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Autumn Bowls

BY RITA BALSHAW – Hippies in the City

Serves 4

The autumn season is traditionally a period for restoration and replenishment. Be sure to nourish yourself with the following wholefoods meal, that is a delicious and hearty dish, full of colour, flavour and nutritional lavishness.

1 cup buckwheat or quinoa
1/2 a butternut pumpkin
2 baby carrots
2 beetroots
2 parsnips
2 turnips
1 bunch kale
1 bunch parsley
1 tsp fine sea salt
1 tsp cracked pepper
1 tblsp curry powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp organic honey
2 tsp Fairtrade Organic Nabali Tree Olive Oil
1 cup pecans

Bring the buckwheat groats and one cinnamon stick to boil in salted water, then simmer for about fifteen minutes. Strain the buckwheat, drizzle with a little olive oil and set aside.

Thoroughly wash, chop and slice all the vegetables. Take a large oven tray and grease it with olive oil. Evenly sprinkle the awaiting veggies with heaps of salt, pepper, curry, cumin and cinnamon powder. I always splash my veggies with a tablespoon or two of water and a little honey before baking to ensure a moist, yet crunchy outcome. Cooking time is roughly twenty-five minutes in a fan forced oven at 180°C. Serve your guests a portion of the mixed roasted veggies and a scoop of buckwheat into pretty serving bowls, along with a handful of pecans, dollop of fresh hummus, chopped parsley and a good splash of tamari soy sauce.

*The pumpkin is best cut into boat style slices prior to roasting.

Holistic spring detox

welcome spring with this uplifting blend

The rhythms of the seasons are seen by many ancient civilisations as important phases for the well-being of human beings. During the four seasons we can understand the meaning of life in the rhythms of nature. There are positive things you can do during each season to seek balance and maintain a connection with the shifting flow of the earth’s cycles. Through this way of living we discover the connection between ourselves and our environment.

Spring – An opportunity for dynamic growth and inspiration

Spring is a time for new beginnings and development. In nature animals are born, flowers are in bloom and plant life is green, fresh and abundant. Bring this into your own life and make spring the perfect season to start planting the seeds to follow through with ideas and implement changes. This is the perfect time to detox your body and spring clean your home and workplace!


According to Chinese medicine, this season is all about action, drive and new commencements. Help support the physical and mental adaptability of this purifying and productive period by bathing, vaporising and having a lymphatic drainage massage using pure essential oils of rosemary, grapefruit, coriander, petitgrain, basil and geranium.

Try cleansing away old skin cells and toxin build-up in the lymphatic system by exfoliating your body, dry skin brushing and detoxifying bathing rituals. Perfect Potion’s Detox collection consists of Detox Body Buff and Detox Massage Oil are wonderfully supporting purification products, leaving you feeling revitalised and renewed. The range uses plant-based oils, natural clays, mineral salts and purifying essential oils of juniper berry, cypress and grapefruit to effectively purify a congested bodily system and help to detox your skin.

Shedding of the Old

Your spring time diet should contain more liver and gallbladder cleansing foods of green leafy salads, seaweeds, lightly stir-fried vegetables, fresh herbs, artichokes, dandelion and chicory root, bitter and sour vegetarian soups. Start your day with a glass of lemon or lime juice in warm purified water to introduce a natural digestive aid into your stomach and allow the pectin to mop up fats, contributing to a well-functioning digestive system. Sip on fresh green vegetable juice throughout the day and brew up a cup of Perfect Potion Detox Herbal Tea every evening to nourish the blood and support the kidneys and liver.

Allergy Assistance

If you are suffering from allergies during the change of season, try taking a daily dose of raw honey that is local to your neighbourhood. The homeopathic theory is that consuming honey from where you live will help your body adapt to the allergens in the environment. This works like a natural antidote.

Give your nasal passages a good clean out with a neti pot. The saline irrigation instrument flushes out mucus, and rinses out any pollen hanging around a stuffy nose.

Saffron, parsley, thyme and vitamin C supplements act like natural antihistamines and will speed up the recovery of allergy-related symptoms. Aromatherapy recommends eucalyptus, sage, lavender, thyme, sandalwood, lemon myrtle and peppermint pure essential oils to open up nasal passages and relax the respiratory system.

Winter Glow with Skin Elixir

Perfect Potion Skin Elixir

For those of us with damaged skin in need of invigoration and repair, Perfect Potion’s Skin Elixir is the perfect synergy of essential fatty acids and natural antioxidants to help bring back a supple, dewy glow and healthy, younger-looking skin.

This rich facial oil has been formulated with nourishing plant extracts that work together to increase your skin’s metabolism and revitalise its appearance. The unique profile of vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids helps to protect against sun damage and repair the skin’s appearance by smoothing and helping to reduce the signs of aging. This formulation is especially great for dehydrated, tired skin by working to plump and soften fine lines.

The subtle aromatics of frankincense, lavender and patchouli pure essential oils moisturise and soften the appearance of wounds, scars and aging skin while leaving you feeling soothed and uplifted.

The idea of slathering my face in oil was daunting at first, only because I was not yet acquainted with the skin repairing benefits of Perfect Potion’s Skin Elixir. You see, plant oils work in a multitude of ways, helping to balance the skin’s natural oil production.

So why is this oil so awesome?

When your skin is damaged and needs a bit of TLC, applying a wholesome composition of natural antioxidants, essential fatty acids and pure essential oils is what the skin requires for nutritional and cellular productivity. The skin responds well to high quality, natural constituents and it will improve over time as you continue taking care of it.

What are the star ingredients?

  • Certified organic rosehip oil helps to restore and improve the texture of dry, damaged and wrinkled skin. It is often used to reduce the visibility of scars by reducing redness and hyper-pigmentation
  • Wheatgerm oil’s is very high vitamin E content make it an excellent antioxidant, which promotes the formation of skin cells and improves blood circulation.
  • Certified organic calendula infused oil is soothing, anti-inflammatory and may help repair the skin.
  • Carrot infused oil is rich in vitamin A, which is beneficial for dry, mature and inflamed skin.
  • Vitamin E is a strong antioxidant which works to soften skin and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
  • Pure essential oils of patchouli, frankincense and everlasting effectively restore your skin’s resilience and promote elasticity.

How should I use it?

Skin Elixir may be used daily as a nourishing facial moisturiser or treatment when your skin is in need of restoration. Simply apply a few drops to freshly cleansed skin. Gently massage into your face, neck and décolletage using upward movements to aid active absorption. I also like to warm a drop between my palms and press across my face after I have applied my make-up for a healthy dewy glow.