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Having radiant skin, healthy hair and strong nails is important for your wedding day and your beauty therapist is one of the best people to help you achieve this with the products and treatments she has available at her fingertips.

But another thing you need to consider is what is happening from the inside? As you know, your skin, hair and nails are all created, nourished and renewed from the inside. So this means you are able to improve their appearance by working from within – if you know the secrets to achieving this.

Bestow Beauty is an intensive range of internal cosmetics that make use of will help you look fabulous on your wedding day.

Your moisturiser from within

  • A great-tasting, edible oil that is mixed or poured over your food to nourish your skin, hair and nails from the inside
  • Keeps your skin supple and smooth
  • Helps prevent blockages and ‘breakouts’
  • Ensures your skin’s oil is healing and anti-inflammatory
  • Helps reduce redness in inflamed skin
  • Helps treat skin problems from acne to eczema.

bestow-powderYour edible cosmetic

  • A delicious smoothie powder that delivers the same anti-aging ingredients that your skin care does only directly to the cells that use them in the deepest layers of your skin.
  • Feeds your skin, hair and nails with all the nutrients they need to be strong, healthy and beautiful
  • Contains flaxseed fibre, kelp, spirulina, wheatgrass, alfalfa, coconut, blackcurrant extract & pumpkin flour.

bestow-be-cleansedDetoxify, purify, beautify

Your skin tends to reflect what’s happening on the inside. If your body isn’t eliminating toxins efficiently, this can result in dull, devitalised skin, and can contribute to many skin disorders such as acne, blemishes and eczema.
Bestow Be Cleansed is a natural detox powder designed to bestow a clearer, more radiant complexion by encouraging the liver and bowel to (gently) eliminate toxins.

Bride image by Tauranga photographers Katie & Quinn Photography

Fermented foods are beneficial for general health, and one of the great ways to keep your gut healthy is through drinking Kombucha. For those who are new to this, Kombucha is a fermented tea-based beverage. It is made using a starter mushroom called a “SCOBY” that activates and propels the tea-based drink (by eating sugar) to become a gut-healing beverage.

As well as promoting gut health, Kombucha also does the following:

  • It detoxifies the body
  • It supports the nervous system
  • It’s anti-aging and supports the joints
  • It’s anti-microbial
  • It decreases sugar cravings

One of the concerns people often have with Kombucha is the sugar needed to make it. The sugar in Kombucha is essential as that is what the SCOBY feeds off, creating fermentation and a bunch of wonderful bacteria. We recommend using organic white sugar where possible.

Through the fermentation process the sugar largely disappears and ideally you are left with 1 per cent sugar. In a 100ml serve that’s about ¼ of a teaspoon of sugar, or 1/8 teaspoon of fructose. Be aware that many pre made bottles of Kombucha have higher levels of sugar so try and find one that is less than 5g per 100ml. Also remember, 100ml is all you would need in a day to get a good dose of the benefits of Kombucha.

If you are making your own you could do a taste test after around day 4 or 5 at which stage the brew will be still be slightly sweet but with a good hint of tartness. To get down to under 10g of sugar per litre (i.e. 1%) the brew should be left until around day 7 to 10 (based on an average temperature of 24 degrees). If fermented longer the sugar levels may be even lower but be prepared for a tart tasting brew.

Although, there is a small amount of sugar left after the fermentation process if you stick to around 100ml a day then you will be consuming minimal amounts of sugar and it is definitely worth the amount of goodness you get!

We all know that looking after ourselves is important but somehow it seems like a struggle for many of us. It can be overwhelming at the best of times to make sure we are eating well, resting, exercising, and doing all those other things that ensure our overall health and wellbeing is good.

So we decided to make it a bit easier by giving you a list of 20 things you can focus on that will help your overall health and wellbeing. Be sure to take note of those things you already doing and then focus on a few at a time to work on until they just become part of your life.

1. Start fresh every single day
Leave behind the negative feelings and thoughts of yesterday, today is a new day.

2. Adopt a “meatless Monday” mentality
For recipe ideas check out this fun website

falafels recipe

3. Keep your phone in your bag when you’re out with people
Be present in the moment and enjoy the company

4. Cut back on sugar
Cutting back on the white stuff in all its forms can help improve the quality of your collagen, helping stop premature aging and wrinkles

5. Drink warm water with lemon daily on rising
A simple yet effective way to prepare your body to digest your most important meal of the day, breakfast

6. Never grocery shop on an empty stomach
We all know why! It ends up costing more and we often make unhelpful food choices

7. Eat whole foods as much as possible
The less processed food you consume, the better!

8. Don’t overdo the alcohol
Alcohol heats and dehydrates your skin (red wine in particular stimulates and weakens capillaries) as well as putting stress on your liver

9. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
Water is one of the key nutrients needed for skin health, important in hydrating your skin from the inside

10. Make your home a place you want to be
A place to rest and relax

11. Don’t buy things you’ll only wear once
It happens to the best of us…. doing it less will save money… think of what you could do with that money instead

12. Use YouTube for free exercise videos
We particularly like this Pilates one
13. Google “how to make your own cleaning supplies”
You might even find one you want to try!

14. Listen to your body
It speaks to you all the time, so keep an ear out

15. Don’t skimp on sleep
Sleep gives you energy and allows your body to rest and recover. It is especially important during the hours of 10pm and 2am when your liver does its daily washing cycle, cleaning the body internally.

16. Do mental health checks
Checking in with yourself mentally is just as important as looking after your physical health. It can be as simple as asking yourself how you are feeling at the moment or check out this information sheet for something more in depth details

17. Read labels on everything from food to makeup
It is always good to know what you are giving your body, whether through eating or what you are putting on your skin

18. Prioritise stress management
Stress creates all sorts of problems with our health and wellbeing, it can heat our skin and affect our gut health to name a few. Help manage stress with regular exercise, making time for fun and relaxation and adopting a healthy lifestyle

19. Always wear a seatbelt, even in a taxi
Your life is precious – do what you can to be safe

20. Count your blessings
Be grateful for what you have, it is enough

  • July 17, 2015

As the days get cooler we are thinking about lots of ways to warm up… roaring fires, cups of tea and slow cooker meals…. The last thing we want to do though, is warm up our skin and cause it to become heated, appearing red and inflamed. Instead we should focus on eating the foods below that have a cooling effect on the skin.

5 food types that cool the skin and reduce redness and inflammation:

Fresh Herbs

Nature has provided us with a beautiful array of herbs, each with its own distinct flavour. Herbs are best enjoyed fresh and if you don’t have a herb garden, they are one of the easiest to grow and there is no need for lots of space either. Herb plants grow just as well in a small pot on a windowsill as they do outside so no excuses! They have amazing to throw into just about any meal and provide a wonderful garnish.


Less ‘spicy’ spices

Although many people enjoy ‘spicy’ food, curry, chilli and cayenne are particular cuplrits when it comes to heating the skin, so go for some alternatives. You can still enjoy spicy food by using spices such as ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cardamon, cinnamon, cumin, caraway, coriander and mustard seeds. These can all provide a certain ‘spice’ to your food without having the same effect on your skin.

Herbal teas

On a cold day there is nothing better I like to treat myself to than a delicious herbal tea by a cosy fire. Some of our favourites are Chai, Ecco, Rooibos, Caro and Hibiscus Flower, although if you do have a particular hankering for the taste of coffee, decaffeinated would be a better option. Herbal teas are a great replacement for those times when you would otherwise have coffee, alcohol or an energy drink. All of these not only heat but also dehydrate the skin and it is especially important to avoid red wine if experiencing sensitive skin.


Fresh seasonal fruit

Shopping at your local farmers market allows you to truly make the most of seasonal fruit. It can mean your dollars go further too as you are not buying fruit out of season from the supermarket, and let’s not forget that it is most likely to be organic and locally produced! The only fruit to be weary of are oranges and strawberries, which heat the skin, the rest are great and provide fibre and anti-oxidants, not to mention all the other health benefits.

Medjool dates and figs

When it comes to ‘treating’ ourselves, most of us like to do it with food. The next time you feel the need to ‘treat’ yourself, instead of reaching for the chocolate, which contains caffeine and saturated fats that irritate the skin, reach for a medjool date or fig. Both of these are not only delicious but provide that idea of a ‘treat’. There are a number of wonderful slices, cakes, and desserts that include these in our Treats recipe journal, created with that moment in mind.


  • May 11, 2015

What we put INTO our body is just as important as what we put ONTO our body. When it comes to skin we need to soothe it from the outside with beautiful skin care products as well as the inside with the foods we are eating.

While talking with women in the South Island this week, we discussed how easy it is to be fueling skin problems without being aware of it. Many of us tend to get little blockages or breakouts and wonder why?

Becoming more aware of the foods we are eating and what they are doing to our skin is the key to this. Are the foods you are eating congesting or smoothing?

  1. Ricotta, cottage cheese or feta

These are best enjoyed in small quantities and make a delicious addition to a salad, sandwich or savoury treat. They are great to use in place of hard cheeses which contain six times more saturated fat than steak.

  1. Soy milk, almond milk, rice milk or soy yoghurt

An alternative to full cream dairy products, these are lovely in desserts or the occasional coffee as well. Soy yoghurt and a little fresh fruit makes an easy and healthy snack.


  1. Grilled or baked lean meat dishes, organic chicken, turkey or fresh fish

These provide amazing nutrients for our body and are better options than eating mostly red meat. Try to reduce the red meat intake, trim off visible fat before cooking and avoid mince, sausages, pork and lamb (which all contain high levels of saturated fat).


  1. Grilled, steamed or baked foods, salads and stir fries

There is nothing more tempting that hot chips, takeaways or other fried foods when you are running short of time and are very hungry but trust us, go for the healthier option of grilling, steaming or baking your food and your skin will thank you. Salads and stir fries are quick, easy options to whip up that will be far more beneficial to your health and won’t leave you with that yucky feeling we so often get after consuming foods that are fried and high in fat, salt and sugar.

  1. Bestow French Dressing (ask your therapist for our recipe)

After you have whipped up your salad (instead of getting takeaways) be sure to top it off with Bestow French dressing, a healthy alternative to mayonnaise.


  1. Eggs, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, spirulina powder and brewers yeast

Protein powder, drink and bars seem all the rage at the moment but can have a congesting effect on the skin. Instead, go for any of the above ingredients mixed into a smoothie, sprinkled on a salad or eat on their own.

  1. Tahini, almond butter, raw, unsalted nuts and seeds

Like to snack on peanuts or spread peanut butter on your toast? Peanuts are prone to causing blockages in the skin so try Tahini as an alternative spread which is made of sesame seeds and is a great source of calcium. Otherwise, a more similar tasting option would be almond butter and this is also a wonderful source of magnesium and the most alkaline of all nuts. Snack on raw, unsalted nuts and seeds such as almonds and Brazil nuts instead of peanuts or cashews.

  1. Mejool dates and cacao balls

Dates are an amazing sweet treat to enjoy! They can be eaten on their own or made into balls. Mix dates and cacao in a food processor, roll into balls and sprinkle with LSA. You can add other nuts and seeds to these if you would like something a little adventurous. They make a great go to instead of chocolate when you need that sweet fix, otherwise, if you must have chocolate, the darker and more bitter, the better!


  1. Gelato

With summer over but the heat still lingering at times, opt for Gelato when out with friends instead of icecream.


  1. Warm milk or soy milk with a dash of cacao, molasses, cinnamon or honey

As those cold nights approach, try warm milk with a dash of honey and cinnamon instead of milo or hot chocolate; it gives that same warm, soothing feeling. Nothing like sitting in front of a fire with a hot drink in your hand!

  • April 2, 2015

Learning to breathe properly again can have many benefits and not just the obvious ones that we have discussed but some surprising ones for your clients and yourself.

There is growing evidence that there is a relationship between respiration and hormones. Many people have found that by correcting their breathing they notice an improvement in symptoms such as PMT and menopausal problems like hot flushes.
It is also interesting to note that in Traditional Chinese Medicine the lungs and the skin are linked. So correct breathing can impact on the health and appearance of your skin.

There is also growing evidence to suggest that breathing correctly can burn fat, helping you to lose weight. With all the benefits it certainly makes sense to spend a bit of time getting it right. So if you think your breathing needs work or want to be able to refer your clients, check out what practitioners are available in your area or take a look at the BradCliff Method website,, “find a physio” and start breathing your way to beauty and health…


  • December 17, 2014

What is your breathing rate? The rate at which you breathe is also important and is linked to how you breathe. It will either be rapid and shallow or deep and slow. You should be taking between 10 to 14 breaths per minute. Anything higher than this and your breathing is too shallow and rapid and anything less is too slow.

So why does our breathing get so out of kilter? There can be many triggers like respiratory disorders (asthma, sinus problems), physical injury to the nose, poor posture, pain, anxiety, prolonged computer use, or simply being too busy with life. Even once the trigger has gone, changes in breathing habits can continue on, undermining your health.


  • December 11, 2014

Shallow or Deep?
Are you a deep, belly-breather or a shallow breather?

The process of breathing involves the lungs taking oxygen from the air and transferring it to de-oxygenated blood pumped into the lungs by the heart.

The lower lobes of the lung contain more capillaries, therefore exchange more oxygen. This makes deep breathing much more effective for oxygenating your blood than high, shallow breathing. When you test which hand on your belly not the hand under the collarbones. Shallow breathing is far less effective than deep, belly breathing.

Shallow breathing also activates your fight or flight system resulting in feelings of anxiety, stress and irritability. It can also cause you to hyperventilate by expelling too much carbon dioxide and this can cause symptoms such as dizziness, rapid heart rate, chest pains and lightheadedness.


  • November 25, 2014

Sheryl Nicholson from The huia tree and I have combined forces again and are very excited to bring you the BESTOW TREATS COOKBOOK! We celebrate all things delicious, comforting, uplifting and healthy in our third publication.  Of course, we’re not suggesting you can go too crazy with these recipes as they are still treats! They’re something to savour when you’re enjoying the company of friends or family or a perfect pick-me-up when you need it. All the recipes are gluten free, refined sugar free and have dairy free options where relevant.


Unfortunately, whether homemade or store bought, most treats are packed full of ingredients that undermine our health and wellbeing. This is especially true of refined sugar, which is becoming increasingly recognised as one of the biggest causes of disease in modern diets.

Our recipes have been created with delicious, nutrient-dense ingredients designed to bestow goodness to your health and wellbeing (not to mention your skin). Most of them are very quick and easy to prepare and can be kept in the fridge or freezer for anytime you need to enjoy a little morsel of pleasure in your day.


The BESTOW TREATS COOKBOOK will be available on December 1st through our stockists. RRP NZ$25.