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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.

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AND HERE’S 4 REASONS WHY WE LOVE MATCHA!

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.

BESTOW MATCHA SMOOTHIE RECIPE

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.

WHERE TO BUY MATCHA POWDER AND BESTOW BEAUTY OIL

BESTOW BEAUTY OIL – Visit our stockist pages in the menu above and find one nearest you

MATCHA POWDER – matchamatcha.co.nz

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.

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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.

THE INVITATION

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.

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THE RITUAL

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

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  • November 10, 2015