Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Berryfruit Facial

Berries are rich in antioxidants and fatty acids to soothe and repair the skin; while almond meal acts as a gentle exfoliant.

This can be made with fresh or previously frozen and thawed berries. If using thawed berries you may need to use a little more almond meal.

Berry Fruit Facial

To make this  you will need:

  • 1 large ripe strawberry
  • 1-2 ripe raspberries
  • 2 blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon finely ground almond meal or almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon manuka honey

Mash the berries together well. Stir in the honey. Add the almond flour a little at a time, stirring well, until you have a spreadable paste.

Spread the mask over a clean face and neck. Leave for about 15 minutes then rise off with tepid water. Follow with your usual moisturiser.

Suitable for most skin types.

Makes enough for one mask. Discard any unused mixture.

NB: Berry juice may stain some fabrics.

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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Oven-dried Tomatoes

Oven-dried tomatoes can be used to add flavour to pasta dishes, as pizza topping, in casseroles and baked dishes. This recipe is best suited to smaller varieties such as cherry tomatoes. If using larger tomatoes you may need to extend the cooking time a little.

Oven-dried Tomatoes

To make this you will need:

  • Tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • a selection of herbs (optional)
  • screw top jars

Heat the oven to 120⁰C. Cut the tomatoes in half (or quarters if they're large) and place cut side up on oven trays. Bake for 2 hours until the tomatoes are well cooked, but not completely dried out.

Pack the hot tomatoes into sterilised jars. Cover with hot olive oil and seal.

If adding herbs layer the hot tomatoes with basil leaves, slices of garlic, oregano etc.

Stored in the fridge the tomatoes will keep for several weeks.

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Turmeric Face Mask

Turmeric has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic and astringent properties. It is to said to stimulate blood flow, keeping skin healthy and helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Care is needed when using turmeric - a little goes a long way. Use too much and it may stain your skin.

Turmeric Face Mask

To make this you will need:
Combine the turmeric, milk powder and essential oil in a small bowl. Add water a few drops at a time, stirring between each addition, until you have a smooth, spreadable paste.

Apply to your face and throat, avoiding the area around the eyes. Leave for 10-15 minutes until the mask has dried, then rinse off with tepid water. Follow with your usual moisturiser as needed.


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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Calming Catmint & Lemon Balm Tea

Catmint is rich in vitamin C. Tea made with fresh or dried catmint leaves can soothe the symptoms of a cold, calm restlessness and help sleep to come more easily. 

Combining catmint with the calming properties of lemon balm this tea is both soothing and pleasantly refreshing.

Calming Catmint and Lemon Balm Tea

To make this you will need:
  • 2 teaspoons dried catmint
  • 2 teaspoons dried lemon balm
  • honey or lemon (optional)
  • boiling water

Place the dried herbs directly into a tea pot or infuser. Pour over 1 cup of boiling water and leave to steep for 5-6 minutes. Strain then add a teaspoon of honey to sweeten or a dash of lemon juice. 

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

DIY Flea Spray for Dogs

Following on from last month's recipe for DIY Paw Balm here is a recipe for flea spray. As with most of my recipes it is simple to make once you've gathered the ingredients. 

The flea spray has a clean, fresh, but subtle, smell. It can be used both as preventative (citronella works to repel bugs) and as a treatment for fleas. It can be sprayed on you pet and pet bed.

To make this you will need:

Add the essential oils to the spray bottle. Top up with water, then shake to disperse the oil.

To use: Shake the bottle, then spray your dog lightly after brushing or bathing. Keep the spray away from eyes, noses and ears.

If your dog has come into contact with an animal that has fleas wash the dog and his/her bed then spray both regularly until there is no evidence of fleas.

To help prevent fleas was your dog's bedding regularly in hot water. If you dog has a favourite rug then wash that too. If your dog is allowed on the furniture vacuum daily.

Regular brushing, especially before and after a bath, can help break the flea cycle.

If you chose to use a different essential oil please ensure that it is safe for dogs.

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