Autumn Booster for the Garden Veggie Patch

This year I am growing in new beds at Katoomba where the soil is sandy and nutrient compromised. Despite personal reservations, I thought I should at least experiment with making an Autumn soil booster to get settled in, ready for the up coming busy Spring. A good gardener, like a good parent, also considers and…

Radish flowers as a garden element

We use mainly edible / medicinal plants in our gardens, so use them for their decorative as well as culinary potential. This mass of flowers were radishes I let go to seed. One day I was tasting the flowers (which are good) and then tried one of the new pods that follow the flowers. Wow!…

Pears in star anise and pepper.

From Evernote: Pears in star anise and pepper. I’ve been having a love affair with star anise of late. On a hot date gone wrong, I was treated to a meal at Vulcans, Blackheath and Philip had pickled some beetroot in star anise and malt vinegar, then I think, cooked it in an orange sauce….

Lamb chops with Spiced Medlars and Red Wine sauce

I had the recent good fortune to harvest a neighbors Medlars, an ancient fruit of the Persians and fabled to be the mother of the apple and pear, and original garden of Eden temptress. It is said that Adam did not like the taste and it stuck in his throat forming his Adams apple. Medlars…

OMG! Romanesco florettes in blue cheese vinigarette

I was doing a scrounge meal after packing much of the food on hand in the car for my Adelaide food foraging tour. I was emergency weeding to prevent any headaches when I get back in three weeks, and found four little pink eyes from a woeful excuse of a potato plant that had self…

Edible Mushrooms in Australia

Little is known in Australia about wild mushrooms. Recently there were two deaths in Canberra when a new years eve feast went horribly wrong and a Chinese restaurant served up death caps. Get to know your mushrooms, and for safety’s sake, never eat mushrooms with white gills till you know what you are doing. Saffron…

Blackberries in Opal Nero

Often the most delicious dishes highlight the simple magnificence of fresh, natural goodness. Earlier this year I combined dark young berries with Opal Nero liqueur and a blob of Chantilly cream. Quick, simple, delectable. Now that the blackberries are in season, you’ll find that the added sweetness and the magic of anise and a hint…

Does Ultrasound Fat Cavitation Work? How do we Girls Manage Fat?

I’m just looking at the UltraLux V4 laser which can be used for body contouring and firming, pigmentation, broken capillaries, acne, scarring, hair removal, skintone correction and the wonderful promises of fat cavitation. Oh, to be able to be massaged into skinny, cellulite free, flawless, toned perfection! Isn’t it every girls dream? I don’t want…

Spa Revival 

There is no better way to experience what I do, than to experience what I do! To that end, for the next two weeks I am giving you that opportunity absolutely free. Choose between a Back Massage and Spiced Salt Polish or a Red Rose facial and Foot Massage. No strings. Honest.

Making Red Rose Cleanser

Maybe I’m just needing the super nurture of the rose, but I’m really loving the red rose cleanser this year. Because I make this from fresh Red Rose petals from my grandmother’s garden, the vintage has a special connection for me. It seems that somehow love and spirit can be transferred into the things you…

Comfrey and Rose Mask to Supercharge Cell Renewal.

Spring has fully sprung and the garden is coming alive and pumping. That means it’s time for me to start drying out my herbs for my masks which I use on my own skin and for my clients. The small quantity of dried and powdered comfrey in the jar above seems like a pitiful amount…

Making Rose Clay Cleanser

It’s raining and cold at Katoomba this morning. It’s the last day of the school holidays, and with no clients booked in I’m making the most of the homely crafty atmosphere. If I wasn’t fasting I’d be making biscuits and drinking hot chocolate so instead I decided to use the final Autumn flush of the…

Watching the Herbs dry

While watching paint dry and watching herbs dry can be very tedious, this is how we patiently dry the Comfrey, Chocolate Mint and Calendula grown in our Spa gardens and used to make Ichykoo Exfoliating Herbs. The herbs are then mixed with the Red Rose Clay Cleanser to make a kicker anti- wrinkle mask which…

Sex, Chi, Low Libido and Depression

Depression is commonly associated with low Chi, which we will define as our primal spiritual energy, and is closely associated with our sex drive and desire for procreation.  That’s why when chi is low, sex drive is also low. Low chi can be caused by many things, such as unresolved guilt and anger, long periods…

Vanilla Neroli Lip Balm Recipe

   This recipe is made with beautiful neroli essential oil (orange flower blossom). This precious essential oil can also be used to make incredible perfumes and body sprays that are perfect for the season – light, sweet, and floral. Instead of using vanilla absolute oil, (very expensive)  vanilla beans can be infused in organic jojoba oil, rendering a nice vanilla aroma that’s delicate…

ICHYKOO Amber Hareem products poster

Just had enough time before packing up to the Festival to throw together one more poster for Amber Hareem, our premium Spa product range. Includes Spiced Salt, Masque Herbs, Red Rose Cleanser, Herbal Body Oil, Facial Serum and the newly released Body Cleanser and Deodorant. ICHYKOO products poster.pdf

ICHYKOO Feed your face with Nature

I love our new quirky mascot. Read about “Blue”, ICHYKOO’s latest masculine inspired Aromatherapy range of personal body care products.  ICHYKOO Feed your face with Nature.pdf

Ichykoo Brochure

It’s the eve, well morning of our first ichykoo market stall, complete with loads of exciting new products including the release of “White” and “Blue” Aromatherapy personal care ranges, and Emu Earth cosmetics and Liniments, based on Emu Oil and Australian Earth Minerals. We are so excited with how it’s all come together. Just click…