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Can't live without your chips?

Wednesday, 1 February 2017 9:53:04 AM Australia/Sydney

Do you love your chips but worry that they are too unhealthy? There are some things you can do to make them a better choice.

Your body's cells and tissues require a slightly alkaline environment to function properly. If you are too acidic this sets the stage for numerous conditions and diseases, including cancer, chronic fatigue and inflammation. If your body is acidic for a longer period of time the aging process will be rapidly accelerated. Your body must buffer and remove the acidic residues to maintain homeostasis. A diet high in acid-forming foods such as sugar, drinks and beverages, dairy products, alcohol, coffee, meat, poultry, fish and most grains, nuts and legumes can lead to acid buildup in your tissues.

The more we alkalise are bodies the healthier we will be.

To obtain the most nutrition and alkalizing potential from potatoes, buy organic and consume the skin, rather than peeling the skin off.  An organic baked potato seasoned with parsley, sea salt and chives is far more alkaline-forming in the body than a conventional baked potato topped with butter, sour cream or cheese. Sea salt, vegetable salt and parsley are highly alkaline-forming in the body, as are most herbs and spices. Olive oil is another alkalizing food you can use in place of butter for added flavor and richness. Butter, sour cream and cheese, however, are acid-forming foods.

And if you add a squeeze of lemon juice (my favourite!) you will be doing your body a big favour. Once consumed, when lemon juice has been fully metabolized and its minerals are dissociated in the bloodstream, its effect is alkalizing and therefore raises the pH of body tissue (pH above 7 is alkaline). 

Another tip?
Each morning start the day with a drink of warm water and lemon juice.

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Wednesday, 1 February 2017 9:50:40 AM Australia/Sydney

Adaptogens are natural substances found in some plants and herbs that shield the body against the impact of stress – by balancing and harmonizing the body systems. They provide benefits which are impossible to get in any other way. They are completely unique in nature.

Essential oils work differently as they contain constituents that are both calming and stimulating.  In fact researchers have found that, depending on the state of the individual, essential oils can be either stimulating or calming.  They seem to “know” what is required of them.  So an anxious person will find they receive a calming effect from a particular oil, while another patients who is feeling listless may find a restorative effect from the same oil.  In aromatherapy, we refer to these oils as “adaptogens” because the type of effect they induce will depend on what an individual needs to restore their balance.

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As much of 90% of doctor visits are either caused or related to stress. Can you imagine the great cost to our health system this causes each and every year?  

Stress has been linked to numerous illnesses and causes of death, including heart disease, cancer and suicide. Imagine if we could deal with this by ourselves in a natural way. 

The stress response is the body’s way of dealing with a perceived threat. The problem starts when the threat never leaves. And this is the kind of stress that modern society is attempting to deal with all of the time.

Typically doctors have suggested dealing with stress through the use of prescription and other sedatives. Sedatives create calm but they also dull and depress brain function. Unfortunately, this makes it difficult to get a handle on the problem or real cause behind stress and take the necessary steps to deal with it. Most enlightened doctors now suggest using more natural ways in order to avoid the dependence on drugs and consequent problems associated with them.

We tend to think of stress as a state in which one can be agitated, angry, anxious, tense or fearful but, given time an individual can become listless and depressed hence the value of essential oils in being able to restore one’s balance.

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Wednesday, 6 July 2016 4:04:19 PM Australia/Sydney

During labour some women feel little pain whilst others find the pain extremely distressing.  A study published in PubMed has found the following: Immersion in water, relaxation, acupuncture and massage all gave pain relief and better satisfaction with pain relief. Both relaxation and acupuncture decreased the use of forceps and ventouse, with acupuncture also decreasing the number of caesarean sections.

Drug interventions: Inhaled nitrous oxide and oxygen (Entonox®) relieved pain, but some women felt drowsy, nauseous or were sick.  Non‐opioid drugs (e.g. sedatives) relieved pain and some gave greater satisfaction with pain relief than placebo or no treatment, but satisfaction with pain relief was less than with opioids. Epidurals relieved pain, but increased the numbers of births needing forceps or ventouse, and the risk of low blood pressure, motor blocks (hindering leg movement), fever and urine retention. Combined spinal - epidurals gave faster pain relief but more women had itching than with epidurals alone, although urinary retention was less likely to be a problem. Local anaesthetic nerve blocks gave sa, tingling, and more babies had low heart rates. Parenteral opioids (injections of pethidine and related drugs tisfaction but caused side effects of giddiness, sweating) are less effective than epidural.

Aromatherapy can be of enormous benefit during pregnancy and labour as the oil properties are antispasmodic and analgesic and they also help with the stress and anxiety.

Hello, I use your oils and think they are wonderful.  In particular the BE Calm and BE Relieved. If fact it helped me so much that I  had these rubbed on me when I was in labour and had a natural, quick labour without any other forms of pain relief.”  Elizabeth Lagona

“The BEST massage oils and pain relieving products on the market HANDS DOWN. Have had this stuff for years and is still the only thing that helps my pain - BE Relieved. During labour I used BE Calm and needed no pain killers and had a great delivery.” Andrea Stuart


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How essential oils help with the flu

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 10:44:06 AM Australia/Sydney

As our days of sunshine become less and we start to feel a little colder we realise that winter is really setting in. We naturally feel like slowing down and taking it a little easier and some people would happily hibernate for the entire winter if they had the opportunity!

Feeling tired can be a normal reaction at this time of the year but if you are feeling especially fatigued your body might be preparing you for a battle with the flu.

Only about 20 percent of all influenza-like illness that occurs every year is actually associated with influenza viruses because many types of respiratory illnesses with flu-like symptoms can be mistaken for influenza.  Most people will recover anywhere from three days to two weeks.

The first few days are the hardest dealing with all the body aches, pains and chills. Using essential oils all over the body can dramatically reduce the severity of the symptoms whilst also helping to boost your immune system. The calming and sedative properties of the oils also help us relax and sleep, which is one of the most healing things we can do to get us better.  


The flu is something which I very rarely have to deal with these days. Twenty five years ago when this happened it would always turn into a bronchial condition requiring a prescription of antibiotics but once I began using essential oils my health improved as my immune system responded to the benefit of the oils.  And I didn't need to use antibiotics to recover.

Aromatherapy essential oils can make a huge difference to your immune system and your recovery from the flu. It was healing for me to be able to soak in a bath with 2 capfuls of the essential oils and then go to bed for the day, waking only to apply the oils on my face and chest.  I felt calm and peaceful due to the antidepressant qualities of the oils and I was more than happy just to rest and allow my body to get better. The aches and pains became minimal and all the worriesome thoughts disappeared.

I learnt again to trust my body to repair itself naturally.

Cheryl Gilbert


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The benefits of a foot massage before bedtime

Monday, 21 March 2016 3:37:16 PM Australia/Sydney

Do you like having your feet massaged before going to bed? If you do did you know that there are many health benefits that will enhance your life and add to your well-being. 

In the realm of reflexology, the key to virtually every body part lies in the sole of the foot (and additionally, the palm of the hand). By massaging your feet each night before bed, you can not only bring relief to a pair of sore feet after a long day, but bring wellness to your entire body by stimulating pressure points. It is recommended that this be enjoyed for at least 10 minutes each night using an aromatherapy essential oil blend.

Here are a few ways that foot massage can be beneficial to your health:

1. Foot Massage Promotes Mental Health and Wellness

A daily foot massage can help keep the psychological aspects of your health in balance.

According to a 1999 study performed by a team of researchers from the University of Hertfordshire and published in the Intensive and Critical Care Nursing journal, a five-minute foot massage served to bring about relaxation to critical care patients, helping to reduce their stress levels and measurably reducing blood pressure and heart rate.

A 2010 study published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing showed that massage of the soft tissues of the hands or feet brought about emotional comfort when performed on a sample of people grieving the death of a loved one.

Further research conducted in 2013 by Australian researchers from Griffith University found that participants with a high-stress, demanding job felt reduced anxiety levels and improvement in mood following a 10-minute foot massage.

2. Foot Massage Serves as a Natural Pain Relief

Foot massage can also provide relief from pain, and not only pain in the feet.

A 2004 study published in the Pain Management Nursing journal, performed by researchers from the Indiana University School of Nursing, found that post-operative patients reported a greater reduction in their pain symptoms following a massage of the feet or hands than those who used pain medication alone.

Another study, published in the Applied Nursing Research journal in 2010, found that women given foot massage following C-section births reported reduced post-op pain as compared with the placebo group.

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We just love hearing about your animal stories

Thursday, 10 March 2016 2:29:13 PM Australia/Sydney

Dear Cheryl,

I have been using your BE Relieved & BE Sport now for approx 12 years after a car accident I had back in 2001 that left me in a lot of pain. I use it these days for my chronic arthritis pain, it is honestly the only thing that gives me any relief so believe me when I tell you I can NOT live without either of these oils.

I have to tell you I have recently been using Be Calm on my dogs during thunder storms, my dogs are absolutely terrified of the thunder (like most dogs) and  my older dog Rebel who is now 10 years old would get so scared at times I thought he was going to die. I now rub the BE Calm on them the minute I know a storm is going to hit and as God is my witness it calms them down during the thunder.

I have recommended BE Calm to a few of my girlfriends who also have dogs that are terrified of the thunder and it has worked for them also, and like me they will never be with out it, EVER. I had tried everything from thunder shirts to Valium ( on vets recommendation) but nothing worked till BE Calm.

Thank You Cheryl for creating these amazing oils that have honestly changed my life & my families lives and now my dogs lives for the better.

Kind Regards, Kim Hannell 

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Neroli Essential Oil

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 4:46:27 PM Australia/Sydney

Historical and Traditional Uses

Neroli oil is obtained from the freshly picked flowers of C. aurantium, subspecies amara by steam distillation.

The bitter orange was first cultivated in the Mediterranean by Arabs in the 10th and 11th centuries. The oil was first distilled in the early 16th century. Neroli is named after the 17th century Italian Princess of Nerola, Anna Maria de La Tremoille, who wore the oil in her gloves.

Neroli oil is one of the key essential oil in the classic Eau de Cologne, along with lavender, bergamotm, lemon and rosemary oils. This cologne was valued as a gentle tonic to the nervous system.

The flowers and the oil have been traditionally used for gastrointestinal complaints, nervous conditions, gout, sore throat, as a sedative and for sleeplessness.

Orange blossom water has traditionally been used in Europe In cooking and in skin care preparations. It is especially soothing and anti-inflammatory and has a calming and uplifting effect similar to the essential oil.

Neroli was effective in diminishing the amplitude of heart muscle contraction, benefiting people who suffer from palpitations or other types of cardiac spasms. The oil was found to reduce the symptoms associated with post-cardiac surgery patients.

Reference: The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Salvatore Battaglia.

(Neroli essential oil is included in our BE RELIEVED and BE CALM blends).

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A NEW LOOK for a new year

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 4:17:01 PM Australia/Sydney

I wish everyone a very Happy New Year for 2016 and hope that this year brings you health and happiness.

In numerology, 2016 is a 9 year, and 9 is pure magic. It creates what it intensely visualizes, and then it vanishes and leaves room for the next new wonderful thing! And what's even better is that every effort you make this year will be rewarded in due time. You will still have to work to make it happen but 2016 is all about focussing on what you want and more importantly what makes you happy. 

This year brings a new focus for Balanced Essentials with the introduction of a NEW LOOK for BE Relieved, BE Sport and BE Lite for Cellulite and Fluid. We are launching this new look earlier than planned as we have run out of our existing stock due to the many orders over the Christmas/New Year period. 

Don't worry, the products are still the same formulation that you have come to love and trust just the look has changed to have a more unisex appeal, one that reflects the strength and uniqueness of these natural products.

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What we need to know about cellulite

Monday, 14 December 2015 11:23:04 AM Australia/Sydney

The greatest lamented skin condition amongst women today is cellulite.  These unsightly lumps and bumps are generally located in the upper arms, thighs, hips, buttocks, inner knees and weight-bearing areas, giving an uneven and lumpy appearance.  Cellulite is not necessarily related to obesity and very often appears on slim women.  Cellulite is not just “fat”.  When toxins and metabolic wastes are stored in connective tissue, a water retention “pouch” is created around the adipose cells to protect them against the toxins.  The surrounding connective tissue is compressed and the cellular exchanges are disturbed, collagen and elastin fibres are damaged and the fibrous tissue hardens.  More toxins mean more water retention, which means more compression, which in turn, means harder cellulite.

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