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Cleopatra’s Coconut Cream Body Wash and Other Recipes fit for a Queen

Cleopatra, the first tycoon in the history of human kind!

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.

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Cleopatra’s Coconut Cream Body Wash

Ingredients:

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

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Method

  • 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:

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

Next Time

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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

 

 

How to make Fabulous Foot Cream

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It is so important to take care of your feet, they support you all day long, everyday and yet are often forced into tight uncomfortable shoes, high heels, flip flops…It is really only when there is something wrong with our feet that we pay attention to them but a few simple measures to look after your feet on a regular basis can prevent a host of problems and make you feel fabulous to boot! 🙂

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Make sure to dry throughly between toes after a bath/ shower, to change socks daily, to wear arch supports if needed, to trim nails with a toenail clipper straight across the nail bed [helps prevent ingrown toenails] and to exfoliate regularly. Other ways of taking care of your feet would be using a pumice stone on any hard skin and to gently massage in cream after.

In Reflexology, it is believed that every part of your foot corresponds to a part in your body, so for example in my case, the pad of flesh on my foot before my toes corresponds to the lungs, so when I used to go to a reflexologist, she would pay special attention to that area. Another example would be the muscles surrounding your ankle correspond to the ovaries in women or the space between your toes relates to headaches and tension.

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I went to a wonderful Reflexologist called Yvonne Duffy O’Shaughnessy in Dr. Dillish Clare’s establishment on Sea Rd in Galway for about six months and can’t recommend her highly enough. Yvonne is also a nutritional therapist and has amazing knowledge and great compassion and empathy. If your feet are very sensitive or ticklish, don’t worry, having your feet massaged is a heavenly experience! 🙂

I will be making a foot scrub in the next few days and will post the recipe but in the meantime, here is the recipe for the foot cream I made today.

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Ingredients:

  • Organic Coconut Oil
  • Organic Shea Butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Beeswax
  • Peppermint Essential Oil
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • Vanilla Essential Oil

 

Method:

  • Place equal amounts of the Coconut oil, Shea butter and Olive oil in a glass heat resistant bowl
  • Place over water in a saucepan and simmer slowly until all the ingredients are melted
  • Let it cool for a few minutes and then transfer to fridge until solid
  • Remove from fridge and using a electric whisk, beat the mix until it is smooth
  • Add ten drops of the essential oils, so 30 drops in total
  • Whisk again and then spoon the mix into a mason jar /glass container
  • Place in fridge until solid, take out and then use as normal

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You can use different essential oils and ingredients depending on your needs and desires:

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For a Winter Cream:

Warm nourishing antibacterial cream is great for when your feet are stuck in heavy boots all day

  • Cinnamon
  • Wintergreen Oil
  • Honey
  • Coffee
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Sweet Almond Oil

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Spring Cream:

Gentle detoxing cream is lovely for your feet in preparation for summer sandals and trips to the beach

  • Green Tea
  • Nettle
  • Vitamin E

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Summer Cream:

Cooling soothing cream for hot swollen feet at the end of the day is wonderful during the summer, while herbs like Sage help prevent sweating and odours

  • Aloe Vera
  • Cucumber
  • Orange Oil
  • Lemon
  • Sage
  • Calendula

Core Ingredients for all Foot creams:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Beeswax
  • Olive Oil or Almond Oil
  • A moistener such as Shea butter or Coco butter

I am really excited to be trying out all the delicious foot and body scrubs out there, indeed many of the ingredients can be found in your kitchen already. I shall be also making antibacterial deodourising Foot Powder and salves to promote better circulation for varicose veins and a range of other foot care essentials.

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I have still a long way to go before I replace all the commercial products in my bathroom and kitchen but its been such a thrilling and rewarding journey of discovery. Many thanks to my family and friends for being such good guinea pigs and testing out my endeavours 🙂

So thanks for listening and stay tuned for more gorgeous homemade recipes!

Xx

How to Whip up a Luscious Body Butter and other Decadent Delights

otp52j4lergibvy3hniapwlxzxq5jich3eggyrsfech5nazddsr9izvxrsn81nrj-Dear Reader, I would like to invite you on a journey of the senses, to a world where you can feel beautiful inside and out, to a world where you can easily make your own sensational body butters, creams and lotions for a fraction of the price of similar products in retail stores and you can make them from completely natural and cruelty free ingredients. One of the most divine of these natural ingredients is Coconut Oil.

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I have utterly, helplessly fallen in love with Coconut oil. Coconut Oil has almost magical properties and can be used to make everything from body butter, face cream, lip balm, toothpaste, deodorant, hand and foot cream, hair masks…the list is endless. Never mind all the gorgeous food stuffs coconut is in from ice cream to chocolate to sorbets.

In the last few weeks, I have seen the difference from using coconut oil every day as opposed to the more conventional products I used to use. My skin is effortlessly moisturised, my hair is soft and shiny and my teeth look cleaner and whiter with each passing day.

The scent of coconut instantly transports me to a place where sea, sand and endless azure skies meet and bliss is but a bite away…

 

Here is a delicious recipe using Coconut Oil I tried out today.

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Ingredients:

  • Organic Coconut oil
  • Organic Coco Butter
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Organic Shea Butter
  • Essential Oils of your choice [I choose Lavender, Camomile and Vanilla]

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Method:

  • Place equal amounts of the ingredients into a glass bowl
  • Place over a saucepan with water to create a double boiler effect and heat until the mix is fully melted
  • Place in the fridge for a hour until it has hardened
  • Using a electric whisk, beat the mix into a soft but firm foamSuper-Glowy-Body-Butter
  • Add five to ten drops of an essential oil of your choice
  • Whisk again and then place into a mason jar/glass container
  • Enjoy 🙂homemade_body_butter

 

Other Possible Body Butter Combinations:

 

  • Coco Powder
  • Natural food dyes
  • Honey
  • Ground Oatmeal
  • Vitamin E Oil
  • Other essentials oils: Rose, Peppermint, citrus…

In the coming days, I will be trying my hand at making lots of wonderful and exciting recipes for creams, lotions, salves, scrubs and other essential beauty products, all from natural ingredients and will be posting these recipes here, so don’t forget to click the Follow button at the end of the page for more updates and please Share 🙂

Its very late here, well into the darkest hours of the night and I can hear the rain dripping down the windows and the cold Atlantic wind knocking my pots of herbs on the balcony against the glass. My dreams of tropical island bliss seem very far away but will sustain me until the sun breaks through over the Clare hills across the bay at dawn.

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How Not to make Sugar Wax!

waqSHk2This morning, I thought I would be brave and try making an ancient method of hair removal, Sugar Waxing. I keep coming across it on the net and have heard so many things about it from those who swear by it, to those who vow never again, so I was keen to try it for myself. It sounded like a great idea, as unlike the commercial, chemical ridden hair removal gels, creams and waxes out there, it only uses three ingredients found in every kitchen. As we come into summer in this part of the world and the temperatures rise and we shed our layers of winter warmth for skinny vests, little t-shirts, short dresses and sandals, I become conscious I need to do something about ‘The Hair‘!How-Bad-Does-Waxing-Hurt

I’m fortunate in that I have quite fair light hair on my body [as many Irish people do] but even so at this time of year, every year, I feel compelled to regularly shave under my arms and my legs every few days. If I for some reason can’t shave regularly, I feel horribly self conscious and feel like I’m turning into a hairy cave-woman with hair growing everywhere except where I wanted it to, my head! How I envy Rapunzel! [but thats a story for another day!maxresdefault

I discovered that its only in the last 100 years that hair removal became not just popular but expected in European society. It was fascinating to discover how different other cultures view hair removal and just where they remove hair from. Fellow Bloggers like Kristina from FullyRaw make the process look so easy and pain free, I had to give it a go but back to my experiment.

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After much research, I assembled my ingredients:

  • 2 cups of Granulated Sugar
  • Half a cup of Lemon Juice
  • Half a cup of water

maxresdefault (1)Basic Method:*

  • I placed the sugar, lemon juice and water in a saucepan and brought it to boil, lightly stirring from time to time.
  • I let the mixture boil for the suggested time of 5-7 minutes until it was a light brown colour.
  • I let the mix cool for ten minutes.
  • I then poured this into a pre-heated mason jar [so it wouldn’t shatter on contact with the boiling hot wax].
  • I left the sugar wax for about twenty minutes and then using a flat knife [a spatula can also be used] tested the wax. It was still very runny so I left it for another ten minutes.
  • This time, the edges of the wax were becoming sticky and more of a honey/treacle texture, so I ran my knife around the rim and wiped it onto a plate [A plastic camping style plate apparently is best but all I had was china].maxresdefault (2)
  • The texture looked good so as advised, I tested it with the tip of my finger and promptly yelped in pain, dropped the knife, almost shattered the plate and hopped around the kitchen until I plunged it under the cold tap for several minutes! Wow, that hurt like hell!anigif_enhanced-17626-1417469810-18
  • So I left the mix for another 15/20 minutes and tried again, exact repeat of first time…
  • 0This time, I cooled the knife with the hot sticky wax by first running under cold water until I felt it was safe to put on my skin. There are two ways to do this, one by simply smoothing out the wax with your fingers onto your skin and removing it first by pulling it against the hair growth. The other method is almost exactly the same except you use fabric strips to place over the warm wax once its on your skin and then again pull it off quickly.
  • 162239005-200x300I tried Method One first as it seemed super straightforward, singed my fingertips, again, [was starting to run out of unburnt fingertips by this time] and then rolled the wax on the hair under my arm. Left it for a few seconds and then ripped it quickly off and was left…with the same amount of hair I had pre-wax. I retried this method several times but no success. All I succeeded in doing was turning my armpit red raw, horribly sticky and inflamed. Not fun!!

 

  • Onto Method Two: I reapplied the wax and then placed a thin strip of fabric over the wax, pressing firmly. Gave it a few seconds and tore the strip off. 6-1This time, a few hairs were removed but nothing of significance. Ahhhhh!!!
  • I reviewed all my info, double checked the various instructions and suggestions from fellow bloggers and spent another 15 minutes doing things slightly different but nothing worked.

ouch-tips-to-make-waxing-a-less-painful-process-1076x615In the end, after using up my store of swearwords and discovering a few I hadn’t known I had, I gave up. Giving up is not in my nature, so it was with great reluctance I put down the Great Sugar Wax experiment as a utter failure 😦

I’m still trying to get the hardened sugar wax out of the mason jar and have used salt, bread soda, vinegar, soap and hard water but still cant move the rock solid wax, maddening!

I’ve decided to go back to using a razor but this time I will invest in a stainless steel razor, that wont rust and has reusable blades, so I will still be cutting down on waste and being kinder to my poor tortured skin and the planet.

hippie-chickIn conclusion, feel free to check out all the videos out there and give it a go, as its a great idea and if it works for you thats super but if your like me and have rather oversensitive skin and/or low heat/pain threshold, its probably not a good idea. If you would rather go ‘au natural’ like Julia Roberts or use other natural homemade hair removal methods, I’d love to hear from you.

love-your-body-340Whatever you decide to do with your hair, enjoy feeling warm sunshine and gentle breezes again. Summer is just around the corner and its time to learn to love your body! 🙂

P.S. Theme soundtrack for this post: Meghan Trainor ‘All About That Bass

*Warning: Sugar wax may result in serious burns if not used very very carefully.

 

Lotions & Potions, Making your own from Sugar Scrubs to Toothpaste

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Dear Reader, it is almost the start of summer and everywhere you look, all of nature is in bloom. We are having an unseasonably warm spring here in Ireland with temperatures up to 26c and I can see the effects in the incredible growth outside my window. Its probably global warming but its lovely to see the world turning lush and green again.

I’ve set out on a quest to find the answer to what can I do to help make the world a better place? Well, I can start with myself and how I live. The task at first felt overwhelming but I’m finding the best way is to start small and the more you change things around you, like switching from oil to renewable energy or from plastic to glass, GMO to organic, mass produced to home grown…, the more empowered you feel to make other changes in your life.

Over the last few years, I’ve discovered the joy, pleasure and satisfaction of making my own preserves, jams, jellies, tonics, wines… I have chronicled many of these endeavours on this blog. I learnt how to grow my own fruit and veg, how to cultivate a herb garden, create compost and how to repair or recycle rather then throw away.

I have been thinking about my lifestyle, how it’s not enough to change how and what I eat and drink but also what I use to clean my body. The essentials for most people are soap, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, bath salts, toothpaste, deodorant, face cleanser, make -up remover, eye cream, face cream, body butter, shaving cream, foot and body scrubs, hair masks…the list is shockingly long when you look hard at what beauty and hygiene products are in your typical bathroom.

Have you ever looked at the back of any of these core staples on your bathroom shelf? The list of ingredients is disturbingly long and usually phrased in chemical equations that hide dozens of toxins, never mind the horrifying fact that most cosmetics are tested on animals who suffer unbearable pain. By buying these products, we are endorsing the policies of these companies, causing suffering to animals and underage underpaid workers and adding to the billions of profit these companies make, which increases their power on a global scale.

These companies are not concerned about your health, your ethics, your core values but rather your wallet. They have systematically brainwashed us into thinking that there is no other way to keep clean and fresh, through pervasive advertising and product placement in supermarkets.

1Some of the few companies I would exclude from this list are The Body Shop and Lush. [They are not paying me to endorse them, rather it is based on my own personal experience over the years]

o-SKIN-CARE-PRODUCTS-facebookThe time of these mega international companies and their hold on our world needs to come to a end. It stops here, with myself, you, your friends and family saying, No more! I have discovered that I can make my own cosmetics at home, thanks to all the wonderful people on youtube and for a fraction of the cost. Even better yet, all the ingredients are good for you!

The list of products I needed to make was daunting so I’ve decided to replace each product as I run out with my own homemade version. I started off with a simple sugar scrub. Here is the recipe below:

Body Sugar Scrub:

  • Using a large glass bowl, place one handful of Fresh Rosemary, Calendula and Mint in with 500 grams of Organic Coconut Oil.
  • Place over a boiler [saucepan with water in it] and let it simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  • Filter through a muslin cloth draped over a sieve.
  • Using gloves, squeeze the soaked herbs until you have all the flower infused oil in a small glass bowl
  • Slowly mix in 500 grams of granulated cane sugar
  • Add in some of the used herb mix for extra roughage and spoon into a glass jar, ideally with a lid
  • Top with fresh or dried rose petals for a luxurious touch
  • Leave to cool
  • Use as needed, once a week is recommended
  • I really enjoyed making this scrub and my kitchen smelt amazing after wards for hours. I started using it last week and its truly a gorgeous heavenly scrub. I don’t have a bath, just a small shower, so I recommend a drain catcher to prevent clogging for all the petals.

The next thing I tried was Dry Shampoo. As an acute asthmatic for most of my life, I’ve tried to stay away from sprays and strong smelling chemicals but on occasion, I’ve found the need for dry shampoo. I wanted to find one that would be safe, healthy and easy to use. After some searching, I came across this recipe:

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[Warning, its scent will make you hungry!]

  • Using a base of Arrowroot [I found mine in Holland & Barrett but any health store should have it], mix all the dry ingredients in a glass bowl
  • Mix 70% Arrowroot, 20% Coco powder [the better the quality, the better the scent] and add a handful of lavender and rose petals.
  • Mix well and add essential oils if desired.  Use a old large make-up brush to apply to the roots of your hair.
  • I personally recommend leaving the mix in a mason jar for a week and then using a sieve to filter out the rose and lavender petals, as I found when I’m applying it to my hair, the petals get everywhere!
  • The dry shampoo really works, I usually rub it in the night before if I don’t want to wash my hair too often. Use only a little, the darker your coco, the darker the colour of the mix. I suggest adding the coco only if you are dark haired. One lovely side effect of using this dry shampoo is when washing it out, everything smells like chocolate! 🙂

IMG_20170530_163024This morning, I set out to mix up a batch of Homemade Toothpaste. It is incredibly simple and easy to make.

  • All you need is Baking Soda, Coconut oil and an essential oil of your choice. I took 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of Baking soda and then 20 -30 drops of essential oil.
  • I used 20 drops of Peppermint oil and 10 drops of Tea Tree oil but it is essentially your own preference.
  • Mix well, put into a glass container with a lid and use as any other toothpaste.
  • Oh before I forget, you can buy bamboo or sustainable wooden toothbrushes from Ebay in a variety of sizes

I’ve used the toothpaste twice so far today and found it pleasant, there is a slight numbing of the gums, a fresh and sweet taste and a slightly gritty texture. I have heard if you swish coconut oil around your mouth for 10-20 minutes each evening,a technique  called ‘Oil Pulling’, it is an astonishing teeth whitener and cleaner, so I will be definitely be trying that!

grass_flower_light_lying_face_girl_69989_1920x1080I plan to make my own deodorant tomorrow [waiting on the last ingredient Raw Shea Butter which I had to order online as couldn’t find it in Galway, but should arrive in the morning by post].  I am really eager to try out some Body Butter recipes I found online, as well as a fascinating thing which I came across last night called ‘Sugaring‘, a non toxic  and hopefully, not too painful method of hair removal.

maxresdefaultBig shout out to all the incredible people on Youtube for their fantastic videos. Please click on the links below to view the actual video tutorials. Enjoy! 🙂

The Heart of a Child

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Dear Reader, I hope you are well since my last post? Things continue to disintegrate on a world wide scale, our world has never been in as much danger as it is now. With many major countries building up their stock of nuclear arms and conducting tests of these weapons of mass destruction, we are living in uncertain times. Global warming has caused the meltdown of the ice caps at the poles, thousands of living creatures pass into extinction each day and the ground beneath our feet, the air we breathe and the water we drink are steadily becoming more and more toxic from the never-ending human-made pollution.

I feel so overwhelmed when I think of all these problems and watch the news at night, as I’m sure do many people. However this is not the time to despair but rather to breathe the small flame of hope into a fire of love and compassion in the heart of every woman, man and child.

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Only love and the strength to find the warrior within will save us now. This is the time for action, for resolve of will, for clarity of purpose. We are not in this for fame and glory but for love of Gaia, of our beautiful planet.

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We need to stop thinking on a local scale of our town, city, country, continent but on a global, world-wide scale. We need to remember we live on a planet spinning on its disc, surrounded by seven other planets, a moon and a sun. It is so easy to get caught up in everyday life and forget that our very existence is astonishing.

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It is time to rediscover the sacredness of our world, to feel reverence and love for every living thing. Gaia isn’t just the ‘3rd rock from the sun’ but a living sentient entity, who is crying out for our help.

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There is no Planet ‘B’ and even if there was, we are bound by honour, duty and responsibility but most of all, love of our birth place to do what we can to save the one we have. We are all monarch butterflies and our every action has a ripple effect throughout the world.

All this death, fear, disease and destruction that darkens our tv sets, newspapers, hearts and minds, this is on us.

We did this, we are the creators of our own doom but while there is still love, compassion and kindness in this world, there is still hope. The remedy for all this darkness, as much as the cause, lies within us and it is only together, united in love, that the tide will turn.

b29fba0f52d1514b70a851c156608151Children’s characters like Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Tris from Divergent and other dystopian novels and films have sparked worldwide the flame of revolution against tyranny, the flame of freedom and hope.

Katniss’s salute has come to mean freedom and its usage has spread throughout countless countries where oppression and cruelty reign.

Fictional heroines like Hermione Granger teach children, that anyone can be a hero. If you have a fire burning in your heart, a fire of love and justice, anything is possible.

I have recently realised it is not enough to say ‘but I am just one person, what can I do?’ One person cannot change the world or can they…? Did Buddha, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, The Dalai Lama, Maureen Forrest of The Hope Foundation, Mary Robinson and all the other brave souls of our world accept the status quo?

e9d118acc8b28af3bd2a066935c08c7dNo they saw injustice, suffering, pain and death all around them and did everything they could and beyond to change things, to make the world a better place and they succeeded in their quest. The fire within their hearts shines bright through time and distance.

emma-watson-quote-he4she1This is the time for everyone to ask themselves what can I do?  We cannot put it off until tomorrow, as one day, there will be no tomorrow.

The children of today are more awake and tuned into what is happening than any other generation. They are not afraid to ask why? why is there suffering, pain, hunger, disease and death in the world and why aren’t adults doing something about it? More and more young people across the globe, who have wisdom far beyond their tender years are taking action.

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One such child is Campbell ‘Bumble’ Remess, who started when he was nine years old making teddy bears for sick children all around the planet. He has now made over 800 teddy bears and brought so much joy. He relies on donations for his material for the stuffed animals, as all his stuffed toys are given freely from the heart. He regularly visits his local hospital to deliver his bears in person. He has often raffled off his bears to raise money for children’s hospitals and has started a new project called 365 by Campbell, where he makes a teddy a day for a sick child.

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Hailey Fort, now nine, started to help the homeless when she was five, when she saw a man living on the streets and now with the help of her parents, builds homes for homeless people and is growing food for those who need it as well.

 

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Other remarkable children such as Maya Penn and Olivia Bouler are leading the way on environmental issues. One girl, Mary Grace Henry is changing the world with the power of her convictions, in her own words ‘Educating a girl can reverse the course of her life, change the course of a community… and a country’.  Her initiative ‘Reserve the Course‘ is changing countless lives by funding education for girls around the world.

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The youngest ever Noble Peace prize winner is Malala Yousafzai, a child with the heart of a lion, who was shot at point blank rang in the head by a Taliban hit-man for her words of peace. Malala showed the world that the courage of one child can change the world. Her bravery and her message of peace and the importance of education inspire us all. In her own words ‘One Child, One Teacher, One Pen & One Book can change the world’.

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There are so many children who are daring to dream and not letting anything stop them from their quest to make the world, a happier, healthier and kinder place. From donating hair to child cancer survivors, reading to cats in animal shelters, to preventing bullying, to inventing marvellous life saving medicines and creating technological wonders.

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These children have transcended out of the ordinary and dared to be different, to care and even more remarkable, to take action to help those the most vulnerable in our society.

The quest to save our planet is not just the responsibility of those who are willing to take action, those who risk their lives to save others, those who speak out on the world stage and whose every word is recorded and recounted but a quest that also belongs to you and I. Quote-Native-American-Proverb-wide-1024x512

If we want our children to be proud of us, to respect us and to listen to us, we must be the change we seek. It is not enough to say, but we need to also do. Even if its just putting a empty milk cartoon into a recycling bin or turning off the water when we wash our teeth, it all helps. The more we can do, the more we will see the ripples of our actions in our homes and our communities.

The children are our future, lets make sure they have one.

Blessed Be.

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The Great Wild Sisterhood

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Dear Reader, I have been spending a lot of time lately on Youtube watching fellow bloggers like Lauren Singer on Trash is for Tossers  or Joyous Health and MillieFreakles. It is absolutely fascinating how many women [men too also of course but a significantly high proportion of women in my experience] around the globe are waking up to the plight of our planet and are striving to became the change that needs to happen for there to be a future for not just our children and their children but for all life on Earth..

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Women like Louise Hay, Denise Linn, Simone de Beauvoir, Tina Turner and closer to home, Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese and most of all my mother, provided me with incredible role models growing up of what a strong empowered woman looks like and how she lives.

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Throughout history, women from Cleopatra, Sappho to Queen Elizabeth I, Joan of Arc,  Marie Curie, Amelia Earhart,  Florence Nightingale, Edith Wharton, Hellen Keller, Mother Theresa, Joni Mitchell and more recently, Michelle Obama and Malala Yousafzai, have brought about so much positive change in the world.  I grew up hearing about these women, these heroines, who even in the darkest of times strove to do the impossible and became a beacon of hope shining across the great expanse of time.

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Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games books and films is a personal favourite heroine of mine. She stands up for those who cannot, she gives freely of all that she is and her bravery and strength have inspired countless people around the world. She may be a fictional character but her fight for love, family and freedom is a message that spokes to us all.

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Other wonderful fictional female characters are Hermione in Harry Potter, Tris Prior in Divergent, Alice in the recent remakes, Elizabeth Bennet in Pride & Prejudice, Xena and Gabrielle, Buffy Summers, Polgara from the David Eddings series, B’Lanna Torres from Star Trek Voyager, Kira Nerys from DS9, Wonder Woman…the list goes on.

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We are Sisters of The Wild, where-ever you are, we stand on the same planet, under the same moon and stars…united in our quest to not just rediscover the great Wilderness within our hearts and souls, to live a life of love, honour and kindness, but also to encourage the light within us to shine, until Gaia herself is healed.

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As a woman living in the 21st century in a time when social media rules supreme and there is a sense of if you are not turned on, you are not really truly alive. We spend so much time on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube, not just seeing what our friends and family are doing but chronicling our own experiences, so much so, we forget to live in the actual moment. While this might seem like harmless behaviour, you need to be careful not to get caught up in the pressure to be seen as being a outgoing, thrilling, fascinating popular creature, whose selfies are always picture perfect. We have all felt this pressure to be a facade, to present a mask of glamour to the world and to be what society or rather social media, thinks we should be.

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Its time to say Stop! No more! Its time to take back the world we live in, not just the physical but the digital. More and more women are taking the power of Social media and channeling it into a powerful medium for change. In many ways, the digital world has all the characteristics of the Force in Star Wars, it is neither good nor bad, but a power in itself, all that matters is how you use it.

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There are so many bloggers and websites I want to suggest but a good place to start is the wonderful site of Wild Sister. Shai’s honesty, fantastic humour and strength encourage me to do more, to become more then I am, or as The Mad Hatter in ‘Alice & Wonderland’ says to Alice, I need to rediscover and reclaim ‘my muchness‘! 🙂

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The midnight oil is burning low, so I shall soon go to bed but dear gentle reader, when you lay your head down to rest, I hope you dream of dauntless women who run with wolves across the great grasslands and howl with all their heart to the lady moon shining above in all her splendour.

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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.

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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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