The Filberg Festival

The Filberg Festival

The beginning of August signals that time of year; the time for outdoor music festivals, excellent
weather and fresh picked salads tossed with cold-pressed oil 😉

For us here at Ostro-Organics, we head over to Comox on Vancouver Island for our favourite event of the
year; the Filberg Festival hosted on 9 acres of gorgeous oceanfront property.

The Filberg Lodge, built in 1929 is a wonderful wooden cottage featuring hand-finished millwork
and stonework. The extensive grounds host trees of every nut and berry and the gardens
showcase every palette colour in blooms. Yet the most imaginative area of the Filberg Festival is
The Enchanted Garden.

The Enchanted Garden is in a shaded area of the grounds adorned with life-sized mushrooms,
sand pits filled with toys, face painting, storytelling and real life ferries!!

And for those of you kindred spirits out there, the Filberg Festival has 2 music stages featuring
folk, pop, dance and reggae – everything under the sun!

So get your dance on and come visit us and other local food purveyors – along with 100’s of other
regional artists sporting ceramics, textiles, and jewellery.

The Filberg Festival runs from Friday August 2nd to Monday, August 5th in Comox, BC.

You can buy tickets here.

Fabulous Benefits Hazelnut Oil

Benefit of cold pressed hazelnut oil.
Pressed fresh has many advantages!
Hazelnuts are loaded with healthy unsaturated fats, the ones that are heart healthy. The oleic acid in the nut oil supports increased good cholesterol and decreased bad cholesterol, helping your cardiovascular system pump more effectively. The magnesium helps regulate calcium in the muscles which helps to ensure a strong and steady beat.

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The 6 Surprising Benefits of Regular Massage

Relaxed Woman Receiving A Back Massage At Health Spa
Relaxing – Unwinding – Receiving A Back Massage With Fresh Unrefined Organic Oils

The 6 Surprising Benefits of Regular Massage

Many of us associate massage therapy with indulgent spa days and luxurious vacations. However, a growing body of evidence suggests that regular massage therapy can have profound benefits for body and mind. According to a 2015 survey, over half of Americans who received massage used it to manage pain, help with injury rehabilitation, or support a health condition. Here are 6 reasons why you should aim to make massage a regular part of your wellness plan:


  • Lower Stress

Massage is perhaps best known for its relaxing and de-stressing abilities. Stress can have wide-ranging effects on our health, from headaches to tension headaches. By helping manage the effects of stress, massage can soothe a wide range of associated health conditions.For a stress-busting massage, reach for sunflower, sesame, or almond oil. For an extra relaxing treat, try adding a few drops of lavender essential oil.


  • Helps You Detox

Our cells naturally detoxify themselves every minute of every day. Much of this work is done by your lymphatic system, a network of tissues that helps remove toxins and waste from the body. The lymphatic system has no natural “pump,” in the way that your heart pumps blood through your arteries and veins. Instead, muscular movements like breathing and exercise are responsible for moving the toxins and waste in your lymphatic fluid out of your body. Massage is an excellent way to help encourage lymph movement, and help stimulate the body’s natural detox processes.

For detox massage, use a blend of almond oil and milk thistle seed oil. Milk thistle seed oil contains a compound called silybin, which has been shown to help support detox processes in the liver. For an extra detox boost, add a few drops of grapefruit essential oil.


  • Helps Manage Muscle Pain

Whether you’re an athlete sore from training, or recovering from a strain or injury,

indian doctors doing traditional ayurvedic oil foot massage
Ayurvedic oil foot massage

massage can help lessen the pain and speed up the healing process. This is because massage boosts local circulation, bringing nutrients and water to the site of an injury while helping to flush away inflammatory compounds.

For muscle pain, use either sunflower or sesame oil with a few drops of wintergreen essential oil. Wintergreen contains salicylates, the same pain-reducing compounds found in aspirin.


  • Boosts Immune Function

Have you been catching every cold that comes around? Maybe you just need some regular massage! Massage helps stimulate the lymphatic system, which – in addition to supporting detox – is responsible for delivering white blood cells to tissues all over the body.

For an immune-boosting massage, reach for cold-pressed sesame oil. Sesame oil is rich in antioxidants, which help support a strong immune system.


  • Soothes Depression and Anxiety

Human touch fills our brains with all sorts of feel-good chemicals, and massage is no exception. Research shows that patients with anxiety and depression who have once or twice weekly massage sessions enjoy a significant boost in mood.

For mood-lifting massage, add a single drop of rose oil to a palmful of almond oil. Rose oil has been shown to help soothe depressed moods, even in times of grief.


  • Great for Glowing Skin

Massage helps boost blood circulation to the skin, in turn bringing extra hydration and nutrients to these delicate tissues. It can also help deliver anti-aging nutrients directly to skin tissue. This is because up to 50% of what we put on our skin gets absorbed into the body. For best results, use only the highest quality cold-pressed oils for massage.

For glowing skin, use oils rich in Vitamin E for massage and skincare. Cold pressed sunflower oil and almond oil are particularly good choices.

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The “Bulletproof” idea

While foraging for lunch last week, I stumbled into a quaint oriental restaurant, built from repurposed wooden ornaments, crafted logs and plenty of carpets. My eyes glued to the menu, debating whether I should order the quinoa “Tabouli” salad or Tibetan Mantu, I noticed a peculiar discussion intensifying on the opposite table.
Simply put “buttered coffee, buttered tea” seemed to be the heavily debated and voiced topic. Once in a while I hear the question myself, customers asking if I ever heard about putting oil in my coffee.
Why would you mix butter in your tea or coffee?

hot  coffee

The custom of putting butter in your morning beverage is not a completely new concept.
In Tibet for example, you may be offered a cup of tea where the ingredients are butter, tea, salt or pepper.
Or you might find a similar custom in Singapore, there coffee beans find themselves stir-fried with butter in a wok, then strained through a filter into a cup. Morning drinks of such kind are said to boost your metabolism and provide energy for body and mind throughout the day.

I know a few people who love it, and swear by it. And therefor decided to describe some of possibilities and benefits of having butter or oils with your morning beverage.
A refreshing and new way of having your coffee is by adding:
• 2 cups of coffee.
• 1 tablespoons raw, unpasteurized coconut oil
• Mix in your coffee cup
The ultimate benefits include an increase of energy, speed up metabolism and boost for the immune system.
Everyone can basically create their own coffee recipe by adding extra cold pressed, unrefined and preferable organic quality oils into their morning beverage. It is a delicious way to get a boost of beneficial fats. Adding butter usually makes the beverage creamier and adds an extra flavor to it.Other popular oils include walnut, almond or even hemp seed oil.

The coffee currently making the rounds, also commonly found at hotel bars, is a take on “bulletproof coffee”, a term coined by David Asprey, and a coffee recipe — with butter — that many people have adopted as part of their morning ritual. It’s very popular among individuals on a “paleo diet”.
Instead of having breakfast, one is supposed to consume “bulletproof coffee” instead:
• 2 cups of coffee.
• 2 tablespoons of grass-fed, unsalted butter.
• 1-2 tablespoons of MCT oil.
• All mixed in a blender.
I’m sure “bulletproof coffee” is tasty and can boost ones energy levels, especially for someone on a ketogenic diet. However think twice before giving up the rest of your breakfast nutrients.
One peculiar ingredient in “bulletproof coffee” is MCT oil, a common supplement that claims to be all-naturally from compressed oils of palms and coconut.
Just like butter, it promotes itself as being fuel that helps energize your body and jump start your metabolism. I’m particularly skeptical to new things that have an acronym as a name therefor MCT is short for medium chain triglycerides. Another term widely used for “triglycerides” is fatty acids. I will have a separate blog post on MCT oil, as it requires a deeper look into what it actually is and how it is made.
The idea of adding healthy fats to our morning coffee has been around for hundreds of years. It is always advised to use high quality ingredient in a reasonable quantity.
Enjoy your next coffee with some fresh coconut oil and see what it does for you!!


Eco-Friendly Food Packaging

At Ostro Organics we value natural, organic and GMO free ingredients. When it comes to packaging, recycled and reusable materials are just as important to us.

The bottle-labels are printed on tree-free paper. And our latest packaging item, our “sample-set” is also printed on tree-free paper. A blend of recycled and tree free fiber paper.

We use glass bottles to prevent plastic from decaying into the product and to reduce the plastic-waste dominating in the food industry.

Yes, glass can break and is heavier than plastic, a common excuse used by grocery store managers. However, for the sake of our environment, we can all contribute to cutting back our desire for plastic by trying to avoid buying or selling the so called “synthetic gold of the 20th century”