Planet Organic Blog https://www.planetorganic.com Thurs, 13 Aug 2020 00:00:00 GMT https://www.planetorganic.com en hourly 1 Teriyaki Pulled Oats Poke Bowl Recipe https://www.planetorganic.com/teriyaki-pulled-oats-poke-bowl-recipe/ https://www.planetorganic.com/teriyaki-pulled-oats-poke-bowl-recipe/#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2020 00:00:00 GMT Guest https://www.planetorganic.com/teriyaki-pulled-oats-poke-bowl-recipe/ <p><br /> <strong><span class="f-mediumlarge">INGREDIENTS (serves 2)</span></strong><br /> <br /> &bull; 1 pack of Pulled Oats Natural<br /> &bull; 1 pack of Biona Edamame Beans<br /> &bull; 1 avocado<br /> &bull; 1 cup of Brown or WIld Rice<br /> &bull; Slaw (red cabbage and 1 carrot shredded)<br /> &bull; Lime wedges (to serve)<br /> &bull; 1 cucumber (thinly sliced)<br /> &bull; Spring Onions (chopped for the topping)<br /> &bull; Pickled or Sushi Ginger<br /> &bull; Sesame Seeds to sprinkle<br /> &bull; 5 tbs Teriyaki Sauce<br /> &bull; 1 tbs Olive Oil<br /> &bull; Lemon Juice<br /> &bull; Salt &amp; Pepper&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <span class="f-mediumlarge"><strong>METHOD</strong></span><br /> <br /> <strong>Step 1</strong><br /> Combine Pulled Oats and 5 tbsp of teriyaki sauce in a bowl. Place in the fridge for 15 mins to marinate.<br /> <br /> <strong>Step 2</strong><br /> While the Pulled Oats is marinating, cook rice according to pack instructions.<br /> <br /> <strong>Step 3</strong><br /> Heat oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Cook Pulled Oats for 10 mins. Season with salt &amp; pepper.<br /> <br /> <strong>Step 4</strong><br /> Slice cucumber in halves or be creative and use a spiralizer. Cut avocado in half and slice into cubes or thin slices.<br /> <br /> <strong>Step 5</strong><br /> Make the slaw:<br /> Shred carrots and red cabbage, add plenty of lemon juice, salt and pepper, toss together and set aside.<br /> <br /> <strong>Step 6</strong><br /> Divide the rice among serving bowls. Top with the teriyaki mixture, edamame beans, slaw, avocado slices, cucumber, spring onion<br /> and ginger. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and serve with a wedge of lime.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2><strong style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">*This guest blog is sponsored content written by Gold&amp;Green</strong></h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>Featured in this Recipe</h2> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38950.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/gold-green-pulled-oats-natural-mince-175g/38950/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38363.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/biona-edamame-beans-200g/38363/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/3333.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/clearspring-teriyaki-sauce-150ml-150ml/3333/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> 0 Our Beauty Buyer's Guide to Collagen https://www.planetorganic.com/our-beauty-buyers-guide-to-collagen/ https://www.planetorganic.com/our-beauty-buyers-guide-to-collagen/#comments Thurs, 06 Aug 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/our-beauty-buyers-guide-to-collagen/ There are countless collagen products on the market, each promising glowing, youthful-looking skin, but in truth, they won’t deliver great results alone. Our beauty buyer, Aurelia, shares her favourite collagen supplements. There are countless collagen products on the market, each promising glowing, youthful-looking skin, but in truth, they won’t deliver great results alone. Our beauty buyer, Aurelia, shares her favourite collagen supplements.<br/><br /> At Planet Organic, we&rsquo;re very selective when it comes to collagen products, powders and supplements and we only stock outstanding quality collagen that is ethically-produced, from sources you can trust. The collagen we sell comes from pasture-raised, grass-fed beef, or sustainably-sourced fish. We also sell plant-based powders suitable for those following a vegan diet, which are each made of botanical extracts that are designed to help support normal collagen formation and slow down collagen breakdown.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><br /> <br /> <img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/39383.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/vital-proteins-matcha-collagen-341g/39383/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen</h3> &nbsp; <p>Fusing the benefits of premium Japanese Matcha green tea, with grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine collagen, Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen is rich in antioxidants. Containing an impressive 10g of collagen per serving, this supplement is available in an easy-to-digest powder form, which dissolves well in a glass of hot or cold water.</p> </div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><br /> <br /> <img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/37453.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/bare-biology-skinful-pure-marine-collagen-type-i-peptides-300g/37453/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Bare Biology Skinful</h3> &nbsp; <p>Similar to Bare Biology&rsquo;s Omega 3 range of supplements, Bare Biology have sourced the very finest of sustainably sourced ingredients to create their collagen. The Marine (Type I) Collagen, is made from wild, sustainably caught fish in Norway.<br /> <br /> The Bare Biology Skinful collagen is a pure, virtually flavourless, powdered supplement that can be easily digested, all whilst being strong enough to notice a visible difference. Each Bare Biology batch is third-party tested, with published test results and full amino acid profile, so you can be 100% confident you&rsquo;re ingesting natural, high-quality collagen.<br /> <br /> As collagen is naturally heat resistant, we recommend baking or cooking with Bare Biology&rsquo;s Skinful collagen to neutralise the flavour.</p> </div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><br /> <br /> <img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/24556.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/planet-paleo-active-collagen-210g/24556/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Planet Paleo Primal Goddess</h3> &nbsp; <p>Containing just over 4g of pure, pasture-raised beef collagen per serving, Planet Paleo&rsquo;s Primal Goddess is a comprehensive collagen blend with an impressive list of key nutrients.<br /> <br /> Designed specifically to support skin health and assist with collagen formation, Primal Goddess is a great source of collagen, as well as other beauty ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, biotin and buckthorn berry. We particularly love the combination of antioxidant-rich berries: Schisandra, Goji and Acai present in this collagen blend, as well as a number of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, E and Zinc.</p> </div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><br /> <br /> <img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38013.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/ancient-plus-brave-radiant-collagyn-250g/38013/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Ancient and Brave Vegan &lsquo;Collagyn&rsquo;</h3> &nbsp; <p>Ancient and Brave&rsquo;s Vegan Radiant &lsquo;Collagyn&rsquo;, is a truly delicious blend of five collagen specific amino acids from vegan, fermented sources to match the amino acid profile of bovine collagen. With added nutrients designed to protect cells from oxidative stress, such as vitamin C and prebiotic fibres, this collagen works to support digestive function, gut microbiome and offers an excellent source of protein to aid the body in making its own collagen.<br /> <br /> This beauty formula also contains haskap, rosehip, raspberry and beetroot, which is a unique blend of superfood ingredients to deeply nourish the skin from within. This is a great vegan-friendly collagen alternative if you&rsquo;re looking for a plant-based powder that will offer similar benefits to bovine, or fish-sourced supplements.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span class="f-mediumlarge"><a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/collagen/">Discover our full range of collagen supplements and powders online at Planet Organic.</a></span></div> 0 Collagen 101 https://www.planetorganic.com/collagen-101/ https://www.planetorganic.com/collagen-101/#comments Thurs, 06 Aug 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/collagen-101/ ​Collagen is essential for maintaining bone strength, a healthy gut, radiant skin and a whole lot more. ​Collagen is essential for maintaining bone strength, a healthy gut, radiant skin and a whole lot more. <br/><br /> Our bodies work to naturally produce collagen by combining amino acids from protein-rich foods and essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, Copper and Zinc. However, our body&rsquo;s collagen production and structural integrity naturally declines as we age, so incorporating more collagen into our diets to maintain strong bones, joints and radiant skin really is a no-brainer.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Within this blog post, we take a deep-dive into all-things collagen, including comparing different types of collagen and exploring how best to incorporate more of this powerful protein into your daily routine.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><span class="f-large">What is collagen?&nbsp;</span></strong><br /> <br /> Collagen is one of the most prominent proteins in the body and works to form a scaffold-like structure, designed to support the body and provide both strength and elasticity to your skin. There are around 16 different variations of collagen found in the body, but the four main types are as follows:&nbsp; <ul> <li><strong>Type I</strong>: This type of collagen accounts for around 90% of your body&rsquo;s naturally-occurring collagen. Type I works to provide structure to skin, bones, connective tissues and teeth.</li> <li><strong>Type II</strong>: Type II is made up of more loosely packed fibres, which is why this type of collagen is found in elastic cartilage and works to cushion joints and provide skin elasticity.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Type III</strong>: This type of collagen helps to support the structure and function of both muscles, organs and arteries.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Type IV:</strong> Type IV helps with filtration and is commonly found within layers of skin, as it helps to draw out impurities.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <br /> Making up a third of all protein in the body, this collection of naturally-occurring collagens are commonly known as &lsquo;endogenous collagen&rsquo;. Endogenous collagen protein is synthesized by the body naturally - whereas &lsquo;exogenous&rsquo; collagen, is the collagen which comes from an external source in the form of collagen powders, supplements or collagen-infused skincare.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Endogenous collagen is responsible for a number of important functions in the body, but our levels naturally start to breakdown and deplete as we age, which is why many of us look to boost these levels of collagen with &lsquo;exogenous&rsquo; collagen.Furthermore the body makes its own collagen proteins mainly from three amino acids: proline, glycine, hydroxyproline and unless you regularly eat organ meats or foods like bone broth this are specific amino acids are hard to come by from a diet.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Incorporating collagen supplements which are full of amino acids essential for collagen production into your daily routine works to support tissue regeneration, revive dry, ageing skin and many other diverse functions.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><span class="f-large">What are the different types of collagen supplements made of?&nbsp;</span></strong><br /> <br /> Most collagen products come from animal sources, either bovine or marine. There are, however, a number of good-quality plant-based collagen supplements and powders that are uniquely formulated for those following a vegan diet.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Let&rsquo;s take a closer look at the three main types of collagen supplements, including vegan-friendly alternatives:&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Marine collagen:</strong><br /> <br /> Marine collagen is a type I collagen - which is made up of collagen peptides that are derived from fish and marine life. This type of collagen has a long list of benefits and is namely the most environmentally-conscious, sustainable collagen supplement as it is typically made using parts of the fish that are thrown away. Marine collagen also has the most efficient level of absorption, due to the smaller molecular weight and it is widely considered to be superior to the bovine variety.<br /> <br /> One of our favourite marine collagens is&nbsp;<a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/vital-proteins-marine-collagen-220g/37082/">Vital Proteins Marine Collagen</a>. Made using the scales of fresh, non-GMO, wild-caught fish, this bioavailable collagen supplement helps to promote youthful skin, healthier hair and joint and bone health. Soluble in both hot or cold liquids, Vital Proteins Marine Collagen is virtually tasteless, meaning you&rsquo;re able to add it to your morning coffee, smoothie, or even lunchtime stews and soups without altering the taste.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Bovine collagen:&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> Bovine collagen is a blend of both type I and type III collagen (unless from cartilage making it Type II) and is a naturally-occurring protein that is mostly found in the muscles, bones and hides of cows. The collagen derived from cows and animal proteins is most similar to the collagen we have in our own bodies, and it is a rich source of three amino acids (glycine proline and hydroxyproline) that are not only crucial building blocks of collagen but have also been shown to support overall health by promoting normal inflammatory processes and supporting immune function.<br /> <br /> Good quality collagen supplements should be transparent about the sources from which the main ingredients are derived and this is something you should look out for when purchasing animal-derived collagen.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/planet-paleo-bone-broth-collagen-protein-pure-225g/37641/">Planet Pale<span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">o Organic Bone Brot</span>h</a> is crafted from the highest quality organic, grass-fed cattle in Scandinavia. Each slowly simmered to release all the powerful primal nutrients and dehydrated into a convenient powder form. Containing collagen protein, glucosamine, hyaluronic and an abundance of minerals - this easy to ingest bone broth can also be used as a nutritious base for your favourite recipes.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Vegan collagen:&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> Collagen has no vegan or vegetarian alternative, as collagen protein has a unique set of amino acids and this amino acid combination does not naturally occur in plants. However, there are a number of plant-based, vegan-friendly alternatives containing nutrients that aid the body&rsquo;s natural production of collagen, either acting as cofactors for colagent synthesis (like vitamin C) or by providing protein to help repair and build collagen in the body.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/ancient-plus-brave-naked-collagyn-250g/38011/">Ancient + Brave&rsquo;s Naked Collagyn</a>, is a blend of collagen-specific amino acids (the acids that help your body create collagen) and skin supportive nutrients. It&rsquo;s cleverly formulated to match the amino acid profiles of bovine collagen, to offer the same amount of benefits, without the need for any animal byproducts.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> This innovative vegan-friendly collagyn blend is the very first in the UK to provide five collagen specific amino acids for those following a plant-based diet, as well as including a number of fermented ingredients and essential vitamins and minerals that are often lacking in a plant-based diet. The Naked Collagyn blend in particular, helps support collagen formation, boost metabolism and supports the immune system with the addition of glucosamine sulphate, which is particularly useful to implement into a busy, active lifestyle. Simply mix 10g of the Ancient + Brave formula and create a paste, to then top up with hot water, or plant-based milk of your choice.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/collagen/"><span class="f-mediumlarge">Discover our full range of Collagen Supplements and Powders at Planet Organic</span></a> 0 Nootropics and Adaptogens: What's the difference? https://www.planetorganic.com/differences-between-nootropics-and-adaptogens/ https://www.planetorganic.com/differences-between-nootropics-and-adaptogens/#comments Thurs, 16 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMT Amelia Freer https://www.planetorganic.com/differences-between-nootropics-and-adaptogens/ <p>Looking after your mental wellbeing is more important than ever, with people actively looking for ways to keep themselves focused and engaged throughout the day. Whilst there are a lot of recommended mindful exercises and guides out there designed to help improve and stimulate your mental performance - did you know nutrition can be just as impactful for your mind? Keep reading as our health and body care advisor, Lucy Browne, talks us through the benefits of adaptogens and nootropics, the differences between both and how, we too, can begin to improve our mental performance by incorporating a variation of natural supplements into our everyday diet.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2>What are Nootropics?</h2> &nbsp; <p>Nootropics or &ldquo;brain boosters&rdquo;, are natural substances that enhance cognitive performance and work to improve mental function by boosting our memory, creativity, motivation and attention.<br /> <br /> <strong>How do Nootropics Work?</strong><br /> <br /> Nootropics boost blood circulation and work to oxygenate the brain. Nootropics reduce inflammation in the brain. Nootropics protect the brain from toxins. Nootropics stimulate the release of neurotransmitters.<br /> <br /> <strong>What are Neurotransmitters? </strong><br /> <br /> Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers released by neutrons, more commonly known as brain cells. These cells use neurotransmitters to communicate with one another and with the addition of nootropic supplements, and these supplements stimulate the release of different neurotransmitters throughout the body. Each with its own set of benefits, the neurotransmitters we&rsquo;re discussing throughout this article are; acetylcholine, dopamine, GABA and serotonin.</p> <h2>What are adaptogens?</h2> &nbsp; <p>Adaptogens are ancient plants and herbs that each have the unique ability to enhance human resilience to stress. Adaptogens help us &quot;adapt&quot; to numerous environmental stressors that challenge our internal balance. Different to nootropics in the sense that adaptogens actions are non-specific, adaptogens benefits are widespread throughout the body, instead of focussing on a particular concern.<br /> <br /> <strong>How do Adaptogens Work? </strong><br /> <br /> Adaptogens control our bodies natural response to stress (HPA-axis) by regulating the release of cortisol. Adaptogens enhance three distinct body systems: the nervous, immune and endocrine system.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What is the HPA-axis (Stress Response)? </strong><br /> <br /> The HPA-axis controls how humans respond to physical and psychological stress. The HPA-axis signals the adrenal glands to release cortisol, which is our primary stress hormone. Whilst doing so, adaptogens work to support the adrenal glands by improving their response and resilience to stress.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2>What is the Difference Between Nootropics and Adaptogens?</h2> &nbsp; <p>The terms adaptogen and nootropics are both used interchangeably. This is because some plants and herbs can act as both an adaptogen and a nootropic and as such, their benefits may crossover. However, the primary aim of nootropics and adaptogens is different and distinct. Nootropics work to enhance brain health and cognitive performance, whereas adaptogens focus on reducing both mental and physical stress.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2>Top 10 Nootropics and Adaptogens:</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>1) Ashwagandha</h3> <br /> <br /> Ashwagandha is also known as Indian ginseng or winter cherry adaptogen. Ashwagandha is an ancient root belonging to the nightshade family. It has a rich history of use in Ayurveda (Traditional Indian Medicine), dating back to ~6000 years.<br /> <br /> <strong>Benefits of Ashwagandha: </strong><br /> <br /> &bull; Ashwagandha regulates cortisol levels to relieve stress and anxiety.<br /> &bull; Ashwagandha supports our sleep-wake cycle, to maintain a satisfying sleep at night all whilst providing us with steady energy levels throughout the day.<br /> &bull; Ashwagandha is a potent antioxidant and has natural anti-inflammatory properties.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/26439.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/wild-nutrition-ksm66-ashwagandha-plus-60-%20caps/26439/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>2) Astragalus</h3> <br /> <br /> The astragalus adaptogen is from the pea family, and is part of the third-largest plant family to exist. Native to China, Mongolia and North Korea, Astragalus is also known as Huang Qi, which translates to &lsquo;yellow leader&rsquo;. This adaptogen has a long standing medicinal history in Asian cultures, dating back to around 2000 years.<br /> <br /> <strong>Benefits of Astragalus: </strong><br /> <br /> &bull; Astragalus possesses anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties.<br /> &bull; Astragalus is rich in antioxidant minerals such as zinc and selenium. Providing longevity and a number of anti-ageing benefits.<br /> &bull; Astragalus is key for kidney health.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38904.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/hybrid-herbs-astragalus-extract-powder-40g/38904/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>3) Choline</h3> <br /> <br /> Choline was first discovered in 1862, when scientists found that the lecithin from bile, once heated, was able to produce this new nootropic chemical. Three years later, &lsquo;choline&rsquo; was also found in the brain, in the form of acetylcholine, which acts as the chief neurotransmitter of the parasympathetic nervous system (helping us rest and digest).<br /> <br /> <strong>Benefits of Choline: </strong><br /> <br /> &bull; A deficiency in choline is associated with Alzheimer&#39;s disease. Thus, choline plays a vital role in boosting memory and learning.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/29330.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/brain-feed-work-enhancement-60-caps/29330/ '" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>4) Ginkgo Biloba</h3> <br /> <br /> The Ginkgo tree, also known as the &ldquo;living fossil&rdquo;. Is the oldest living tree in the world and the last surviving species of its kind. Existing for more than 270 million years, the Gingko tree has been around since the time of dinosaurs. Ginkgo holds an ancient history of medicinal and spiritual importance. Especially in Traditional Chinese medicine, as the extracted seeds and leaves from this particular tree are a powerful nootropic.<br /> <br /> <strong>Benefits of Ginkgo: </strong><br /> <br /> &bull; Ginkgo boosts blood circulation and thus, oxygenates the brain. This enhances our overall cognitive performance, especially with regards to memory.<br /> &bull; Ginkgo has been shown to increase dopamine and serotonin in the brain. Mitigating anxiety and low mood.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/5293.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/viridian-ginkgo-tincture-50ml-50ml/5293/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>6) Lion&#39;s Mane</h3> <br /> <br /> Lion&#39;s Mane is also known as &quot;The Mountain Priest Mushroom&quot;. It grows on hardwood trees in forests across North America, Europe and Asia. Lion&#39;s Mane has been used for centuries as a medicinal mushroom in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Throughout history, Buddhist monks have utilised this nootropic&rsquo;s cognitive benefits to help enhance brain power and focus during meditation.<br /> <br /> <strong>Benefits of Lion&rsquo;s Mane: </strong><br /> <br /> &bull; Lion&#39;s Mane boosts cognitive performance, specifically learning and memory.<br /> &bull; Lion&#39;s Mane increases NGF (nerve growth factor), essential for maintaining healthy brain cells. &bull; Lion&#39;s Mane possesses powerful immune-modulating properties. It also acts as a potent antimicrobial agent and antioxidant. <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/22261.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/hybrid-herbs-lions-mane-mushroom-powder- 57g/22261/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>7) L-theanine</h3> <br /> <br /> L-theanine is a type of non-dietary amino acid. Belonging to neither essential nor non-essential dietary amino acids. The L-theanine nootropic was first discovered in 1949 in green tea. It&#39;s popularity as a nutritional supplement has since grown exponentially due to its natural detox properties.<br /> <br /> <strong>Benefits of L-theanine: </strong><br /> <br /> &bull; L-theanine increases GABA, which helps to reduce stress and anxiety and is also known to support sleep.<br /> &bull; L-theanine increases dopamine and alpha-brain waves. Leading to relaxation with improved attention.<br /> &bull; L-theanine increases glutathione levels (our master antioxidant) and thus, supports liver and detox. <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/29552.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/pure-encapsulations-ltheanine-60/29552/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>8) Reishi</h3> <br /> <br /> Reishi, commonly known as &ldquo;The Mushroom of Immortality&rdquo;, grows on the base of deciduous trees in tropical areas of Asia. It grows in a range of colours, with the red reishi being the most potent and researched form. The Reishi adaptogen has held value in Traditional Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years and works to modulate the immune system, as well as providing potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.<br /> <br /> <strong>Benefits of Reishi: </strong><br /> <br /> &bull; Reishi is the master mushroom at modulating the immune system. It is also the most effective as an antiviral agent.<br /> &bull; Reishi is a potent antioxidant and thus, anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing. &bull; Reishi has also been shown to mitigate anxiety, low mood and aids sleeping. <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/26840.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/mushrooms4ife-reishi-60g/26840/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>9) Rhodiola</h3> <br /> <br /> Rhodiola Rosea is also known as &quot;Golden Root&quot;. This flowering plant is native to the arctic regions of Europe and Asia. The medicinal use of Rhodiola dates back to the 17th century. The Vikings are said to have ingested the powerful Rhodiola adaptogen to enhance their strength and increase stamina.<br /> <br /> <strong>Benefits of Rhodiola: </strong><br /> <br /> &bull; Rhodiola significantly reduces fatigue associated with stress and anxiety.<br /> &bull; Rhodiola increases serotonin and thus, is associated with improved mood. <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><br /> <img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/19828.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/na-rhodiola-root-af-30ml-30ml/19828/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>10) Schisandra</h3> <br /> <br /> Schisandra berry is also known as &ldquo;The Five Flavoured Fruit&rdquo;. This is because it possesses the five flavours and elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Sour (wood), bitter (fire), sweet (Earth), salty (water), and pungent (metal).<br /> <br /> <strong>Benefits of Schisandra: </strong><br /> <br /> &bull; Schisandra is a powerful antioxidant that protects our cells against inflammation.<br /> &bull; Schisandra optimises liver function and detox pathways.<br /> &bull; Schisandra supports the adrenal glands and protects us against anxiety and stress. <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38901.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/hybrid-herbs-schizandra-berry-extract-powder- 40g/38901/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> </div> 0 Our Beauty Buyer's Essential Adaptogens and Elixirs https://www.planetorganic.com/our-beauty-buyers-essential-adaptogens-and-elixirs/ https://www.planetorganic.com/our-beauty-buyers-essential-adaptogens-and-elixirs/#comments Weds, 15 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMT Guest https://www.planetorganic.com/our-beauty-buyers-essential-adaptogens-and-elixirs/ <p>Whilst adaptogens and elixirs aren&rsquo;t a new concept, there is so much choice out there and this, combined with the lengthy-list of mood-boosting benefits each product can offer, can make choosing the right product for you a challenge. Whether your intention is to feel calmer, lift your spirits, or improve the appearance of your skin and hair, our collection of essential adaptogens and elixirs offers something for all concerns. Keep reading as our beauty buyer, Aurelia, walks us through some of her favourite herbal adaptogen blends easy enough to incorporate into a regular, everyday routine.</p> <h2>Natalia Botanicals Celestial Waves</h2> &nbsp; <div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38076.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/natalia-botanicals-celestial-waves-sachets-15-sachets/38076/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> </div> <p>Natalia Botanicals&rsquo; collection of Celestial Waves adaptogens are perfect for those looking to create their own self-care rituals. Choose from a selection of five uniquely-blended elixirs, each tailored to individual interests. From the Shiva botanical adaptogen designed to boost immunity, to the Full Mane elixir to help keep hair looking sleek and healthy, the Natalia Botanical collection of adaptogens are excellent herbal remedies crafted individually to combat specific concerns.</p> <h2>Wunder Workshop Ashwagandha</h2> <div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/37452.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/wunder-workshop-superior-ashwagandha-40g/37452/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> </div> <p><br /> One of our favourite adaptogens formulated to help lift your mood is Wunder Workshop&rsquo;s Ashwagandha. This Ayurvedic herb is particularly useful for stress relief, and can also help to support hormonal balance and maintain an overall sense of well-being. It&rsquo;s also a great addition to milk potions, elixirs, smoothies, and more - simply add 1/2 tsp to warm water or tea and enjoy.</p> <h2>Hybrid Herbs Dream Blend Powder</h2> <div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38479.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/hybrid-herbs-dream-blend-powder-40g/38479/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> </div> <p><br /> Perfect to melt away any stress that may have built up during the day and to help you to drop off into your soundest slumber, Hybrid Herb&rsquo;s Dream Blend powder has quickly become our favourite evening drink of choice. Formulated with a powerful blend of Reishi to calm the mind and He Shou Wu to promote healthy ageing by nourishing the Kidney and Liver. We love it added to a warm cup of oat milk, or with cacao, cardamom and coconut nectar to satisfy a sweet tooth.</p> <h2>Glow Bar Moon Shake</h2> <div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38028.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/glow-bar-golden-moon-shake-540g/38028/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> </div> <p><br /> Glow Bar&rsquo;s collection of functional adaptogen shakes and lattes are magnesium-rich formulas that can be enjoyed any time of the day. Glow Bar&rsquo;s Moon Shake comes in an array of potent blends, including the ritual moon, naked moon and golden moon. One of our favourites combines Ashwagandha, magnesium-rich Raw Cacao and Ginger and it&rsquo;s caffeine-free. This milky delight is delicious hot, cold, or room temperature, and it&#39;ll be just as exquisite and effective either way. Combine 1 tbsp with a splash of hot water and make a rich paste to top with milk. Hazelnut is our favourite complementing milk with this blend, as it works harmoniously with the moon shake, to help keep your gut healthy and happy.</p> 0 Good Hemp's Guide to Hemp and CBD https://www.planetorganic.com/good-hemps-guide-to-hemp-and-cbd/ https://www.planetorganic.com/good-hemps-guide-to-hemp-and-cbd/#comments Weds, 15 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMT Guest https://www.planetorganic.com/good-hemps-guide-to-hemp-and-cbd/ <p>Between hemp&rsquo;s unrivalled eco-credentials, long list of health benefits and the ability to make a mean cup of tea &ndash; it really is the no-compromise crop. But what exactly is hemp and what are the differences between CBD, hemp oil and the stuff we drink? Keep reading as Good Hemp talk us through all things hemp - as well as touching on the health benefits, nutritional information and why hemp is the sustainable plant of the future.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2>Hemp is the future of our planet &ndash; but what on earth is it?!</h2> <br /> Plainly speaking, hemp is a plant, scientifically known as &lsquo;cannabis&rsquo;- but before you start wondering how it&rsquo;s legal, it is very different from its better-known cousins. Whilst the two plants look very similar (we can&rsquo;t tell you the number of times our farm in Devon has been reported to the local police), hemp won&rsquo;t get you high, in fact, it does a lot more&hellip; Hemp is a zero-waste crop, meaning every inch of it, from the stalk to the leaves to the flowers, can be used. Here at <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/search/?term=good+hemp">Good Hemp,</a> we&rsquo;re mostly interested in the seeds which form the base of all of the products we make. Hemp seeds are tasty little drops of goodness, not just because they&rsquo;re delicious, but because they are also filled with omega 3, protein and fibre, plus a handful of minerals including potassium, iron and zinc.<br /> <br /> But the seeds aren&rsquo;t the only cool part of the hemp plant &ndash; as the stalks can be spun into a fibre which is now widely used across the fashion industry (by brands such as Patagonia, Levi&rsquo;s and COS), and the flowers and leaves contain large amounts of CBD. We wouldn&rsquo;t be surprised if the only reason you&rsquo;ve heard of hemp is through CBD, but the terms are certainly not synonymous!<br /> &nbsp; <h2>What&rsquo;s the difference between CBD and hemp?</h2> <br /> Unless you&rsquo;ve been living under a rock, you will have heard the term &lsquo;CBD&rsquo; however... we&rsquo;ll forgive you for not completely understanding what it is! CBD is one of 104 chemical compounds (known as &lsquo;cannabinoids&rsquo;) found within the hemp plant and is mainly extracted from the plant&rsquo;s flowers and leaves. CBD is used in many different industries as it&rsquo;s been found to have properties that can help with a number of ailments including, anxiety, arthritis, Parkinson&rsquo;s and eczema.<br /> <br /> Researchers are still trying to figure out where the potential benefits of CBD fully extend to but widely agree that it works by interacting with the body&rsquo;s &lsquo;endocannabinoid system&rsquo; to restore homeostasis. This applies to multiple areas in the body, hence the multiple benefits! Pretty amazing stuff.<br /> <br /> When CBD is extracted from the plant, it&rsquo;s usually mixed with a carrier oil which can be taken through dropping under the tongue for the most efficient uptake. For this reason, CBD oil is often confused with hemp seed oil, made from the seeds rather than the flowers of the plant. Hemp seed oil naturally contains no CBD, however, is commonly used as the carrier oil for CBD, coming from the same plant it&rsquo;s not surprising that the flavours go well together. CBD on the other hand, when extracted, is more of a paste, which when mixed with hemp seed oil (or any other carrier oil eg: coconut) forms what we call CBD oil.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/cbd-oil/"><em>Shop our range of specially-formulated CBD products at Planet Organic</em></a><br /> &nbsp; <h2>Why is hemp so special?</h2> <br /> If we haven&rsquo;t convinced you that hemp is the future already, then let&rsquo;s talk about sustainability.<br /> <br /> We probably don&rsquo;t need to remind you about the trouble our planet is in right now, or that we can&rsquo;t continue the way we&rsquo;re going if we want to have a future at all. And this is where hemp really does step forward. There are no other crops that compare to hemp when it comes to environmental impact &ndash; it doesn&rsquo;t need pesticides, herbicides or fertilisers to grow (think of the nickname &lsquo;weed&rsquo;), in fact, it absorbs toxic chemicals from the soil so can help repair the damage caused by non-organic farming. Could hemp be more on brand? It only needs three to four months from being sown to being harvested and can be grown in almost all climates due to its ability to naturally irrigate itself.<br /> <br /> Hemp requires far less water than cotton and absorbs far more CO2 (four times more than trees) making it a more sustainable option for brands looking to offset their impact on the planet. So we&rsquo;re not joking around when we say that hemp truly is the future of the planet.<br /> <br /> <strong>*This guest blog is sponsored content written by Good Hemp</strong> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>Shop Good Hemp at Planet Organic</h2> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38084.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/good-hemp-cbd-chocolate-seed-milk-1l/38084/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/37944.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/good-hemp-cbd-barista-seed-mlk-1l/37944/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/13314.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/braham-murray-hemp-mlk-1-litre-1-litre/13314/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> 0 Spelt Explained by Sharpham Park https://www.planetorganic.com/spelt-explained-by-sharpham-park/ https://www.planetorganic.com/spelt-explained-by-sharpham-park/#comments Thurs, 02 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMT Guest https://www.planetorganic.com/spelt-explained-by-sharpham-park/ At Planet Organic, we take the time and effort to ensure our list of food suppliers share the same passion for providing customers with flavourful, nutritious food. One of our spelt suppliers, Sharpham Park, produces organic spelt that is meticulously stone milled in Somerset, so it reaches you with its goodness, freshness, and rich and nutty flavour intact throughout a range of flour, cereal, pasta and grain products. At Planet Organic, we take the time and effort to ensure our list of food suppliers share the same passion for providing customers with flavourful, nutritious food. One of our spelt suppliers, Sharpham Park, produces organic spelt that is meticulously stone milled in Somerset, so it reaches you with its goodness, freshness, and rich and nutty flavour intact throughout a range of flour, cereal, pasta and grain products. <br/><p><br /> Keep reading as we talk with Sharpham Park to give our customers a rundown on the nutritional benefits of spelt, the differences between spelt products, and what positive effects spelt flour and other alternative pasta, cereals and grains can have on your digestive system.</p> <h2>What is spelt?</h2> <br /> High in fibre and rich in micronutrients, minerals and vitamins, spelt has been recognised as a wonder grain for centuries. Its slow-release energy made it the &lsquo;marching grain&rsquo; of the Roman Army, and Hildegard von Bingen, an 11th-century abbess considered by many to be the founder of scientific natural history in Germany, praised it as, &lsquo;good for the mind, body and soul. <h2>Is spelt better for you?</h2> <br /> Given today&#39;s depleted diet, which has contributed to food intolerances, poor gut health and bloating, this delicious and versatile ancient grain now has more to offer us than ever. We believe that the roots of our happiness, health and wellbeing lie in the richness, bounty and beauty of the natural world, so we manage our organic spelt farm sustainably. We employ crop rotation to enrich and restore the soil, eschewing the harsh insecticides that damage our natural immune systems and create bug and bird-free wastelands. We leave two-metre margins around our spelt fields and cut the hedgerows only every other year, making a haven for wildlife &ndash; from Lapwing to skylarks, butterflies, bees and hares to dormice, deer and damselflies &ndash; by offering shelter and foraging, all year round. <h2>Different variations of spelt</h2> <br /> Our spelt product range includes a wide variety of different types of grains, pasta and flours - here&rsquo;s a rundown on how we create some of our most popular spelt products.<br /> <br /> <strong>Organic pearled spelt </strong><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/sharpham-park-pearled-spelt-500g-500g/19157/">Pearled spelt</a> is produced by bouncing the grain over rotating stones to remove the outer layer of bran and &quot;pearl&quot; the grain, this means that during cooking it soaks up all the flavours of the food. Plus it is high in fibre and a good source of protein. It makes for the perfect risotto.<br /> <br /> <strong>Organic Spelt Flour </strong><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/sharpham-park-spelt-flour-wholegrain-1kg/25526/">Spelt&nbsp;</a><a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/sharpham-park-spelt-flour-wholegrain-1kg/25526/">Flour</a> is stone-ground using traditional methods. This preserves the micronutrients and natural oils within the grain. We currently produce four different types of flour, which are perfect for all baking recipes including organic white and organic wholegrain, organic bakers blend and organic spelt and rye. We are shortly launching an organic Heritage Flour which is a mix of Spelt, Emmer and Einkorn.<br /> <br /> <strong>Organic Spelt Pasta </strong><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/sharpham-park-wholegrain-spelt-pasta-casarecce-400-g/38030/">Organic spelt pasta</a> is bronze drawn ensuring its rough porous texture binds perfectly with sauces, it also comes in certified compostable packaging.<br /> <br /> <em>If you&rsquo;d like to find out more about spelt, you can explore its wonders in &ldquo;Spelt&rdquo;, a definitive collection of spelt-based recipes by Roger Saul, Sharpham Park&rsquo;s founder. For more information please visit <a href="https://www.sharphampark.com/">www.sharphampark.com</a></em> <h2>Spelt Products Featured in this Blog</h2> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/19157.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/sharpham-park-pearled-spelt-500g-500g/19157/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/25526.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/sharpham-park-spelt-flour-wholegrain-1kg/25526/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/large/38030.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/sharpham-park-wholegrain-spelt-pasta-casarecce-400-g/38030/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> 0 Q+A with Bickham Farm https://www.planetorganic.com/questions-with-bickham-farm/ https://www.planetorganic.com/questions-with-bickham-farm/#comments Thurs, 02 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMT Guest https://www.planetorganic.com/questions-with-bickham-farm/ We stopped farmer Roddy from weeding his leeks to find out what life’s been like on Bickham Farm in Devon during lockdown, why he farms organic and what a typical morning on the farm looks like. Roddy’s farm supplies Planet Organic with organic chard, courgettes and broad beans at this time of year. We stopped farmer Roddy from weeding his leeks to find out what life’s been like on Bickham Farm in Devon during lockdown, why he farms organic and what a typical morning on the farm looks like. Roddy’s farm supplies Planet Organic with organic chard, courgettes and broad beans at this time of year. <br/><br /> <br /> <strong>1. What do you grow?</strong> <p><br /> We grow tomatoes, courgettes, runner beans, leeks, spinach, chard, kale and broad beans and we also keep animals - turkeys, pigs, geese and cattle.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <strong>2. How long have you been farming?</strong> <p><br /> I grew up on a farm in Kent and spent my formative years helping out on the farm. After school, I went to agricultural college but lost my way and moved to London. It was fun, but a bout of illness made me revaluate my life. Then three things happened at once: I met my wife, a friend offered me the farm in Devon and I got better. That was 24 years ago and I haven&rsquo;t looked back. It&rsquo;s hard work, farming, and the job is never done, but it&rsquo;s satisfying. You have to enjoy it to do it otherwise you&rsquo;ll go mad.<br /> <br /> <strong>3. Talk us through a day on Bickham Farm.</strong><br /> <br /> I wake up at 5, put on a pot of tea, then I read my book for about 45 minutes before heading out. The first thing I do is check on the cattle - we have 55 cows and two bulls. Then, I&rsquo;ll walk around the polytunnels to see which crops need irrigating and work out what needs picking and sending where. The team arrive at 7am and they get straight to work picking vegetables and packing the veg into boxes ready to send off. We&rsquo;ll be done picking by about 11am, otherwise it starts to get too hot. As we&rsquo;re organic, we don&rsquo;t use pesticides to get rid of weeds so I do it by hand. By mid-afternoon, we&rsquo;re done and I go and check on the cows again. Our produce is collected to go to <a href="http://planetorganic.com">Planet Organic</a> three times a week, and we sell locally daily too.<br /> <br /> <strong>4. What&rsquo;s it like farming during the pandemic?</strong><br /> <br /> Orders have got larger, staff have got easier to find and the weather is just as challenging as always. Demand for fresh produce is strong, it must be all of the people who used to eat out now cooking at home for themselves. My kids, 16 and 18, were supposed to be sitting their GCSEs and A Levels, but instead they&rsquo;ve been at home helping out on the farm. It&rsquo;s been nice showing them what I do and I think it&rsquo;s sparked a bit of interest in my son &ndash; he&rsquo;s been driving tractors and has even got me on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/roddys.organics/">Instagram.</a><br /> <br /> <strong>5. What can we, as consumers, do to help?</strong><br /> <br /> Keep cooking at home after the pandemic, and buy organic when you can.<br /> <br /> <strong>6. Why do you farm organic?</strong><br /> <br /> The key to everything is healthy soil - it&rsquo;s essentials for healthy plants, animals and humans - and that&rsquo;s the key principal of organic farming, to look after and nurture your soil. Soil is a living thing made up of bacteria and fungi &ndash; you have to treat it well, nourish it, and not leech too much from it to keep it healthy. Non organic agriculture has ignored soil and how precious it is. We need to learn to take care of it better.<br /> <br /> <strong>7. What&rsquo;s in season now?</strong><br /> <br /> We&rsquo;re currently harvesting spinach, chard, courgettes, broad beans and runner beans.<br /> <br /> <strong>8. Favourite way to cook with seasonal vegetables?</strong><br /> <br /> I love cooking and collecting recipes but I tend to cook more in the winter. The days on the farm are too long at the moment to spend time cooking but once they&rsquo;re in the ground, I&rsquo;ll have a bit more time on my hands. I like all of my vegetables steamed. With butter and a pinch of salt, you&rsquo;re in paradise. One of my favourites for courgettes and broad beans is a belly pork ragu, slow-cooked with thyme until it&rsquo;s rich.<br /> <br /> <strong>9. What does the future hold?</strong><br /> <br /> Farms are surprisingly difficult to get hold of, but I&rsquo;d love to try somewhere a bit less hilly and stony...<br /> <br /> Shop our <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/organic-fruit-vegetables/">London Fresh collection of organic fruit and vegetables </a>online at Planet Organic.&nbsp;</p> 0 Our Favourite Independent British Beauty Brands https://www.planetorganic.com/independent-british-beauty-brands/ https://www.planetorganic.com/independent-british-beauty-brands/#comments Thurs, 02 Jul 2020 00:00:00 GMT Guest https://www.planetorganic.com/independent-british-beauty-brands/ <p>It&rsquo;s been a difficult few months for all types of business, particularly small independent brands. But when it comes to beauty, there&rsquo;s no better time to show your support and shop to discover an array of British-born, small beauty businesses.<br /> <br /> Whether it&rsquo;s a <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/candles-home-fragrance/">new scented candle</a> to give your WFH environment a positive uplift, or a retinol oil with a powerful formula designed to tackle troublesome indoor-skin, what better time to show your support? Discover some of our favourite, well-loved, British beauty brands we&rsquo;re proud to support. From skin-experts to sustainable beauty brands and more, at a time when we&rsquo;re imploring each other to support our communities, there&rsquo;s no better place to start looking for a new beauty pick-me-up than with the growing collection of UK-based beauty brands. Browse through some of our favourite beauty products from independent businesses which are both affordable, effective and a lot closer to home.</p> <h2>Therapi</h2> <br /> <strong>Therapi&rsquo;s brand story is one of love, luck and inspiration. </strong><br /> <br /> Founded in Cardiff by beekeeper Tanya Hawkes, this independent beauty brand focuses on the story of the bee and its unique relationship with flowers. Paying homage to honey, beeswax and propolis in every aspect of the brand, Therapi&rsquo;s aim is to create the very best in natural and organic honey skincare products. Designed meticulously to not only benefit the user but also to give back to the natural world in all its splendour, 5% of Therapi&rsquo;s profits are donated to bee conservation projects across the globe. Therapi&rsquo;s bespoke, honey skincare rituals are renowned for offering a radiant healthy glow and one of our favourite products is the <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/therapi-propinolplus-radiance-cream-50ml/29573/">Propolis+ Ultra Radiance cream</a>. This intensely nourishing moisturiser is a 24-hour cream designed to enrich, plump and illuminate your skin. With rejuvenating extracts of honey, anti-ageing propolis and natural botanical ingredients to give your skin a radiant, concentrated boost, the Therapi radiance cream is perfect for those looking to restore skin to its natural radiance.<br /> &nbsp; <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/29573.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/therapi-propinolplus-radiance-cream-50ml/29573/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> </div> <h2>Disciple</h2> &nbsp; <p>Disciple is a London-based independent wellness company created with the sole intention of providing calming, innovative solutions to the stressed-out mind and body.<br /> <br /> Developed by psychotherapist Charlotte Ferguson, Charlotte&rsquo;s industry-background allowed Disciple&rsquo;s to craft adaptogen-rich formulas that not only work to nourish the skin, but help you feel better on the inside too. Improving your body&rsquo;s ability to adapt to stress and rebalance hormones, Disciple&rsquo;s range of botanical, small-batch beauty products are filled with clean prebiotics to help bacteria on the skin and balance skin&rsquo;s natural sebum consistency to minimise the appearance of blemishes and breakouts. Our favourite from Disciple&rsquo;s clean collection of skincare is the <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/disciple-dreamy-skin-retinyl-oil-20ml/37173/">Disciple Dreamy Skin Retinyl Oil</a>, as this regenerative formula works to reduce pigmentation, fine lines and the appearance of pores all whilst you sleep. The perfect anti-ageing remedy designed for break-out prone skin, if you&rsquo;re looking for a night treatment to help correct signs of damage and boost radiance, consider Disciple&rsquo;s collection of small-batch skincare for an innovative solution to troublesome skin concerns.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/37173.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/disciple-dreamy-skin-retinyl-oil-20ml/37173/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> </div> <h2>Ilapothecary</h2> &nbsp; <p>Lovingly handmade in the UK with a flagship store just down the road from us in Kensington, Ilapothecary&rsquo;s collection of uniquely-formulated botanical skincare products are each made in small-fresh batches, using techniques based on a heartfelt, intuitive approach. Founder of the brand, Denise, utilises her wealth of knowledge and experience in herbology to apply some of earth&rsquo;s oldest traditions and ethical processes to her pioneering skincare products.<br /> <br /> Designed to empower users and protect the mind, body and soul from everyday urban stressors of modern life, Ilapothecary&rsquo;s botanical blends are each packed with goodness to help heal the mind, body and soul. Our favourite sweet-smelling herbal balm from Ilapothecary, is the <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/ilapothecary-sos-body-balm-100g/37066/">Ilapothecary SOS body balm</a>. Infused with an effective synergy of British-grown plants, this balm works to soothe and calm dry skin, all whilst helping to relieve tired muscles, swollen joints or bruises. Sweetened with vanilla and infused with blue camomile and rose, this multi-use balm also works harmoniously to provide a gentle mood uplift for those feeling down.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/37066.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/ilapothecary-sos-body-balm-100g/37066/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> </div> <h2>Pai</h2> &nbsp; <p><strong>Prepping, calming and soothing skin is a summer-long endeavour, but Pai&rsquo;s uniquely formulated skincare for hyper-sensitive skin makes the task a whole lot easier. </strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Developed by Pai&rsquo;s founder, Sarah Brown, when her skin became hyper-sensitive and irritated out of the blue, she curated her own line that allowed her to take control of her skin. Built for those with sensitive skin, by those with the same skin concerns, Pai&rsquo;s all-natural, organic collection of skincare soothes even the most distressed of complexions.<br /> <br /> Made with intent in London, this British-brand&rsquo;s ethos is to be forever &lsquo;good&rsquo;, to customers and the environment - with the brand name &lsquo;Pai&rsquo; being a literal translation of &lsquo;goodness&rsquo; in Maori. Each and every product in Pai&rsquo;s skincare collection are completely free of parabens, alcohol, detergents and any other artificial fragrances that can draw away natural skincare benefits, leaving only nourishing ingredients designed intentionally for those with sensitive skin.<br /> <br /> One of our favourite products from Pai is the <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/pai-rosehip-oil-30ml-30ml/12213/">Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil</a>, the ultimate multi-tasker for sensitive skin. Rich in omegas, designed to regenerate skin without irritation, this natural rosehip oil works to restore balance and confidence to unpredictable skin. As well as the addition of antioxidant carotenoids that help repair and protect the skin against environmental damage, this is an excellent oil to implement into your daily routine if you&rsquo;re suffering from a bout of troublesome skin.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/12213.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/pai-rosehip-oil-30ml-30ml/12213/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> </div> <h2>Self Care Co</h2> &nbsp; <p><strong>Healthy home, healthy mind. </strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Inspired by nature and crafted in small-batches, Self-Care Co&rsquo;s collection of eco-friendly, natural soy candles are infused with a mix of essential oils, designed to help you naturally combat anxiety, stress and low moods through the power of aromatherapy. Each blend of candle is thoughtfully crafted, with the intention of assisting a number of personal self-care goals. Whether you&rsquo;re looking for a candle to help you switch off after a busy day at work, or you&rsquo;re looking for a specially formulated candle that helps you reach a positive state of mind, each of Self Care Co&rsquo;s candles are hand-poured by a small team in London to assist you with your self-care routine.<br /> <br /> The limited-edition <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/self-care-co-limited-edition-rose-plus-bergamot-250ml/37669/">Self Care Co Rose + Bergamot candle</a> is a soothing blend of rose and bergamot oils designed to create rejuvenating scents in your home space. Aptly nicknamed the &lsquo;ultimate self-love candle&rsquo; this 100% vegan, natural soy candle has high therapeutic grade essential oils, allowing you to take a moment to inhale the natural scents and breathe deeply into relaxation.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/37669.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/self-care-co-limited-edition-rose-plus-bergamot-250ml/37669/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> </div> <h2>Beauty Kitchen</h2> &nbsp; <p>Beauty Kitchen is a sustainable beauty brand that cares deeply about the environment and work to put nature at the forefront of everything they do. Founded by Jo Chidley, a chemist and herbal botanist, Jo first founded Beauty Kitchen with her husband in 2014 in Glasgow and since then, the pair have taken Beauty Kitchen from strength to strength and are helping Glasgow become the first carbon-neutral city in the UK.<br /> <br /> Whilst Beauty Kitchen&rsquo;s brand ethos is that &lsquo;small changes make a big impact&rsquo; - this applies to incorporating small changes into your own personal beauty routine. One of our favourite, all-natural sustainable beauty products from Beauty Kitchen, is the <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/beauty-kitchen-abysinnian-oil-handbag-beauty-balm-30ml/38488/">Abyssinian Oil Handbag Balm</a>, due to its versatility. This supercharged, multi-purpose beauty balm features a potent blend of omegas 3, 6, and 9, as well as the addition of Abyssinian oil to work harmoniously to hydrate, nourish and protect skin&rsquo;s natural barriers. Whether you choose to use this balm as a cleanser, eyebrow shaper, mask, lip-balm or moisturiser, this nourishing all-rounder works to keep your skin healthy and happy.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38488.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/beauty-kitchen-abysinnian-oil-handbag-beauty-balm-30ml/38488/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> </div> <h2>Tabitha Eve</h2> <p><br /> If you didn&rsquo;t catch our <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/low-waste-hygiene-essentials/">low-waste hygiene essentials blog post</a>, incorporating products designed intentionally to create a less-wasteful lifestyle into your daily routine is a lot easier than you may think.<br /> <br /> Tabitha Eve, are a UK based brand, born from founder Debbie&rsquo;s personal mission to provide a solution to plastic pollution and wastefulness. Opening doors in 2018, Debbie works with a bunch of talented sewists to provide ethically-sourced, reusable beauty products from natural bamboo fabrics and materials. Providing excellent, natural solutions to wasteful face wipes and accessories, Tabitha Eve&rsquo;s handmade cotton and bamboo wares create a less-waste lifestyle, without compromising on luxury.<br /> <br /> One of our favourite, easy-to-incorporate products from Tabitha Eve, are the <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/tabitha-eve-unbleached-cotton-make-up-rounds-set-of-10-pack-of-10/37834/">Unbleached Cotton Make-up Rounds</a>. These reusable face pads are an excellent way to remove makeup or apply toner, completely eliminating the need for disposable wipes. With one side soft-looped cotton perfect for applying creams and toners, and the other featuring a gentle exfoliating waffle-cotton fabric, these reusable, organic cotton pads are an excellent way to swap-out wasteful wipes and help lower your individual environmental footprint.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/37834.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/tabitha-eve-unbleached-cotton-make-up-rounds-set-of-10-pack-of-10/37834/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> </div> <h2>Evolve Beauty</h2> <p><br /> Evolve Beauty, create vegan, cruelty-free and eco-friendly skincare products that are each lovingly handmade in a small studio in Hertfordshire.<br /> <br /> Purposely created in small batches to ensure the freshness of precious antioxidants, natural oils and extracts, Evolve Beauty&rsquo;s collection of artisan beauty products create joyful everyday moments with uplifting scents, soothing textures and effective results.<br /> <br /> Built with the intention of &lsquo;evolving&rsquo;, as the beauty industry gradually becomes more environmentally conscious, Evolve Beauty work to protect the environment, putting people and products before profits. Using only the finest of ingredients and green packaging, Evolve works to create the maximum amount of satisfaction, by using the minimum amount of natural resources possible.<br /> <br /> One of our favourite products from Evolve Beauty, is the <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/evolve-hyaluronic-serum-200-with-hyaluronic-acid-30ml/25801/">Evolve Hyaluronic Serum</a>. This incredibly innovative serum contains 200mg of hyaluronic acid per bottle and is proven to hydrate skin from within, all whilst plumping the appearance of fine lines and stubborn wrinkles. Infused with an organic pomegranate extract that works to soften and protect the skin&rsquo;s natural barrier, this pure serum is an excellent choice for those with normal-to-dry skin looking to refresh their complexion.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/small/25801.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/evolve-hyaluronic-serum-200-with-hyaluronic-acid-30ml/25801/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> </div> 0 Get Glowing: Aurelia's Guide to Sun-kissed Skin https://www.planetorganic.com/guide-to-sun-kissed-skin/ https://www.planetorganic.com/guide-to-sun-kissed-skin/#comments Thurs, 25 Jun 2020 00:00:00 GMT Guest https://www.planetorganic.com/guide-to-sun-kissed-skin/ Take a look at our Beauty Buyer, Aurelia’s favourite bronzers, self-tans and accessories, each designed to help you mimic that fresh-off-a-holiday glow, without stepping off a plane. Take a look at our Beauty Buyer, Aurelia’s favourite bronzers, self-tans and accessories, each designed to help you mimic that fresh-off-a-holiday glow, without stepping off a plane.<br/><p>&nbsp;</p> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38822.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/madara-fake-it-healthy-glow-self-tan-serum-30ml/38822/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>MADARA FAKE IT Healthy Glow Self Tan Serum</h3> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/madara-fake-it-healthy-glow-self-tan-serum-30ml/38822/">MADARA FAKE IT&rsquo;s self-tan serum</a> is a vegan formula designed to give pale skin a subtle, healthy glow. With a light texture and a pleasant, uplifting scent, the MADARA serum is best applied overnight, just before your usual moisturiser. As well as offering a subtle, buildable glow, this serum also works to hydrate and plump up the skin - as it&rsquo;s unique blend of natural ingredients includes hyaluronic acid and vitamin E.</div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/19985.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/hydrea-carbonised-shower-gloves-each-each/19985/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Hydrea Gloves</h3> &nbsp; <p>For best results from any tinted body lotions or self-tan formulas, it&rsquo;s best to prep and exfoliate the skin beforehand. Skip any regular scented scrubs, or soaps, as they can create a moisturised barrier on the skin which will result in blotchy, irregular tan. Instead, use a dry skin brush, or an exfoliating mitt in the shower. We particularly enjoy the <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/hydrea-carbonised-shower-gloves-each-each/19985/">Carbonised Hydrea gloves</a>, as these textured gloves are made from breathable bamboo and have natural antibacterial properties.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/28305.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/evolve-sunless-glow-body-lotion-250ml/28305/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Sunless Glow, Evolve</h3> &nbsp; <p><a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/evolve-sunless-glow-body-lotion-250ml/28305/">Sunless Glow by Evolve</a> is a gradual tanner that works to nourish and moisturise the skin at the same time. Perfect for those of us who are looking for a fake tan but don&rsquo;t regularly use self-tan products, Sunless Glow removes the need to exfoliate or prep the skin beforehand, as it soaks into the skin exactly how it is, with minimal effort required. Packed with natural ingredients such as aloe vera, papaya and shea butter, Evolve&rsquo;s Sunless Glow helps you achieve a natural-looking, silky glow all whilst nourishing skin and leaving it perfectly hydrated.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/28121.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/fushi-really-good-vitamin-e-skin-oil-50ml-28121/28121/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Fushi Vitamin E Skin Oil</h3> &nbsp; <p>If you&rsquo;re a regular tanner and are looking for an oil to apply to tougher areas to achieve all-over, even, fake-tan coverage, then <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/fushi-really-good-vitamin-e-skin-oil-50ml-28121/28121/">Fushi&rsquo;s Vitamin E Skin Oil</a> is the product to invest in. Apply to elbows, knees, ankles or other troublesome areas before tan application to achieve the best results. <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/fushi-really-good-vitamin-e-skin-oil-50ml-28121/28121/">Fushi&rsquo;s vitamin E oil</a> acts as a hydrating, smooth barrier and stops the tan from catching, as it does regularly on usual scrubs or moisturisers. Carry on keeping your skin hydrated post-application with this nourishing oil to maintain a healthy glow and get the most out of your tan.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1">&nbsp;</div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Ere Perez Bronzer in Roma</h3> &nbsp;<br /> For an easy-to-apply, warm glow, Ere Perez&rsquo;s bronzer/blush duo is an excellent option. We absolutely love the colour of this bronzer and it works well on all skin tones to build up a dewy, sunkissed glow. This finely milled, pigmented duo builds up on the skin beautifully and has no orange undertones or needless shimmer to worry about. Wear alone and sweep evenly across the face and decolletage for buildable, beautiful colour, or wear atop of foundation for extra full-coverage warmth.</div> 0 The Benefits of Vitamin D and How To Get Enough https://www.planetorganic.com/the-benefits-of-vitamin-d/ https://www.planetorganic.com/the-benefits-of-vitamin-d/#comments Thurs, 25 Jun 2020 00:00:00 GMT Guest https://www.planetorganic.com/the-benefits-of-vitamin-d/ Whilst most of the UK spends more time indoors, either distancing or working from home, it&rsquo;s imperative to make sure you&rsquo;re still getting enough <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/vitamin-d/">vitamin D</a>.<br /> <br /> Lucy Browne, Health &amp; Bodycare team member and qualified nutritionist from Planet Organic&rsquo;s Queen&rsquo;s Park branch, talks us through the importance of vitamin D and explains why we need it, how we get it and how best to introduce vitamin D supplements into our daily routines.<br /> <br /> <strong>What is Vitamin D? </strong><br /> <br /> Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and hormone. Almost all human cells contain vitamin D receptors, thus its functions are widespread. The action of vitamin D is unique in that it can influence our genetic material. Evidence suggests that vitamin D regulates up to 200 key human genes.<br /> <br /> <strong>What are the Functions of Vitamin D?&nbsp;</strong> <ul> <li>Supports strong immunity by providing potent anti-inflammatory benefits.</li> <li>Possesses powerful mood-enhancing properties.</li> <li>Regulates the levels of calcium and phosphorus in the body, needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy.</li> </ul> <strong>What is the Difference Between Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3?</strong><br /> <br /> Vitamin D exists in two forms, vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) and vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). Animal dietary sources contain vitamin D3, whereas plant dietary sources contain vitamin D2. &ldquo;The Sunshine Vitamin&rdquo; UVB sun rays convert provitamin D (cholesterol) present in human skin into vitamin D3. Thus, vitamin D is also referred to as &quot;the sunshine vitamin&quot;.<br /> <br /> <strong>Which is the Preferred Form of Vitamin D? </strong><br /> <br /> To reap the many rewards of vitamin D, we need to maintain optimal blood levels. The preferred form of vitamin D is D3, this is because it is more effective than D2 at raising blood levels of vitamin D. What is the Unit of Measure for Vitamin D? Vitamin D is expressed in either international units (IU) or micrograms (mcg or &mu;g). 1 IU of vitamin D equates to 0.025 mcg. Conversely, 1 mcg of vitamin D equates to 40 IU. This is true regardless of its origin (plant, animal, sun).<br /> <br /> <strong>What are the Drawbacks of Plant Dietary Sources?</strong><br /> <br /> Mushrooms are the only plant source of vitamin D, which is in the unfavourable form of vitamin D2. Mushrooms exposed to UVB light (100g) = 400 IU. UVB-exposed baker&#39;s yeast contains vitamin D2, but has shown poor bioavailability. As you can see it is near impossible to maintain a healthy vitamin D status through plant sources alone.<br /> <br /> <strong>What are the Drawbacks of Animal Dietary Sources? </strong><br /> <br /> The amount of vitamin D3 per animal dietary source is low. The highest source being wild-caught salmon (100g) = 988 IU. Thus, to reach an adult (&gt;18) daily dose of 2000 IU, from animal dietary sources alone, proves to be difficult. What are the Drawbacks of Vitamin D from Sunlight? Sunlight is the best source of vitamin D3 for humans, compared to dietary sources.<br /> <br /> Although, many factors affect our ability to produce vitamin D from sunlight. <ul> <li><strong>Time of Day:</strong> Evidence suggests that vitamin D is best produced at midday. This is because UVB rays are most intense and the body is more receptive to producing vitamin D at midday.</li> <li><strong>Colour of Our Skin:</strong> Melanin is a pigment within the skin that determines skin colour. It acts as a natural sunscreen, protecting our skin from harsh UV rays. Thus, people with darker skin need more time in direct sunlight than people with lighter skin. About 30 minutes to three hours longer, to produce the same amount of vitamin D.</li> <li><strong>Amount of Skin Exposed:</strong> The more skin exposed to sunlight the more vitamin D you can produce. To meet your daily needs of vitamin D about a third of your skin needs to be in direct sunlight. This equates to exposing your face, arms and lower limbs.</li> <li><strong>Sunscreen:</strong> Sunscreen contains compounds that block sunlight, exposing the skin to fewer UV rays. Sunscreen has been shown to block UVB rays, inhibiting vitamin D synthesis. Although the long-term impact of sunscreen on our vitamin D status remains inconclusive it is always important to wear sunscreen with the appropriate SPF to protect your skin.</li> <li><strong>Time of Year:</strong> People living in the UK often cannot produce enough vitamin D during the winter (October &ndash; March). This is because the strength of the sun is of insufficient UV wavelength.</li> </ul> <strong>Vitamin D3 Supplementation</strong><br /> <br /> Vegans and vegetarians have no other choice than to utilise the sun to meet their daily needs. This is because plant sources are scarce and are only in the unfavourable form of vitamin D2. To keep your levels within an optimal range, it is wise to consider taking a vitamin D supplement. This is because many factors affect our ability to produce vitamin D from sunlight. Vitamin D supplements are also essential for those abstaining from sun exposure. As well as for those who do not consume enough vitamin D3 rich foods. Other high-risk groups include; pregnant women, the elderly and people with obesity.<br /> <br /> <strong>How Much Vitamin D Should You Be Taking in a Supplement?</strong><br /> <br /> Vitamin D Deficiency: <ul> <li>Recommendation (&gt;18 years): 5000 IU daily for 2 months followed by a maintenance dose of 2000 IU daily.</li> </ul> <br /> Daily Requirements for Different Age Groups: <ul> <li>0-1 years: 400-1000 IU</li> <li>1-18 years: 600-1000 IU</li> <li>&gt;18 years: 1500-2000 IU</li> </ul> <strong>What is the Difference Between Vitamin D Capsules and Liquids? </strong><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/vitamin-d/">Liquid supplements</a> may be better absorbed, especially for people with compromised digestive systems. Capsules are very useful to disguise unpleasant tastes. Essentially it boils down to personal preference.<br /> &nbsp; <h3>Popular Capsules:</h3> <br /> <br /> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/large/25992.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/wild-nutrition-vitamin-d-30-caps/25992/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Wild Nutrition Vitamin D3&nbsp;</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/27998.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/together-health-vegan-vitamin-d3-food-supplement-30-caps/27998/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Together Health Vitamin D3</h3> </div> &nbsp; <h3>Popular Liquids:</h3> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/large/29165.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/pure-vitamin-d3-liquid-225ml/29165/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Pure Encapsulations Vitamin D3 Drops</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/12768.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/na-vit-d3-drops-15ml-15ml/12768/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Natures Answer Vitamin D3 Drops</h3> </div> <br /> <br /> <br /> These two liquid Vitamin D drops are two of our best-selling products, however, my personal preference is the <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/pure-encapsulations/">Pure Encapsulations Vitamin D3 Drops</a>. This is a highly stable oil, making it an excellent carrier for fat-soluble Vitamin D3. The dose of Vitamin D per drop is suitable for all ages, making it easy for you to manipulate your personal dose depending on your age, blood levels and subsequent daily needs. Since there are 750 servings per bottle, it&rsquo;s perfect for the whole family to share. 0 GIMBER's Alcohol Free Cocktails https://www.planetorganic.com/gimber-alcohol-free-cocktails/ https://www.planetorganic.com/gimber-alcohol-free-cocktails/#comments Thurs, 25 Jun 2020 00:00:00 GMT Guest https://www.planetorganic.com/gimber-alcohol-free-cocktails/ <p>&nbsp;</p> <h1>Sweet and sour is overrated&hellip;<br /> make your mocktails sweet and pack a punch!</h1> <br /> <br /> Add some freshness to your favourite alcohol-free summer cocktails with this fragrant pineapple mocktail recipe, brought to us by <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/gimber-500ml/37973/">GIMBER</a>. GIMBER is an organic concentrate based on the finest, organic, Peruvian ginger. It is hugely versatile and can be enjoyed with sparkling water, hot water, in cocktails and in mocktail recipes. It was founded by Dimitri, an animation series producer, who went from event to event with only alcohol or sweet soft drinks available. That&rsquo;s when he started looking for a drink alternative that could spice up his taste buds - without making his head spin!<br /> <br /> Since he couldn&rsquo;t find one, he created it himself - GIMBER. Using only the finest ingredients, organic lemon juice, a little water and a secret blend of herbs and spices, GIMBER&rsquo;s completely natural ginger drinks offer a bite that can be enjoyed at any occasion, any time of the day.<br /> <br /> <strong>Sweet and Powerful GIMBER Pineapple Mocktail </strong><br /> <br /> Ingredients <ul> <li>1 Organic Pineapple</li> <li>30ml of <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/gimber-500ml/37973/">GIMBER</a></li> <li>150ml soda water/tonic</li> <li>1 sprig of rosemary</li> <li>Ice cubes</li> </ul> Method <ol> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>1. Blend the pineapple.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>2. Halfway fill two glasses with ice cubes.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>3. Mix the pineapple juice and GIMBER together in a cocktail shaker and mix well.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>4. Top with sparkling water/tonic.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>5. Serve and enjoy!</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> </ol> <br /> <em>Optional: serve with a sprig of rosemary for a savoury twist.</em><br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h2>Featured in GIMBER&#39;s pineapple cocktail recipe</h2> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/large/37973.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/gimber-500ml/37973/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> 0 Vegan Friendly Skincare Supplements https://www.planetorganic.com/vegan-skincare-supplements/ https://www.planetorganic.com/vegan-skincare-supplements/#comments Thurs, 18 Jun 2020 00:00:00 GMT Guest https://www.planetorganic.com/vegan-skincare-supplements/ <p><em>Our beauty buyer, Aurelia Ziomek, talks us through the vegan-friendly skincare supplements she uses all year round to achieve a radiant, healthy glow. Keep reading as Aurelia shares her advice on how best to navigate through the buzzwords and choose the right supplements for your lifestyle.</em><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Omega for anti-inflammatory benefits</strong><br /> <br /> My all-time favourite beauty supplement is a good quality omega oil and I often switch between omega 3, evening primrose and flaxseed oil depending on my hormones. Recently I&rsquo;ve been loving the <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/natural-traditions-ahiflower-oil-omega-369-90caps/39056/" target="_blank">Natural Traditions Ahiflower Oil</a>, as it&rsquo;s a great source of bioavailable omega that converts well into EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid, a long-chain fatty acid) and doesn&rsquo;t come from fish, so it&rsquo;s suitable for those following a vegan diet. Omega has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, which work to keep your skin looking bright and refreshed.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>Supplements for acne-prone skin&nbsp;</strong></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> If my acne-prone skin needs a little more help I reach for the <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/viridian-skin-complex-60-tabs-60-tabs/14740/">Viridian Clear Skin Complex</a>. This two capsules-a-day supplement features a formulated-blend of targeted botanicals, including zinc, burdock root and probiotic, which all have properties designed to help diminish the appearance of skin imperfections. I try to stick with the Clear Skin complex for at least six weeks, to really see the results.<br /> <br /> <strong>Gut-health for skin-health</strong><br /> <br /> I noticed a real difference in my skin when I began to add probiotics into my skincare routine. One of the first brands I discovered to focus on gut health for skin health is Aussie born Beauty Chef. Their range of bio-fermented, probiotic-rich superfood products are designed to improve gut health and enhance the skin from within. My favourite product from Beauty Chef is the <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/beauty-chef-glow-inner-beauty-powder-150g/26176/">Glow Powder</a>. I often add a scoop of this to my morning smoothie as an easy way to implement more vitamins into my daily routine. I also combine this powder with plant-based collagen, as our levels of collagen begin to decline as we age.<br /> <br /> <strong>Collagen supplements </strong><br /> <br /> Collagen is the latest buzzword in beauty but it&rsquo;s actually the most abundant protein in the body. It works like scaffolding for our skin giving it structure and making it firm and supple. I can see the difference in how plump and glowing my skin is by eating a high-protein plant-based diet and taking a minimum 1g of vitamin C. This, combined with the <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/sunwarrior-collagen-natural-500g/38054/">Sun Warrior Collagen Building Protein</a>, gives me all the necessary amino acids and nutrients my body needs to help with collagen production.<br /> <br /> <strong>Chlorophyll for skin texture </strong><br /> <br /> My latest top-tip for glowing skin is Chlorophyll. If you don&rsquo;t juice or don&rsquo;t have the time to fit juicing into a regular routine, it&rsquo;s a perfect alternative. Chlorophyll is a rich green pigment that gives plants and algae their colour and it might also help to purify the blood. My favourite Chlorophyll is the <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/kiki-health-liquid-chlorophyll-125ml/31915/">KIKI Health Liquid Chlorophyll</a>, as this bioavailable liquid form is an entirely natural plant-based supplement and is completely free of preservatives, fillers or any nasty artificial ingredients. It also has a sweet, naturally-vibrant taste and after a few weeks of adding it to my water, my skin tone and texture look noticeably improved. 0 REN Calming Skincare Routine https://www.planetorganic.com/ren-calming-skincare-routine/ https://www.planetorganic.com/ren-calming-skincare-routine/#comments Thurs, 18 Jun 2020 00:00:00 GMT Guest https://www.planetorganic.com/ren-calming-skincare-routine/ <p><em>REN is a firm favourite with us at Planet Organic for their seriously effective range of natural and environmentally conscious skincare. <a href="https://www.instagram.com/david_renskincare/" target="_blank">David Delport</a>, REN&rsquo;s global product expert, walks us through how to wake up to calmer, glowing skin in lockdown.</em><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Lockdown mornings have been difficult for all of us - routines have changed, we flip between feeling alright and just plain not, and we&rsquo;re finding our skin is reflecting these changes in quite a dramatic way. As our largest two-way sensory organ, it stands to reason that what we feel is quickly reflected in our skin, and I for one can&rsquo;t seem to remember a time I didn&rsquo;t wake up tired, puffy in the face, and just a little worse for wear.<br /> <br /> During these unsettled mornings it&rsquo;s best to treat our skin with a bit more kindness, especially as the stress hormone cortisol is higher around that time, and so is puffiness and dark circles relating to histamine reactions from seasonal allergies.<br /> <br /> Here is my tried and tested skin-saving routine to calm, de-puff, and protect your skin for the day ahead - while leaving you looking glowing and (reasonably!) more radiant.<br /> <br /> <strong>Step One:</strong><br /> <br /> Apply the <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/ren-perfect-canvas-clean-jelly-oil-cleanser-100ml/38190/" target="_blank">Perfect Canvas Clean Jelly Cleanser</a> using deep, meaningful movements. This oil-to-milk cleanser is perfect for creating a great slide on the skin for your morning facial massage. This is an important step to activate the lymphatic system and to start the de-puffing process. It will also instant smooth any flaky/dry areas - smells delicious. I like to say a happy nose makes for a happy mind and a happy skin.<br /> <br /> <strong>Step Two (optional):</strong><br /> <br /> I like to double cleanse. It&rsquo;s better in the evening as there is more to remove, but at any time of day double cleansing will leave your skin looking incredible in no time - a top tip the beauty director of Elle Magazine shared with me years ago. For this step, I use the <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/ren-hydra-cleansing-gel-150ml-150ml/12211/" target="_blank">Evercalm Cleansing Gel</a>. The calming actives and subtle scent of orange flower blossom make me feel both relaxed and skin-awake. It&rsquo;s also very shower friendly if you need to get the job done quickly.<br /> <br /> <strong>Step Three:</strong><br /> <br /> Mix a dab of the <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/ren-evercalm-global-day-cream-50ml-50ml/18963/" target="_blank">Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream</a> with a few drops of <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/ren-retinoid-concentrate-30ml-30ml/14361/" target="_blank">Bio Retinoid Anti-Ageing Concentrate</a>. The day cream is our best-selling moisturiser and for good reason. Packed with powerful antioxidants and calming agents, it soaks your skin with a layer of plant-based protection against environmental irritants, dryness, pollution, DNA damage and inflammatory pigmentation release.<br /> <br /> <strong>Step Four:</strong><br /> <br /> UV light can still penetrate windows, so I do wear an SPF when working near sunlight. Our <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/ren-clean-screen-mineral-spf-30-mattifying-face-sunscreen-broad-spectrum-50ml/31351/" target="_blank">SPF Mattifying Face Sun Screen</a> also offers blue light protection, and evidence is emerging that blue light does in fact trigger inflammation and pigmentation, especially in darker skin tones. The added rice extract will keep you looking fresh and non-greasy. Best applied by pressing over face and giving it 5 minutes to warm to the skin.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Please follow me <a href="https://www.instagram.com/david_renskincare/" target="_blank">@david_renskincare</a> where I&rsquo;m always available for more advice.</strong></p> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1">&nbsp;</div> 0 CBD Skincare Explained by Disciple https://www.planetorganic.com/cbd-skincare-explained-by-disciple/ https://www.planetorganic.com/cbd-skincare-explained-by-disciple/#comments Thurs, 18 Jun 2020 00:00:00 GMT Guest https://www.planetorganic.com/cbd-skincare-explained-by-disciple/ <p><br /> <em>Psychotherapist and founder of adaptogenic skincare brand Disciple, Charlotte Ferguson, explains why we need to incorporate CBD in our skincare routine ASAP. Follow Disciple on Instagram <a href="https://www.instagram.com/disciplelondon/" target="_blank">@disciplelondon</a></em><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Adaptogens are one of our favourite ingredients to take both internally and to use externally.<br /> <br /> They are natural plant compounds that help the body deal with and manage stress. They provide adrenal support and help lower cortisol &ndash; the stress hormone related to everything from premature ageing to depression.<br /> <br /> CBD is arguably the most famous adaptogen out there and most of us are aware of the benefits of taking as a supplement but using it as part of your skincare routine is more than just a gimmick. CBD offers a three-pronged approach to looking after skin - it&#39;s anti-inflammatory, anti-ageing and anti-oxidant.<br /> <br /> <strong>So how does CBD work as an anti-oxidant?</strong><br /> <br /> It provides a missing particle that free radicals (these are unstable atoms that can cause damage to cells) bond with, preventing it from going on to cause the aforementioned cell damage. In terms of anti-inflammatory properties - numerous studies have shown that CBD oil has anti-inflammatory benefits when applied to the skin and since premature skin ageing and inflammation go hand in hand, CBD is a great activity to add to your routine. CBD helps to reduce inflammation &ndash; giving your skin the ability to rebalance oxidative stress.<br /> <br /> Research has firmly established that acne is also an inflammatory condition. Although multiple factors trigger acne, we know that anything you apply to skin that can reduce inflammation and help soothe skin is likely to reduce breakouts, especially acne-related redness &ndash; and CBD is great for this.<br /> <br /> Another benefit of CBD oil is that it has significant skin-soothing properties. It is super skin-calming and can help minimise skin sensitivity, including redness and reactivity. Since all skin types are affected by environmental stressors, CBD can help keep everyone&rsquo;s skin in check.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/disciple-miracle-drops-1000mg-cbd-oil-30ml/37178/" target="_blank">Disciple Miracle Drops</a> are in Hemp seed oil which is rich in fatty acids and help to balance sebum and nourish dry patches. They can be added to your face oils and creams to give a potent boost or even used alone.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2>Disciple&#39;s CBD Skincare</h2> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/37175.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/disciple-balancing-mist-50ml/37175/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/37173.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/disciple-dreamy-skin-retinyl-oil-20ml/37173/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/37178.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/disciple-miracle-drops-1000mg-cbd-oil-30ml/37178/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> 0 Gold & Green Vegan Caesar Salad https://www.planetorganic.com/vegan-caesar-salad/ https://www.planetorganic.com/vegan-caesar-salad/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2020 00:00:00 GMT Guest https://www.planetorganic.com/vegan-caesar-salad/ Created by Swedish chef Agnes Gällhagen of Cashew Kitchen, this vegan take on the classic Caesar salad uses Gold & Green's Pulled Oats for plant-based protein and cashews and capers for the dressing. Created by Swedish chef Agnes Gällhagen of Cashew Kitchen, this vegan take on the classic Caesar salad uses Gold & Green's Pulled Oats for plant-based protein and cashews and capers for the dressing.<br/><p>We&rsquo;re really excited about Gold&amp;Green&rsquo;s new Pulled Oats as they&rsquo;re a protein-packed sustainable meat alternative made from Nordic oats and legumes and without additives and preservatives.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <strong>Prep Time: 15 minutes<br /> <br /> Ingredients:&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</strong><br /> 120g of <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/gold-green-pulled-oats-natural-mince-175g/38950/" target="_blank">Pulled Oats&reg; Natural</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> 4 leaves of kale<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 1 head of romaine lettuce<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 200g coconut sugar<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Plenty of oil<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Salt and pepper<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 1/2 lemon (juiced)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Ingredients for the Cashew Dressing:</strong><br /> <br /> 2 dl cashew nuts (soaked overnight)<br /> <br /> 3 tbsp Dijon mustard<br /> <br /> 2 tbsp capers<br /> <br /> 1 clove of garlic<br /> <br /> 3 tbsp lemon juice<br /> <br /> 1 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar<br /> <br /> 2 tbsp agave syrup<br /> <br /> 1 tsp nutritional yeast flakes<br /> <br /> 1 dl water<br /> <br /> Salt and pepper to taste<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Ingredients for the vegan parmesan:&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> 1 dl lightly roasted sunflower seeds<br /> <br /> 1 tbsp canola oil<br /> <br /> 1.5 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes<br /> <br /> A pinch of fine sea salt<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Method:</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Soak </strong>the cashew nuts for at least for two hours or ideally overnight. Rinse and drain. Use a food processor to mix the nuts and the rest of the dressing ingredients until smooth.<br /> <br /> <strong>Shred </strong>lettuce and kale and place them into a large bowl.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Mix </strong>the parmesan ingredients in a food processor or a blender.<br /> <br /> <strong>Dice </strong>the bread and fry on a pan in oil until crispy. Season with salt.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Fry </strong>the Pulled Oats on a pan until crispy. Use plenty of oil. Season with salt and pepper.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Mix </strong>about half of the dressing with the lettuce. Sprinkle with Pulled Oats, croutons, and a few tablespoons of vegan parmesan. Finish with lemon juice.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <ol> <li>&nbsp;</li> </ol> <p>We recommend seasoning the Pulled Oats with cumin, paprika powder, soy sauce and garlic. Recipe prepared for Gold&amp;Green by Agnes G&auml;llhagen from Cashew Kitchen.</p> <h2>Featured in this recipe</h2> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38950.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/gold-green-pulled-oats-natural-mince-175g/38950/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h3> </div> <p>**This Vegan Ceasar Salad recipe was sponsored by <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/gold-and-green/" target="_blank">Gold &amp; Green</a></p> 0 Rude Health Kimchi Dip https://www.planetorganic.com/rude-health-kimchi-dip/ https://www.planetorganic.com/rude-health-kimchi-dip/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2020 00:00:00 GMT Rude Health https://www.planetorganic.com/rude-health-kimchi-dip/ Looking for picnic food inspiration? We've teamed up with Rude Health to give Planet Organic customers a unique Kimchi and Miso dip recipe - perfect for picnics! Looking for picnic food inspiration? We've teamed up with Rude Health to give Planet Organic customers a unique Kimchi and Miso dip recipe - perfect for picnics!<br/><p>To help you pack the ultimate picnic basket, Rude Health&rsquo;s a kimchi and miso dip recipe makes an interesting alternative to hummus and is great for dunking Rude Health cornitas into.<br /> <br /> Perfect to enjoy on a summer&rsquo;s day and quick to whip up, this recipe combines two fermented powerhouses to create a spicy, deeply savoury dip. Although the recipe calls for white miso if you&rsquo;re already a fan of miso, you can always swap this for brown miso for a more intense hit of flavour.</p> <br /> <strong>Ingredients:<br /> &nbsp;</strong><br /> 1/4 cup of Kimchi<br /> <br /> 2 tbsp of white miso paste<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 2 tbsp of brown rice vinegar<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 1/4 cup oil, preferably sunflower<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 1 Rude Health&#39;s <a href="https://rudehealth.com/product/black-bean-cornitas-90g/" target="_blank">Black Bean Cornitas</a> or <a href="https://rudehealth.com/product/chickpea-lentil-cornitas-90g/" target="_blank">Chickpea &amp; Lentil Cornitas</a> to dip.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Method:</strong><br /> <br /> Creating your very own kimchi and miso dip couldn&rsquo;t be easier. Simply combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and whizz together until totally smooth.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> And there you have it. Pop it in a jar and you&rsquo;re ready to picnic.&nbsp; <h2>Featured in Rude Health&#39;s Kimchi Dip recipe</h2> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/28610.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/rude-health-chickpea-lentil-cornitas-30g/28610/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Rude Health&#39;s Chickpea &amp; Lentil Cornitas</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/28609.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/rude-health-blackbean-cornitas-30g/28609/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Rude Health&#39;s Blackbean Cornitas</h3> </div> 0 Sustainable Picnic Essentials https://www.planetorganic.com/sustainable-picnic-essentials/ https://www.planetorganic.com/sustainable-picnic-essentials/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2020 00:00:00 GMT Guest https://www.planetorganic.com/sustainable-picnic-essentials/ Take a look at our favourite sustainable picnic essentials, from thermal bottles to reusable food wraps, so you can best prepare a picnic-perfect spread that is kinder to the environment. Take a look at our favourite sustainable picnic essentials, from thermal bottles to reusable food wraps, so you can best prepare a picnic-perfect spread that is kinder to the environment.<br/><br /> Disposable plates, cups and cutlery go hand in hand with picnicking but as we become a nation dependent on picnicking to socialise with friends and family and to get outdoors, it&rsquo;s essential we consider the environmental impact of all those single-use plastics and go down a more sustainable route.<br /> <br /> So, we&rsquo;ve collated our favourite reusable picnic essentials that you&rsquo;ll use time and time again, from our own stainless steel lunchbox to carbon-neutral water bottles. And, they&rsquo;ll come in handy when you&rsquo;re back in the office too. Let&rsquo;s do this sustainably.<br /> <br /> Here are our favourite low-waste hygiene products to help reduce plastic consumption and make an impactful difference.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><br /> <br /> <img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38010.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/each-38010/38010/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Planet Organic The Everyday Stainless Steel Lunch Box</h3> &nbsp; <p>Swap out regular plastic containers for a stainless-steel, BPA-free alternative. Our Planet Organic everyday lunch boxes are an excellent, sustainable food storage solution and will fit comfortably in any bag or basket.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Whilst it may be tempting to invest in plastic containers as a quick-fix, storage solution, our <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/each-38010/38010/" target="_blank">Planet Organic Everyday Stainless Steel Lunch Boxes</a> are non-toxic, less wasteful and arguably more hygienic. When plastic begins to degrade over time from hot water and cleaning products, the surfaces become scratched and difficult to clean. Whereas investing in a stainless steel container presents fewer opportunities for bacteria to accumulate, allowing you to use time and time again whilst working towards a more thoughtful lifestyle.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/27976.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/blackplusblum-cutlery-set-case-each/27976/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Black+Blum Cutlery Set &amp; Case</h3> &nbsp; <p>Whilst plastic cutlery may seem like a good quick-fix solution for your alfresco plans, plastic knives and forks are usually thrown out after one use and end up in landfill. It may appear to be a minor inconvenience, but under the surface these plastic utensils are usually too small and too contaminated to recycle, which ends up equating to around <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/lauratenenbaum/2019/07/16/plastic-cutlery-is-terrible-for-the-environment-and-we-dont-need-to-have-it-delivered/" target="_blank">40 billion plastic utensils per year</a> going to complete waste.<br /> <br /> Make a smart swap this summer and invest in a portable, stainless steel cutlery set. The <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/blackplusblum-cutlery-set-case-each/27976/" target="_blank">Black+Blum Cutlery Set &amp; Case</a> contains a stainless steel knife, fork and spoon that comes complete with a case for carrying home used cutlery. Say goodbye to flimsy plastic forks for good.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/31589.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/last-straw-coral-each/31589/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Last Straw</h3> &nbsp; <p>As we all become increasingly aware of the detrimental effects single-use plastic straws has on the environment, with the government banning the use of plastic straws completely in 2019, now is the perfect time to consider investing in a reusable straw.<br /> <br /> Whether you&rsquo;re off to a picnic or you&rsquo;re hosting your own for your loved ones, the <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/last-straw-coral-each/31589/" target="_blank">Last Straw Reusable Straws</a> are a sustainable alternative you&rsquo;re likely to ever forget to bring with you.<br /> Thanks to its unique telescopic design with the ability to extend to up to 19cm in length, the Last Straw is able to fold up into a convenient portable case. The case also comes complete with an added keyring chain, so you can enjoy your fresh beverages in the sunshine and have a handy straw with you at all times.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38249.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/24bottles-clima-pompei-500ml/38249/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>24Bottles Clima</h3> <p>One of the biggest brands championing sustainable change, <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/24bottles-clima-pompei-500ml/38249/" target="_blank">24Bottles&rsquo; range of Clima Bottles</a> are completely reusable and are zero-emission. The ultimate synthesis of compact design and thermal resistance, whether you&rsquo;re picking up a coffee on the way to your picnic, or you&rsquo;re keeping orange juice fresh and cold for later, the Clima bottle&rsquo;s unique design offers the ability to keep drinks hot for 12 hours, or cold for 24.<br /> <br /> Not only are these stainless steel bottles completely plastic-free, but 24Bottles also offset all emissions from production to transport with the charity Treedom, who plant trees to help farmers and communities. So making this conscious swap to 24 Bottles reusable drink containers helps the environment in more ways than you originally intended. Take a look at our full range of 24 Bottles, each sporting an array of abstract patterns and colours for the style-conscious among us.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/28012.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/abeego-beewax-food-wraps-large-pack-2-flats-100g-33-x-33-cm-hanging-pack-36-x-8-x-15-cm-app/28012/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Abeego Beewax Food Wraps</h3> <p><br /> Consider swapping out your regular plastic containers for a number of reusable beeswax wraps instead.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/the-vegan-food-wraps-company-medium-kitchen-pack-each/37791/" target="_blank">A</a>beego&#39;s&nbsp;range of beeswax wraps provides an excellent selection of different sized wraps to keep your snacks safe and secure. The large wraps can easily be shaped around food and bowls or folded into packages to store food.&nbsp;The beeswax wraps unique design allows the wraps to mold around any shape, so whether you&rsquo;re wrapping up picnic goods, or covering serving dishes at home, these wraps will keep food fresh and secure, eliminating the need for plastic containers or clingfilm.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38280.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/snack-by-swell-looking-sharp-24oz/38280/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>S&#39;nack by S&#39;well</h3> &nbsp; <p>Designed intentionally for on-the-go, <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/snack-by-swell-looking-sharp-24oz/38280/" target="_blank">S&rsquo;nack by S&rsquo;well</a>, offers a stylish, sustainable range of food containers that are both lightweight and easy-to-carry. Making picnic days or alfresco work lunch hours a complete breeze, these containers are the perfect plastic-free food storage solution.<br /> <br /> Available in an array of colourful, playful designs at Planet Organic, S&rsquo;well&rsquo;s double-layer stainless steel boxes keep food either hot or cold, with innovative temperature-controlled insulation. Reduce the use of single-use plastics that pose a threat to the environment and pack up your picnic in a sustainable, portable tote box that can be used and enjoyed time and time again.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> &nbsp; 0 How to Re-Grow Your Food https://www.planetorganic.com/blog/how-to-re-grow-your-food/ https://www.planetorganic.com/blog/how-to-re-grow-your-food/#comments Fri, 05 Jun 2020 00:00:00 GMT Max La Manna https://www.planetorganic.com/blog/how-to-re-grow-your-food/ <em>Low waste expert and author of More Plants Less Waste, Max La Manna, walks us through how to start re-growing your food scraps. Follow him on Instagram for more tips at <a href="https://www.instagram.com/maxlamanna/">@maxlamanna</a></em><br /> <em>Low waste expert and author of More Plants Less Waste, Max La Manna, walks us through how to start re-growing your food scraps. Follow him on Instagram for more tips at <a href="https://www.instagram.com/maxlamanna/">@maxlamanna</a></em><br /><br/><br /> Growing anything from a seed is impressive, but also difficult, unless you&rsquo;ve been blessed with a green thumb.&nbsp; Sure it saves on money, but there has to be an easier way - and there is!&nbsp; You can actually grow food from your very own kitchen scraps. There is something very MacGyver about it.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s true you can upcycle everything from celery scraps to onion butts with a great chance of success.&nbsp; Use organic fruits and vegetables for the best results.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Green onions, lemongrass, leeks, fennel, coriander, basil, mint and spring onions</strong><br /> <br /> Place the root ends in water but don&rsquo;t full submerge.&nbsp; Change the water daily.&nbsp; In 2-5 days, growth begins.&nbsp; Harvest the greens when full, then repeat the process. Simply cut off what you need without uprooting the plant.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Celery, cabbage, romaine lettuce, and bok choy</strong><br /> <br /> Submerge the roots leaving the tops above the water line.&nbsp; Spray with water a couple times a week, replacing the water every few days. Leaves will sprout in about a week. Plant the cutting with only the leaves above the soil.&nbsp; Harvest when fully grown after around 5 months.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Ginger</strong><br /> <br /> Soak the chunk of ginger overnight in water. Submerge in moist soil.&nbsp; Keep watering until shoots appear.&nbsp; Ready to harvest in a year.&nbsp; Simply remove the entire plant, use what you need and repeat.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Onion</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Place the root end and lightly cover it in soil.&nbsp; Keep the soil moist. Carefully separate the new onions, leaving the roots attached, and plant them.&nbsp; Occasionally, cut the leaves down to promote full growth.&nbsp; It can take up to 5 months for plants to mature enough for harvest.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Garlic&nbsp;</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> The larger the clove, the larger the resulting bulb.&nbsp; Sit the plant in a sunny window, keeping the soil moist and lightly covered.&nbsp; The bulbs will be ready for harvest in early summer when the bottom 1/3 of the leaves have yellowed.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Mushroom</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Use a mixture of compost and soil in a pot. Plant the mushroom stalk in the soil with only the surface of it exposed.&nbsp; If the cutting takes, new growth happens quickly.&nbsp; Harvest and repeat.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Pineapple</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Don&rsquo;t live in the tropics? That&rsquo;s definitely okay, you can bring it to you. You just cut the top off of the pineapple and insert a few toothpicks to hold it above a container filled with water. Keep the container in direct sunlight. If it is warm outside, sit it on the porch or deck during the day and bring it in at night. Note to self:&nbsp; change the water every other day or so and keep the container filled so that it reaches just above the base. You will then notice roots in about a week or two and once they are formed you can transfer into potting soil. If you live in a cooler area, (aka not the tropics) it is best to grow your pineapple indoors.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp; 0 Compost 101 https://www.planetorganic.com/compost-101/ https://www.planetorganic.com/compost-101/#comments Fri, 05 Jun 2020 00:00:00 GMT Max La Manna https://www.planetorganic.com/compost-101/ <em>Max La Manna, author of More Plants, Less Waste and composting enthusiast gives us the low down on what composting means, why we should do it and how to get started. Follow him on Instagram for more tips at <a href="https://www.instagram.com/maxlamanna/?hl=">@maxlamanna</a></em><br /> <em>Max La Manna, author of More Plants, Less Waste and composting enthusiast gives us the low down on what composting means, why we should do it and how to get started. Follow him on Instagram for more tips at <a href="https://www.instagram.com/maxlamanna/?hl=">@maxlamanna</a></em><br /><br/><br /> Compost is one of my favourite ways to reduce food waste.&nbsp; Food that is composted brings nutrients back to the soil for regenerative health. Giving soil new health, provides healthier plants which makes us healthier too.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>What is compost?</strong><br /> <br /> &ldquo;Compost is organic material that can be added to soil to help plants grow&rdquo;, according to the EPA. That means bigger produce, prettier flowers, and a healthier garden can come at no extra cost to you once you start saving your food scraps and turning them into &quot;plant food.&quot;<br /> <br /> Composting is the natural process of organic material breaking down into a soil that can be used in your garden for a nutrient-rich fertiliser. People are more interested than ever in embracing this sustainable practice and creating their own compost heap at home by recycling the food waste and scraps that would normally just be thrown away. Being more mindful about food waste is leading to a composting revolution!&nbsp; Are you ready to get involved?<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Why does it benefit the environment</strong>?<br /> <br /> The process of composting is hugely beneficial to the environment, not only because it reduces the amount of food and garden waste thrown away, which in turn reduces the amount of methane greenhouse gas, but it&rsquo;s also a crucial part of the nitrogen cycle. Our plants need nitrogen-rich soil to grow fully, and build protein, so soil from a compost heap will add to the natural nitrogen cycle by returning enriched soil to the ground. This also means you&rsquo;ll need fewer artificial chemical fertilisers to feed your plants with, resulting in much healthier produce.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Healthy soil = Healthy plants<br /> Healthy plants = Healthy people<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>How to set your at home compost?</strong><br /> <br /> Choose an outdoor space for your compost - you&rsquo;ll need at least 3 square feet of space for your compost.&nbsp; A closed bin is a better choice if you&rsquo;re worried about the way your compost pile will look or smell! You can easily start by using an empty container you have at home or buy one at your local hardware or gardening shop.&nbsp; Look for a bin that is about 3 feet in diameter and not much taller than your waist. Use fencing to protect your bin from raccoons, foxes or even the neighbours dog.<br /> <br /> Once you have your container in place, you need to place it on the soil in a sunny spot as you want to encourage worms and use the natural heat to help the organic material break down.<br /> <br /> Make sure to add lots of nitrogen-rich and carbon-rich materials like grass-cuttings, green waste, food waste and sawdust and wood chips, and to mix it regularly with a spade to let the air in. Avoid adding any meat or dairy to the pile as this just attracts pests.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The trick is to aim for equal amounts of &quot;green&quot; waste and &quot;brown&quot; waste to keep your compost healthy. Maintaining a balance is important is because &quot;brown&quot; materials are rich in carbon, feeding the organisms that break down the scraps and &quot;green&quot; materials supply nitrogen &mdash; key for building the cell structure of your new soil.<br /> <br /> Your compost also needs oxygen and moisture. Without air, your pile will start to rot and smell. Moisture helps break everything down; sprinkle the compost with water every now and then, unless your scraps are wet enough on their own. With the right mixture, your compost should smell like nothing but earthy dirt.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Composting Basics</strong><br /> <br /> 1. Chop materials 1&frasl;2 to 11&frasl;2 inches for rapid composting.<br /> 2. Mix equal volumes of carbon-rich dry brown and nitrogen-rich green plant materials.<br /> 3. Keep compost only as moist as a wrung-out sponge.<br /> 4. Turn every few days to fluff the pile so air can penetrate.<br /> 5. A hot pile composts quickly, a cool pile takes much longer.<br /> 6. Finished compost should smell earthy, never rancid.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Why Compost?</strong><br /> <br /> &bull; It saves water by helping the soil hold moisture and reduce water runoff.<br /> &bull; It benefits the environment by recycling organic resources while conserving landfill space.<br /> &bull; It reduces the need for commercial soil conditioners and fertilizers.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Compost provides many benefits.&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> &bull; adds nutrients and beneficial microbes, holds water, and improves plant growth<br /> &bull; provides a supplemental amount of slow-release nutrients<br /> &bull; increases soil organic matter<br /> &bull; encourages healthy root structure<br /> &bull; attracts and feeds earthworms and other beneficial soil microorganisms<br /> &bull; helps balance pH (acidity/alkalinity)<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>DO Compost</strong><br /> <br /> <em>Browns:</em><br /> most sawdust<br /> chopped woody prunings pine needles<br /> fallen/dried leaves<br /> dried grass<br /> straw<br /> shredded paper shredded cardboard shredded newspaper<br /> old potting mix<br /> <br /> <em>Greens:</em><br /> tea bags<br /> citrus rinds<br /> coffee grounds<br /> coffee filters<br /> shrub and grass clippings&nbsp;<br /> fruit waste<br /> vegetable waste<br /> wilted flowers<br /> young weeds<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Do NOT Compost</strong><br /> <br /> dirt/soil<br /> ashes from a stove, fireplace, or barbecue<br /> animal products (meat, bones, fish, grease/fat)<br /> dairy products<br /> sawdust from plywood/treated wood<br /> diseased plants<br /> seed-bearing weeds&nbsp;<br /> manure or human waste<br /> <br /> &nbsp; 0 Low Waste Hygiene Essentials https://www.planetorganic.com/low-waste-hygiene-essentials/ https://www.planetorganic.com/low-waste-hygiene-essentials/#comments Fri, 05 Jun 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/low-waste-hygiene-essentials/ Implementing a low-waste routine is not only about food packaging and groceries, it’s also about the products we reach for daily when we’re washing our hands, taking a shower or removing our makeup. Most of the products we subconsciously add to our daily routines have one thing in common - plastic packaging. Implementing a low-waste routine is not only about food packaging and groceries, it’s also about the products we reach for daily when we’re washing our hands, taking a shower or removing our makeup. Most of the products we subconsciously add to our daily routines have one thing in common - plastic packaging. <br/><br /> There has, necessarily, been an increase in the use of hand sanitisers and hand wash over recent months but they are also contributing to plastic waste, with <a href="https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2017/07/plastic-produced-recycling-waste-ocean-trash-debris-environment/#:~:text=Of%20the%208.3%20billion%20metric,the%20natural%20environment%20as%20litter." target="_blank">less than 10% </a>of all plastics either being reused or recycled.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Here are our favourite low-waste hygiene products to help reduce plastic consumption and make an impactful difference.&nbsp;&nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><br /> <br /> <img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38636.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/beauty-kitchen-vegan-hand-sanitiser-50ml/38636/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Beauty Kitchen Hand Sanitiser</h3> <p>It&rsquo;s estimated that over ~10 million plastic hand gel bottles will be used in the UK this year, and unfortunately most will not be recycled.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Most hand sanitisers on the market also contain microplastics, which are one of the environments most detrimental forms of plastic. The entire cycle and movement of microplastics in the environment are not yet fully known, but recent studies suggest that this smaller, micro-version of plastic is much more harmful, with an estimated <a href="https://ourworldindata.org/plastic-pollution" target="_blank">40 million tonnes of microplastics</a> resurfacing across the world&rsquo;s shorelines each year.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> One brand working to create effective, sustainable hand sanitising alternatives is Beauty Kitchen. Beauty Kitchen&rsquo;s natural alternative to synthetic hand gels effectively sanitises your hands whilst reducing&nbsp; plastic waste. Made up of 62% organic ethanol with added aloe vera and other essential oils to protect skin barriers, this light and refreshing scented hand gel is a great low-waste alternative to consider.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Beauty Kitchen also offers a return, refill and repeat scheme. Which means that when you&rsquo;re finished with your hand gel, you can post empty bottles back to Beauty Kitchen to kickstart the packaging life cycle.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38635.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/beauty-kitchen-the-sustainables-botanic-bliss-vegan-hand-wash-300ml/38635/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Beauty Kitchen Hand Wash</h3> <p>Another low-waste essential hygiene product from Beauty Kitchen worth mentioning is the <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/beauty-kitchen-the-sustainables-botanic-bliss-vegan-body-cream-150ml/38733/" target="_blank">Sustainables Botanic Bliss Vegan Hand wash</a>, particularly if frequent hand washing is causing irritation.<br /> <br /> Suitable for people who may be prone to eczema and psoriasis, Beauty Kitchen&rsquo;s unique blend of tea tree and manuka kills harmful bacteria, whilst leaving skin smooth and moisturised. Completely free from triclosan, the ingredient that contributes to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, this gentle pH-balanced hand wash is infused with all-natural and sustainably sourced ingredients, like organic coconut, may chang and rosemary oils. Aptly nicknamed the &lsquo;herbal hands hero&rsquo;, this aromatic 100% naturally -derived hand wash leaves hands feeling cool, clean and refreshed.<br /> <br /> View our complete range of low-waste <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/beauty-kitchen/" target="_blank">Beauty Kitchen</a> essentials online.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38781.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/faith-in-nature/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Faith in Nature Soap</h3> <p>Faith in Nature&rsquo;s collection of locally manufactured body wash and soaps are each made from natural plant-derived ingredients and the packaging is fully recyclable. We love <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/faith-in-nature-fragrance-free-seaweed-soap-100g/38781/" target="_blank">Faith in Nature&rsquo;s new gentle, fragrance-free soap.</a> Made from wild-harvested seaweed which is favoured among dermatologists for its antioxidant properties and rich mineral content, this low-waste soap alternative is particularly useful for those who suffer from sensitive skin.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> If you prefer a scented soap,&nbsp; we recommend the low-waste<a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/faith-lavender-soap-100g-100g/4271/" target="_blank"> Faith in Nature lavender soap</a>. This natural regenerative formula features a blend of lavender oils that are known to help to soothe inflammation and stimulate cell growth. Particularly useful for those of us who are suffering from dry hands due to frequent washing.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38520.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/haoma-hand-sanitiser-50ml/38520/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Haoma Hand Sanitiser</h3> <p>Winners of the best hand sanitiser award in the Wellbeing Awards 2020, Haoma&rsquo;s range of <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/haoma-hand-sanitiser-50ml/38520/" target="_blank">organic antibacterial hand sanitisers </a>are made from 96% pure, fair-trade sugarcane ethanol. Proven effective by WHO, this lab-tested, specially formulated sanitiser is an effective antiviral blend of natural ingredients designed for everyday use. The organic tea tree and sweet orange essential oils work to keep hands clean, fragrant and protected against germs.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> These simplistic, pocket-sized sprays are also bottled in Miron Violet glass, a specially-formulated violet glass that works to preserve natural ingredients and protect products from light, meaning the Haoma hand sanitiser is able to obtain it&rsquo;s natural, antibacterial properties for much longer than traditional plastic bottles.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38783.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/tabitha-eve-biodegradable-face-mask-watercolour-each/38783/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Tabitha Eve Face Masks</h3> <p><br /> Research by OceansAsia suggests that discarded, single-use plastic face masks are set to cause <a href="https://www.energylivenews.com/2020/03/17/coronavirus-face-masks-could-have-a-devastating-effect-on-the-environment/" target="_blank">significant harm to the environment.</a><br /> <br /> Most of the industrial-strength face masks are made of polypropylene, which is a plastic property that takes several years to break down and inevitably breaks into micro-plastic particles, which are a lot worse for the planet. Cloth masks are a low-waste alternative that can be washed and reused multiple times. If you&rsquo;re looking for a cotton mask covering for everyday use, <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/tabitha-eve-biodegradable-face-mask-watercolour-each/38783/" target="_blank">Tabitha Eve&rsquo;s face masks</a> are made from 100% cotton, bamboo and natural rubber and we love the watercolour print.<br /> <br /> Please note, the Tabitha Eva face masks are not intended for medical use, this mask is designed to be worn in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38803.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/fushi-wellbeing-purifying-neem-tea-tree-hand-lotion-230ml/38803/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Fushi Hand Lotion</h3> <p><a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/fushi/" target="_blank">Fushi</a>, is a British family-owned and operated brand with ayurvedic heritage. Creating sustainable low-waste hygiene alternatives from family recipes handed down through generations, Fushi&rsquo;s unique blend of natural and organic formulas are specially designed for those who demand more from their regular moisturisers and lotions.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> For general, all-skin protection, Fushi&rsquo;s new antibacterial hand lotion, the Purifying Neem and Tea-Tree lotion, seeks to provide sustainable and affordable skincare for those looking to lower their waste impact. This versatile, all-natural lotion fuses the antibacterial properties of tea tree, with the purifying abilities of the neem herb, with an uplifting lemon scent. Keeping the skin fresh, clean and hydrated, this clever formulation is packaged in a reusable earth-friendly glass bottle.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> &nbsp; 0 Improve Focus at Home https://www.planetorganic.com/improve-focus-at-home/ https://www.planetorganic.com/improve-focus-at-home/#comments Fri, 29 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/improve-focus-at-home/ With so many distractions at home, focusing on a particular job or task can be a challenge. From mushroom-infused focus shots to mood-boosting facial mists, these are the products we turn to, to make us feel energised, help us re-focus and keep us on the straight and narrow, mentally. With so many distractions at home, focusing on a particular job or task can be a challenge. From mushroom-infused focus shots to mood-boosting facial mists, these are the products we turn to, to make us feel energised, help us re-focus and keep us on the straight and narrow, mentally.<br/><div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><br /> <br /> <img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/31944.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/fs-mushroom-focus-shot-with-lions-mane-74ml/31944/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Four Sigmatic Focus Shot - Will keep you focussed and productive</h3> <p>Four Sigmatic&rsquo;s Focus shot contains Lion&rsquo;s Mane, a mushroom known to support focus and productivity, as well as natural caffeine from Amazonian Guayusa for an extra boost. One shot at 11am is perfect for a wandering mind pre-lunch break.</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/37370.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/aromastick-energy-08ml/37370/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Aromatick Energy</h3> <p>Aromatherapy is a powerful tool for altering our state of mind, with different blends of essential oils evoking different emotional responses. Inhale Aromastick&rsquo;s invigorating blend of peppermint, grapefruit and rosemary oil for instant invigoration and energy.</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/30884.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/blooming-blends-fatigue-fix-30ml/30884/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Blooming Blends fatigue fix</h3> <p>This unique blend of Siberian ginseng, liquorice root and rosehip can help you to reboot and recharge. Ginseng has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine to improve strength and vitality, so should you feel yourself flagging, hold 10-20 drops of Blooming Blends&rsquo; tincture under your tongue before swallowing or, drop the same amount into your hot drink for an added boost.</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/31949.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/nooro-cacao-plus-coconut-cbd-bar-45g/31949/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Nooro Bar</h3> <p>CBD can help to improve focus, and each Nooro bar contains a full 25mg dose of CBD, as well as nootropics Maca and L-Tyrosine - both of which support cognitive function. Nooro bars are also lower in sugar and high in fibre to prevent an energy slump a few hours later. The perfect WFH-desk snack.</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/31936.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/fs-coffee-latte-maitake-amp-chaga-60g/31936/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Four Sigmatic Coffee latte with Chaga</h3> <p>It&rsquo;s difficult to focus when we&rsquo;re overly stressed. Swap your mid-morning coffee for Four Sigmatic&rsquo;s mushroom latte infused with Maitake and Chaga mushrooms for a dose of polysaccharides and beta glucans which are known to support overall wellbeing. It also contains Mucuna, an adaptogenic herb used traditionally in Ayurvedic medicine to provide stress support.</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38218.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/mushrooms4life-lions-mane-matcha-latte-10-sachets/38218/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Mushrooms 4 Life Matcha Latte</h3> <p>Lion&rsquo;s mane is said to be one of nature&rsquo;s most powerful brain foods because it helps to support memory, focus and concentration. As well as lion&rsquo;s mane, Mushrooms4Life&#39;s convenient sachets are flavoured with cinnamon and creamy coconut to complement the L-Theanine-rich matcha green tea.</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/28097.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/60-caps-28097/28097/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Motion Nutrition Power Up</h3> <p>Take two Power Up capsules in the morning to give a caffeine-free boost to your cognitive function. Each capsule contains L-tyrosine and gotu kola as key active ingredients. L-tyrosine is thought to increase the levels of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and adrenaline, while gotu kola is a natural herb that is said to help reduce anxiety and stress and improve overall cognition.</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38474.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/blooming-blends-destress-facial-mist-50ml/38474/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Blooming Blends De-stress facial mist</h3> <p>For instant stress relief for when things get a little too much. Close your eyes, spritz onto your face and inhale the droplets of calming frankincense, cedarwood and ylang ylang oils</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/37702.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/oto-cbd-focus-shot-60ml/37702/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>OTO Focus shot</h3> <p>The OTO focus shot is a powerhouse of focus and flavour. It contains a large 50mg dose of CBD, and a combination of botanicals including peppermint, basil, ginger, yuzu and lemongrass to help focus the mind.</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/31705.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/wunder-workshop-chocolate-bliss-bar-golden-shrooms-40g/31705/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Wunder Workshop Chocolate Bliss Bar</h3> <p>Brain-boosting indulgence. A unique combination of raw, stoneground chocolate made with 55% criollo cacao from Peru and infused with Wunder Workshop&rsquo;s signature Golden Shrooms blend of turmeric, cordyceps, reishi, ginger and black pepper.</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38794.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/brite-liquid-focus-raspberry-mint-330ml/38794/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Brite Liquid Focus</h3> <p>If you&rsquo;re struggling to concentrate, take a stroll with a bottle of Brite Liquid Focus to sip on. Made with organic matcha, guarana and guayusa, this refreshing drink delivers a caffeine hit without any added sugar or synthetic ingredients.</p> </div> <br /> &nbsp; 0 Natalia Botanicals Goal Digger Iced Latte https://www.planetorganic.com/natalia-botanicals-goal-digger-iced-latte/ https://www.planetorganic.com/natalia-botanicals-goal-digger-iced-latte/#comments Fri, 29 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/natalia-botanicals-goal-digger-iced-latte/ Supercharge your day-to-day routine with Natalia Botanical’s Goal Digger Iced Latte recipe. Supercharge your day-to-day routine with Natalia Botanical’s Goal Digger Iced Latte recipe. <br/><br /> Natalia&rsquo;s adaptogen elixirs contain a blend of organic herbs, medicinal mushrooms and nootropics to help support cognitive function. This unique blend of Lion&#39;s Mane, Ashwagandha, Cordyceps and Schisandra Berry helps to calm the mind and enhance focus, all whilst giving your workout a little extra oomph, too. Whether you&#39;re looking to improve focus with work, or at the gym, this superfood latte recipe is designed to give you the extra edge to help meet your personal goals.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Ingredients:</strong><br /> <br /> 2 tbsp instant coffee<br /> 1 tbsp maple sugar or coconut sugar<br /> 2 tbsp boiling water<br /> &frac12; tsp Goal Digger&nbsp;<br /> 1 sachet Love Potion<br /> Plant based milk of choice<br /> Ice cubes<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>&nbsp;<br /> Method:</strong><br /> <br /> Mix the instant coffee, maple syrup/coconut sugar in a bowl. Add boiling water to the bowl and mix with an electric whisk for 1-2 minutes until fluffy and caramel in colour.<br /> <br /> Add the Goal Digger and Love Potion adaptogen elixir and whisk again until combined.<br /> <br /> Add ice to a tumbler, fill 3/4 with plant milk and top with the fluffy coffee mixture.<br /> <br /> For a warm version, heat your milk in a milk frother or on the hob and whisk then pour into a large mug and generously top with the fluffy caramel coffee.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h2>Featured in this post</h2> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38078.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/natalia-botanicals-goal-digger-cognitive-function-50g/38078/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Natalia Botanicals Goal Digger</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38074.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/natalia-botanicals-love-potion-passion-igniter-3g/38074/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Natalia Botanicals Love Potion</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/31790.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/dairy-free-milks/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Dairy Free Milks</h3> </div> 0 Mushrooms for Lockdown https://www.planetorganic.com/mushrooms-for-lockdown/ https://www.planetorganic.com/mushrooms-for-lockdown/#comments Thurs, 28 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT Martin Powell https://www.planetorganic.com/mushrooms-for-lockdown/ Martin Powell is the formulator for Musrooms4Life supplements and author of Medicinal Mushrooms – The Essential Guide. Here, he delves into the power of mushrooms for our physical and cognitive wellbeing. Martin Powell is the formulator for Musrooms4Life supplements and author of Medicinal Mushrooms – The Essential Guide. Here, he delves into the power of mushrooms for our physical and cognitive wellbeing.<br/><br /> Despite the challenges that the pandemic and the associated period of lockdown has brought, it has also been an opportunity for many to boost their health and wellbeing by making lifestyle and diet changes and when considering dietary modifications increasing consumption of mushrooms has many attractions.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> With risk from Covid-19 infection rising strongly in those whose immune systems have been weakened by age or pre-existing health conditions, mushrooms&rsquo; ability to support immune function is reason enough for us to consume more. Especially delicious culinary mushrooms such as Shiitake and Maitake with proven immunological benefits.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> As a valuable non-animal source of Vitamin D (D2), mushrooms also have a role to play in maintaining healthy levels of this important vitamin, particularly in those who are vegetarian and vegan. You can also leave fresh mushrooms in sunlight with the gills facing upwards for 60 minutes to increase Vitamin D levels by ten times.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Despite the amazing technology helping us cope with the current restrictions it can still be difficult to maintain focus and energy. Here, mushrooms can offer valuable support.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Lion&rsquo;s Mane produces compounds that have been shown to help with nerve repair and is beneficial for a number of neurodegenerative conditions. It has also been shown to have a calming effect, helping with anxiety as well as delivering benefits for memory and mental focus.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> As well as its immune-modulating and anti-inflammatory action, Reishi is another calming mushroom that can help with anxiety and sleep disturbance. I<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Traditionally collected from the Tibetan plateau, Cordyceps is used in Chinese medicine to support energy levels, lung and kidney function, indications supported by modern research. In addition cordycepin from Cordyceps militaris has been shown to protect the lungs from acute injury.<br /> &nbsp; <h2>Featured in this post</h2> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/37823.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/mushrooms4life-lions-mane-capsules-60-caps/37823/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Lion&#39;s Mane Capsules</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/37827.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/mushrooms4life-reishi-spore-capsules-60-caps/37827/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Reishi Spore Capsules</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/37822.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/mushrooms4life-cordyceps-capsules-60-caps/37822/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Cordyceps Capsules</h3> </div> 0 Deliciously Ella's Banana Muesli Loaf Cake https://www.planetorganic.com/deliciously-ellas-banana-muesli-loaf-cake/ https://www.planetorganic.com/deliciously-ellas-banana-muesli-loaf-cake/#comments Fri, 22 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/deliciously-ellas-banana-muesli-loaf-cake/ This museli loaf cake by Deliciously Ella contains sleep-supporting ingredients like bananas, oats and almonds. Serve with a dollop of almond butter for an extra hit. This museli loaf cake by Deliciously Ella contains sleep-supporting ingredients like bananas, oats and almonds. Serve with a dollop of almond butter for an extra hit.<br/><br /> <br /> <strong>Ingredients:<br /> &nbsp;</strong><br /> 3 ripe bananas<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 100g museli<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 150g plain flour (we use gluten free flour)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 200g coconut sugar<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 1 tsp baking powder<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 50ml almond milk<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 3 tbsp melted coconut oil<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Method:</strong><br /> <br /> &nbsp; <ol> <li>Preheat the oven to 180C fan. Line a loaf tin with baking parchment.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> </ol> &nbsp; <ol> <li value="2">Peel the bananas and place into a large bowl. Mash well with a fork until they&rsquo;re a creamy texture.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> </ol> &nbsp; <ol> <li value="3">Add all of the other ingredients to the bowl of mashed bananas and mix thoroughly, until a batter forms.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> </ol> &nbsp; <ol> <li value="4">Pour the mixture into the lined loaf tin and bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes, until the loaf has risen and golden.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> </ol> &nbsp; <ol> <li value="5">Serve with a dollop of yoghurt, fresh fruit and a drizzle of almond butter, or some Deliciously Ella granola for crunch.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> </ol> &nbsp; <h2>Featured in this recipe</h2> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/29744.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/deliciously-ella-fruit-nut-muesli-500g/29744/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Deliciously Ella Fruit &amp; Nut Muesli</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/26675.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/deliciously-ella-original-granola-500g/26675/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Deliciously Ella Original Granola</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/37298.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='- https://www.planetorganic.com/coconut-merchant-premium-latch-jar-extra-virgin-coconut-oil-1l/37298/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Coconut Merchant Premium Coconut Oil</h3> </div> 0 Glossworks Mani-Pedi at Home https://www.planetorganic.com/glossworks-mani-pedi-at-home/ https://www.planetorganic.com/glossworks-mani-pedi-at-home/#comments Thurs, 14 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/glossworks-mani-pedi-at-home/ If like us, your fingertips and toes are looking a bit neglected in lockdown, then Glossworks is here to help. If like us, your fingertips and toes are looking a bit neglected in lockdown, then Glossworks is here to help.<br/>Glossworks&rsquo; nail polish range is never tested on animals and contains no animal products or any of the usual harmful chemicals found in nail varnish like formadehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, paraben, xylene, ethyl tosylamide and lead.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Set the Scene</strong><br /> <br /> Put on your favourite playlist, make yourself a drink, light a scented candle and change into comfortable clothes.<br /> <br /> Fill up two large bowls - one for hands and one for feet - with warm water, adding bath salts to help soften the skin. Get comfortable and immerse your feet in the foot bowl.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Prep Hands</strong><br /> <br /> While your feet are soaking, it&rsquo;s time to prep your fingernails. If nails are long, use nail clippers to trim, then shape gently with a nail file into the desired shape. Once you&rsquo;re happy with the shape, place your fingertips into the finger bowl and soak for four minutes.<br /> <br /> Sit back and enjoy the sensation of the warm water.<br /> <br /> When the four minutes is up, remove your now-softened fingertips and very gently push back the cuticles, clipping away any loose cuticle with cuticle scissor. Be careful not to damage the cuticle.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Prep Feet </strong><br /> <br /> It&rsquo;s time to turn your attention to your feet. Remove feet from the warm water and use a pumice or foot file to gently remove the hard skin from your heels and the balls of your foot. Dry off your feet, clip then file nails and push back cuticles, as you did with your hands. Massage in a rich moisturiser.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Back to Hand Prep</strong><br /> Dry your nails, then apply a drop of Glossworks&rsquo; <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/glossworks-cuticle-oil-9ml/27303">Nail &amp; Cuticle Oil</a> to every nail, rubbing the oil into the cuticle in a circular motion. Finish by massaging your favourite hand cream into your palms, fingers and knuckles. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Take a cotton bud soaked in Glossworks Polish Remover and remove the excess oil from the nails.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Get Painting </strong><br /> Apply an even base coat of Glossworks&rsquo; <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/glossworks-bb-base-coat-9ml/27304/">BB Base Coat</a> to every fingernail for an even-toned, smooth finish, plus it&rsquo;ll help protect the nail. You could also build up the subtle colour of the BB base coat and use this as your main colour.<br /> <br /> Once the base coat is dry, choose one of Glossworks&rsquo; <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/nails/">Colour Lacquers</a>. Use a generous amount of polish for a smooth coat and try to paint each nail using only three brush strokes: One on the left side, one on the right side and one down the middle. Apply two coats for a richer colour.<br /> <br /> If you make a mistake, move on and finish the rest of your nails, then use a cotton bud soaked in nail varnish remover and start the nail again.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Once the colour coats are dry, finish off your manicure with a final coat of Glossworks&rsquo; multi-functional 3-in-1 polish, which prevents chipping and gives an extra-glossy finish.<br /> <br /> Sit back, enjoy your music or podcast and sip your drink while you wait for your nails to dry. This might take up to fifteen minutes.<br /> <br /> Once your nails are dry, repeat the process with your toes.<br /> &nbsp; 0 Hair Removal at Home https://www.planetorganic.com/hair-removal-at-home/ https://www.planetorganic.com/hair-removal-at-home/#comments Thurs, 14 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/hair-removal-at-home/ Hair removal is proving tricky during lockdown with salons closed, so we’ve pulled together our favourite at-home hair removal methods and aftercare advice. Hair removal is proving tricky during lockdown with salons closed, so we’ve pulled together our favourite at-home hair removal methods and aftercare advice.<br/>&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Legs </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Although shaved hair does grow quickly, it&rsquo;s painless, fast, cost-effective and low on waste. Lather up Dr Bronner&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/dr-bronners-lemongrass-lime-shaving-soap-207ml/26662/">Lemongrass Shaving Soap</a> and massage into damp legs then use Zero Waste Club&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/zero-waste-club-rose-gold-stainless-steel-razor-10-blades-included-each/38126/">stainless steel razor</a> in long, upward strokes, taking particular care around knees and ankles.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Underarms, Bikini Line and Upper Lip </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> As these areas are more sensitive and prone to ingrown hairs, we like to use <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/acorelle-ready-to-use-strips-underarms-and-bikini-x20-each/38821/">Acorelle&rsquo;s hypoallergenic sensitive wax strips</a>, made only with natural ingredients and enriched with aloe vera and organic honey.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Method:<br /> &nbsp; <ol> <li>Prep skin the day before by exfoliating with a mitt, scrub or body brush to remove dead skin cells.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Make sure skin is clean and free from any products when you&rsquo;re ready to start waxing.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Warm up the way strip by rubbing between the palm of your hands. Pull apart and set one half aside.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Apply the strip onto the area, smoothing down in the direction of hair growth</li> <li>.</li> <li>For your upper lip, this would mean smoothing down from your nose towards your chin.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Pull the skin taught and rip in the opposite direction to hair growth. Do it quickly and with intent, otherwise you&rsquo;ll have to do the area again!</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Areas like the underarms and bikini line have different directions of hair growth, so you may need to go over the same patch at different angles to get all of the hairs.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Work methodically across the area until most of the hair are gone. Tidy up with a pair of tweezers.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Use the sweet almond oil to help remove any tacky bits of wax and to nourish the area.</li> </ol> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Maintenance </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Ingrown hairs can be a problem will all methods of hair removal. The best way to prevent them is by exfoliating the skin between hair removals. We like to use a Hydrea&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/hydrea-body-brush-wnatural-bristle-each-each/19981/">dry body brush</a> on our legs before showering and a body scrub in the bath or shower to slough off dead skin cells.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Hair removal - especially shaving - can leave skin feeling dry, so make sure to keep skin moisturised. We love Fushi&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/fushi-really-good-cellulite-oil-100ml/24696/">Really Good Cellulite Oil</a> or <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/fushi-virgin-shea-butter-unrefined-250ml/26299/">Virgin Shea Butter</a> to nourish and repair. 0 Freshening up Split Ends with Tabitha James Kraan https://www.planetorganic.com/freshening-up-split-ends/ https://www.planetorganic.com/freshening-up-split-ends/#comments Thurs, 14 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/freshening-up-split-ends/ Hairdresser and founder of Tabitha James Kraan haircare range, Tabitha walks us through trimming split ends without ruining the shape of your last haircut and how to inject some moisture into your locks with a hair oil head massage. Hairdresser and founder of Tabitha James Kraan haircare range, Tabitha walks us through trimming split ends without ruining the shape of your last haircut and how to inject some moisture into your locks with a hair oil head massage.<br/><h3 style="font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal;">&nbsp;</h3> <div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&lt;<iframe allow="autoplay; fullscreen" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="1138" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/418878624" width="640"></iframe> <p><a href="https://vimeo.com/418878624">Trimming Hair at Home with Tabitha James Kraan</a></p> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <h2>Featured in this video</h2> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/29577.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/tjk-scented-hair-oil-amber-rose-30ml/29577/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Hair Oil - Amber Rose</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/29579.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/tjk-shampoo-amber-rose-250ml/29579'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Shampoo - Amber Rose</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/29583.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/tjk-clean-conditioner-amber-rose-200ml/29583/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Conditioner - Amber Rose</h3> </div> </div> 0 Our Beauty Buyer's Essentials https://www.planetorganic.com/our-beauty-buyers-essentials/ https://www.planetorganic.com/our-beauty-buyers-essentials/#comments Thurs, 14 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/our-beauty-buyers-essentials/ As there’s nothing more interesting than peeking into someone else’s bathroom cabinet, our Beauty Buyer shares the products she can’t live without, from body balms to hair oil, jade rollers to face masks. As there’s nothing more interesting than peeking into someone else’s bathroom cabinet, our Beauty Buyer shares the products she can’t live without, from body balms to hair oil, jade rollers to face masks.<br/><div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/37066.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/ilapothecary-sos-body-balm-100g/37066/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Ilapothecary SOS Body Balm </h3> <p>This luxuriously buttery body balm soothes skin and the delicious scent lingers on the skin for hours. Our favourite after a warm bath in the evening in the evening to instantly soothe and calm body and mind.</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/19982.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/hydrea-lymphatic-detox-brush-each-each/19982/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Hydrea Detox Brush</h3> <p>Before your bath or shower, gently brush dry skin towards the heart to improve circulation and exfoliate skin. </p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/24696.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/fushi-really-good-cellulite-oil-100ml/24696/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Fushi Really Good Cellulite Oil</h3> <p>Once you’re out of the shower and dried off, massage Fushi’s Really Good Cellulite Oil into arms and legs to firm the skin and moisturise.</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/29577.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/tjk-scented-hair-oil-amber-rose-30ml/29577/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>TJK Amber Rose Hair Oil</h3> <p>Protect and nourish your hair with hairdresser Tabitha James Kraan’s gorgeously scented hair oil. It locks moisture and restores your hair’s oil balance for buoyant, bouncy hair.</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38821.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/acorelle-ready-to-use-strips-underarms-and-bikini-x20-each/38821/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Acorelle Wax Strips</h3> <p>Probably the easiest at home waxing we have ever attempted, Acorelle is perfect for sensitive underarm skin and results last for minimum of three weeks.</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38126.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/zero-waste-club-rose-gold-stainless-steel-razor-10-blades-included-each/38126/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Zero Waste Club Razor</h3> <p>This beautifully designed stainless steel razor is the perfect sustainable alternative to plastic razors. Use with Dr Bronner’s nourishing lemongrass shaving soap for a close, nick-free shave.</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/27818.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/whamisa-real-kelp-mask-35g/27818/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Whamisa Real Kelp Mask</h3> <p>Whamisa’s unique sheet mask is formed from pieces of sea kelp soaked in a skin-saving solution of 32 natural ingredients that plump and hydrate skin for a youthful glow.</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/28317.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/evolve-miracle-mask-60ml/28317/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Evolve Miracle Mask</h3> <p>Made with fruit AHA, papaya and Peruvian maca, this gently tingling mask will instantly brighten tired and stressed skin and it smells so fresh and fruity you might be tempted to eat it. </p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/28095.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/white-lotus-rose-quartz-roller-200g-28095/28095/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>White Lotus Rose Quartz Roller</h3> <p>Inspired by the healing powers of rose quartz, this beautiful face roller helps to ease tension and relax facial muscles by gently massaging the skin. It will help to smooth, firm and reduce puffiness. Keep it in the fridge for a cooling treat.</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/37997.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/glosswork-sea-of-tranquillity-9ml/37997/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Glosswork Sea of Tranquility Nail Polish</h3> <p>A gorgeous nude colour from Glosswork that’s free from harmful chemicals and is easy to apply, even if you’re usually a nail bar regular and your skills are on the rusty side. It looks particularly lovely with light tan, so ideal for summer hands and feet. </p> </div> <br /> &nbsp; 0 CBD Lockdown Essentials https://www.planetorganic.com/cbd-lockdown-essentials/ https://www.planetorganic.com/cbd-lockdown-essentials/#comments Thurs, 07 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/cbd-lockdown-essentials/ The Planet Organic team pick their personal favourites from our huge range of CBD products, helping support you with stress, anxiety and more during lockdown. The Planet Organic team pick their personal favourites from our huge range of CBD products, helping support you with stress, anxiety and more during lockdown.<br/>&nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38476.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/wunder-workshop-adaptogen-cbd-500mg-30ml/38476/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Wunder Workshop Adaptogen CBC - Will keep you balanced</h3> <p>Feel yourself calm and gently uplifted with Wunder Workshop&#39;s blend of nature&rsquo;s most potent ingredients. Contains CBD,Turmeric extract, BioPerine to improve bioavailability, Mucuna and Ashwagandha.</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/31127.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/you-oil-fullspectrum-hemp-oil-cbd-5-in-synergy-with-bioactive-phyto-components-is-recommended/31127/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>You &amp; Oil CBD 5% emollient cream - Rescue for sensitive skin</h3> <p>Wonderfully soothing emollient cream for stressed and inflamed skin. Combination of lipids and CBD in this cream protects the skin from drying out due to external factors like excessive washing, harsh soap or alcohol sanitiser.</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/30640.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/cbd-cream-with-magnesium-plus-optimsm-100ml-30640/30640/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>OSI Magnesium CBD 300mg cream - Must have after a workout</h3> <p>Ideal after a bath or shower and best when massaged into joints or muscles. CBD and magnesium applied on the skin can help to reduce muscle pain, cramps and fatigue.</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38703.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/minami-cbd-plus-omega3-30-caps/38703/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>MINAMI CBD + Omega-3 - Helps with stress and anxiety</h3> <p>A brilliant combo of CBD and Omega 3 fish oil to nourish skin and boost brain function.</p> </div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/37259.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/zen-cbd-oil-5-500mg-10ml/37259/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Organic ZEN CBD 5% - An easy add on</h3> <p>Creating new wellness rituals as we working from home has never been more important. Use CBD Zen in the morning to supercharge your beverage of choice. CBD will balance the caffeine spike and the feeling of anxiety. Mix few drops of CBD with salad dressing for dinner to help relax and sleep better.</p> </div> <br /> &nbsp; 0 Golden Balance Latte https://www.planetorganic.com/golden-balance-latte/ https://www.planetorganic.com/golden-balance-latte/#comments Thurs, 07 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/golden-balance-latte/ Soothing hot milk and invigorating warm spices meet in this simple recipe from Wunder Workshop. It’s a great excuse to sit down, relax and be present. Soothing hot milk and invigorating warm spices meet in this simple recipe from Wunder Workshop. It’s a great excuse to sit down, relax and be present. <br/><br /> Wunder Workshop&rsquo;s Golden Balance is made from a blend of organic, Ayurvedic herbs to combat a stressful modern lifestyle, including ashwagandha, turmeric, black pepper to help absorb the turmeric, liquorice, ginger, black pepper and cayenne pepper.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> For one cup:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 1 cup /220ml plant-based milk<br /> 1/2 tsp <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/wunder-workshop-golden-balance-adaptogen-blend-40g/26614/">Golden Balance</a><br /> 1 tsp <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/wunder-workshop-golden-turmeric-honey-110g/25589/">Golden Turmeric Honey</a> (or alternative sweetener, although we use this for a double dose of turmeric)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <ol> <li>Heat the plant-based milk in a pan on the hob or with a milk frother.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>As the milk is getting warm add the Golden Balance and stir well. Continue to heat the milk but make sure it doesn&rsquo;t boil or simmer as this could make your golden milk taste bitter. Whisk before serving for extra frothiness.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Turn off the heat and stir in a teaspoon of Golden Turmeric Honey to taste.</li> </ol> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <h2>Featured in this post</h2> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/26614.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/wunder-workshop-golden-balance-adaptogen-blend-40g/26614/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Golden Balance Adapotgen Blend</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/25589.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/wunder-workshop-golden-turmeric-honey-110g/25589/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Golden Turmeric Honey</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/31790.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/dairy-free-milks/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Dairy Free Milks</h3> </div> 0 How to use aromatherapy to reduce stress https://www.planetorganic.com/how-to-use-aromatherapy-to-reduce-stress/ https://www.planetorganic.com/how-to-use-aromatherapy-to-reduce-stress/#comments Thurs, 07 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/how-to-use-aromatherapy-to-reduce-stress/ Feeling unsettled and apprehensive in these testing times? Uncertainty and unwelcome change will naturally cause feelings of stress to emerge and things can get a little overwhelming. Aromatherapy is an effective and enjoyable tool to help you find calm amid this quiet chaos. Feeling unsettled and apprehensive in these testing times? Uncertainty and unwelcome change will naturally cause feelings of stress to emerge and things can get a little overwhelming. Aromatherapy is an effective and enjoyable tool to help you find calm amid this quiet chaos.<br/><br /> The Tisserand Aromatherapy Total De-Stress Diffuser Oil is pre-blended with Geranium, Orange and Nutmeg to help you slow down, breathe and reclaim your calm. But if you would like to try blending yourself, there are many essential oil combinations that you can use to help keep calm, find clarity, gently uplift your mood and balance fraught emotions.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Starting out:</strong><br /> There are many safe ways to use essential oils, including through bathing, massage and diffusion. When starting out, we recommend following the below dilution and usage guidance and practicing caution as pure essential oils can be hazardous when used incorrectly. <u>Please seek more specific oil advice regarding children and pregnant women.</u><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Adding essential oils to a base oil like Tisserand Aromatherapy Sweet Almond Blending Oil gives you a blend you can use safely in contact with the skin &ndash; either directly in massage or in a bath. <u>Never use essential oils neat on the skin or in the bath.</u><br /> &nbsp;<br /> A blend is a mix of 2-5 different essential oils, although we consider 3 essential oils in combination to be the best synergy.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Try using the following oils together:</strong> <ul> <li>For soothing mind and body - Lavender, Bergamot &amp; Roman Chamomile</li> <li>For deep relaxation - Frankincense, Neroli &amp; Bergamot</li> <li>For positive productivity - May Chang, Lavender &amp; Rosemary</li> <li>For mental clarity - Peppermint, Lemon &amp; Eucalyptus</li> <li>To stay in control - Cypress, Frankincense &amp; Lemon</li> </ul> &nbsp;<br /> Or try your own combination!<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Usage guidance:</strong><br /> <strong>DIFFUSER</strong><br /> Fill your diffuser with water, such as the Tisserand Aromatherapy Aroma Spa Diffuser, and add 6-8 drops in total (e.g. 2 drops Frankincense, 1-2 drops Neroli &amp; 3-4 drops Bergamot) of your chosen essential oils.<br /> <strong>&nbsp;<br /> MASSAGE</strong><br /> Use 10 drops in total (e.g. 4 drops Lavender, 4 drops Bergamot &amp; 2 drops Roman Chamomile) of your chosen essential oils per 20ml of blending oil. Using sweeping movements, apply to area of the body in need of a massage, re-applying as the blend absorbs into the skin.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Safety guidance for massage blend: <ul> <li>Suitable for 11 years +</li> <li>Do not use on the face. Seek separate guidance for use on face</li> <li>This is applicable for all skin types where there are no skin sensitive issues</li> </ul> <strong>&nbsp;<br /> BATH</strong><br /> Add 4-6 drops in total (e.g. 1-2 drops May Chang, 2-3 drops Lavender &amp; 1 drop Rosemary) of your chosen essential oils to 20ml of blending oil. Just before carefully stepping in, pour half of the mixture into the water and swirl around, lie back and relax!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> From our homes to yours, keep calm and stay safe.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> P.S. You&rsquo;re doing great!<br /> <br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <h2>Featured in this post</h2> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/21611.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/tisserand-aroma-stream-each/21611/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Tisserand Aroma Spa Diffuser</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/21603.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/tisserand-frankincense-essential-oil-9ml/21603/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Tisserand Frankincense Essential Oil</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/21601.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/tisserand-lavender-essential-oil-9ml/21601/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Tisserand Lavender Essential Oil</h3> </div> 0 The Ultimate Sleep Routine https://www.planetorganic.com/the-ultimate-sleep-routine/ https://www.planetorganic.com/the-ultimate-sleep-routine/#comments Thurs, 30 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/the-ultimate-sleep-routine/ Our body repairs and restores while we're asleep but with routines disrupted, getting a good night’s sleep can be tough. Here we’re sharing our ultimate sleep routine, starting with a long soak and a spot of meditation, to help get you get the rest you need. Our body repairs and restores while we're asleep but with routines disrupted, getting a good night’s sleep can be tough. Here we’re sharing our ultimate sleep routine, starting with a long soak and a spot of meditation, to help get you get the rest you need.<br/><br /> <strong>Leave the Day Behind and Switch Off </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> During lockdown, we&rsquo;re extremely reliant on our devices for work, human connection, even working out. Before bed, try and reserve a technology free hour to read, stretch, meditate or take a long bath.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> It doesn&rsquo;t have to be long, even five minutes of meditation will leave you feeling calmer. Blasta Henriet wrote a meditation guide for us to use with their eye pillows - <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/de-stress-with-blasta-henriet/">have a read here</a>. A short yoga sequence is a peaceful way to unwind too, we love this seven-minute sequence from Yoga with Adrienne. <div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<iframe align="middle" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="300" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LI9upn4t9n8" width="70%"></iframe></div> <br /> <br /> To help unwind, try a natural supplement or take <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/cbd-oil/">CBD oil </a>a few hours before bed. Plants like ashwagandha, L-Theanine, lavender, valerian, chamomile and bacopa monnieri help foster a sense of calm, while cannabidiol may reduce anxiety. <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/60-caps-28099/28099/">Motion Nutrition&rsquo;s Unplug supplement</a>, <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/blooming-blends-sleep-easy-30ml/30877/">Blooming Blends&rsquo; Sleep Easy tincture</a> and <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/better-you-cbd-oral-spray-25ml/37982/">Better You&rsquo;s CBD Oral Spray</a> are three of our favourite calming supplements before bed.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Soak</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Having a bath before bed helps us relax and the drop in body temperature after a hot bath or shower encourages the body to rest. Sip a cup of soothing chamomile tea for added relaxation.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Add a scoop of <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/bath-salts-oils/">bath salts</a> to your bath to soothe a tired body, and an <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/essential-oils/">essential oil</a> or bath melt to relax the mind. We love Corinne Taylor&rsquo;s handmade scented bath melts and salts, all handmade in rural East Sussex with carefully chosen organic botanicals.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Follow up with a magnesium-rich body oil or lotion to relieve tired muscles. <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/osi-magnesium-body-lotion-plus-melatonin-plus-optimsm-200-ml/28983/">OSI&rsquo;s Good Night body lotion</a> delivers a high dose of magnesium through the skin while the shea butter and sweet almond oil leaves skin soft and supple.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Set the Scene </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> The best environment for sleep is a cool, dark room. Take time to find the right pillows and get comfortable.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Aromatherapy and scent can be an effective way to signal to your brain that it&rsquo;s time for sleep.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Try applying a lavender oil or <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/scentered-sleep-well-therapy-balm-5g/26314/">Scentered&rsquo;s Sleep Well Therapy Balm</a> to your pulse points and inhaling. Find Scentered&rsquo;s guide to using breathing techniques and aromatherapy to aid sleep <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/stop-inhale-reset">on our blog here</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Spraying your pillow with a sleep spray like Neom&rsquo;s is also great for triggering sleep, or spray Blooming Blends&rsquo; Sleep Easy mist directly onto your face. <h2>Featured in this post</h2> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38513.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/blasta-henriet-eye-pillow-creatures-navy-each/38513/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Blasta Henriet Eye Pillow</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/37982.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/better-you-cbd-oral-spray-25ml/37982/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">BetterYou CBD Spray</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/26314.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/scentered-sleep-well-therapy-balm-5g/26314/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Scentered Sleep Well Therapy Balm</h3> </div> 0 Supporting Your Workout https://www.planetorganic.com/supporting-your-workout/ https://www.planetorganic.com/supporting-your-workout/#comments Thurs, 30 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/supporting-your-workout/ The Planet Organic team go through their handpicked selections from our health range to make sure your body has everything it needs before, during and after your workout sessions. The Planet Organic team go through their handpicked selections from our health range to make sure your body has everything it needs before, during and after your workout sessions.<br/><br/><br/><div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/26296.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/form-superblend-protein-chocolate-salted-caramel-520g/26296/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Form Salted Caramel</h3> <p>One of the most versatile proteins powders in our range and an all-time favourite, Form&rsquo;s vegan superblend protein is made from a base of organic pea protein with brown rice protein, hemp protein and algae protein to deliver a complete amino acid profile with no animal products. The superblend has added maca, flaxseed and greens and fruit powders for fibre, prebiotics and probiotics.</p> </div> <br/><br/> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/31102.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/motion-nutrition-creamy-cacao-protein-shake-360g/31102/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Motion Creamy Cacao</h3> <p>The most delicious protein powder we&rsquo;ve ever tasted, each sachet of Motion&rsquo;s creamy cacao contains 20g of whey protein, 5g of BCAA (branched-chain amino acids) for performance and is made with certified organic ingredients. This one&rsquo;s perfect for whizzing up into smoothies or baking with because it tastes so good.</p> </div> <br/><br/> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/37455.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/enerc-electrolyte-sport-12sachets-12-sachets/37455/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Ener-C electrolyte sport</h3> <p>Unlike other electrolyte sports drinks, Ener-C&rsquo;s is made only with natural ingredients. Great to refresh with post-run, replace minerals lost through sweat, boost energy levels and support recovery with every sip.</p> </div> <br/><br/> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/18751.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/wn-gtf-chromium-antiox-60-caps-60-caps/18751/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Wild Nutrition Chromium and Antioxidants</h3> <p>Chromium helps to maintain blood sugar levels, supports the normal metabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates and may help to reduce oxidative stress post-exercise.<br /> <br /> As you&rsquo;d expect from Wild Nutrition, their chromium supplement is made from Food&ndash;State and whole food ingredients to ensure bioavailability.</p> </div> <br/><br/> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/28981.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/ois-shea-butter-and-almond-oil-body-lotion-enriched-with-magnesium-200-ml/28981/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /></div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>OSI Mag body lotion</h3> <p>Magnesium is essential for muscle and nerve function and for regulating blood sugar and pressure. Massage OSI&rsquo;s body lotion onto tired muscles and joints for a high dose of magnesium post exercise. Enriched with nourishing almond oil and shea butter, it&rsquo;s also a treat for a dry and dehydrated skin.</p> </div> <br/><br/> 0 Form Chocolate Peanut Protein Smoothie Recipe https://www.planetorganic.com/form-chocolate-peanut-protein-smoothie-recipe/ https://www.planetorganic.com/form-chocolate-peanut-protein-smoothie-recipe/#comments Weds, 29 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/form-chocolate-peanut-protein-smoothie-recipe/ This plant-based smoothie using Form’s Performance Chocolate Peanut protein powder packs a low-carb, high protein punch, with 43g of protein per serving. The silken tofu lends an indulgent, creamy texture. This plant-based smoothie using Form’s Performance Chocolate Peanut protein powder packs a low-carb, high protein punch, with 43g of protein per serving. The silken tofu lends an indulgent, creamy texture.<br/><br /> Serves 1<br /> <br /> <strong>Ingredients:</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> 40g Performance Chocolate Peanut<br /> 140ml Almond Milk<br /> 20g Peanut Butter<br /> 70g Silken Tofu<br /> &frac12; Cup of Ice<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Method:</strong><br /> <br /> It&rsquo;s really simple. Just pop all of the ingredients in your blender and blend until all of the ice has been whizzed up.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> You could also add half a banana or a handful of oats for an even more filling option.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h2>Featured in this recipe</h2> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/26294.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/form-performance-protein-chocolate-peanut-520g/26294/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Form Performance Protein</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/25471.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/vitamix-s30-red-each/25471/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Vitamix S30 Blender</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/29354.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/planet-organic-crunchy-peanut-butter-750g/29354/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Planet Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter</h3> </div> 0 Supplements to Support a Healthy Immune System https://www.planetorganic.com/stay-well/ https://www.planetorganic.com/stay-well/#comments Thurs, 23 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/stay-well/ The best way to support our immune system is through plenty of sleep, regular exercise, a nutrient-rich diet and keeping stress levels to a minimum but to ensure we’ve got all bases covered, we like to include supplements into our daily routines. Here are our health buyer’s four essential supplements for supporting immune health. The best way to support our immune system is through plenty of sleep, regular exercise, a nutrient-rich diet and keeping stress levels to a minimum but to ensure we’ve got all bases covered, we like to include supplements into our daily routines. Here are our health buyer’s four essential supplements for supporting immune health.<br/><br /> <strong>Gut Health </strong><br /> We&rsquo;re slowly realising the impact of gut health on our overall health and wellbeing. With the gut home to an estimated 70 percent of the cells that make up our immune system, live culture supplements can support the good bacteria in your gut and foster a diverse microbiome, helping to support a healthy immune system.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Try a liquid supplement with billions of live bacteria like <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/rhythm-life-shot-200-billion-100ml/38570/">Rhythm&rsquo;s Life Shot</a>, made from fermented organic young coconut and vegan kefir cultures for over 200 billion live bacteria, or <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/search/?term=Symprove%20">Symprove&rsquo;s water-based supplement</a>, much-loved by the Planet Organic team.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Vitamin C</strong><br /> We recommend everyone takes Vitamin C as it encourages the production of white blood cells, and it has been shown to be able to both prevent and treat respiratory and systemic infections. Liposomal Vitamin C is particularly effective as it is fat rather than water based, and because the liposome&rsquo;s membrane is made of the same fat found in the cell membranes throughout the body, this allows the liposomal Vitamin C to pass into cells easily and be delivered directly into the cells.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Each sachet of <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/yourzooki-liposomal-vitamin-c-30x15ml-sachets/30764/">YourZooki Vitamin C</a> contains 1000mg of Vitamin C wrapped in billions of nano-sized spheres called &quot;liposomes&quot; that shield, protect and deliver Vitamin C directly into the cells.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Manuka Honey&nbsp;</strong><br /> The anti-bacterial and healing properties of honey are well known, but make sure you&rsquo;re taking a raw and unprocessed manuka honey for maximum benefits. <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/mgo-250plus-pure-manuka-honey-250g-250g/25349/">Manuka Health&rsquo;s honey</a> is sustainably sourced from hives in pristine parts of New Zealand, from bees who feast on the native manuka trees. The MGO in the name stands for methylglyoxal, the unique compound in found in manuka honey, and the number next to it indicates the methylglyoxal content per kilogram.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Vitamin D</strong><br /> Vitamin D supports our immune response to infection and may protect against respiratory tract infections.&nbsp;Direct sunlight on unprotected skin is the best way to get your fix, but that isn&rsquo;t possible for many of us during lockdown or during the cold winter months. Most Vitamin D supplements are derived from lanolin, the wax from sheep&rsquo;s wool, but <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/viridian-vit-d2-90-tabs-90-tabs/7765/">Viridian&rsquo;s Vitamin&nbsp;D 1000IU</a> is extracted from lichen and suitable for vegans.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <h2>Featured in this post</h2> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/19454.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/symprove-live-probiotic-course-4x500ml-4x500ml/19454/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Symprove Probiotic Course</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/30764.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/yourzooki-liposomal-vitamin-c-30x15ml-sachets/30764/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">YourZooki Liposomal Vitamin C</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/7765.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/viridian-vit-d2-90-tabs-90-tabs/7765/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Viridian Vitamin D</h3> </div> 0 Making Coffee at Home https://www.planetorganic.com/making-coffee-at-home/ https://www.planetorganic.com/making-coffee-at-home/#comments Thurs, 23 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/making-coffee-at-home/ One of the things we're missing the most is our morning coffee, so we've put together the ultimate guide for how to get your fix at home, including the best methods, best beans and how to get that all-important froth. One of the things we're missing the most is our morning coffee, so we've put together the ultimate guide for how to get your fix at home, including the best methods, best beans and how to get that all-important froth.<br/><h3 style="font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal;"><strong style="line-height: 31.2px; font-size: 26px;">The Beans</strong></h3> <br /> If you have a coffee grinder (we&#39;d recommend a burr grinder) it&#39;s best to buy whole beans and grind as and when you need them. The coarseness of the grind has a big impact on flavour, so start by grinding to a fine, sand-like texture, see if you like it, then gradually try more coarse grinds until you find the right one for your pallette. We&#39;d recommend<a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/caf%C3%A9-direct-espresso-blend-coffee-beans-227g/27993/"> Cafe Direct&#39;s Espresso Blend</a> whole beans for a delicate raisin aftertaste.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> It&#39;s no problem if you don&#39;t have a grinder. Choose a ground coffee like this <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/bristot-our-ground-coffee-192g/38723/">medium roast from Bristot</a>&nbsp;- this is what we use in our stores.<br /> <br /> For maximum flavour and to prevent it from going stale, make sure you store your ground coffee and beans in an air-tight container.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3 style="font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal;"><strong style="line-height: 31.2px; font-size: 26px;">The Milk&nbsp;</strong></h3> &nbsp;<br /> If you&rsquo;re like us, oat m*lk holds a special place in our hearts. Minor Figures Oat and Oatly Barista froth up really well, but we&rsquo;ve got plenty of other <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/dairy-free-milks/">plant-based m*lks</a> to experiment with, from hemp seed to tiger nut.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Look at the fat and protein content. The higher the amount of fat, the bigger the mouthfeel and perceived sweetness. Higher levels of protein makes for better froth.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; <h3><strong>The &ldquo;Espresso&rdquo; </strong></h3> &nbsp;<br /> If you don&rsquo;t have an espresso or coffee machine, here are some alternative ways to get you a shot of coffee.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Moka Pot</strong><br /> The classic stovetop espresso maker uses the pressure of steam to extract the coffee, and is probably the best way to get an espresso like coffee at home. Remember to keep the stove temperature low to medium as boiling too quickly will result in extracting more bitter flavours. Learn how to brew with one here: <div style="text-align: center;"><br /> <iframe align="middle" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="300" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rpyBYuu-wJI" width="70%"></iframe></div> <br /> <strong>Aeropress </strong><br /> The Aeropress uses pressure to extract the flavour of the coffee and is great for making a quick espresso style coffee at home. This video tutorial goes through the different brews you can make with this piece of kit. <div style="text-align: center;"><br /> &nbsp;<iframe align="middle" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="300" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Z9Pa7hxJUfA" width="70%"></iframe></div> <br /> <br /> <strong>French Press</strong><br /> It won&rsquo;t taste as strong due to the lack of pressure, but you can make a concentrated coffee in a French press by using a lot less water than normal and leaving to brew. This video gives exact measurements: <div style="text-align: center;"><br /> &nbsp;<iframe align="middle" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="300" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/GaDMuU-j9uo" width="70%"></iframe></div> <br /> <br /> <strong>Instant Coffee</strong><br /> If you don&rsquo;t have any of the above, you could make a really concentrated instant-coffee, using around 50ml of water and a teaspoon of granules.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>The Froth</strong></h3> &nbsp;<br /> Luckily there are plenty of ways to froth milk without a steaming wand.<br /> &nbsp; <ol> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>On the hob. </strong>Heat up the milk of your choice in a pan on the hob, Once it&rsquo;s hot (but not boiling) start to whisk until it works up into a foam.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>In the microwave. </strong>Pour your milk into a jar with a lid, leaving at least half of the jar empty. Screw the lid on tightly, then shake it like you&rsquo;re mixing a cocktail for 30 seconds, until the milk is foamy. Microwave for 40 second, until it&rsquo;s hot.</li> </ol> &nbsp; <ol style="font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; line-height: 15.6px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"> <li style="line-height: 15.6px; font-size: 13px;"><strong style="line-height: 15.6px; font-size: 13px;">Using a French Press.&nbsp;</strong>Pour wamed milk into the French press, leaving plenty of space for froth, then push and pull the plunger up and down through the milk continuously for a minute or so. Once it&#39;s frothy, you can even create latte art with it.&nbsp;</li> </ol> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>The Mug </strong></h3> &nbsp;<br /> For the ultimate coffee-shop experience, warm up your mug by filling it with a splash of boiling water, leaving it for 30 seconds, then tossing the water away before filling up with coffee. It&rsquo;ll keep your coffee hot.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <h2>Featured in this post</h2> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38723.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/bristot-our-ground-coffee-192g/38723/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Bristot Ground Coffee</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/13504.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/equal-exchange/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Equal Exchange</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/31790.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/dairy-free-milks/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Plant Based Milks</h3> </div> 0 Green Goddess Noodle Salad from Biona https://www.planetorganic.com/green-goddess-noodle-salad-from-biona/ https://www.planetorganic.com/green-goddess-noodle-salad-from-biona/#comments Thurs, 23 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/green-goddess-noodle-salad-from-biona/ Whether you’re working or not, taking a proper break away from laptops and phones to refuel with nourishing food is essential. Try this noodle salad from Biona, quick to make and easy to customise with whatever veg you have available. You’ll be making this zingy green goddess dressing again. Whether you’re working or not, taking a proper break away from laptops and phones to refuel with nourishing food is essential. Try this noodle salad from Biona, quick to make and easy to customise with whatever veg you have available. You’ll be making this zingy green goddess dressing again.<br/><br /> <strong>Serves Two</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>For the Salad</strong> <ul> <li>150g&nbsp;Biona Organic Spelt Buckwheat Noodles</li> <li>150g vegetables to steam - broccoli, asparagus and green beans all work well, as do frozen peas or edamame beans</li> <li>Raw vegetables &ndash; we&rsquo;ve used a pak choi, half a bulb of fennel, chopped spring onions, half a cucumber, half an avocado - but sub in whatever crunchy fresh vegetables you have in the fridge</li> <li>A handful or two of salad leaves, like watercress or baby spinach, lettuce or a salad mix</li> <li>A small handful of chopped nuts and seeds. Cashews, almonds and peanuts are great, and use any seeds you have available like poppy seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin or sunflower seeds, chia seeds</li> <li>A good handful of coriander and mint, roughly chopped</li> <li>Fresh chilli, finely sliced</li> </ul> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>&nbsp;For the Dressing -&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;(we&rsquo;d recommend doubling it and saving some for tomorrow) <ul> <li>1 lime, zested and juiced</li> <li>1 tbsp toasted sesame oil</li> <li>2 tbsp&nbsp;Biona Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil</li> <li>1 small garlic clove, grated</li> <li>Thumb sized piece of ginger, grated or finely chopped</li> <li>1 tsp&nbsp;Biona Organic Tamari Sauce</li> <li>A pinch of cayenne pepper or chilli flakes</li> <li>Sea salt and milled black pepper, to taste</li> </ul> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>METHOD</strong><br /> <br /> &nbsp; <div style="margin-left:18.0pt;"> <ol> <li>Cook the noodles in a pot of boiling water until tender. Err on the side of undercooked rather than over. Drain and rinse under cold water for 30 seconds. Once the water has drained off, toss in a little oil to stop the noodles sticking together.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Steam the broccoli, green beans or asparagus for five minutes, leaving them with a bit of bite.</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>Mix all of the dressing ingredients together in a bowl until well combined.</li> <li>Dress the salad leaves, the raw and steamed vegetables and the noodles together, than serve into bowls and top with the nuts, seeds and fresh herbs.</li> </ol> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <h2>Featured in this recipe</h2> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/38622.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/500g-38622/38622/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Biona Organic Sunflower Seeds</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/3411.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/biona-olive-oil-500ml-500ml/3411/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Biona Olive Oil</h3> </div> <div data-width-md="1/3" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/10064.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/vegetables/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 20px;" type="button" value="Shop Now" width="100px" /> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Organic Vegetables</h3> </div> 0 Tiba Tempeh Red Peanut Curry https://www.planetorganic.com/tiba-tempeh-red-peanut-curry/ https://www.planetorganic.com/tiba-tempeh-red-peanut-curry/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/tiba-tempeh-red-peanut-curry/ <div><br /> <br /> This plant-based red curry from our friends at Tiba Tempeh is rich and creamy from the coconut milk and peanut butter, and brought to life with aromatic spices.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Serves two, ready in half an hour.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ingredients:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>1 tbsp of coconut oil&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>3 shallots, finely chopped&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>2 garlic cloves, crushed&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A thumb size piece of ginger, finely grated&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>2 tbsp Thai red curry paste&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tiba Tempeh Curry Pieces 200g</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>1/2 can chopped tomatoes&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>1/2 can of full fat coconut milk&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>150gr baby spinach or chopped kale&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>2 tbsp smooth peanut butter&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Salt to taste&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Serve with:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Brown or white steamed rice&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Roughly chopped roasted peanuts</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A handful of coriander</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A wedge of lime&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Method:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>1.<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Add the coconut oil to a large pan and place on a medium heat. Add the chopped shallots, garlic and ginger. Stir-fry for 4-5 minutes until the shallots start to brown.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>2.<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Add the curry paste and give it a good stir, then add the Tiba Curry Pieces and stir-fry for 3 minutes.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>3.<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Add the chopped tomatoes and 1 cup of water. Turn down to a gentle simmer and cook for 10 minutes.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>4.<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Add the coconut milk and peanut butter, mix everything together, put the lid on and cook for a&nbsp; &nbsp;further 10 minutes until you have a creamy sauce.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>5.<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Add the baby spinach or chopped kale, stir everything one last time and simmer for 1 more minute or until the greens have wilted. Season to taste with salt.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>6.<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Serve the curry with basmati rice, chopped salted peanuts, fresh coriander and a squeeze of lime.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> 0 Lockdown Essentials https://www.planetorganic.com/lockdown-essentials/ https://www.planetorganic.com/lockdown-essentials/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/lockdown-essentials/ <br /> <br /> Explore our lockdown essentials helping to make this strange time a little more okay. From bath oils for your evening wind down to the chocolates bringing us a dose of pure joy, we hope our suggestions enhance your days at home as they have ours.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Meditate&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> Dependent on technology more so than ever, taking five minutes to pause, switch off and meditate is a great way to improve focus and concentration. Read <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/blasta-henriet-eye-pillow-face-navy-300g/37954/">Blasta Henriet&rsquo;s</a> guide on how to get started with their meditation eye pillow <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/de-stress-with-blasta-henriet/?sessionid=undefined">here</a>.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Froth&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> One of the things we miss the most from our old routine is the morning oat flat white. Recreate at home without a steaming wand by heating up your <a href="http://www.planetorganic.com/dairy-free-milks/?sessionid=undefined">m*lk of choice</a> and whisking vigorously until frothy before pouring into coffee.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Bathe&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> Finishing work, taking an evening stroll then running a hot bath has become a daily ritual for many of us in the office. Pour in a good glug of <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/ren-atlantic-kelp-bath-oil-110ml/26525/">REN&rsquo;s Atlantic Kelp Bath Oil</a> to soothe a tired body and mind, or add a few drops of <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/tisserand-lavender-essential-oil-9ml/21601/?sessionid=undefined">lavender essential oil</a> to help unwind.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Take 5&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> Taking breaks from work is important and can help to improve focus and productivity. Step away from your laptop and phone and take five minutes to do nothing. Mix <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/omgtea-aaa-grade-single-serve-organic-matcha-sachets-14x1g/31175/?sessionid=undefined">OMGTea&rsquo;s AAA grade matcha</a> into a paste with a drop of water, then once it&rsquo;s smooth, top up with not-quite-boiling water.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Savour&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> There&rsquo;s nothing better than savouring the taste of chocolate melting on your tongue. Try a single origin chocolate that you haven&rsquo;t tried before, like one of <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/chocolate-confectionery/?sessionid=undefined&amp;brand=blanxart&amp;pref=ignore">BlanxArt&rsquo;s</a>&nbsp;organic bars made in Barcelona, and take note of all the flavours and textures that come to you.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Indulge</strong><br /> <br /> Make your bath a little more indulgent with a<a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/masks-treatments/?sessionid=undefined"> face mask</a>. This <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/evolve-radiant-glow-mask-with-raw-cacao-and-coconut-60ml/25802/?sessionid=undefined">Raw Cacao &amp; Coconut Mask</a> from Evolve smells heavenly and will leave skin feeling smooth and moisturised.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Unwind&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> It&rsquo;s normal for the mind to whirr before we drift off, and even more so at the moment. A few hours before bed, drop <a href="http://https://www.planetorganic.com/cbd-oil/">CBD oil</a> under the tongue and hold there for at least 30 seconds before swallowing to help start the wind down.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp; 0 ?Best Natural Sun Protection https://www.planetorganic.com/best-natural-sun-protection/ https://www.planetorganic.com/best-natural-sun-protection/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/best-natural-sun-protection/ <br /> With the weather getting warmer and our daily outdoor stroll or jog more important than ever, it&rsquo;s time to prioritise protecting our skin from the sun. Here&rsquo;s our beauty buyer&rsquo;s edit of our favourite natural and organic formulas.&nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><br /> <br /> <img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/22147.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/gp-suncream-spf30-scent-free-100ml-22147/22147/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Green People SPF 30</h3> &nbsp; <p>Made without essential oils, this organic sun lotion is perfect for those with ultra-sensitive skin, plus it&rsquo;s water-resistant and non-greasy.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/31351.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/ren-clean-screen-mineral-spf-30-mattifying-face-sunscreen-broad-spectrum-50ml/31351/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>REN Clean Screen Mattifying SPF</h3> &nbsp;<br /> Our favourite face sunscreen, REN&rsquo;s formula does not clog pores, is quick to absorb and easily incorporated into daily skincare. Perfect for wearing under makeup.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><br /> <img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/29068.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/40ml-29068/29068/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Madara City CC SPF 15</h3> &nbsp;<br /> This colour-correcting cream from Madara is the best of both worlds, protecting from UVA and UVB rays while perfecting the appearance of blemishes and skin tone.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/16837.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/hurraw-sun-lip-balm-43g-43g/16837/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Hurraw Sun Protection Lip Balm</h3> &nbsp;<br /> Don&rsquo;t forget to protect your lips. This one from Hurraw is extra thick and creamy for longer staying power in the sunshine.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/26450.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/urtekram-aloe-vera-gel-100ml/26450/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Urtekram Aloe Vera Gel</h3> &nbsp;<br /> Enriched with hyaluronic acid and hexapeptide, this organic aloe vera will nourish and moisturise sun-kissed skin.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"><img src="https://www.planetorganic.comhttps://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/medium/26732.jpg" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: block;" /><br /> <input class="fullwidth f-bold" onclick="window.location.href='https://www.planetorganic.com/evolve-daily-defence-moisture-mist-100ml/26732/'" style="margin: 0 auto;display: block;width: auto !important;padding: 0 35px;" type="button" value="Buy Now" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> &nbsp; <div data-width-md="1/2" data-width-sm="1/2" data-width-xs="1"> <h3>Evolve Daily Defence Moisture Mist</h3> &nbsp; <p>This refreshing facial mist from Evolve Beauty has organic Mexican cactuses&#39; elixir (known as &quot;prickly pear&quot;) to calm irritated skin whilst firming, protecting and increasing skin hydration.</p> </div> 0 Our Favourite Summertime Reads https://www.planetorganic.com/our-favourite-summertime-reads/ https://www.planetorganic.com/our-favourite-summertime-reads/#comments Thurs, 09 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/our-favourite-summertime-reads/ There's nothing like the escapism lent by a good novel or the gratification from delving into a new topic, so we've rounded up our favourite summertime reads from the Head Office Team. There's nothing like the escapism lent by a good novel or the gratification from delving into a new topic, so we've rounded up our favourite summertime reads from the Head Office Team. <br/><br /> From poolside to park time, our summertime page-turners are perfect for whiling away a sunny weekend. Keep reading to discover our recommended books to read this summer.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don&#39;t Know</em> by Malcolm Gladwell </strong><br /> One of the most popular reads from our office book club, this book illuminates how easy it is to misunderstand one another and the significant consequences of when we fail to interpret our fellow, equally flawed humans.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><em>Gut: The Inside Story of our Body&#39;s Most Under-Rated Organ </em>by Giulia Enders</strong><br /> &ldquo;Giulia Enders covers&nbsp;everything from the gut-brain axis, the link between the gut and the immune system and deep dives into the different gut bacteria. Easy to read, this book is packed with advice for how to improve your gut health as well scientific information. A one stop shop to get to know your gut.&rdquo; &ndash; Issy, Fresh Foods Associate Buyer<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><em>The Power of the Dog</em></strong><strong> by Don Winslow</strong><br /> &ldquo;The first novel in a fictional trilogy about Mexican drug cartels, this is by far the best book I&rsquo;ve read. Art Keller, a DEA agent, pursues the &ldquo;padron&rdquo;, Adan Barrera. The trilogy is exceptional. If you need something to get stuck into at a time like this, it&rsquo;s a great option. And, each&nbsp;book&nbsp;is 600 pages so you can easily lose yourself in it.&rdquo; &ndash; Alex, Customer Director<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><em>Everything is Figureoutable</em></strong><strong> by Marie Forleo</strong><br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve always believed in positive thinking and that your mind set can have an impact on success. This book reminded me that all problems can be solved, and everything is truly figureoutable. Especially in these uncertain times, we need to focus on being positive.&rdquo; &ndash; Alexa, Grocery Sales and Marketing Assistant<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><em>And the Mountains Echoed</em></strong><strong> by Khaled Hosseini</strong><br /> &ldquo;From the very beginning of the novel, we are taken down a path of uncertainty, but this path bares an overwhelming sense of hope that shines a light on the unity of love and the special bonds that bind us altogether. At times like this, we need to remember what and who is important in our lives, so a novel that gives hope and light seems apt. The book is about pining after loved ones, separation and being reunited so gives us all hope that patience is key and love is there, regardless of who you are around.&rdquo; &ndash; Sophie, Senior Chilled Buyer<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><em>Everything I Know About Love </em>by Dolly Alderton</strong><br /> &ldquo;A relatable memoir about growing up and the terrifying uncertainty that comes with it. It&rsquo;s witty and makes you laugh, smile and almost cry. Almost like a true Bridget Jones&rsquo; diary.&rdquo; &ndash; Caroline H, Own Label Brand Manager<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><em>Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries </em>by Jon Ronson </strong><br /> &ldquo;A collection of weird and wonderful tales from journalist and author, Jon Ronson. Always funny and intriguing, Ronson delves into extraordinary lives, mysterious worlds and bizarre situations. <em>So You&rsquo;ve Been Publicly Shamed</em> and <em>The Psychopath Test</em> are also fantastic. The kind of books you&rsquo;ll always reference.&rdquo; &ndash; Caroline L, Marketing Manager<br /> &nbsp; 0 Self-care tips from REN https://www.planetorganic.com/self-care-tips-from-ren/ https://www.planetorganic.com/self-care-tips-from-ren/#comments Thurs, 09 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/self-care-tips-from-ren/ At home self-care solutions to keep you looking and feeling yourself. At home self-care solutions to keep you looking and feeling yourself.<br/><br /> <br /> Stress and uncertainty can take its toll on the body and mind. Whether you&rsquo;re working during this current climate, or at home possibly feeling disconnected, taking time to care for ourselves physically and mentally is never more important. While skincare, to some, may appear a superfluous luxury, it can help underpin our daily routine and sense of normality, also providing relief and a moment of calm. We asked our #TeamClean on Instagram what they&rsquo;d like to see from us, and self care and distraction was still high up there.<br /> With that, here&rsquo;s our tips to keep you feeling and looking yourself, while hopefully taking a moment of calm, however you&rsquo;re spending your time.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Keep your hands healthy.</strong><br /> <br /> Whatever your daily routine may currently look like, the advice is to wash our hands more frequently and at least for 40-60 seconds each time. Now&rsquo;s the time to reach for a sulphate-free hand wash if you can. Sulphates or &lsquo;SLS&rsquo; can be drying, stripping the skin of natural oils and weakening it&rsquo;s protective barrier.<br /> <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/ren-atlantic-kelp-hand-wash-300ml/26528/"><strong>Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Hand Wash</strong></a> will help provide optimal hand-hydration and protection from uncomfortable chapping and drying, while still purifying the skin. Follow up with our <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/ren-atlantic-kelp-hand-lotion-300ml/26527/"><strong>Energising Hand Lotion</strong></a> to lock in moisture, which is especially needed when using alcohol-based hand sanitisers - a must in the current climate.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>A moment for your mind.&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> Switch off the news, stop scrolling your feed and take time to ease your mind. If you have a bath, stand in it and scrub dry skin with one of our body scrubs, then simply lie down and allow the salts, nourishing oils and fragrances disperse while your muscles relax. Our <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/ren-moroc-rose-polish-330ml-330ml/9527/"><strong>Moroccan Rose</strong></a>, <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/ren-atlantic-kelp-scrub-150ml/26526/"><strong>Atlantic Kelp</strong></a> and Guerande Salt scrubs all contain aromatherapeutic blends of natural fragrances, so breath deeply as you relax.<br /> For those without a bath, use them in-shower, too or as an anytime hand scrub to avoid flaky hands - just avoid using on chapped or broken skin. When you&rsquo;re finished, lock in moisture with your favourite body cream and spritz &amp; <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/ren-now-to-sleep-75ml/27838/"><strong>Now To Sleep Pillow Spray</strong></a> on your pillows, fresh linens or even pyjamas to further help your mind unwind.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Keep up the cleansing.&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> Outdoor pollution, especially for city livers, can wreak havoc on skin. Airborne particles can clog pores, induce breakouts and lead to premature ageing. Indoor air is essentially the same, not accounting for dust inside our homes. Proper cleansing here is key, AM and PM. Massage <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/ren-perfect-canvas-clean-jelly-oil-cleanser-100ml/38190/"><strong>Perfect Canvas Clean Jelly Oil Cleanser</strong></a> over your skin to break up dirt and impurities, and really take your time with it, as massaging can not only increase microcirculation but can release pent-up stress and give you a moment of calm. Why not practice some deep breathing as you cleanse, too.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Reveal even, glowing skin.&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> AHAs and BHAs are known for helping deeply cleanse, break up dead cells and smooth skin texture, but they can make your skin more sun sensitive. As we&rsquo;re spending more time in our homes, now is a great time to incorporate acid-based formulas like Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic and Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask. We&rsquo;re not recommending you go gung-ho and irritate your skin, as inflammation can lead to premature ageing, so use <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/ren-ready-steady-glow-daily-aha-tonic-250ml/28063/"><strong>AHA Tonic </strong></a>daily and <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/ren-glycolactic-peel-mask-50ml-50ml/4879/"><strong>Glycol Lactic Mask</strong></a> as a twice-weekly treatment, Depending how your skin responds, you can use AHA Tonic morning and evening - but always use sunscreen when venturing outdoors.&nbsp;<br /> If you&rsquo;ve got hyperpigmentation, being indoors is the perfect time to help fade discolouration as sun exposure won&rsquo;t counteract your efforts. Overnight Glow Dark Spot Sleeping Cream is a non-acid treatment, so you can use it in conjunction with all of the above.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Future proof your skin.</strong><br /> <br /> If you are lucky enough to get outside - whether that&#39;s in your garden or on a run to your local park, be sure to safeguard your smooth complexion. Use <strong><a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/ren-clean-screen-mineral-spf-30-mattifying-face-sunscreen-broad-spectrum-50ml/31351/">Clean Screen SPF 30</a>&nbsp;</strong>to protect skin from burning and prevent premature ageing such as leathering and hyperpigmentation in one simple step.&nbsp;<br /> However you are tackling the recent changes to your daily routine, take care of yourself, of others and stay safe.<br /> &nbsp; 0 Sourdough School Tin Loaf Recipe https://www.planetorganic.com/sourdough-school-tin-loaf-recipe/ https://www.planetorganic.com/sourdough-school-tin-loaf-recipe/#comments Thurs, 09 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/sourdough-school-tin-loaf-recipe/ Our friends at The Sourdough School are sharing their most basic sourdough tin loaf recipe. Aside from proving and resting times, this loaf only requires about 15 minutes of actual effort, once you have your starter going. This recipe makes two loaves to save you time, so halve it if you only need one loaf. Our friends at The Sourdough School are sharing their most basic sourdough tin loaf recipe. Aside from proving and resting times, this loaf only requires about 15 minutes of actual effort, once you have your starter going. This recipe makes two loaves to save you time, so halve it if you only need one loaf.<br/><br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you&rsquo;re new to sourdough and don&rsquo;t have a starter, you can ask a friend who already bakes for some of theirs, or you can make your own from scratch. The Sourdough School have fantastic video tutorials <a href="https://www.sourdough.co.uk/getting-a-sourdough-starter-going-from-scratch/">here</a> on their website.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The joining fee for the Sourdough Club is normally &pound;99 with a monthly &pound;9.99 subscription, however if you are a Planet Organic customer, The Sourdough School has very kindly issued 100 discount codes for a 75% discount code off the joining fee for our customers to learn to make sourdough making the joining fee &pound;24.75 and a &pound;9.99 monthly subscription. This includes a sourdough starter to get you going.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The club is run by Vanessa and her team and there are over 70 video tutorials and core lessons in sourdough, with recipes and tips, and as a member you get regular recipes and you can also chat with her directly for advice about your bakes in the club forum, and she uses equipment and flour many of you will recognise as items that we sell.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Please use code <strong>planetorganic-club-april-75</strong> <a href="https://thesourdoughclub.com/courses/sourdough-club-monthly-subscription/">here</a> for 75% off the joining fee.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Please note that the discount codes are valid until the end of April and are available on a first come first serve basis<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <u><strong>Equipment:</strong></u><br /> <br /> Large mixing bowl<br /> 2 x Large 900g (2lb) loaf tin, or 2 small ones<br /> 2 x Clean tea towels<br /> Wooden spoon<br /> Sheet of greaseproof paper<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <u><strong>Time and temperature guidelines:</strong></u><br /> <br /> Day 1 &ndash; Thursday<br /> 9pm &ndash; Refresh your sourdough starter. Use tap water at about 22&deg;C<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Day 2 &ndash; Friday<br /> 8am &ndash; Refresh your sourdough starter. Use tap water at about 22&deg;C<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Day 2 &ndash; Friday<br /> 8pm &ndash; Prepare and weigh out the ingredients<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Day 2 &ndash; Friday<br /> 8.30pm &ndash; Mix the dough. Use your bubbly, lively starter. Try to mix your dough at a temperature of 23&deg;C. Leave the dough in the tin on the kitchen side overnight. When you&rsquo;re done making the dough, put your starter back in the fridge at a temperature of about 5&deg;C.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Day 3 &ndash; Saturday<br /> 8am Onwards &ndash; you can bake at any time from 8am, or you can store the dough in the fridge and bake any time until 4pm.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Makes: 1 large 900g (2lb) loaf or 2 smaller loaves (reduce baking time accordingly)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <u><strong>Ingredients:</strong></u><br /> <br /> 750g water at 27&deg;C<br /> 500g stoneground organic wholegrain flour<br /> 500g organic strong white flour<br /> 200g bubbly lively sourdough starter (second build &ndash; starter that has been refreshed twice)<br /> 20g fine sea salt<br /> butter, ghee or coconut oil, to grease the tin<br /> about 2 tablespoons oil to drizzle over the top and around the sides of the loaf (we used olive oil)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <u><strong>Method:</strong></u><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Double refresh</strong><br /> It is important to build the microbes in the starter if you only bake once a week. A double refreshment as outlined in the timetable above will make a beautiful loaf.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Mix</strong><br /> In a large bowl, mix 700g of your water with the starter, remembering to pay attention to the temperature of the water. Mix well &ndash; getting plenty of oxygen in at this point helps the yeast to reproduce. Add the flour and salt and mix until all the ingredients come together.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> You don&rsquo;t need to knead: just mix well, then wait 10 minutes. You can then add the last 50g water, incrementally (2 x 25g), over the course of 5&ndash;10 minutes, allowing each addition to absorb well. This technique helps create a beautiful open crumb because the gluten forms stronger bonds when the dough is less hydrated.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Prepare the tin by greasing a sheet of baking parchment lightly with butter, ghee, coconut oil or lard (not olive oil.) Then line the tins with the baking parchment. Transfer the dough to the tins.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Prove</strong><br /> Leave the dough overnight on the kitchen table, covered with a clean tea towel. As a general guide, the ambient temperature at the School is generally about 23&deg;C.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In the morning, the dough will be 50 percent bigger. If you prefer, at this stage you can make your loaf sourer and therefore more digestible, by transferring it to the fridge for another 3&ndash;4 hours before baking.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Bake</strong><br /> Preheat your oven to 220&deg;C/428F/Gas mark 7 for at least 30 minutes before you are ready to bake. Place a small pan of boiling water at the bottom of the oven (or use a Dutch oven if you can fit your tin inside one). The extra steam from the water will help to form a beautiful crust.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Drizzle the olive oil over the top and around the sides of the loaf. Reduce the heat to 180&deg;C/355F/Gas Mark 4 and bake for about 45&ndash;50 minutes. I don&rsquo;t give precise timings, as everyone&rsquo;s oven is different. Bake to the point that you like the look of the loaf &ndash; it should be a beautiful golden colour. As soon as it comes out of the oven, carefully place it in the box provided by the person you are baking for. Be sure to maintain correct social distancing. See protocol here on the Sourdough Exchange page.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Storage</strong><br /> I usually advise that sourdough needs to cool in the tin for a few minutes before cooling completely out of the tin, preferably on a wire rack.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Tips</strong><br /> How to refresh your starter<br /> &nbsp;<br /> You can see my video <a href="http://www.sourdough.co.uk/getting-a-sourdough-starter-going-from-scratch/">here </a>on how to refresh your sourdough starter.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Leftover starter<br /> I realise it feels wasteful to discard when refreshing, but please remember that this gives the yeast a boost and is a necessary step because the acidity retards yeast. You will get flat, sour bread if you keep it all. You can use the leftover starter in many other recipes such as pancakes or muffins, or if you are a Sourdough Club member my recipe for chocolate rye. You can also compost it. 0 Seven Ways to Stay Calm When You're Stuck at Home with Pukka Herbs https://www.planetorganic.com/stay-calm-with-pukka-herbs/ https://www.planetorganic.com/stay-calm-with-pukka-herbs/#comments Fri, 03 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/stay-calm-with-pukka-herbs/ Working from home and self-isolation is now the &lsquo;new normal&rsquo; for many and we face a period of uncertainty.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Swapping the office desk for a kitchen table, and face-to-face meetings with video chats has the potential to dampen our moods, making us feel more anxious and tense than ever before.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> And whilst &lsquo;me time&rsquo; is crucial to give our minds and bodies a rest, when it&rsquo;s forced upon you, it might not seem so appealing! These 7 expert-approved tips will help keep you calm when everything around you seems so crazy&hellip;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Establish calm surroundings&nbsp;</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you&rsquo;re going to be spending all your time at home, it needs to become somewhere that you&rsquo;re happy to spend time in.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> When the weather permits, open windows for 15 to 20 minutes to remove stale air from inside the home, and allow fresh air in. If you dry your washing indoors, it&rsquo;s even more important to allow air to circulate and to get rid of damp air. Natural, toxic-free candles can also help to create a calming atmosphere in the home.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Sip on herbs&nbsp;</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> We&rsquo;re all familiar with the phrase &lsquo;hug in a mug&rsquo; and you won&rsquo;t be surprised to hear that the simple action of sipping a warm cup of tea can be oh-so-comforting. What&rsquo;s more if that tea has additional herbs and ingredients to calm you, such as chamomile, lime flower or tulsi, all the better.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;In an office environment, people give themselves time throughout the day to take a tea break, but at home we&rsquo;re not as likely to do so,&rdquo; explains Jo Webber, Head of Herbal Education and Ayurvedic Practitioner at organic wellbeing company Pukka Herbs.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;A mug of herbal tea can help to calm a busy mind, particularly if it incorporates well known stress-relieving herbs. One of my favourites is Pukka&rsquo;s Relax blend, made with chamomile flower to help us unwind, as well as fennel seed and ginger to ease digestion and give anxious tummy&rsquo;s some respite.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Exercise at home&nbsp;</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Personal Trainer Lucy Gornall says that despite gyms being closed, working out at home is still a great way to get your heart rate up, and clear an anxious mind.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;I recommend a 20-minute-high intensity interval routine&rdquo;, says Lucy. &ldquo;Set a timer and work on a 45 seconds on, 15 seconds off set-up. Alternate between squat jumps, burpees, high knees and mountain climbers; you&rsquo;ll be breaking a sweat in no time. Plus, you can do it in front of the TV!&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /> For easy-to-follow routines, check out Youtube, which is home to a multitude of workouts from yoga through to high impact exercises.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Housework&nbsp;</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Psychotherapist Noel McDermott (<a href="https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/fVBCCoY6YhQy6VT1d3rs">www.noelmcdermott.net</a>) explains: &ldquo;The mental health benefits of housework cannot be overplayed. Cleaning and de-cluttering do wonders for your mood. So, when self-isolating, jump to it and get everything done you&rsquo;ve been putting off in your home.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Scrubbing the oven, clearing out old clothes and cleaning windows are just three jobs that we often find on that never-ending to-do list&hellip;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Put the music on&hellip;&nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;Make some &lsquo;mix tapes&rsquo; and get ready for the many parties you are going to throw when you get back to civilian life,&rdquo; says Noel. &ldquo;Singing and dancing are great ways to release pent up energy and upbeat music will quickly put a smile on your face.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Take time to breathe&nbsp;</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> We often underestimate the importance of breathing, but &ldquo;practicing mindfulness and meditation may help you manage stress and high blood pressure,&rdquo; says Jo. &ldquo;It can also improve sleep quality and enable you to feel more balanced and connected.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;When you&rsquo;re constantly under stress, your adrenal glands overproduce the hormone cortisol. Overexposure to this hormone can affect the function of your brain, immune system and other organs.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Not sure how to get started? This simple routine shared by the NHS will help calm the mind in just five minutes:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Find a comfortable position &ndash; stood up, sat down, lying back &ndash; and place your feet roughly hip-width apart.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Breath in through your nose and out through your mouth, gently and regularly. Try counting steadily from 1 to 5 on your breath in. Then, without pausing, let it flow out gently, counting to 5 again. Do this for up to 5 minutes.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Embrace routine&nbsp;</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> You might find that you work and eat from the same table, and actually, with no human connect, find yourself settling down for a day in your dressing gown, with no real motivation to get dressed or even shower. However, going about your normal morning routine &ndash; even as so far as setting your alarm- will help you get in the right frame of mind and boost your productivity.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Lucy explains, &ldquo;Too much &lsquo;downtime&rsquo; is not a good thing in times of uncertainty and keeping your usual routines helps us have a sense of control. Wake up and go to bed as usual, eat healthy, manage your work hours and find<br /> &nbsp; 0 Ombar Vegan Rocky Road https://www.planetorganic.com/ombar-vegan-rocky-road/ https://www.planetorganic.com/ombar-vegan-rocky-road/#comments Tues, 31 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/ombar-vegan-rocky-road/ <span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">?</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">Serves: 12</span><br style="line-height: 15.6px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif;" /> <br /> Prep time: 15 mins<br /> Cook time: 30 mins in the fridge&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>INGREDIENTS:</strong><br /> 200g Ombar Cocomylk&nbsp; chocolate (but any apart from 90% would work)<br /> 60g dairy-free butter spread<br /> 50g vegan biscuits, chopped (we used digestives, but you could use another kind)<br /> 50g vegan marshmallows<br /> 50g dried strawberries<br /> <br /> <strong>METHOD:</strong><br /> <br /> 1. Break up the ombar chocolate and add to a heat-proof bowl along with the dairy-free spread.<br /> 2.&nbsp;Place over a saucepan with simmering water making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn&rsquo;t touch the water. Mix until melted, then take off the heat.<br /> 3. Pour 1/4 of the mixture into a separate bowl and leave to one side. Fold in the rest of the ingredients into the main bowl of melted chocolate.&nbsp;<br /> 4. Transfer into a tin (22&times;12 cm loaf tin) lined with parchment paper. Pour the remaining chocolate on top and smooth with a spatula or a spoon.<br /> 5. Chill in the freezer for 30 minutes of until set, then slice.<br /> &nbsp; 0 JARR Kombucha's Basic Brew https://www.planetorganic.com/jarr-kombuchas-basic-brew/ https://www.planetorganic.com/jarr-kombuchas-basic-brew/#comments Tues, 31 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/jarr-kombuchas-basic-brew/ Makes 2 litres of kombucha.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>What you&rsquo;ll need to get started:</strong><br /> <br /> -1 x SCOBY w/ starter liquid OR 500 ml starter liquid (buy from www.happykombucha.co.uk)<br /> <br /> -2 litres filtered water (500 ml boiling/ 1 litre cold)<br /> <br /> -4 x organic unflavoured teabags (8 grams loose-leaf tea)&nbsp;<br /> <br /> -120 grams organic cane sugar<br /> <br /> -Glass jar capable of holding 2 litres<br /> <br /> -Stirring utensil<br /> <br /> -Breathable cotton/ cheesecloth&nbsp;<br /> <br /> -Rubber band&nbsp;<br /> <br /> -A warm and airy space to let your booch brew<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Brewing Steps:</strong><br /> <br /> *Sterilise your jar and stirring utensil with boiling water before brewing.<br /> <br /> 1) Boil 500 ml of filtered water. While you&rsquo;re waiting, drop the 4 tea bags into your jar. Pour the 500 ml of boiling water into your jar and allow the tea bags to steep for approximately 5 minutes.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> *Different teas require different steep times and temperatures so please research the specifics of your tea before brewing.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> 2) Remove the tea bags with your stirring utensil and add your 120 grams of sugar. Mix until dissolved.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> 3) Top up your 500 ml of sweetened tea with 1 litre of cold filtered water and stir. This will cool the liquid down to below 35 degrees, making it safe to add your starter liquid/ SCOBY.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> 4) After the tea is cooled, add your starter liquid and SCOBY to the jar and stir.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> 5) Secure the cloth over your jar with a rubber band. Place in a warm, airy space out of direct sunlight. The ideal brewing temperature for kombucha is between 23 and 26 degrees.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> 6) Leave your kombucha to brew for 5 days. After 5 days, remove and dispose of the layer of cellulose that has grown on top of the liquid. Begin stirring your kombucha with a clean utensil, bottom to top for 1 minute, twice daily. This will help to oxygenate the liquid and encourage healthy bacteria growth which will speed up the fermentation process, dissipate much of the ethanol produced and ultimately produce a cleaner and more delicious tasting kombucha.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> 7) It is now entirely up to you to determine when your kombucha is ready based on your own personal preference. We recommend a period of about 2 weeks when fermenting at 24 degrees. If you&rsquo;d like to get more specific, you can purchase PH strips/ litmus paper. Finished kombucha normally sits between 2.8 and 3.1 ph. When your kombucha is ready, put a lid on your jar and place it in the fridge. This will stop the fermentation process. Remember to save at least 1/4 (500 ml) of your final 2 litre brew as starter liquid/ SCOBY for your next batch. If you&rsquo;d like to scale up to 4 litres for your next brew, save 1 litre of this batch.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Any questions? Get in touch with JARR Kombucha co-founder Adam Vanni directly by emailing him on adam@jarrkombucha.com&nbsp;<br /> 0 De-Stress with Blasta Henriet https://www.planetorganic.com/de-stress-with-blasta-henriet/ https://www.planetorganic.com/de-stress-with-blasta-henriet/#comments Thurs, 26 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/de-stress-with-blasta-henriet/ De-stress and unwind with our friends at Bl&auml;sta Henri&euml;t&#39;s relaxation technique.<br /> <br /> You need: 1 blanket, 1 bolster or firm pillows, 1 eye pillow<br /> <br /> 1. Sit down on a yoga mat or soft rug with your knees bent and your feet grounded. Fold the blanket in half and place behind you. The blanket will support you from your tailbone to the top of your head.<br /> 2. Place the bolster under your knees for support.<br /> 3. Lie back onto the blanket and place arms out at a 45-degree angle, palms facing up and your knees relaxed over the bolster.<br /> 4. Place the eye pillow over your eyes. The eye pillow will apply gentle pressure that send signals to the brain to relax, it will also block out unwanted light and help quiet your mind.<br /> 5. Breathe deeply through your nose and exhale deeply through your nose or your mouth. Try lengthening your exhale and keep the inhale shorter than your exhale - inhale for 4 counts and exhale for 8 counts.<br /> <br /> Aim to stay in this position for at least 2 minutes and longer if needed.<br /> <br /> Whilst maintaining the pose and breathing, travel across your body in your mind and acknowledge each body part as you go along. Starting with the big toe, second toe, middle toe and so on - move on to the shin, calf and thigh and across the abdomen, bellybutton, ribs, shoulder and on to the arm down to your fingers and back to the throat, across your face to the tip of your head and across to the other arm and all the way back down through the opposite leg.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> This exercise is really helpful to help clear your mind and deepen relaxation. If you notice your mind starts wondering just acknowledge that it has happened and bring your attention back to your body.<br /> <br /> Repeat as necessary.<br /> 0 Planet Organic Acquires As Nature Intended https://www.planetorganic.com/planet-organic-and-as-nature-intended-/ https://www.planetorganic.com/planet-organic-and-as-nature-intended-/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/planet-organic-and-as-nature-intended-/ <span class="f-medium"><span class="f-family1">We are delighted to announce that Planet Organic has acquired <a href="https://www.asnatureintended.uk.com/">As Nature Intended</a>, the chain of seven London-based organic and natural food stores.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Back in 2018 when we received investment in the business, we set the target of opening ten new stores in London over the next five years. Our mission is to provide food and products that are healthy for both our bodies and the planet, and to become pillars of the communities we serve.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We opened Queen&rsquo;s Park last August, taking us to eight stores, and it has been wonderful getting to know our neighbours in the area. Now, with the purchase of As Nature Intended, we are moving towards our expansion goal and we can&rsquo;t wait to meet our new communities across London.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We&rsquo;ll keep you posted on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook as our plans develop over the coming weeks, and we&#39;ve popped our press release below for you to have a read through.&nbsp;</span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Planet Organic&nbsp;</strong>Announces Takeover of&nbsp;<strong>As Nature Intended</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Planet Organic</strong>, the leading UK health and wellbeing retailer, has acquired&nbsp;<strong>As Nature Intended</strong>, the chain of seven London-based organic and natural food stores.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Planet Organic has targeted opening 10 new stores in the Greater London area within next five years.&nbsp;In 2019 Planet Organic opened a new store in Queen&rsquo;s Park, North London, taking its shop count to eight. Now, with the purchase of As Nature Intended, Planet Organic increases its store count to become the largest specialist organic grocer chain in the UK.<br /> Planet Organic was founded in 1995 and in 2018 Inverleith LLP became the majority shareholder to help expand the Company&rsquo;s growth. As Nature Intended was founded in 1999.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Planet Organic&rsquo;s Chairman, Ben Thomson, says:</strong><br /> &ldquo;This deal allows&nbsp;us to further the mission of Planet Organic to provide food and products that are healthy for our customers as well as healthy for the planet. We share a similar outlook to As Nature Intended, a company which, like Planet Organic, promotes wellness with high environmental standards. Both organisations believe the future of High Street retailing is in providing experience- based shopping for the communities where we are located.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;In the short term our primary focus is to make sure we are there to support our customers, and the customers of our newly acquired stores, through the coronavirus outbreak. We have a very knowledgeable staff who can help answer questions on what foods, supplements and lifestyle changes we can make to help to boost immunity and general wellbeing.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;In the longer term this acquisition allows Planet Organic to grow quickly into locations we have already identified as ideal for our brand. With the addition of As Nature Intended stores, we will be the largest organic grocery chain in the UK with plans to grow further as the popularity of healthy foods continues.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Planet Organic&rsquo;s CEO, Peter Marsh, says:</strong><br /> &ldquo;Planet Organic is the original organic supermarket chain in the UK.&nbsp;There is nothing we like more than to see our customers relaxing and chatting over a cup of coffee, an immune boosting juice, or helping them to shop in an environmentally friendly way, enjoying our unpackaged products, home- compostable packaging and zero-food waste policies. Ours is the sort of shopping that is the future of the high street. We are looking forward to providing this Planet Organic approach into the newly acquired stores in new communities.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Caroline Gooding, As Nature Intended owner and CEO, who now steps down from her role, commented:</strong><br /> &ldquo;Planet Organic is an amazingly complementary business, operating similar stores in London, with limited overlap with our own premises, and most importantly pursuing a similar mission and sharing our core values.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;While I am naturally sad to have reached the end of this 20-year adventure, I firmly believe that stepping back now is in the best interests of the As Nature Intended business, my colleagues and our customers. I am confident that I am passing the company into highly capable and committed hands, and that its new owners will be able to make the most of the opportunities for what now becomes the biggest and best operator in this market.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp; <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="page" title="Page 2"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> 0 Supporting your Immune System https://www.planetorganic.com/supporting-your-immune-system-/ https://www.planetorganic.com/supporting-your-immune-system-/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT Planet Organic https://www.planetorganic.com/supporting-your-immune-system-/ <br /> <br /> Staying well and supporting a healthy immune system is one our our best defences against viruses. We want to do all we can to help our communities keep healthy, so we&rsquo;ve put together a short guide on how to support overall health and our immune systems, in addition to government health advice. Although particularly relevant now, this is our long-term advice for overall health and wellbeing.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><a href="https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/g44fCBgRgsypKLtz4fY6">Eat Well&nbsp;</a></strong><br /> Diet is hugely important, so ensure you&rsquo;re getting enough nutrients from a diverse range of food sources including vegetables, legumes, wholegrains, proteins, nuts and seeds with a focus on plants and eating the rainbow. Eat organic fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes as they contain higher levels of antioxidants compared to conventionally grown crops and are more nutrient-dense, plus they have lower concentrations of pesticides, which can have a negative impact on gut health. Organic meat and dairy products contain around 50% more omega-3 fatty acids than non-organic, and organic milk and dairy contains higher concentrations of iron and Vitamin E. All of the food at our mix and match counter and our fresh juices, smoothies and coffees and certified organic.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><a href="https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/ZVAsCDRJRTyNA8t5GNXR">Support Gut Health</a></strong><br /> The gut houses over 70% of our immune system cells - more than anywhere else in the body -&nbsp; which protect us from external disruptors like pollution and chemicals, and internal disruptors like pathogens, emotions and stress. The microbiota interacts with immune cells and stimulates our immune system as needed but this communication can be damaged by disruptors such as stress, poor diet and overuse of antibiotics. In order to support gut function, include prebiotic foods and spices in our everyday diet. These include&nbsp;kefir,&nbsp;inulin,&nbsp;chicory, Jerusalem artichokes and high beta-carotene foods like carrots, sweet potatoes and leafy greens.&nbsp;Bone broths&nbsp;can help to repair the gut and multiple-strain probiotics&nbsp;can help to improve the variety of microbes in the gut.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><a href="https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/5qJVCEl6lIYVxZipem3h">Sleep&nbsp;Well and Rest Up</a></strong><br /> During sleep, our immune system secretes cytokines, a group of proteins that regulate immunity and inflammation. Adequate sleep also supports T cells, a type of immune cell that fights against pathogens. Going to bed early enough, creating a calming sleep environment and preparing your body to sleep can all help to improve the quality of your rest and in turn, support your immune system. Read up on our sleep tips and recommendations <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/let-us-help-you-sleep/">here</a>. If you feel exhausted or run down, listen to your body and rest up, rather than pushing yourself with a jam-packed schedule or intense exercise, as this will only prolong recovery time.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="http://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/5qJVCEl6lIYVxZipem3h"><strong>Reduce Stress </strong></a><br /> A stressed body and mind is also more vulnerable to illness due to increased cortisol levels - the hormone that puts out body on high alert. Try meditation, breathing exercises or taking a long bath to lower cortisol production and supplement with apoptogenic&nbsp;Reishi&nbsp;mushroom that work as a natural stress modulator and immune booster.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/vitamins-minerals/">Supplement&nbsp;</a></strong><br /> Supplementing our diets we have enough vitamins and minerals to support bodily function and boost the immune system.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We recommend everyone takes Vitamin C as it helps to boost the immune system by encouraging the production of white blood cells, and it has been shown to be able to both prevent and treat respiratory and systemic infections. Liposomal Vitamin C is particularly effective as it is fat-based rather than water based, like regular Vitamin C supplements, and because the liposome&rsquo;s membrane is made of the same fat found in the cell membranes throughout the body, this allows the liposomal Vitamin C to pass into cells easily and be delivered directly into the cells.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Additionally, we recommend taking an immune supporting multi-vitamin like Wild Nutrition&rsquo;s&nbsp;which delivers food-grown vitamins and minerals, amino acids, biomass mycelial mushrooms and Elderberry.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Take lauric acid, found in human breast milk and coconut oil, in the form of Monolaurin to support immune health without adverse effects on beneficial intestinal flora. Designs for Health&rsquo;s Monolaurin Avail contains Vitamin C for added immune benefit, and sunflower lecithin to enhance absorption of the monolaurin.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.planetorganic.com/kids-healthcare/"><strong>Family Health&nbsp;</strong></a><br /> The same advice - eat well, support gut health, get enough sleep and supplement &ndash; is true for children too. Feed them foods high in Vitamin C such as oranges, kiwis and tangerines and B6 rich foods such as leafy greens and chickpeas, and supplement with&nbsp;elderberry syrup, Manuka honey and a&nbsp;probiotic.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; 0