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.
I 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.
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.
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.
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
Mermaid Tears Ocean Sea Salt Scrub
- 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
- 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
- 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
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.
Sea Salt is wonderful for your skin whether in a facial wash, face mask, body scrub, foot scrub…
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
Cleopatra, the last Queen of Ancient Egypt will be forever remembered, not just for being one of the most powerful women on earth, not just for her daring and adventurous spirit, not just for her talent at languages and negotiating skills but also for her astounding beauty.
I grew up hearing about ancient Egypt and have always been fascinated by the Kings and Queens, Gods and Goddesses of the time. Cleopatra was considered a woman of unearthly beauty, the siren of the Nile, the handmaiden to the Gods.
Join me on a journey to travel back in time to find the Goddess within and to discover some of Cleopatra’s beauty secrets for ourselves.
Cleopatra’s Coconut Cream Body Wash
Bar of Organic Goat or Donkey Soap
Jar of Organic Coconut Oil, around 500 grams
Tin of Organic Coconut Milk
Sweet Almond Oil, 2-3 Tablespoons
20-30 Drops Essential Oil, I used Vanilla and Chamomile but Cleopatra was known to love Rose
Vitamin E oil
- Grate or finely chop the bar of soap into flakes
- Place the soap flakes and the coconut oil in a glass bowl for a saucepan of water to create a double boiler effect
- Simmer the water until the soap and coconut oil are fully melted
- Allow to cool to room temperature
- Stir in the coconut milk gently
- Add the Almond Oil, Vitamin E Oil and your chosen essential oils
- Stir until you are happy with the scent and consistency, it should be smooth but not too liquidly
- Pour into sterilized glass containers with lids
- To use, simply slip some of the cream wash into your palm and pour over your wet skin and gently massage it all over your body.
- You can use the cream in both the shower and the bath, enjoy bathing like a Queen! 🙂
Another recipe for a milk bath is shown below:
Cleopatra often used Goats milk or Asses Milk [Donkey milk] and honey to bathe in. It believed to be one of her beauty secrets of eternal youth.
Body Scrub of Beauty Queen
The handmaidens of Cleopatra used to massage her body with this amazing and totally natural body scrub.
You will need: 2 table spoons of sea salt and 3 table spoons of thick cream, I would recommend Coconut, Oat or Dairy.
Mix sea salt with cream and gently rub your body with it in circular motions. Make sure to leave this scrub to sit on your skin for at least 5 minutes, then rinse.
This scrub will gently exfoliate your skin and make your body feel smooth and soft like heaven!
Warm Oil Hair Mask
Cleopatra used deep conditioning treatments to make her hair look shiny and silky, one warm oil treatment:
Mix 2 table spoons of olive oil with 2 table spoons of castor oil, warm the oils gently up over low heat in a glass bowl over a saucepan of water and then massage the mix onto your scalp and the full length of your hair.
Put on your shower cup and then towel, wait for 30 minutes or for a few hours for a more intense effect.
Wash and condition your hair, as usual. Oil treatments have an amazing effect when done regularly.
Cleopatra’s Oatmeal Face Wash
One of the beauty secrets of Cleopatra is that she loved using oatmeal to cleanse her skin. Many soaps nowadays can be harsh and irritating for the skin, especially, for sensitive skin. Oatmeal can not only cleanse the skin, eliminating the dirt and slightly exfoliating, but also, it’s moisturizing and nourishing.
To cleanse the skin using oatmeal – mix oats with warm water in a bowl and wait until oats get soft, then, gently massage soft oatmeal all over your face for about a minute, making sure that the temperature of your homemade face wash is comfortable to touch.
Rinse your skin with warm and then, cold water and enjoy soft, cleansed and moisturized skin.
I shall be looking at the varied natural remedies, recipes and cosmetics of different countries around the world from Turmeric Milk to Spices in India, Green Tea Cheesecake to Rice Wine in Japan, Tea Tree Oil to Yarrow Root extract in Australia, Native American Herbs to New York Green Living in America, Olives to Yoghurt in Greece, Bread Soda to Daisies in England, Argan oil in Morocco, Dead Sea Salt in Israel and Seaweed to Nettles in Ireland. It’s going to be a whirlwind wind tour and I don’t know about you but I can’t wait! 🙂
Blessed Be. X