Founded in 2015 when CEO Catherine Farrant turned to nourishing traditions while pregnant with her first son. Ossa Organic was founded in the belief in restorative, healing properties of natural food. With a range of organic and slow cooked bone broths and bone broth soups as well as grass fed fats made in small batches using only premium, locally sourced and organic ingredients.
The Ossa range is based on tradition not trend with the mission to create foods that enable you to maintain gut health and use every meal as an opportunity to nourish and heal your body. This month we are delighted to be offering Luminous members 20% off Ossa Organic products – we enjoyed catching up with Catherine to find out more about the benefits of bone broth for optimal skin health.
What prompted you to set up Ossa Organic?
In 2013 I fell pregnant with my first son and it was then I became interested in learning how to nourish my body through food.
I started reading and searching for knowledge and that’s how I started to learn about ancestral nutrition. That is eating wholesome, natural, organic foods like eggs, well cared for meats, animal fats and vegetables like our ancestors did thousands of years ago. They ate to heal and used food as medicine and a way to prevent disease.
One of the key corner tones of ancestral wisdom was bone broth and its healing benefits. I experimented in my kitchen and began drinking it every day. I loved finding new ways to enjoy it; I started having it every morning instead of coffee, putting it in my smoothie, using it as the base for delicious soups and casseroles and even using it to cook pasta and rice instead of water.
Once I had seen the benefits for myself I wanted to take bone broth from our family kitchen to other family kitchens – and the idea of Ossa Organic was born.
What exactly is bone broth?
Bone broth is a tradional version of a meat stock. It has been consumed in various cultures around the world for up to 2,500 years as a healing elixir. It has so many health benefits.
Studies show that the regular consumption of bone broth can help people with chronic digestive issues, such as a leaky gut syndrome and IBS, improve their condition.
Bone broth promotes internal healing as well as regulates bowel movement. It acts as a broom for the digestive system and is full of healing and connective-tissue-building compounds such as collagen, amino acids and gelatine, scientifically proven to repair the gut lining.
Overall, it is the perfect base to build a diet which encourages healing and restoration from modern ailments such as bad gut health, adrenal fatigue, stress, lacklustre skin and tight joints.
How does bone broth differ from standard stock?
Bone Broth is simmered for much longer and slower. Up to 24 hours on a low heat to extract maximum collagen and gelatin.
What are the benefits of drinking bone broth?
- Improved gut health
- Natural collagen and gelatin supplementation
- More elastic skin
- Good for digestive tract
- Protein filled snack
- Healthier disposition due to consumption of real and nourishing foods
- Natural glycine for digestive health
Can drinking bone broth really give you better skin?
The secret is in the natural nutritional profile of broth. Collagen and gelatin are naturally abundant in broth and know to improve elasticity in the skin. Try it for yourself with just a cup a day, the natural way.
Tell us about the other products in your range – we are particularly intrigued by ghee and tallow – are these really health foods?
We have expanded the range organically to be a full and well-rounded offering of gut healing, restorative foods.
We’ve gone from bone broth to bone broth soups, and traditional Tallow; we clarify butter to make traditional organic ghee and have recently launched and formulated a magnificently revitalising raw and organic apple cider vinegar tonic.
All our products are made using the highest quality organic ingredients and focus on tradition not trend.
We also upcycle bones that would have otherwise been incinerated to make our bone broths, cooking on up to 98% renewable energy. This has earned us a BCorp certification where we were award honouree status for the Environment.
When you’re not busy working, what do you do to unwind?
I believe in the power of hot and cold therapy so I try get in the sauna 3-5 times per week for 30 minutes. I use this time to zone out, meditate and visualise my goals.
I also attend a monthly gong bath (sound healing) at our local church hall. It happens around the full moon and I find the experience so grounding and relaxing.
I find that exercise is a great way for me to unwind; I do my own yoga practice and I am exploring handstands and animal movement training. I am currently pregnant so I am focused now on pre natal yoga and meditation.
Finally, I love to read and after going through a hard time I discovered a beautiful book called The Artist’s Way. This gorgeous book encourages you to play and nourish your inner child which has been a revelation for me in my day to day life. I make sure play is something that I practice every day which is lovely when you have children.
Are there any beauty rituals you swear by?
I use bentonite clay and Epsom salts in my bath for detox. I use raw apple cider vinegar twice a month as a hair rinse for shine and strength. I use castor oil serum on my eyebrows for natural thicker hair growth and I swear by organic makeup. I made the switch a few years ago and by lowering the toxic load on the body, my skin is clearer.
What would be your advice to anyone looking to start their own business?
They say that being entrepreneurial is like being involved in an extreme sport. I would say to buckle up and enjoy the ride!
Tell us something most people don’t know about you!
I am soon to be a mother of 3!
For more information on Ossa Organic products visit www.ossaorganic.com
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