Beautify with essential oils

Today I'm going to discuss just a little of the amazing benefits of essential oils, particularly for your skin, and how I make the most of them in my beauty regime.

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An essential oil for every ailment

It's no secret that aromatherapy is a buzz-word for the health conscious. There's practically an 'oil' to help every and any ailment from the common cold to tummy upsets and everything in between. In the beauty aspect - everything from thinning hair to skin conditions such as psoriasis and acne to more beautiful nails can be improved by the use of specific essential oils.

My 20+ essential oils

Pictured are just a few of my 20+ essential oils which I've been collecting for some time now. I just love them! I use the oils after almost every shower or in my baths to uplift, re-energise or calm depending on what I need at the time. I also use them to ward of sickness or headaches for myself or my family. Popping them directly on the feet is amazing! Your feet will absorb the oils and transport them quickly into the bloodstream. I personally can recommend Young Living as my favourite. I've tried many brands over the years and have found these the best for both potency and purity. I also love their blends suited to so many of my varied needs. Of course there are many other lovely oils available from various companies. Only check that they are therapeutic grade before purchase.

Essential oils for your face

Just now though I want to zone in on what I do for my skin - the skin on my face that is! As many of you will know who've read any of my previous posts, I believe in beauty from the inside-out in every respect. What you eat really is what you'll become on the outside and what you think will also determine much of what is expressed in your person. There are few beauty 'products' as such that I would recommend one actually put on their skin. Essential oils are something I can certainly vouch for as enhancing my complexion, increasing tone, and evenness in skin tone.

Essential oils against acne and ageing

Frankincense is the king of oils for my face. I am totally in awe of it's effectiveness to lessen if not completely fade pigmentation. This is what I use it for most! If you want to remove age spots or scarring naturally, look to frankincense essential oil to do the job. This essential oil has been revered since ancient times as a healing agent for various conditions, and has been used on the skin for countless treatments. It has several different healing properties, including being a cicatrisant, which means it is capable of promoting wound healing and fading scars on the skin. I've never experienced acne or breakouts personally, but frankincense would be perfect for you if this is a condition you have suffered from and have scarred skin as a result. As well as frankincense I also enjoy pure essential oil of Sandalwood as an extra preventative measure against ageing. It's wonderful for wrinkles!

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my daily regimen with essential oils

I shower and exfoliate my skin to cleanse and remove dead skin cells leaving it silky smooth and absorbent. Then, using my fingertips, I simply smooth over 5 - 10 drops of the Young Living essential oil of Sacred Frankincense - usually I do this in the evening. I may also then pop a couple of drops of Sandalwood oil to any lines on my face, followed by some pure organic, cold pressed Jojoba oil. I love using my DIY face mist as well, often in the mornings, which includes frankincense essential oil as well with rosewater as a toner and freshener for my skin.

Any other questions on my choice of essential oils, or to experience Young Living essential oils for yourself, feel free to ask me via my personal YL page  here.

You can read more beauty tips I live by a recent interview for the well known Australian website Beauticate, here.

Love, light and everlasting beauty to you all

xxx Abigail


Jojoba oil

Before I decided to focus on my music and Vocal Psychology to help people find their inner voice, I worked as a psychologist and gave trainings on the subject of personal effectivity. I would give people advice on how to reach their goals better, and 2 terms I used a lot were 'efficiency' (how you reach a goal) and 'effectivity' (IF you reach a goal). If there's one thing I'm very fond of, it's efficiency... I like it when things make sense, I like it when you can use something for multiple reasons, I love it when I have found the shortest route to what I want. And obviously I want my methods to work as well....

My discovery of Jojoba Oil

What's with the lecture, you might ask? To illustrate why I almost cried a little bit when I read an article from one of my favorite bloggers, Gala Darling. She wrote about how jojoba oil was 'the elixir of the gods', describing how it is really good (effectivity) for your hair AND skin (efficiency).

Needless to say, I was fascinated by this information... I ordered a bottle from an online shop and tried it out for the past 2 weeks. I used 2 drops of it every night after cleansing but before moisturizing my skin, and 3 drops after I washed my hair. Conclusion: I AM STUNNED! It really works miracles!

What did Jojoba oil do for my skin and hair

My skin is usually of the notorious combination type, where my T-zone is oily and the rest dry. The jojoba oil really evens it out, which is great for so many reasons: obviously it just looks better and healthier, I don't have to touch up my make up during the day, my hair stays cleaner etc.

My hair is curly and thick, and it gets dry very easily. The jojoba oil makes it look very shiny and healthy and my curls really come alive! Also, it seems like I don't have to wash it as often (which could also be the result of my better skin).

Other ways you can use it

  • Lip balm
  • Eye make up remover (that doesn't irritate your eyes)
  • Shave prep
  • Massage oil
  • For a higher IQ (ok, that might not be true)

I swear I am not a spokesperson for this product (yet). But I could be, I am psyched to have found this! Try it out at home, it's very cheap, you don't need much of it for any purpose (another efficiency factor) and it's effective... And I didn't even mention the fact that your bathroom will look so organized, after you've thrown away your moisturizer, lip balm, make up remover and hair products!

Read more about Jojoba Oil

XOXO Maruja 

Follow my work for Vocal Psychology, where I will teach you to sing your heart out!

Picture: Maruja Retana for her single Right Through Me.

First published in 2013. Updated in 2019


John Masters Organics

I have tried many all-organic shampoos and conditioners, but nothing gave my hair a healthy shine, but they only dulled my hair. I am still looking for a 100% organic & green haircare, but John Masters Organics haircare comes pretty close, and I love to use this for my hair. In fact, when I use his shampoo, I have to go less to the hair stylist to cut my hair and put a gloss in my hair, as my hair stays much stronger and shinier longer!

When I recently wanted to visit the John Masters hair salon in NYC, I found out it had changed to a John Masters flagship store that only carries their products. Too bad! I hope they will open a hair salon sometime again.

What's the story behind John Masters Organics?

This is what I found out: The vision of John Masters, a pioneer in the city of New York when it comes to creating a hair salon with more than what just meets the eye.

"We only get one body, and we only get one planet."

His personal - strict- product guideline:

1. No sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, DEAs, MEAs, or TEAs

2. No GMOs (Genetically Modified Organism)

3. No petro-chemicals

4. No animal testing

5. No artificial colors, fragrances or fillers

6. Ingredients must be as organic as possible

7. All plant extracts and essential oils must be certified organic whenever possible

8. All essential oils used must be steam-distilled and not extracted with propylene glycol - which kills the effect of the oils

9. All plant oils must be cold pressed, not heat distilled - which kills the therapeutic properties of plant oils

10. All ingredients must be proven to be beneficial to the hair or skin

11. All ingredients must be harvested in an environmentally-friendly manner (wild-crafted)

12. All ingredients must be biodegradable as possible

My favorite products are:

[threecol_one]Evening Primrose Shampoo

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Besides skincare, bodycare and haircare, they also have pet care!  Check it out on the website:

www.johnmasters.com

Love, Lonneke


A BEAUTIFUL ALKALINE BODY

Did you know that you can actually make your body more beautiful, simply by becoming more ‘alkaline’? Your body has a delicate pH balancing system in which it works to keep equilibrium & stop your body fluids from becoming more ‘acid’ or if needed, too alkaline. I’m going to focus on the alkalising bit in this article as we very rarely get ‘too alkaline’ in our modern day, fast paced, un-natural lives!

Think of it this way…

ALKALINE = Improved health, extra energy, enhanced beauty, toned & more supple body, glowing skin, sparkling eyes, lustrous hair, high libido, healthy nails, faster wound/injury healing, flexibility, strengthened immunity, feeling of lightness & balance within the body, mood enhancing/positive mind.

ACID = Lethargy, sickness prone, cellulite, bad breath, slow healing, sagging skin, bloodshot eyes, dark circles, falling hair, acne, dandruff, low libido, tight muscles, painful joints, aches/pains, headaches, brittle nails, feeling of heaviness, clumsiness, depression/negative mind.

Without going into extensive scientific details here on pH know (Antoniette HELP! lol)... I'm pretty sure the term 'pH' refers to the alkalinity or acidity of water solutions. Ie: your blood & body fluids, but can refer to the watery + mineral content of anything from soil to water to plants etc. There are wonderful books, charts & informative material on the web you can discover to educate yourself on saliva & urinary pH testing, which can be a highly beneficial monitoring system. This said I usually gauge my 'alkalinity' by the way I feel!

Foods that promote Alkalinity

Raw foods especially vegetables & green foods, spring water, almost all fruits, raw milks & cheeses, cultured foods such as sauerkraut (recipe to come!), kefir, kombucha & others. Lightly cooked vege’s & broths. Freshly pressed fruit & vegetable juices, wheatgrass juice, green drinks & smoothies. Fatty fish. Almonds. Sufficient rest. Yoga. Moderation. Light stress free exercise which is enjoyable. Sunlight, hydrotherapy & fresh country air. The sea. Love, laughter & peace of mind.

Of course, there are more but these are some of the big ones you want to make sure you’re doing or not doing!

Things that contribute to Acidity

Denatured foods such as white sugar, white breads/biscuits/pastries, red meats, soft drinks, smoking, late nights, excessive technology, fluoridated water, overwork, city air, excessiveness, coffee/tea, antibiotics, preservatives/flavourings/colourings, dried fruits, high protein foods (even natural foods, eat moderately), high intensity exercise or labour, lack of sunlight & stress.

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Ways to create an Alkaline body

More ways to create an alkaline body would be to indulge in salt glows (scrub moistened skin all over warm body vigorously with sea salt until pink, rinse, towel dry), dancing in the rain, nature walks by the sea or rainforest, loving the dog/horse/budgie or people in your life, deep breathing, walking barefoot on dewy grass, aromatherapy treatments/massage.

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Another thought

Don’t you find it interesting to think that the foods which are most beneficial to our health/vitality & wellbeing are the foods which grow in the most abundance & require little or no preparation to enjoy? I’m meaning fruits & vegetables as opposed to meat (needing much land for grazing & spoils easily), grain/nuts/seeds (more difficult to process than fruits & vegetables) etc. Herbs grow in astonishing abundance & almost without cultivation! Herbs are something which I feel we should be consuming more of daily. Also greens, fruits of all kinds, vegetables, grasses/sprouts, & milky grains (such as fresh corn on the cob)…These foods are readily accessible & perfect alkaline nutrition. Even an avocado is rich in valuable nutrients, good fats & is beautiful in alkalinity. These are foods that promote beauty, health & wellbeing in the way we look, think & feel. They fit into our hands perfectly, our mouths & even look like our body systems, organs & sometimes even diseases (now that’s freaky! natures food designed for humans). There's really so much to discover on this subject of alkalising... The effects upon our bodies is immense so do look into it further if you are passionate about health & especially, healing.

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Probably the best thing about alkalising is, YES, we will look more gorgeous, there’s no doubt about that whatsoever. It works, making you more beautiful with every positive choice you make. But to me, what's even better than the other best part about alkalising, is in the way makes me feel. AMAZING, fresh, youthful & buzzing with ideas. Every. Single. Day.

LOVE & CHOCOLATE (PS. I'm very very busy with my book, so if I don't write for a while, extra LOVEEE! XXX) Abigail


Four Foods for Fantastic Skin!

"Four foods for Fantastic Skin!"

Because naturally glowing skin really does start from the inside out, here are a few fresh, whole food ideas that will really make your skin glow! Here are my 4 favorite foods for skin that will make it fantastic:

  1. Healthy Fats, such as Avocado, Raw Nuts and Coconut Oil will plump up your skin and reduce winkles.
  2. Vitamin A, necessary for healthy skin can be found in Carrots and Sweet Potatoes.
  3. Vitamin C, always amazing for you, are in Berries, Mangos and Cantaloupes.
  4. And lastly, Hydration! The most important for nice skin, I try for Green Tea and lots of water!

And now here are some foods that should be avoided!

  1. Alcohol – it’s terribly dehydrating!
  2. Refined sugar – wreaks havoc on your hormones that could cause breakouts.
  3. Dairy – is difficult to digest for most, and could also lead to breakouts :(
  4. Processed food – Just try no to eat anything that comes from a box! ;)

Julie!


SUMMER IN OZ

What's your favourite season? Are you obsessed with Winter coats, layering and snuggly fireplaces? I must say the feeling of jumping into the car turning on the heater full blast whilst drinking copious amounts of green tea on the way home from a Winter surf is one of my favourite cold weather moments. So invigorating!

I don't know if it's because of my Portuguese heritage but I do utterly obsess over Summer! Absolutely. I love Spring too - as it heralds the onset of warmer days, exotic fruits galore and fresh flowers :)

Native cherry

Fruit picking besties

Exfoliation at its best!
Exfoliation at its best!

shadow love

Our tree in Summer
Our tree in Summer

Paradise

Above are a few random i-pics by me - you may have seen some on Instagram already.

It's Winter season down under, but wherever you are it's important to feel warm for healing, beauty, and life. Some of my favourite tips to stay warm and energised are:

*Cold showers - yes even in Winter (best taken after a brisk walk or some form or activity, and with warm clothes ready to put straight on) boost the immune system and strengthens will power, mind and heart. Keeps you young and toned too!

*Vigorous Exercise

*Sunbaths - when its out, strip off & lay in it!

*Raw foods - even if its just a fresh juice, or a carrot before lunch

*Spices such as Cayenne, Ginger, Garlic

*Chocolate :) always makes me feel warm inside!

Love Abigail xxx


Food that will make you glow

Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food“ -

as Hippocrates quoted. And I strongly believe in this! I believe that nature has all the answers. You can find better solution for your acne or dull skin at farmers market and fresh produce stand in supermarket, then at you doctor office or pharmacy.

For glowing skin eat lots of orange fruits and vegetables: melons, apricots, and yams.

If you have dry skin (especially in winter time) include healthy oils like avocados, olive oil, coconut oil.

If you worry about protein (I, personally, think that we should worry about getting TOO MUCH protein, especially animal protein) there is plant base protein available in kingdom of seeds: sesame seeds and hemp seeds are excellent source of bio available proteins.

If you have puffy eyes include diuretics like asparagus and parsley, also circulation boosters like cayenne pepper and ginger.

For wrinkles eat a lot of fruits that are rich in colors such as berries. And remember to include all type of different colors, among the fruits and vegetables, in your diet EACH day.

Exercise, fresh air and morning sunlight – are all very beneficial to your health!

Avoid at all costs:

  • soda
  • regular table salt (substitute it to Celtic sea salt or Pink Himalayan Salt)
  • non-organic dairy and other animal products
  • tap water
  • processed food
  • microwave dinners
  • commercially fried food
  • fast food restaurants
  • coffee and black tea (if you can avoid it –great, if not – try to limited as much as possible)
  • smoking
  • alcohol
  • bad thoughts and aggressive behavior.

Think positive and surround yourself with good energy and love!

Love, Val


For the Love of Food, Fashion and OYL

I love good food!! It is my no 1 passion. I also love learning about the human body, health/healing and wellness is a lifelong fascination of mine...and if you haven't guessed it - I love FASHION. I love this industry with all the gorgeous artistic minded people who come together to create absolute genius. I love models! Models are beautiful people yes, but they are also very intelligent and at times vulnerable, real people with real hearts which can be broken! I love life. I love making life a celebration daily. Don't you? Isn't it a wonderful thing that you and I have the power to choose health today? To choose delicious, vibrant, life giving foods? 

One of my favourite quotes in my new book MODEL CHOCOLATE is:

"Enchant, stay beautiful and graceful, but do this, eat well. Bring the same consideration to the preparation of your food as you devote to your appearance. Let your dinner be a poem, like your dress." 'Letters to Emily' Charles Pierre Monselet French journalist and author. (1825-1888) 

I'm excited for the 5 lucky OYL followers who will win a copy of my new ebook! Have you liked the OYL facebook page yet? I can't wait to share with you how easy it is to make your own delicious life giving foods which in turn give you more energy, while making you feel more inclined smile and be beautiful on the outside! When you take care of your body from the inside, even when it comes to treating yourself with lavish desserts, you feel so wonderful that it shows. Good luck!

Love and chocolate xxx Abigail

MODEL CHOCOLATE (Fb link) is a superfood chocolate book jam packed with over 70 sugar free, dairy free, gluten free recipes for every occasion to be made in minutes. No artificial sweeteners or processed foods, just lots of real cacao love! Eco fashions, models, and art makes this revolutionary cookbook unique, cutting edge and visually inspiring and uplifting. The book is also available for instantaneous download here.

Image above of Abigail from the book MODEL CHOCOLATE. Photographer - Damien Nikora, stylist - Tamzen Holland Chalmers, make up - Ashlea Penfold, creative director Sarah Chambers.


MODEL CHOCOLATE BIRTHDAY!

Hi OYL! I've missed you all!! Wow some gorgeous posts I've missed so lovely to read them in a quiet moment at last.

Just a quick post to share the cacao love! It's finally here! My ebook is available for immediate download here with all the healthy chocolate you can eat.

I'm posting so you all get my special birthday price! Enter ITSBIRTHDAYTIME into the coupon code to receive a whopping $5 off today/tomorrow only! :)

"Over 70 superfood chocolate recipes ranging from Breakfasts and Snacks, Fashionable Desserts, Cacao Elixirs and Miscellaneous recipes. Featuring stunning fashion/beauty imagery throughout, Model Chocolate is as visually enriching as it is enticing to the appetite. Mostly raw and prepared in minutes there are gluten free, sugar free, dairy free or nut free recipes to suit everyone and enliven any occasion."

LOVE & CHOCOLATE XXX ABIGAIL


I use the Vitality & Energy Mask for a radiant skin

SKIN CARE FOR MEN

As the days are getting colder (well, here in the Netherlands) I have to be extra careful with my skin. Not every man likes to put some effort in his "beauty" skin care for men regime (most men only wash their faces with water and that's it), but I'm a fanatic skin care user for many years now. I don't mind getting older (I'm 33 right now), but with my healthy lifestyle and the help of some natural products I can reduce the process a little bit.

As you know I don't drink any alcohol for almost a year anymore (read: Choose Your Juice), and I can see the effect on my skin! It looks healthier than ever before!

Every morning I use some natural face products for men. Here are the steps in pictures:

Step 1:

Picture 1: my morning face, Picture 2: Intensive cleaning with scrub gel
Picture 1: my morning face, Picture 2: Intensive cleaning with scrub gel

You can scrub your face a few times a week. Always apply it on a moisty face (and neck). Wash it away with lots of hot water.

Step 2:

Gentle facial cleanser by Rituals
Gentle facial cleanser by Rituals

Luxury Face Treat by Rituals

 

I use the Vitality & Energy Mask for a radiant skin
I use the Vitality & Energy Mask for a radiant skin

 

You can make funny faces while waiting (10 - 15 minutes)
You can make funny faces while waiting (10 - 15 minutes)

Wash it away with lots of hot water. You can use a mask one or two times a week.

Step 4:

FACE nr 3: Ultra moistering face lotion by Rituals
FACE nr 3: Ultra moistering face lotion by Rituals
Finishing touch! I use this ultra moisturising face lotion every day!
Finishing touch! I use this ultra moisturising face lotion every day!

After this skin care you are awake and ready to start your day!

Ready to go with my fresh and healthy skin!
Ready to go with my fresh and healthy skin!

I also protect my hands with this lovely lotion:

Hand cream by FACE STOCKHOLM
Hand cream by FACE STOCKHOLM

This rich, concentrated hand cream leaves hands delicately scented, while locking in the moisture that is vital for the maintenance of healthy, hydrated hands. And it smells sooo good!

I hope all the men are inspired to take care of their skin! And if you have other tips: SHARE!

Ps: VALENTINA also shared her beauty skin secrets (for women and men) a few months ago! You can read it HERE!

Good luck!
Good luck!

 


RAW CHOCOLATE LOVE

Hi loves! Hope you're having a wonderful day :)

I'm so very busy right now working on my first cookbook ~ MODEL CHOCOLATE ~ which is getting closer by the moment! My chocolate brings you more energy, love & beauty with every supergorgeous bite! There are over 50 (more like 60) recipes in it ranging from breakfasts to desserts & even a couple of beauty treatments using raw cacao. In just over a month we'll be shooting the cover & I'll share sneak peaks here via Organic Your Life! Stay tuned...

For now though, I want to share with you a few raw chocolate tips you can do oh-so-easily which will enhance your:

Life  - this oldest living lady a chocoholic? woo!

Beauty - antioxidants second to none on the face of the earth

Love - watch this awesome inspiring  informative video by lord Cacao Wolfe

Health - extra raw cacao nutrition info

Happiness - anything that tastes this good & this good (bravo Val) & is every bit as good for you as it tastes makes you happy inside!! With those two recipes alone you can throw a little chocolate party! MMMMM.

Stock up on goodies:

Raw cacao powder, raw cacao nibs, raw cacao beans, creamed coconut, coconut oil, organic essential oils like peppermint, orange, lavender. Spices like cayenne & cinnamon, dried fruits such as blueberries, mango, incaberries. Organic fresh & frozen fruits & superfruits! Sweeteners such as raw honey, raw agave, maple syrup, coconut sugar. Organic nuts & seeds. Superpowders such as mesquite, lucuma, maqui berry, hemp protien, acai berry, maca. SOO GOOD.

Now you can do anything...!

Try:

Adding raw cacao, coconut oil, shavings of creamed coconut, cacao nibs, spices to nuts & seeds or organic fruits in your day. You can make simple fresh fruits exciting by adding yogurt & raw cacao nibs on top. You could add a sprinkling of raw cacao powder over a bowl of oatmeal before drizzling on honey & cinnamon. Rolling medjool dates in superpowders, mentioned above, & fill with raw cacao nibs or powder mixed with hazelnut butter. Snacking on cacao beans & goji berries is a favourite of many healthy people worldwide & for good reasons :)

Replace hot chocolate drinks with raw cacao hot chocolate. Don't scald it, place almond milk over raw cacao powder first, froth it with spices if you like & sweetener - then pour over the boiling water.

You can add cacao nibs or raw cacao powder into smoothies. I have a supersmoothie recipe in my book which is pretty much just young green coconut water with blueberries, cacao & any choice of superpowders/foods you like! It can taste scrumptious or earthy & medicinal depending on your combinations or needs on the day. A smoothie a day to keep the doctor away!

There's many great recipes available on the internet using raw cacao so have a play. Its worth the effort in all its blessedness... BUT if you are superbusy & want to buy chocolate instead PLEASE PLEASE choose only to buy fairtrade (refuse to support child slavery) for the rest of your life. I'd rather never taste chocolate again than buy chocolate that ruins a childs life. Remember too, buy chocolate that is what I call 'fairtrade by birth'. This means the company has always been fairtrade, rather than just slapping on a logo to keep up with the changing trends.

LOVE & CHOCOLATE

Abigail

 

 


HAUTE KRAUT

My sauerkraut has to be the totally best ever kraut in existence ANYWHERE. Why? Because its only 10 minutes + 8 - 10 days to make a few jars of organic pre-digested krauty goodness you can pop open anytime enjoying its immediate benefits on digestion, beauty & nutrition. PLUSSS its haute PINK ;) & I loovee hot pink ANYTHING. Pictured are two of my lunches this week: salad with HAUTE KRAUT & PESTO, & a quinoa green salad, which is now all hauted up.

All you need is:

One big head of organic red cabbage

1 tablespoon sea salt + 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

A food processor (to shred it quickly) or really good sharp knife & chopping board.

 

 

To make finely shred the cabbage as if making coleslaw. Put into a large bowl & squish with your hands along with the sea salt. The vinegar is optional. Keep squishing until the cabbage becomes juicy & bruised. Using a clean spoon & a some squeaky clean jars (any will do) compact down portions of squished cabbage until about 1 cm from the top of each. This will allow room for the kraut to expand slightly as it ferments. Put all your jars onto a serving tray & place in a cool dark place for 8 - 10 days. The tray is to catch any liquid that may bubble out!

Enjoy it with anything & everything. I love it on salads, toasted sourdough bread with goats cheese, eggplant pickle & kale or with steamed vege's to add enzymes & good bacteria. Anything that promotes good bacteria in the gut makes you GORGEOUS. You knew that though right?!

Love & chocolate xxx Abigail