my family's tastes it's perfectly YUM. 

 

The most important trick to making a healthy, wholesome cake is to ensure that all ingredients are fresh, whole and raw.  Basically my principle is to stick as close to nature as possible.  For example, I always use organic ingredients, locally produced where possible to ensure freshness and optimal nutritional value.  We grow what we can in our limited space and we shop for the rest at our local organic farmers' market.  Eggs we grow ourselves thanks to our fat, happy chooks who have the entire 3/4 acres of the backyard to graze (and destroy!). 

 

The next thing to consider is substitution of oils and sugars for healthier options.  In this recipe I use coconut oil (of course) instead of margarine or vegetable oil typically used in similar recipes.  And instead of sugar I use our delicious raw homegrown honey.  Unfortunately, when heated, raw honey does lose most of it's health-giving enzymes and nutrients, but in saying that it is still a healthier option than regular sugar.

 

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do (even out of the bowl!).

 

 

Wholesome Sugar-Free Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

 

 

Ingredients 

2 cups (300g) organic, gluten-free self-raising flour

1 1/2 cups (225g) organic, gluten-free plain flour

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (be sure to look for aluminium-free.  I use McKenzie's)

2 tsps cinnamon

2 tsps ground nutmeg

1/2 cup raw organic honey

3 1/2 cups coarsely grated organic carrots

100g raw walnuts, roughly chopped

1 1/4 cups (310mls) coconut oil

5 organic eggs, lightly beaten

300g sour cream

2 tsp vanilla extract

 

Cream Cheese Icing

250g cream cheese, softened

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 1/2 cups (250g) xylitol*

 

Method

Preheat oven to 180 C.  Grease and line a 25cm round cake pan with baking paper.

Sift flours, bicarb soda and spices into a large bowl.  Add grated carrot and walnuts and stir to combine.

In a separate bowl, whisk oil, eggs, sour cream, honey and vanilla until smooth.

Add to dry ingredients and stir until just combined.  

Pour into pan, smoothing the top with a spatula.  Bake in the oven for approximately 1 1/2 hours or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Stand for 20 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool.

 

For the icing, beat the cream cheese using electric beaters until smooth.  Add vanilla and beat well.  Gradually add xylitol, beating until smooth and creamy.  

Spread icing onto the cake however your artistic talent dictates.  I like to split the cake into two layers.  Then I spread the bottom layer with half the icing, add the second layer, and smother the remaining icing all over the top!

 

Make a cuppa, cut a large slice, sit down, relax and enjoy!

  

* A note on xylitol.  Xylitol is a healthier substitute for sugar.  It's found naturally in many fruits and vegetables like plums and corn and it's even produced in our own bodies!  Xylitol is as sweet as sugar but contains 40% less kilojoules, virtually zero carbohydrate content and a very low GI which makes it a good option for those with diabetes.  And because it's metabolised slowly by the body, it doesn't cause the "sugar rush" that you may experience with other sugary products and therefore also doesn't result in the subsequent drop in blood sugar and a craving for more sweetness later.  

 

Best of all ... we'll be selling xylitol in our online shop very soon.  So watch this space.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

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Eggshells - My Secret Ingredient

Posted by colette on Monday, 15 October 2012 in Uncategorized

 

It's been a very busy and frustrating couple of months.  When it comes to getting things into my shop Murphy's Law has been exerting it's influence much too regularly for my liking.  It seems that despite every step I take in the forwards direction, I still end up two steps behind where I started.  Somehow I am progressing though.  The new container load of lovely fresh Organic Virgin Coconut Oil arrived safe and sound from Fiji.  The bees continue to do their work and we have lots of delicious Raw Australian Honey ready for sale.  And my perfected Whipped Coconut Body Butter has survived the tough test of a few stinking hot days by not melting and maintaining its deliciously luxuriously gorgeous texture!  Mmmm I'm so in love with that stuff.

 

However, sourcing a certain ingredient for our Remineralizing Toothpaste has been challenging.  I have not been able to find a calcium and mineral powder that I'm completely satisfied with.  So many of the powders tend to be poor quality, GMO, do not contain adequate ratios of the desired minerals, or are simply ridiculously expensive.  I was stumped.  Then one morning, as I wandered out to the backyard to collect the eggs from our hens, an idea popped into my mind!  Eggshells!  I could use organic eggshells!  Genius!  Afterall, a single medium-sized eggshell contains about 800mg of readily absorbable calcium as well as about 27 other essential elements such as magnesium, boron, iron, copper, manganese, zinc, molybdenum, etc.  Perfect!

 

 

 

Also, unlike the calcium found in your typical store-bought dairy foods like milk and cheese which isn't readily bio-available, the calcium from eggshells is about 90 percent absorbable by our bones AND the composition of eggshells if remarkably similar to our bones and teeth!

 

I don't think you can get better than that!  So there you have it, organic eggshells, my (not so) secret ingredient to our all-natural Remineralizing Toothpaste   

 

Coming very soon!

 

In health and wellness, 

 

 

Colette

   

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September Recipe: Wholesome Banana Muffins

Posted by colette on Monday, 24 September 2012 in Uncategorized

Today is officially the first day of school holidays and even though my little one is not yet school aged I've heard his whine of "I'm bored" enough to understand how difficult it can be to keep children entertained at home.

 

Meal planning, preparation and cooking is something that even the littlest people love to help us with.  And what a great opportunity to teach children about healthy food!  "Helping" in our kitchen usually involves about as much nibbling as it does actually cooking!  So I try to vary what we cook to including lots of different kinds of healthy foods.  

 

Today we decided to make something yummy, wholesome and easy to prepare for morning tea.  The little lad insisted we make something with the bananas ripening on our tree outside, so we settled on banana muffins.  Not only is this recipe quick and simple - great for little helpers - it's wholesome and yummy too!  

 

Note: we use organic ingredients where possible and always substitute very healthful coconut oil for the very unhealthful vegetable oil typically used in similar recipes.

 

Wholesome Banana Muffins

2 large ripe bananas (or 3 small bananas), chopped
1 organic red apple cored, peeled (optional), and chopped
2 organic, free range eggs, lightly beaten
1 tbs organic coconut oil 
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup rapadura (a considerably more nutritious substitute for sugar) or 1/3 cup of organic raw sugar
1 cup organic self-raising flour (we use gluten-free)
1 cup organic plain flour (we use gluten-free)
1/2 cup organic raw milk

 

Preheat oven to 180C.
This recipe is so kid-friendly that you can actually just throw the whole lot into your mixer together.  
Mix gently until combined.
Spoon into greased muffin trays.  

 

This recipe makes 12 mini muffins and 12 regular muffins.

Serve warm, alone, with butter, or with a dollop of crème Fraiche (or sour cream) and sliced banana.  

Enjoy!

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

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All-Natural Coconut Oil Toothpaste COMING SOON!

Posted by colette on Tuesday, 04 September 2012 in Uncategorized

  

 

As I finalise the tweaking of my coconut oil toothpaste recipe to perfection, you might be interested in reading some of the news articles that have been released in the last couple of days in regard to the many benefits of coconut oil to dental health.

 

Trade your Toothpaste of Coconut Oil - September 4, 2012

Coconut Oil Attacks Tooth Decay - September 4, 2012

Coconut Oil Hailed as "Miracle" Dental Breakthrough - September 3, 2012

Coconut Oil: Tooth Decay's New Enemy - September 3, 2012

 

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

 

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Whipped Coconut Body Butter COMING SOON!

Posted by colette on Friday, 24 August 2012 in Uncategorized

I'm so excited!  It's on it's way!  In just a couple of short weeks our fresh-from-the-coconut-trees shipment of organic coconut oil will be arriving from the unpolluted islands of the South Pacific.  

 

 

As soon as I get my hands on it I'll be whipping up a storm.  First on my list is some decadent Whipped Coconut Body Butter which you'll be able to order right here.  If you love silky smooth skin without the risk of nasty chemicals found in your usual moisturisers, then my Whipped Coconut Body Butter is for you.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

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Is Coconut Oil REALLY healthy?

Posted by colette on Friday, 17 August 2012 in Uncategorized

You may be wondering how coconut oil can be healthy when it is actually made up of 90% saturated fat.  For how long have we been told by our doctors and the media that we should avoid saturated fat at all costs?  "Saturated fat clogs arteries!"  "Saturated fat causes heart disease!"  Sound familiar?  There's just one problem... No one's ever proved it! 

 

In fact, it's not saturated fat that's damaging to your health, it's the trans-fats found in hydrogenated oil that are deadly dangerous.

 

In this video, natural health physician and Mercola.com founder Dr. Joseph Mercola discusses the truth about the many health benefits of coconut oil and why it is better than vegetable oil or any other cooking oil.

 

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

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Welcome to Passionately Vital

Posted by colette on Tuesday, 07 August 2012 in Uncategorized

Hello and welcome!

Finally, our new and improved website is here.  Yay!  I think it looks really nice, don't you?

 

I wanted it to be pleasing to the eye, easy to navigate with useful information, and no junk to wade through.  So far, I think it does all of that pretty well.

 

Over time I plan to add more and more interesting and useful health-related articles and videos for you to enjoy.  For now though, you can still find some important information about coconut oil, some of it's many many uses, and health benefits.

 

Coming very soon to the online shop will be some of my favourite homemade health and beauty products to nourish and protect your body.  You can look forward to my delicious, triple-whipped, all natural, organic coconut moisturising body butter.  Mmmmm!  I love love love this stuff.  There'll also be my all-natural, whitening and re-mineralising toothpaste.  Another "can't live without" product in our home.  And that's not all!  So keep checking back for more healthful, homemade products your body will love.

 

In the meantime, we have our best-selling organic coconut oil available.  Remember, not only is coconut oil the healthiest oil to use in your cooking and baking, it can also help you to lose weight!

 

Thank you so much to Mack, from Plan B Design Studio, for putting the site together for me.

 

Now to get back into the kitchen to whip up some more body butter ...

 

In health and wellness,
Colette

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A Big Reveal and a Big Competition!

Posted by colette on Friday, 29 August 2014 in Uncategorized

For the past few weeks I've been working on something very exciting and I'm finally ready to make the reveal!

 

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I'm extremely excited to announce the opening of 

 

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Thank you for the heart-felt round of applause.  I really appreciate it :D

 

Starting in September I will be opening my (virtual) doors to you revealing a shop jam-packed with all your favourite organic products at easily affordable prices.  

 

(For the time being, this Community Buyers' Group is only open to residents of Brisbane and Logan in Queensland, Australia)

 

As a natural health business I have access to numerous suppliers offering a wide variety of products at substantially reduced prices when I buy in bulk.  For a long time I've been thinking about how best to pass these savings on to you, my loyal customers.  Well, here it is!

 

Every month on my Facebook page, I'll upload a comprehensive monthly "shopping list" for you to download.  At your leisure you make yourself a lovely cup of tea, curl up on the lounge and mark off your selections before returning the form to me by the due date.  I will then get to work placing your orders, collecting your goodies and packing your boxes ready for you to pick up at a set time at the end of the month.  I even offer delivery (a fee and conditions apply).  

 

This is a great way to avoid the supermarket chains and expensive health food stores and save a lot of money.  You can expect savings of up to 80% off recommended retail prices. The list of products I have available is  comprehensive and if you notice a favourite product is missing from the list, chances are that I'll be able to source it for you.

 

Here are the types of products I have available:

 

·    organic superfoods

·    organic teas & coffee

·    organic treats & snack foods

·    organic household items

·    organic personal care products & cosmetics

·    homoeopathics & essential oils

·    utensils & equipment

 

And these are just a tiny few of the brands I have available:

 

·    A’Kin

·    Al’chemy

·    Australian Native Botanicals

·    Baby Organics

·    Biologika

·    Bragg

·    Burt’s Bees

·    Cheeki

·    Dr Organics

·    Eco Child

·    Gaia

·    Kin Kin

·        Nature’s Child

·        Planet Organic

·        Pure Food Essentials

·        TOM Organics

·        Wotnot

·        Uniquely Organic

 

How great is that!

 

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Now, since Father's Day is only a week away I thought I'd give you even more of an incentive to sign up.  Every person who signs up to our Community Buyers' Organic Health Shop will receive an entry into our Father's Day Organic Essentials Gift Pack valued at over $100*.  (*unfortunately this competition is only open to residents of Brisbane and Logan in Queensland, Australia).  Here's what it includes:

 

* $50 gift certificate to be spent on your first Community Buyers' Organic Health Shop order

* 700ml jar of organic virgin coconut oil

* 700g raw local honey

* organic moisturising shaving cream

* organic all-natural deodorant

* organic re-mineralising toothpaste

* organic lip balm

* organic all-purpose herbal healing balm

 


How to Enter (How to sign up):

 

1. like our Facebook page (in order to download order form)

 

2. comment on this post with your email address (so I can contact you when you win)

 

3. share this post on Facebook (because sharing good things feels good)

 

Good luck! 

 

 

Wishing you health and wellness,

 

 

 

 

 

Colette

 

 

 

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Cancer is Curable!

Posted by colette on Saturday, 16 August 2014 in Uncategorized

I'm upset. I'm frustrated. My heart is pounding and I can hardly sit still because I want to do something about this but don't know what I can do. I want to pick up the world and shake some sense into it!

 

In the past couple of weeks I've had three up close and personal experiences with cancer. One relative and one friend diagnosed with cancer and one relative died after being diagnosed with cancer.

 

It's not that these people “got” cancer that really upsets me (although it's never a time for celebration when the body shows symptoms of dis-ease), it's what happened after their diagnoses that really eats at me.

 

You see, cancer is curable. Being told you have cancer does not have to be a death sentence. Cancer is not a mysterious or complicated disease. You can cure cancer yourself without allopathic medical treatment. You really can! It's just that we have been conditioned to be scared of cancer. We're so scared of cancer, we don't even want to understand it. We know so many people who have died after finding out they had cancer and we know even more people who have suffered through cancer treatments. The average person knows nothing about what cancer actually is. All we know is that some people get cancer, they go to the doctor, they have surgery and/or medicine and they either live or die. When it comes to cancer, our expiry date depends on the Gods (or our doctors, which for many people are interchangeable terms...). We do not know, do not consider, or do not take self-responsibility for, what caused our cancer in the first place. As with everything affecting the body, if we do not remove or at least acknowledge the cause of the cancer, we cannot effectively deal with it. If you finger is hurting because you've got a splinter stuck in it, you don't just take an asprin and get on with your day. No. You remove the splinter, wash away any dirt and maybe apply some ointment or a bandaid to protect the wound while it heals, and the symptom of pain will quickly go away. Why don't we address cancer in a similar manner? If we don't remove the cause and simply cut out or poison the cancer, the body will continue to react to that original cause! And now the body has the additional stress of invasive treatment to deal with as well. Maybe more cells will become cancerous, maybe you'll develop other symptoms.

 

Unfortunately even our modern medical system tends to focus primarily on symptomatic treatment rather than cause or prevention. And when it comes to cancer the newly diagnosed patient is told to get treatment YESTERDAY or they will die. There is no advice to seek a second opinion. There is definitely no recommendation to seek complimentary treatment from a natural therapist. There is no discussion about possible causes, let alone removal of these causes. There's not even any discussion about real options. Your only course of action is to undergo treatment immediately or die.

 

The truth is more people die from cancer treatment than the cancer itself. I'm not making that up. There are bucket loads of research available, even studies released by the Council Council itself that demonstrate how the treatment of cancer kills people. Your doctor may even tell you that one of the risks associated with treatment is that you possibly won't survive the offered treatment. It's not a secret - cancer treatment kills! So why aren't we looking at other ways to cure our cancer? Why aren't we looking for the causes of our cancer?

 

 

Cancer is the body's reaction to something causing it stress. Doctors tell us that cigarettes and exposure to the damaging rays of the sun cause cancer. There is no official acceptance of other factors that cause cancer. However, we have heard about lots of things that are classified as carcinogenic substances – various food additives, pollution, exposure to toxins, electromagnetic energy from our mobile phones and computers, stress. These things all make some sense to us. But the list is long. Taking responsibility for the causes of our cancer is big. It takes a lot of work and might involve changing our habits (making nutritious lunches for ourselves rather than relying on fast food), or giving up something we like doing (spending less time on our favourite mobile device), or getting out of our comfort zone (giving up that extra hour of sleep each morning to get in some exercise before work). So we look towards our doctors to fix us without having to do any work ourselves. Even if the treatment makes us sick, causes pain, makes us miserable, we still put all responsibility for our healing solely in the hands of our doctors. We do this even though we know the treatment options available are not particularly effective. Why do we choose the discomfort of possibly ineffective medical treatment that only address the symptoms of our dis-ease over the discomfort of possibly effective lifestyle changes which address the causes of our dis-ease? This is something we really need to think about and reconsider.

 

Let's start taking responsibility for our health now. Take responsibility before we develop symptoms of dis-ease. Take responsibility before we get a diagnosis of cancer. Or diabetes. Or heart disease. These are not conditions that randomly fall upon us. They are conditions that we bring upon ourselves. By the way, I've heard the argument that some people are genetically predisposed to developing these diseases and an eventual diagnosis of the disease is determined by luck. I believe this is a cop out and an excuse for doing the hard work of taking responsibility for our health. A predisposition for disease does not equal disease. It's up to us whether or not we manifest the disease.

 

Let's choose not to manifest cancer.  Let's choose health and wellness instead.  The choice is ours.

 

 

Wishing you health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

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Phew!  The last few months have been so busy!  We had the usual mixture of family and business to attend to but added to it we also had the addition of an extra person in the family and a new line of healing products in the shop.  

 

Our darling little girl is 4 months old now and I have absolutely no idea what happened to the time!  Our days have been full of falling in love over and over with baby Amarina.  We cannot get enough of her smiles, giggles and gurgles.  She is an absolute delight and we're so blessed to have her choose us as her family.

 

 

On the rare occasions when I've been able to pull myself away from Amarina, I've been working on my new herbal healing balms.  I'm so happy with how they've turned out.  They each work incredibly well.  At the moment I'm especially in love with the Organic Arthritis Aches and Pains Relief Balm.  Since giving birth to Amarina, I've been keen to get my body back into shape.  So for the past couple of months I've been diligently running with my sister-in-law 3 times a week.  This extra exercise has done wonders for my energy levels and my mood, as well as my fitness and weight loss.  However, over the past couple of weeks I've been noticing a lot of pain in my knees and especially my ankles while running and even throughout the following day!  I've never experienced this kind of pain before.  I'm not sure if it's due to the cooler weather, my advancing age ;-), or because the baby is sucking all the nutrients out of me!  Whatever it is, it was making running very uncomfortable and unenjoyable.  Finally it occurred to me to try out the Aches and Pains Relief Balm on myself.  I applied it to my ankles after my run when they were particularly hurting and you know what?  The effect was almost immediate!  The aching feeling completely disappeared!  So the next time I went for a run I applied the balm to my ankles and knees right before I set out and I barely noticed any pain during the run at all.  When I got home I applied the balm again and I felt no discomfort that night nor during the following day.  Like I said before, I am in love with this stuff!


Just don't forget to wash your hands afterwards ... it really burns if you inadvertently rub your eyes or mouth with it!

 

I would love for you to give it a try too and tell me about your experience.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February Recipes: New Baby Essentials

Posted by colette on Sunday, 17 February 2013 in Recipe of the Month

On the 18th January we welcomed our beautiful baby daughter into the world.

As parents who try to do things "au naturale" we keep away from all those baby products out there which are full of impossible-to-pronounce toxic, chemical ingredients, and instead I make my own creams, powders and lotions to keep our baby clean and rash-free.  I thought I'd share with you my favourite, can't-live-without recipes that really work.

 

Baby Powder

 

1/2 cup of arrowroot powder
15 drops of pure essential organic lavender oil

 

Step 1:  Put the ingredients in a ziploc bag and massage the oil through the powder until well combined.

Step 2:  Pour the powder into a container of your choice and let sit for a couple of days while the oil becomes well absorbed into the powder.

 

And you're done!  I rub this powder all over our little one's nappy area after every nappy change.  It smells lovely and seems to work wonderfully.

 

Nappy Rash Cream

 

1 cup of organic cacao butter
1/2 cup of organic coconut oil
1 tablespoon of beeswax
3 tablespoons of zinc oxide powder (I had a difficult time finding this, but eventually found a supplier on ebay)

 

Step 1:  In a double boiler, add the cacao butter, coconut oil and beeswax.  After a few minutes it will have melted.  

Step 2:  Remove from heat, add the zinc oxide powder and beat with an electric mixer for about 5 minutes to thicken it up and make it lovely, fluffy and creamy.

Step 3:  Scoop the cream into a jar and voila, you have a very effective, nasty-free nappy rash cream that smells lovely!

 

Baby Wipe Lotion

 

2 cups of water, boiled
2 organic chamomile tea bags
2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil 
5 drops of pure essential organic lavender oil
2-3 drops of organic tea tree oil

 

Step 1:  Allow chamomile tea bags to steep in hot water until cool.

Step 2:  Add coconut oil and essential oils.

 

We use this lotion by placing our baby wipes (cut up pieces of soft organic cotton) in a ziploc bag and pouring the lotion over them until they're saturated.  It works exactly the same way as the store bought baby wipes only without all the toxic, unnecessary chemicals.  After use we simply wash the wipe together with the nappy (we use cloth nappies) and re-use them. 

 

Preparing these lovely homemade baby products really takes no time at all.  And we know exactly what we're putting on our baby's delicate skin.  No harmful chemicals used here!  Instead we choose which natural, therapeutic ingredients we'd like to use and can adjust the amount of each ingredient we use depending on our baby's needs and on the weather (for example when it's really hot we may add more beeswax to keep the cream from melting).  I hope you'll give them a try too.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

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January Recipe: Refreshing Honey Lemonade

Posted by colette on Tuesday, 15 January 2013 in Recipe of the Month

 

It has been incredibly hot here in Brisbane.  Being 9 months pregnant is not helping either!  We've been spending a lot of time in the pool, at the library, visiting museums to take part in the various school holiday activities on offer and just about anything else we can think of that allows us to temporarily escape into air-conditioned bliss.  

 

We've also been drinking a LOT of water.  Usually we go through a 15L bottle of water about every 3 days.  These last couple of weeks have seen our family of 3 drink 15L a day!  Granted, hubby, who works outside, has been been the biggest consumer, but the little one and I are rarely seen without a bottle of water to our lips.  

 

We always add a pinch of himalayan salt to our water for the added minerals to help with absorption and prevent dehydration, but even so sometimes water just doesn't hit the spot.  When it's particularly hot I tend to crave something sweeter than plain water.  We never drink soft drinks or fruit drinks, of course, but we do sometimes indulge in fresh juices that we make ourselves.  The other day we wanted to try something different so we decided to make lemonade.  If you're used to regular sugar-laden lemonade this will taste a bit different.  But I think you will quickly get used to it.  We loved it.

 

 

Ingredients

 

6 organic lemons

4 cups water

2 cups of warm water

1/3 cup of raw honey

a couple of sprigs of fresh organic mint

lots of ice

 

 

Method

 

 

Juice the lemons and pour, pulp and all (we love the pulp) into a large serving jug.

Add 4 cups of water to the jug.

Heat 2 cups of water until warm and stir in the honey until it dissolves.  I simply used the kettle to heat the water until it was almost too hot to touch.  Do not boil the water as the heat from hot water will damage the wonderful healthful enzymes in the honey.

Add the honey flavoured water to the jug and stir.

Throw in some mint and ice.

Chill in the fridge.

Before serving slice the remaining lemon and place in the jug.  The lovely green mint together with the lemon slices make a lovely garnish to this yummy refreshing summertime drink.

 

 

I hope you enjoy it.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

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I love Christmas time.  Especially when seeing the magic through the innocent eyes of a little one.   Our 3 year old is entranced by all the mystery and excitment of Christmas.  We read lots of Christmas stories, make decorations, take part in all sorts of Christmas activities happening around our city, and do a bit of Christmas baking.  Unfortunately Christmas time for many children is another excuse to overindulge in junk food.  Being a health conscious family, we avoid the junk food as much as possible and on special occasions when colourful sweet treats are expected, we substitute the unhealthy ingredients with more natural options.  Seeing gingerbread men seemingly everywhere we turn lately, Mr 3 year old had been asking for his own gingerbread man for weeks.  So I came up with a recipe that I think tastes just like your traditional gingerbread but without all the sugary, refined, chemical-laden, nutrient-empty ingredients you'll find in the gingerbread men biscuits in the supermarket or coffee shop.  Actually, I think this gingerbread tastes even better!

 

 

 

Wholesome Gingerbread Men


Ingredients


Gingerbread

125g butter (at room temperature)

1/2 cup xylitol

1/2 cup honey

2 1/2 cups plain flour (we used an organic gluten free flour blend)

1 tbsp ground organic ginger

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (aluminium free)

1 organic egg yolk

 

Icing

1 organic egg white

3/4 cup xylitol

 

Method

Preheat oven to 180C.  Line 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper.

In a large mixing bowl, mix butter and xylitol until pale and creamy.  Add egg yolk and honey and mix until combined.

Stir in flour, spices and bicarbonate of soda.

Turn onto a lightly flour surface and knead until smooth.

Press dough into a disc, cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to rest.

In a clean, dry bowl beat egg white until soft peaks form

Gradually add xylitol and beat until hard peaks form.  Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate.

Once dough has rested, place dough between two sheets of baking powder and roll out until about 1/2 cm thick.  

Cut out shapes.  Place on trays approximately 3cm apart.

Bake in oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly brown.  Remove from oven and transfer to rack to cool.

Pipe icing over gingerbread shapes to decorate.  The icing also acts as a 'glue' to stick on lolly buttons or licorice smiles.  Let the kids go wild with their creative imagination.

 

 

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October Recipe: Wholesome Carrot Cake

Posted by colette on Thursday, 25 October 2012 in Recipe of the Month

 

 

This Carrot Cake recipe would have to be one of favourite wholesome indulges.  It has taken a bit of experimentation to substitute the typical less-healthy ingredients with healthier options and still have a sweet, moist cake, but to my family's tastes it's perfectly YUM. 

 

The most important trick to making a healthy, wholesome cake is to ensure that all ingredients are fresh, whole and raw.  Basically my principle is to stick as close to nature as possible.  For example, I always use organic ingredients, locally produced where possible to ensure freshness and optimal nutritional value.  We grow what we can in our limited space and we shop for the rest at our local organic farmers' market.  Eggs we grow ourselves thanks to our fat, happy chooks who have the entire 3/4 acres of the backyard to graze (and destroy!). 

 

The next thing to consider is substitution of oils and sugars for healthier options.  In this recipe I use coconut oil (of course) instead of margarine or vegetable oil typically used in similar recipes.  And instead of sugar I use our delicious raw homegrown honey.  Unfortunately, when heated, raw honey does lose most of it's health-giving enzymes and nutrients, but in saying that it is still a healthier option than regular sugar.

 

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do (even out of the bowl!).

 

 

Wholesome Sugar-Free Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

 

 

Ingredients 

2 cups (300g) organic, gluten-free self-raising flour

1 1/2 cups (225g) organic, gluten-free plain flour

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (be sure to look for aluminium-free.  I use McKenzie's)

2 tsps cinnamon

2 tsps ground nutmeg

1/2 cup raw organic honey

3 1/2 cups coarsely grated organic carrots

100g raw walnuts, roughly chopped

1 1/4 cups (310mls) coconut oil

5 organic eggs, lightly beaten

300g sour cream

2 tsp vanilla extract

 

Cream Cheese Icing

250g cream cheese, softened

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 1/2 cups (250g) xylitol*

 

Method

Preheat oven to 180 C.  Grease and line a 25cm round cake pan with baking paper.

Sift flours, bicarb soda and spices into a large bowl.  Add grated carrot and walnuts and stir to combine.

In a separate bowl, whisk oil, eggs, sour cream, honey and vanilla until smooth.

Add to dry ingredients and stir until just combined.  

Pour into pan, smoothing the top with a spatula.  Bake in the oven for approximately 1 1/2 hours or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Stand for 20 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool.

 

For the icing, beat the cream cheese using electric beaters until smooth.  Add vanilla and beat well.  Gradually add xylitol, beating until smooth and creamy.  

Spread icing onto the cake however your artistic talent dictates.  I like to split the cake into two layers.  Then I spread the bottom layer with half the icing, add the second layer, and smother the remaining icing all over the top!

 

Make a cuppa, cut a large slice, sit down, relax and enjoy!

  

* A note on xylitol.  Xylitol is a healthier substitute for sugar.  It's found naturally in many fruits and vegetables like plums and corn and it's even produced in our own bodies!  Xylitol is as sweet as sugar but contains 40% less kilojoules, virtually zero carbohydrate content and a very low GI which makes it a good option for those with diabetes.  And because it's metabolised slowly by the body, it doesn't cause the "sugar rush" that you may experience with other sugary products and therefore also doesn't result in the subsequent drop in blood sugar and a craving for more sweetness later.  

 

Best of all ... we'll be selling xylitol in our online shop very soon.  So watch this space.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

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Eggshells - My Secret Ingredient

Posted by colette on Monday, 15 October 2012 in Uncategorized

 

It's been a very busy and frustrating couple of months.  When it comes to getting things into my shop Murphy's Law has been exerting it's influence much too regularly for my liking.  It seems that despite every step I take in the forwards direction, I still end up two steps behind where I started.  Somehow I am progressing though.  The new container load of lovely fresh Organic Virgin Coconut Oil arrived safe and sound from Fiji.  The bees continue to do their work and we have lots of delicious Raw Australian Honey ready for sale.  And my perfected Whipped Coconut Body Butter has survived the tough test of a few stinking hot days by not melting and maintaining its deliciously luxuriously gorgeous texture!  Mmmm I'm so in love with that stuff.

 

However, sourcing a certain ingredient for our Remineralizing Toothpaste has been challenging.  I have not been able to find a calcium and mineral powder that I'm completely satisfied with.  So many of the powders tend to be poor quality, GMO, do not contain adequate ratios of the desired minerals, or are simply ridiculously expensive.  I was stumped.  Then one morning, as I wandered out to the backyard to collect the eggs from our hens, an idea popped into my mind!  Eggshells!  I could use organic eggshells!  Genius!  Afterall, a single medium-sized eggshell contains about 800mg of readily absorbable calcium as well as about 27 other essential elements such as magnesium, boron, iron, copper, manganese, zinc, molybdenum, etc.  Perfect!

 

 

 

Also, unlike the calcium found in your typical store-bought dairy foods like milk and cheese which isn't readily bio-available, the calcium from eggshells is about 90 percent absorbable by our bones AND the composition of eggshells if remarkably similar to our bones and teeth!

 

I don't think you can get better than that!  So there you have it, organic eggshells, my (not so) secret ingredient to our all-natural Remineralizing Toothpaste   

 

Coming very soon!

 

In health and wellness, 

 

 

Colette

   

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September Recipe: Wholesome Banana Muffins

Posted by colette on Monday, 24 September 2012 in Uncategorized

Today is officially the first day of school holidays and even though my little one is not yet school aged I've heard his whine of "I'm bored" enough to understand how difficult it can be to keep children entertained at home.

 

Meal planning, preparation and cooking is something that even the littlest people love to help us with.  And what a great opportunity to teach children about healthy food!  "Helping" in our kitchen usually involves about as much nibbling as it does actually cooking!  So I try to vary what we cook to including lots of different kinds of healthy foods.  

 

Today we decided to make something yummy, wholesome and easy to prepare for morning tea.  The little lad insisted we make something with the bananas ripening on our tree outside, so we settled on banana muffins.  Not only is this recipe quick and simple - great for little helpers - it's wholesome and yummy too!  

 

Note: we use organic ingredients where possible and always substitute very healthful coconut oil for the very unhealthful vegetable oil typically used in similar recipes.

 

Wholesome Banana Muffins

2 large ripe bananas (or 3 small bananas), chopped
1 organic red apple cored, peeled (optional), and chopped
2 organic, free range eggs, lightly beaten
1 tbs organic coconut oil 
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup rapadura (a considerably more nutritious substitute for sugar) or 1/3 cup of organic raw sugar
1 cup organic self-raising flour (we use gluten-free)
1 cup organic plain flour (we use gluten-free)
1/2 cup organic raw milk

 

Preheat oven to 180C.
This recipe is so kid-friendly that you can actually just throw the whole lot into your mixer together.  
Mix gently until combined.
Spoon into greased muffin trays.  

 

This recipe makes 12 mini muffins and 12 regular muffins.

Serve warm, alone, with butter, or with a dollop of crème Fraiche (or sour cream) and sliced banana.  

Enjoy!

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

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All-Natural Coconut Oil Toothpaste COMING SOON!

Posted by colette on Tuesday, 04 September 2012 in Uncategorized

  

 

As I finalise the tweaking of my coconut oil toothpaste recipe to perfection, you might be interested in reading some of the news articles that have been released in the last couple of days in regard to the many benefits of coconut oil to dental health.

 

Trade your Toothpaste of Coconut Oil - September 4, 2012

Coconut Oil Attacks Tooth Decay - September 4, 2012

Coconut Oil Hailed as "Miracle" Dental Breakthrough - September 3, 2012

Coconut Oil: Tooth Decay's New Enemy - September 3, 2012

 

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

 

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Whipped Coconut Body Butter COMING SOON!

Posted by colette on Friday, 24 August 2012 in Uncategorized

I'm so excited!  It's on it's way!  In just a couple of short weeks our fresh-from-the-coconut-trees shipment of organic coconut oil will be arriving from the unpolluted islands of the South Pacific.  

 

 

As soon as I get my hands on it I'll be whipping up a storm.  First on my list is some decadent Whipped Coconut Body Butter which you'll be able to order right here.  If you love silky smooth skin without the risk of nasty chemicals found in your usual moisturisers, then my Whipped Coconut Body Butter is for you.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

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Is Coconut Oil REALLY healthy?

Posted by colette on Friday, 17 August 2012 in Uncategorized

You may be wondering how coconut oil can be healthy when it is actually made up of 90% saturated fat.  For how long have we been told by our doctors and the media that we should avoid saturated fat at all costs?  "Saturated fat clogs arteries!"  "Saturated fat causes heart disease!"  Sound familiar?  There's just one problem... No one's ever proved it! 

 

In fact, it's not saturated fat that's damaging to your health, it's the trans-fats found in hydrogenated oil that are deadly dangerous.

 

In this video, natural health physician and Mercola.com founder Dr. Joseph Mercola discusses the truth about the many health benefits of coconut oil and why it is better than vegetable oil or any other cooking oil.

 

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

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Welcome to Passionately Vital

Posted by colette on Tuesday, 07 August 2012 in Uncategorized

Hello and welcome!

Finally, our new and improved website is here.  Yay!  I think it looks really nice, don't you?

 

I wanted it to be pleasing to the eye, easy to navigate with useful information, and no junk to wade through.  So far, I think it does all of that pretty well.

 

Over time I plan to add more and more interesting and useful health-related articles and videos for you to enjoy.  For now though, you can still find some important information about coconut oil, some of it's many many uses, and health benefits.

 

Coming very soon to the online shop will be some of my favourite homemade health and beauty products to nourish and protect your body.  You can look forward to my delicious, triple-whipped, all natural, organic coconut moisturising body butter.  Mmmmm!  I love love love this stuff.  There'll also be my all-natural, whitening and re-mineralising toothpaste.  Another "can't live without" product in our home.  And that's not all!  So keep checking back for more healthful, homemade products your body will love.

 

In the meantime, we have our best-selling organic coconut oil available.  Remember, not only is coconut oil the healthiest oil to use in your cooking and baking, it can also help you to lose weight!

 

Thank you so much to Mack, from Plan B Design Studio, for putting the site together for me.

 

Now to get back into the kitchen to whip up some more body butter ...

 

In health and wellness,
Colette

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A Big Reveal and a Big Competition!

Posted by colette on Friday, 29 August 2014 in Uncategorized

For the past few weeks I've been working on something very exciting and I'm finally ready to make the reveal!

 

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I'm extremely excited to announce the opening of 

 

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Thank you for the heart-felt round of applause.  I really appreciate it :D

 

Starting in September I will be opening my (virtual) doors to you revealing a shop jam-packed with all your favourite organic products at easily affordable prices.  

 

(For the time being, this Community Buyers' Group is only open to residents of Brisbane and Logan in Queensland, Australia)

 

As a natural health business I have access to numerous suppliers offering a wide variety of products at substantially reduced prices when I buy in bulk.  For a long time I've been thinking about how best to pass these savings on to you, my loyal customers.  Well, here it is!

 

Every month on my Facebook page, I'll upload a comprehensive monthly "shopping list" for you to download.  At your leisure you make yourself a lovely cup of tea, curl up on the lounge and mark off your selections before returning the form to me by the due date.  I will then get to work placing your orders, collecting your goodies and packing your boxes ready for you to pick up at a set time at the end of the month.  I even offer delivery (a fee and conditions apply).  

 

This is a great way to avoid the supermarket chains and expensive health food stores and save a lot of money.  You can expect savings of up to 80% off recommended retail prices. The list of products I have available is  comprehensive and if you notice a favourite product is missing from the list, chances are that I'll be able to source it for you.

 

Here are the types of products I have available:

 

·    organic superfoods

·    organic teas & coffee

·    organic treats & snack foods

·    organic household items

·    organic personal care products & cosmetics

·    homoeopathics & essential oils

·    utensils & equipment

 

And these are just a tiny few of the brands I have available:

 

·    A’Kin

·    Al’chemy

·    Australian Native Botanicals

·    Baby Organics

·    Biologika

·    Bragg

·    Burt’s Bees

·    Cheeki

·    Dr Organics

·    Eco Child

·    Gaia

·    Kin Kin

·        Nature’s Child

·        Planet Organic

·        Pure Food Essentials

·        TOM Organics

·        Wotnot

·        Uniquely Organic

 

How great is that!

 

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Now, since Father's Day is only a week away I thought I'd give you even more of an incentive to sign up.  Every person who signs up to our Community Buyers' Organic Health Shop will receive an entry into our Father's Day Organic Essentials Gift Pack valued at over $100*.  (*unfortunately this competition is only open to residents of Brisbane and Logan in Queensland, Australia).  Here's what it includes:

 

* $50 gift certificate to be spent on your first Community Buyers' Organic Health Shop order

* 700ml jar of organic virgin coconut oil

* 700g raw local honey

* organic moisturising shaving cream

* organic all-natural deodorant

* organic re-mineralising toothpaste

* organic lip balm

* organic all-purpose herbal healing balm

 


How to Enter (How to sign up):

 

1. like our Facebook page (in order to download order form)

 

2. comment on this post with your email address (so I can contact you when you win)

 

3. share this post on Facebook (because sharing good things feels good)

 

Good luck! 

 

 

Wishing you health and wellness,

 

 

 

 

 

Colette

 

 

 

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Cancer is Curable!

Posted by colette on Saturday, 16 August 2014 in Uncategorized

I'm upset. I'm frustrated. My heart is pounding and I can hardly sit still because I want to do something about this but don't know what I can do. I want to pick up the world and shake some sense into it!

 

In the past couple of weeks I've had three up close and personal experiences with cancer. One relative and one friend diagnosed with cancer and one relative died after being diagnosed with cancer.

 

It's not that these people “got” cancer that really upsets me (although it's never a time for celebration when the body shows symptoms of dis-ease), it's what happened after their diagnoses that really eats at me.

 

You see, cancer is curable. Being told you have cancer does not have to be a death sentence. Cancer is not a mysterious or complicated disease. You can cure cancer yourself without allopathic medical treatment. You really can! It's just that we have been conditioned to be scared of cancer. We're so scared of cancer, we don't even want to understand it. We know so many people who have died after finding out they had cancer and we know even more people who have suffered through cancer treatments. The average person knows nothing about what cancer actually is. All we know is that some people get cancer, they go to the doctor, they have surgery and/or medicine and they either live or die. When it comes to cancer, our expiry date depends on the Gods (or our doctors, which for many people are interchangeable terms...). We do not know, do not consider, or do not take self-responsibility for, what caused our cancer in the first place. As with everything affecting the body, if we do not remove or at least acknowledge the cause of the cancer, we cannot effectively deal with it. If you finger is hurting because you've got a splinter stuck in it, you don't just take an asprin and get on with your day. No. You remove the splinter, wash away any dirt and maybe apply some ointment or a bandaid to protect the wound while it heals, and the symptom of pain will quickly go away. Why don't we address cancer in a similar manner? If we don't remove the cause and simply cut out or poison the cancer, the body will continue to react to that original cause! And now the body has the additional stress of invasive treatment to deal with as well. Maybe more cells will become cancerous, maybe you'll develop other symptoms.

 

Unfortunately even our modern medical system tends to focus primarily on symptomatic treatment rather than cause or prevention. And when it comes to cancer the newly diagnosed patient is told to get treatment YESTERDAY or they will die. There is no advice to seek a second opinion. There is definitely no recommendation to seek complimentary treatment from a natural therapist. There is no discussion about possible causes, let alone removal of these causes. There's not even any discussion about real options. Your only course of action is to undergo treatment immediately or die.

 

The truth is more people die from cancer treatment than the cancer itself. I'm not making that up. There are bucket loads of research available, even studies released by the Council Council itself that demonstrate how the treatment of cancer kills people. Your doctor may even tell you that one of the risks associated with treatment is that you possibly won't survive the offered treatment. It's not a secret - cancer treatment kills! So why aren't we looking at other ways to cure our cancer? Why aren't we looking for the causes of our cancer?

 

 

Cancer is the body's reaction to something causing it stress. Doctors tell us that cigarettes and exposure to the damaging rays of the sun cause cancer. There is no official acceptance of other factors that cause cancer. However, we have heard about lots of things that are classified as carcinogenic substances – various food additives, pollution, exposure to toxins, electromagnetic energy from our mobile phones and computers, stress. These things all make some sense to us. But the list is long. Taking responsibility for the causes of our cancer is big. It takes a lot of work and might involve changing our habits (making nutritious lunches for ourselves rather than relying on fast food), or giving up something we like doing (spending less time on our favourite mobile device), or getting out of our comfort zone (giving up that extra hour of sleep each morning to get in some exercise before work). So we look towards our doctors to fix us without having to do any work ourselves. Even if the treatment makes us sick, causes pain, makes us miserable, we still put all responsibility for our healing solely in the hands of our doctors. We do this even though we know the treatment options available are not particularly effective. Why do we choose the discomfort of possibly ineffective medical treatment that only address the symptoms of our dis-ease over the discomfort of possibly effective lifestyle changes which address the causes of our dis-ease? This is something we really need to think about and reconsider.

 

Let's start taking responsibility for our health now. Take responsibility before we develop symptoms of dis-ease. Take responsibility before we get a diagnosis of cancer. Or diabetes. Or heart disease. These are not conditions that randomly fall upon us. They are conditions that we bring upon ourselves. By the way, I've heard the argument that some people are genetically predisposed to developing these diseases and an eventual diagnosis of the disease is determined by luck. I believe this is a cop out and an excuse for doing the hard work of taking responsibility for our health. A predisposition for disease does not equal disease. It's up to us whether or not we manifest the disease.

 

Let's choose not to manifest cancer.  Let's choose health and wellness instead.  The choice is ours.

 

 

Wishing you health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

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Phew!  The last few months have been so busy!  We had the usual mixture of family and business to attend to but added to it we also had the addition of an extra person in the family and a new line of healing products in the shop.  

 

Our darling little girl is 4 months old now and I have absolutely no idea what happened to the time!  Our days have been full of falling in love over and over with baby Amarina.  We cannot get enough of her smiles, giggles and gurgles.  She is an absolute delight and we're so blessed to have her choose us as her family.

 

 

On the rare occasions when I've been able to pull myself away from Amarina, I've been working on my new herbal healing balms.  I'm so happy with how they've turned out.  They each work incredibly well.  At the moment I'm especially in love with the Organic Arthritis Aches and Pains Relief Balm.  Since giving birth to Amarina, I've been keen to get my body back into shape.  So for the past couple of months I've been diligently running with my sister-in-law 3 times a week.  This extra exercise has done wonders for my energy levels and my mood, as well as my fitness and weight loss.  However, over the past couple of weeks I've been noticing a lot of pain in my knees and especially my ankles while running and even throughout the following day!  I've never experienced this kind of pain before.  I'm not sure if it's due to the cooler weather, my advancing age ;-), or because the baby is sucking all the nutrients out of me!  Whatever it is, it was making running very uncomfortable and unenjoyable.  Finally it occurred to me to try out the Aches and Pains Relief Balm on myself.  I applied it to my ankles after my run when they were particularly hurting and you know what?  The effect was almost immediate!  The aching feeling completely disappeared!  So the next time I went for a run I applied the balm to my ankles and knees right before I set out and I barely noticed any pain during the run at all.  When I got home I applied the balm again and I felt no discomfort that night nor during the following day.  Like I said before, I am in love with this stuff!


Just don't forget to wash your hands afterwards ... it really burns if you inadvertently rub your eyes or mouth with it!

 

I would love for you to give it a try too and tell me about your experience.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February Recipes: New Baby Essentials

Posted by colette on Sunday, 17 February 2013 in Recipe of the Month

On the 18th January we welcomed our beautiful baby daughter into the world.

As parents who try to do things "au naturale" we keep away from all those baby products out there which are full of impossible-to-pronounce toxic, chemical ingredients, and instead I make my own creams, powders and lotions to keep our baby clean and rash-free.  I thought I'd share with you my favourite, can't-live-without recipes that really work.

 

Baby Powder

 

1/2 cup of arrowroot powder
15 drops of pure essential organic lavender oil

 

Step 1:  Put the ingredients in a ziploc bag and massage the oil through the powder until well combined.

Step 2:  Pour the powder into a container of your choice and let sit for a couple of days while the oil becomes well absorbed into the powder.

 

And you're done!  I rub this powder all over our little one's nappy area after every nappy change.  It smells lovely and seems to work wonderfully.

 

Nappy Rash Cream

 

1 cup of organic cacao butter
1/2 cup of organic coconut oil
1 tablespoon of beeswax
3 tablespoons of zinc oxide powder (I had a difficult time finding this, but eventually found a supplier on ebay)

 

Step 1:  In a double boiler, add the cacao butter, coconut oil and beeswax.  After a few minutes it will have melted.  

Step 2:  Remove from heat, add the zinc oxide powder and beat with an electric mixer for about 5 minutes to thicken it up and make it lovely, fluffy and creamy.

Step 3:  Scoop the cream into a jar and voila, you have a very effective, nasty-free nappy rash cream that smells lovely!

 

Baby Wipe Lotion

 

2 cups of water, boiled
2 organic chamomile tea bags
2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil 
5 drops of pure essential organic lavender oil
2-3 drops of organic tea tree oil

 

Step 1:  Allow chamomile tea bags to steep in hot water until cool.

Step 2:  Add coconut oil and essential oils.

 

We use this lotion by placing our baby wipes (cut up pieces of soft organic cotton) in a ziploc bag and pouring the lotion over them until they're saturated.  It works exactly the same way as the store bought baby wipes only without all the toxic, unnecessary chemicals.  After use we simply wash the wipe together with the nappy (we use cloth nappies) and re-use them. 

 

Preparing these lovely homemade baby products really takes no time at all.  And we know exactly what we're putting on our baby's delicate skin.  No harmful chemicals used here!  Instead we choose which natural, therapeutic ingredients we'd like to use and can adjust the amount of each ingredient we use depending on our baby's needs and on the weather (for example when it's really hot we may add more beeswax to keep the cream from melting).  I hope you'll give them a try too.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

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January Recipe: Refreshing Honey Lemonade

Posted by colette on Tuesday, 15 January 2013 in Recipe of the Month

 

It has been incredibly hot here in Brisbane.  Being 9 months pregnant is not helping either!  We've been spending a lot of time in the pool, at the library, visiting museums to take part in the various school holiday activities on offer and just about anything else we can think of that allows us to temporarily escape into air-conditioned bliss.  

 

We've also been drinking a LOT of water.  Usually we go through a 15L bottle of water about every 3 days.  These last couple of weeks have seen our family of 3 drink 15L a day!  Granted, hubby, who works outside, has been been the biggest consumer, but the little one and I are rarely seen without a bottle of water to our lips.  

 

We always add a pinch of himalayan salt to our water for the added minerals to help with absorption and prevent dehydration, but even so sometimes water just doesn't hit the spot.  When it's particularly hot I tend to crave something sweeter than plain water.  We never drink soft drinks or fruit drinks, of course, but we do sometimes indulge in fresh juices that we make ourselves.  The other day we wanted to try something different so we decided to make lemonade.  If you're used to regular sugar-laden lemonade this will taste a bit different.  But I think you will quickly get used to it.  We loved it.

 

 

Ingredients

 

6 organic lemons

4 cups water

2 cups of warm water

1/3 cup of raw honey

a couple of sprigs of fresh organic mint

lots of ice

 

 

Method

 

 

Juice the lemons and pour, pulp and all (we love the pulp) into a large serving jug.

Add 4 cups of water to the jug.

Heat 2 cups of water until warm and stir in the honey until it dissolves.  I simply used the kettle to heat the water until it was almost too hot to touch.  Do not boil the water as the heat from hot water will damage the wonderful healthful enzymes in the honey.

Add the honey flavoured water to the jug and stir.

Throw in some mint and ice.

Chill in the fridge.

Before serving slice the remaining lemon and place in the jug.  The lovely green mint together with the lemon slices make a lovely garnish to this yummy refreshing summertime drink.

 

 

I hope you enjoy it.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

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I love Christmas time.  Especially when seeing the magic through the innocent eyes of a little one.   Our 3 year old is entranced by all the mystery and excitment of Christmas.  We read lots of Christmas stories, make decorations, take part in all sorts of Christmas activities happening around our city, and do a bit of Christmas baking.  Unfortunately Christmas time for many children is another excuse to overindulge in junk food.  Being a health conscious family, we avoid the junk food as much as possible and on special occasions when colourful sweet treats are expected, we substitute the unhealthy ingredients with more natural options.  Seeing gingerbread men seemingly everywhere we turn lately, Mr 3 year old had been asking for his own gingerbread man for weeks.  So I came up with a recipe that I think tastes just like your traditional gingerbread but without all the sugary, refined, chemical-laden, nutrient-empty ingredients you'll find in the gingerbread men biscuits in the supermarket or coffee shop.  Actually, I think this gingerbread tastes even better!

 

 

 

Wholesome Gingerbread Men


Ingredients


Gingerbread

125g butter (at room temperature)

1/2 cup xylitol

1/2 cup honey

2 1/2 cups plain flour (we used an organic gluten free flour blend)

1 tbsp ground organic ginger

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (aluminium free)

1 organic egg yolk

 

Icing

1 organic egg white

3/4 cup xylitol

 

Method

Preheat oven to 180C.  Line 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper.

In a large mixing bowl, mix butter and xylitol until pale and creamy.  Add egg yolk and honey and mix until combined.

Stir in flour, spices and bicarbonate of soda.

Turn onto a lightly flour surface and knead until smooth.

Press dough into a disc, cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to rest.

In a clean, dry bowl beat egg white until soft peaks form

Gradually add xylitol and beat until hard peaks form.  Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate.

Once dough has rested, place dough between two sheets of baking powder and roll out until about 1/2 cm thick.  

Cut out shapes.  Place on trays approximately 3cm apart.

Bake in oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly brown.  Remove from oven and transfer to rack to cool.

Pipe icing over gingerbread shapes to decorate.  The icing also acts as a 'glue' to stick on lolly buttons or licorice smiles.  Let the kids go wild with their creative imagination.

 

 

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October Recipe: Wholesome Carrot Cake

Posted by colette on Thursday, 25 October 2012 in Recipe of the Month

 

 

This Carrot Cake recipe would have to be one of favourite wholesome indulges.  It has taken a bit of experimentation to substitute the typical less-healthy ingredients with healthier options and still have a sweet, moist cake, but to my family's tastes it's perfectly YUM. 

 

The most important trick to making a healthy, wholesome cake is to ensure that all ingredients are fresh, whole and raw.  Basically my principle is to stick as close to nature as possible.  For example, I always use organic ingredients, locally produced where possible to ensure freshness and optimal nutritional value.  We grow what we can in our limited space and we shop for the rest at our local organic farmers' market.  Eggs we grow ourselves thanks to our fat, happy chooks who have the entire 3/4 acres of the backyard to graze (and destroy!). 

 

The next thing to consider is substitution of oils and sugars for healthier options.  In this recipe I use coconut oil (of course) instead of margarine or vegetable oil typically used in similar recipes.  And instead of sugar I use our delicious raw homegrown honey.  Unfortunately, when heated, raw honey does lose most of it's health-giving enzymes and nutrients, but in saying that it is still a healthier option than regular sugar.

 

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do (even out of the bowl!).

 

 

Wholesome Sugar-Free Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

 

 

Ingredients 

2 cups (300g) organic, gluten-free self-raising flour

1 1/2 cups (225g) organic, gluten-free plain flour

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (be sure to look for aluminium-free.  I use McKenzie's)

2 tsps cinnamon

2 tsps ground nutmeg

1/2 cup raw organic honey

3 1/2 cups coarsely grated organic carrots

100g raw walnuts, roughly chopped

1 1/4 cups (310mls) coconut oil

5 organic eggs, lightly beaten

300g sour cream

2 tsp vanilla extract

 

Cream Cheese Icing

250g cream cheese, softened

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 1/2 cups (250g) xylitol*

 

Method

Preheat oven to 180 C.  Grease and line a 25cm round cake pan with baking paper.

Sift flours, bicarb soda and spices into a large bowl.  Add grated carrot and walnuts and stir to combine.

In a separate bowl, whisk oil, eggs, sour cream, honey and vanilla until smooth.

Add to dry ingredients and stir until just combined.  

Pour into pan, smoothing the top with a spatula.  Bake in the oven for approximately 1 1/2 hours or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Stand for 20 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool.

 

For the icing, beat the cream cheese using electric beaters until smooth.  Add vanilla and beat well.  Gradually add xylitol, beating until smooth and creamy.  

Spread icing onto the cake however your artistic talent dictates.  I like to split the cake into two layers.  Then I spread the bottom layer with half the icing, add the second layer, and smother the remaining icing all over the top!

 

Make a cuppa, cut a large slice, sit down, relax and enjoy!

  

* A note on xylitol.  Xylitol is a healthier substitute for sugar.  It's found naturally in many fruits and vegetables like plums and corn and it's even produced in our own bodies!  Xylitol is as sweet as sugar but contains 40% less kilojoules, virtually zero carbohydrate content and a very low GI which makes it a good option for those with diabetes.  And because it's metabolised slowly by the body, it doesn't cause the "sugar rush" that you may experience with other sugary products and therefore also doesn't result in the subsequent drop in blood sugar and a craving for more sweetness later.  

 

Best of all ... we'll be selling xylitol in our online shop very soon.  So watch this space.

 

In health and wellness,

 

 

Colette

 

 

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Eggshells - My Secret Ingredient

Posted by colette on Monday, 15 October 2012 in Uncategorized

 

It's been a very busy and frustrating couple of months.  When it comes to getting things into my shop Murphy's Law has been exerting it's influence much too regularly for my liking.  It seems that despite every step I take in the forwards direction, I still end up two steps behind where I started.  Somehow I am progressing though.  The new container load of lovely fresh Organic Virgin Coconut Oil arrived safe and sound from Fiji.  The bees continue to do their work and we have lots of delicious Raw Australian Honey ready for sale.  And my perfected Whipped Coconut Body Butter has survived the tough test of a few stinking hot days by not melting and maintaining its deliciously luxuriously gorgeous texture!  Mmmm I'm so in love with that stuff.

 

However, sourcing a certain ingredient for our Remineralizing Toothpaste has been challenging.  I have not been able to find a calcium and mineral powder that I'm completely satisfied with.  So many of the powders tend to be poor quality, GMO, do not contain adequate ratios of the desired minerals, or are simply ridiculously expensive.  I was stumped.  Then one morning, as I wandered out to the backyard to collect the eggs from our hens, an idea popped into my mind!  Eggshells!  I could use organic eggshells!  Genius!  Afterall, a single medium-sized eggshell contains about 800mg of readily absorbable calcium as well as about 27 other essential elements such as magnesium, boron, iron, copper, manganese, zinc, molybdenum, etc.  Perfect!

 

 

 

Also, unlike the calcium found in your typical store-bought dairy foods like milk and cheese which isn't readily bio-available, the calcium from eggshells is about 90 percent absorbable by our bones AND the composition of eggshells if remarkably similar to our bones and teeth!

 

I don't think you can get better than that!  So there you have it, organic eggshells, my (not so) secret ingredient to our all-natural Remineralizing Toothpaste   

 

Coming very soon!

 

In health and wellness, 

 

 

Colette

   

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