Kahanda Kanda Introduces an Ayurvedic Menu

Sri Lanka’s Kahanda Kanda has introduced an Ayurvedic menu designed to encourage optimal health from inside out and complement the resort’s new 4-night Wellness Program.

Based on 5000-year-old Ayurvedic philosophies, the menu incorporates the essential elements of sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, astringent and salty in each meal to aid digestion and achieve overall balance.

Dishes such as Sri Lankan Style Pumpkin and Beans Curry; Almonds, Green Bean Salad with Sweet Potatoes, Apple and Egg; and Beetroot and Cumin Soup feature on the menu. Each meal incorporates cooked fruit and vegetables making them easier to metabolize and spice for its various therapeutic qualities.

With hydration key to the Ayurvedic diet each meal is accompanied by a carefully selected herbal tea and juice. Aloe Vera, Gotukola, Pomegranate and Hathawariya (Asparagus Gonoclados) juice are part of the breakfast offering along with Ginger and Lime, Mint and Green, Cinnamon and Apple and Hibiscus and Lemon Grass teas.

The menu forms part of a specially devised 4-night wellness program which expertly mixes daily yoga with targeted massage treatments to allow for total mind and body relaxation and rejuvenation. Hatha yoga sessions are mixed with one-on-one practice with a local expert. Massage treatments range from 30-min head and shoulders to local specialty Rice Bundle Massage designed to stimulate brain cells. Prices start at US $2250* in KK Plantation Villas.

Inclusions and Itinerary for Wellness Package:

Day 1
Welcome – Herbal drink
Evening – 1-Hour Relaxation Massage
Dinner – Ayurvedic Menu

Day 2
Morning – 1-Hour Hatha Yoga Session
Breakfast – Ayurvedic Menu
After breakfast 30-minutes Head & Shoulder Massage
Lunch – Ayurvedic Menu
Evening – Body Scrub
Dinner – Ayurvedic Menu

Day 3
Morning – 1-Hour Hatha Yoga Session
Breakfast – Ayurvedic Menu
After breakfast 1-Hour Rice Herbal Bundle Massage
Lunch – Kahanda Kanda
Evening – Kahanda temple visit with Nadeera
Dinner – Ayurvedic Menu

Day 4
Morning – 1-Hour Hatha Yoga Session
Breakfast – Ayurvedic Menu
After breakfast 1-Hour Spot Therapy for Peripheral Nervous
Lunch – KK Beach
Evening – 30-minutes meditation
Dinner – Ayurvedic Menu

Day 5
Breakfast – Ayurvedic Menu
Departure

Source:  Kahanda Kanda


Witchery and the OCRF announce Jessica McNamee as an ambassador for the 2019 White Shirt Campaign

The Witchery White Shirt campaign hinges on the power and importance of vital research needed to ensure that women everywhere, are free from the threat of ovarian cancer. The research endeavours to develop an early detection test for ovarian cancer that is as accessible as a pap smear (for cervical cancer) or a mammogram (for breast cancer).

With no obvious symptoms until the later stages and no early detection test available for the disease, ovarian cancer has a significantly lower survival rate than breast and cervical cancer.

The Witchery White Shirt collection will be available to shop online via witchery.com.au and in-store throughout Australia and New Zealand from Thursday 11 April 2019. The OCRF White Shirt Day and World Ovarian Cancer Day is Wednesday 8 May 2019, marking the conclusion of this important Australian campaign.

An amazing line-up of influential women are soon to be announced to join McNamee as ambassadors for the 2019 Witchery White shirt campaign. Previous ambassadors of the campaign include Rose Byrne, Miranda Kerr, Jodi Gordon, Carrie Bickmore, Cheyenne Tozzi, Ksenija Lukich, Samantha Harris and Jessica Rowe.

Sydney-born McNamee rose to fame in Australia playing roles in the Seven Network television programmes Home and Away and Packed to the Rafters. Most recently, McNamee starred as Margaret Court in Battle of the Sexe sand in thriller film The Meg alongside Jason Statham and Ruby Rose.

“I am so proud to be supporting this incredible cause, bringing further awareness to ovarian cancer and the importance of finding an early detection test.”

For every white shirt sold, Witchery will donate 100% of the gross proceeds to the OCRF, which will allow for further vital research needed to ensure that women, everywhere are free from the threat of ovarian cancer. To date, the Witchery White Shirt Campaign has raised over $12.1 million but there is still work to be done.

Source: Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation


Rodan + Fields Introduces SPOTLESS, a Groundbreaking Acne Solution, and Expands into the Teen Market

Rodan & Fields, LLC (Rodan + Fields), a prestige, dermatology-inspired skincare brand, and the #1 skincare brand in North America has announced the launch of SPOTLESS, a patent-pending teen and young adult acne solution. Stanford-trained dermatologists Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, who transformed at-home solutions for millions with their first acne success, are leveraging their 25-plus years of experience to revolutionize the category once again. With SPOTLESS, Rodan + Fields offers a solution to treat acne, a debilitating dermatological condition and the #1 skin condition in the US, which impacts 85 percent of teens and young adults.

SPOTLESS features a BPO2 Technology that leverages Benzoyl Peroxide in a groundbreaking new way. Rodan + Fields has developed an innovative liquid form of Benzoyl Peroxide – an industry first – to get through the skin’s stubborn biofilms, helping to bring the microbiome inside the pores back to balance and effectively combat the entire acne cycle. A two-step system, SPOTLESS delivers visible results from Day 1 and makes it easy for teens to be compliant and achieve even better results over time.

“As practicing dermatologists, product developers and women, we understand the emotional, physical and scientific aspects of acne,” said Dr. Katie Rodan, Co-Founder of Rodan + Fields. “Working side-by-side with our team of scientists and innovators we’ve pioneered many skincare firsts, and we’re thrilled to have discovered a game-changing way to treat acne for teens,” said Dr. Kathy Fields, Co-Founder of Rodan + Fields.

Rodan + Fields recognizes the impact acne has on people of all ages – including the 40 percent of adults who experience acne – and knows adult skin requires a different approach than teen skin. With that in mind, the company has updated its UNBLEMISH Regimen, designed to address adult acne, as well as the visible signs of aging, with new formulas that feature Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid.

“With our Founders’ unique perspective and expertise, we believe these formulas will be a breakthrough in the category and give the overwhelming majority of consumers who experience acne an easy, at-home solution,” said Diane Dietz, President and CEO of Rodan + Fields. “We are just scratching the surface of the $124B global skincare category and launching SPOTLESS provides a significant opportunity to reach a new set of customers.”

The SPOTLESS and UNBLEMISH Regimens are available through Rodan + Fields Independent Consultants who power the company’s unique consumer-connected commerce model, and at rodanandfields.com.

Source: Rodan + Fields


Byron Bay backdrop for Activated Nutrients

To celebrate the launch of Activated Nutrients’ latest offering – a range of Certified Organic superfood powders – an intimate group of media heavyweights and special guests were invited to experience a health and wellness retreat in Byron Bay, the home of healthy living. 

Hosted at The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa, the health and wellness retreat gave guests the opportunity to unwind and relax in the eco-friendly resort with architecture that relies on the flow of fresh air. The two-day program of events included a welcome sunset dinner, one-off health and fitness activities and an official launch brunch. Over the course of the retreat, guests were able to participate in a number of activities including yoga and a guided meditation walk in the rainforest, tennis lessons, sunrise surfing lessons and personal training on the beach at Byron Bay’s iconic Tallow Beach.

The retreat concluded with a media launch brunch hosted in the penthouse at Raes at Wategos. Overlooking the ocean, headland and lighthouse, guests enjoyed a beautiful spread of healthy breakfast items including macadamia lattes, acai bowls, chia pots and a ‘create-your-own’ avocado on toast with locally sourced toppings that included goats cheese, heirloom tomatoes and Atlantic salmon.

A specially created smoothie bar was also featured where guests were able to create their own smoothies that included Activated Nutrients’ new range of certified organic superfood powders. Before returning home, guests were able to enjoy an afternoon stroll along the iconic lighthouse walk to the Cape Byron Lighthouse.

Co-founded in 2013 by Blair Norfolk and leading nutritional scientist Dr. Jaroslav Boublik (‘Dr. JB’), Activated Nutrients’ products harness the power of plant-based nutrition and cutting-edge scientific research to deliver innovative products with tangible health benefits. Proudly Australian-owned and headquartered in Melbourne, Activated Nutrients is committed to educating consumers about the myriad benefits of organic, plant-based nutrition.

The new ‘Top Up’ range was created to help men, women, and those aged over 50 to bridge the nutritional gap created by poor dietary choices, to ensure consumers don’t miss out on essential nutrients the body needs to get through a busy day. The products feature a unique blend of superfood and herbal extracts, sourced from their native region of cultivation to ensure the ingredients meet rigorous standards for quality and purity. In recognition of the relationship between the gut microbiome and human health, prebiotic fibres and live probiotics underpin the entire product range to support a healthy gut.

More than just a superfood powder, Activated Nutrients’ products boast significant levels of multiple vitamins and minerals, all derived from whole plant foods. By sourcing these micronutrients from whole plant extracts rather than synthetic chemical compounds, the nutrients are more bioavailable and able to be utilised by the body.

Source: Activated Nutrients


The Art of Wellness concludes David Jones AW19 Season Launch at MONA.

David Jones has welcomed guests and media to The Art of Wellness, the final event in a two day series of immersive experiences in Tasmania to launch to AW19 season. 

Held in MONA’s Faro, attendees were hosted by David Jones General Manager of Beauty, Rachel Duffy-Packer and Australian actress, Teresa Palmer.

“Wellness is no longer just a matter of diet and exercise,” says David Jones General Manager of Beauty, Rachel Duffy-Packer. “This season, The Art of Living has given us a platform to discuss the direction of this movement which has many touch-points from inner beauty supplements and aromatherapy, to mindfulness and conscious beauty products.

Our customers are doing more research and making more informed shopping decisions, and their feedback allows us to continue to explore the way wellness is translated into our offering at David Jones.”

David Jones showcased its expanding lifestyle offering from a range of categories including appliances by Vitamix, tech products by Bose, homewares from Keep Cup and aromatherapy from Aveda.

Australian home-grown brands capturing the global market were the hero of The Art of Wellness, including WelleCo, Kora, The Beauty Chef and Bear Vitamins. David Jones ambassadors and guests showcased the latest in lifestyle and activewear from Australian designers including P.E Nation, Jac + Jack, Bassike, Viktoria & Woods and The Upside.

Guests at The Art of Wellness arrived to custom MONA smoothies blended with Beauty Chef and Tasmanian Raspberries, and enjoyed Aveda oil massage before a mindfulness session with celebrated meditation and yoga expert, Hobart-based Helen Cushing. The event marked the conclusion of the two day series celebrating the launch of David Jones AW19, The Art of Living.

Source: David Jones 

Melissa was a guest of David Jones in Hobart