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A daily ritual to awaken and enliven
your body upon rising.



When you wake, open your curtains and let in the natural light. Better yet, walk outside and turn your face towards the sun (or dawn light) while you take a few gentle, deep breaths.

This inhibits the production of melatonin (your sleep hormone) and stimulates the production of serotonin and cortisol, which signal to your entire being that it’s time to be alert and active. Greeting the morning light in this way also gives you a moment to recognise the blessing of a new day and all that awaits you.

Feeling tired all the time?  Read more below about how to embrace circadian rhythms to establish beautiful sleep patterns.



After meeting the morning, begin your day by sipping the juice of half of a lemon freshly squeezed into a cup of warm water. This simple ritual will rehydrate your body and support your digestive system, preparing it for the your most important meal of the day, breakfast.

Lemons helps your liver eliminate toxins, keeping your skin clearer and smoother. They are also high in vitamin C, a vital anti-oxidant and important nutrient for collagen, our anti-wrinkle fibre. Vitamin C is also an important antioxidant, capable of protecting cells from the damage caused by free radicals.

So, enjoy your cup of warm lemon water first thing each day of the cleanse and make every morning a beautiful new beginning.

Embrace Circadian Rhythms for Beautiful Sleep

Going to bed when it is dark and waking when it is light is part of a biological process called the circadian rhythm. The alternation of light and dark helps control our biological clocks and has an amazing influence on our bodies. It affects our sleep-wake cycle, hormone release, eating habits and digestion, body temperature and other bodily functions all of which can affect skin health.

Our bodies like to predict when we are going to wake and will start preparing for this at least a couple of hours prior to waking by releasing certain chemicals. This helps explain the mystery of why we can often wake five minutes before the alarm goes off.  If you follow a diligent sleep routine your body will start to increase the levels of certain chemicals so you can wake more easily and with less stress at the regular time.

Unfortunately, the weekends can often throw this delicate balance out because we tend to sleep later. On Monday morning, our bodies aren’t expecting that early morning alarm and it can be quite stressful having to get up.  To make waking a pleasurable, non-stressful experience, try to wake at the same approximate time every day, even in weekends.

If you feel sleep deprived, we would advise you to go to bed earlier rather than sleeping in later. Oversleeping in the morning only ends up making you feel tired and groggy.

Investing the effort to establish a beautiful sleeping/waking pattern is well worth it and you will be rewarded with improved health, energy and wellbeing.

  • January 31, 2018

A daily soul-care ritual
for improving stress resilience
and enhancing wellbeing.

Meditation is a soul-care ritual that greatly enhances our overall health and well-being.

There has been a huge surge of interest in ancient wisdom practices like meditation and mindfulness in recent decades. Perhaps this is a reflection of our collective need to find anchoring spaces of meaning, stillness and stress-relief in our fast and fragmentary lives.

And lest you think this is all a bit woo-woo, or only for the spiritual guru; consider this:

Stress is the Enemy of Health

Chronic stress is the number one enemy of our health and wellbeing. Whether it’s the constant low-grade stress of managing our complex personal and professional lives, or higher-grade stress from traumatic events, stress takes a huge toll on our health.

In fact, stress can actually undo all of the benefits you gain from making positive dietary and lifestyle changes. This means that finding healthy ways to improve your stress resilience is absolutely vital.

Which is why we want to introduce you to a simple meditation ritual on the last day of your cleanse.

Meditation Builds Stress Resilience

Meditation can deepen our spiritual awareness, increase our resilience to stress, connect us to the wisdom of our body, improve our capacity to handle negative emotions and support a clearer and calmer mind.

A daily meditation ritual creates an inner spaciousness – mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  Over time, we develop the capacity to slip below the weedy waters of our ego and self-identifying thought patterns and rest in the gentle stillness of Being.  The positive effects of this on our body, mind and soul are profound.

We recommend Anapana Meditation – a simple form of Vipassana Meditation which focuses on the breath.


Sit in a comfortable position (on a chair or on a cushion) with your back and neck in alignment.

Set a timer on your phone. It will keep the time so you can let go of time. (Begin with five minutes. As you establish your daily practice, aim to build up to 15 or 20 minutes.)

Close your eyes and become aware of the weight of your body, the feel of the air on your skin, the way your body is supported by the chair or the floor as you rest.

Begin to breathe deeply, breathing in and out through your nose.

Allow your breathing to become slow and relaxed.

Now, focus your attention on your breathing. Notice the rise and fall of your chest and abdomen with each breath; the sensation of air flowing through your nostrils.

As you inhale, silently say the word “in” to yourself, and as you exhale, say the word “out.” Draw out the pronunciation of the word so that it lasts for the entire breath. Repeat these words as you breathe to help you to sustain your attention on your breath.

If you don’t find the words helpful, simply allow your attention to lightly rest on the breath as it rises and falls.

If you notice your thoughts wandering, gently bring your attention back to your breathing without judgement. It is natural to start thinking of other things, the key is to catch yourself doing it and bring your attention back to your breath. With practice you will get quicker at noticing when your attention has wandered.

Continue your meditation practice until your timer signals the end of your session.

Sit quietly for one minute as you return your awareness to the room.

Do not judge your meditation session.  Let it be. Move into your day with grace and gratitude.

We recommend that you establish a particular place and time for your daily meditation ritual. This repeated pattern will help to cue your body and mind into meditation mode.


Vipassanā Meditation: Guided Meditation for Beginners | Youtube Clip

This you-tube clip offers a 15 minute guided Vipassana Meditation. There is a three-minute introduction at the beginning and some helpful prompts throughout the session, as well as long periods of silence to support you in establishing your meditation process.

Headspace | Mobile App

Headspace is a mobile app that is designed to help you learn to meditate and live mindfully.  It offers guided meditations and instructional videos which build on your knowledge each day. They offer a free 10-day free trial.  www.headspace.com

Why Mindfulness is Better Than Chocolate | Book by David Michie

This informative and oh-so-relatable book is one we recommend often to people who are beginning to explore mindfulness and meditation. It draws on eastern spiritual traditions and contemporary science to explore the health, wellbeing and consciousness-enhancing benefits of mindfulness.

Jenny’s Meditation Story

I like to meditate for at least five minutes in the morning and at night. In the morning it is the first thing I do on rising. I slip out of bed and find a quiet space to be still.  In the summer I love to sit outside on the balcony at dawn. At other [...]

Janine’s Meditation Story

I had always liked the idea of practising meditation but thought it sounded too hard. Whenever I had tried to meditate in the past, I would just end up sitting there with all these thoughts popping into my head. I thought the goal was to be thinking of nothing so I judged that I had [...]

  • January 30, 2018
A relaxing and detoxifying skincare and self-care ritual

Did you know that your skin is one of the body’s key elimination organs? Dry brushing is a simple ritual that enhances the detoxification process. Many water-soluble wastes from our bodies can be eliminated through perspiration. Dry-brushing improves the efficiency of this process on the surface of the skin as well as removing excess dead skin cells. It also encourages elimination on a cellular level by stimulating the blood and lymphatic system just beneath the surface of the skin. This enhances the cleansing process and indirectly aids the immune function, improving lymphatic drainage throughout the body.

Dry brushing also increases the blood flow that delivers oxygen and other nutrients to the skin. If you dry-brush daily, your skin will be noticeably smoother with improved colour, texture and clarity.

Bath Time

On Day Four of the Bestow Cleanse we encourage you to treat yourself to a relaxing bath after your first dry-brushing ritual. You are halfway through the cleanse today and that is something to celebrate!

Invest in a bottle of Lavender Essential Oil (available from health shops) and add a few drops to your bath while it is running. Essential oil fragrances are proven to have a positive effect on the psyche and lavender offers a calming and balancing fragrance which helps to soothe anxiety and reduce stress. If you have very sensitive skin, mix the oil into a little bit of liquid soap or shampoo first so it dissolves easily into the bath water.

In addition, add a handful of Epsom Salts (magnesium sulphate crystals) to your bath which will enhance your body’s detoxification process.  Magnesium also supports muscle and nerve function so is very helpful for improving sleep and easing aches and pains. Epsom Salts are available from most pharmacies and supermarkets.


* Take time for you * Run yourself a bath and add a few drops of lavender essential oil and a handful of Epsom Salts
 * Light candles to create a relaxing environment * Undress * Using your Bestow Body Brush, dry-brush your skin for five-ten minutes * Begin at your feet and move upwards until you have brushed your whole body, always brushing towards your heart * Use light pressure until your skin has a slightly pink, healthy glow. * Enjoy a relaxing bath, letting go of all tension * Let your mind be grateful * Let your body rest.


Your Bestow Cleanse pack includes a Bestow Body Brush. This brush has a wooden handle about the size of the palm of your hand. The bristles are firm and made from natural, plant-based fibers, which stimulate the skin without irritating it.


We recommend you dry-brush daily before hopping in the shower. You can’t over-do it! If you make it a standard part of your daily pre-shower routine, you’ll find your skin becomes noticeably smoother and softer. As a bonus, it’s a great ritual for treating cellulite and water retention. And whenever you need to give yourself some extra care, we suggest you do the full Dry-Brushing + Bath Time Ritual.

A beautiful, daily time-out ritual
for skincare and self-care.

Bestow Organic Herbal Teas provide hydrating nutrition for beautiful skin. 

Our beautiful organic, loose-leaf herbal teas are the therapeutic alternative to coffee and black tea.  While caffeine stresses and depletes your body, Bestow Organic Herbal Teas provide hydrating nutrition to support healthy, luminous, youthful skin. During your cleanse week we invite you to embrace the skincare benefits of these nutrient-rich teas, and the wellness benefit of turning a simple tea-break into a self-care ritual.

What makes a tea-break more than a tea-break?

Intention! A tea on the run only offers you one-half of the benefits. We invite you to embrace the Bestow ‘Time for Me’ Tea Ritual as a way of building a mini-retreat into your busy day. This relaxing ritual helps you to introduce a healthy self-care rhythm which is so important in pursuing a life of wellbeing and wholeness.


Put the kettle on.
 * Select a beautiful tea-cup to enjoy your tea in.
 * Steep your chosen Bestow Organic Herbal Tea in boiling water.
 * While you wait for your tea to steep, take 5-10 slow, deep breaths. Put your hands on your belly and feel it rise and fall as you breathe all the way down.
 * Sit quietly and sip your tea slowly, savouring this moment of blissful pause.


Each day of the Bestow Cleanse you will embrace the ‘Time for Tea, Time for Me’ ritual using one of the the three Bestow Organic Herbal Tea samples provided in your Bestow Cleanse pack. We recommend you have your tea-break at morning tea time, but you are free to select an alternative time that works better for you.

Eternitea | Your Anti-Ageing Tea

This 100% organic hibiscus and cinnamon tea has a pretty pink colour and tangy flavour.  Hibiscus is rich in anti-oxidants which helps combat the ageing effects of free radicals on your skin. Cinnamon helps to stabilise blood sugar, so enjoy a cup of Eternitea this morning when you might feel a little hungry as your body adjusts to this new way of eating.

Puritea | Brighten Your Day

Brighten your morning with this joyful, yellow tea featuring 100% organic turmeric, ginger, lemongrass and cinnamon. Turmeric aids your liver’s natural purification processes while ginger helps regulate your blood sugar levels. This is the perfect little pick-me-up tea for half way through your cleanse.

Generositea | Bestow Sisterhood Tea

This lemongrass, peppermint and hibiscus herbal tea has a beautiful rose colour and gentle flavour. It is the fundraising tea for The Bestow Sisterhood, a collective of skincare therapists and clinics throughout New Zealand and Australia who are providing a brighter future for vulnerable girls in rural Cambodia. Your tea ritual this morning connects you with an amazing community of women who are affecting genuine change in the world. READ MORE.

Eternitea | Your Anti-Ageing Tea

This 100% organic hibiscus and cinnamon tea has a pretty pink colour and tangy flavour.  Hibiscus is rich in anti-oxidants which helps combat the ageing effects of free radicals on your skin. Cinnamon helps to stabilise blood sugar, which curb your cravings and also prevents collagen from breaking down. Stable blood sugar equals healthy collagen!

Generositea | Bestow Sisterhood Tea

This lemongrass, peppermint and hibiscus herbal tea has a beautiful rose colour and gentle flavour. It is the fundraising tea for The Bestow Sisterhood, a collective of skincare therapists and clinics throughout New Zealand and Australia who are providing a brighter future for vulnerable girls in rural Cambodia. Your tea ritual this morning connects you with an amazing community of women who are affecting genuine change in the world. READ MORE.

Eternitea | Your Anti-Ageing Tea

This 100% organic hibiscus and cinnamon tea has a pretty pink colour and tangy flavour.  Hibiscus is rich in anti-oxidants which helps combat the ageing effects of free radicals on your skin. Cinnamon helps to stabilise blood sugar, which curb your cravings and also prevents collagen from breaking down. Stable blood sugar equals healthy collagen!

Puritea | Brighten Your Day

Brighten your morning with this joyful, yellow tea featuring 100% organic turmeric, ginger, lemongrass and cinnamon. Turmeric aids your liver’s natural purification processes while ginger helps regulate your blood sugar levels. This is the perfect little pick-me-up tea for half way through your cleanse.

A daily wellbeing ritual
for leading your body into
‘Rest and Repair’ mode.

Stress is an unavoidable part of our lives, however it is within our power to support our wellbeing by improving our stress resilience.

Today, we’d like to introduce you to a simple wellbeing ritual that makes building stress resilience into your life as natural as breathing.

This beautifully simple breathing ritual has the power to flip your nervous system from ‘flight or fight’ to ‘rest and repair’ in a very short space of time.

Conscious Connection

The breath is a connection between the conscious and unconscious mind. Usually the unconscious mind will control our breathing without effort, or even awareness, on our part.  However, we can consciously control our breath if we choose to – slow it down or speed it up – and our body will respond accordingly.

This makes the breath unique; you cannot consciously control many other body systems that are the domain of the unconscious mind. It is a helpful to recognise the breath as a bridge between these two mental states.

Stress Response

When we are stressed our body’s response is to breathe in a rapid, shallow manner, providing a good supply of oxygen to the muscles and brain for our potential ‘flight or fight’ from a perceived threat. Adrenalin and cortisol are released, signalling to your body that you need to be ready for the fight of your life.

On the other hand, when we are in a relaxed state our breathing calms, becoming slower and deeper. Seratonin and oxytocin are the hormones that govern our restful state. Because there is no perceived threat, our body systems focus on health and wellbeing priorities rather than on survival.

Our body is hard-wired to associate rapid, shallow breathing with stress and slow, deep breathing with relaxation.

Let Your Breath Lead Your Body to Health

Therefore, by consciously lengthening and deepening our breath we can lead our bodies away from ‘fight or flight’ responses and into ‘rest and repair’ mode. Our heart rate will slow down, our muscles will relax, our immune system will strengthen and we will have more mental space and resilience to process and respond to stressful events.


This is such an easy well-being ritual. You simply commit some time each day to taking 10-20 slow, deep breaths.

Find a quiet spot (escape to the bathroom if necessary!)

Draw your attention to your breath without changing it at first.

Notice if your breathing is fast or slow, deep or shallow.

Now gently begin to take longer, deeper breaths – in through your nose until your chest and abdomen fill and slowly out through your mouth until all the air is gone from your lungs.

Put your hand on your chest or your belly and feel it rise and fal

Try holding your breath for a few seconds between inhaling and exhaling.

Don’t worry about your breathing. Just gently allow your breathing to slow and deepen. Your body will respond and relax in its own time.

After 10-20 breaths, allow yourself to feel grounded and centred as you move back into your day with grace and gratitude.


It can be a helpful idea to combine this ritual with one of your other well-being rituals. Most busy women like thought of multi-tasking, especially when it comes to maximising their wellbeing.

You could combine the Bestow Beautiful Breathing Ritual with your Bestow ‘Time for Tea, Time for Me’ Ritual each day.  Take a full 10-20 deep, slow breaths while your tea brews.

Or, you may like to do it in the evening before you write in your Bestow Blessings journal, as a way of centring yourself and connecting to your body.

Some people link this breathing ritual to everyday occurrences like sitting at the traffic lights, or waiting for the jug to boil.  This can be a great way to signal to your body to breathe and relax.

It’s good to be proactive about doing this ritual every day as a stress resilience tool, but of course it is also wonderful strategy for ‘bringing yourself down’ following a stressful encounter.

Whatever is happening in your life today, just breathe.

  • January 27, 2018

A daily ritual to nourish
your skin from within

Bestow Smoothies are the perfect way to sustain your energy and to get your daily dose of Bestow products, which offer your body a veritable feast of the nutrients required for beautiful skin.

Your 7-Day Meal Plan, includes a daily Bestow Smoothie (see below) as an afternoon snack each day. This smoothie recipe features three essential Bestow skin-nutrition products, Bestow Beauty Plus Oil, Bestow Beauty Powder and Bestow Gut Love +

Together, they offer a daily feast of essential skin nutrition.

Bestow Beauty Plus Oil moisturises your skin from within for a natural luminous glow. It contains a special blend of Essential Fatty Acids which helps each cell in your body cleanse more efficiently.

Bestow Beauty Powder nourishes your skin from within, supplying essential nutrients that are often missing in our modern diets. It helps to flood your liver with the nutrients it requires to cleanse.

Bestow Gut Love + Restores the gut and renews the skin with a world-class probiotic to rebalance the microbiome and fibre-rich superfoods to promote elimination of toxins.

Having these products in your Bestow Smoothie each day is an essential part of your 7-day plan. Collectively, they make a significant contribution towards meeting the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of key nutrients needed for wellbeing and skin health.

Modern food production and storage makes it actually very difficult for us to meet our RDIs through food alone, and Bestow skin-nutrition powders are an essential part of addressing this deficit. They provide your body with an abundance of the nutrients your skin needs to thrive.

Sustain Your Energy

Don’t leave yourself at the mercy of a 3pm craving as your blood-sugar begins to dip. The Bestow Smoothie Ritual gets ahead of that dangerous game by boosting your energy so you can continue to make good, healthy choices all the way through to dinner time. Bestow smoothies are rich in bioavailable nutrients that are readily absorbed by the body and will easily sustain you for two-three hours.


Set a reminder in your phone or calendar to make your mid-afternoon Bestow Smoothie Ritual. Get ahead of the blood-sugar drop!

Make your Bestow Smoothie (recipe below).

Pour it into a nice glass and sprinkle on some toppings.

Take a break for five minutes and sit and sip your smoothie slowly, savouring each mouthful.

Picture the abundance of nutrients entering your body and nourishing your skin.

Wash your blender and go about the rest of your afternoon with sustained energy.


Bestow Love Your Gut Smoothie

INGREDIENTS 1 cup of fresh or frozen berries (not strawberries*) ½ cup of coconut milk ½ cup of water ½ a banana (frozen on prep day) 1 teaspoon of blackstrap molasses 1 teaspoon of Bestow Beauty Plus Oil 1 teaspoon of Bestow Gut Love + Powder 1 teaspoon of Bestow Beauty Powder Week Two 1 [...]

Bestow Skin Essentials Winter Smoothie

INGREDIENTS 250 ml of almond milk 1½ tablespoons of cacao powder 1 tablespoon of tahini 1-2 medjool dates (or 1 teaspoons of honey or rice syrup) ½ a banana (frozen on prep day) 1 tablespoon of cacao nibs 1 teaspoon of blackstrap molasses 1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil or Beauty Plus Oil 1 dessertspoon [...]

Bestow Skin Essentials Summer Smoothie

RECIPE Makes one smoothie 1/2 cup of filtered water 1/2 cup of almond milk 1/2 a banana 1/2 to 1 cup of spinach 1 teaspoon of chia seeds 1 tablespoon of pumpkin seeds 1 teaspoon of blackstrap molasses* (see notes below) 1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Plus Oil 1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Powder 1 teaspoon [...]


Bestow smoothies can be made with an endless variety of colours and flavours. Check these out on the Bestow website when you have finished the cleanse. For this week, concentrate on this Bestow Skin Essentials Smoothie which is rich in the essential nutrients you need to meet your RDI’s during the cleanse. You are already trying a lot of new recipes this week, so enjoy the familiarity of repeating this smoothie recipe each day.

Your RDI Hero Snack

Your Bestow Skin Essentials Smoothie gifts your body a significant contribution towards the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of many important nutrients. (See list below). For example, you get close to half your daily fibre needs and 60% of your vitamin A from this one smoothie.  It also gives the body a good dose of calcium which is otherwise hard to get. This is done through the molasses and almond milk, both of which have high levels of calcium. And this is before you are even adding the full quantity of Gut Love +. Not bad for an afternoon snack!

We have set the Bestow Smoothie Ritual as an afternoon snack to avoid a blood-sugar dip. However you can choose to have it depending on when you feel your body most needs the boost. Another option is to include this with your breakfast or another meal of choice during the day if you prefer.

RDI’s % of Key Nutrients Supplied
in Bestow Skin Essentials Smoothie

To learn more about RDI’s and the importance of these micro-nutrients
for avoiding disease and enjoying optimum health download the PDF below:

  • January 26, 2018

Bestow rituals are beautiful daily habits that support your skin, health and wellbeing.

Let’s be honest. It’s not the grand gestures or occasional spurts of self-care that count. It’s the wellbeing practices you do every daythat will really make a difference to your skin and health over your lifetime.   During the cleanse you will learn how to embrace a daily pattern of skin-care and soul-care rituals that have the power to bring about a wellbeing transformation in your life.


There are three daily skincare rituals which are part of your 7 Day Meal Plan from Day One.:

Bestow Rise & Shine Ritual
Bestow Time For Tea Ritual
Bestow Smoothie Ritual

On Day Four, we introduce the detoxifying Bestow Dry-Brushing + Bathtime Ritual as a reward for being half way through the cleanse! You can continue to dry-brush daily, before showering, for the rest of the cleanse.

On Days Five to Seven, we will introduce a new daily soul-care ritual each day which will support your increasing wellbeing.

Bestow Blessings Ritual
Bestow Beautiful Breathing Ritual
Bestow Meditation Ritual

These rituals are an essential part of your Bestow Cleanse experience.  Don’t treat them as luxury extras but embrace them and receive the many wellbeing gifts they have to offer you.

Click on the icons below to view the Bestow Ritual:

A daily gratitude ritual to open your awareness
to the extraordinary blessings
in your ordinary life

As we head into the second half of the cleanse, it’s time to pay attention to soul-care rituals that support our health and wellbeing from deep within. These rituals draw on the power of our mind-body-soul connection and can be truly transformative when embraced whole-heartedly.

To count your blessings is to practice the art of gratitude
– a simple spiritual discipline with profound implications
for our total health and well-being.

Gratitude is the art of paying attention to the many blessings that are bestowed upon us daily.

Gratitude directs our entire being towards health. It is not going too far to say that our body listens to our thoughts. A gratitude practice helps to move our body into the parasympathetic nervous system mode which is all about healing, rest, repair and restoration

Gratitude makes us emotionally resilient and mentally supple, better able to deal with the challenges of life.

Gratitude is not a shallow happiness. It is a simple re-orientation that allows us to face fully into both the joy and sorrow of life, whilst becoming increasingly aware of the inherent goodness and love at the heart of the universe.

The Bestow Blessings Journal in your cleanse pack is a beautifully designed journal with inspiring quotes and blank pages on which you can record the things that you are grateful for each day.


We invite you to develop a practice of gratitude in your life – to become aware of the many gifts that surround you.

We invite you to practice a daily ritual of remembering and recording your blessings in this journal.


Find a quiet space
Create or claim a quiet corner of your home where you can spend ten minutes writing in your Bestow Blessings journal. You may like to light a candle and sit at the table after the kids have all gone to bed. You may have a favourite armchair you can relax in with a cup of tea. Perhaps your Bestow Blessings journal will live on your bed-side table so you can write in it each night before you turn out the light. It doesn’t matter where – just find a space to claim for your own for ten minutes each evening.

Think back over your day
Think back through the events of your day and your internal responses to them. You could ask yourself, where did I receive nourishment? Where did I give nourishment? When did I feel loved? When did I feel encouraged? What did I enjoy today? What beauty did I notice? Who helped me today?

Write down three blessings
Write down three blessings you have noticed during your day. Allow yourself to take time with each blessing. Allow the memory of it, the feeling of it, to fill your awareness, open your mind and relax your body.

Counting our blessings allows us to return to the moments of grace we may have missed in our busyness – allowing their impact to deepen and integrate into our being.