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…

Coconut, Roses and Parsley for Health and Beauty

In many ways my Day Spa is like a restaurant. We have a menu, but sometimes I wing it and create something new for a client. Kind of like a specials board. I was booked to give an Indian head massage to an Indian gentleman who lives in Malaysia and has regular access to many…

Growing Galangal, Tumeric, Ginger and Lemongrass from the Supermarket

Ah, the joyous celebration to be found in fresh, homegrown aromatics!  Not only not do they look lush and tropical, their perfume fragrances every part of the plant, not just the familiar culinary bits. When you brush up against lemongrass or walk through a thicket of lush galangal leaves, a gentle aroma is released. Im told…

Growing and eating Onion as a Perennial Crop

In the supermarket we usually only see onions that have been grown as annuals from seed because you get the biggest bulbs this way. However, onions are like daffodils, they propagate both by seed and under the ground by forming new bulbs that are usually smaller. You can plant sprouting onions from the pantry and…

Comfrey, Allantoin and the Experience of amazing skincare

I love comfrey. I’ve been using it for years on bruises and sprains with great results, but one day, while walking in my garden, choosing herbs for a mask, I intuitively chose comfrey, along with calendula, nettles and mint. It was kicker. Back then, I didn’t know why, but now I know that comfrey is…

Sexing up your Squash, IVF and natural cycles of fertility

I use to wonder why the solo pumpkin that self seeded in the compost heap never produced any pumpkins. What was I doing wrong? I got strong growth, but the baby pumpkins just rotted away and never prospered. The same thing would sometimes happen with zucchini. They would slowly rot away from the top down….

Lemon and Calendula Potatoes

This week I spent tending to wounds and marketing fresh Calendula to local restaurants and experimenting with drying it. I discovered that not only is Calendula lovely sprinkled through a salad, but it has a long history since Persian days of being used like Saffron to add colour and, as it turns out extraordinary amounts…

Rocket (Arugula) for Salad Leaf, Smoothies and Flowers

I’ve got rocket in the garden about to flower, rocket in my veggie boxes for salad and rocket setting seed up at Katoomba after gracing the cold winter months with her pretty white tumbles of flowers. Rocket is a good value plant for sure. It’s part of the brassica family, so it has that punchy…

Growing Radishes for their Pods and Flowers

I never was a fan of radishes till I started growing my own and trying different varieties. I’ve grown French breakfast because they’re so pretty, cherry bell for the same reason, black Spanish radishes and long white Japanese radishes. ┬áMost of them ended up on the plate at Bei Amici and Felix transformed them into…