Saturday, 18 May 2019


Roasted, fried, brewed, sautéed or smoked, mushrooms have always been the stuff of culinary delight (can you even imagine pizzas without the ‘shroom?), and a way of exploring alternate realities.

In fact, there is possibly no other natural ingredient that’s as versatile as the humble mushroom, and its latest job is to give you perfectly flawless, blemish-less, pore-less skin. Mushrooms as the Holy Grail of skincare? Yes, way. Origins has built a whole range around them, and other skincare brands are in fast pursuit.

And while we may consider it a recent invention, mushrooms have actually been a mainstay in beauty recipes at least as far back as the 3rd century BC.

What is so fabulous about this fungus? And which one of its 15,000+ varieties should you be seeking out? Take a look.

Shiitake: The skin brightening mushroom
Possibly the most recognizable varietals, these ‘umbrella caps’ are the second most popular, and third most widely cultivated edible mushrooms in the world. These are the ones you will find tossed into pastas and stir-fries, smoky in flavor, and rich on the palate.

Saturday, 30 March 2019

My anxiety is acting up again - Tips to help manage #anxiety #panicattacks

Kimberly, © 2019
I've been fairly stressed the last few weeks, but was starting to manage the anxiety. The last few days with me being home sick, I haven't been able to visit the gym... so I've noticed an increase in my anxiety. Anxiety involves fee:lings of fear, worry and apprehension. It's typically experienced on cognitive, emotional and physical levels. On an emotional level, one might feel scared or out of control. It's common to experience sweating, shortness of breath or trembling. These are common for people who've been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

Is anxiety overwhelming your life? Here's some steps you can take to help manage your anxiety.

Stop, relax and breathe
When anxiety flares up, take some time out and think about what it is that's making you nervous. A big part of the problem is that you're not being mindful of the present moment. Try and bring your awareness back to the present. Try regaining control by sitting down and taking a few deep breaths. By stopping and breathing, it can help restore your sense of balance and bring you back to the present moment. Try this simple breathing technique:

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