Emu Spirit’s Gifts for Everyone

Emu Spirit’s Gifts for Everyone     

If you’re still in the middle of Christmas shopping (or haven’t even started yet!) – don’t panic. Emu Spirit could be the gifting answer to your prayers. Emu oil is an extremely versatile product, and it has been used for many generations, of all ages! From the hard-to-buy-for folks, to the health conscious friends, there’s something for everyone. Add these gifting ideas to your shopping cart.

 

Emu Spirit’s Gifts for Everyone

For new mothers and young families: Emu Spirit 100% Pure Oil of Emu

Our pure emu oil is great for both mother and baby. From soothing sore nipples due to breastfeeding, and reducing the appearance of stretch marks for mums, to soothing cradle cap and nappy rash for babies. When the little one gets older, emu oil is great to have on hand for healing the little cuts and scrapes that come with toddler territory, through to calming the insect bites from exploring the world outside.


Emu Spirit’s Gifts for Everyone

For beauty lovers: Emu Spirit Natural Skincare

Most people who love makeup understand that the best foundation they could have, is a good skin base. Our skincare range contains luxurious, anti-oxidant and anti-aging properties to protect and restore the skin. Designed to be non-greasy and gentle, our emu-oil based skincare helps to smooth cracked and chapped skin, so you can glow on!

 

Emu Spirit’s Gifts for Everyone

For gym junkies and workaholics: Emu Spirit Arthritic and Muscular Rub

For anyone who moves around a lot – or not at all – our Arthritic and Muscular rub is great for finding relief from sore joints and muscle pain. With 59% oil of emu and a blend of natural plant oils, this miracle product provides great relief from pain, stiffness, muscle tension and injuries. Whether you’re gifting to a sports lover who is recovering from injury, or a 9-5er experiencing soreness from overwork at their desk – they will thank you for the superior anti-inflammatory properties that emu oil can bring.

 

Emu Spirit’s Gifts for Everyone

For the health conscious: Emu Spirit Omega 369 Oil of Emu Capsules

Everyone has a friend or family member who is very conscious of maintaining or improving their health and wellness. If they’re regularly taking vitamins and supplements for an inflammation-based health condition, why not try Emu Spirit to help stimulate their general wellbeing? Taking Emu Spirit Omega 369 capsules may provide temporary relief from the symptoms associated with inflammation-based conditions, so if they’re suffering from mild osteoarthritis or rheumatism, this will fast become their go-to product.

 

Emu Spirit’s Gifts for Everyone

For your dearest loved ones, or yourself: Emu Spirit Complete Health and Beauty Kit
Treat yourself or a loved one to the ultimate wellness gift. This kit is full of everything you need, for health inside and out.

Featuring the best sellers of our therapeutic and natural skincare range, in an elegant gift box.

Emu Spirit’s Healthy Gift Guide

Emu Spirit’s Healthy Gift Guide     

It’s officially the start of the silly season! December marks the lead up to Christmas, and hopefully, quality time spent with loved ones. There’s often an unspoken pressure to find “the perfect gift” for your nearest & dearest, and gift shopping can oftentimes be an overwhelming experience.

The team at Emu Spirit have put together our “Healthy Gift Guide” – here’s our list of ideas to help you to create happy, healthy moments with your family and friends.


Emu Spirit’s Healthy Gift Guide

An Experience

Designed to get the endorphins flowing, and for everyone to spend quality time together. An experiential gift is quite a thoughtful present (especially when the receiver can also enjoy your presence). Whether it’s a spa and massage package, a beauty pamper session, or tickets to a show, movie or event – everyone is bound to have a great time and make memories to look back on.


Emu Spirit’s Healthy Gift Guide

A Wellness Pack


The idea is simple: grab a box, collect a special assortment of items and assemble your custom curated gift pack to a loved one. Centred around the idea of wellness, it’s all about giving them the chance to take care of themselves, in the comfort of their own home. Ideas can be: a sleeping mask, aromatherapy oils, healthy snacks, bath salts, candles and teas.


Emu Spirit’s Healthy Gift Guide

A Plant

The gift that keeps on giving; an indoor plant is not only wonderful to look at, it’s actually good for your health. Aside from the benefits of improved air quality plants can provide, they’re also known for having a calming and stress-relieving effect. Giving a loved one a plant this festive season means you’re giving them a beautiful reminder for better health in the new year.

Emu Spirit’s Healthy Gift Guide

A Home Cooked Meal


The way to everyone’s heart is through their stomach, as they say. Instead of buying a gift that rarely gets used, give the gift of a great time with a healthy home cooked meal. Bust out your favourite recipe and enjoy a soul nourishing lunch or dinner together to celebrate the season. If you’re more of a baker than a chef, why not bake some healthy treats instead?

Emu Spirit’s Healthy Gift Guide

A DIY Gift


Gifts are really about the thought that goes into them. Why not take this gesture to the next level by DIYing a gift with your heart and your hands? Easy DIY ideas include: a handmade photo calendar with all your favourite memories, homemade bath bombs in a pretty jar, framed artwork, a photo album or photo frame, ornaments and handmade decorations.

 

Emu Spirit’s Healthy Gift Guide

The Ultimate Health Kit

Last but not least, give the gift of health – inside and out – with Emu Spirit’s Complete Health and Beauty Kit.

This ultimate health kit features the best sellers of our therapeutic and natural skincare range, beautifully gift boxed to present to a loved one (or to treat yourself!).

Self-Massage: An Inexpensive Solution

Self-Massage: an inexpensive solution

Massage Therapy is a great way to alleviate tense and sore muscles. However very few people can afford the luxury of visiting a massage therapist every week.

The good news is that in most cases a professional massage isn’t always a necessary first step. Self-massage is a popular method of massage and involves the use of your hands to manipulate your own muscles by applying pressure to certain spots.

When done correctly, self-massage provides the benefits of reducing pain, inflammation and swelling, it can improve immune function, reduce anxiety and assist in the promotion of a more active lifestyle.

All you need is a good quality Emu Oil, ten fingers and a little knowledge on the following techniques.

Self-Massage: an inexpensive solution

Self-Massage for Headaches

Headaches are by far the most common ailment and can be caused by stress or posture. Luckily there is an easy way to alleviate the pain through self-massage.

Simply:

  1. Apply a small amount of Emu oil to your fingers.
  2. Lower your shoulders and straighten your neck and back.
  3. Place the pointer and middle fingers of each hand on the base of the back of your skull, fingertips touching.
  4. Apply gentle pressure and slide your fingers outwards following the point where your neck and skull meet, or downwards towards the base of the neck.
  5. Continue to do this for 5 minutes, focusing on the areas of the neck that feel the most tense and painful.

 

Self-Massage: an inexpensive solution

Self-Massage for Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is also a common form of muscle pain, mostly due to our modern sedentary lifestyles or more serious workplace or recreational strains and injuries.

Simply:

  1. Sit on the floor, cross your legs and straighten your back.
  2. Apply a small amount of Emu oil to your fingers.
  3. Place your thumbs on the flat triangular bone at the bottom of your spine.
  4. Move your thumbs gently up and down a few inches each way, focusing further attention on areas that feel the most tense and painful.

 


Self-Massage: an inexpensive solution

Self-Massage for Wrist and Hand Pain

Most jobs involve using your hands repeatedly, whether it be at a computer clicking a mouse or packing boxes, this can take a toll on your muscles.

Simply:

  1. Apply a small amount of Emu Oil to your fingers
  2. Place your thumb from one hand over the wrist of another.
  3. Gently apply a small amount of pressure in a circular motion up and down the wrist.
  4. Next, move your thumb up to the hand to the meaty tissue that connects your thumb to the rest of your fingers.
  5. Gently apply a small amount of pressure in a circular motion.
  6. Apply the above to the other hand and wrist.


Safety

While self-massage is a great way to alleviate pain and stress without breaking the bank, it is important to be in tune with your own body. If you experience acute or major pain, or if self-massage fails to alleviate any pain after a few sessions, you should stop all self-massage immediately and see a medical professional. It is also important to not engage in self-massage if you currently suffer from fractures, burns, bleeding disorders, deep vein thrombosis, severe osteoporosis, severe thrombocytopenia or cancer.

The 3 most common types of Dermatitis to watch out for

The 3 most common types of Dermatitis to watch out for

Dermatitis is a term used by dermatologists to describe a common form of skin irritation. Dermatitis comes in many forms and usually causes itchiness, discomfort, dry skin, redness and a rash. In more severe cases Dermatitis may cause the skin to blister, become painful and flake off.

While Dermatitis isn’t contagious or life threatening, it is important to identify and control the symptoms as it can leave you self-conscious, uncomfortable and in pain.

The three most common types of Dermatitis to look out for are:

The 3 most common types of Dermatitis to watch out for

Seborrheic Dermatitis is a common skin condition that mainly effects areas of your scalp. It can cause itching, scaly red patches and dandruff. On occasion, Seborrheic Dermatitis can affect other areas of your body such as your face, nose, ears, eyelids and eyebrows.

The most common symptoms of Seborrheic Dermatitis are:

– Dandruff – tiny flakes of skin from your scalp, hair, facial hair or eyebrows.
– Redness
– Itchy Skin

While Seborrheic Dermatitis can sometimes disappear on its own, this can be accelerated with proper treatment such as:

– Deeply cleansing your hair and scalp with special shampoos and conditioners
– Massaging Emu oil into the effected areas daily.

The 3 most common types of Dermatitis to watch out for

Atopic Dermatitis, commonly known as Eczema is by far one of the most common and well-known skin conditions. It is more common amongst children but can flare up at any age.

The most common symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis can vary from person to person but the general symptoms include:

– Itchy skin – especially at night
– Dry skin
– Red patches, particularly on the hands, feet and the joints.
– Raised bumps
– Thickened flaky skin

While there is no cure for Atopic Dermatitis, it is still possible to apply treatment in order to prevent sporadic flare ups. This can be done by:

– Moisturizing your skin with emu oil and/or prescription ointments and lotions.
– Avoiding triggers such as excessive sweating, certain soaps and detergents that can cause irritation, dust and pollen
– Identify potential food allergies

The 3 most common types of Dermatitis to watch out for

Contact Dermatitis is a red itchy rash that occurs when direct contact is made between your body and a substance that you are allergic to. Many substances can cause allergic reactions such as certain cosmetics, fragrances from perfume or cleaning products, certain types of metals, or plants and animals.

After contact has been made with an allergen, a Contact Dermatitis symptom can develop within minutes to hours of exposure and can last for multiple weeks. The main types of Contact Dermatitis Symptoms to look out for are:

– Redness and a rash
– Dry itchy skin
– Swelling
– Blisters, sometimes oozing.

If you develop a rash that does not disappear within three weeks, grows over time or is painful, it is important to see a medical professional, otherwise it is possible to prevent or reduce the effects of Contact Dermatitis by:

– Avoiding known allergens
– Wearing protective clothing such as long pants and gloves
– Wash your hands and skin regularly with a hypoallergenic soap
– Apply emu oil gently to the affected area

Why Emu Oil is a Must-Have for Springtime

Why Emu Oil is a Must-Have for Springtime


Spring has finally sprung again (and if you’re unlucky, so have your allergies).

The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and it makes us ponder this: Emu oil is a multi-purpose remedy that can be used all year round. But why do so many customers bring their bottle of Emu Spirit out of the medicine cabinet especially in the springtime?

We can think of 4 reasons why your bottle of 100% Pure Oil of Emu is in heavy use this season…

1. Emu Oil provides an extra layer of sun protection

Why Emu Oil is a Must-Have for Springtime

Sunnier spring days means there’s a higher chance you will encounter sun damage to your skin, especially in Australia. Emu oil – when applied underneath a regular sunscreen – can provide you with additional defence from the sun due to its natural sun factor. While it’s not a replacement for sunscreen, emu oil can provide an extra layer of protection for your skin against dehydration from the sun. It’s great for households who are concerned about all the chemicals contained in regular sunscreen formulations.

 

2. Emu Oil eases itching and discomfort from bug bites

Why Emu Oil is a Must-Have for Springtime

Springtime is when the bugs and insects come out to play. Your family will be exposed wherever and whenever they’re outdoors. Many families rub emu oil on their skin before heading out, as a way to naturally repel mosquitoes and pesky bugs. This is exactly how emu oil was used by natives thousands of years ago. Emu oil is also great for soothing itchy, painful skin from insect bites – we’re sure the kids have had their fair share of emu oil!


3. Emu Oil bolsters your resistance to seasonal pollen and allergies

Why Emu Oil is a Must-Have for Springtime

“Ahh-choo!” That’s the sound of spring, for the allergy-prone amongst us. The transition into warmer weather may trigger seasonal allergies, also called hay fever or allergic rhinitis. If your immune system overreacts to allergens like plant pollen, you’ll begin to experience a lot of sneezing, itching and congestion. For many of our customers, allergies run in the family. They rely on emu oil to give them a natural allergy immunity boost, by just adding a spoonful of pure emu oil to their daily diet. It may help relieve symptoms like the nose-dripping and the eye-watering, so you can just enjoy the sunshine instead of itching your way through the season.

 

4. Emu Oil helps to reduce Rheumatoid Arthritis flare ups

Why Emu Oil is a Must-Have for Springtime

So many Rheumatoid Arthritis sufferers swear they experience aching joints during a period of changing in weather; forget flowers – a flare up is the symbol for a new season. The most common use of emu oil is to manage the symptoms associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis. The Omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce the level of inflammation, as well as the muscle and joint pain caused by this chronic condition. Many customers use emu oil both topically and internally: they massage the oil directly onto your body, and ingest it by taking a spoonful or adding it to a cold drink such as orange juice. This method manages the painful symptoms from the inside and out (a strategy we most definitely recommend!).

 

 

How the Team use Emu Spirit at Home

How the Team use Emu Spirit at Home

Like many Australians, the Emu Spirit team have embraced a work from home schedule this year. We asked four of our team to share how they have used their much-loved Emu Spirit products at home, and how it’s helped them during their new lifestyle adjustments.


Curious about what we’ve gotten up to at home? Read on…

Andrew – CEO

How the Team use Emu Spirit at Home

“I’ve been doing my best to stay consistent with my health habits and keep up a healthy routine at home. In my spare time, I’m usually outdoors working on the garden. It’s been increasingly important to me that I prioritise time for myself, my family and my team. Taking a break and stepping away from the computer has helped me find a healthy work balance. The one thing I’ve been consistent with is taking my Emu Spirit Omega 369 Capsules every single day, as I have been for years. I take 3 capsules a day, and it has made a remarkable difference to my general wellbeing.”

 

Michael – Production Manager

How the Team use Emu Spirit at Home

“I’ve been keeping busy every day, working hard to meet the demand of our products (ensuring all our orders are going out in a timely fashion to our wonderful customers) whilst also balancing maintaining my health – I’ve actually been making a bigger effort to prioritise my health more than usual. Emu oil has been part of my everyday diet for decades. Recently, I’ve been getting more creative with how I incorporate a spoonful of Pure Oil of Emu into my daily life. I’ve taken a liking to the Overnight Oats recipe! It’s easy, quick and delicious. I prepare it the night before, and enjoy a healthy breakfast every morning. It gives me energy to start the day on a positive note, knowing I’ve done one good thing for my health.”

 

Debbie – Customer Sales Executive

How the Team use Emu Spirit at Home


“I think I’m adjusting pretty well to the work from home lifestyle. I love being comfortable in my home office and wearing what makes me feel cosy and relaxed while I do my computer work. I admit I don’t have the most ergonomic set up, so lately my arms and hand joints have been feeling more achy than usual. I’ve only used my trusty jar of Emu Spirit Arthritic & Muscular rub for my knees, but I thought I’d give it a go on my elbows and wrists. As I expected, after daily use for about a week, it’s already working wonders on my hands and fingers (and I actually don’t mind the refreshing eucalyptus scent)! The achy feeling has significantly reduced, and I can work at 100% again. I keep my little jar right on my desk as a reminder to apply it at the end of the day.”

 

Julie – Social Media Manager
 


“I am one of many who got a #pandemicpuppy and we love him to pieces. He experiences seasonal allergies and recently got a bacterial infection on his paws. When we noticed he kept non-stop licking his paws, we took him to the vet and got some antibiotics which seemed to do the job. Unfortunately, one week later, he started licking his paws again. While we couldn’t easily visit the vet, we decided to try applying pure emu oil directly to his paws every night. Lo and behold – after just two nights of application, he’s stopped licking his paws! I love finding yet another way to use my emu oil. My puppy loves the taste too.”

How to Deal with Eczema Flare Ups

How to Deal with Eczema Flare Ups

Changing seasons can often signal the start of an eczema flare up. If you suffer from eczema, or know someone who does, you’ll see the signs: from red and itchy skin rashes, inflamed reddish-brown or grey patches on your hands, feet, chest, neck, elbows and knees, to serious itching at night, raw and swollen skin from scratch, and even skin that cracks and leaks fluid! When you’re in the middle of a flare up, you feel like you’d do anything to calm down or prevent them from happening again.

These flare-ups can come and go, but there are ways to keep your eczema under control.

Here’s 5 things you can try, to help deal with eczema flare ups:

How to Deal with Eczema Flare Ups

1. Know your triggers

Triggers are not the same for everyone. It could be the fabric of your clothes, pet dander, cigarette smoke, metals, perfume, temperature change, some foods, soaps, shampoos and detergents, or even stress. Talk to your doctor to pinpoint what irritates your skin and keep track of anything you use that seems to trigger a flare after you touch it.

How to Deal with Eczema Flare Ups

2. Commit to a skincare routine

Consistency is key. Follow a skin care regimen to help control the condition of your skin. If your skin gets too dry, it can become itchy, scaly or even start to crack (which lets bacteria or allergens inside). To prevent dry skin, use a humidifier while you sleep, and get into the habit of applying a moisturising cream, lotion or body oil after a shower, and during the day.


How to Deal with Eczema Flare Ups

3. Know your oils

Avoid olive oil, essential oils and aromatherapy oils – all known to irritate the skin. Instead, choose natural oils that can heal and hydrate your skin. Besides coconut oil (moisturising) and sunflower oil (hydrating), there is one other natural oil that plays an important role – emu oil, for healing. Emu oil has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that may reduce the redness, irritation and itchiness commonly caused by eczema lesions. It not only promotes healing of the skin, but can help prevent scarring too. Better still, it can be ingested (as well as applied topically) to help treat your eczema from within.

Tip: soak in a warm bath with a few drops of pure emu oil to ease itchiness and add moisture back to your skin.


How to Deal with Eczema Flare Ups 

4. Get your house in order

Make sure your immediate environment doesn’t cause your skin anymore grief. Dust, smoke, pet dander, sand – these tiny particles in the air can irritate your skin. Keep your home and office area clean, dust often, and avoid being around smokers if your skin is triggered. Then, take one step closer and investigate your wardrobe. Fabrics that are rough, too tight, too warm, too heavy or itchy can also trigger a flare up. Opt for soft clothes that are gentle and cooling on your skin. Wear loose clothing that doesn’t rub against your skin.


How to Deal with Eczema Flare Ups

5. Try a ‘hands-on’ approach

For some eczema sufferers, emotional stress can trigger flare ups. Help lessen the stress in your life with massage. It’s a tried and tested wellness strategy for those living with eczema, because it can be a soothing way to work moisturizing oils deep into the skin, whilst also relaxing sore or tense muscles as a form of stress reduction.

Tip: switch out your regular massage oil for pure emu oil – it acts quickly and effectively to easily absorb deep into the skin, while also being hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, meaning it has low skin irritation and doesn’t clog your pores. Perfect for sensitive and highly inflamed skin.

 

15 Tips for Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

15 Tips for Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis is as complex as the disease itself. After all, it is an autoimmune condition that occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your joints, resulting in pain, redness or inflammation that can affect your daily activities and quality of life. Staying on top of the disease by taking care of yourself is a big part of Rheumatoid Arthritis treatment.

Apart from taking your medicine as directed, there are many things you can do to help yourself manage your Rheumatoid Arthritis every single day. Here is a list of ways to do it:

1. Find exercise that works for you: stay as active as possible to ease your symptoms and prevent long-term problems. Stretch and strengthen your muscles with resistance bands and light weights, and try low-impact aerobic exercise such as walking, biking and swimming. Yoga, Pilates and tai chi can help your balance, flexibility and even reduce pain.

2. Eat a diet that helps fight inflammation: Omega 3 fatty acids may ease joint pain and stiffness (i.e. salmon, tuna, sardines). Emu oil can be ingested daily for anti-inflammation.

3. Streamline your daily tasks: Divide your tasks up in the day to avoid fatigue. Pace yourself on good days. Don’t overdo it as your fatigue could set you back the next day. Tackle high energy tasks in the morning, and do lighter work in the latter part of the day.

4. Save your energy: know what slows you down. Once you know the tasks that get you stuck, come up with ways to make them easier. For example, use a food processor to slice, shred or chop. Sit on a stool in the kitchen so you don’t stand while you cook and wash dishes. Use an electric blender to save you from stirring and whisking.

5. Change your wardrobe: choose clothes that are easier to put on, or alter the clothes you have with easier alternatives. For example, bigger buttons, Velcro fasteners, elastic shoelaces, rings for zipper pulls.

6. Use a shower chair: and a showerhead that you can adjust or hold (even if you don’t really need one). It may help you relax while bathing, and not put more stress on your joints

7. Garden ergonomically: sit on a low stool while you’re working outside. Work on raised beds instead of on the ground, so you can avoid crouching or kneeling for extended time.

8. Do your shopping online: save the energy of going to and from the shops by browsing the web for all your essentials. If typing on a keyboard is troublesome, try a voice recognition software.

9. Pay attention to your posture: if yours is off, it will stress your joints and increase fatigue. When sitting at the desk, life your head, neck and shoulders, keep your shoulders relaxed and pelvis upright (don’t tilt it forward or backward) and don’t lock your knees.

10. Lift correctly: use the largest, strongest joints to lift items, such as leg muscles, and bending at the knees instead of the waist. Rely on your arms to lift, not your hands or fingers to grip. Hold the item close to your body so your back isn’t strained.

11. Tweak your strategy when going out of the house: if you’re going somewhere new, plan ahead so you know what to expect, how long you’ll need to walk, and what facilities are available. For example, if you’re going to the movies – sit by the aisle so you can stretch your legs.

12. Start the day later: mornings can be tough with rheumatoid arthritis, so plan outings for later in the morning so your stiff joints can take their time to loosen up.

13. Dine smart when dining out: bring your own utensils if your rheumatoid arthritis affects your wrists and hands, making it hard to lift glasses or grip heavy forks and knives. Order something that doesn’t need cutting, to save your hands and wrists hurting.

14. Watch your alcohol intake: remember you need to limit or avoid alcohol if you’re taking certain medications.

15. Go easy on yourself: you may need to pare down your schedule and take time for breaks during the day. Don’t overdo it, or you could risk a flare up. Listen to your body and take it day by day.

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Last but not least, pure emu oil can be used daily to manage symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Emu oil contains high amounts of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), antioxidants, and compounds, including: essential fatty acids (Omega 3, 6 & 9). These can help reduce inflammation and arthritis joint pain.

5 Australian native bushfoods that have surprising health benefits

5 Australian native bushfoods that have surprising health benefits

We’ve all heard of ‘superfoods’, usually found in our salads and smoothies, but did you know Australia is home to some superfoods too? Known most commonly as ‘bushfood’, these are ingredients native to the land that have been consumed and utilised by Indigenous Australians for thousands of years.

There are 6500 ingredients native to Australia. Today we highlight just 5 Australian native bushfoods that have surprising health benefits:

Kakadu plum

Kakadu Plum

This small green fruit grows exclusively in the Northern Australian outback. It is tart in flavour and is commonly dried and ground into a fine powder for an easy superfood boost to your oatmeal, smoothie, soups or desserts.

Kakadu plum has been harvester for thousands of years for medicine, used to treat colds and headaches, and as an antiseptic. It’s particularly high in Vitamin C (a strong antioxidant that protects your body against free radicals) and is a great source of fibre (promoting good god health and improving digestion). Additionally, it is high in essential micronutrients including folate, icon, copper and Vitamin E.

Lemon Myrtle

Lemon Myrtle

This beautiful little shrub is native to Australia’s tropical rainforests. It smells and tastes much like zesty lemon, and is widely used in desserts, teas, confectionery and more.

Traditionally used as medicine, it has powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties. It’s also known to be an effective remedy for a sore throat, and a natural remedy to cold and flu symptoms.

Sandalwood nut

Sandalwood Nut

Native to Western Australia, this shrub produces medium-sized nuts that are packed with delicate flavour similar to Macadamia nuts. It’s a great addition to yoghurts, as a granola topper, trail mix, and as a yummy nut spread.

The high protein and fibre content offers great health benefits, as well as being low carb. Each nut is packed with monounsaturated Omega 9 fatty acids and ximenynic acid, both strong anti-inflammatories.


Wattleseed

Wattleseed

This plant grows across most of the Australian mainland, and its distinctively unique flavour is similar to hazelnut and ground coffee beans. It is roasted and ground into a coarse powder, where it can be used in patisseries, ice cream, pancakes and even liqueurs.

Wattleseed is higher in protein than fish. It contains potassium, iron and zinc, as well as being Low GI carbohydrates.


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Emu Oil

Last but not least, emu oil has been a tried and tested natural remedy for Indigenous Australians for thousands of years. The pure filtered and refined oil is virtually tasteless, and can thus be added to juices, salads and muesli (as well as being used topically on the skin).

Emu oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory that heals a range of inner and outer health ailments including muscle and joint pain, scars and skin burns, eczema and arthritis. Extremely high in Omega 369 fatty acids, emu oil may help reduce pain and swelling, itching and discomfort; healing from the inside out.


National Stroke Week 2021: Eat Well

August 2-8 is National Stroke Week Australia.

August 2-8 is National Stroke Week Australia.

This week we share awareness of managing, preventing, and reducing your risk of further stroke. Eating a healthy diet reduces known stroke risk factors, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. Maintaining a healthy eating lifestyle is important in stroke recovery and in preventing further strokes.

Without further ado, here are The Stroke Foundation’s do’s and don’ts guidelines for healthy eating:

The do’s

Without further ado, here are The Stroke Foundation’s do’s and don’ts guidelines for healthy eating:

Fruit and vegetables: Containing antioxidants, fruit and vegetables can help reduce damage to blood vessels. They also contain potassium to help control blood pressure.

Grain foods: Wholegrain and high fibre varieties including bread, cereal, rice, pasta, noodles, couscous, oats, quinoa and barley, contain fibre and folate – for lowering cholesterol.

Dairy foods: Milk, yoghurt, cheese and their alternatives (e.g. soy or rice milks) are dairy foods that provide another source of potassium, along with calcium to help control blood pressure.

Lean meats and poultry: Including fish with bones, eggs, tofu, nuts, seeds are other sources of calcium.

The don’ts

Without further ado, here are The Stroke Foundation’s do’s and don’ts guidelines for healthy eating:


Salt: Always choose lower salt options as too much can raise your blood pressure. Don’t use salt when cooking or at the dinner table. Reduce your intake gradually so your tastebuds can adjust.

Sugar: Too much sugar can damage blood vessels. Always choose low-sugar or no-sugar options, and carefully read the labels for food and drinks containing added sugars such as soft drinks, fruit drinks, vitamin waters, energy drinks and confectionery. Substitute sweets for nuts or fresh fruit instead.

Saturated fats: Limit foods high in saturated fats such as biscuits, cakes, pastries, pies, processed meats, burgers, pizza, fried foods, potato chips and savoury snacks. Saturated fats are found in foods such as butter, cream, margarine, coconut oil and palm oil. These cause high cholesterol, so opt for polyunsaturated and monounsaturated oils and spreads like nut butters or avocado.

Alcohol: Consuming too much alcohol contributes to a number of stroke risk factors, including high blood pressure. For stroke after-care, be advised by a doctor when it is safe for you to drink alcohol again and how much is safe for you to drink. Even better, drink plenty of water instead!

August 2-8 is National Stroke Week Australia.

Find out more about National Stroke Week here