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 πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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 You’d Want To

    Calcium is the most abundant mineral in our body.

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

    In fact, our bodies need ample, daily amounts of calcium… and if we don’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 don’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 β€œabsorbed” 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! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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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… πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 β€” 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! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

 

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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! πŸ™‚

 

How to make Nourishing Calendula Night Cream for tired, dry, sensitive skin. Also How to make Eastern Spices & White Willow Cream to take Pain Away

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Nourishing Calendula Night Cream

Ingredients:

  • Calendula Oil [Recipe at end of post for this] 1 Cup
  • Shea Butter – Half a Cup
  • Coconut Oil – One Cup
  • Avocado Oil – Half a Cup
  • Coconut Cream – Half a Cup
  • Beeswax – One chopped standard bar
  • Vitamin E Oil – 1 -2 Capsules
  • Lavender Essential Oil – 7 – 13 Drops [ Tangerine Oil is a good option also]
  • Rose Water – 7 – 13 Drops

 

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Method:

  • Place the Coconut Oil, the Shea Butter and the Beeswax in a glass bowl over water in a saucepan and simmer until melted
  • Let it cool
  • After a hour, add the Calendula Oil, Avocado Oil, Coconut Cream and Vitamin E Oil to the bowl
  • Gently stir together all the ingredients for a few minutes and then stir in the Rose Water
  • Place bowl in fridge until the mix is solid
  • Take out of fridge and using an electric whisk, beat until the mix is soft and creamy
  • Add your chosen essential oils and whisk again
  • Once you are happy with the scent and texture of the cream, carefully spoon into glass jars and label.

 

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To Use:

Cleanse skin and gently massage in some Calendula Cream over your skin using your fingertips. Leave on overnight as an intense nourishing face cream.

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How to Make Calendula Oil

Place dried Calendula flower heads and petals in a glass mason jar. Pour either organic Sunflower Oil or Rapeseed Oil over the flowers until the jar is full. Close lid and place on your windowsill in a sunny spot for about a month. Filter, bottle, label and use.

 

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Calendula Oil can be used to make salves, face cream, hand cream, body butters, cuticle cream, eye wash…the list goes on. In the coming days, I will be trying out different ways to use my incredible calendula oil and will let you know how I get on.

 

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The Power of Natural Healing for Sore, Painful and Inflamed Joints: Herbs and spices have been used since ancient times to heal and soothe and the knowledge of their remarkable properties and abilities is being rediscovered. This is the start of my journey on the long spice roads of the Far East and all the wonders that await me there.

 

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Eastern Spices and White Willow Pain Cream

Ingredients:

  • Half a cup of ground Ginger
  • 2 Tablespoons of ground Cloves
  • Half a cup of ground Cinnamon
  • Half a cup of White Willow Bark
  • 2 Tablespoons of ground Turmeric
  • 1 standard bar of Beeswax
  • 1 cup of Olive Oil
  • Vitamin E Oil – 2 Capsules
  • Half a cup of Coconut Oil
  • Frankincense Oil – 10- 20 drops

 

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****Important Note! Turmeric WILL stain everything it comes into contact with, including your skin, clothes, china, plastic…Be super careful using it or else you will spend hours cleaning up after as I did!****

 

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Method:

  • Melt the Coconut oil and Beeswax in a large glass bowl over a double boiler or saucepan of water until it is fully melted
  • Place any of your spices that are not ground into a blender, along with the White Willow Bark
  • Pulse for a few seconds until the mix is a fine powder
  • Add the Olive Oil to the Bowl of Oils and stir with a wooden spoon
  • Slowly add the spices, one at a time into the mix
  • Allow to cool for a hour and then place the mix into the fridge until hard
  • Using a electric whisk, beat until rich and creamy
  • Add in the essential oil and Vitamin E
  • Whisk again until fully blended
  • Spoon into a sterilised glass jar and keep in a dry dark place such as a cupboard until needed. This will extend the potency of the spices.

 

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To Use:

Carefully scoop out some cream and rub into area affected. Add another layer and then cover with either a piece of old muslin or a cloth and secure firmly with either first aid tape or ribbon. Leave on overnight and wash off in morning. Repeat if necessary.

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A super easy way to get turmeric and other spices into your diet is to add them to smoothies and hot drinks.

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Next Time:

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I will be looking in more detail at what herbs, spices and foods help with Fibromyalgia, since I was diagnosed with it last year after having suffered the last four years with constant pain and a myriad of other exhausting and painful symptoms.

I will also be making Bath Bombs, Scrap Apple Cider Vinegar and Golden Milk, so watch this space! πŸ™‚

Xx

 

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! πŸ™‚

Xx

 

 

From the Depths of the Ocean, ‘Mermaid Tears’, An Ode to the Sea

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Midsummers Night Eve has passed and we are at the height of summer and as the weather improves, my thoughts turn to the sea and all its wonders. Living as I do on the edge of the Atlantic, the sea has been a constant presence in my life.

The sea for all our advances in technology is still very much a mysterious place like no other. The world beneath the waves is utterly unlike that of those who live on land. It can be terrifying, overwhelming and deadly but it is also achingly beautiful, healing and magical.

616719f4591facc441c4c8c6e6ce9026I am never more happy then when I am at the beach or on the sea. The pull of the moon on the tides, the rise and fall of the waves, the feel of sand between my toes and the taste of salt on my tongue make me feel alive and at peace.

All life came from the sea. The earth is made up of two thirds water, as are we. The ocean is in our blood. Without the ocean, there would be no life on this planet.

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I grew up hearing stories of Poseidon, Mannann Lir, Selkies, Mermaids, Sirens, Sea Dragons and other magical beings from the depths. One of the most wondrous moments of last year was during the Galway Arts Festival, a group of singers and musicians had gathered on a old moored sea trawler and as the sun set, the seals came…Throughout time, it is well known that Seals love the sound of music and especially love singing.

We are fortunate that there is both a Seal Sanctuary and a Whale and Dolphin Rescue group in Ireland.

I will write again about the importance of the Ocean, the incredible benefits and uses of Seaweed and other sea vegetables in another post but for today, I wish to talk about how Salt, a substance that once used to cost more then gold, that is essential for so many aspects of our life and our health, has been maligned in the last few decades. We have all heard about the importance of cutting salt out of our diet but what most people don’t know is that, yes table salt is terribly bad for us but Sea Salt is crucial for our well being.

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The Benefits of Sea Salt

Sea salt is wonderful for so many things:

  • Boosts the immune system
  • Prevents muscle craps
  • Regulates blood sugar levels
  • Clears sinus and the lungs
  • Natural Antiseptic
  • Natural Exfoliant
  • Natural Deodorant

 

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Mermaid Tears Ocean Sea Salt Scrub

Ingredients

  • Coconut Oil 500 gram
  • Course Sea Salt – 500gram
  • Fine Sea Salt – 500gram
  • White granulated Sugar – 300gram
  • Fresh Rosemary – 3 Tablespoons
  • Catmint Flowers or Dried Lavender Flowers – 1 Tablespoon
  • Blue Colouring from Red cabbage and water – 200ml [Instructions on how to make this at the end of the recipe]
  • Essential oils: Eucalyptus, Lavender and Citrus – 10 drops each

 

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Method

  • Mix the Sea Salts snd the sugar together, then add in the coconut oil.
  • Stir well and then add the Fresh Rosemary finely chopped
  • Stir in the Blue Colouring and then add the essential oils
  • Stir again until you are happy with the consistency and scent
  • Spoon into your glass container
  • Sprinkle the flowers on the top of the Scrub
  • Place in fridge overnight and then use as desired

 

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  • To make, simply chop a red cabbage into small bits and place in a large saucepan.
  • Pour water over the cabbage until the saucepan is almost full
  • Leave to come to a boil and then simmer for a half a hour
  • Strain the cabbage and pour the liquid into two different glass bowls
  • In the first bowl, slowly add tablespoons of Baking Soda, one at a time until the liquid turns dark indigo Blue
  • In the second bowl, add white spirit vinegar to the liquid until it turns a beautiful shade of violet purple.
  • Store the two lots of natural colouring in sterilised glass containers away from sunlight

 

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DIY Salt Spray – The Beach in a Bottle!

Mix the above ingredients together in a empty spray bottle and use as wished for that just back from the beach look.

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Sea Salt is wonderful for your skin whether in a facial wash, face mask, body scrub, foot scrub…

 

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Maybe in the future, there will be colonies beneath the sea, providing of course, we stop poisoning our planet, not tomorrow or next year but today. Maybe in the future, we will unlock the key to understanding how Dolphins speak and Whales sing.

So many species of whales, dolphins and other sea creatures are being hunted to extinction or poisoned by pollution. If we don’t act now, I very much fear that soon, the gentle giants of the sea will be lost forever and the world will be a much much poorer place for it.

Listen to the sound of the sea and all those who live in and on it, for it echoes in the furthest reaches of your mind, caresses your heart and resonates in the depths of your soul. Listen to her voice, hear what she speaks.

Blessed Be. X

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