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  • 10 Ways to use Olive Skin Serum

    One of the best things about Olive Skin Serum products is that so many of them are multipurpose. Take our hugely popular Botani Olive Skin Serum. We have heard about so many amazing uses for this serum from our customers. Some we hadn’t even thought of!
    The reason why the Olive Skin Serum is such a brilliant multipurpose product is because it contains Olive Squalene which is bio-compatible with our skin. Squalene naturally occurs in our skin (we all born with squalene) this is what makes it a skin loving serum!
    Here are just 10 of the many uses for the Olive Skin Serum….

    1. Dry and Cracked skin (elbows and heels in particular!)
    2. An amazing make up primer
    3. Treats pigmentation / sun damage
    4. Helps heal scars
    5. Reduces stretch marks
    6. Reduces dark, puffy circles under the eyes
    7. Top notch cuticle treatment (keeps them soft and supple)
    8. Great for breastfeeding mother’s nipples if they are getting cracked and dry
    9. Helps treat cradle cap for your precious one
    10. Helps with dry/sensitive skin in conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Just add some to your bath.

    Olive Skin Serum has so many uses, many of our beauty conscious customers swear by it. Many of our customers who are new mum love it too!

    Natural beauty products like this one and much more available at all Great Earth health stores or online!

    Click link below to go see some of our beauty products:

  • Which fish oil is right for you?

    • One of our favourite brands at Great Earth is Herbs of Gold who are known for their quality vitamins & supplements and dedication to research. Our friends at Herbs of Gold have prepared this article on choosing the right fish oil. We hope you enjoy it. Remember, you can always come in to one of our stores and ask for help on how to choose what’s right for you from one of our naturopaths.

      If you're taking fish oil, it's not only important to know about the quality and sustainability of the fish oil, it's also important to know which fish oil provides you and your family with the best health benefits and value for money.

      Quality and sustainability

      • Herbs of Gold prides itself on the quality of our pharmaceutical grade fish oils, they are second to none and comply with every known industry standard for heavy metals, environmental pollutants and oxidation markers. Every batch of fish oil is tested for these markers.
      • Stringent quality controls are in place right from the raw material through to the finished product and the fish oil is kept fresh and stabilised by nitrogen blanketing which removes oxygen, cold processing and the addition of natural vitamin E, the most potent fat soluble antioxidant.
        • Our fish oils are manufactured in Australia and New Zealand under Good Manufacturing Practices, the same quality framework used to regulate pharmaceutical drugs. Our fish oils are all sourced from sustainable fisheries that use eco-friendly fishing techniques to prevent by-catch of birds and other marine animals.

      Fish species

      • Small, wild, cold water fish species such as sardines, herrings, anchovies, mackerel and pilchards are used as they have especially low environmental impurities and they naturally contain higher levels of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) & docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the main therapeutic compounds found in fish oil. Every batch is also tested for the EPA & DHA standardisation.
      • EPA & DHA provide many of the therapeutic health benefits of fish oils ranging from supporting heart, brain, eye and skin health, during pregnancy and breastfeeding to the management of menstrual pain or temporary relief of arthritic pain.

      Standard fish oil vs concentrated fish oil

      • A standard fish oil supplement such as Fish Oil 1000 contains 180mg EPA & 120mg DHA per capsule which is ideal for everyday general health and wellbeing, or for those not eating the recommended 2 serves of oily fish per week.
      • Concentrated fish oils such as Omega-3 Concentrate and Omega Pure Concentrate provide much higher levels of EPA & DHA - ranging from 330mg-2000mg EPA & 220mg-1400mg DHA per capsule/5mL dose.
      • Higher levels of EPA & DHA can be achieved through a 2-step molecular distillation process that concentrates the EPA & DHA, providing greater purification that also helps to make the fish oil odourless.
      • To get an idea of the difference between a standard and concentrated fish oil, every 5mL dose of Omega Pure Concentrate is the equivalent to approximately 11 standard fish oil capsules. That’s a lot of standard fish oil capsules to be taking daily if you have a health condition.
      • So, if you’re looking for a fish oil for general health and wellbeing, try Fish Oil 1000 or Fish Oil 1700. To manage, or provide symptomatic relief for specific health conditions, it makes more sense from a health and value for money perspective to take a concentrated fish oil rather than a standard fish oil.

      Great Earth sells all Herbs of Gold products in store and online. Click here!

    • 10 Ways to use Olive Skin Serum

      One of the best things about Olive Skin Serum products is that so many of them are multipurpose. Take our hugely popular Botani Olive Skin Serum. We have heard about so many amazing uses for this serum from our customers. Some we hadn’t even thought of!
      The reason why the Olive Skin Serum is such a brilliant multipurpose product is because it contains Olive Squalene which is bio-compatible with our skin. Squalene naturally occurs in our skin (we all born with squalene) this is what makes it a skin loving serum!
      Here are just 10 of the many uses for the Olive Skin Serum….

      1. Dry and Cracked skin (elbows and heels in particular!)
      2. An amazing make up primer
      3. Treats pigmentation / sun damage
      4. Helps heal scars
      5. Reduces stretch marks
      6. Reduces dark, puffy circles under the eyes
      7. Top notch cuticle treatment (keeps them soft and supple)
      8. Great for breastfeeding mother’s nipples if they are getting cracked and dry
      9. Helps treat cradle cap for your precious one
      10. Helps with dry/sensitive skin in conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Just add some to your bath.

      Olive Skin Serum has so many uses, many of our beauty conscious customers swear by it. Many of our customers who are new mum love it too!

      Natural beauty products like this one and much more available at all Great Earth health stores or online!

      Click link below to go see some of our beauty products:

    • Which Chinese Medicine Element Are You?

      How connected is your body to the elements? For over 2,000 years, Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has explored the ancient concepts of Yin and Yang as the basis from which everything in the universe is formed. Yin-Yang explores the idea that everything is connected to everything else by mutual states of development and change. As the night found in Yin opposes the day found in Yang, the two form equal parts of the same whole to bring about stability and equilibrium to all things. It frames how Chinese medicine views the structure and functions of the body, mind and spirit and the presence of disease.

      Together with the theory of Yin-Yang, the Five Elements Theory forms the basis of Traditional Chinese medicine theory, diagnosis and treatment. The five elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water show us how our internal organs, systems and structures are categorised and connected. It is especially useful for understanding women’s health issues and imbalances. For example, stress or PMS symptoms may be your Liver’s (organ names are capitalised when referring to it in a TCM context or Liver organ-meridian) way of telling you it is out of balance. While poor digestive health or tummy issues might be your Spleen and Stomach’s way of telling you to rest and relax, as excess stress is causing your Liver harm.

      If you feel imbalanced, out of energy, or simply out-of-whack, the Five Elements Theory of Chinese Medicine is a quick way to show you what kind of imbalances to watch out for. We’ve also included some suggestions from some of our Fusion products (leaders in Chinese Medicine Formulas) that can help with associated health issues. Enjoy!

      1. Which of these best describes you physically?

      A. I have a tall, lean body with broad shoulders and a straight back; my face is long and my complexion may have an olive tinge
      B. I have broad shoulders, wide teeth and a pointed head; my hair is curly or thinning, and my complexion tends to be reddish
      C. I have a solid frame, with well-built muscles, especially my back and legs; my face is round with a wide jaw and my complexion has more yellowish tones
      D. My head, shoulders and upper back are small and my tummy is flat; my face has a squarish shape and a pale complexion, but my voice is strong
      E. I have narrow shoulders and a long spine, but my abdomen and head are large, my cheeks are broad, and my complexion has dark tones

      2. Which of these best describes your personality?

      A. I’m confident, ambitious, passionate and decisive, but prone to anger, resentment and frustration, and sometimes find it difficult to co-operate or share with others
      B. I’m optimistic, communicative and charismatic, and enjoy connecting with others, but sometimes have difficulty with boundaries and feelings of isolation
      C. I’m a peacemaker, very sociable, and often find myself in negotiating roles, but am not very independent, and am prone to overthinking things
      D. I’m disciplined, discerning and methodical, but lack spontaneity, become unsettled when things are disordered, and am prone to feelings of mild anxiety
      E. I always take an honest, objective and sensible viewpoint, but am introspective, fearful and not very confident, and sometimes find it difficult to fit in with others

      3. How do you respond to different types of weather?

      A. I don’t do well when it’s windy (e.g. Spring)
      B. I don’t do well when it’s hot (e.g. Summer)
      C. I don’t do well when it’s humid or damp (e.g. late Summer)
      D. I don’t do well when it’s dry (e.g. Autumn)
      E. I don’t do well in the cold (e.g. Winter)

      4. When I’m out of balance, I am prone to conditions such as:

      A. High blood pressure, headaches or migraines, PMS with period pain
      B. Heavy menstrual bleeding, palpitations, insomnia, circulatory problems
      C. Blood sugar imbalances, PMS with cravings, digestive disorders, weight problems
      D. Cough, fatigue, skin problems, constipation
      E. Fluid retention, memory problems, menopause symptoms, fertility issues

      Your Chinese Element Is...
      If you answered mostly (A) ...

      You are strongly influenced by the element Wood, which governs motivation and action. You might benefit from herbs like Peony which helps relieve congested blood and Qi and harmonises Liver and Spleen function. (Peony is found in one of our favourite products: Women’s Balance, by Fusion .
      (SHADI INSERT PIC OF PRODUCT HERE) with a rollover link.

      Wood Symptoms of Balance:

      • Clear vision and goals
      • Great planners and decision makers

      Wood Symptoms of Imbalance:

      • Tendency to overwork
      • Indecisiveness
      • Addictive personality traits
      • Overindulging
      • Irregular Menstrual Cycle
      • PMS symptoms

      Wood Tips for Better Health:

      • Herbs to support liver and female hormones
      • Regular exercise such as yoga
      • Plenty of rest
      • Avoid sugar and hot, spicy foods

      If you answered mostly (B) ...

      You’re strongly influenced by Fire, which governs joy, strength and wisdom. You might benefit from herbs like Poria which calms the heart, mind and spirit to relieve insomnia and mild anxiety. Poria is found in the Stress and Anxiety product, also by Fusion.
      Shadi INSERT PIC OF Fusion health’s stress and anxiety and link for purchase..

      Fire Symptoms of Balance:

      • Energetic
      • Passionate
      • Social
      • Creative
      • Intuitive

      Fire Symptoms of Imbalance:

      • Anxiety
      • Insomnia
      • Cardiovascular problems

      Fire Tips for Better Health:

      • Herbs to support heart and nervous system
      • Eat plenty of dark, leafy vegetables
      • Get outside and take a walk in nature
      • Drink plenty of water
      • Avoid very hot weather

      If you answered mostly (C) ...

      You’re strongly influenced by Earth, which governs balance and stability. You might benefit from herbs like citrus peel found in this Liver Tonic which will address stagnant stomach and spleen Qi and relieve indigestion, bloating and nausea.
      SHADI INSERT PIC AND LINK of FUSION LIVER TONIC HERE>

      Earth Symptoms of Balance:

      • Compassionate and nurturing people
      • Great mediators
      • Peacemakers
      • Loyal friends

      Earth Symptoms of Imbalance:

      • Lack of clarity
      • Tendency to contemplate
      • Vulnerable to digestive problems
      • Bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhoea
      • Craving sweet food

      Earth Tips for Better Health:

      • Consume herbs to support liver and digestive system
      • Regular exercise
      • Meditation
      • Eat warming, nourishing foods
      • Ensure you receive enough Vitamin D with regular sun exposure

      If you answered mostly (D) ...

      You’re strongly influenced by Metal, which governs confidence, intuition and our ability to let go. You might benefit from herbs like Licorice that adds moisture to the Lungs and allows the flow of Qi. Women’s Balance by Fusion has a beautiful formula with Licorice in it.

      SHADI INSERT PIC OF WOMEN”S BALANCE FUSION + link to buy product.

      Metal Symptoms of Balance:

      • Organised, disciplined
      • You like rules and structure
      • Possess great inner strength

      Metal Symptoms of Imbalance:

      • Can become overly critical
      • Trouble letting go
      • Grief stricken
      • Prone to illnesses of lungs, asthma,
      • Allergies, skin rashes
      • Excessive sweating

      Metal Tips for Better Health:

      • Herbs to support immune system, lungs and digestive system
      • Practice deep breathing exercises
      • Avoid mucous-forming foods
      • Get involved in social, community-based activities

      If you answered mostly (E) ...

      You’re strongly influenced by Water, which governs courage, potential and flow. You might benefit from herbs like Goji Berry which replenishes Kidney energy and nourishes and strengthens Liver and Kidney Yin. Try Fusion’s Kidney Tonic.

      SHADI INSERT PIC OF KIDNEY TONIC HERE> + link to purchase.

      Water Symptoms of Balance:

      • Fearless
      • Determined
      • Strong willpower

      Water Symptoms of Imbalance:

      • Tendency to feel fearful, anxious, withdrawn
      • Problems with water balance
      • Frequent urination
      • Fertility problems
      • Menopausal symptoms
      • Cold extremities
      • Arthritis conditions
      • Low libido
      • Hearing problems
      • Tinnitus

      Water Tips for Better Health:

      • Herbs to support kidneys and bladder
      • Calming exercises such as yoga, pilates and swimming
      • Regular massages
      • Avoid foods that stress the adrenals (i.e. stimulants)
      • Socialise!
  • Which Chinese Medicine Element Are You?

    How connected is your body to the elements? For over 2,000 years, Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has explored the ancient concepts of Yin and Yang as the basis from which everything in the universe is formed. Yin-Yang explores the idea that everything is connected to everything else by mutual states of development and change. As the night found in Yin opposes the day found in Yang, the two form equal parts of the same whole to bring about stability and equilibrium to all things. It frames how Chinese medicine views the structure and functions of the body, mind and spirit and the presence of disease.

    Together with the theory of Yin-Yang, the Five Elements Theory forms the basis of Traditional Chinese medicine theory, diagnosis and treatment. The five elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water show us how our internal organs, systems and structures are categorised and connected. It is especially useful for understanding women’s health issues and imbalances. For example, stress or PMS symptoms may be your Liver’s (organ names are capitalised when referring to it in a TCM context or Liver organ-meridian) way of telling you it is out of balance. While poor digestive health or tummy issues might be your Spleen and Stomach’s way of telling you to rest and relax, as excess stress is causing your Liver harm.

    If you feel imbalanced, out of energy, or simply out-of-whack, the Five Elements Theory of Chinese Medicine is a quick way to show you what kind of imbalances to watch out for. We’ve also included some suggestions from some of our Fusion products (leaders in Chinese Medicine Formulas) that can help with associated health issues. Enjoy!

    1. Which of these best describes you physically?

    A. I have a tall, lean body with broad shoulders and a straight back; my face is long and my complexion may have an olive tinge
    B. I have broad shoulders, wide teeth and a pointed head; my hair is curly or thinning, and my complexion tends to be reddish
    C. I have a solid frame, with well-built muscles, especially my back and legs; my face is round with a wide jaw and my complexion has more yellowish tones
    D. My head, shoulders and upper back are small and my tummy is flat; my face has a squarish shape and a pale complexion, but my voice is strong
    E. I have narrow shoulders and a long spine, but my abdomen and head are large, my cheeks are broad, and my complexion has dark tones

    2. Which of these best describes your personality?

    A. I’m confident, ambitious, passionate and decisive, but prone to anger, resentment and frustration, and sometimes find it difficult to co-operate or share with others
    B. I’m optimistic, communicative and charismatic, and enjoy connecting with others, but sometimes have difficulty with boundaries and feelings of isolation
    C. I’m a peacemaker, very sociable, and often find myself in negotiating roles, but am not very independent, and am prone to overthinking things
    D. I’m disciplined, discerning and methodical, but lack spontaneity, become unsettled when things are disordered, and am prone to feelings of mild anxiety
    E. I always take an honest, objective and sensible viewpoint, but am introspective, fearful and not very confident, and sometimes find it difficult to fit in with others

    3. How do you respond to different types of weather?

    A. I don’t do well when it’s windy (e.g. Spring)
    B. I don’t do well when it’s hot (e.g. Summer)
    C. I don’t do well when it’s humid or damp (e.g. late Summer)
    D. I don’t do well when it’s dry (e.g. Autumn)
    E. I don’t do well in the cold (e.g. Winter)

    4. When I’m out of balance, I am prone to conditions such as:

    A. High blood pressure, headaches or migraines, PMS with period pain
    B. Heavy menstrual bleeding, palpitations, insomnia, circulatory problems
    C. Blood sugar imbalances, PMS with cravings, digestive disorders, weight problems
    D. Cough, fatigue, skin problems, constipation
    E. Fluid retention, memory problems, menopause symptoms, fertility issues

    Your Chinese Element Is...
    If you answered mostly (A) ...

    You are strongly influenced by the element Wood, which governs motivation and action. You might benefit from herbs like Peony which helps relieve congested blood and Qi and harmonises Liver and Spleen function. (Peony is found in one of our favourite products: Women’s Balance, by Fusion .
    (SHADI INSERT PIC OF PRODUCT HERE) with a rollover link.

    Wood Symptoms of Balance:

    • Clear vision and goals
    • Great planners and decision makers

    Wood Symptoms of Imbalance:

    • Tendency to overwork
    • Indecisiveness
    • Addictive personality traits
    • Overindulging
    • Irregular Menstrual Cycle
    • PMS symptoms

    Wood Tips for Better Health:

    • Herbs to support liver and female hormones
    • Regular exercise such as yoga
    • Plenty of rest
    • Avoid sugar and hot, spicy foods

    If you answered mostly (B) ...

    You’re strongly influenced by Fire, which governs joy, strength and wisdom. You might benefit from herbs like Poria which calms the heart, mind and spirit to relieve insomnia and mild anxiety. Poria is found in the Stress and Anxiety product, also by Fusion.
    Shadi INSERT PIC OF Fusion health’s stress and anxiety and link for purchase..

    Fire Symptoms of Balance:

    • Energetic
    • Passionate
    • Social
    • Creative
    • Intuitive

    Fire Symptoms of Imbalance:

    • Anxiety
    • Insomnia
    • Cardiovascular problems

    Fire Tips for Better Health:

    • Herbs to support heart and nervous system
    • Eat plenty of dark, leafy vegetables
    • Get outside and take a walk in nature
    • Drink plenty of water
    • Avoid very hot weather

    If you answered mostly (C) ...

    You’re strongly influenced by Earth, which governs balance and stability. You might benefit from herbs like citrus peel found in this Liver Tonic which will address stagnant stomach and spleen Qi and relieve indigestion, bloating and nausea.
    SHADI INSERT PIC AND LINK of FUSION LIVER TONIC HERE>

    Earth Symptoms of Balance:

    • Compassionate and nurturing people
    • Great mediators
    • Peacemakers
    • Loyal friends

    Earth Symptoms of Imbalance:

    • Lack of clarity
    • Tendency to contemplate
    • Vulnerable to digestive problems
    • Bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhoea
    • Craving sweet food

    Earth Tips for Better Health:

    • Consume herbs to support liver and digestive system
    • Regular exercise
    • Meditation
    • Eat warming, nourishing foods
    • Ensure you receive enough Vitamin D with regular sun exposure

    If you answered mostly (D) ...

    You’re strongly influenced by Metal, which governs confidence, intuition and our ability to let go. You might benefit from herbs like Licorice that adds moisture to the Lungs and allows the flow of Qi. Women’s Balance by Fusion has a beautiful formula with Licorice in it.

    SHADI INSERT PIC OF WOMEN”S BALANCE FUSION + link to buy product.

    Metal Symptoms of Balance:

    • Organised, disciplined
    • You like rules and structure
    • Possess great inner strength

    Metal Symptoms of Imbalance:

    • Can become overly critical
    • Trouble letting go
    • Grief stricken
    • Prone to illnesses of lungs, asthma,
    • Allergies, skin rashes
    • Excessive sweating

    Metal Tips for Better Health:

    • Herbs to support immune system, lungs and digestive system
    • Practice deep breathing exercises
    • Avoid mucous-forming foods
    • Get involved in social, community-based activities

    If you answered mostly (E) ...

    You’re strongly influenced by Water, which governs courage, potential and flow. You might benefit from herbs like Goji Berry which replenishes Kidney energy and nourishes and strengthens Liver and Kidney Yin. Try Fusion’s Kidney Tonic.

    SHADI INSERT PIC OF KIDNEY TONIC HERE> + link to purchase.

    Water Symptoms of Balance:

    • Fearless
    • Determined
    • Strong willpower

    Water Symptoms of Imbalance:

    • Tendency to feel fearful, anxious, withdrawn
    • Problems with water balance
    • Frequent urination
    • Fertility problems
    • Menopausal symptoms
    • Cold extremities
    • Arthritis conditions
    • Low libido
    • Hearing problems
    • Tinnitus

    Water Tips for Better Health:

    • Herbs to support kidneys and bladder
    • Calming exercises such as yoga, pilates and swimming
    • Regular massages
    • Avoid foods that stress the adrenals (i.e. stimulants)
    • Socialise!

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