BEAUTYSCOPES

July

By our Tarot Reader, Sophia Somerville of Southern Spells.

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The Winter Solstice has just passed. How did it feel for you, to experience the shortest day, the longest night? In the Southern Hemisphere we are well and in a hibernation phase seasonally – a time of tending to our inner fire, letting go of overextending ourselves, grounding into our truth, and cosying up with hot choccie. The days will slowly but surely let in more and more light, and in time we will be invited back out into exterior, celebratory, sun-mode. For now, let yourself experience the truths that lie at the heart of winter.

We find ourselves at the brink of a new moon in Cancer on July 2, a cardinal water sign best known for its propensity to feel deeply, nurture freely, crave safety, and retreat into its crab shell when that sense of safety is threatened. At this time, we as a collective are being asked to get clear on where in our lives we need to create more safety for ourselves, so we can take responsibility for our boundaries. We can still stretch and grow whilst in a nesting phase. Traditionally, the new moon is a time for setting intentions for the month ahead. However, with a peppering of two eclipses and a mercury retrograde, July is less a month for manifesting and more a time to ground and let the energies around you wash over you like a waves. These ‘scopes are meant to provide the inspiration to consistently show up for and take care of yourself, no matter the weather.

I have pulled a card from the She Wolfe deck for each sign. Read for your sun, moon and rising signs, if you know all three. Take with you what resonates; ditch the rest.

ARIES: Five of Pentacles

There’s an air of distrust in your eyes as you gaze upon your future, Aries. Where or what are you doubting? Instead of getting caught up in the headiness of such a question, do something with your hands to keep busy without hyping up your headspace. Paint your nails, make tacos, rub a drop of Frankincense oil on the soles of your feet. This flare-up is temporary; a necessary threshold to pass through. In time it will carry you to the next phase of your journey.

TAURUS: Queen of Wands

Something that dwells deep within you demands expression this month. Don’t force it – simply create space to allow it to rise up and out of you like smoke. It would be wise to leave a little extra legroom in your calendar this month, as a busy schedule could breed unnecessary frustration. Your emotions need outlets, not barriers. Enjoy this breath of fire and the feeling of release it brings. Use or voice, move your body, or write it out.

GEMINI: Magician

Even though your season has passed, a core part of you is still in your element. You are able to see things from a wider vantage point this month, creating a wise boundary between yourself and any dramas playing out below. Lean into your trust of the inner timing of things; the invisible and seemingly incomprehensible timing of your life. This will allow you float without flying away. A supportive essential oil for you is Tea Tree, the oil of energetic boundaries.   

CANCER: Lovers

Happy Birthday, Cancer! This month gifts you the opportunity to witness your self-love bloom in the world around you. As you reflect upon another trip around the sun, your inner life is mirrored back to you in your external environments. Notice all evidence of your growth, beauty and grace as you move through the world. Gaze into it like a lover’s eyes.  And give yourself a gift, you deserve it.

LEO: Temperance

It’s time to take a step back, Leo. With your fiery season on the horizon, what better time to sit in the muck and magic of where you are right: smack bang in the middle of the year. Give yourself as much time and space from all-the-doing as you can muster, so you can polish the jewel of your desire. If you’ve lost touch with what you really want, this is an excellent month to let all that is not meant for you to fall away. What you’re left with shines with brilliant clarity, giving you renewed trust in the universe. Light some ritual incense, to acknowledge the presence of mystery.

VIRGO: Page of Wands

The vastness of your interior opens up for you this month in the most glorious of ways. You see yourself in ways you have been longing to be seen by others, in all your presence, dexterity and dynamism. There is something emerging in you that feels different, and newly safe to experience. Let yourself sink into this shift. Deep breathing and long walks are favoured at this time. This is a moment to ground before leaping forward. Don’t curb your enthusiasm, but internally harness it. Don’t let your feelings use you; use them.

LIBRA: Sun

Quite literally: get some sun. Or if you can’t close your eyes and go to your favourite spot in nature. Visualisation is a powerful tool for you. This card also indicates that part of you wants to be acknowledged for reaching a destination, a point of glory, a triumph over adversity. Celebrate that victory, however big or small. It matters to your spirit right now.

SCORPIO: Six of Cups

There is a sweetness to this month that is free from being sickly. This sweetness flows from a hearth of truth towards you, like a river on its way to the sea. Notice what is coming into or returning to your life, and determine what you want to allow in. It is always up to you. Let yourself take the precious moments in, fully and freely. If you feel resistance to this pleasure, brew a cup of turmeric tea and give yourself permission to kick back.

SAGITTARIUS: Two of Swords

You’ve been in your head about all of the things, Sag. Time to put yourself out of your misery. Instead of forcing yourself to make a choice, get a facial. I’m serious, as well as being abstract – there is decisive power in taking all the options off the table and letting yourself engage with your physical senses again. Give your head a break, and the answers you’ve been seeking will find you on their own.

CAPRICORN: Tower

Rejoice, for the Tower here to help you grow into the person you really are. It tears down anything in your life that is no longer working for you, or does not have your best interests at heart. This isn’t something to fear but a process to prepare for, as your immune system will likely need some extra support during this time of change and upheaval. Try Gubinge powder for a boost of natural Vitamin C.

AQUARIUS: Ten of Cups

July is a special month for your sense of gratitude. This is a time to let yourself receive the gifts of your own making. There is a need to pause in-between the action to marvel at what you’ve built room for in your life, and to really welcome its arrival. You are allowed to dwell in the serenity of it all, whilst also acknowledging the ups and downs of getting used to the good. Write your gratitude list and say it aloud. Over and over, till you feel it in your bones.

PISCES: Death

Surrender to the pace of the waves this month, Pisces. This shouldn’t be a chore for you; you know the ocean metaphor better than any of us. A cycle for you is ending, even if it doesn’t appear so, it may be unconscious and under the surface. There is so much to be free from right now, but it is a gentle and natural release that you are experiencing. There is no chaos here, only the soft power and flow of water. Put out any burning sage or palo santo in a smudge bowl this month, to support the ritualistic clearing of old energy.

Building Blocks

At times, it can be challenging navigating the food world so sometimes we just need to make sure we revisit the foundational aspects and go from there.

FOUNDATIONS

Eat what we are designed to eat

Learn to cook

Support and repair digestive function

Support all detoxification pathways for optimal health

Education. Knowledge is power

Eat seasonally

BUILDING BLOCKS

CARBOHYDRATES

MAXIMISE Seasonal, organic fruit and veg; gluten free or low gluten grains such as spelt sourdough and pasta options; prepared/soaked legumes

MINIMISE Refined sugar, alcohol, processed bread, pasta and grains

PROTEIN

MAXIMISE Grass fed and finished red meat, organic poultry, pastured eggs, wild salmon, organic dairy, sardines, oysters, sprouts, quinoa, prepared/soaked legumes, tempeh, algae, sea vegetables, activated nuts and seeds

MINIMISE Conventional meat, dairy and eggs; roasted and salted nuts

FAT

MAXIMISE Avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, butter, ghee, activated nuts and seeds, ground flaxseed, cold water fish

MINIMISE Trans fats, deep fried foods, conventional dairy

Supporting detoxification for healthier skin, hormones and overall vitality.

Our body is carefully detoxing daily! Ideally, we should be supporting this process continually. I believe it is better to support detoxification with small, good habits day to day then to burden liver and then undertake an intensive cleanse. Signs and symptoms of a sluggish liver can vary but some may include feeling tired upon waking in the morming or struggling to wake, waking between 1am-2am, general ongoing fatigue, frequent nausea, digestive upset, skin sensitivity, excess body odour, headaches, sensitivity to alcohol and/or medications.

Below, you will find some small tips to help you maximise gentle, daily detoxificaiton.

-          Minimise exposure to environmental toxins. For instance:

—> Swap plastic tupperware for glass to reduce xenoestrogens

—> Avoid synthetic fragrance

—> Use only plant based cleaning products

—> Avoid consuming conventional produce sprayed with herbicides and pesticides

—> Try to consume mostly filtered drinking water

-          Focus on incorporating bioflavonoids in your diet. Bioflavonoids can be found in colourful fruit and vegetables. It is also a favourite supplement of mine as it can help with allergies, hay fever, reactive skin when taken at a therapeutic dose. Make sure to consult a practitioner before suplpementing.

-          Maintain good oral hygiene. A build up of bad bacteria can start in the mouth and burden other organs. Try tongue scraping in the morning and rinse regularly with sea salt and warm water. I highly recommend incorporating the Living Libations Happy Gum Drops. You can put a drop on your tongue scraper or toothbrush or make your own gargle. This potent blend of oils is incredibly anti inflammatory and anti bacterial.

-          The gut plays a huge role in helping to protect the body from intestinal toxins. Support gut health with fermented foods such as sauerkraut and yoghurt and spices such garlic, onion, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, sage, rosemary.

-          Fibre from oats, nuts and seeds will help keep bowel movements regular along with adequate hydration. Passing a stool daily is essential as it is one of the main ways our body removes waste product.

-          Minimise use of drugs and medications particularly antacids, aspirin, ibuprofen, antibiotics.

-          Pay attention to household hygiene. Use plant based detergents or essential oil solutions which help maintain the bacteria balance. Most antibacterial washes kill all bacteria, good and bad. Always make sure to wash your hands before cooking and eating.

-          Reduce and minimise alcohol consumption. Alcohol and most medications will get priority clearance through the liver which means your hormones have to wait! In other words, it has a flow on effect for detoxification.

-          If travelling, I usually recommend taking Saccharomyces boulardii. This can help reduce the incidence of upset bowels.

-         Top nutrients for our liver include zinc, glutathione, N-Acetyl Cysteine, cruciferous vegetables and Milk Thistle. I recommend speaking to a naturopath for gudiance around which foods include these specific nutrients or therapeutic supplemention. Cysteine and methionine are the most important amino acids for Phase Two detoxification pathways. They are found in meat, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy. Zinc sources include pumpkin seeds, liver, turkey, beef, shellfish, sunflower seeds.

-          If you only do one thing to help protect yourself from environmental toxins, make sure to consume a wide variety of antioxidant rich foods. Foods that are richest in these include colourful vegetables (red, yellow and green vegetables), raw nuts and seeds and fish. Sea vegetables such as wakame, kelp, dulse and nori are also especially rich in carotenoids (a type of antioxidant).

IN CONVERSATION – NATURAL BEAUTY

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of being interviewed about all things natural beauty by local writer, Rosie Dalton. The conversation took place at our Surry Hills store with a lovely intimate audience. Delicious and nutritious snacks were provided by Westmont Pickles. Below, you will find a summary of the main points discussed on the night. Enjoy!

Fay’s background in health and beauty

ROSIE: Fay, could you start things off by telling us a little bit about your journey so far and how you came to open Luna?

  • I’ve always had an interest in herbs, skincare, rituals.

  • I studied Beauty Therapy straight after high school. I was inspired by my mum having  studied beauty therapy and aromatherapy. I have always loved body care products and massage.

  • The following year, I went off the oral contraceptive pill and began experiencing terrible problems with my skin. It became consuming and I was riddled with anxiety which developed into depression.

  • After trying what felt like every product on the market, I realised you can't just rely on topical applications. I needed to look inward and wanted to study Naturopathy but was afraid. Finally, I took the plunge because I wanted to help myself regain emotional strength and to rebalance my skin.

  • Opening my own store has been apart of my plans for as long as I can remember. My idea of what it would look like as a whole though took years to develop and evolve but eventually the timing felt right.

What is natural beauty?
ROSIE: Luna’s ethos is grounded in natural beauty, but there is still quite a lot of confusion around what this term actually means. Can you tell us what your definition of natural beauty is?

  • For me, natural beauty is about using plant based products. Plants are naturally high in antioxidants which is what neutralises free radicals that cause the signs of damage and aging in the skin.

  • Natural beauty is about healthy, resilient skin that slows the breakdown of collagen and elasticity but doesn’t try to completely fight the aging process.

  • Every ingredient serves a purpose.

  • It’s active, with sophisticated formulas. It’s luxurious to use because it takes advantage of the natural textures and fragrances of extracts.


ROSIE: And how does this concept translate at Luna?

  • I believe there is a strong synergy between people and plants.

  • I like to help people start looking at topical products from a more prescriptive and medicinal aspect rather than lots of throw away products with little purpose.

  • When using natural products, it awakens the self nurturer within.

Greenwashing in the beauty space

ROSIE: Natural beauty is quite a broad term, which can sometimes invite a certain level of greenwashing, would you agree?

  • Unfortunately, the main offenders are the larger companies trying to tap into this part of the market.

    ROSIE: What are some steps that people can take to make sure the beauty products they’re buying are actually natural?

  • You must look beyond the individual product and assess the brand and their ethos. Who is behind the brand? Avoid products by companies who have an organic and non-organic range.

  • They should be transparent and genuine.

The idea that there is no beauty without health

ROSIE: Of course we can’t talk about beauty without also talking about health. Why do you believe at Luna that there’s no beauty without health?

  • Health ailments manifest differently for different people. For some, skin is their weak point.

  • Main triggers can be: stress, hormones, incorrect topical products, digestive imbalance, lack of quality sleep.

  • I see a consistent amount of cases where the lifestyle/food choices and health ailments are almost identical. Cannot be a coincidence.

How health manifests itself externally

ROSIE: Can you share any examples from your own life in which internal health has been reflected externally?

  • My skin is my weak point. As mentioned, that’s what lead me on this journey!

  • My main triggers are stress and hormones and my skin can be temperamental but I have helped strengthened it with a wholefoods diet.

ROSIE: What are some of your key takeaways for women looking to optimise health and beauty?

  • Don’t strive for perfection, aim for health. It often helps to shift the focus from something specific such as skin and create goals around overall health and wellbeing. Glowing skin will follow.

  • Don’t try to do it all! As long as we are happy, we don’t need to prove ourselves to others.

The Luna Story
ROSIE: The Luna experience certainly offers a holistic approach to health and beauty. Can you tell us a bit about the services you offer and what sets Luna apart?

  • Our services are multi-faceted and individualised.

  • Education is part of the process for each client.

  • We don’t try and sell an image of ‘perfection’.

  • Acknowledgement that your spiritual and mental well being are just as important for health.

Fay’s routine/practices/or experiences
ROSIE: Would you like to share your own personal routine with us?

  • A 45 min walk at centennial every morning with husband and dog. If I have time, I will opt for a coastal walk instead.

  • Tongue scraping.

  • Coffee and /or smoothie.

  • Always eat a cooked breakfast before work.

  • In the evenings, change into comfortable clothing, cook dinner, skincare routine and relax!

Rosie’s routine/practices/or experiences

  • Since coming to see you, I have also discovered a few transformative products. Like Josh Rosebrook’s Nutrient Day Cream, which I use every morning. And the Lesse Ritual Serum, which I love applying before bed. My copper tongue scraper is also an important part of my morning routine and one that you put me onto.

ROSIE: What are some simple steps people can implement into their everyday? Health and beauty are obviously highly personal to the individual. But to finish off, could you share with us a few simple health and beauty guidelines that you feel are universal?

  • Eat lots of fruit and vegetables every day.

  • Buy the best quality meat, eggs and dairy you can.

  • Organic where possible.

  • Move your body each day, even if it’s walking.

  • Keep your skincare simple but thorough and update seasonally.

  • Get some sunlight, we are like plants and need light and time in nature.

  • Your immune system is all you have so look after yourself!

BEAUTYSCOPES

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To celebrate the full moon in Libra.

By resident Tarot Reader, Sophia Somerville.

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The Easter full moon that just passed was in Libra, making it the second full moon in a row in this sign (the first was on March 20). This occurrence is known as a Double Full Moon, and marks an ideal time to focus on what you’ve been avoiding – specifically when it comes to your self-care. During the two weeks following this moon you are being asked to cycle back to what feels unresolved in your relationship to yourself. Libran energy corresponds to partnership, the relationship between self and other, and is also an archetype associated with beauty, aesthetics and balance. In this way, you may also take these next 14 days as an opportunity to examine the ways your self-care and beauty rituals influence your interactions with others and inspire action in the wider world.

Be open to any psychic downloads (otherwise known as: those flashes of an idea that you get at the most inconvenient times but feel compelled to write down in the notes section of your phone nonetheless) that are coming through for you at this time. Notice how your relationships act as mirrors, and what those mirrors are showing you about your own nature. Be brave enough to open your eyes and look. You are worthy of the truth.

Here are your Beautyscopes for the two weeks following the Full Moon in Libra, from April 20 to May 3. I have pulled a card for each sign. Read for your sun, moon and rising signs, if you know all three. Take what resonates and leave the rest. I have used the Motherpeace tarot deck for this reading.

Here are your Beautyscopes for the two weeks following the Full Moon in Libra, from April 20 to May 3. I have pulled a card for each sign. Read for your sun, moon and rising signs, if you know all three. Take what resonates and leave the rest. I have used the Motherpeace tarot deck for this reading.

ARIES: Page of Cups

You are at the threshold of a plethora of feeling – and not the heavy, burdensome kind. This moon wants to cascade a waterfall of supportive emotions all over your spirit. This has the power to lift your heart, and might even bring a long-forgotten dream to the surface. Sip on some Turmeric Tea to calm your nervous system enough to be able to receive the soothing sensations that want to flow through you.

TAURUS: Hermit

It’s your birthday season, Taurus! What better time to schedule in some me-time? The Hermit wants you to use this fortnight to reconnect to your body and rest your mind. Create a container of peace around you, and give yourself permission to forget about the outside world for a while. Place a Bodha Aromatherapy Eye Pillow over your lids for maximum bliss.

GEMINI: King of Swords

Some hard but necessary truths want to be voiced at this time. Don’t get ahead of yourself though Gemini - it’s important that you communicate to yourself first in a judgement free manner, so you can clarify what the truth of the matter is. Try free-writing out your feelings, insights and ideas on some Supply Paper without censoring or editing your words. From there, you can speak your truth from a place of backing yourself.

CANCER: Hanged Man

A necessary pause is being experienced right now. Don’t fight it. Use this halt-in-outer-progress as a way of ramping up your inner progress. Get intimate with your physical needs - any cleansing rituals or clearing practices are favoured at this time, especially those that you have not tried before. Clear away mental clutter by dry body brushing or going for a swim. You gain personal power when you prioritise your pause. Make the most of it.

LEO: Queen of Cups

The part of you that feels everything deeply wants to be celebrated and seen. Not in a drama-queen way, but in a more creative and spiritual manner. Use this time to create a ritual to honour your emotional body. This may involve cooking yourself a nourishing, colourful meal using seasonal ingredients, or appealing to your senses with Bodha Calm Ritual Spray. Whatever you do, make it feel good. Let it feel like an affirmation.

VIRGO: Four of Cups

You have a choice to make. Things may feel cloudy at the moment, with little hope of getting out of the mud. Acknowledge your frustrations but do not believe them, Virgo. This wading is not a waste of time. Diffuse some Peppermint Oil to inspire clarity; breathe it in daily as a way of reminding yourself that you are on your way to a sense of finality. There is closure coming, and with it a whole lotta freedom. It’s important that you don’t abandon yourself at this stage of the journey my love.

LIBRA: Ace of Pentacles

A new beginning is at your doorstep. Whether you feel ready or not, you are being offered a brand new way of living your days. A fresh approach to routine is being emphasised at this time, one that wants you to infuse more intentionality to the more mundane aspects of your existence. Burn some Peruvian Palo Santo Incense to set your intentions in a tangible, effervescent way, and fill your home space with its energy. Let this be a time of using your physical routines to water what you want to grow.

SCORPIO: Moon

This moon is illuminating the magic of the unknown, a realm that you do not tend to shy away from. This time is about renewing your vows to all that is mysterious, dark, shadowy, untapped, raw and mystical - and surrendering to its power. You draw beauty from all that is unseen. That is something rare and wonderful to behold. Pop a tube of Moon Balm in your purse as a lunar talisman you can carry with you as you move through this moonlit world.

SAGITTARIUS: Knight of Pentacles

True to form, your desires are plentiful right now. The long weekend may have hit you with a reality check, and unearthed some frustration about how long something that you want is likely to take. Don’t shy away from calling it like it is, but don’t use it as an excuse to abandon your dreams. This time is encouraging you to embrace the path you are on wholeheartedly, and find the benefits of the slow burn. The medicine of Ayurveda may help you see the wisdom in aiming before you shoot - try Ayu’s Kapha Body Oil after a shower.

CAPRICORN: Empress

You’ve been on your grind, Capricorn. While I love to see you in your proactive element, it’s time for you to reconnect with your receptive side (yes, you have one!). Following the full moon, you are encouraged to experience opulence through your physical body and through nature – as Rachel Pollack says “the Empress wears the universe as her jewellery”. My prescription? Give yourself a lymphatic massage using Odacité’s Crystal Contour Gua Sha. This is a divine way to channel you’re a natural ability to give as well as allowing yourself to receive. Soak up the pleasure and healing that you offer yourself. Let it all the way in.

AQUARIUS: King of Cups

Your relationships are demanding a lot from you, Aqua babes. There may be some fatigue, some weariness, some confusion making its way to the surface of your psyche. Let it up and out – and take note of what it’s telling you. Are there certain folks who make you feel dead inside? Is there an energy vampire in your midst who you need to distance yourself from? Are you giving your partner a chance to support you in the ways you support them? Use this time to clarify your emotional needs. Try burning a Wild Sage Smudge Stick to clear any stagnant energy from your space and banish any emotions that don’t belong to you.

PISCES: Ace of Wands

The spark of a fresh inspiration is lit. Rejoice in its glow, dear Pisces, for it is the answer to an old prayer. This new fire brings a certain fortitude and lust for life that you haven’t experienced in a while. Sink into this feeling, and allow it to engulf you. The beauty of fire is that it connects you to your inherent liberty and free will. What do you want to create? What do you want to bring to life? Light a Beeswax Tealight Candle and make your wishes known.

Daily Tips For Health

  • The first step is to do a stock take of your fridge and pantry. It’s best to remove all packaged, processed foods to eliminate temptation! Replace with quality, real ingredients. A well stocked pantry means quick and nutritious meals no matter what.

  • Can you read and pronounce the ingredients? If no, don’t buy. If a packaged food has its own tv commercial, don't buy. 

  • Pick one day of the week to go shopping and get prepared for your week. Set aside a couple of hours to prepare some healthy snacks/healthy bread/soups to freeze etc.

  • Start your day with a good savoury breakfast that consists of a protein and good quality fats. Eggs are always the best option.  You can fry them in a bit of butter, make an omelette or frittata, scramble or boil them. Serve with sides such as haloumi, avocado, basil, spinach, mushrooms with a small slice of spelt sourdough. Or try Scottish oatmeal with coconut oil, chia seeds, cinnamon, nuts, seeds, organic berries and natural Greek yoghurt.

  • Always be prepared with snacks. A few simple ideas include:

    • Activated macadamias with cinnamon, berries and desiccated coconut.

    • Homemade guacamole with carrot and celery sticks.

    • Low GI fruit options such as berries, apples, pears, and nectarines.

    • Homemade sweet potato fries baked in coconut oil and paprika (optional) 

  • Chew your food until it is liquid for maximum digestibility. 

  • Try to avoid eating when stressed as blood diverts away from the digestive system in times of stress.

  • Add herbs and spices to all your meals. They instantly make meals tasty, boosts the nutrition content and takes no extra time. Can be fresh or dried eg. rosemary, oregano, bay leaves, thyme, cinnamon, turmeric, parsley, coriander, fennel, garlic, sage. Most are blood purifying and antimicrobial.  

  • Swap table salt for Himalayan salt/Celtic salt instead. 

  • More fat! Use a variety of extra virgin olive oil, avocado, pure butter, ghee and coconut oil. Just make sure to keep away from industrial seed oils such as canola and deep fried foods. 

  • Swap refined sugar for delicious, wholesome alternatives such as vanilla bean powder, raw honey, organic maple syrup, cinnamon, stevia or low GI fruits such as berries. 

  • Indulge in your favorite foods 1-2x/week. Balance is key. Life is too short. But remember, healthy eating is not deprivation, it's a way of living longer and better. Your body will thank you.

  • Water, water, water all day long. Filtered is best. To make it more enticing, you can add lemon, mint and cucumber. Just remember it's best not to drink with meals but around 30 mins either side of eating. Add a small pinch of Himalayan salt 1/8th teaspoon to 1 L water) to ensure proper uptake of water into cells.

  • Embrace herbal tea. So many to choose from but you can't go wrong with green or peppermint or ginger tea in the morning and chamomile in the evening. It counts towards your total water intake. Just make sure it's not artificially flavoured. 

    Always strive for long term, sustainable changes.

If you suffer from ongoing skin conditions, digestive upset or menstrual irregularity it’s important to talk with your trusted health professional. Increased intestinal permeability, exposure to exogenous endocrine disruptors, high stress and an underfunctioning liver can all contribute to a state of imbalance.