All posts tagged: detox

Benefits of wild birch

There’s a life lesson we can learn from the wild cultivated birch forest in South Bohemia – that all good things should be left to grow wild and free. I toured the natural Birch forests of South Bohemia in the Czech Republic with Leonard Taraba, the head of the family-run company that focuses on the wild collection of the young Birch leaves. These are used for the production of high quality extracts used worldwide in Weleda’s natural cosmetics and juices. The reason why Leonard and his team are able to extract such high quality raw materials is by their ecologically- friendly processing methods, environmentally clean localities and to healthy respect for nature. Their motto “in harmony with nature”. Benefits of Birch Birch is a silvery barked, leafy tree which is well-known for its restorative properties. Soviet countries have had a long appreciation for the medicinal power of this plant and folk healers used Birch for centuries for its diuretic effects, to assist the dissolving of kidney stones and also to treat gout and rheumatoid arthritis. …

Digital Detox in Patagonia

The healing power of disconnecting the phone and reconnecting with nature. You’re probably wondering why you haven’t heard from me in a while… No, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, but pretty close too actually. After my week with the Weleda Argentina team, I took a week off from the Global Garden Journey to go on a journey of my own to Patagonia – one of the most Southern points of the world before Antarctica. Hiking the W-Trek in Torres Del Paine (Chile) and exploring El Chálten and El Calafate (Argentina) had been bucket list adventures for me and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit when I was so close. This part of the world is famous for its natural wonders – the highest mountains, widest rivers, gigantic glaciers and some of the flattest and wide meadow plains on earth. It’s a part of the world so naturally beautiful, it’s only fitting that nature taught me a thing or two on my travels. I learnt the power of disconnecting the …

Green beauty for beginners

Detoxing the make-up bag Today is Day One of the Global Garden journey. As if the Cinderella experience couldn’t get any better. I had a personal natural beauty make-up masterclass with the incredibly talented Eco Make-up Artist Liv Lundelius. Learning about the importance of choosing natural skin care and make up whilst mastering an effortless look for my travels. Spoilt much! I must admit that I have been really uncomfortable not know what I am really putting on my face and my body when it comes to cosmetics, but I felt so daunted about learning right from wrong that I didn’t know where to start. Anyone with me? Well today, I’m feeling much better. Because as they say, knowledge is power. With knowledge you can make change. Here’s what I learnt today. Why change is good. Learn how to read the real truth.  Unfortunately cosmetic ingredients are widely unregulated. Whilst we all know that just because it says something on the packaging doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true. But until we know otherwise sometimes, scarily we …