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double boiler over medium heat until smooth, stir well. Gently pour chocolate into moulds, fill them 1-2cm from the top. Chop rocky road into small 1-inch pieces. Place 3-4 pieces of rocky road into two of the chocolate egg molds. Sprinkle desired quantity of little gems into remaining egg halves. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until chocolate is completely set. Repeat this same method for the milk chocolate eggs. Once set, carefully turn the moulds over and gently tap it onto a clean surface until the eggs come out of the moulds. Enjoy! organictimes.com.au

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rganic refers to the production of food or farming methods that don’t involve the use of chemicals, fertilisers and pesticides. To me, what we place into and on our bodies, has always been of highest importance, more so now then ever, as we are bombarded with chemicals in all areas of our life; from the food we eat to the air we breathe. So when it comes to eating organic and using organic products, it doesn’t even cross my mind to use anything else, however as a single parent, affordability and budget is always on my mind. Why is it not even a question for me to buy organic or spray free? Because studies show that the nutritional value of organic food is higher than conventional food, and there are 600 active chemicals registered for use and 90% have not been tested long term on humans. So how does one do organic on a budget? The first step is to remove the

pressure on yourself for everything to be certified organic as spray free or a high percentage of organic ingredients in products is better than the alternative. Make sure you read labels if choosing a product that has not been certified to confirm it does have mostly organic ingredients. The next step is buy direct from farmers, co-op groups or a bulk source place. I recommend bulk buy for all your pantry items like flours and pasta, as it’s cheaper because the store bulk buys in the items, and you fill up a paper bag with the amount you need and it saves you money and the environment. For your fruit and vegetables, the best place are markets or online direct to your door. These tend to be cheaper and may include a combination of spray free and organic. Most supermarkets have organic brand options, which are only a few cents more than private brands and sometimes even cheaper when on

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e’ve all heard about the benefits of probiotics in maintaining a healthy body, but did you know that prebiotics also play an integral role in supporting our health? Don’t worry if you haven’t heard of prebiotics before, you’ve probably already ingested them without knowing it. Here’s everything you need to know about this important but largely-unsung hero of our digestive system. What are prebiotics? Prebiotics are essentially that food that your probiotics eat. Put simply, probiotics eat prebiotics. In order for your good bacteria to survive in the bowel, you need to feed them. So it makes sense if you’re going to the effort and expense of developing the flora in your gut, that you feed the good bacteria exactly what they want to eat. Prebiotics are actually a type of indigestible fibre. When we eat particular foods, these prebiotics pass through our upper gastrointestinal tract and remain undigested, since the human body can’t fully break them down. As always the magic happens in the colon,

where the undigested prebiotic fibres are fermented by the gut microflora and used as their fuel source. The more prebiotics that probiotics have to eat, the more efficiently your good bacteria works and the healthier your gut will be. Types of prebiotic foods For the best natural sources of prebiotics, you can’t look past a range of certain vegetables, some whole grains, sources of resistant starch and even honey. The best prebiotic foods to incorporate into your diet include garlic, onions, leek, Jerusalem artichoke, dandelion greens, under-ripe bananas, asparagus, apples, oats, psyllium husk and whole-grain wheat. And remember, raw is best when it comes to maximising your prebiotic intake – so try to avoid cooking these foods for optimum results. How prebiotics benefit your health Emerging research is showing that a higher intake of prebiotics is linked to a variety of health benefits, including: Better overall gut health, improved digestion, balanced stress response, higher immune function, lower risk for obesity and weight gain, reduced

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ntroducing Murray Griffiths, aka Mr Organic… Murray literally planted the first seeds of ‘Mr Organic’ in his parents’ backyard thirteen years ago, and what was initially a fun ‘back to basics’ project has become a thriving organic business. Murray became fascinated with the world of organics in his mid-twenties, then a few years later went on to study biodynamics and permaculture at Orange Ag College in NSW. He was so inspired by the principles of organic gardening that he decided to start his own organic vegie garden planting zucchinis, lettuce, leeks, chokos and corn and sharing his produce with the community. The business and Murray became known as ‘Mr Organic’ and the demand for organics in the area has grown particularly in the last four years. Murray said, “It’s all about the connection you have with your customers. Even my two staff members went from being customers to part of the Mr Organic team. We are like one big, happy family.”

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These days, Murray doesn’t grow a lot of produce himself but connects with most of the local organic farmers and producers within a 200km radius from Toowoomba. He likes to buy what’s in season and a mix of certified organic, organic and spray-free produce. Murray personally meets the suppliers and builds relationships within the organic community, which is peace of mind for his customers. He is essentially, the middle man between the supplier/ farmer and the customer and he has become an indelible part of the community, with satisfied customers who keep coming back. The team delivers organic groceries via courier up to Mackay and throughout South East Qld. There are also local deliveries through Toowoomba, and regular customers pick up their orders from the retail shop or from two different farmers’ markets in town. Over the years, Murray has found it inspiring to visit organic farms, shops and vineyards in Australia and overseas. He said Europe is way ahead

with embracing organics whereas we are only in ‘first gear’ here, so he believes we have an exciting future. Murray shared as health problems are on the upswing, organic produce seems to be more popular here in Australia. It’s often a health crisis in our family, that leads to the whole family changing their lifestyle and often that’s the catalyst we need before changing our diets. Murray said he’s eaten organic food for years and attempts to live as sustainably as possible; with chooks in the backyard, solar panels on the roof, living off rain water tanks and wood fire heating in winter. He said we can look forward to organics in autumn because that’s when a broader range of vegies start to come back in season and lots of leafy greens return!! As for future projects and business developments Murray said, “I never want to sell my business. I want to keep it going and have it as part of my lifestyle.” That’s living the dream! mrorganic.net.au

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and recipes for natural skin care products but developed her own processes that were even more effective. And after 18 months of intense research and a grant from the government, her range become fully certified organic in 2001. ‘Miessence’ is now a global household brand, with 30 staff working in the Gold Coast headquarters (ONEgroup factory), and the business and Narelle are not slowing down anytime soon! It was no mean feat for a young

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YOGA BEACH CLEAN

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n Sunday, 5th March, 2017, a wonderful bunch of conscious locals gathered together here on the Sunshine Coast to help clean up our spectacular beaches. It was so beautiful to see people from all walks of life show up to help us with this donation-based event, from elders to young surfers, to tiny little children and although all very different beings, we were all there to make a change together. At 8am we met outside the ‘Little Boat Espresso’ cafe in Marcoola to start this wonderful event with an inspiring talk from Leah Hays (Environment Council co-ordinator) to get everyone excited for the morning ahead. After the talk myself and Dean Feldmeier (the event organisers) handed out biodegradable bags, gloves and sunscreen to all the happy locals for the walk. At 9am we left Marcoola together to start our beach clean pilgrimage, heading for our finish point in Yaroomba.

The beach appeared to be spotless, but come the Mt Coolum halfway point we had collected bags and bags of trash; just goes to show how much these little events can make such a change to our local areas and wildlife. Along with the huge pile of miscellaneous trash, we cleared 35 metal cans, 33 plastic bottles, 45 glass bottles, 9 plant pots, 23 plastic cups, 20 plastic bags, fish hooks, knives and home-made bongs! After the successful beach clean we all met at Point Arkwright in Yaroomba for a community yoga class and an environmental awareness talk under the shaded yoga dome. It was such a magical experience for me to teach that yoga class for such an amazing bunch of humans. The beautiful live music set from Marty Reid helped create such a peaceful atmosphere for everyone to unwind in. Although I wanted this event to be about us showing the areas we call home a bit of love, I also wanted to

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RELATIONSHIPS, PARENTING AND KIDS

The art of

PEACEFUL PARENTING

WORDS SHARON TURTON

7 SIMPLE YET PROFOUND STEPS TO BE THE PARENT YOU CHOOSE TO BE Step 3: Compassion ometimes we can be so triggered by our kids that the last month’s step ‘acknowledging your feelings and feel them’, seems impossible in the heat of the moment. It takes an act of will to actually stop and actually feel what is happening emotionally as your kids ignore you or defy you, and every fibre of your being wants to thump ‘the little monster’. In this moment there is a choice… to lose it again and react unconsciously with anger, threats or withdrawal, which just creates further disconnect… or to feel the emotional turmoil of your inner world and find compassion in the heart of it, acknowledging that this is a tough moment and your little one is struggling… and so are you! Give yourself permission to really feel the emotional pain, and wrap it up in a big embrace of compassion, for

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EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

Feeling leads to

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

WORDS TONI REILLY

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ecently I spent a lot of time watching ‘Vikings’ on Netflix. Aside from the attractive main characters and gruesome historical insights, it alerted me to the role detachment contributes to the way we manage emotions. I define the ability as not becoming emotionally disoriented by the natural force of life and death. The Vikings accepted death as part of life and content in their belief that the soul transitioned to meet with those who went before them and that they would be together again. Feelings are intrinsic to our lives and I believe, form the basis for why we are here. Therefore, granting them space in how we personally deal with ours, forms the individual style of emotional management. Some personalities are naturally more detached. We cannot coach ourselves into being emotionally intelligent, we evolve toward being less emotionally erratic. There was a time in my life where I was heartbroken; intense grief lasted

for more than two years, my emotions were mostly the same with each day filled with a sadness which I could not control, nor stop. I did not try to. A blessing of working from home meant those tears could flow without having to hide or burden anyone with them. Mind you, I travelled interstate a lot for work and was often on a plane, unable to hold back those tears. I used to turn my head to the side to avoid the person next to me from feeling uncomfortable or enquiring about my tears. There was nothing they could have done for me, and to be comforted or asked what was wrong, would have served no purpose. It was imperative to grow through my grief. This experience is how I know for certain that I could not train myself to be more positive, less emotional, happier, better controlled or whatever. Emotions are felt, they do not fit into a theoretical box. I knew what was wrong and understood there was a process; a time span for my grieving to pass.

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EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

Make the switch to your

NEW CREATIVE FOCUS

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n the rare occasions that I watch any reality TV, I am always reminded of the sheer lack of emotional intelligence in people. I often wonder if people know what emotional intelligence actually is, or if they ever think to consciously use it? Emotions… we all know what these are. Intelligence… this is rare in people. Many people do not know the difference between our intelligence and the intellect, often thinking they are the same. They are not. Intelligence can only be consciously accessed in the moment – hence the rarity, while the intellect, which is subconsciously available, is all too often our substitute for intelligence. It is not intelligence that polluted our world, but for many years our intellects justified and excused it! For some reason, people do not commonly perceive the link between our emotions and our intelligence or between our emotions and

consciousness. What people do not realise is that our emotions are our powerhouse, not our thoughts, as is commonly believed. Thoughts precede emotions, but it is our emotions that rattle our cage. Let me give you an example of using your emotions in a very unintelligent manner. If you have little money and what you have is rapidly receding, you will mostly be worried and anxious… negative emotions. Negative emotions communicate to consciousness that your focus is negative, and that lack of money is creating them. Consciousness only knows what you focus on. It does not know or care whether you want it or not, whether the focus will kill you or not, or if the focus is good for your welfare or not… it only knows your focus. Where you focus, your energy flows… and creates. Your emotional focus is lack, poverty and fear. So now,

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EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

How to surf the

WAVES OF CHANGE

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A LONG ANTICIPATED EXPERIENCE WORDS DR MONIKA WILSON

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ravelling to India to attend a Vipassana meditation retreat was something I’d wanted to do for so long, yet the fog of fear had meant that I’d prevented myself from doing so. How could I leave my business for such a long period of time? Would I be able to navigate the chaos of India by myself and how would I manage in a foreign country meditating in silence for 45 days?! These were just a few of my fears. But, sitting with ill and dying people for many years has instilled in me an approach to life that will, hopefully, equate with coming to my own final days with no regrets; not having put off what I’ve wished to do in this precious life. And so 2016 became my year of bravery. On the 29th December, I flew to Mumbai, followed by another plane trip, and after a very interesting twohour taxi ride, I arrived at Dhamma Sindhu, Gujarat, in the north-west of India. Arriving at the centre was both

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o be fully known and truly loved and accepted as we are is one of life’s richest and rarest treasures. Communication is everything – learn to communicate with love, laughter and forgiveness – it will be one of your greatest assets – marriage is a wonderful journey which requires many adjustments. By continually choosing to love your partner, and see the best in them, you’ll grow stronger, wiser, and better, as individuals and as a couple. Learn to communicate in ways that nurture your relationship and each other and build a wonderful life of understanding and happiness. Honesty is the key to maintaining an open and healthy dialogue about your lives, your emotions, your thoughts, opinions, insecurities and everything in between. Learn to let arguments go: Communicate clearly until it’s resolved cleanly and everyone understands the misunderstanding. TREAT LIFE AS AN ADVENTURE Encourage adventure, whether

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Doing what you love can support an

ABUNDANT LIFESTYLE!

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ow many times have you thought about or wanted to pursue your dream job however the fear of not having enough money gets in the way? This ‘fear’ is your choice and it comes from belief systems buried deep within you. With becoming aware of these beliefs, you can change them and make a very different choice – giving you very different results. To begin this process, ask yourself honestly, “Am I in my job because I love it, or am I in my job because it is safe and makes me money?” You will know this answer. If you love it – great – stick with it! If it is not something you love and you are there because it feels safe and gives you money – stay there as well – however begin to show up very differently. Each time in your work space, as many times as you can remember, ask your body this – “How can this job be a space I love and easily support an abundant lifestyle?”

In fact, put a reminder in your phone to remind you of this each day! Our beliefs can be very strong and even with the best intentions, we don’t stick to a plan of action because of them. If you love what you are doing now – that’s awesome! Is it giving you as much free time as you choose and more money than you can imagine? If yes, great! Start to share your joy, time and money with others as an inspiration that we can all do it. If you answered no, ask these questions in the moments of your workspace: “I love this job; how can this job give me more free time to be available for those I love – including me?” or… “I love this job; how can this job abundantly support a lifestyle I love living?” What about all the other things you love doing and giving to that are not your ‘job’? For example, things like: gardening, puzzles, swimming in

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he energy of our time is fast paced and high frequency. We are rising rapidly, integrating headbased consciousness with heart intelligence and divine knowing. As CONSCIOUS energetic interfaces between earth and spirit, we are capable of directly influencing the energy in our immediate body and environment, AND across multiple spaces, times and dimensions. Learning how to master energy is the critical next step that offers humanity a massive upgrade in our ability to achieve rapid healing, sculpt our life on purpose, and effect positive change in the lives of those around us and the planet as a whole. I call this new frontier ‘Energy Literacy’. What’s truly wonderful is that becoming energy literate is not some exclusive thing that is ‘out there’, or reserved for only those walking a spiritual path. We are all energy… and energy is everything! At this key moment in human evolution, people are awakening to

the true energetic nature of themselves en masse, across all walks of life and age demographics. So many are activating dormant knowing and latent extrasensory talents – it can be scary at first. How do we help these newly awakening souls to be energy literate so they too can find healing and health, and contribute to the greater good? We help them understand and practise across these three domains: 1. AWARENESS – Being highly aware of how our personal energy interacts with our environment – what and how we use the energy coming in and out of our body-mind-field. Understanding our emotions and mindset, and taking responsibility for them, is crucial so that we can live in the New Earth with grace and ease.

THESE ENERGY LITERACY SKILLS CAN BE LEARNED BY ANYONE WITH AN OPEN HEART AND CURIOUS MIND.

2. INTERPRETATION – Accurately discerning energy patterns in our environment to build a personal library of meanings that can be attributed to the energy we’re sensing. When we can accurately interpret thought waves and energy forms emitted by others (yes, mind-reading!) we can then respond with emotional intelligence, sensitivity and authentic action, in other words, conscious communication! 3. INFLUENCE – Energetic influence requires an attitude of “for the highest good of all’’ and a purity of intent. It involves catalysing energy for positive change by actively weaving it and consciously transmitting particular frequencies to achieve very specific outcomes. This is the fun stuff… creating our reality according to our divine alignment! These energy literacy skills can be learned by anyone with an open heart and curious mind. By learning energy literacy we can unlock a deeply authentic, more meaningful life. In MASTERING it, we allow the fullness of our divine expression of source to shine bright, take our sovereign place in humanity’s evolution, and activate our fundamental purpose in this age of the New Earth. KRISTY LEE RACKHAM is an Energy Mastery Coach and Energy Medicine Practitioner on the Sunshine Coast. kristyleerackham.com

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JUST SING! WORDS KIM KIRKMAN

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veryone on earth was meant to sing! If you can talk, you can sing. I meet people every day who say, “Kim, I can’t sing.” I nod my head, but truly what I believe they are saying is something quite different: “I have been hurt when I sing.” “I don’t want to sing.” “I don’t like the sound of my singing.” “Other people don’t like the sound of my singing.” “I’ve given up on singing.” Well I am here to tell you, as a professional singer and teacher with over 25 years’ experience, you can sing! It may seem that I am talking crazy, but I think it comes down to your definition of singing. Really I’m talking about making noises with your voice that have meaning to you. These noises may not sound just like an overproduced recording of Celine Dion, but nothing in the natural world, even

Celine Dion herself sounds like that. I’m also here to tell you that singing is not easy. It takes practice! Years and years of practice. When you hear children running around yelling, they are really practising singing. When you sing zestily in the car on the way to work, you are practising singing. When you hum around the house you are becoming a better singer. It is really important to let yourself and others practice. So if your children are in the garage forming a band, do what the ABC ad says, and go and listen to Richard Fiedler ‘conversations’ with the headphones on. Take a step yourself and make some noises, and through familiarisation you will discover your voice. Singing is super good for you. It releases endorphins which make you feel great. It works your abdominal muscles which aids digestion, improves lung capacity, and improves fitness.

It helps you pump oxygen-rich blood through your system. It is also very good spiritually. Energetically it clears out the throat chakra and aids self-expression. It reveals areas in your life that you may need to work on. For example if you have trouble staying ‘in-tune’ maybe there is some more listening to be done in your life. If you want to take your singing further why not join a choir? There are dozens of choirs on the Sunshine Coast. ‘Inspiration Choir’ in Maleny meets every Thursday morning from 9-10am at Lift Gallery, 926 Maleny-Montville Road. This is a non-auditioned choir. It has around 60 people who meet each week who just want to sing. You don’t have to attend each week. The songs are easy and you don’t have to be able to read music. I have similar choirs in Caloundra, Beachmere and soon Noosa. Contact KIM info@experiencealift.com

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et’s begin with an image. A body, upright and strong. The souls of both feet firmly on the ground. Spine straight, lungs open and large.

Energy is able to flow freely from the earth, to the top of the head, down the legs and out again. Sound good? That is how a healthy body looks and feels when

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SOME STUDIES INDICATE THAT ALMOST 9 OUT OF 10 WOMEN WEAR SHOES THAT DON’T FIT.

on centering and grounding exercises designed to reconnect the body with the earth’s energy flow. And yet every day, people buy – sometimes at enormous cost – shoes that are literally making them unhealthy. Some studies indicate that almost 9 out of 10 women wear shoes that don’t fit. Fashion can be a culprit as can be buying a pair you love even though they aren’t really your size. But often it comes down to a lack of knowledge about feet, how they are different and how looking after them can be one of the most powerful things you can do for your health. As a podiatrist of more than fifteen years, I saw the effect of poorly designed and poorly fitted footwear on hundreds of clients. I saw corns, calluses, structural damage and other disabling foot problems. But I also started to notice that poorly designed and poorly fitted shoes can also affect overall health and happiness.

Next time you are in bare feet, walk out onto the grass, close your eyes for a moment and think about how you feel. We are creatures of the earth and from the earth comes much of our energy. Over the last fifteen years, the health movement has undergone enormous growth and change. No longer is it good enough for us to get sick and then wait for the system to fix it. And increasingly it is no longer good enough to ignore our connection with the ground and imagine it doesn’t matter. And if you are reading this thinking “yes, but, I don’t want to look like someone’s Nana…” think again. The days where you could have comfort or style but not both have long gone. Companies like Earth, Think! and Birkenstock know how important shoes are to your overall wellbeing. They know a person has more nerve endings in their hands, feet and lips than in the rest of the body combined. And they knew that shoes that are designed right and fit right, can help your posture, your breathing, your balance and even your sense of grounding. And they look fantastic! In stillness, be like the pine. In movement be like clouds and water. SALLY McGREGOR, is a Podiatrist and owner of Children of the Revolution. childrenoftherevolution.com.au

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id you know your lips are the most sensitive part of your entire body and offer far more insight into your health than any other of your body’s features? Over 3000 years ago Traditional Chinese Medicine therapists used their insights and knowledge of each facial feature including the lips to diagnose any health concerns. It was regarded as incredibly accurate and insightful. Very similar to how doctors now use MRIs. 8 FACTS ABOUT YOUR LIPS 1. Lips don’t have any sebaceous glands 2. The top lip is related to the stomach 3. Bottom lip is linked to the intestines 4. Cracked lips relate to your digestion and stomach 5. Pale lips may be linked to a weak pancreas 6. Soft pink lips are considered healthy 7. Sore lips are clues to allergies 8. Your lips have on average 10,000 nerve endings In fact, the micro system of your lips is considered a unique and easy way to recognise certain health warning signs.

And is the only feature that can change from hour to hour depending on what’s on your mind at the time. Your lips’ story is unique to you and begins by taking a closer look at your lip characteristics, personality and print. These findings can determine your likes, dislikes, and natural characteristics. This can really help you understand more about your personality, vulnerabilities, strengths and challenges. And why you may react differently in certain situations. Your lips reveal what’s bothering you and how you can work your own lip personality to your best advantage; even choosing your friends, life partners, soul mates, and business partners that can work synergistically with you. Prior to understanding more about your lip personality, you may not have known certain things about your soul’s DNA. As the saying goes, you wear your heart on your sleeve, your eyes are the windows to your soul, but your body features including your lips, tell your stories.

During a recent ‘lips reading’, it was revealed that my client was holding onto a very deeply buried anger and didn’t want to give back her previous partner’s belongings. She considered this her way of controlling the situation by keeping the items. After working through a series of scenarios my client realised that she was in fact holding herself back from moving forward. And within three days had worked on a series of releasing rituals and sent the package back with love and gratitude. My client contacted me a few days after with amazing insights later on how grateful she was for the ‘lips reading’ and feels ready for the next stage of her life. JANINE HALL is the Founder of The Organic Lip Balm Company. To learn more about your lip care needs or to book a L-I-P-S reading, you can find full details at: organiclipbalm.com.au or phone: 0409 262 062. Visit Janine at the Eumundi Markets Wednesday and Saturday.

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s the debate on the quality of essential oils rises, it is important we do not get caught up in stories, or well-meaning sellers, or a brand war. What we need to know is that essential oils are sourced from all around the world based on the best geographical locations for the plants to grow. It is also important to note that there are only so many producers of each essential oil worldwide and in many cases a lot of brands procure their oils from the same suppliers as other essential oils companies. This is especially true of certified organic oils because there is an even smaller pot of producers to source from. Organic essential oils are usually seen as superior to non-organic oils. Organic farming is the agricultural practice of growing plants, food and other crops as naturally as possible without the use of synthetic pesticides and herbicides and other harmful chemical compounds.

Given the amount of plant matter required to extract an essential oil it can be easy to see why essential oils distilled from non-organic farms may have these herbicides and pesticides present in them. Aromatherapy purists will usually notice the overall quality, therapeutic benefits and aroma of organic essential oils. Like all organic vendors, essential oil companies wanting to comply with organic farming principles, will source farms and growers who value the welfare of the land, the people and the planet. In a number of third world countries where some of the most beautiful essential oils are grown, farmers can simply not afford to get organic certification, even though they are grown without pesticides and herbicides. These are considered ‘wild crafted’ and can be as potent as certified organic essential oils. However, there are no guarantees that these oils are without any chemicals.

The safest and only way to know that essential oils do not contain any traces of chemicals is to buy organic, that way you will know that from seed to oil it is as pure as possible and all the constituents that should be in the oil are actually in the oil. This is where testing is imperative through a Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer (GCMS) which gives suppliers a breakdown of all the key constituents to make sure the oil confirms to be the best it should be. Something else to consider in the essential oil world is that the words ‘Therapeutic Grade’ is a misnomer. Essential oils are therapeutic if they are pure and natural and sourced from the best region for the oil/plant to grow. Ultimately the choice is yours and if you do choose to buy organic, you can expect to pay a more premium price since it does cost a lot more to grow plants via organic means to get organic certification. twenty8.com

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NATURAL ANIMAL CARE

Autumn: The time of internal parasites

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aster is the time when the weather changes in Queensland from the boiling tropical summer to the somewhat cooler, even damper days and nights. Days are often balmy and pleasant and if we are lucky, the grass grows well. With this comes the rise of the numbers of internal parasites in all species, even dogs, cats and chickens. At first thought, the topics of this article seem widely separate, they are not!! Diatomaceous earth is commonly used as parasite control, with external and internal application. Research shows that it can also cause lung cancer (the research took place in the factories where it is produced, and where the people breathe in the powder on a regular basis – it acts in similar manner to asbestos). When breathed in, diatomaceous earth is a foreign body, which the lung and bronchi must remove. It can also adhere and stick to the lining of the bowel, and eventually cause loose faeces, as the gut contracts to remove it. Dogs, cats and chickens that are continually exposed to the fine dust, may cough, sneeze, and have eye discharge.

This usually stops when the product is dampened. Using diatomaceous earth with a concurrent respiratory virus infection can cause the virus to be more severe. This product is heavy, and sinks when spread around into the air, this means small animals close to the ground will get a bigger dose. Mixed with other food, it adheres to the food and will usually not be breathed in; the person doing the mixing is at risk. Birds may get diarrhoea because of excess diatomaceous earth. Loose faeces can contaminate the surface of the eggs and carry salmonella, which may not harm the chicken. The loose faeces may cause infection in the person who is not careful with egg hygiene when cooking. Washing faeces off the egg surface takes away the natural egg shell covering and allows penetration by bacteria (dry faeces on home eggs is best removed with scraper, the egg cracked carefully to avoid getting any contaminated faeces into the food). It is safer to dispose of the egg without eating it. After cleaning, eggs can be dipped in chlorine or bleach before using. This may be done commercially.

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BROAD LEAF PEPPER TREE – 1. South American: Zanthoxylum piperitum 2. Japanese pepper tree: Schinus terebinthifolius. These are common invasive species, which fruit red berries in autumn, and have reproductive growth (new leaves) over the summer. In small quantities, either 1 peppercorn or a few leaves per 500ml of hot water made into a tea, then given one dessertspoon of liquid per 10kg body weight, reduces internal parasite numbers, lowers body temperature and has other herbal uses as well. In too big a quantity they are neurotoxin and are antiprostaglandin and can cause allergies. Many plants, which are effective wormers, also have toxic properties when they are given in excess, as do chemical wormers purchased in shops. Plants will not kill off all the worms the way chemical wormers do before the worms become resistant, plants produce balance which is reduction in worm numbers, not absence of them. Plants need to be prepared freshly and given regularly, especially

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