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Thoughts on The Total Solar Eclipse 2017 & The Illumination of Ancient Ireland, Land of The Rising Sun

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Todays Full Solar Eclipse was a remarkable event, which wont be repeated until 2090 based on the latest estimates from NASA. The States were extremely luck to have perfect viewing conditions and I watched the live footage from Oregon absolutely fascinated. Unfortunately here in the West of Ireland, it had been raining all day and the cloud cover completely obscured any view we might have had.

This is my third Solar eclipse, the last was about two years ago and I remember how blinding bright it was beforehand and how everyone left the library I was working in, to go outside and observe this rare opportunity.

tumblr_m9m1u0YtGb1rfnh9co1_500The first Solar eclipse I remember was when I was quite young and it was a hot summers day. My mum and brother had prepared a pin hole camera from a cardboard box and we set it up in the back garden, which is on a hill so has a good vantage point.

I remember the awe and wonder I felt, the same I felt today at seeing how the flickering fires of the sun was slowly devoured by the moon, the shock of total darkness and the joy, when we saw the sun emerge again unscathed.

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Today’s Solar Eclipse has excited an interest in space and astronomy that hasn’t been seen in a long time. I hope it inspires people to think more globally, rather then insularly.

The excitement has been such that bands, celebrations and eclipse viewing parties were held all over the world and a new drink was even invented for the occasion!:)

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The wonderful thing about todays eclipse is that it encourages people to look up from their phones, to pay attention to all the wonder and beauty around them and to live in the present moment.

I freely admit, I could not live without my phone. Like almost everyone, it is so much more then just a phone to me. I use it to make calls and texts of course but it is also my alarm clock, my meditation app, my weather app, period app, my email, news, Facebook, blog, camera, recorder,  internet browser, google drive, documents, notebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Youtube, Files, Gallery, Calendar, Music, Videos, Calculator, Radio, Mirror, Torch…

 Mobile phones have become everything to us and because of the very nature of their portability, they have become an essential part of life.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my phone, I depend on my phone. It is an absolute necessity to me living in the 21st century and in so many ways, I cannot emphasise enough how mobile phone technology has enhanced our lives.

I can apply for a job, write a blog post, take photos, videos, talk to anyone anywhere in the world and a million other things but there is a dark side.

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By spending all our time on our phones, heads down, gaze concentrated between our hands, we miss so much. We miss seeing all the beauty around us, the look of love a mother gives her child, the silent caress of a lover, a stunning sunset, the joy in a good meal…

We forget to live in the present moment but maybe we can find a middle ground. If we even took a few minutes each day to set aside the phone, to just be present, the rewards will be immeasurable.

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Todays Solar Eclipse made me think about the rich heritage we are fortunate to have here in Ireland. The eclipse has reminded me of how people have always looked up to the sky and wondered in awe.

Ancient monuments built by our ancestors remind us of how universal and deep is the fascination of humans with the movements of planets and celestial bodies, the cycles of the Moon and Sun and their effects on our planet.

Newgrange is without a doubt, Ireland’s most famous monument built by the ancients to mark the day of the winter solstice using the light of the rising sun to pinpoint the exact place to build their astonishing monument. Every year there is a lottery of Irish Citizens who wish to stand inside the inner chamber and witness this marvel of light and stone, and hopefully, I too will see it for myself someday.

 

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The Hill of Tara is another famous site built around the ancient’s fascination of the moon, sun and stars and their great knowledge of astronomy. The depth and scale of these sacred places leave a lasting effect on all those who visit there.

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The famous Dolman in Co.Clare in the Burren is another example of this advanced understanding of our ancestors off the cosmos.

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Coming closer to home, I remember being blown away by learning the fact that the beautiful village of Cong is based on an axis of Ley lines, [great lines of energy crossing the earth], a nexus point of vital earth energies.

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If you stand at the top of Ballymacgibbon Cairn in Cong, you will realise that it was built on a direct line with Crough Patrick, a important place long before Christianity existed.

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The cairn lines up with Cong’s Stone Circle and if you were to draw lines connecting the cairn, circle and mountain on a map, you would start to realise the importance and significance our ancestors paid to the turning of the seasons, the movement of the stars and the sacredness of the land.

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Another example of the incredible attention of our ancestors to their surroundings below.

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In conclusion, I just want to say how glad I was to see the eclipse today, if not with my own eyes, at least live on tv and how glad I am that every one of you who took time out of their day, to stop and stand and stare, were there also.

Although the total Solar eclipse is over and wont be happening for another seventy years, it is important not to forget the many other wondrous cosmic events such as meteorite showers, solar flares, lunar eclipses and other phenomena that occur so often but apart from a very few, go mostly unnoticed.

The breathtaking beauty of witnessing the rise of the life-giving sun casting its luminous light over stone, illuminating that which cannot be seen at any other time of year, is in a word, magical.

I will bid you goodnight, gentle reader and leave you with this stunning photo of a remote forgotten hilltop, where the wild grasses grew and dance in the breeze and where stone kisses the sun.

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13 Ways to Grow Your Hair Long Faster Naturally

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1) Rice Water

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

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

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

2) Coconut Milk & Coconut Oil

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

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

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

3) Bread Soda

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

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

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

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4) Henna

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

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

Result? Thick matted hair that took several washes to detangle, many hours of painful combing out and brittle ends the full length of my hair ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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

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5) Red Onion

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

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

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

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

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

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

6) Eggs

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I have only two words for this – Epic Fail!

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

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

 7) Apple Cider Vinegar

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

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

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

Hopefully one day, my hair will be like this:

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8) Yoghurt

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

9) Banana

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

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

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10) Honey

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

11) Rosemary Oil

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

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

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12) Aloe Vera Gel

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

 

13) Horsetail

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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And one day, my hair will be like this:

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Why We Need to Believe in Dragons, Once Upon a Time and Fairies living at the Bottom of the Garden

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Why because the world would be a poorer place without magic, without Fairytales, without wonder, mystery and the power of the Imagination.

Because we live in an age, where it seems everything can be explained by science, by facts that are taken as ultimate truths and yet many of these facts only become facts, if we believe in them, which leads me to wonder are they really facts at all?

Can the truth be fully known, be fully discovered? Is one person’s truth another’s fiction? Are universal truths constructs of society, of mass belief?? Maybe.

I’m a child of the 21st century, I’ve grown up in a world of mass media, social media, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Twitch…where everyone is online, all of the time, where everything is knowable and any question can be answered by Google in seconds.

We know so much and yet there is still so much left to discover and this is what will save us.

Many years ago, my brother wrote in a birthday card: ‘May all your dreams come true, save one, so you always have something to strive for’ and those words have stayed with me to this day and I wanted to share with you the thoughts they inspired in me.

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Despair, depression, self-harm and suicide continue to prevail in our world despite all the advances in human rights,  medicine, technology and all the other marvels of our modern age.

Speaking as someone who has known the dark abyss of the human soul, I have come to believe that the answer may lie in our lost sense of wonder.

It is only when we look with eyes anew at all the daily marvels around us, that a sense of hope, of empowerment and excitement can start to emerge. Think about how marvellous it is that with some taps on my laptop in a tiny apartment at the edge of the shore, I can communicate instantly with anyone, anywhere in the world. It is truly amazing.

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Belief in the extraordinary, in magic and fairytales can inspire us to strive to create a better word, a better future, to dream beyond the present, to dream beyond the blue sky to worlds amidst stars undiscovered as of yet.

Neil Armstrong would have never set foot on the moon if we hadn’t looked up at the night sky for hundreds of years and wondered and dreamed.

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Belief in Once upon a Time, in heroes and heroines, who will rise from the ashes, defy the odds and save the day inspire us all and give us hope.

When times are at their worst and the world is bleak and dark and all seems lost, stories of those who don’t give up, who fight for those they love, for freedom, for justice help us carry on, help us become more then we are, to be the best we can be, for one and another.

Every child grows up hearing of once upon a time and how the prince finds his princess and they all live happily ever after and that is the dream. It can be a dangerous dream in that we may miss what is right in front of us but it can also motivate us to seek out adventure, romance, love, magic and without these, life would be meaningless. Love, hope and belief are as essential to life as breathing.

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The popularity of shows such as ‘Once Upon a Time’, ‘Grimm’, ‘Game of Thrones’ and films like ‘The Hunger Games’, the Marvel series and the many remakes and new interpretations of ageless fairytales show us that there is still something in us that wants to dream, to believe.

Fairytales are not so much about dragons, magic or fantastical lands but about us, about our deepest desires, fears and hopes.

They help us make sense of a world that can be overwhelming, chaotic and seemingly random. They give us a sense of purpose, of destiny, of possibility.

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Often people dismiss fairytales and talk of magic and mystery as being for children or the gullible and naive but it is quite the opposite, for it takes a brave heart to believe in something that can’t be proven.

It takes a open mind and clear eyes to see the beauty all around us and even clearer eyes to see the beauty that is yet unseen.

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I urge you to look up to the skies, to see beyond the horizon, to let yourself dream…

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And if someone asks me ‘Do you believe in Dragons, in Once Upon a Time and Fairies living at the bottom of the garden?’ My answer will be ‘Always’.

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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:

Sink-Scrub
Easy Surface Cleaner
  • 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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On The Importance of Good Friends & Six Other Ways I Stay Grounded in a World that Won’t Stop Spinning

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Does anyone else feel like the world is spinning too fast, that the day is gone in an instant and you don’t remember what happened yesterday, much less today? Do you feel as if you are on a constant rollercoaster and you just want to get off? Do you feel snowed under, overwhelmed, lost or that everyday is a struggle?

I often feel this way and suspect others do also. We live in a world of 24 hour live News Coverage. We are bombarded with information every second of everyday. The world has never been smaller or more connected, you can communicate instantly with anyone anywhere and yet isolation, depression and suicide continue to rise.

It is so terribly easy to lose sight of who we are really are but if we don’t take time to reflect, to breathe, to dance, laugh or just sit still, we will all be lost.

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I have been thinking about what helps me stay grounded, brings me back to my fundamental truths, to freedom, joy and peace.

In the hopes this may help another find their way, here are

My Seven Ways to Ground Yourself

1) Friends

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I am very fortunate to have a few close friends and one BFF or Boo, as I like to call her. When things get crazy and the world becomes too much and I don’t know how I will cope or get through this, my BFF has always been there for me. She is the sister I never had.

I know, no matter what, she is at my side, my rock. She is the keeper of all of my secrets. The first person I think of when I have news to tell or need advice or just want to spend time with, whether that be on great adventures exploring foreign lands or just sitting together on the sofa at home, it doesn’t matter what we do, the main thing is we do it together.

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Countless hours talking on the phone, talking through the night, sorrows and joys shared, so many years of wonderful memories. Many of the best moments of my life have been with her.

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She helps be me more then I am, to be more me. So many times, amidst great change and dizzying turns of events, I felt uncertain & unsure but she brings me back to reality and always, always keeps me grounded.

Apart, the journey is long and often scary and confusing but together, the impossible becomes possible. I cannot express my gratitude enough for having her in my life.

2) Hugs

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One of the most wonderful and simple ways to ground yourself is to hug another, whether that be a family member, a friend, a colleague, a pet or a tree. The benefits of hugging cannot be emphasised enough.

article-2332853-1A0E4C03000005DC-283_634x418There is a lady in India called Amma The Hugging Saint, who brings joy and happiness around the world through hugs. She came to Dublin last year but unfortunately I wasn’t able to make it there but definitely next time.

Amidst all the terrorist attacks of the last few months, a young muslim man blindfolded himself and stood on a street in Paris with a sign, saying ‘I’m Muslim, I trust you, Do you Trust me, Give me a Hug’. This brave young man wanted to show the world that love is the answer, not hate and war. He was quickly surrounded by hundreds of people who wanted to give him a hug. A simple gesture with profound ripple effects throughout the world.

 

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In Ireland, we are not the best for hugging, we can tell a story, dance up a storm or bring the house down but not so good at hugs. However times are changing and I am determined to hug more, one person at a time, so remember, hug often! ๐Ÿ™‚

3) Going on Adventures

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There is nothing like the joy of going on an adventure to remind you what its like to live fully in your skin, to remember who you really are and why you want to be.

You don’t have to climb the highest mountain or travel the seven seas or leave Earth’s orbit and step on the moon to find adventure. Adventure can be found in a turn of the road or a path you haven’t gone down before, a view never seen before, a glade never walked in before…

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The very best adventures are the ones that are unexpected, where strange and wonderful things happen and you meet people you will never forget, experiences that change you forever and all because you decided to take a slightly different path.

The heart delights in new horizons and in this case, I cannot recommend going adventuring enough, as when you come home, you will not just be refreshed and energised but you will also be grounded.

4) Take off your Shoes, your socks and Dare to walk on Bare Feet

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There is nothing like the sheer pleasure and tactical sensation of bare feet on sand, almost all my best memories are when I was up to my ankles in the cold Atlantic sea, walking across a summer meadow full of wild grasses that tickle, sinking my toes into warm sinking sand the colour of moonlight or feeling the silver cool bark of my favourite Ash Tree I used to spend countless hours in growing up.

To touch the earth is to literally ground ourselves, to reconnect with the great earth mother, to be renewed and to instantly be in our own body again. The power of bare feet to instantly transport you into the present moment is truly wondrous. Give it a go and see how it makes you feel.

5) Dance

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One of the greatest pleasures in life surely most be locking the door, turning off the phone,  turning the music up loud and dancing your heart out. In dance, I find a place, a way of being, that allows me to express things I could not express in any other way. I lose myself in the music and it is only then that I find myself.

So many people are afraid of looking silly or feel they have two left feet but the benefits of dancing are so numerous I urge you to be brave. It is true what they say, dance like nobody is watching and you will become one with the music. In the centre of the dance floor, when you can feel the beat drumming in your chest and feeling becomes movement, let yourself go.

Two of my favourite dance videos are below if you would like some inspiration:

6) Yoga & Meditation

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I’ve talked about yoga and meditation before and all of their the wonderful health benefits but one of the most rewarding aspects of yoga & mediation is how your thoughts can be chaotic and all over the place at the beginning but gradually you become calmer, your breathing slows and you remember what it is to be in your body, to be present, how that feels and how to let it go.

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Mediation and yoga can both seem daunting or even intimidating practices to learn and even if you don’t want to go to local classes, with so many books, dvds, cds and youtube videos, there has never been a better or easier time to start.

I find it difficult to allow regular time for these things but even a 15 minute video practise can be incorporated into our hectic lives.

7) Laughter

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My last recommendation is laughter and lots of it. There is nothing like laughter to lift the spirits, to bring back joy into ones life, to share a connection with another person. I came across this video of a man laughing on a train and how quickly his joy and laughter spread to the whole carriage even though they were all strangers and did not know what the man was laughing about. It didnt matter what caused him to laugh but the infectious nature of joy and laughter can bring us all together.

So these are seven of the ways I ground myself, I hope you find them useful or at least thought provoking. There are so many ways you can ground yourself, I wish you a fabulous journey discovering them ๐Ÿ™‚

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Honeysuckle Ice Cream

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

Ingredients

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

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Method

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

 

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Honeysuckle Sorbet

Ingredients

5 cups cool water

4 cups honeysuckle blossoms, tightly packed but not smashed

2 cups sugar

1 cup water

Few drops lemon juice

Dusting of cinnamon

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

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

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

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

Combine the honeysuckle and the simple syrup and add just the merest dusting of ground cinnamon 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

What it means to Be A Wild Woman

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When I was little, I wanted to be a Knight, a Healer, a Explorer…and when I grew up, I realised I could be all those things and more for it is only recently, I have discovered that my heart is that of a Wild Woman.

What is a Wild Woman you ask?

  • She loves all creatures great and small
  • She loves to be in nature, whether that be the forest or the lake shore
  • She feels the need to help others
  • She has no time for oppressive beliefs or governance
  • She believes in Equality, Freedom and Justice
  • She does not blindly follow the Status Quo but questions anything that causes another harm or limits freedom

 

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  • She vows to not judge or preach but asks the same in return
  • She keeps her heart open to love and forgiveness, her mind open to new possibilities and her soul open to the universe around her
  • She is a person of integrity and honour
  • She keeps any promises or vows she makes

 

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  • She will fight with her last breath for those she loves, for the helpless, the innocent, those with no voices or rights and for the earth beneath our feet
  • She dares to shine a light into the darkest corners of the human mind
  • She fears not the dark, for without the dark, there would be no light

 

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Throughout time, there have been so many wise and wonderful Wild Women, who have changed the course of history and have handed down a treasure trove of knowledge and learning.

 

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We must not forget those who went before us and the legacy they have left behind. The bravery, courage, sacrifice and integrity of these women who dared to follow their hearts, listen to their soul and love without borders. These women are our heroines, our ancestors, our soul sisters and will help guide us on our path.

I make this my vow, to find true freedom, true peace and my reason for living through Rewilding myself, my quest to find the Wild Woman Within.
 

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My personal journey began in the magical west of Ireland. I grew up amidst the trees, near a castle on the lake, with the call of the Sparrow-hawk in the sky above me and the limestone plateaus beneath my feet and deeper still, far below, hidden rivers rushing through the earth.

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I live in Galway city now, for now. I must admit, that I find it at times, almost unbearably hard, for I miss my home so. Yet Galway is where I rest my head at night, where I work to pay the bills and where I have made good friends, met people from all over the world and seen so many remarkable plays, films, parades, concerts, ballets, operas…For someone who loves the Arts as I do, it is a great city to live in. 

One day, I will go home and there I will stay but until then, I shall open myself up to all this city has to offer.

One of the best things about living in Galway is living so close to the sea. Another wonderful thing about Galway is its willingness to accept people as they are, no matter how strange or unusual. So in many ways, it is the perfect place for me to find the Wilderness within my heart, to see where this path, the road less travelled leads me.

 I feel so excited, thrilled and utterly alive for the first time in ages and it is all because I am rediscovering the truth of who I am and I am slowly but surely turning this truth into reality.

I invite you to join me on this journey of the soul and let me know how your Rewilding is going, the truths you find along the way, the people whose lives touched your own…the whole schubang ๐Ÿ™‚

Rock on Sisters! Xx

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What it means to be a Fibromyalgia Warrior and How it Feels to Live with Constant Pain Everyday and Still Smile

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Last March in 2016, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia after four long years of constant pain, constant chest infections, constant exhaustion…The relief to finally know what was wrong with me was overwhelming.

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The relief to finally be believed, that the pain was real and not in my head. The relief to know that for the first time in four years, I had an answer to all the questions I’d tormented myself with the last four years: why I woke up every day in pain, why I couldn’t sleep, why sometimes just brushing my teeth hurt, why the idea of even leaving the house sent me into a tailspin, why my faith in the medical profession was almost totally eroded, why I didn’t feel better after trying countless combinations of pills…The relief was truly amazing.

I had never heard of Fibromyalgia until I was diagnosed with it, I knew no-one who had it and support groups in the west of Ireland were non- existent. I felt utterly alone and lost in a world of pain.

Thankfully I found support groups for fellow Fibro sufferers online, ‘Fibro Warriors’ as I learned we were called. I cannot express my gratitude for their compassion, acceptance and kindness. I learnt the beauty and necessity for ‘Soft Hugs’. I found a place where I could talk freely about how I felt and what I was going through.

Now I knew what was wrong,  I started reading everything I could find on Fibromyalgia. My doctors tried different meds, steroid injections and other therapies with some success at the beginning but unfortunately my body then started rejecting the drugs and the side effects came to drastically outweigh the benefits.

 

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In the last few months, I have been having such bad side effects that after slowly weaning me off the Fibro meds, my doctor and I had to take the decision today to stop taking the meds altogether and see what happens.

I am blessed to have one of the most remarkable and compassionate of physicians I have ever met and cannot stress how important it is to find a doctor who will listen to you.

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I know there is no cure for Fibromyalgia but I am going to do everything I can to feel better, to try to live again and not just exist. So here is what has helped me so far:

 

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Heat

I cannot emphasis how much heat can be such an effective pain killer.

  • The days I cannot breathe without pain, a Hot Water Bottle on my chest can make all the difference.
  • A hot Shower can restore you after an exhausting night tossing and turning.
  • A hot Bath is pure luxury, toss in some epsom salts and the relief is wonderful.
  • A Hot Beverage can warm you from the inside, my personal favourite is Full fat goats milk heated to just before steaming point and then sipped slowly.
  • I have found that a Electric Blanket in the winter can do wonders for all over body pain at the end of the day and for helping me get up the next morning.
  • A Sheepskin Rug on my bed on top of my sheet gently cushions your whole body in a way that nothing, even memory foam can emulate.
  • A good Scarf to keep your throat and chest warm when outside, even in the summer, can make a huge difference to pain levels.

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Herbs

  • Chamomile: I have been drinking this tea since I was little but it is only recently, I have rediscovered how well it can help with your ability to cope with pain, to cope with stress, to sleep, to feel calmer….
  • Nettle: nettle is full of antioxidants and silica which helps repair damaged tissues and improve your immune system.It also tastes fab! ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Lavender is super soothing, calming and has a gentle sedative effect.
  • Valerian can help with sleep and stress.

 

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Spices

  • Turmeric: I take one to two capsules of this every day and find it really helps
  • Ginger: is great for those days and weeks and months when it hurts to move

 

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I have found yoga to be a marvellous help, not just for de-stressing and coping better but for having less pain. Its a gentle discipline that helps the mind and the body. The key to doing yoga when you have Fibromyalgia is to stop immediately if a movement or posture gives you pain and to be kind with yourself. A little is better then nothing at all.

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Mediation

I cannot recommend Louise Hay’s books and cds on self-healing enough. Often at night, when I cannot not sleep, I go to youtube and play one of Louise Hay’s visually guided meditations and after years of listening to her, I can feel my heart slow down and my breath come easier just hearing her voice. There are so many wonderful mediation apps and videos out there.

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Nature and Sunshine

I find that if I don’t spend at least 15 minutes to half a hour outside each day, I start to suffer from S.A.D and my physical and mental health suffers. I cannot recommend enough spending time in nature, even if its just growing some herbs on your windowsill. The sound of waves breaking on a beach, the call of a curlew at dusk, the wind tugging at my hair, the trees rustling and talking in the breeze, the joy in a blackbirds song…All these things, I could not live without.

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De-Cluttering

I have talked in other posts about the importance of de-cluttering your home, your work place, your digital life…the more decluttered you feel, the more energy you will feel and new choices and opportunities will arise that would never have been possible before. If you feel stuck in your life, start with just one drawer and only keep what is useful or beautiful. If you haven’t worn it in a year, give it away. It is only by letting go that we can give ourselves room to grow.

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Music and Singing

I cannot recommend enough just taking some time each day to listen to music, to turn the volume up high, to sing out loud and clear and to dance around your kitchen. Singing, dancing and just listening to music can relax you straightaway, liberate you from your woes and rejuvenate your soul. The gentle work out from dancing can help with muscle pain, circulation, stiffness and lack of energy.

Somedays when the pain is too great to move, just listening to music can change how you feel and help aid your healing. We have only one life so live it loud! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Other Treatments I’ve Tried

  • Reflexology: really soothing and relaxing and tried it for three months but I didnt find it helped my pain levels much.
  • Acupuncture: tried this twice and found the whole experience incredibly painful
  • Cupping: tried once, left me with horrific bruises for several weeks and even more pain then I started with.
  • Energy Healing: tried Reiki, angel therapy and crystal healing but unfortunately I didn’t notice much change after.
  • Massage: I used to love having massages but when I went for one recently, I was shocked at how much it hurt during and after. I bought a Shiatsu massage chair for home and find this helps occasionally, particularly on the heat setting but there are times its just too much stimulation.

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What I will be trying out next

I am going to look at what is in my kitchen cupboards already for what might help. I’m going to see which of the incredible natural resources around me have pain relief and healing benefits and I will be posting how making my own cider vinegar worked out and include the recipe. I will also be looking at how I can find ways to fight the pain and exhaustion everyday in every way I can and I invite you to join me on my journey. Together we are stronger, together we will make it.

Until then, sleep well and Gentle Hugs! ๐Ÿ™‚

Xx

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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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Xx

 

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, ย 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 herย 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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Cleopatraโ€™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, itโ€™s moisturizing and nourishing.

To cleanse the skin using oatmeal โ€“ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Blessed Be. X

 

 

How to make Fabulous Foot Cream

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It is soย 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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? ย 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’. ย 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 isย 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.

13266743_1079359942158521_425166392_nThese are the children who looked beyond their own lives and dared to care about others, not just their friends, family, neighbours, teachers or classmates but total strangers, people they will never meet.

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.ย 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‘! ๐Ÿ™‚

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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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