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Your Skin Will Thank You For It!

Coola is a mineral sunscreen that can be found at the Spa at Old Mill Toronto. Mind you it’s hard to keep on the shelves these days as this product is simply amazing and ideal for all skin types and tones, including those that are especially sensitive. Ditch the heavy foundations and powders this summer and try a tinted moisturizer instead, your skin will thank you for it!

Benefits

Keep the sun and environment at bay with this SPF 20 broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen, a tinted, light Rose scented, Titanium Dioxide based formula (for those who are Zinc sensitive) made with 98% natural ingredients. Organic Acai Oil – high in Omegas-3/6/9, Vitamins B1/2/3, plus antioxidant Vitamins C and E – delivers a powerful defense against aging. Organic Sunflower Seed Extract promotes elasticity while organic Linseed Oil, containing Alpha-Linolenic Acids, reduces redness and irritation. The phyto-protector Plankton Extract rejuvenates, as organic Cucumber Extract calms skin.

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Paraben Free
  • Ultra Sheer
  • Antioxidant Enriched
  • Water Resistant (40 minutes)
  • No nano-sized particles

Organic Ingredients
Cucumber Fruit Extract
Glycerin
Linseed Seed Oil
Orange Fruit Water
Safflower Seed Oil
Sunflower Seed Extract

COOLA’s Farm to Face approach describes their sourcing methods for local organic ingredients. They believe in sourcing many of their ingredients and vendors locally to promote communities and jobs as well as to cut down on shipping costs both financially and environmentally. In addition, they can use their platform to encourage and sustain local and organic farming! (And we think that’s pretty COOLA!)

BENEFITS OF BUYING LOCAL

 So…is there anything you can do to promote your local community as well as get healthy, nutritious produce? YES! You can buy your produce locally in your own community. By making these purchases you are selecting to choose local, traceable, eco-friendly, and natural food, which is better for you, your family, and the environment. Some other benefits include higher nutritional value, better taste, and a smaller carbon footprint.

Where to find local produce in your neighborhood 

  •     Natural, whole food markets and organic food stores
  •     A Share Program (or CSA- Community Supported Agriculture)
  •     Farmer’s Markets
  •    In your own garden!

Give your skin an immediate line-smoothing finish and fight signs of aging caused by the sun with this antioxidant-infused Farm to Face® sourced broad spectrum SPF mineral sunscreen.



Tomato Feta Basil Salad

This tomato, feta, basil salad is easy to make and it’s a simply delicious Summer salad that everyone will enjoy! Pairs great when served with a crunchy fresh baguette…mmmm

Recipe (serves 6-8)

3 pints (6 cups cherry tomatoes)
3/4 pound Feta Cheese
1 small diced red onion
3 Tbs. white wine vinegar
1/4 good olive oil
1 tsp. Kosher salt
1/2 Tsp. ground black pepper 
2 Tbs. fresh chopped basil
2 Tbs. fresh chopped parsley 

Cut the tomatoes in half and place in a large bowl. Add the onion, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper, basil and parsley to the tomatoes in the bowl. Toss together well. Dice the feta in 1/4 inch pieces, try not to crumble. Gently fold the feta into the salad and serve at room temperature.



Grow your Own Herb Garden

Growing a Herb garden can be a fun and rewarding experience and a great addition to your culinary skills. You can enjoy snipping herbs to add to food, brew in relaxing teas, and toss into your salads. Herb gardening in containers is a useful, attractive addition that is relatively easy to maintain and most varieties can be grown successfully on a windowsill, a patio or a balcony. 

Just about any container will work to grow herbs in but keep in mind, most varieties prefer fast draining soil, so your container must have adequate holes to drain.  Ideally, you will water your container garden only when needed. Feel the soil 2 to 3 inches below the surface, if it is still wet, don’t water.  When you grow plants in containers, it’s important to provide them with a high quality potting soil and for best results, most herb varieties require at least 6 hours of sun per day.   

You can grow herbs in pots together but some types of herbs will out-perform others in containers and remember to avoid mixing those that like plenty of water (such as chives, mint, chervil, coriander,) with those that like a well-drained soil (such as rosemary, thyme, sage, bay, and oregano).

Here are a few herbs you may want to start off with;

Basil

Basil plants are easy to maintain indoors and out. Remember to pinch off the flowering buds whenever they appear.  Not only will basil enhance many dishes, it is also considered one of the healthiest herbs, as basil leaves are rich in antioxidants, it provides an array of health benefits.

Mint

Mint is very versatile, you can use it for everything from tea to mojitos, to mint and coriander chutney. It’s also easy to grow, even in difficult shady spaces that only get a little sun. Growing mint in a pot is best so you can keep it from spreading, which it will do quite easily. Mint is a great appetizer or palate cleanser, and it promotes digestion.

Chives

Brilliant in salads, snipped up over soups, or added as garnish to many dishes. Growing chives is an easy way to always have a mild onion flavour on hand in your garden.  Also, chives boast pretty lavender blooms in spring, making them attractive herbs for flowerbeds as well as herb gardens. Make sure it doesn’t dry out, as chives like damp soil.

Parsley

Parsley is a hardy herb grown for its flavour, which is added to many dishes, as well as its use as a decorative garnish. Aside from its deliciousness, parsley is a powerhouse of nutrients. Did you know that parsley actually has more vitamin C in it than an orange? Try adding several leaves and stalks to your morning juicing blend.

Sage, Bay, Thyme, Rosemary

Not only are they the most common herbs called for in recipes, but they are also the best herbs that you can freeze for later use. Easy to grow with unique flavours, these classic herbs are excellent for soups, stocks, meats, pastas and more. They don’t like wet roots, so grow in well-drained soil and take care not to over-water. You can grow sage from seeds but the others are better bought as plants.

Coriander

Also known as cilantro, prefers cool weather, so it should be planted in the spring or fall. Coriander adds fresh flavour in everything from salsa to marinades. This plant will survive most winters, and it’ll grow back strong and lush in the spring. Cilantro or coriander herb contains an impressive list of nutrients, essential oils, anti-oxidants that are required for optimal health and wellness.

Everyone loves good food, and herbs grown in your own container garden is simply the best. Chef Martin has recently planted a herb garden at the Old Mill Toronto, and we are growing Basil, Purple Basil, Rosemary, Thyme, Parsley, Dill, Sage and Oregano to enhance our delicious recipes.



Spa Tips For Brides

Planning your wedding can be a little stressful and have you feeling a little exhausted. Of course when it comes to your wedding day, you wan’t to look radiant, and there is no better place to relax and pamper yourself than spending some quality time at the spa. A little time spent at the spa will have you looking your best when you walk down the aisle; so here are a few tips to bring out the gorgeous in you!

 

Facials

If you’ve never had a facial before, you should have a trial facial about 4 months in advance to see how your skin will react. If you’re happy with your results, then schedule another facial with the same therapist, a week or two before you walk down the aisle.

All the stress from your wedding planning will, unfortunately, show up on your skin. You can undo the damage by having a traditional spa facial, which is also great for making your skin a better makeup canvas. This indulgent service is great for all skin types. With exfoliation, toning and moisturizing – facials can be personalized for every skin type to give you that bridal glow.

And then there’s the Intraceutical Oxygen Facial, that the Spa at the Old Mill Toronto offers, which leaves skin looking positively radiant. It hydrates the skin, immediately firms and plumps it up to smooth out fine lines, and gives the complexion a nice glow.

Waxing

As well as exfoliating the areas you’re having waxed, it’s important to buff away dead skin cells to avoid clogged pores and ingrown hairs. Your last exfoliation should be at least two days before the wax treatment. Moisturize your skin properly until the day before the waxing to keep the area hydrated (and after to keep your skin looking fabulous, of course). Don’t forget to wear SPF to protect the newly waxed areas. Most importantly do not wax the day of your wedding – the best time is about one week before your big day. The Spa at the Old Mill usues Nufree Finipil, which is not a wax, so you won’t experience the pain of typical waxing. Extensive scientific testing, proves Nufree to be a self preserving antibacterial, antimicrobial hair removal system.

Massage

You may be sore after the massage, so it’s probably best to enjoy this ultimate form of relaxation the week leading up to your Wedding Day and not the day before.  This is normal with Deep Tissue massage, but it can also happen with the more gentle type of Swedish massage as well, and sometimes you may not feel the soreness until the next day. Your therapist can tailor the massage to your personal needs and desires, and make adjustments in intensity or technique as the session proceeds.A therapeutic massage is perfect for bridesmaid bonding, alone time or with your fiance, take the time out of your busy planning schedule to enjoy a massage, you will feel much better afterwards. 

Hair and Makeup

It’s important to secure your stylist ahead of time and do a trip about 1 -2 months before your Wedding Day. When it comes to your hair and makeup, you want to look like yourself as much as possible. Stick to the styles that make you feel most comfortable and match your bridal style. The Spa at the Old Mill is proud to use proud to use Jane Iredale Skincare Makeup. It provides flawless coverage with skincare benefits that conventional makeup can only envy! This mineral composition was designed to give you SPF, concealer, foundation and powder all in one.  Jane Iredale is not just makeup, it’s an extension of your skincare!

Nails

It’s always best to get your nails done the day before or day of so they look fresh and fabulous. Even Gel manicures can loose their lustre after a few days. You will want to show off your new wedding ring so compliment it with perfectly polished nails. Choosing a nail colour is right up there with the other tough wedding planning decisions. If your not into nail art, than your Wedding Day isn’t the day to start. Since You try on more than one dress (most of the time!), why shouldn’t you try on more than one polish?

 Body Wraps and Scrubs

Wraps are an excellent way to detox and are designed to reduce the appearance of cellulite or create a sliming effect while a body scrub will slough away dry, dead skin cells and leave you with luminous skin.  Remember if you are getting a spray tan, book it after your body scrub so your gorgeous glow won’t rub off!



Tea Time – Drink To Good Health

Originating in China over 5,000 years ago, tea has stood the test of time as one of the most popular and healthy beverages available. Wars have been waged over it; ceremonies are devoted to preparing it; and two-thirds of the world’s population consume it.

Rich in antioxidants that may fend off disease-causing free radicals, boost memory, and even aid in weight management, scientific evidence continues to suggest tea is as good for the body as it tastes.

All teas are derived from the Camellia sinensis plant. Different processing methods, harvesting times, and growing regions determine the many varieties available today. There are four principle types of tea – black, green, white and oolong.

Tea contains enzymes that interact with the oxygen in the air when a leaf is broken or crushed. This reaction is called oxidation or fermentation, and it causes the leaf to darken and increases its caffeine level. Once the leaf is heated and dried the oxidation process stops.

BLACK TEA – is fully oxidized and dried and has a smooth taste. Most of the teas on the market use black tea such as Orange Pekoe, Earl Grey, English Breakfast etc. Generally you would add milk or lemon and a sweetener (sugar/honey) to black tea.

GREEN TEA – is unfermented tea. The leaves are quickly dried then heated and rolled, so it is not as processed as black tea. There is a great variety of green teas – some are light and mild tasting while others are grassy and vegetable tasting. You would not add milk to green tea. Green teas generally come from China or Japan.

OOLONG TEA – is a hybrid between black and green tea and is popular in China. The leaves are partly oxidized and some Oolongs are less fermented and more closely resemble green tea; other Oolongs are more fully oxidized and come closer to black tea. Generally you would not drink Oolong with milk or sugar – it has a strong flavour that holds its own.

WHITE TEA – has only recently become widely available and it is possibly the healthiest of all teas because it is the least processed. It’s picked before the leaf buds fully open, then it’s air dried or gently dried by steaming and that’s it. The buds are covered with fine white hair which gives the tea it’s white look. Like green tea, it is not fermented. White tea often has such a gentle flavour that it’s like drinking water. Now it is often blended with vanilla, spices and fruit flavours.

L-theanine, or theanine, is a water soluble amino acid that’s found in tea leaves. When you drink tea, l-theanine passes through the blood-brain barrier and affects the brain directly. Theanine has been shown to reduce mental and physical stress, and improves memory and mood. Tea flavonoids have also been credited with many heart-healthy benefits. When consumed regularly, both black and green tea have been shown to lower cholesterol levels, reduce triglycerides, and improve blood flow.

There are really so many benefits to drinking tea; Oolong has been shown to slow the aging process, Green tea can be helpful in controlling inflammation from injury or diseases such as arthritis. Tea flavonoids may be bone builders and fight Osteoporosis. One of the flavonoids, the catechn epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is being studied as a potential cancer fighter. Studies have shown that both green and black tea kept healthy cells from turning malignant after exposure to cancer-causing compounds. Green tea is especially rich in EGCG.

Herbal Teas do not contain any part of the Camellia sinensis plant, herbal teas are not actually tea, but rather an infusion of fruits, herbs, and spices often called tisanes. Although not truly tea, many popular herbal tisanes are proving to be health superstars. African red rooibos tea is rich in heart-protecting antioxidants, and hibiscus tea may lower blood pressure. 

PEPPERMINT TEA is great for soothing an upset stomach and helping digestion. It is also good for killing mouth bacteria and giving you good breath.

GINGER TEA is great for aiding with nausea, motion-sickness, as well as digestion.

DANDELION TEA  is a great diuretic and also detoxifies the liver.

LICORICE TEA  contains valuable iron salts and is a good laxative. It is also said to fight stress and fatigue. It may not be good for people with high blood pressure.

CHAMOMILE TEA is supposed to help with insomnia. The natural mineral phosphates in chamomile tea help calm nervous energy. People also bathe in chamomile tea if they have a sunburn or rinse their hair with it if they are blonde…it’s supposed to give blonde hair a shine.

However, be careful with some of these herbal teas if you have plant allergies…chamomile is a relative of the ragweed plant and if you suffer from allergies, you could have an unpleasant reaction from some herbals.

Join us for our Afternoon Tea in recognition of a 102-year tradition. Since 1914, pedestrians, cyclists, canoeists and motorists have enjoyed the customary English Tea at the Old Mill Toronto. Our Tea Menu includes a take home decorative gift box of our exclusive Centennial Tea Blend. 



Blue Diamond Cocktail Recipe

 

 

Beat the heat with this MUST try refreshing summer beverage! Great for a cool summer thirst quencher on the patio with friends.

Recipe Includes:

1 ½ oz. Absolut® Citron
½ oz. McGuinness® Blue Curacao
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
2 oz. Cranberry Juice
Lime Wedge Garnish
 
Cheers!
The Old Mill Toronto Patio is open! It’s time to take your dining experience outside! The Old Mill Toronto Patio is an ideal place to meet friends and colleagues for afternoon tea, lunch, dinner or to simply unwind and enjoy our Summertime Patio Cocktail Menu.