Blueberry, Coconut and Cashew Breakfast Smoothy

1/2-1cup frozen blueberries 1/2 cup plain greek yoghurt 1/3-1/2 cup rolled oats 1/3-1/2 cup dessicated or shredded coconut 1 tbsp Coconut Oil 1/3-1/2 cup cashews or almonds or other seeds (hemp, sesame, sunflower, flax, poppy) 1/3-1/2 cup fruit juice 1 tbsp honey 1/2-1cup ice cubes Directions: Blitz thoroughtly. Makes enough for two moderate stomachs or…

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…

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…

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…