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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is there a difference between organic vs natural?

    I have seen both labels at the grocery… is there a difference?
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  • Janice Bartley

    Massage Therapist, Western Herbal Medicine Practitioner

    Janice Bartley is a university qualified Medical Herbalist who fosters an evidence-based integrative approach to healthcare. Integrative healthcare focuses on the complexities of each individual’s … View Profile

    The use of the word ‘natural’ on food, cosmetic or other products is a beautiful and poetic marketing strategy. The sun is natural, the grass is natural, you and I are both natural.

    To be able to use the word ‘organic’ on Australian labels generally means that the products comply with strict organic guidelines. Organic products are grown or produced within systems that work in harmony with nature, keeping harmful chemicals out of our land, water and air, creating a healthy environment rich in wildlife, woodlands and nutrients. Organic standards place great emphasis on building and maintaining healthy soil, nutritious crops and animal welfare. For more information on organic standards you can visit Australian Certified Organic website http://www.australianorganic.com.au/index.asp?Sec_ID=135

    The organic gardener Shelly at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat in QLD runs an exellent ‘Organic Living Program’, Shelly is a wealth of information and an absolutely beautiful person. If you need a weekend away and would like to learn more about organic living I highly reccomend you google “Gwinganna + Organic Living”!

    Choose organic products where price and opportunity permit, and look to growing your own food or making your own cosmetics. Becoming more conscious and involved in what goes into or onto your body is a fun and rewarding process!

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