solar springs health retreat, bundanoon

Morning workout: stretch class overlooking this amazing view!

Morning workout: stretch class overlooking this amazing view!

If your idea of relaxing is doing stretch classes, bushwalks, facials and sipping herbal teas in front of an open fire, then Solar Springs Health Retreat, Bundanoon (just a 2 hour drive from Sydney’s CBD) is THE place to go.

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the posts you liked in 2014

My dream blogging space / Image via favim.com

My dream blogging space / Image via favim.com

Health is My Oyster has turned 1 years old! It’s been so much fun blogging my health and wellness experiences in the past year, as well as sharing posts from like-minded bloggers. I didn’t realise, until now, how much I loved posting about raw chocolate (aka cacao)! Or that as much as I love sharing healthy recipes, reviews and health destinations are also popular categories.

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what is an epsom salt bath?

Bathing essentials

Bathing essentials

Want to know a great way to unwind after a busy day and relieve sore muscles? Soak in an Epsom salt bath (magnesium sulfate found in most health food stores) infused with some essential oils for a very “I feel like a million bucks” budget at-home spa experience.

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guest post: homemade coffee and vanilla body scrub

Doesn’t this look so luscious? Plus it’s chemical free, smells divine and cheap to do. Image via Kirstie Muttitt

Doesn’t this look so luscious? Plus it’s chemical free, smells divine and cheap to do. Image via Kirstie Muttitt

Contributed by Kirstie Muttitt

As I’m trying to make my diet simpler, less processed foods, less chemicals, more cooking from scratch, I am wanting to make other areas in my life simpler too – including skin and haircare. This is an area that I’ve always loved spending money on! Seriously, leave me in a chemist or department store and I was happy for hours. But I gave no thought to what chemicals I might be putting onto my body and what effect this might have on me.

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the farm at san benito, philippines

Taste-testing fresh coconut milk!

Taste-testing fresh coconut milk!

The Farm is like one big nursery for adults: you’re nourished with good food, nurtured and pampered like a baby, massaged in coconut oil from head to toe, and by the end of it, you feel as if you’ve just had five days’ worth of Sundays.

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my natural beauty essentials

Image via Rena Phuah

Image via Rena Phuah

Contributed by Rena Phuah

Ever since I was a teenager, I have been obsessed with makeup and beauty. Partly because of my acne-ridden teenage years, I’ve been on a quest for products to attain the flawless and airbrushed look of the girls in magazines. I have spent countless hours in drugstores trying out different foundations and lip-glosses (late 90s and early 2000s are all about lip-glosses) and splurged on MAC products every time I received pocket money from my parents or from cash earned from part-time jobs in college.

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i’m off on a wellness holiday!

Image via The Farm

Image via The Farm

I’m going back to the Philippines (my birth country and second home) for two weeks. I’m staying at a holistic spa resort called The Farm and then making the most of the summer for the rest of the time I’ll be there.

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