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When gut-health is prioritised, skin transformation accelerates and wellbeing sky-rockets. I have understood this connection for decades, but it wasn’t until I faced a personal health crisis in 2016 that I realised just how critical gut-health is…

Make no mistake, gut health is on trend. What interests me is that the latest scientific research is affirming what holistic skincare wisdom has been saying for decades – there is a direct connection between gut health and skin health.

I have incorporated gut health strategies into my skin transformation coaching since my early 30’s, but I recently faced a debilitating health crisis which suddenly made this gut wisdom very important to me.

In late 2016, over a period of just one month I went from being fit and active, hiking in outback New Zealand and in the most advanced Pilates class to hardly being able to walk or dress myself.  The discomfort started off in my lower back, spread to my hips and then to my upper back and shoulders. I was in terrible pain. As I continued to deteriorate, I started fearing that I was going to end up in a wheel chair. Then as an added bonus I developed perioral dermatitis and patches of persistent eczema.

I underwent a huge number of tests ranging from MRI’s to blood tests for autoimmune disorders.  None of the specialists could find anything wrong with me except for high levels of inflammatory markers in my blood.  There was no explanation and I had no idea what to do next. I started thinking this could be the end of my career.  How could I continue to teach skin care therapists about health and wellness with any integrity when I couldn’t even heal myself?

Luckily I ended up under the care of a great physiotherapist who used a holistic approach and could help me to connect the dots.

Janine Tait | Bestow Founder

A year prior to this happening I had picked up a mild gastro infection while I was travelling New Zealand offering skincare education. It didn’t cause me too much distress so I let nature take its course and within a week the symptoms settled down. But they never fully disappeared and I was left with an irritable bowel.

After about six months of this mild discomfort I decided to get it checked out. A physician took a biopsy of the bowel and diagnosed me with lymphocytic colitis, an inflammatory condition of the colon where the lymphocyte or immune cells accumulate in the bowel wall. The physician suspected that my immune system had dealt with the original infection but had failed to turn off. My gut immune system remained on high alert, the lymphocytes all waiting for invaders and at the same time inflaming my bowel.  There was no cure, I just had to hope the situation would resolve itself given time.

A few months on, my gut was still unhappy and the pain in my joints began. Looking back I realised that my sensitised immune system had continued to inflame the colon, resulting in leaky gut. The increased permeability of the gut meant undigested food and inflammatory substances could enter the blood stream and spread throughout my body. For me they took up residence in my joints and skin.

Nothing I tried gave me any relief. I couldn’t exercise, could hardly walk, needed help to dress and couldn’t even travel for any distance in the car. I became fearful, stressed and in constant pain.  You can imagine what a relief it was for me to find this holistic physiotherapist who could help me.

She encouraged me to go on a dietary programme to heal my gut. Within 24 hours of eliminating certain foods I started to feel just a little bit better.  These were foods that I would normally consider to be healthy but I now know are irritating to a damaged gut. It was the first sign of improvement since this saga began and I was encouraged. I stuck to the programme religiously and it took me a good 18 months to completely heal myself!  My skin was the first to heal and then slowly, as my gut symptoms improved, the inflammation in my joints reduced.

I am now back to full health, I’m focussing on regaining my spot back in the advanced Pilates class and I’m out enjoying the New Zealand great outdoors – a recent trip to Steward Island being a highlight!

There were other gifts that came out of this challenging experience too. Firstly I lost weight. It just dropped off me as soon as I embraced the dietary programme and I lost 7 kilograms in total. I also find I’m more motivated to pursue wellness as a priority, incorporating daily meditation, good sleep rhythms and enjoying a healthy balance of breath-based and cardio exercise.

I am so grateful to have had this experience. I now have a strong sense of conviction about how important it is to heal your gut before you try to heal your body or your skin.  

I’ve become passionate about producing resources and tools to help therapists and their clients transform their skin and their wellbeing with gut-health strategies.  The Bestow Gut Love + powder and Bestow Love Your Gut online programme are game-changers and I can’t wait for you and your clients to try them.


A world-class synbiotic powder, including probiotics, prebiotics and digestive enzymes to restore the gut and renew skin from within. Rich in fibre, it promotes regular elimination of toxins, creating the inner environment for clear, glowing skin.  READ MORE.


This online programme combines gut science with wellness wisdom and provides the dietary guidelines I used to heal myself. The beautifully designed online platform provides gorgeous gut-healing recipes, a 7-day meal planner, shopping guides, nurturing rituals and inspiring education. READ MORE

Bringing it all together

The Bestow Love Your Gut Programme brings together all four principles in a 7-day gut healing plan which can be cycled as a four week programme for greater benefits. The beautifully designed online platform provides gorgeous gut-healing recipes, a 7-day meal planner, shopping guides, nurturing rituals and wellness wisdom.


JANINE TAIT is New Zealand’s leading dermo-nutritionist, a holistic skincare educator and the founder of Bestow Beauty, a fast-growing wellness company which offers a beautiful range of organic skin nutrition superfood blends, recipes and rituals to heal and nourish skin from within.

  • September 21, 2018

Simple ways to use Bestow Beauty Oil in your daily rituals – Series 1 of 5

To make life super easy for you we have been busy creating short videos and recipes on 5 simple ways that you can include Bestow Beauty Oil or Bestow Beauty Plus Oil in your daily life.

This first one is Bestow Creamy Dreamy Avo Sauce which is a breeze to make and is great dolloped on to salads, fish, chicken, crackers – pretty much most food!

Bestow Creamy Dreamy Avo Sauce

1 ripe avocado
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil or Bestow Beauty Plus Oil
Juice of one lemon
Small handful of fresh herbs – try basil, coriander or parsley
Himalayan salt and black pepper freshly ground to season

Blitz all together, can be refrigerated for 1 to 2 days as the lemon juice keeps it lovely and green.

View all the 5 Ways videos.




Jenny Barrow is an inspiration to all of us at Bestow HQ. She lives and breathes wellness and mindfulness and we have witnessed her extraordinary transformation from a severely congested acne-challenged skin to beautiful, clear skin which glows everyday.She is a vital part of our team, assisting Janine and working as a valuable skincare trainer and consultant.As a connoisseur of healthy food we were very interested to get Jenny’s feedback on the new Bestow Berry Beautiful smoothie booster.

I love having smoothies all year round so I was so excited to try the new Bestow Berry Beautiful. I quickly realised this was not just another superfood blend but a hero ingredient.

I have tried many blends and powders in my smoothies over the years but have found that they either have ingredients that are not desirable or have a terrible taste that needs to be ‘hidden’. This simple blend of fruit and other super-foods such as chia make for a powder that is incredibly good for me with no nasty ingredients or added sugar.

There is no need to hide it with other stronger flavoured ingredients as the berries are a beautiful flavour on their own and provide me with high amount of anti-oxidants, Vitamin C and other nutrients, essential for keeping my skin healthy and glowing.

The ground chia seed in the mix provide high quality fibre, helping to ensure a healthy bowel. For someone like me with a skin that is easily congested, I struggle to find powders or blends to add nutrients to my breakfast without compromising my skin, however I can confidently say that Berry Beautiful only provides my skin with the nutrients it needs and not unwanted congestion!

Since using Bestow Berry Beautiful in smoothies, porridge, overnight oats and mixed into yoghurt I have found that the added fibre has definitely helped improve the health of my bowel and my skin has continued to go from strength to strength with the nutrients it needs being provided daily.



  • November 1, 2016

Luminositea is a blend of organic white and green tea. It has a pale colour and a gentle flavour.

Green tea contains a particular family of antioxidants, which have been scientifically proven to increase the hydration of the upper layers of the skin. This enhances enzyme action and increases natural moisturising factors by three times their normal level.


White Tea is even more amazing! Only the tender young tips of the plant are used are for white tea, meaning it contains everything the green tea contains, but in significantly higher levels.

For these reasons, white tea is particularly useful for anti-aging. It prevents the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin as well as improving hydration.

A supple, hydrated skin reflects the light which gives healthy skin its luminous glow. This is why the blend is called luminositea.

Drink Luminositea in the morning, to help you skin remain hydrated and glowing all day.

These cute but practical tea infusers are just what you need for your Bestow tea collection, perfect for the one cup brew.

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I think you’ll pleased to know that Bestow Organic Teas are not only delicious and good for your skin, they are also helping to transform a community in Sri Lanka.

When we decided to develop a range of skin-beautifying teas, it was very important to me that they were not only organic but were sourced from a fair trade supplier.

I know that many of the workers in tea plantations in third-world countries are poorly paid and treated like second-class citizens.

For me, socially conscious business it is not about beating the supplier down to get the bottom dollar but paying a fair price for a quality product that is fair to all the people who are involved in producing it.


Good For You | Fair For All

The day I discovered organic tea plantations in Sri Lanka was a happy day for me. This company is run by a fourth generation plantation owner, who is as passionate about environmentally and socially conscious business as I am.

“You wake up and you go, you are doing something good,” he says. “You look at the cancer rates. We are in the business of producing and selling food. You have got to produce food that is good for health. That’s why I feel organics is the right way. I believe in it.”

Changing from conventional to organic farming methods in 1992 required courage. “To change someone’s mind about chemical faming, they have to unlearn everything,” says Durka. “For them to understand the benefits of organics for their children and for their communities has taken a long time.”

Today, Durka’s plantations supply beautiful, organic teas, spices, cashews, fruits and other produce all over the world and are recgonised as organic farming pioneers in Sri Lanka.

The Hills Are Alive | Organic in Action

During my summer holiday last year, my husband and I visited the organic plantation in Sri Lanka to see where the magic happens. Thanks to their biodynamic philosophy, the fields and slopes are filled with life.

Organic basil and rose fragrance the air. Wild camphor grows in the hedgerows as a source of organic spray. Cattle roam, producing compost for the plantation and milk for the community, while specially planted trees provide shade for the workers, food for bees and a home for birds. My host told me that he had been to some plantations where there are no signs of life at all. I am pleased to report that their estates are buzzing with life and eco-diversity.






Muthu’s Story | From Displacement to Development

Perhaps even more important to me was learning how the Fair Trade principles they abide by are making a genuine difference in the community. Many of the plantation workers are descendants of Indian estate workers who the British brought to Sri Lanka, when both of those countries were under British rule.

Muthu is the plantation owner and his family was part of this displaced community. “My ultimate goal is to bring back pride to the grower, and an identity to the farmer,” says Muthu. “I wanted to ensure an identity to a community of estate workers,” says Muthu.“I took it as my duty and responsibility to see this illiterate and marginalised community flourish through future generations.”

“At the inception of the project there were severe social problems among the disaffected and marginalised young estate population including alcohol and other drug dependencies. With opportunities to learn new skills, follow different career routes and be instrumental in the set up and development of new projects these problems are disappearing. There’s still a lot to do.”

Fair Trade Premiums Developing The Estate Community

A fair-trade premium from the sale of company produce product is reinvested back into the local community for the purposes of ensuring higher living standards.

The fair-trade premium is distributed via a Social Committee made up of elected representatives of the estate workers. Decisions about how to invest the income are made in consultation with the local community. 

Fair-trade premiums have funded the building of a new cultural centre at the estate where social functions, weekly meetings, clubs and classes are held. Estate workers homes have also been repainted inside and out and more cows purchased which provide income for community members. Education is also a focus for the community. English lessons are offered to the young people on the estate, which opens up new possibilities for their future. Schoolbooks have been purchased for young students.

Global Sisterhood | Much More Than Just Tea

Many of the estate workers who work in the plantations that the Bestow Organic Teas come from are women. I was able to meet the group of women pictured above when I visited. They didn’t speak English. This gave me a chance to practice my Sri Lankan on them, which they found very amusing! Despite our language differences, I felt a sense of kinship with them. They were mothers, sisters, daughters and friends. They wanted a good life for themselve and their chidlren – just like we do.


The Fair Trade ethos means these women are paid a living wage, are provided housing and have access to medical services and education

It humbles me to know that my business choices can make such a difference for women in another country. It warms me to know that every time a woman back home in New Zealand buys and enjoys the benefit of Bestow Organic Teas, she is also supporting a sisterhood of women in a little community of Sri Lanka.

Time for a cuppa, I think. Join me?




We are delighted to introduce you to the first in our new Bestow Organic Tea Range – two beautifully blended therapeutic teas Luminositea and Eternitea.

Luminositea and Eternitea will support healthy skin from within and the Bestow ‘Time for Me’ Tea Ritual we invite you to embrace, will further enhance your personal wellness journey.



  • July 7, 2016

We are delighted to introduce you to the first in our new Bestow Organic Tea Range – two beautifully blended therapeutic teas Luminositea and Eternitea.

Luminositea and Eternitea will support healthy skin from within and the Bestow ‘Time for Me’ Tea Ritual we invite you to embrace, will further enhance your personal wellness journey.


janine-tait-2016I used to be addicted to coffee. It was hard on my nervous system and I knew my body didn’t respond well to it. Giving up coffee was a gift I gave to my body and I have never looked back.

I have since enjoyed exploring the colourful and therapeutic world of herbal teas. A simple tea-break can give you an extra boost of anti-oxidants, calm and relax you, cleanse the body or give you a burst of energy. It all depends which tea you choose.

At Bestow, we gather to drink herbal tea together each morning and afternoon. We take turns making it, getting out our vintage china and serving tea on a silver tray. It is a beautiful ritual which gives us a joyful pause in our busy day. Nutritionally, it is a great opportunity to hydrate and get some added vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.


It was important to me to know that we were all drinking quality organic tea so that our skin and body received maximum goodness and none of the pesticides and chemicals that can creep into supermarket herbal teas.

The best way to know what we were drinking was to develop our own range – so that’s exactly what we did! We were lucky enough to discover a Sri Lankan company with established organic tea plantations. I visited them in January. The people there are even more passionate about tea than we are!

The tea plantation is biodynamic and full of life with organic cattle providing compost, wild camphor in the hedgerows as a source of organic spray and the rich fragrance of tea leaves, basil and rosemary in the air.

Back home in New Zealand, we spent happy hours as a team drinking and researching our favourite therapeutic blends and we are happy to share these first two teas in our range with you.

LUMINOSITEA | Your Morning Glow

 100% Organic White and Green Tea (Camellia Sinesus)

Flavour + Colour

A pale colour and gentle flavour

Therapeutic Benefits

White Tea is an anti-aging tea thanks to anti-inflammatory phytochemicals which help to prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin.

Green Tea contains a particular type of antioxidant which has been scientifically proven to increase the hydration of the upper layers of the skin, resulting in enhanced enzyme action and increase natural moisturising factors. A moist, hydrated skin reflects the light which gives healthy skin its luminous glow. That is why this blend is called Luminositea!

Best Time of Day
Enjoy Luminositea in the morning to get the stimulating benefit of the low levels of non de-hydrating natural caffeine and to get your morning glow on!

ETERNITEA | Your Anti-Ageing Tea

100% Organic Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa), 100% Organic Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)

Flavour + Colour

A pretty pink colour and a tangy, fresh flavour with a hint of cinnamon.

Therapeutic Benefits

Hibiscus is a super-tea, containing more anti-oxidants than any other tea. These anti-oxidants help to combat the ageing affects of free-radicals in your body. Do your body a favour and arm it with goodness.

Cinnamon helps to stabilise your blood sugar which is essential for anti-ageing. When blood sugar levels are rocketing around it causes glycation, a process where oxidised sugar attaches to collagen molecules, curling and tangling the fibres. Cinnamon protects your skin by keeping your blood sugar levels sure and steady throughout the afternoon, and your collagen resilient and smooth throughout the years.

Best Time of Day to Drink

Enjoy Eternitea in the afternoon. Instead of putting yourself on a sugar roller coaster at 3pm, drink this sugar stabilising tea and eat a small handful of nuts to sustain you through till dinner time.



What makes a tea-break more than a tea-break?


Intention! A tea on the run only offers you one-half of the benefits. We invite you to embrace the Bestow ‘Time for Me’ Tea Ritual as a way of building mini-retreats into your busy day. This relaxing ritual helps you to introduce a healthy self-care rhythm which is so important in pursuing a life of wellness and wholeness.


Put the kettle on.
* Select a beautiful tea-cup to enjoy your tea in.
* Steep your chosen Bestow Organic Tea in boiling water.
* While you wait for your tea to steep, take 5 slow, deep breaths. Put your hands on your belly and feel your belly rise and fall as you breathe all the way down.
* Sit quietly and sip your tea slowly, savouring this moment of blissful pause.


janine-tait-2016It was very important to me that Bestow teas were not only organic, but were sourced from a supplier that was fair to all of the the people involved in producing it. Many of the workers in tea plantations in third-world countries are poorly paid, and treated like second class citizens. I am pleased to report that the Sri Lankan company who supply our tea operate within a fair-trade business model. This means they pay their workers a living wage, provide housing and make sure they have access to medical services and education. For me it is not about beating the supplier down to get the bottom dollar but paying a fair price for a good quality product that is produced ethically.


robyn-marshallRobyn Marshall | Beautiful Hush

I have never liked the flavour of green tea. Because of this I have so enjoyed drinking the Eternitea, Hibiscus and Cinnamon blend, which is also very high in antioxidants and has a delicious taste! I find it uplifting and the cinnamon definitely helps to stabilise any sugar cravings. I don’t even need to have anything to eat when enjoying this tea. Our clients all loved it and said it shouldn’t be called tea but a refreshing juice! We are looking forward to serving it chilled in our waiting room during the warmer months.

testimonial01Jose Kakebeeke | Beauty With Substance

I am a big tea drinker. I prefer it over water so drink it morning, afternoon and evening. I really enjoy the Bestow Luminostea. It is much milder in taste than other green teas I have tried. This combination so so simple and delicious and the fact that it contains so many anti-oxidants is a real added benefit. Having a cup of tea is a comforting ritual for me, as well as a thirst quencher. If I am stressed or need to have a breather there will always be a cup of tea with it.

testimonial02Ashleigh Scott | Ashleigh Scott Facialist

I have never been a coffee drinker, but I do occasionally enjoy a cup of herbal tea. Especially in winter there’s nothing better than sitting down at the end of a busy day with a nice warming cup. It helps me relax and sets me up to have a good night’s sleep. I love that these teas have been carefully curated to ensure maximum health benefits, so I know I am doing something good for my skin and body. We have been serving both Luminositea and Eternitea to our clients for the last couple of weeks and have had amazing feedback. Our clients can’t wait to get their hands on a tin themselves!

  • June 2, 2016

Green tea has long been considered for the many health benefits it offers. Matcha green tea however is a super strength version that is said to be around ten times more nutritionally dense than regular green tea. This green powder is embedded in the Japanese culture and is delicious as well as being both energising and relaxing at the same time!

Matcha is a great ingredient to team up with our beloved Bestow Beauty Oil. In the simple smoothie recipe below we have done just that with the following health benefits.

Bestow Beauty Oil is a wonderful food for skin. It’s your edible cosmetic, making your skin soft, smooth and velvety. Bestow Beauty Oil is able to do this because it contains high levels of Essential Fatty Acids (Omega-3 and Omega-6) that are not only vital for your health but also the beauty and vitality of your skin.

Unlike most fats, your body cannot produce Omega-3 and Omega-6 this is why they are called vitamin F. We have created Bestow Beauty Oil: a blend of organic, unrefined, extra virgin seed oils cold-pressed from flax and golden flax to provide you with a source of these Essential Fatty Acids. Bestow Beauty Oil is a bit like fish oil only better tasting and containing more essential fatty acids for your wellbeing.



It helps detoxify
Matcha has a high chlorophyll content, which plays a pivotal role in detoxifying the body. Thus when you consume Matcha it naturally removes chemical toxins, heavy metals, poisons, dioxins and hormone disruptors from our system, not to mention all those things we may have overindulged in over the summer break!

It helps prevent aging
There are more anti-oxidants in Matcha than any other superfood, blueberries, green veggies or dark chocolate! Because of this it can tremendously improve the health of your skin, helping it fight free radicals and slow the aging process.

It helps enhance concentration
Due to the presence of an amino acid called L-Theanine, chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine are produced in the body. These chemicals improve memory, enhance mood and increase concentration. Matcha makes you happy!

It boosts energy levels
The special combination of nutrients found in Matcha combine to give you a powerful energy boost without any side effects. It is clean and good energy that is released. Most people experience the stimulative effects of consuming Matcha for at least two hours.


200mls of coconut water
1 fresh or frozen banana
1 tablespoon of dairy free coconut yoghurt
1 dessertspoon of Bestow Beauty Oil
3 – 4 sprigs of fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon of Matcha powder
A sprinkle of chia seeds

Blend all the ingredients together other than the chia seeds, add some ice cubes if you are not using frozen banana and want a nice cold smoothie. Pour into a glass and sprinkle with chia.


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Did your mother or grandmother ever tell you to ‘count your blessings’? We may have shrugged off such homegrown advice in our youth, but neuroscience today is affirming much of the wisdom bestowed upon us from simpler times.


To count your blessings is to practice the art of gratitude – a simple spiritual discipline with profound implications for our total health and well-being.

Gratitude is the art of paying attention to the many blessings and graces that are bestowed upon us daily – the fall of golden light through the trees, the satisfaction of a job well done, the shared laughter of friends, the feeling of a soft rug under our feet.

Gratitude teaches us to notice the blessings in our life and to receive them and all they have to offer.

Gratitude directs our entire being towards health. It is not going too far to say that our bodies listen to our thoughts. Paying attention to the simple things in our life boosts our immune system and promotes health and healing.

Gratitude makes us emotionally resilient and mentally supple, better able to deal with the challenges of life.

Gratitude is not a shallow happiness and does not require an inauthentic Pollyanna take on the world. It is a simple re-orientation that allows us to face fully into both the joy and sorrow of life, whilst becoming increasingly aware of the inherent goodness and love at the heart of the universe.


We invite you to develop the discipline of gratitude in your life – to become aware of the many gifts that surround you.

We invite you to practice a daily ritual of remembering and recording your blessings in this journal.

Embracing a daily ritual of counting our blessings redirects our mind and our sub-conscious to pay attention to the simple things in life.



Find a quiet space

Create or claim a quiet corner of your home where you can spend ten minutes writing in your Bestow Blessings journal. You may like to light a candle and sit at the table after the kids have all gone to bed. You may have a favourite armchair you can relax in with a cup of tea. Perhaps your Bestow Blessings journal will live on your bed-side table so you can write in it each night before you turn out the light. It doesn’t matter where – just find a space to claim for your own for ten minutes each day.

Think back over your day
Think back through the events of your day and your internal responses to them. You could ask yourself, Where did I receive nourishment? Where did I give nourishment? When did I feel loved? When did I feel encouraged? What did I enjoy today? What beauty did I notice? Who helped me today?

Write down three blessings
Write down three blessings you have noticed during your day. Allow yourself to take time with each blessing. Allow the memory of it, the feeling of it, to fill your awareness.

Counting our blessings allows us to return to the moments of grace we may have missed in our busyness – allowing their impact to deepen and integrate into our being.

Gratitude practiced over time helps you become more mindful during the day. More and more you notice those ‘joy moments’ as they happen.

May you enjoy the many everyday blessings you discover and record in your Bestow Blessings Journal!

In gratitude, Janine


  • November 10, 2015


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!