Upcycling Juice Boxes, Milk Cartons, Tissue Boxes & Other Common HouseHold Items

upcycleRecently I have been thinking more and more about how I need to do more as regards recycling. Its not just enough anymore to wash my cartons out and sort them for the trash, I want to find ways to reduce the amount of waste I produce and one way of doing that is to find new ways to reuse stuff I would usually throw away.

3773430-origI have been paying more attention to what goes in our recycling bin lately and the biggest culprits are:

  • Juice Boxes
  • Milk Cartons
  • Postal Packaging
  • Newspapers
  • The odd magazine
  • Plastic Bottles
  • Crisp Bags
  • Recipes
  • Packaging from store bought products
  • Chocolate Wrappers
  • Cereal Boxes
  • Tins
  • Tissue Boxes

reuse-milk-cartons-5So I have started finding ways to upcycle these things. The first I looked at was Juice Boxes

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You can make Juice Boxes into Storage containers, wallets, bags, gift boxes, toy boats…

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Cereal Boxes make great Filing containers for envelopes, papers, study notes…

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Tissue boxes are great as gift boxes, for flower displays, for seasonal decorations and childrens toys.

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Milk Cartons are useful for so many things. you truly are limited only by your imagination.

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Plastic Bottles can be made into pencil cases, bird feeders…

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Some Gift Boxes I’ve made so far using recycled materials: [not very exciting or professional looking but practice makes perfect!]

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Next Time

I will be looking at ways to reuse Tin Cans, making DIY Autumn and Halloween Decorations and talking about autumn wildlife.

Until then, sweet dreams.

Xxx

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How To DIY Heat Neck Pillows, Hand Warmers & Other Heat Packs To Keep You Warm & Cosy!

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So Autumn is most definitely here and in a ideal world, it should be something like this:

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Instead its usually more like this:

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So if your autumn is more like mine with long damp days and dark chilly nights, we could all do with a little warmth and cheer. Solution, make your own fabulous heat packs to stay toasty all the year long! ๐Ÿ™‚

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There are a number of choices for what to use as filler for the heat packs, from rice to wheat to cherry stones to flaxseed.

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After much research, Flaxseed seems to be the most popular choice for stuffing your heat pack.

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WHY FLAX INSTEAD OF OTHER GRAINS?

Flaxseed provides a gentle, moist heat which promotes healing.

  • Flaxseeds are flower seeds, rather than grains, so they contain 30-40% oil which remains inside the seed to be warmed again and again. Other products lose their ability to retain heat as the water cooks out of them over time.
  • When heated, flaxseed pillows retain half their heat after an hour. Under covers (think about those toesโ€ฆ) the pillow will still be warm hours later.
  • Flax never has that โ€œcooked grainโ€ smell other grain based products have when heated over and over again.
  • The weight of flaxseed is gentle and comforting.
  • Flaxseed pillows can also be chilled in the freezer to sooth fevers or slight inflammations, though they donโ€™t get cold enough to provide the numbness needed for things like sprains and back injuries.

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  • Choose your fabric. Something heavy but not too stiff, like brushed canvas or cotton ticking, works well.
  • Its best to use 100% cotton if possible as artificial materials are more likely to burn in a microwave.
  • Decide what size you’d like your finished pillow to be. Customize it to suit your needs, but a rectangle about 6 inches by 18 inches is a good place to start. (This is long enough to drape around your neck.)
  • Cut your fabric. You can cut two pieces of cloth, adding about half an inch for a seam allowance all around. Or you can cut one piece of cloth that’s twice the width you want the finished pillow to be plus half an inch seam allowance on each side. (In this case you’ll fold the fabric in half lengthwise and sew three rather than four ends closed.)
  • Place right sides of the fabric together and sew, using a half-inch seam allowance on each side. Leave one short side open for filling.
  • Turn your pillow right side out.

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Fill your pillow about two-thirds to three-fourths full of flax seed.

Add about 1/4 cup of dried lavender flowers. Don’t overdo the flowers, because the scent will become stronger when heated. And don’t overfill the pillow or the seeds won’t be able to move around and the pillow won’t drape comfortably.

acbfa49b74dd818ae2763313e414a016Sew the last end closed. (You can fold the ends in and sew by hand or by machine.)

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Use

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To use your pillow, warm it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Shake and warm for another 30 to 60 seconds, until the desired warmth.

To warm it in the oven, place in cold oven and turn heat to 200 degrees. Shake pillow after five minutes, then replace for another two to five minutes, testing often.

Note: Be careful not to overheat the pillow! It can get hot enough to burn you or even start a fire!

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Other Options

  • Design your pillow in the shape of a “U” to fit around your neck. Or make a muff to put your cold hands in.
  • Make a no-sew version using tube socks. Just fill with flax and lavender and knot the end
  • Sew a liner to fill with flax and lavender and a removable cover for washing. Simply make the cover just a bit larger than the liner, for easy removal. And be sure to prewash and preshrink your outer fabric. (You don’t want it to shrink so that it no longer fits over your liner.)
  • cd51fedb53d5b39e5163a4870408aaec--diy-heating-pad-heating-padsChoose a liner fabric that’s lightweight and a bit open weaved but tight enough to hold the contents.
  • Use dried rose petals, mint, or other dried herbs that you enjoy for scent in place of the lavender flowers.
  • Use your pillow over your forehead, or under or over your feet, too.
  • Try chilling your pillow in the freezer when you need to cool rather than warm an area.

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Flax pillows make wonderful gifts. Choose fabrics that are appropriate for the recipient, and tie with a pretty ribbon or raffia. Include a little card with directions.

You can even make them into stuffed animals or incorporate them into slippers but I will be talking about that again in the future.

il_340x270.1056921972_s3rtIf you have Sore wrists and spend a lot of time in a chilly office, you can make simple Keyboard and Wrist Support Heat pads.

Or if you you have a old flannel shirt, it would be perfect for making some seasonal hand warmers…diy-flannel-foot-warmer-gift-idea-05

In Conclusion

I have made one neck pillow, one heavy pillow for sore tummies and one comforting hand warmer and have tested them all in the microwave with success! Hurrah!

These were made from material I had on hand, heavy denim from a old pair of jeans and a lighter cotton from too long summer trousers.img_20171006_225137.jpg

I plan to make a lot of them in the coming weeks, as I hope to have a stall at a local Christmas market for the first time, so lot of work to get ready for that!

In the meantime, if you try making a heat pack yourself, curl up in bed and enjoy the many days and nights of warmth and comfort you will have from your very own fabulous DIY Heat Pad ๐Ÿ™‚

Xxx

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How to Make Fermented Probiotic Ginger Ale at Home & Thoughts on ‘The Girl Who Waited’

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It’s been a strange start to September, hot and humid and now cold and wet, all in the space of four days but thats the west of Ireland for you.

I had some raw ginger root in the house and thought some natural fermented Ginger Ale is just what I need, something that will hit the spot perfectly!

There are quite a few ways to make this simple but delicious and healthy drink but this is the one I usually use. You will need:

 Ingredients

  • 3 – 4 nodules of Raw Ginger
  • 1 – 2 Lemons or Limes
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla [Optional]
  • 3 – 4 Tablespoons of Sugar
  • Water
  • Container to store the ale while its fermenting

 

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Method

  • Grate the ginger. Leave the skin on, as this has wild yeast and bacteria on it, which will help with the fermentation
  • Place the ginger, water, sugar, lime or lemon juice and vanila into a mason jar or large container
  • Add some hot water [but not boiling], about a third of the container and then add cold water to fill up the rest of the container
  • Cover the top with some kitchen paper towel and a elastic band or you could use a strong pressurised glass jar like the below
  • Leave in a cool place away from sunlight for a week
  • Strain

 

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  • Bottle and enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Ginger Ale makes a great base to make other gorgeous and refreshing drinks such as Fizzy Turmeric Ale, The Victor’s Drink [Brandy, lime & Ginger Ale] and Ginger Ale with vodka, lemon and pineapple for a tropical feel.

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Another delightful possibility for a late summer/early autumn drink is Jack Daniels whisky and ginger topped with lime…Divine… ๐Ÿ™‚

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This time of year, I find myself thinking of the girl who waited and how no matter how old we get, she is always still inside of us.

For those of you not in the know, the girl who waited is Amelia Pond in Doctor Who, a remarkable girl who dared to dream, who went on many incredible adventures and saw the universe in all its splendour and glory and all because she waited, all night long, for twenty long years for her ‘Raggedy Man’.

This is the time of year, when the night skies grew clearer and the stars are scattered across the milky way like diamonds and the air whispers of the turn of the seasons.

I fell head over heels in love with the new Doctor Who series and in particular, with the character of Amelia Pond, her bravery, her faithfullness, her belief, that one day, the Doctor would come back for her, as he did, if a little late.

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I think the girl who waited, is the child inside us all, the girl who had such faith and hope. Her strength, sense of purpose and perservance comes from this place of remarkable faith, hope and belief, that as adults, a lot of us have lost.

As we grow older, we lose sight of this girl, we forget her. She becomes the past, an undiscovered country, where you believe in six impossible things before breakfast, where dragons roam and magic lives in the heart of every living thing.

Amy-Gifs-amy-pond-33403277-245-245Yet, it is now, more then ever, that we need her. In this exhausting, bewildering chaotic fast paced world, where burnout is the norm and even the youngest of children is cycincal to the bone, we need hope.

Amelia Pond is the wellspring of hope and belief, that bubbles up from deep within the soul and gives new life and meaning to our existence.

She reminds us of all that is good in this world and the importance of having faith in your dreams, for it is only then, that they will one day come true. She reminds us of the things that truly matter; friendship, kindness, courage and above all, love.

So if you are out walking some evening and you look up at the magnificance of the night sky above, think of her, of Amelia Pond, The Girl Who Waited, The Doctor and that Blue Blue Box…

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How to make Lush Inspired Shower Jellies & The Many Remarkable Uses of Egg Shells!

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So having a shower is just about getting clean as fast as possible? Nope! These days, its a way to wake up, soothe the senses, nourish your skin and more recently to awaken your childhood sense of wonder and play!!:)

One awesome way to bring more joy and fun into your shower routine is to make your own DIY Lush inspired Shower Jellies! Super easy to make and they look, smell and feel great ๐Ÿ™‚

Ingredients

  • Gelatin Powder [I used two Sachets 12mg each] There are vegetarian options available also.
  • Water
  • Hand Soap or Shower Gel
  • Food Colouring [Optional]
  • A Mold
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Spoon
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Essential Oils (Optional)
  • Glitter Or Eyeshadow Pigment (Optional)

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Method

  • In a mixing bowl, first add the gelatin powder and then the water. …
  • Add the shower gel to the gelatine mixture. …I used Original Source Shower Gel which is not tested on animals but you can use any favourite shower gel
  • Add an essential oil of your choice and/or a drop or two of food coloring, if desired. .
  • Mix in the salt.
  • Pour the mixture into the silicon mould, then put the mould in the refrigerator.
  • Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

I recently learnt a mind-blowing fact, did you know that eggshells are a great, inexpensive, natural source of calcium & have many awesome uses?

An egg shell is made of calcium carbonate. Each medium sized egg shell has about 750-800 mgs of calcium.

***Important, buy only Free Range Organic Eggs, farm fresh if possible***

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Eggshells can be used in:

  • Homemade Toothpaste to remineralise your teeth and heal cavities
  • Face Masks
  • As a totally natural calcuim supplement
  • To start off Seedlings
  • To deter slugs and snails
  • In Art
  • To enrich your compost

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    How to Make Eggshell Calcium and Why Youโ€™d Want To

    Calcium is the most abundant mineral in our body.

    While most of our calcium resides in our bones and teeth, itโ€™s also important for muscle contraction, nerve health, enzyme activity and cell formation.

    In fact, our bodies need ample, daily amounts of calciumโ€ฆ and if we donโ€™t get what we need, our bodies have no problem pulling excess stores from our teeth and bones, which is obviously not a good thing!

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    Method

  • Use up your eggs as you usually would, keeping the shell in the carton to make your supplement
  • When you have your dozen shells, rinse them well in water. Remove any whites that might be stuck but donโ€™t remove membrane as these have extra nutrients.
  • Fill a stock pot with approximately 6 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  • Carefully put your eggshells into the water. (This will kill any harmful pathogens)
  • Let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Drain shells.
  • Spread the shells on a baking tray and let dry overnight. In the morning, put in a warm oven for about 10 minutes to completely dry out.
  • Once they are dry, put a few shells into a coffee grinder and run until they are pulverized into a fine powder. Continue until all of your shells are powder.
  • Store in a tightly sealed glass jar in the cupboard away from heat or moisture.
  • How to Consume Eggshell Calcium

    1 tsp. contains approximately 800-1,000 mg. of calcium. Consume by mixing in a small amount of water with a meal or with a smoothie or yoghurt.

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There are so many ways to use eggshells, I will keep you up to date on all the ways I test out myself.

On a interesting note, I came across a a belief in folk lore, that eggshells were buried or burned in healing spells (often after having been carried by the patient so the eggshells โ€œabsorbedโ€ the illness). Eggshell powder can be used for protection spells too.

Eggshells also make a good womb symbol in which energy can be nurtured to maturity. Be sure to consider the colour of the eggshell. For instance, use blue eggshells to nurture peace and joy.

Next Time

21et20nI will be talking about the role and significance of Magic in our lives, my endeavours to convince my hair to grow and the importance of enjoying your food! ๐Ÿ™‚

Xx

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Sustainable Storage: What to do with Glass Jars of all Shapes & Sizes

If like me, you might wonder what am I to do with all those old Jam Jars, Sauce Bottles, Wine Bottles, Vinegar bottles and other Glass containers that pile up in your kitchen after using up the contents??

Whatever, you do, don’t just toss them in the nearest bottle bank!!
Empty glass containers are literally the bomb, as there is so many ways to reuse them and best of all they are a great sustainable storage solution, totally recyclable and free! ๐Ÿ™‚

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**Recommend you buy some cheap labels on a big roll and keep a nice pen handy to label and date everything!**

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In The Kitchen

I use empty glass containers to store:

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Dried Fruit
  • Tea – Loose & Bags
  • Coffee
  • Bread Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Coco
  • Cereal
  • Dried Yeast
  • Oats
  • Hazelnuts
  • Linseed
  • Soup Mixes
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Noodles
  • Stir-fry Mix
  • Pulses
  • TVP mince
  • Ground EggShells
  • Ground Dried Beetroot Powder
  • First Aid Plasters
  • Freezer Bags
  • Cutlery

 

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  • White Willow Bark
  • Arrowroot
  • Bay Leaves
  • Rose Petals
  • Camomile Flowers
  • Calendula Flowers
  • Calendula Oil
  • Plantain Oil

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  • Honeysuckle Syrup
  • Meadowsweet Syrup
  • Homemade Hair-masks
  • Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Various Drinks
  • Fresh Fruit

Under The Sink:

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  • Bread Soda
  • Salt
  • Vinegar
  • Homemade Disinfectant
  • Homemade surface wipes
  • Candles
  • Matches
  • Elastic Bands
  • Pens
  • Cookie Cutters

D.I.Y:

  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Thumb Tacks
  • Hooks
  • Spare Fuses
  • New Batteries
  • Old Batteries
  • Spare Plugs

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  • Buttons
  • Beads
  • Ribbon
  • Organise Meds
  • Plants

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  • Homemade Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Moon Time Containers
  • Cotton buds
  • Homemade Chocolate Orange Bath Bombs
  • Homemade Dry Shampoo
  • Homemade Gardeners Salve
  • Homemade Wild Rose & Lavender Hand cream
  • Homemade Peppermint Foot cream
  • Homemade Fresh Mint Scrub
  • Homemade Insect Repellent
  • Homemade Deodorant
  • Homemade Toner
  • Reusable cotton rounds
  • Make – up
  • Homemade Shower wash

You can also use them for…

  • Drinks

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  • Treats

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  • Lights

  • Gifts

 

  • Centrepieces

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The possibilities are endless… ๐Ÿ™‚

I would to end tonight’s post with something that always reminds me of my wonderful husband, when its time to make dinner and I take out his favourite jar of Italian Spaghetti ๐Ÿ™‚

Bon Appettit! xx

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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.

Meadowsweet

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 โ€” 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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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! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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