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…

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…

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 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…

Salt and Microbes

I have found that using salt as an effective preservative in creams. I once experimented with making a comfrey cream which is very effective for bruises, sprains and broken bones. I used comfrey juice mixed in my cream base, but after a short while it became covered in a thick mould. I had heard that…

Comfrey

Comfrey is an amazing plant and well worth cultivating. It is one of the best sources of allantoin, a cell regenerator, which is great for the skin and also internal tissues. It’s common names tell it all- heal all, boneset, knit bone, bruisewort. Comfrey Poultice The leaves can be used to make a very effective…

Lavender Salt Rub

I decided I wanted to make a Lavender Salt yesterday and made a quick note to obtain some for my Spa Garden. Today I had an invite from a new friend to visit my local community garden and we happened upon a broken piece of a very nice lavender which I am, as of this…