We fell instantly in love with Erin Lovell Verinder, bonding over her passion and deep knowledge of health, healing and well-being.
We were lucky enough to have been set up with Erin in Sydney (introduced to us by one of our favorite #glowgirls Emily L’Ami) and were blown away by her effortless radiance. She is a fully qualified Herbalist, Nutritionist, Energetic Healer and health expert, with an inspiring passion for pure and vibrant living. Spending time between Orchard St. in Bronte Beach and her center Bright & Balanced Living in the Blue Mountains outside of Sydney, Erin spreads her healing vibes wherever she goes … talk about a glowy existence!
Her health care philosophy and approach to patient education is based on a holistic and supportive individual client care. Emphasizing on the importance of custom treatment plans, she knows just the right herbs, tonics, and lifestyle tips to help anyone improve their overall glow. She even concocted us some herbal tonics at Orchard St. to help combat some stomach & congestion issues from traveling.
Erin has her finger on the pulse of all things stunning, vibrant, and health supportive in Sydney. The core of her food philosophy centers around fresh and local vegetables, super foods, healing herbs, powerful mushrooms, and grounding roots. If only we could impart all of her knowledge into our brains… for the meantime, take a look into what makes her GLOW.
HOW THEY GLOW QUESTIONNAIRE
NAME: Erin Lovell Verinder
NICKNAME: Ez, Ero.
PROFESSION: Herbalist, Nutritionist & all round Wellness Warrior at Bright & Balanced Living & Orchard St.
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?
The outer leafy suburbs of Sydney, Australia
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
In a 101 year old cottage on acreage, amongst the mighty Blue Mountains, 2 hours from Sydney city.
WHEN YOU’RE EATING HEALTHY, WHAT IS A TYPICAL…
BREAKFAST: Best meal! I firmly believe it sets the tone for your whole day. So for me its always complete, a very green veggie and egg scramble with fresh chives, or my husband makes homemade buckwheat coconut pancakes with macadamia nut butter and fresh berries.
LUNCH: Homemade lentil stew with fresh coriander greening it up, something warm and nourishing!
DINNER: Wild salmon grilled w/ green beans blanched w/ toasted almonds and a miso dressing.
SNACK: I am lucky enough to be surrounded by the most amazing Organic Juices, Smoothies, Elixirs & Nut mylks working amongst Orchard St, so its often one of these beauties in a bottle. Otherwise, a handful of nuts, seeds, fresh fruit and veg, seaweed snacks, kale chips….
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE INDULGENCE?
Raw chocolate!!! Pancakes for breakfast!! Almond chai’s!!
WHERE ARE YOUR FAVORITE SPOTS/RESTAURANTS TO INDULGE?
Bloodwood for decadent dinners,Orchard St Elixir Bar & Earth To Table for raw desserts, Vesta in the Blue Mountains for intimate dinners and Sunday lunches.
WHAT WOULD BE YOUR LAST MEAL ON EARTH?
I am notorious for my Japanese cuisine obsession so it would be a plate of fresh Sashimi, seaweed salad, pickled veggies, and miso soup. Then an epic tasting plate of raw cakes with a heavy emphasis on chocolate, vanilla and berries!!
WHAT IS THE BEST DISH YOU COOK/ YOUR FAVORITE RECIPE?
It’s sort of uncooking but features heavily in my house and lifestyle- Smoothies! I have a reputation for whipping up a mean Smoothie.
WHERE DO YOU GROCERY SHOP?
We live in a fortunate community where we have a great local Blue Mountains food co-op for all our needs, and we have a local Organic fruit/veggie box delivery weekly come to the house. We love that the produce is all grown just down the road! If I am in Sydney I will shop at the Bondi Health Emporium, or the About Life stores. Our aim is to keep it as local as possible.
TOP 3 ITEMS YOU ALWAYS HAVE IN YOUR KITCHEN?
Coconut Oil, Biodynamic/Organic Eggs, Avocados
WHAT IS YOUR FITNESS REGIMEN? (how often & what you do)
Bush walks/hikes with the dogs, gym sessions, yoga as much as possible!
WHAT IS YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE? (products, facials, etc)
I keep it simple & ritualistic. I use Aesop products on my skin daily, a mix of their cleanser, toner and serum. I use a botanical clay based mask weekly and exfoliate with Aesop tea tree leaves weekly.
IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND, WHAT 3 PRODUCTS WOULD YOU TAKE WITH YOU?
WHAT PROFESSIONAL BEAUTY/HEALTH/FITNESS/SPIRITUAL GURUS DO YOU SWEAR BY?
As a practitioner and passionate adventurer of life I have learnt incredible lessons from many wonderful teachers & guides, and take these all to heart to draw from personally and professionally. But no guru’s as such, I do my best to approach every human equally!
TOP 3 FAVORITE SONGS?
1. Sea of love- Cat Power
2. The Gulag Orkestar- Beirut
3. Gold dust women- Fleetwood Mac
Fried Green Tomatoes (since I was a kid!)
I love Vege Threads (online) for their organic ethically created pieces, when in LA I love the Rose Bowl for vintage finds, and the General Store. In Sydney, Gorman is always calling my name, Funkis (best clogs), American Apparel for basics.
COOLEST PLACE YOU’VE EVER VISITED?
We road trip in the USA as much as possible, the National Parks are nothing short of amazing. Arches National Park is one of my all time favs, as is Zion National Park. The stillness of these places, the energy, the warmth of the land- so special.
I love the Ace Hotels, they always feel laid back and welcoming. But I also love a rugged campervan situation on the road.
WHAT IS THE BEST GIFT YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
My mum gifted me my Russian grandmothers jewellery, she wore these big chunks of Amethyst and Ruby and they always mesmerized me as a child. Wearing them now, I feel intrinsically connected to my late grandmother.
MOST PROFOUND HEALING EXPERIENCE YOU’VE EVER HAD?
I have had such an intimate relationship with seeking out healing experiences and knowledge around healing since the age of 13, I feel blessed to have had so many profound healing experiences. To isolate one, I feel it was a moment of awakening; I was 17 years old and taken to the Tea Tree Lakes up north of Australia. These lakes are a traditional sacred women’s space for the indigenous people of the land, I entered the area with respect and took my time to connect with the earth upon arrival. I felt embraced! We (women) all swam naked and free, and bathed in the muddy waters of the tea trees shedding their leaves and oils. We scrubbed ourselves with the sandy mud and frolicked like mermaids, it was a true moment of freedom, womanhood, connectedness with self/each other/ mama earth, healing and true acceptance. POWERFUL!
DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY.
Sleeping in, and a slow lazy wake up to a sunny day with my love, a huge bush walk with my dogs, and a picnic in our little pine forest. This day would include dancing barefoot in the lounge room, the smell of incense wafting around us, and space to feel inspired. Oh and a 2 hour Lomi Lomi massage! Alternatively another perfect day would be adventuring on the road with no agendas, no phones, and making decisions on a whim!
WHAT IS YOUR MOST VALUABLE BEAUTY TIP/SECRET??
Get great sleep, Hydrate, Repeat!!!
“You’ve got to feel it to heal it.” – Dr Darren Weissman
(When you really digest these words and meaning- it’s a game changer)
WHAT MAKES YOU GLOW?
Nature in all its faceted glory, deep love, healing, kindness, rest, adventures, and that magic feeling when you are in the flow of life.
Check out our Glow Guide to SYDNEY for more Aussie GLOW inspiration.
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