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This Christmas, we are giving our clinics a gift with a difference, the gift of making a difference!

We have donated our Christmas gift budget to a Bestow Sisterhood Special Project. We are supporting a second year Cambodian medical student, Nav Sreynak, who is struggling to pay her fees. Sreynak’s education has been sponsored through the Cambodia Charitable Trust since she was a young girl and it’s inspiring to see her doing so well at university. Together, we are truly giving her the gift of a brighter future and the opportunity to fulfil her purpose and potential.

Nav Sreynak’s Story

The odds were stacked against Sreynak from birth. Born into a poor family in rural Cambodia, the chances of her completing even a primary school education were slim to none. In light of this, the fact that she is about to begin her second year as a university medical student is truly remarkable.

The turning point in Sreynak’s life occurred when she was sponsored through the Cambodia Charitable Trust (CCT) as a young girl. She responded to this opportunity by working hard at school and pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor. She loves medicine and this career will empower her to support herself and her family and to help many people.

Sreynak lives in Phnom Penh with her sister, who through the CCT support their family has received over the years, can now study to be an accountant. Sreynak works hard juggling household chores, studying for her medical school exams and learning English and French. Her basic living costs are covered by a Kiwi sponsor through the CCT, but the medical student fees of $2300 per year are totally beyond her, or her family’s, ability to pay.

It is our privilege this Christmas, as a Bestow Sisterhood, to make a significant contribution towards Sreynek’s second year of medical school fees so she can continue along this life-changing path to a brighter future.

It’s bright, determined young women, like Sreynak, who are Cambodia’s hope for the future. Changing the life of one girl has a transformative effect that ripples out to her family and community and helps to turn the tide against systemic poverty.

We will tell Sreynek that there is a sisterhood of women who are cheering her on her way!

Thank you being part of being part of such a generous and big-hearted sisterhood.

Much love,

Janine x

  • November 29, 2018

With Christmas fast approaching, many of us are reaching for a delicious seasonal treat.

Our Bestow Christmas Loaf will not only satisfy your Christmas cake cravings, but also makes a perfect Christmas present. Wrap it in a beeswax wrap and finish off with a festive ribbon for the perfect zero waste gift this year.

RECIPE:

GF/DF/RSF/*Vegan Option

1½ cups buckwheat flour

1½ cups almond meal

½ cup of coconut sugar

¼ cup of tapioca flour

2 teaspoons of baking powder

½ teaspoon of baking soda

½ teaspoon of salt

3 teaspoons of cinnamon

2 teaspoons of ground ginger

1 teaspoon of fennel seeds

½ teaspoon of nutmeg

½ teaspoon of ground cloves

1 teaspoon of ground cardamom

½ cup of chopped dates

½ cup of chopped dried apricots

½ cup of raisins

½ cup of dried cranberries

½ cup of chopped walnuts (reserve 1 tablespoon for the top)

½ cup of chopped pistachios (reserve 1 tablespoon for the top)

2 ripe bananas, mashed

2 eggs*

1 cup of dairy-free coconut yoghurt

2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil

1 teaspoon of pure vanilla

 

METHOD:

Pre-heat oven to 160 degrees celsius.

Place all the dry ingredients, seeds, fruit and nuts in a large bowl and mix well. Add the eggs to a seperate bowl and beat. Add the mashed banana, coconut yoghurt and vanilla. Mix well then lastly add the coconut oil and stir. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well.

Spoon mixture into a large loaf tin lined with baking paper.

Sprinkle the top with the reserved walnuts and pistachios. Add some sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds too if you wish.

Bake 1 hour and 10 minutes – test with skewer, bake another 10 minutes if required and test again.

Cool in tin for 30 mins then remove loaf from tin and place on a cooling rack.

Keeps for several days in an airtight container and also freezes well.

*For a vegan option replace with two flax eggs by soaking 2 tablespoons of flax seeds in 6 tablespoons of water for
ten minutes.

  • November 29, 2018

Bliss balls – probably the most photographed raw treat on the planet but still an awesome way to create a healthy treat with a variety of ingredients and in these ones we’ve added some fab Bestow Superfoods for an extra Easter boost!

 


RECIPE

1.5 cups of dates, soaked for 30 minutes in hot water then drained
2 tablespoons of cacao powder
2 tablespoons of almond meal
2 tablespoons of coconut oil, softened
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla essence
1-2 teaspoons of Bestow Berry Beautiful Powder (optional)
1 teaspoon of Bestow Beauty Powder (optional)
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Plus Oil (optional)
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
Pinch or two of himalayan salt

Blitz all of the above ingredients together in a food processor or bullet. Scrape out into a bowl and add the following:

2 tablespoons of organic dried cranberries
1 tablespoon of cacao nibs

Stir all together, place in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up to make it easier to roll them. Then we have rolled a tablespoon of the mixture and coated with one tablespoon of pistachios – blitzed to fine crumb, 1 tablespoon of dried raspberry powder (available from organic or health food shops) and 1 tablespoon of unsweetened dessicated coconut.

Store in the fridge or freezer. Happy Easter!!

 

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.

Ingredients
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

Method
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.

GLUTEN FREE /DAIRY FREE / REFINED SUGAR FREE / VEGAN

 

  • 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.

RECIPE

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!

NOTES

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

NURSES, HEALTH + CARE IN CAMBODIA

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.

HEARING AND EYESIGHT HEALTHCARE

 

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.

DENTAL HEALTH

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.

 

LIFE-SAVING HYGIENE

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.

 

ADOLESCENT HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAMME

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. 

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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.

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Generositea
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

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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.

 

 

CURRIED SPLIT PEA SOUP RECIPE

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.

BANANA RHUBARB BREAD FRENCH TOAST RECIPE

GLUTEN FREE/DAIRY FREE/REFINED SUGAR FREE

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

INGREDIENTS
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!

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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