Beauty for your big day

Planning for your wedding is an exciting time. It can also be exhausting, so you need to ensure you look after your health and looks by eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and having sufficient sleep, along with exercising in the fresh air.

As well as what you put into your body, here are some hints for home facials. Tie back your hair and lather your face and neck with a thin layer of plain, full fat yoghurt, avoiding the eye area. Let the yoghurt dry and then gently slough it off with your fingers, using a circular motion. This can be done outside or over a sink. Gently rinse off any dried yoghurt that remains on your skin with warm water. Follow up with a honey mask. Apply a very thin layer of honey to your face, and leave on for about 20 minutes (watch out for sticky drips) then rinse off with warm water. Both these treatments will give you a healthy glow and make your skin feel fabulous. Follow this routine once a week especially leading up to your big day.

A beautiful place for a wedding in the southern highlands of NSW. Event flowers add to the beauty of your big day. Wedding flowers are available to enhance the effect you wish to achieve. Wedding styling southern highlands is the expertise of Alison Kennon who uses her creative ability to produce awesome floral displays and arrangements. Your elegance and style will be matched by Bowral wedding flowers designed by Alison.

Event styling Canberra is also a region that Alison covers. Canberra event flowers will be arranged with artistry and creativity by Alison.

Flowers will add to your chosen style for your wedding day. Whether you choose a dress that is traditional, or a theme that is modern, flowers will add elegance to your occasion. Colour is an important aspect of any event, and floral displays are the most exciting and natural way to add a different dimension to your wedding, event or function.

Whether your wedding is in a small village church – the likes of which abound in the southern highlands – or a glamorous hotel, you will want to feel your very best.

When searching for accommodation in the area for the special few days after your wedding, you cannot go past Milton Park Country House Hotel. Stylish and comfortable, Milton Park has luxurious accommodation, with fine dining. Milton Park, with its fine and historic gardens and buildings, is also a great venue for the ceremony itself or for the reception.

For a more relaxed and informal occasion, the historic Burrawang Hotel is ann excellent choice. Briars Country Lodge in Bowral has terrific facilities for a wedding.

It is a good idea to come and stay at the venue first, so you can get a feel for the friendliness of the staff, the type and quality of food served, and the accommodation.

Country living for health

The townships south of Sydney can offer a great lifestyle change. Their proximity to Sydney means that it is possible to live in the country, yet still be close enough to work in Sydney. These towns provide a relaxed escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. There are many healthy activities that can be undertaken.

Thirlmere is a semi-rural village in the Wollondilly Shire. Real estate Thirlmere means you can live in an area which has great bushwalks. Thirlmere Lakes National Park is an environmental area which has wildlife abounding, including beautiful water birds.

Picton Botanical Gardens is a lovely area which has many walking trails and tracks for cycling. Picton real estate offers the possibility of exercise and an outdoor life and adventures in the Australian bushland. Picton property enables you to become a part of this vibrant community.

The Hume Highway, which links Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne is a major thoroughfare. Off the Hume Highway, Bargo is also a small town with a country feel and healthy country air. Real estate Bargo is well-priced and the fresh country air is maintained due to the fact that traffic is only local. Nepean Dam and Avon Dam are both close by and are great for walking and picnics with family and friends. Wirrimbirra Sanctuary is an animal reserve with well-maintained trails and bushland walks for a healthy outdoor experience. The Wollondilly River has a number of swimming holes, namely Mermaid Pools and the Potholes.

Also in Wollondilly Shire is the town of Wilton. Wilton real estate is prime due to its proximity to Sydney and Wollongong. Cataract Dam is nearby and is very picturesque. Walking is a favoured past time in the area. Also, the Sydney Skydiving Centre offers a healthy and energetic and exciting experience. Bingara Gorge is a new development in the region of Wilton, which has a school and shops.

Come and explore the country lifestyle south of Sydney. Fresh air and freedom for the children to run and play and ride and grow healthy and strong. Enjoy bushwalking and picnics and skydiving. Enjoy living int he country with more family time on weekends and holidays.

Herbal teas for health and vitality

Herbal teas have been used throughout the centuries as a health-giving beverage. Herbal teas are available to purchase as tea-bags, or an alternative is to grow your own herbs, dry them and use the crushed, dried leaves to make tea.

A few fine slivers of fresh ginger in a cup to which boiling water is added makes a tangy, zesty drink. This tea will encourage perspiration which helps the body to detox through the skin. Ginger tea also activates the circulation. Some added honey for sweetening is a great addition for convalescents.

Tea by infusion is the most common way of making a herb tea. A herb tea is usually made by placing 1 teaspoon of dried herb, or 2-3 teaspoons of fresh herb, in a teapot and pouring over 1 cup of boiling water. To prevent the beneficial essential oils from dissipating, a lid should be placed on the pot. Leave it to stand for 2-3 minutes. For a stronger infusion stir the tea with a spoon for a few seconds. If the tea is left for 5-10 minutes it will be stronger, but the longer it steeps, it may become bitter.

Herb teas are usually not drunk with milk. Honey, licorice root or stevia are good additions as sweeteners. A sliver of ginger root, a slice of lemon, or stirring the tea with a cinnamon quill adds extra flavour.

It is recommended that a large pot of herbal tea be made at breakfast then chilled and drunk throughout the day. For variety the chilled tea can be added to fruit juice.

Consuming sufficient liquids is known to maintain hydration of the skin and vital organs. Our bodies need approximately 2 litres of water a day to ensure the maintenance of basic functions. Ensuring the consumption of sufficient fluids means that wastes and toxins are removed from our bodies. Circulation is stimulated and so oxygen flow to cells increases. Symptoms of lack of hydration include depression, fatigue, irritability and pain in the joints. Drinking water and herbal teas will increase fluid intake and health and vitality will be increased.

Dried fruits can be added to herbal teas for added flavour and aroma.

During the winter months it is a good idea to make up a thermos of herbal tea to drink warm throughout the day.

A decoction is another method of making a herb tea. A decoction is a herb tea made by boiling. Take 1 teaspoon of dried herb (2-3 teaspoons of fresh herb) and add 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Bring to the boil and keep it just simmering for between 3-10 minutes with the lid on. This method is useful for seeds, bark, tough leaves and roots of plants, and the amount of simmering time depends on the toughness of the plant parts. Decoctions are then strained and taken hot or cold.

Experiment by combining different herbs from the garden. Lemon balm, lemon thyme and lemon verbena create a terrific lemon flavour and aroma. A good tea can be made from elderberry flowers and peppermint leaves. An energy boosting tea can be made from alfalfa and rosemary.

For health and pleasure and healing – herbal teas are a great addition to your life. They are potent though, so make sure you know the properties of the herbs you have, and know for certain that they can be taken internally.