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We are celebrating the arrival of summer with these delicious, yellow squares of goodness. The combination of mango and Turmeric create not only a vibrant colour but a tropical taste sensation. And because we were erring on the OCD side today we teamed our Turmeric Slice with our Bestow Turmeric Organic Tea (Puritea) and a gorgeous linen dress in shades of Turmeric from Widdess!

Full of healthy fats from coconut and Bestow Beauty Plus Oil, just a small piece of this treat is very satisfying, not to mention amazing for skin health!

This slice is also high in vitamin A (an essential skin nutrient) from the dried apricots and mango and is full of anti-inflammatory properties provided by the Turmeric.

1/2 cup of green banana flour (could sub almond flour)
3/4 cup of dried apricots, chopped (we prefer organic – sulphite free and they taste heaps better!!)
1/4 cup of sultanas
1 cup of coconut chips
1/3 cup of coconut butter
1/2 cup of mango or pineapple (fresh or frozen)
2 teaspoons of ground turmeric
3 tablespoons of coconut oil
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Plus Oil (or Bestow Beauty Oil)
Pinch of Himalayan salt

Line tin with baking paper. Combine coconut oil, coconut butter, mango or pineapple, Himalayan salt and turmeric in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir until mango or pineapple has melted down and all ingredients are well combined. To help this process, once it has warmed through you can mash it in the saucepan.

Remove from the heat and add dry ingredients to saucepan. Mix well. Press the mixture into the prepared tin. Make sure to press down firmly so the mixture is compacted and will set well.

Place in the freezer for at least 2 hours. Slice into squares and keep in the freezer. Remove from the freezer a few minutes before serving.



  • December 6, 2017

This smoothie recipe includes delicious healthy fats in the form of coconut yoghurt and of course Bestow Beauty Oil. We have also added the latest addition to the Bestow family, Berry Beautiful.

Bestow Berry Beautiful helps to promote youthful, radiant, resilient skin and a general feeling of health and wellbeing. It’s almost impossible to limit our exposure to technology so it’s important to increase the levels of anti-oxidants in our diet. Bestow Berry Beautiful also contains kelp for thyroid support and chia for fibre, omega 3 and zinc. With all of these super-foods, Bestow Berry Beautiful provides a delicious, nutritious boost for everyday beauty, energy, protection and vitality.

The chia seeds in the powder and sprinkled on top are bound to keep you full providing the body with fibre to help with gut health.


250 ml of unsweetened liquid (such as water, coconut water, almond milk or coconut milk)
1/4 cup of berries fresh or frozen (such as boysenberries, raspberries, blackberries)
1/2 to 1 frozen banana
1 tablespoon of unsweetened, dairy free coconut yoghurt (optional)
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil
1 teaspoon of Bestow Berry Beautiful
1 teaspoon of chia seeds

Blend well, enjoy!


Berries are a wonderful source of antioxidants, however be mindful of strawberries. These are considered a food that heats the skin so are best avoided by those with eczema, acne or rosacea, all of which have some form of inflammation present.

  • December 5, 2017

My sisters and I are thrilled to report that during April/May the Bestow Sisterhood has raised $1007 dollars from the sales of Generositea to donate to the Cambodia Charitable Trust.

Every two months, we will let you know which part of the CCT’s work Generositea sales are supporting. This time, the money is going to support the work of two nurses who are employed by the CCT to care for the children in their schools. Between them, the two nurses care for 7000 children – a huge task!

Below is an update from my sister, Denise Arnold, which will give you insight into the healthcare needs and improvements which impact the children in CCT schools.

Denise would dearly love to be able to employ another full-time nurse. It’s part of their ‘wish-list’ at the moment. I am so glad we are able to put some financial support towards this.

~ Janine Tait | Bestow Sisterhood


Thank you Bestow Sisterhood! It does my heart good to think of the care and support going to Cambodia from beauty therapists around New Zealand. Your Generositea sales are a very welcome addition to our income. Let me tell you where your financial support is going this time.

Every day, our staff in Cambodia are confronted with health issues that are preventing children from learning. When we are in Cambodia and visiting the sponsored children in their homes we often see health problems like diarrohea, scabies, glue ear and teeth infections that would be easily treatable in New Zealand, but which have a more significant impact on Cambodian children due to a lack of healthcare and education. Often, parents cannot get their child to a medical centre for early diagnoses and treatment – there may not be one in their village, or they may not be able to offer the consultation fee. Because of these factors, easily treatable illnesses can become complicated and serious.

Health issues in Cambodia can cause a child to be off school for days, weeks or occasionally, even longer. Not only does that immediately affect the child’s education, but experience shows that missing significant amounts of school dramatically increases the chances of a child dropping out of school completely.

Over the years the CCT has been steadily working on identifying the major health issues the Cambodian children face. The trust now employs two Cambodian nurses, Vibol, our male nurse, and Chantourn, our female nurse.  Impact Charitable Trust, another Kiwi NGO who we are delighted to be in partnership with, pay Chantourn’s wages, and have been a big help in developing our health team.

The task our nurses have been set is huge.  CCT now supports sixteen schools – about 7000 children (thanks to you, our wonderful donors!). That’s a massive caseload.



So, what do our nurses, Vibol and Chantourn, do?  They test every child’s hearing and eyesight. If there are concerns they arrange audiology or ophthalmology clinic appointments in the major towns, and accompany the children (with their parents) to the clinics.  Then they support the children in their treatment and follow-up.

This sounds straight forward but all that screening, in schools that are sometimes quite big distances apart, (especially on a little motorbike on terrible roads) is a big undertaking.  Then taking even one van- load of children to All Ears Audiology NGO in Phnom Penh or the Eye Clinic in Takeo for assessment and treatment is a full day expedition.


The children’s dental health is awful. The pain and infection they suffer as a result is a huge barrier to education, and also impacts on children’s general health. There’s no government funded school dental programme like there is in New Zealand, so when the children’s teeth are checked through a CCT project it is almost always the first time this has occurred in their lives.

The Trust is now involved in an ongoing project with One2One, a dental NGO based in Cambodia.  It’s headed by a Kiwi dentist in Phnom Penh. In addition, Bethy, an amazing young Kiwi dentist, also working with One2One and doing post graduate study, has taken particular interest in helping the Trust deal with this major issue.

With One2One’s support, all the children in four of our 16 schools have had their teeth treated with Silver Diamine Flouride, a cost effective non-drilling treatment for, and prevention of, dental caries.  Our nurses have learned how to do the application. They are now working to expand this programme to all of our CCT supported schools.



Diarrhoea illness is a major child killer in South East Asia and Cambodia is no exception.  It also keeps children out of school and/or feeling unwell, and therefore is a big barrier to learning.  When CCT first began working with each of the schools it supports, none of them had a clean water supply or any toilets. Imagine seven thousand school children defecating in the rice fields and not washing their hands.  Many of you have contributed to water and sanitation projects in the schools so we now have toilets and drinkable water in all our schools.

But as we have learned over the years, just providing the infrastructure or materials doesn’t mean everyone is going to use them.  Particularly if they don’t have toilets and fresh water at home, which means the learning at school is not being reinforced at home. So we have an ongoing programme of handwashing and sanitation education for the children, which is implemented by our two nurses.



Finally, on our most recent visit we supported the roll out of an Adolescent Health Education Programme.   This programme will continue to be managed by our nurses; and will be presented to all different groups of students (divided by age and sex).

So you see, it is an almost impossible task that has been set for our two nurses, but they are doing their very best and remain committed and enthusiastic even with their overwhelming workloads.

The Bestow Sisterhood is a collective of beauty therapists and skincare clinics throughout New Zealand who are creating a brighter future for girls in rural Cambodia. 

Meet Ly Sida
One of Our ‘Little Sisters

Ly Sida is one of the six girls we sponsor through Janine Tait Group. She is top in her class and wants to be a doctor when she grows up. Denise says it is girls like Sida who give her hope for the future of Cambodia. Meet Ly Sida.

The Bestow Sisterhood Tea

This beautiful rose-coloured tea is an organic blend of lemongrass, peppermint, hibiscus, cinnamon and cardamom.  All Bestow profits from the sale of Generositea will be donated to the Cambodia Charitable Trust

A Tale of Two Sisters
The Story Behind the Sisterhood

Denise has always been a rescuer of souls. Even as a young girl she collected waifs and strays. Denise grew up, became a successful lawyer, married and had two beautiful girls. But she always had a feeling she was destined to do something more…

  • June 12, 2017

You may be like me and think ugh, split peas and get that instant furry taste in your mouth but I am pleased to say this soup is nothing like that! It is simple, tasty, and warm – perfect winter fare. I love making double then freezing half so you always have some on hand for those really bitter cold days.

This recipe is in Bestow Within II and I have added the dukkah from Bestow Savour to it for and extra taste sensation 🙂 You will also see that we have cleverly added Bestow Beauty Oil to the swirl of oil on the top for added nourishment.




2 tablespoons of coconut oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon of curry powder
1 litre of vegetable stock
1 1⁄2 cups of organic green split peas, rinsed well
1⁄2 400g can of organic coconut milk (or more if you prefer)
Himalayan or sea salt and pepper
Coriander, for garnish

For the Curry-Spiced Ghee Oil:
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
2 teaspoons of curry powder
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil (optional)

Combine the coconut oil, onion, garlic, and curry powder in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Stir regularly until the onion and garlic soften (about 5 minutes). Add the vegetable stock and split peas and simmer, covered, until the peas are tender (about 45 minutes).

In the meantime, heat the tablespoon of coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. When hot, stir in the curry powder and sauté for 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside.

Once cool you can add your Bestow Beauty Oil.

When the split peas are  finished cooking, remove the saucepan from the heat, stir in the coconut milk and salt and puree in a blender. Add more salt to taste.

Serve drizzled with the remaining curried coconut oil, sprinkle with coriander leaves and freshly ground black pepper.

Serves 4 to 6


Split peas maybe small but from a nutritional perspective, they’re big! Being a very good source of dietary  fibre means that they can help lower cholesterol levels and assist the body in eliminating toxins that can lead to dull, lifeless skin. Split peas also help manage your blood-sugar levels by offering steady, slow-burning energy and preventing peaks in your blood-sugar that can result in the glycation (matting) of your precious collagen  fibres. To top it o  they contain good amounts of important minerals and B vitamins.

  • June 9, 2017

Sheryl has created this decadent recipe especially for Easter, it’s delicious and combines some beautiful flavours! And hey you could always drizzle it with some raw chocolate sauce if you really needed a chocolate fix.

The Banana Rhubarb Bread recipe is here.

One thick slice per person is enough for the french toast. The recipe is for 2-3 people so 3 slices of the bread.

We’ve served the bread with roasted Rhubarb which is divine but you could also serve it with berries, feijoa, apple, pear or just slices of fresh banana.



You will need 2-3 slices of BANANA RHUBARB BREAD
or more if you’re really hungry!

Egg mixture:
2 eggs, beaten
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla
½ cup of almond milk

Mix well, soak your banana bread slices on both sides in the egg mixture. Heat a tablespoon of coconut oil in a frypan over a medium heat. Add the bread and cook on each side until golden brown.

Roast Rhubarb: (from Bestow Treats II)

6 stalks of rhubarb cut into long pieces
1 tablespoon of coconut sugar
1 tablespoon of 100% organic maple syrup or rice syrup
2 star anise
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
Mix together all of the rhubarb ingredients including the rhubarb pieces.
Spread out in a baking tin and roast for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

Cut the Banana Rhubarb French Toast in half and stack with roast rhubarb between and on top. Drizzle with warmed organic Rice Syrup or Maple Syrup. Dust with a little cinnamon. Serve with a dollop of coconut yoghurt (dairy free).

  • April 12, 2017

Add wonderful tandoori spices and flavour to roasted cauliflower. Then team it with a creamy coconut, mint dressing for a delicious vegetarian, dairy free side dish or light meal.

Roast Tandoori Cauliflower Recipe
with Creamy Coconut Mint Dressing

1 medium sized cauliflower, cut into florets
1 red onion, sliced
1 tablespoon of olive oil

Tandoori coating
Zest and juice of one small lemon
2/3 cup of coconut yoghurt (dairy free)
1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
1 teaspoon of ginger powder
1 teaspoon of ground coriander
1 teaspoon of turmeric
½ teaspoon of smoked paprika
½ teaspoon of salt

Yoghurt mint dressing
½ a cup of coconut yoghurt (dairy free)
Juice and zest of one lime
1 tablespoon of mint and parsley, finely chopped (save half for garnish)
½ teaspoon of ground cumin
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil
Salt and pepper

Heat your oven to 200 degrees celsius.

Mix all the tandoori coating ingredients together in a small bowl. Place the cauliflower florets and sliced red onion into a large bowl. Add the tandoori coating and mix to coat well.

Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper in the oven. Drizzle with olive oil and roast for 25 to 30 minutes until starting to char on the edges. While your cauliflower and onion is roasting, mix all the dressing ingredients together in a jar and shake.

Remove the cauliflower and onion from the oven and let cool. Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with parsley and mint.

Can be served warm or cold.

  • February 28, 2017

These are delicious, light tarts that are not too sweet (no refined sugar) and are gluten free. You can also make this as one large tart you just need to cook the crust longer. They smell divine as they cook too!



Almond Crust

130 grams butter
1/3 cup manuka honey
200 grams ground almonds
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 180ºC.

Melt the butter and honey together then add in a bowl with all other ingredients, mix well. Using your fingertips, press dough into the bottoms and sides of 8 x 8cm tart pans (buttered or nonstick) ensuring the crust is not too thick. Prick holes with a fork.

Bake in the oven for 10 mins or until golden brown. Leave to cool in the tins, then place in the fridge til cold before you remove them carefully from the tins. I find this step helps with perfect tart shells.

Pear & honey filling

5 ripe pears, thinly sliced (I leave the skin on)
Juice and zest of half a lemon
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup manuka honey
6 small sprigs of rosemary

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to the boil. Turn down a little and cook until the pear are soft but not mushy and the mixture is surupy, this takes about 20 – 30 mins. Keep stirring to avoid the mixture from burning.

Remove from heat and allow to cool.

When you’re ready to serve, scoop pear compote into the tart shells. Top each tart with a dollop of thickened cream, greek yoghurt or mascarpone and garnish with rosemary.

  • June 11, 2015

snHi there, it’s Sheryl from the huia tree, I’m guest blogging today for Janine of Bestow Beauty. Janine and I work together to bring you recipes and the Bestow Within natural food journals. My journey towards better health and lifestyle started three years ago when I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, it knocked the stuffing out of me! Here I was early forties and thinking I could box along at a frantic pace for years to come, surely it wasn’t over yet?

Thankfully it wasn’t, I have learnt more in three years about myself and good health than I have learnt in my 40+ years prior.

I have always loved creating meals, it’s my downtime or de-stress time. I guess that means I get to de-stress alot these days 🙂

I am happiest creating vibrant food that not is not only healthy but of course also looks great when photographed. As I am also a mother of three and work full time, I try to keep it real – recipes that are easy to create and photographs that tell it like it is. Sometimes that doesn’t happen and there are a few disasters – still edible though.

So together with all of that and Janine’s incredible nutritional, wellness and skincare knowledge I think we make a pretty good team! So on that note, this week’s recipe seems fitting – The goddess bowl, full of healing goodness and vibrancy.


Makes two bowls

Gorgeous green dressing:
1 avocado
1/2 cup spinach leaves
1/2 basil leaves
Juice of one lemon
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil
1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Blend all together with a stick blender, sweeten a little to taste (optional) with honey, maple, agave syrup or a couple of drops of stevia.

Goddess bowl ingredients:
1/2 buttercup pumpkin
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon of cumin powder
1 teaspoon of fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 cup of black rice, cooked according to packet directions
1 cup of spinach leaves
1 cup of rocket
1/2 cup of fresh sprouts
1/4 red cabbage, shredded
2 tomatoes, cut in wedges
1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds (toasted if preferred)
Microgreens (optional)
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
Cut your pumpkin into wedges and remove seeds, pulp and skin. Chop into cubes, toss with the olive oil, cumin, cinnamon, fennel and season with salt and pepper. Place in a baking dish lined with baking paper and bake until soft (15 to 20 mins). While that is cooking make up your two goddess bowls with all the other ingredients. Add the pumpkin when it is cooked, scatter with microgreens (optional), serve with your gorgeous green dressing.


Where possible we choose organic ingredients, these lovely ones above are from Wild Earth Organics in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty.


Nourishing Notes from Janine:
The Bestow Goddess Bowls are so full of ‘health protecting’ vegetables that it’s hard to know where to start. They are just SO good for you and your skin that I have decided to focus on the avocados, the hero ingredient found in the dressing.

Avocados are not only rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, they are also a great source of both insoluble and soluble fibre, keeping you regular and ensuring your skin remains fresh and clear.

Avocados are a great source of antioxidant carotenoids like beta carotene, zeaxathin and lutein as well as vitamin E. These compounds soak up free radicals before they have time to harm your cells and keep you protected against environmental damage that leads to fine lines and wrinkles.

Many people are surprised to learn that avocado’s contain good levels of vitamin C too. Vitamin C is another important antioxidant that helps your skin make collagen, your anti-wrinkle fibre.

Lastly, avocados contain Omega 9 and monounsaturated oils (oleic acid) to help soften and moisturise your skin from the inside.


You will see more of this style of eating in the next BESTOW WITHIN journal coming out in early August! With the right ingredients on hand you can have a fresh, healthy meal in no time at all. Janine and I will show you how 🙂


Throughout the year we’ve discovered lots of fantastic things so we’d like to share our list with you 🙂


  • Pilates
  • Bush walks or walks on the beach at sunrise



  • Lakanto
  • Cacao
  • Stevia
  • Coconut Oil
  • Apple Cider Vinegar


  • Crochet and Craft
  • Baking and cooking using superfoods and recreating sweet treats with no refined sugars!
  • Organic Gardening – Nothing beats your own home grown herbs and veges!
  • Me time! – The most important part of everyday!


  • Accidently Overweight, Dr Libby Weaver
  • Rushing Woman’s Syndrome, Dr Libby Weaver
  • Beauty from the Inside Out, Dr Libby Weaver
  • The Body Ecology Diet, Donna Gates
  • Gut and Psychology Syndrome, Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride
  • Quantum Warrior –The Future of the Mind, John Kehoe
  • Petite Kitchen, Eleanor Ozich


  • December 20, 2013