13 Ways to Grow Your Hair Long Faster Naturally

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So I don’t know about you but in the last four years, I’ve being having a lot of bad hair days, not just every other day or once in a while but like everyday, all the time.

Unfortunately, I’m not Rapunzel, no matter how hard I wish, quite the opposite alas.

Four years ago this September, I had a near fatal anaphylactic shock to kiwis in a smoothie [ah, the irony, trying to eat more healthy almost killed me!], which caused both physical and psychological trauma, which had a dramatic effect on my hair. To cut a long story short, on that day, my hair stopped growing.

Not just growing quickly or healthily but point blank, stopped growing at all.

In the last four years, I have tried diet, vitamins, fancy expensive hair treatments and even more expensive trips to hairdressers for professional advice.

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I changed my supermarket hair colours to health shop natural more gentle plant based hair colours.

I have tried alternatives such as energy healing, reflexology, aromatherapy, meditation and even affirmations and listening to metaphysical healing videos at night.

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I have soaked my hair in oils, creams, mud masks..practically half the contents of my fridge!

In the last year, I have been trying DIY methods to grow my hair, here are 13 of the things I’ve tried and how they worked out.

1) Rice Water

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I heard that in Japan, Rice water is all the rage and is in everything from skin creams to hair tonics, so I decided to try it for myself.

I cooked my rice as usual, then took the cloudy water left behind in the saucepan, put it in a jug and let it cool. After washing my hair as usual, I poured the rice water over my hair and wrapped a towel around it and left it on for a hour as recommended.

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I went to rinse it out and my hair was a matted mess. It took two rounds of shampoo and conditioner to finally detangle it. So, not one I shall be trying again.

2) Coconut Milk & Coconut Oil

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I love the scent of coconuts and have became a BIG fan of Coconut oil and use it all the time. I have tried several variations of the above hair mask using coconut as the key ingredient and have had very mixed reactions.

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My hair looks all glossy and satiny soft for a few hours after but by the next day, it looks like I haven’t washed it in weeks.

My hair does feel better but so far, using coconut milk or oil once a week hasn’t made any difference to my total lack of hair growth.

3) Bread Soda

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I have grown to love Bread soda and use it for cleaning the house, stains on clothes and brushing my teeth, so it sounded like a good idea to use it for my hair.

If you use a lot of products, its good to detox or clarify your hair every few weeks and bread soda is supposed to be super for that. Some people love it so much, they have stopped using shampoo and only use bread soda day in, day out.

So, I found the simple recipe above and gave it a go. After rinsing out, my hair is bizarrely frizz central and I resemble someone who has stuck their hand into a live socket! Epic Disaster!

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4) Henna

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I have used Henna for years off and on but decided to go back to it, in the hopes it might help.

I applied the henna paste as usual and washed out and then conditioned as usual.

Result? Thick matted hair that took several washes to detangle, many hours of painful combing out and brittle ends the full length of my hair 😦

Totally bizzare as in the past, Henna used to make my hair look and feel awesome but not anymore I guess…

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5) Red Onion

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I keep coming across articles from fellow bloggers raving about using onion juice to stimulate hair growth and how amazing it, so although I don’t like onions in general, I decided to give it a go.

I peeled the top layer of my two red onions and then washed and roughly chopped them. I put them in the blender with some water and blended until it was a smooth texture.

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The first thing I noticed putting it on my hair was that it reeked to the point of making my eyes water.

After only 15 minutes, my scalp started burning and I had to wash it off.

It took several washes to get the smell out of my hair and any benefit from the onion must have been well washed off!

I tried mixing it with coconut oil, I put essential oils in it…but it still reeked and still burned so that was that.

6) Eggs

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I have only two words for this – Epic Fail!

I whisked up the 2 eggs and rubbed it into my scalp. Left it on for twenty minutes and then tried washing it out and washed and washed…and washed!

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***Rookie DIY Tip: Only use very cool water to rinse your hair after using a egg mask, or else you will literally end up with cooked egg on your head!***

 7) Apple Cider Vinegar

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Using my own scrap apple cider vinegar recipe, after shampooing my hair as normal, I rinsed my hair with the vinegar and towel dried.

It was quite refreshing and my hair felt cleaner and softer, while my scalp felt pleasantly cool.

I didn’t like the scent but some essential oils helped with that and I have to say, I use this rinse once or twice a week and quite like it. My hair isn’t growing but it feels better.

Hopefully one day, my hair will be like this:

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8) Yoghurt

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I know yogurt is packed full of protein and other good things so I tried the above as masks for my hair but again, really didn’t like the smell and found it very drying, so not for me alas.

9) Banana

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Bananas always sound like a good idea, yummy to eat and packed full of nutrients but oh my word, they are a total nightmare to wash out of your hair!

They smell fabulous and they are easy to make it onto a diy hair mask but after many washes to get it out of my hair, I ended up looking like this:

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10) Honey

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So honey, seemed a good idea but apart from turning my hair into something resembling a birds nest, it didn’t help at all, which was very disappointing as I had high hopes for it.

11) Rosemary Oil

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One essential oil I have been using a lot for my hair is Rosemary. It smells nice and is super easy to use, I simply put a few drops into my usual shampoo, conditioner and hair masks or for extra benefit, occasionally, mix coconut oil and rosemary oil and rub it into my scalp, leave on overnight and then rinse in the morning.

Hopefully with time, my hair will look like this girl’s mane:

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12) Aloe Vera Gel

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Aloe vera is supposed to be really moisturising for your hair so since I usually have some in the fridge, I tried it one evening. It felt very sticky but washed out easily enough. I didn’t see any difference, good or bad, so will maybe try this one again and see how it works out.

 

13) Horsetail

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I have become a passionate forager for horsetail and out of everything I’ve tried, it is the best. It grows near water or marshy areas and is instantly recognisable.

Its so easy to use, wash under the tap, twist the stems and place in a glass bowl. Pour boiling water over it and then use as a simple rinse when cool. Don’t throw your horsetail away, as you can usually get a second bowl from it.

I’m not sure if it has helped my hair grow at all but it’s gorgeous verdant green colour and fresh clean scent make using it a delight.

Conclusion

I still have many things to try yet for my hair, herbs like Amla, Beer, Fenugreek seeds, Castor Oil, Garlic juice…maybe I need to take a page out of John and Yoko’s book and have a ‘Bed In’ for Peace and maybe just maybe, if I get enough sleep, my hair might start to grow again…

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And one day, my hair will be like this:

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Foraging on the Banks of Lough Atalia in Galway, How to make Honeysuckle Ice Cream and other Nectar of the Gods

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Last Sunday, I went foraging in the lush wild meadow that runs along the side of Lough Atalia, the small lake that runs to the sea in Galway harbour. It was a stunning day, I felt almost light headed with the scent of wild flowers, fresh running water and the earth warmed by the heat of the midday sun.

Two swans followed me for a while and the meadow hummed with the sound of happy bees drinking nectar. A ladybird landed near me on a patch of clover and small wild birds called and flew overhead. 

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Everywhere I looked, I was overwhelmed by the incredible bounty of nature, I felt like how a child must feel in Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. I didn’t know where to start, so many colours, scents, textures called to me. My attention was snagged by the most magnificent bush of Wild Roses and braving the thorns, I gathered some petals to make Rosewater, a recipe which I will include in my next post.

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The flowers were as big as a child’s hand and the petals as soft as pure silk and the scent, oh my word, the scent, if only I could breathe in that scent all of my days…

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The heart of the meadow was a sea of colour composed of every shade of red and pink and green and all the colours in between. Red Clover was all around me, as far as the eye could see. I gathered several stems and the flower heads.

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I will be using Red Clover to make a healing tea, cream, salve, syrup…So many things, it is such a remarkable herb.

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There was also White Clover, not as profuse and much more delicate then its red cousin but also beautiful. It has a subtle sweet taste that makes for a lovely syrup for use in a cordial.

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Its late in the year for Dandelion but I found some clumps in the more shady areas of the meadow and harvested the young leaves for smoothies, salads and the flowers to make honey. Once autumn is here, I’m going to dig up as many dandelion roots as possible for making coffee.

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I found Plantain along the waters edge, its distinctive narrow leaves and long seed laden heads nodding in the breeze coming off the lake. I have started a mason jar infusion of Plantain and Oil for healing creams but Plantain has so many other uses as well. I will talk more about this next week.

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I was lucky to come across a patch of Horsetail, which often grows near water and has been around since the time of the Dinosaurs. It has many uses but one of its most well known is its wonderful ability to stimulate hair growth. A simple hair rinse can be made by washing the stems of horsetail to get rid of any soil or insects, place in a large glass bowl and pour boiling water over the plant. Leave overnight,compost the stems and then after washing your hair, pour over your head and dry hair as usual.

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Meadowsweet otherwise known as the Queen of the Meadow was scattered here and there. I made a syrup from the flowers to use to create a sorbet or simply to pour over ice cream or pancakes as a delicious treat.

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One of my most favourite wild flower are Daisies. They can be found everywhere, in all shapes and sizes and colours but their purity and innocence instantly transport me back to my childhood and memories of making daisy chains as crowns and garlands. Daisies make a lovely addition to any homemade skin creams.

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I found several sprays of Milk Thistle and am currently drying these and some of the other herbs I gathered for use. I am looking forward to finding ways to use Milk Thistle to heal both myself and those I care for.

Smiling Mouse on YarrowThe next herb I came across was Yarrow, one of the most ancient and sacred of all plants in the lore of herbs, a plant with many fascinating abilities. I have dried the small amount I found and will be keeping a keen eye out for more to stock up before the winter.

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Another lovely herb I across was Self Heal, a plant long used for healing wounds and infections, as well as sore throats.

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I spent three wondrous hours beside the lake and by the time I returned home, I was suntanned and windswept, all my cobwebs blown away. I laid my herbs out in the sun on my balcony to dry and for any insects to flee.

In the end, I found over thirteen different herbs in the space of an afternoon in just one of the meadows on the banks of Lough Atalia. I was awed by how only a short walk from my apartment in Galway city, I was able to find so many remarkable healing plants. I think, living in a city, many people forget to look, to seek out the wilderness that grows up from between the cracks and finds itself a home in even the most starkly urban of places.

It is truly amazing what you can find and all this goodness, beauty and healing is free. I love to go foraging but always remember to only take what you need and to give thanks for its blessings.

Its late and I grow weary but let me finish this feast of the senses with all things Honeysuckle.

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I will leave you with two divine recipes I found online using this most exotic flower with its otherworldly nectar and golden blossoms.

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Honeysuckle Ice Cream

From the website: https://theviewfromgreatisland.com/

Ingredients

  • 1 and a half cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups honeysuckle blossoms (this is approximate)
  • seeds from 1 vanilla bean

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Method

  • Put the cream, milk and sugar into a saucepan and stir to dissolve the sugar.
  • Add the honeysuckle flowers into the pan and and bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
  • Turn off the heat and let the mixture come to room temperature. Then cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • In the morning, strain the blossoms out and add the vanilla bean seeds. Mix well to break apart any clumped seeds.
  • Process the cold mixture in your ice cream machine according to its directions.
  • Put the soft ice cream in the freezer to firm up before serving.

 

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Honeysuckle Sorbet

Ingredients

5 cups cool water

4 cups honeysuckle blossoms, tightly packed but not smashed

2 cups sugar

1 cup water

Few drops lemon juice

Dusting of cinnamon

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Add cool tap water to flowers. Place in a glass bowl and leave overnight.

The next day, make a simple syrup by heating sugar and 1 cup of water in a saucepan over low heat until the mixture is clear, then boiling it for a minute or so, until the syrup begins to appear lustrous and slightly thick.

Remove from heat and add a few drops of lemon juice to prevent the sugar from recrystallizing. Cool the syrup.

Strain the honeysuckles, gently pressing the blossoms so as not to waste any of your efforts.

Combine the honeysuckle and the simple syrup and add just the merest dusting of ground cinnamon — a hint will enhance the honeysuckle flavor; even a bit more will overpower it.

Put the mix in a glass baking dish, let it freeze a little, stir and smash with a fork. Wait another couple of hours and do the same thing until it’s almost frozen through, then put it all in a blender. It needs to be taken out of the freezer a few minutes before you serve.

Bon Appetit! 🙂

Xx

Foraging in the City: How to make Herb & Flower Infused Oils at home, as well as Uplifting Eucalyptus & Mint Shaving Cream

l1.jpg.galleryForaging in the city can be truly enjoyable, challenging and always rewarding. The joy and satisfaction of making your own remedies, cosmetics and food from herbs and flowers you gathered yourself  is immeasurable.

The heart of summer is an excellent time to gather your herbs for making creams, balms, salves, oils, tinctures, tonics, teas and other necessities for the winter ahead.

I recommend going out at midday when the sun is at the highest point, as this is when the flowers will be fully open and at their most potent. Living in the city, foraging is a bit more difficult but parks, small patches of wilderness and river sides are all good places to search. Make sure to only pick flowers away from traffic fumes.

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How to make St. John’s Wort Oil

Ingredients

  • Two to three handfuls of fresh St.John’s Wort Flowers
  • Olive Oil or Rapeseed Oil

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Equipment

  • Glass Mason Jar
  • Muslin Cloth for straining
  • Sieve
  • Glass Jug
  • Glass Bottle to store Finished Oil

Method

  • Gather two to three handfuls of Fresh St.John’s Wort Flowers
  • Wash throughly
  • Leave to dry overnight on a Tea Towel
  • Fill your clean Mason Jar with the flowers
  • Pour enough oil to completely submerge the flowers
  • Close lid and place on a sunny windowsill for a month
  • Clean the lid every second day to prevent mould
  • After a month has passed and your oil has turned a bright cherry red, it is time to filter
  • Place muslin cloth over a sieve over a glass jug or bowl
  • Pour the oil in
  • Squeeze out any oil left from the flowers using the muslin cloth
  • Pour into Clean Sterilized Glass bottles and label with the date bottled.
  • Store in a cool dry place.

Uses

  • Use the oil directly on skin for inflamed painful joints
  • Use the oil as the base for healing creams, salves and ointments

 

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How to make Plantain Oil

Ingredients

  • One to three handfuls of Wild Fresh Plantain Leaves
  • Olive Oil

Equipment

  • Glass Mason Jar
  • Muslin Cloth for straining
  • Sieve
  • Glass Jug
  • Glass Bottle to store Finished Oil

 

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Method

  • Gather two to three handfuls of Fresh Plantain Leaves
  • Wash throughly
  • Leave to dry overnight on a Tea Towel
  • Fill your clean Mason Jar with the leaves
  • Pour enough oil to completely submerge the leaves
  • Close lid and place on a sunny windowsill for a month
  • Clean the lid every second day to prevent mould
  • After a month has passed and your oil has turned a dark green,  it is time to filter
  • Place muslin cloth over a sieve over a glass jug or bowl
  • Pour the oil in
  • Squeeze out any oil left from the flowers using the muslin cloth
  • Pour into Clean Sterilized Glass bottles and label with the date bottled.
  • Store in a cool dry place.

 

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Uses

  • Use as a healing First Aid cream and salve
  • Use as base for own homemade Soaps
  • Use as base for lotions and body butters
  • Use in Body Scrubs

 

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Eucalyptus and Mint Shaving Cream

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Ingredients

  • Half a cup of Organic Shea Butter
  • Half a cup of Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Half a cup of Olive Oil
  • One Tablespoon of Witch Hazel
  • One Tablespoon of Aloe Vera Gel
  • Ten drops of Eucalyptus essential Oil
  • Ten drops of Mint essential Oil

 

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Method

  • Place the Shea Butter, Coconut oil and Olive oil in a glass bowl over a saucepan of water
  • Stir gently until it is fully melted
  • Allow to cool for half a hour
  • Stir in the Aloe Vera Gel, Witch Hazel and essential oils
  • Place in your fridge until solid
  • Using an electric whisk, beat until light and fluffy
  • Spoon into a clean glass jar and label
  • Use as needed as you would any shaving cream and enjoy clean fresh and moistened skin! 🙂

 

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Next Time

I will be going foraging again tomorrow, weather permitting along the lake and will be talking about all the wonderful plants I’m sure I will find! 🙂

 

Beauty from Nature: How to make Witch Hazel & Rose Facial Cleanser & Wild Strawberry Leaf Toner

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Witch Hazel & Rose Facial Cleanser

Ingredients:

  • Purified Water
  • Witch Hazel
  • Rose Water
  • Aloe Vera
  • Coconut Oil
  • Organic Reusable Cotton Rounds

 

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Method:

  • Pour 500ml of Distilled Purified water into a large glass jug with a tight lid
  • Add Three Tablespoons of Witch Hazel Water
  • Add Two Tablespoons of Rose Water
  • Add a heaped Tablespoon of Pure Aloe Vera Gel
  • Lastly, add one flat Tablespoon of liquid Coconut Oil
  • Using a spoon, mix the ingredients well
  • Place the cotton rounds into a glass mason jar
  • Carefully pour the toner over the rounds until the jar is full
  • Place the lid on top, label and store on your bathroom shelf.
  • Use in the evening before going to bed for clear clean skin.

 

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The next thing I made today was an astringent toner, as this will help keep your pores clear and your skin refreshed before you put your cream and makeup on.

 

Wild Strawberry Leaf Toner

 

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Ingredients:

  • Two Handfuls of Washed Strawberry Leaves, either collected wild as I did or from a garden
  • Witch Hazel
  • Rose Water
  • Purified Water

 

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  • Wash the Strawberry Leaves well
  • Place the leaves in a mason jar
  • Fill the jar with purified water and leave overnight
  • Filter the leaves from the water the next day
  • Add Three Tablespoons of Witch Hazel
  • Add Two Tablespoons of Rose Water
  • Stir well and bottle
  • Keep in the fridge for extra refreshing coolness after a hot summers day

 

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Next Time:

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I will be making Soothing Calendula Face Cream from Calendula Oil I made last month and Coconut & Beet Lip Balm.

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Also soon to come in the next few days, a exotic Spice & White Willow Bark Cream to take pain away and for the long weekend soak in the bath TLC time, totally natural Rose & Lavender Bath Bombs! 🙂

Xx

 

 

Marmalade Madness!

10I discovered in a local shop last week that they had gorgeous juicy spanish oranges for the incredible price of 45c for 1lb so I bought 15lbs in total with the plan of making enough marmalade for the year!

Its actually incredible easy to make marmalade and costs very little.All you need is time and patience.

To make marmalade, you need 1bag of sugar for every lb of fruit, 3 lemons and 250ml of flitered water. You also need of course clean sterlised jam jars, covers and  a large saucepan.Its really important you get the fruit/sugar ratio right so make sure to weigh the fruit before adding it to the sugar.  This makes you about 12 small pots or ten medium.

To make fine cut marmalade, simple pop your oranges into a bowl, pour bowling water over them and leave for five minutes. This makes them really easy to peel by hand and the scent of the warm fruit is heavenly.

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Weigh the fruit and if making thick cut marmalade,cut roughly by hand and place in the saucepan with the sugar, lemon juice and water.If making fine cut, place in a blender until smooth.

Put the heat on full, and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Heat until bowl, then bowl for 20-30minutes. Place some saucers in the fridge and when the surface of the liquid takes on a glossy sheen, test a little on the cold saucer.If it doesnt run, the marmalade has reached setting point. Pour into jars immediately and cover. Your marmalade should keep for up to a year if kept in a cool dark place. Volia! Easy homemade marmalade!:)

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I also made some orange sauce for cooking, as there is nothing quite like the scent and taste of orange for making a simple dish like chicken or fish exciting and tasty. I made the sauce the same way as the fine cut marmalade but only let it boil for 5-7 minutes and then bottled into empty wine bottles I had sterlised earlier.

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The wonderful thing about making something like marmalade is the alchemy of taking four simple ingredients and transforming them into something you will enjoy everyday that is also good for you.My kitchen still has a scent  of an orange grove in spain, of sunshine and summer…

 

Pumpkins, Goats and how a Kiwi almost killed me!

Dear All, my apologies for my lengthy absence, I had a severe anaphylactic reaction to a tropical smoothie followed shortly by a serious asthma attack  about 7 weeks ago and had to be rushed to hospital by ambulance. I am recovering still though I can’t get rid of the chest infection I picked up during my stay in hospital. I am so glad to be alive and would just like to thank everyone who took such good care of me, from my GP&her team, the paramedics, the trauma team, the surgeons, my immunologist and my respiratory consultant, the medical team on duty, the nurses [particularly the night nurse] and not forgetting the lovely dinner lady who was so kind to me. I would like of course to thank my family and friends.

It was a close call, the closest its been in over twenty years and I am astonishingly lucky to be alive. I have had to change my diet and lifestyle quite drastically while I am having tests done to see what I am and am not allergic to, but hopefully by christmas I will have a clearer picture of where I am set. So today’s post is about my journey of discovery.

Some observations that might be helpful:

If you do have to go into hospital or stay there a while, have a friend bring you some tea tree oil to keep superbugs at bay.

Be very careful when eating hospital food, don’t assume that what they give you, you have to eat, specific dietary requirements can be catered for.

If you have problems with pollen, ask your friends not to send you flowers. If you do get strong scented flowers, place them as far away as possible or give them to another patient.

If you are lucky enough as I was to get a bed by a window, make sure to open it a little during the day to blow away germs.

Don’t forget to keep using the sanitizing gel dispensers and have your visitors do the same.

You are your own best guide to your health, you know your body. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, its your life.

New Lifestyle

So I am going back to the diet of my childhood, Oats for breakfast, homemade barley or asparagus soup for lunch and either potatoes or rice for dinner. I now drink a mug of warm goats milk every night before bed[I’m lactose intolerant]which I find very comforting and which is my main source of calcium or if I’m feeling very under the weather,I might have a glass of my Elderberry tonic wine heated up to bring out the goodness. I am having a lot of mineral rich veg like parsnips, carrots, turnip, broccoli, cauliflower and sweet potato. Strangely enough, I seem to have gone off red wine but still enjoy a little glass of white at the weekends. I am trying to increase the amount of water [filtered of course] I drink.

I have discovered something remarkable, that if I listen to my instincts and to my first gut reaction to a food, I can become my own best guardian of my health. I have always had a strong aversion to kiwi’s and other fruits like grapefruit or melon and had never tried any until 7 weeks ago when I had that almost fatal mix of tropical fruits in a smoothie. The whole time, I was drinking it, I was utterly revolted by it but in an endeavour to ‘be more healthly’, I forced it down my throat! Learn from my mistake, listen to your instincts, your body does know whats best for you.

The experience has changed me on so many levels, on the physical, part of my hair turned SNOW WHITE about a week after [time for the henna!], I find I cannot tolerate the cold anymore, I tire easily and of course I can’t get rid of this cough I picked up in hospital. So if you find yourself recovering from an illness, there can some things you can do to help yourself recover faster.

  • Do stick to simple warm nourishing foods [particularly in winter]like pumpkin soup.I made some yesterday and am quite delighted with it. My recipe makes a lot but you can freeze the extra, which makes for a perfect quick ready-made meal with wholemeal brown bread and seeds to top.
  • Try to make meals from scratch,avoid eating out more than once a week
  • Sleep – if you have an electric blanket, try doing without it for a month and use hot water bottles and extra blankets instead, as apparently the electric fields generated can disrupt your body’s natural healing process while you sleep. This is what I am doing, I do miss it sometimes but I am sleeping a lot better.
  • Try not to eat much dairy or alcohol until you are fully recovered.
  • Take time out to relax, the less stressed you are, the faster you will recover

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Samhain

I celebrated Halloween or Samhain as it is called here in Ireland with a simple dinner with a strong accent on turnips and seasonal foods. I had great fun carving out a massive pumpkin to decorate the table [ I froze most of the pumpkin flesh and some seeds, while I made pumpkin soup from the rest and roasted the seeds]. I also made gingerbread cookies in the shape of bats and ghosts. After watching a scary movie [obligatory of course in lieu of storytelling]just after midnight, I put out the traditional saucer of food for the spirits.

Foraging

I have been doing a little foraging, not as much as last year of course and have collected enough blackberries to try making Blackberry Wine. I also collected wild hazelnuts which I will be making into my own organic hazelnut truffles for christmas. I hope to collect some sloe berries at the weekends, there is very little this year, perhaps indicating a mild winter ahead. Very few hawthorn berries also, although Rowan is quite profuse. I of course am gathering fallen pine cones where-ever I find them as they are wonderful for starting fires or for – and turning into christmas decorations.

Christmas

I have started preparing for christmas and have made two porter cakes so far and intend to make a traditional christmas cake this weekend with marzipan and icing. I plan to make mini-christmas puddings this year[less heavy and not so daunting after a heavy meal] and am looking into alternative lighter but still festive desserts for christmas day like cranberry parfait or Port Jelly. Photos to follow of the results!

Recipes

Pumpkin Soup:

Ingredients: Large bowl of cleaned pumpkin flesh,salt,brown sugar pepper, ginger, coriander, 1 small onion, 1 medium carrot, 2 sticks of celery, vegetable stock, a little water, 2-3 tablespoons of oil. Optional cream.

Fry the spices until piping hot, add the chopped veg. Simmer for about 20-30 minutes. then add the stock and simmer for another 15 minutes until the veg is softish. Once the mix has cooled, liquidise in a blender. Add a little sugar to taste and reheat. Serve piping hot with a swirl of cream or a dash of seeds. enjoy!