Author Archives: KORA Organics

A Calming Energy On Set – Lisa Storey

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A favorite discovery of mine while working with Miranda was the KORA Organics Heart Chakra Essence. For a start I love the packaging, elegant narrow dark glass tube. The ball application that delivers just enough oil on your skin. I apply it to my wrists before starting make up. My hands are always close to the faces I’m working on and mine too… together we become surrounded with a calming aroma. I do believe, it has an effect…it reminds me to take some sweet deep breathes especially when in a challenging situation, like having to hurry up and get on set! I have experienced while working with Miranda how her approach to life resonates and inspires others, you see the curiosity that gets ignited about choosing a healthy and organic (when possible) lifestyle. I think kindness starts with taking good care of yourself, this, Miranda exudes…then you can spread that kindness everywhere and experience some genuine feel good moments! Another favorite thing to use is the KORA Organics Calming Lavender Mist and the KORA Organics Energising Citrus Mist. Gently spraying it in to the air around the face livens up make up and helps you feel refreshed …I also just offer a spray to anyone in the room…. its rarely declined!

Lisa Storey

Instagram: @lisastoreymakeup

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Coconut Chocolate Fudge Bites by Chef Kate

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These little protein-packed treats are really easy to make and are one of the delicious and healthy recipes from my new cookbook, The Flavour of Joy.

They were a big hit at the recent Australian Organic Awareness Month Brunch I catered for in Sydney. We also served the Fudge Bites at a yoga class Miranda Kerr put on in Sydney for Earth Hour one year; the guests adored them and so does just about everyone who tries them.

TIP You can roll this fudge into bite-sized balls or just spread it into a container lined with baking paper and cut into little squares after it sets. The basic recipe is really simple to make. Even if the instructions look a little long, just read through them before starting and you’ll have tasty treats in no time.

NOTE Allow the nut butter to warm to room temperature or soften by placing the jar in warm water to make it easier to combine with the other ingredients. If you are nut sensitive you can use ground pumpkin or sunflower seeds in place of the nuts and seed butters in place of the nut butter. I especially love making them with coconut butter, which is a thick spread made from coconuts like nut butters. You can usually find coconut butter (not coconut oil) at health food stores.

MAKES approx. 15–20 balls

PREP TIME 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond butter, coconut butter, or other nut butter
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • ½ cup finely ground almonds or other nuts
  • ¼ cup honey or coconut syrup (to taste)
  • ½ cup raw cacao powder (and extra for rolling them in)
  • ½ cup finely ground coconut (and extra for rolling them in)
  • ¼ tsp sea salt (to taste)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • Optional Additions

    • ½ cup chocolate chips or finely cut chocolate pieces (70% dark chocolate)
    • ½ cup cacao nibs
    • ¼ cup raisins or goji berries
    • ¼ cup finely chopped nuts or seeds
    • Method
      1. Place all the basic ingredients in a food processor fitted with the chopping blade, and process until well-combined. You may need to stop the processor a couple of times to push down the side and continue blending. You can also combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well to combine and it’s a great arm workout.

      2. If you are adding any of the Optional Additions, transfer the mixture to a bowl, add ingredients of choice, and mix well to combine.

      3. Roll the mixture into balls using your hands or spread into a small baking pan or dish lined with baking paper. The size of the balls will depend on how thick you want the fudge bites to be.

      4. If you are making balls, roll all of them and set aside on a plate or tray. Then place the finely ground coconut and cacao powder in 2 medium bowls. Then roll the balls in the mixture to coat. If making fudge, just sprinkle a mixture of cacao powder and ground coconut on top of the fudge and press it gently so it stays in place. The coating/topping is optional.

      5. Serve the fudge bites right away or refrigerate for 1 hour or longer to set. The fudge needs to be refrigerated for at least 1–2 hours to set and then you can cut into pieces. The balls and fudge will keep up to 6 days refrigerated and up to 1 month in the freezer, but they are so good you won’t have to worry about this!

      You can watch Chef Kate make the Coconut Fudge Bites on Australian Channel 10’s Studio 10 segment here

      Sending ‘The Flavour of Joy’
      Chef Kate
      www.chefkate.me

      Chef Kate has also launched her new cookbook, The Flavour of Joy. Containing stories to inspire, amuse and uplift as well as delicious, healthy recipes you’ll love. Kate uses local, organics and sustainable ingredients in her tasty and nutritious recipes. Also including superfoods and medicinal herbs in her dishes to create healthy food nourishing for the body, mind and spirit. You can purchase the new book from www.theflavourofjoy.com

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A Tale for Tea Time – by Anita Rosenberg

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Sit, relax and take a tea break while I tell you a brief tale of how these famous fragrant leaves arrived in the West via China and India.

It was British horticulturist Robert Fortune who was sent under cover in 1848 to China to steal tea growing secrets and bring cuttings to India for the East India Company. “For All the Tea in China – How England Stole the World’s Favorite Drink and Changed the World”written by Sarah Rose chronicles Fortune’s adventures and is one of my favorite books. It is a fascinating tale that takes you deep into the unknown and unexplored regions of China and one man’s journey to bring tea to the rest of the world. Robert Fortune struggled against pirates, suspicious locals, the elements and his own untrustworthy companions, all for the sake of a humble leaf that would change the world forever. It’s a great read.

If not for Robert Fortune, tea may not be the world’s most popular and widely consumed drink, after water. Brits arriving in Hong Kong would not have introduced “afternoon tea” where black tea was served with milk and sugar. Today, India is the second-largest producer of tea. What I love about traveling throughout Eastern cultures is that there is a tea component to everything from shopping and socializing to dining. My next big trip would be visiting the tea plantations in India from Aasam to Darljeeling.

Tea Guide:

Green Tea is popular today for its many health benefits. It is said to aid in weight loss by boosting metabolism, and its antioxidants can help prevent certain types of cancer.

White Tea is the lightest variation; sweet and fragrant. It has very little caffeine and is said to have anticancer properties.

Black Tea is a caffeinated pick me up that doesn’t dip and drop your energy as the day goes on. My day always starts with a black tea.

Oolong Tea is common in Chinese restaurants, a more robust and fuller body drink. Oolong has antioxidants that aid in weight loss, improves mental clarity and reduces risk of cancer and heart disease.

Miranda’s Favourite Tea’s
Miranda loves her teas and when you spend an afternoon with the lovely Miranda, you will always be offered a cup of yummy tea.
Some of her favorites include:

  • Her signature Earl Grey Tea with goat milk and maple syrup (or honey) is as delicious as it is heart warming, its like a hug in a cup!
  • Fresh Mint Tea – Miranda picks the mint from her herb garden, this promotes digestion and is incredibly refreshing.
  • Green Tea – contains potent antioxidants called polyphenols, which help suppress free radicals.
  • Rosehip Tea – Rosehips are the fruit of the rose plant and are one of the best plant sources of vitamin C, which is important for the immune system, adrenal function and skin & tissue health.
  • Chamomile Tea – soothes the stomach and calms the mind.
  • Hibiscus Flower Tea – rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, which protect the body against cell-damaging free radicals.
  • Tulsi Tea – helps the mind and body adapt and effectively cope with emotional stresses. Fights free radicals and has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Dandelion Tea – helps regulate parts of the digestive system and cleanses the liver, helps flight skin infections and is rich in calcium & antioxidants and high in vitamin A and K.
  • Anita Rosenberg

    www.AnitaRosenberg.com | @anitarosenbergstudio

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Vegan & Skin Beautifying Smoothie – BY MICHELLE PELLIZZON

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One of the first things that I recommend to most of my clients when we first begin working together is cutting out dairy for a few weeks. Why give up cheese, and milk, and ice cream? Turns out, dairy is one of the most allergenic foods out there—nearly 80 percent of the population has some sort of reaction when exposed.

Sometimes, an intolerance is something that’s subtle. In fact, you might not even realize that dairy bothers you because you don’t suffer from obvious symptoms like horrible stomach aches or uncomfortable digestive issues. The side effects of dairy can be less clear, and sometimes manifest as aches, inflammation, brain fog, and even acne and wrinkles!

And typically, my clients see their skin completely change when they cut dairy out of their diets—and they love it! To boost the skin brightening effects of nixing milk, I recommend drinking this smoothie a few mornings a week. It’s rich in antioxidants, which protect skin from free radical damage like wrinkles. And the vitamin C from pineapple, grapefruit, and lime works from the inside out to lighten dark spots. A little coconut oil helps moisturize and gives even more pimple-fighting power to this tropical little drink—you’re going to love it!

Skin Brightening Pina Colada Smoothie

  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 grapefruit
  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or MCT oil
  • Blitz in a high-speed blender. Top with goji berries and coconut flakes to serve.

    Michelle

    betterbymichelle.com | @betterbymichelle

    DISCLAIMER: Prior to adjusting your diet, KORA Organics strongly recommends that you discuss with your healthcare professional.

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The Power of the Heart by Suzannah Galland

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Your heart might be hidden, but it’s the hottest attribute you have.

Did you know that people can feel it when our hearts are in sync? It makes us tremendously appealing. Others will sense it and want to get closer to learn what our secret is.

It’s the “it” factor we can’t quite put our finger on, but we know is there. When we are truly in alignment, we can fill a room with electricity. That is the power of the heart.

To make anything work, you have to start with you. We hear this message time and time again, “If you like or love yourself, men or women will fall all around you. They’ll be crazy about you.” Cliche yes, but it’s true.

When our hearts get excited, we experience a type of tremble. It feels like our nervous system is in flux. I describe this feeling as being in sync. More like a dance, where heart, mind, and body move together in sensual motion. It is the center of intuitive perception, and it encompasses intelligence that is both sophisticated and vast. There is science that supports this. The are neurons in both the heart and stomach that can have a significant impact on our given emotional state.

Of course all of us suffer from stress. Our intuitive hearts shut down. It means we’re off center. When that happens, we can often find ourselves feeling alone and miserable.

For that reason, I created a 3 Step Heart Breath technique, to alleviate any stress immediately. This process is simple and puts you back into a beautiful state of mind.

Three-Step Heart Breath

Step 1: Focus your attention on the area around your heart. Place your hand over the center of your chest to help keep your attention in the heart area.

Step 2: Breathe normally but deeply, imagining that your breath is moving directly into and out of your heart area. Continue breathing in this way until you find a comfortable, natural inner rhythm.

Step 3: While you are focused on your heart and maintaining your breathing into that area, recall a positive feeling, a time when you felt good inside. Try to re-experience the feeling. For example, you can remember a special place you’ve been to or the love you felt for a close friend or family member or treasured pet.

Now take a moment and experience the tranquility of this process. Freeing yourself from stress is in its real sense is liberating.

You can’t always control what is going on around you, but you can always control what is going on within you.

Suzannah Galland

www.suzannahgalland.com

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How Shui Are You? By Anita Rosenberg

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Answer the following questions to find out, how Shui are you?

__yes __ no      1. Do you tend to pick single items rather than pairs?
__yes __ no      2. Is your television exposed and not inside a closed cabinet?
__yes __ no      3. Is your entryway bland and lacklustre?
__yes __ no      4. Do you have family photos on your mantel?
__yes __ no      5. Sitting at your desk, is your back towards the door?
__yes __ no      6. Is your artwork drab and uninspiring?
__yes __ no      7. Do you have mirrors in your bedroom?
__yes __ no      8. Do you prefer silk plants and flowers to real ones?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to correct your Feng Shui.

Here are my Top Eight Tips to keep your Feng Shui Simple.

#1 – It Takes Two to Tango
Feng Shui provides simple tools for attracting a mate. Love and passion is the tango of duality. Decorating with “pairs of things” will stir up your love life; two pictures, two chairs, two lamps or matching items. Displaying pairs honours relationships in general.

#2 – Cover Televisions when not in use
Computers and televisions possess strong EMFs (electromagnetic frequencies) that are harmful in large doses. Whether turned on or off, they are rays of harmful energy that negatively affect our health. In Feng Shui, we never want them in bedrooms. If you must sleep with a television, place inside a cabinet so you can close off the energy when you go to sleep.

#3 – Bring out the Welcome Mat
Opportunity knocks at the front door which is why we suggest a welcome mat to greet our guests. The front door is the mouth of Qi or life-force energy, which is why we add greeters like a welcome mat, spiritual statue or bench.

#4 – Light my Fire
The fireplace is the most fiery area of the house so we want to balance the fire energy with water by placing a mirror over the mantel. A mirror represents the water element. Other objects like crystals or candles make excellent décor choices as well. Family photos and painting will symbolically burn up so we don’t like them on the mantel.

#5 – Always Sit in the Power Position
You should always have a commanding view of the room from your desk. No one wants to sit with their back to the door as it is unsettling. To determine your power position, try moving your chair around until you feel the most comfortable.

#6 – Art That Inspires
Art should lift your spirits and reflect who you are. Art symbolism is powerful. Food-related images do well in kitchens. Pictures with people go in the dining room. Hang romantic pieces in the bedroom. Playful art is for children’s rooms. Office art should empower your career.

#7 – Fresh Flowers bring Prosperity
Flowers are said to bring good fortune into your home or office. Silk and dried flowers have a shelf-life of three months and then they become dust-catchers. Fresh flowers are preferred. Replace them immediately when wilted or faded.

#8 – Family Wall of Fame
Family members are our support team. In Feng Shui we like adding a hallway of family portraits or an entry table with family photos. Miranda loves her family pictures and has assembled her favourite shots of the important people in her life. We can all follow her lead.

Anita Rosenberg

www.AnitaRosenberg.com | @anitarosenbergstudio

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Chef Kate’s Pumpkin and Coconut Pancakes

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These are one of my all-time favourite things to make for breakfast! I love them so much I even make them for dinner sometimes. They are also a big hit with many of my clients especially Miranda.

This recipe is really simple to put together. I have included easy cooking instructions for the pumpkin. You can also use organic canned pumpkin to save time.

NOTE Cook the pumpkin up to 2 days ahead and refrigerate or also freeze in 2 cup portions then thaw before using in the pancakes. It’s great to have cooked pumpkin on hand so when you get the urge to make the pancakes all you have to do it prepare the batter.

Cooking the pumpkin
You’ll need approx. 2½ cups raw, peeled pumpkin cut into 2.5cm (1 inch) cubes. Place the cut pumpkin in a large saucepan on medium high heat and cover with water. Cover with a lid and bring to a boil. Cook for 10 – 15 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside to cool for approx. 10 minutes prior to using in the recipe. When the pumpkin is cooled, mash it and set aside until ready to use. You can also steam or roast the pumpkin. Roasting takes a little long but you do not need to peel the pumpkin.

MAKES 10 – 15 pancakes (depending on size)

PREP TIME 10 minutes (if cooking pumpkin 25 – 35 minutes)

COOKING TIME 15 to 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten-free self-rising flour
  • 2 cups cooked mashed pumpkin, squash or sweet potato
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup of yogurt (of choice)
  • ½ cup of coconut milk (or milk of choice)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract/essence (optional)
  • ½ tsp sea salt (to taste)
  • Coconut oil, ghee or butter (for cooking and serving)
  • Method
    1. In a medium large bowl mix all the ingredients together well. You can also add all the wet ingredients, then dry ingredients to your blender or food processor and mix until well combined. The batter will be thick and you thin a little if you like with more coconut milk or water.

    2. Heat a large frying pan to medium high heat and add a generous amount of coconut oil to the pan and let it heat for about 1 – 2 minutes.

    3. Spoon enough batter in the pan to form a 7.6cm (3 inch) round pancake and repeat leaving a little space between pancakes for turning.

    4. Cook for about 2 minutes on one side until they start to brown then flip over carefully and cook for about 2 more minutes. Be careful not to burn them and adjust the temperature of the pan if needed. Repeat steps until all the pancakes are cooked or save some of the batter for the next day.

    5. Serve immediately or transfer to an oven safe baking dish and loosely cover with baking paper and put them in a 250F/120C oven to keep warm until ready to serve.

    6. Serve with nut butter, fresh fruit and a little maple syrup if you like. For added protein serve with poached or scrambled eggs if desired.



    I’ll be sharing this recipe and many more in my new cookbook, The Flavour of Joy which will be out a bit later this year sign up www.chefkate.me to be notified and we’ll be sharing about it here on the blog too.

    Sending ‘The Flavour of Joy’

    Chef Kate
    www.chefkate.me

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Miranda’s Aromatherapy Body Washes

Aromatherapy is the use of pure plant extracts known as essential oils to assist in the physical and psychological wellbeing of the body, mind and spirit. It has many benefits and is something I truly believe in and love practising in my day-to-day life.

I have developed three limited edition aromatherapy body washes that use the very best blends of certified organic essential oils. Each body wash has been been specifically formulated to soothe, uplift and harmonise. They all use nurturing ingredients that are gentle and won’t irritate or dry your skin.

The Balancing Body Wash uses pure organic Geranium, Rose, Orange and Ylang Ylang essential oils to really harmonise and balance your mood. It smells beautiful and it is a great everyday wash, day and night, in the bath or the shower.

The Calming Body Wash uses Lavender, Chamomile and Bergamot essential oils to soothe and relax your body and mind. It is perfect to use at night to assist in calming your senses and helps you unwind before bed to encourage a deep restful night’s sleep.

The Energising Body Wash uses Lemongrass, Bergamot, Orange and Mandarin essential oils, it helps to motivate and uplift your senses. I love using it in the morning as it makes me feel energised and revitalised, ready for the day ahead!

My tip is to take the time to enjoy all of the aromatherapy benefits when using the body washes (or one of the KORA Organics Mists). Close your eyes and take three deep inhalations, count to ten as you exhale and think of a positive affirmation.

Enjoy!

Much love,
Miranda xxx

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The Power of Projecting Loving Thoughts by Suzannah Galland

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Ever take a moment to listen to the opinions, judgments, and wisecracks silently swirling around in your mind when you meet or see someone? No one can hear these thoughts, so we feel free to think whatever we want, regardless how harsh or lustful. But beware. Lack of sound doesn’t prevent our silent communication from having an impact. When we think in the direction of another, we transfer our thoughts and emotions to him or her. Our thoughts, like our energy, are packed with electrical charges and actually travel from person to person. This silent communication can be quite powerful.

When people receive loving thoughts from us, they find themselves smiling and feeling good inside, and we experience the same flow of love in return. It’s a win-win. On the other hand, when we project thoughts from a negative place, we’re hacking into someone’s energy. The recipient of our goo will feel as if something is off and, likewise, we’ll get caught up in a boomerang of negative goo. Here we have a lose-lose.

Projecting a kind thought to people we meet is a great way to start improving our silent communication. Try doing it throughout the day, almost as a form of prayer. The very act of transferring our thoughts is our first step to giving acts of kindness. If we take a moment to realise that we can affect ourselves and others deeply by how we think, we’re inspired to dump the trash thoughts and replace them with something more beautiful and pure.

Try this: When you meet someone and feel desire, mentally give it back. In your mind’s eye, offer that feeling as a well wish for them. They may notice; they may not. If they don’t respond, take that as a valuable sign. If they do, so much the better! But make love the median climate in your heart, and you will generate it all around you.

Suzannah Galland

www.suzannahgalland.com

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How to Make Your Home Feel More Cozy by Anita Rosenberg

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Looking out my window I see the famous Hollywood sign and landmark Capitol Records building. Smack in the middle of Hollywood, I live in a loft. It is one large room so the challenge is to divide up the space and make it homey. Plus a loft can be cold and impersonal, which is why it was important to add breezy fabrics and lush bedding, pillow accents on the bed, couches and chairs to cozy it up. When action movie actor Jason Statham (The Bank Job and Spy) stopped over shortly after I moved in he exclaimed, “Your place is very Zen. It’s really homey.” That’s when I knew I had done my job correctly. Plenty of seating invites conversations. Decorative screens divide the space without closing off the loft vibe. My dining table also serves as the kitchen island with tall stools, which is where I mostly sit and entertain. And entry bench greets guests and provides a seat to take off your shoes when entering; I abide by the shoe-less home rules to keep my space energetically clean.

Here are some pointers on how you can create a sacred and homey place of your own.

Yin Yang Bulletin:
You want to combine yin and yang elements seamlessly. One large room with high ceilings, bright natural light, grand windows and large furniture is yang so you want to blend it with homey touches of fabric, rugs, pillows, books, collectible and art. A yin space is a small room with low ceilings and less natural light so it needs the energy uplifted by adding larger furniture and less décor pieces. Too many small knick-knacks become granny’s house.

House Luck Homework:
Go around your house and take inventory of what makes you feel good and what doesn’t. Toss out anything that is less than excellent. Do not keep something just because it is valuable or someone gave it to you. Lighting magical candles and incense lifts the mood. Purposefully placed crystals also raise the vibration. Keep your home clean, because you never know who will be stopping by!

Anita Rosenberg

www.AnitaRosenberg.com | @anitarosenbergstudio

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