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Special Feature: New Year a time for reflection | Herb: Lemon Balm

Special Feature: New Year a time for reflection | Herb: Lemon Balm

New Products
Hair Care Range
Shampoo range that just loves your hair

YEARS of research have finally come to fruition for Tinderbox with the release of its shampoo and conditioner range.
Four products complete the range:
Chamomile and Green Tea Shampoo for Normal Hair (Motor-bike Frog).
Apple and Rooibos Shampoo for Dry Hair (Western Quoll)
Witchazel and Raspberry Shampoo for Oily Hair (Red Eared Firetail Finch)
Honey Myrtle Conditioner For All Hair Types (Leafy Sea Dragon)
The unique Tinderbox scents are formulated with 100 per cent natural botanical aromatherapy oils that lightly and elegantly scent without interference.

Help injured and orphaned native wildlife

TINDERBOX has long been involved in local conservation projects and now you can join in.
Just purchase any Tinderbox shampoo or conditioner and return the Wildlife Care Fund tag to participating outlets.
For every Wildlife Care Fund label returned, Tinderbox will donate $AUS1.00 directly to wildlife carers, who help rehabilitate injured and orphaned wildlife.
“Caring for our environment has always been a priority for Tinderbox,” owner Rob Troeth said. “But it’s not just about having recyclable packaging and pure botanical products - it’s also about caring for the other animals that humans co-exist with.”
The new hair-care range features illustrations of wildlife native to Tinderbox’s home - the South West of Western Australia.
So take the opportunity to make a real donation to a real cause while giving your hair the treatment it deserves.

Pure, safe ingredients for beautiful hair

TINDERBOX shampoo blends fulfill the following criteria concerning consumer purity and safety:
• Contain no harsh, hazardous chemicals including ethoxylates, sodium lauryl (or laureth) sulphates, propylene glycol, silicones and nitrosamine impurities;
• Contain no toxic preservatives including Parabens, formaldehyde, methylisothiazolinones, DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl and imadazolidinyl urea and quaternium 15 due to their unacceptable irritancy;
• No petroleum by-products (petro-chemicals);
• No artificial fragrances or colour
• Environmentally and grey-water friendly;
• Adhere to cruelty-free principles and contain no animal derivatives;
• PH Balanced
• Organic wherever possible

Artist behind the labels

ACCOMPLISHED West Australian artist Wendy Holmes illustrated the new shampoo and conditioner range from Tinderbox.
Ms Holmes, who has a Diploma in Fine Art and a raft of art awards and exhibitions in Perth and the South West of WA, has been drawing for Tinderbox since mid-2007.
“Being invited to illustrate for the Tinderbox is providing a delightful opportunity to explore botanical images and weave them together with expressive anatomical forms and faces,” Ms Holmes said.
“The greatest pleasure comes from seeing these pencil drawings translated into colourful labels, banners and onto the website. It’s a rare delight to work as part of such an enthusiastic team.”
Ms Holmes’ detailed illustrations of the four icons native to WA that feature on the new hair-care labels were digitally coloured by the Tinderbox design team.
Her work features on other Tinderbox products, including: Equanimity Clearing Spray, Room Spray, Rose Radiance and Hair Conditioning Oil.

Essential Oils
Rediscover your evolving human animal with aromatherapy
A time for reflection

HOW MANY New Year’s resolutions have we made over the years and failed to sustain them as eventually our pre-conditioned habitual patterning kicks back in?
What is it about the beginning of the year that so prompts us to make such salubrious promises to live more healthily, eat well, exercise, lose weight and be a better person?
We place unreasonably high expectations on ourselves - that’s the trouble. If we could train ourselves to just take each day singularly and be fully present in the moment, the body and with the breath, some clarity can then arise.
If we could just watch what ‘comes up’, non-judgmentally and focus on the little things that make us healthy, happy and  more compassionate; then maybe step by step we could move towards being who we want to be.
This “better” being is actually who we already are; however we are not yet awake to our true selves.
How do we wake up to our reality? A good start is to take our eye off the goal, the outcome, and be present to the process, the practice, the journey.
It means being happy with contentment; not swinging between the opposite poles of highs and lows, desires and aversions.  
The use of pure plant aroma holds a special place in the human saga.
All throughout history aromatic oils were used as medicines, cosmetics and tools to heighten spirituality.
It awakens lost parts of our souls through the intimate connection of smell and our primal being.
Aromatherapy offers the opportunity to rediscover the evolving human animal that we intrinsically are; the one that can share the world known by bees and butterflies, the being that can heal by nature’s simplest remedies, the life force of plants.
Using essential oils for instance, strengthens our ability to identify the influences obstructing us from achieving harmony, joy and balance.
They promote a safe environment for us to discover whether our reality is created from our individual truth or if it is being influenced by unconscious re-acting, social consciousness, parents or peers.
It is folly to perceive of the human organism as being apart from all else; impermeable, so insensitive that it does not absorb all the artificial preparations of the common daily ablutions and the chemical environment that most people live within.
This is why these daily ablutions and the human living space must be as pure as can be; of nature and the plant world, so we can mindfully imbibe pure scents of the earth and plants in all their myriad varieties comfortably, safely and beneficially.
These precious and most highly compatible substances can then penetrate our olfactory system, our skin and our digestive systems and infuse into our interior world, percolating into our cells to maintain health, vigour and well-being.
Odour messages are one of the fastest ways to achieve psychological or physiological effects.
Through the limbic system and other parts of the brain, many functions of the body and mind may be regulated by smell, such as hormone balance, breathing, heart rate, stress levels and memory.

What Herb is That?

Lemon Balm
Garden favourite makes the heart merry and revivies spirits

LEMON BALM is a citrusy and fresh scented herb and quite a favourite to grow in the garden, where it thrives in most conditions and self-sows readily, making it a delightful staple for herb lovers and gourmets alike.
Paracelsus recommended balm for its ability to make the heart merry, and revive spirits. Culpepper said it would help digestion, open obstructions of the brain, and with its purging quality, expel melancholy spirits. Recent research findings indicate that balm has strong antidepressant properties and it helps relieve anxiety attacks, palpitations with nausea, mild insomnia and phobias, and when used as a sedative it is good for children.
Balm means fragrant, to lessen the pain, soothe and heal and anyone who drinks lemon balm regularly, will know the calming, relaxing and refreshing benefits.
Lemon balm, or Melissa as it is called, also attracts bees to the garden; in fact it derives its name from the Greek for honeybee.
Lemon balm has featured for digestive disorders: flat- ulence, colic, poor digestion, vomiting, griping pains and ulcers.  It soothes headaches, migraines, insomnia, nervous upset, and mood swings.  A useful remedy for influenza, coughs, fevers and colds. It helps female complaints such as uterine pain, menstrual irregularity and infertility.  Lemon balm helps stimulate the spleen, thyroid, pancreas, kidneys, liver and gall bladder.  As a poultice it treats sores and tumours. Lemon balm has a tonic effect on the heart and circulatory system causing mild vasodilation of the peripheral vessels, thus lowering blood pressure.
Lemon balm has an extensive culinary potential because of its delicate lemon flavour;  and is an ingredient of the famous liqueurs Bene- dictine and Chartreuse. The flower tips and young leaves can be floated in wine or fruit cups as a flavouring and garnish. Makes a delicious tea, alone or with ordinary tea.

Fact File

Name: Lemon Balm (Melissa)
Latin name: Melissa officinalis
Did you know? In 1696, The London Dispensary reported that lemon ‘‘balm in wine, taken every morning, would renew youth, strengthen the brain, relieve languishing nature and prevent baldness’’. 

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