As clear as MUD

Remember back to your childhood, playing in the garden making pies out of mud and eating dirt before your parents could stop you. Well, two Victorian friends have taken this concept to a new level producing a holistic health brand called MUD. MUD is a range of natural clay based products designed to purify your skin, detox your body, and clear your mind. But rest assured there is no backyard dirt in these products!
We live in a world full of environmental toxins, heavy metals, pollution, and chemicals, which can accumulate in our body over time making us unwell and disrupting our equilibrium. On top of that, extremely busy and stressful workloads do nothing to help the situation. MUDs mission is to create a movement around ‘balance’. Their aim is to help people take control of their own health and wellbeing, because as much as we try, our lifestyles can’t always be a picture of health, or as they put it ‘as clear as mud’.
MUD is actually an acronym which stands for My Ultimate Detox. Its’ key ingredient is Australian Bentonite Clay which has an electrical charge which comes to life with water. The negative charge in the clay attracts the positive charge found in toxins thus, extracting them from the body.

My recovery MUD bath!

I tested Muscle MUD to aid my recovery after a heavy training session. It’s a soothing bath soak designed to ease sore muscles and detox your skin. If you lack access to a tub it can also be used as a full body mask or a foot bath. All ingredients in MUD are 100% natural, vegan, and cruelty free. Along with Bentonite clay Muscle MUD contains;

  • Kaolin clay to increase circulation,
  • Himalayan pink rock salt as a cleanser,
  • Aloe Vera to moisture skin,
  • Peppermint Essential Oil to reduce inflammation,
  • and Epsom Salt which has been used for centuries to relax muscles and soothe muscle pain.

Unlike the real stuff, MUD comes in a durable pouch as perfectly refined power that you simply add to water. My 20 minute bathe in MUD certainly did the trick for my achy body and made me feel completely relaxed and sleepy. Definitely try this one before bed if you have trouble getting to sleep and feel restless.

Check out the full range of MUD bath and body products at their website and start restoring your balance with MUD.

Photo credits: S.Seipel.

Peaceful Songbirds Rainforest Retreat

The end of another competition season means it is time to take a break from training to relax, revive, and rejuvenate. This year my partner, Matt Levy (Paralympic swimmer), and I had the pleasure of spending five indulgent nights at Songbirds Rainforest Retreat in Queensland’s picturesque Tambourine Mountain. Songbirds boasts six luxurious villas and an award-winning restaurant, situated on 50+ acres of pristine emerald rainforest.

Plush King Bed

Our beautifully appointed villa was private and comfortable with everything we needed for a relaxing and peaceful getaway. We felt absolutely spoiled with a plush king-size bed, double spa bath, cosy lounge, gas ember fire place, entertainment system with cable TV, fully stocked bar, and an outdoor deck with spectacular rainforest views. Complimentary tea and coffee is standard in most places, but Songbirds even made that extravagant providing a Delonghi Nespresso Machine with a range of complimentary coffee pods & milk. And for those rare non-coffee drinkers, there was also T2 Tea available in the most adorable little tea pot set.

Rainforest views

If you have read my previous blogs you will know I love nature and animals. Minutes into our stay at Songbirds I spied a Regents Bowerbird making a nest just meters from our balcony. Wildlife euthanises will find themselves in heaven here! As well as wallabies, we spotted many different birds including a very friendly native brush turkey that passed our villa daily.

Native wildlife and vegetation

As a wheelchair user I found Songbirds to be mostly accessible, with the only obstacle some steps on entry to our villa. I could see this easily overcome with a BYO portable ramp or, in my case, a strong man to do all the heavy lifting. Accessibility inside the villa was easy and the bathroom had plenty of space to manoeuvre a wheelchair. However, there are no grab rails inside the bathroom and if you require a showerchair you will need to BYO. The restaurant and reception are accessible only via the staff entrance unless you can manage a gravel path.

Our Villa

Songbirds restaurant is a must! We went for lunch and our meals were exceptional. Staff apologized for not having one ingredient on my partners seafood dish, but generously replaced it with caviar! My dessert, a crème brulee with caramel popcorn was pure decadence! It tasted so good with exquisite presentation, no question why this is an award-winning restaurant!

Our stay exceeded our expectations! Songbirds Rainforest Retreat was truly the perfect place to unwind, recover, and chill-out after such a busy year. If you are looking for a romantic getaway, midweek break, or a stunning venue for a wedding or special function, I highly recommend checking out Songbirds. Thank you Bonnie and crew for your five-star hospitality and superb service. We look forward to our next stay with you!

Photo credits: S.Seipel.