This week is all about brightening winter here at RUBY with the launch of our RUBY High-Winter collection, Lovely Day. Another essential to lighten up the dark, cold days is to keep warm and well. When we need to stock up on health necessities we head to the Tonic Room, a boutique health & beauty store and integrative wellness clinic in Auckland's Kingsland.
We had a chat to Katherine Cooper, naturopath and owner of Tonic Room, about her suggestions for surviving winter. We are also really excited to have a $300 Tonic Room Winter Wellness pack to giveaway (find out how to enter below!)...
What is the ethos behind Tonic Room and the services you provide?
My mission was to create a boutique natural health brand that appealed to everyone in a more mainstream market. I want people's experience, when choosing natural health and beauty, to be unique and luxurious. My aim is to inspire and motivate people that what goes on their skin and in their environment is equally important as what goes in their bodies.
In Tonic Room we stock not only a full range of supplements and herbal remedies but also an amazing selection of all natural beauty and homeware brands. We have an integrative wellness clinic with a fantastic team of holistic practitioners including naturopaths, and integrative doctor and massage therapist.
How did Tonic Room come about?
After training to become a naturopath I felt really uninspired by the natural health scene in New Zealand so I embarked on an overseas trip. It was here that I realised if I was serious about working in the natural health industry in NZ that I had to open a space that I was truly passionate about. My inspiration came from various beautiful boutique natural health stores in London and Melbourne. After coming back to New Zealand I did a lot of research into natural health and beauty brands that I spent months testing on myself before accumulating for the store.
I worked with a handy team of creatives that helped bring my vision to life in a great space in Kingsland. The beautiful online apothecary was created so that people had the boutique experience of buying natural health and beauty brands from the comfort of their own home.
What natural product can you not live without?
I am constantly trying out new natural products and different formulations, so it is hard to pick just one. I always like to test the effectiveness of natural products on myself before recommending them to customers and clients. At the moment, I can’t live without my Metagenics Detox Powder and Premier Research Labs Greens Powder. I mix these two products into a power smoothie every morning. This combination helps to keep my system nice and alkaline whilst providing daily detoxification support. A day never goes by without taking a Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C sachet for general everyday health. It is especially important heading into winter and I definitely notice my skin, hair and nails always feel better with regular use of this product. When it comes to natural skincare products I cant live without the Martina Organics Moisturiser, my Goe Body Oil and Sans [ceuticals] Lip Aid.
What do you think is the secret to leading a healthy balanced life?
For me with the launch of the new store, finding a healthy balance is proving to be a tough one. Generally speaking, I believe the key things for a healthy balanced life are a wholefood diet, adequate sleep, good hydration, good stress management, regular exercise and of course finding time in life for the things and the ones you love. Without sounding clichéd, I believe moderation is key. We are all human and no one is perfect. Do what you can and never beat yourself up if you have had a bad day. Make small changes that count and that last. At the end of the day I don’t believe we should take life and ourselves too seriously. I am the queen of letting my hair down, having a great laugh and a good glass of Central Otago Pinot.
What motto do you live by?
For people who know me well, they know my motto has always been “I can do it”. Apparently I’ve been saying this since I learnt how to talk. I like to give everything in life a go however challenging it may feel.
What are your top five tips for keeping well this winter?
1. Eating a great wholefood diet is really important. Consume adequate protein, eat good fats and avoid processed foods and refined sugars. Fresh juices, super food smoothies, lots of leafy greens, hearty soups and broths are my dietary staples in winter. Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, coconut kefir and kimchi should be consumed on a regular basis, as they are jam packed with immune boosting probiotic bacteria.
2. Invest in good quality Vitamin C, Zinc, Echinacea and probiotic supplements. It’s important to remember, that prevention is key when it comes to fighting colds and flus throughout winter.
3. When the sun is out, get amongst it (safely)! Vitamin D is essential for immune function and a healthy mind. If you feel like you are lacking in Vitamin D, get your levels tested by your GP. In some cases it’s a good idea to take a good quality Vitamin D supplement to see you through to summer.
4. Keep active! Regular and gentle exercise has a proven positive effect on the cells of the immune system.
5. Aim for 8 hours of quality sleep each night. Sleep loss not only generates fatigue but it has a negative effect on the immune system.
Tell us about what's in The Tonic Room Winter Wellness giveaway pack?
I have put together a small pack of my some of my favourite essentials to help keep you well throughout the winter months. These include:
A one-hour naturopathic consultation with our in house Naturopath who will create a tailored health plan specific for your needs.
Lypospheric Vitamin C Sachets to help support a healthy immune system and general wellbeing.
Good Green Stuff Sachets, a powerful blend of superfoods, vitamins, minerals, probiotics and herbs for increased energy and vitality.
Herbivore Botanicals Rose Lip Butter to keep your lips nourished and hydrated.
Goe Oil, an all over body oil for hands, hair, skin and nails. This product is amazing at replacing the natural oils that the winter weather diminishes.
Artemis Immuno Boost to help fight off seasonal ills and chills
Katherine will be in store at RUBY Newmarket on Saturday morning with Tonic Room treats.
To find out how to enter our Tonic Room Winter Wellness giveaway head on over to our RUBY Facebook page x