Tuesday, 28 February 2017

How to make Rose Water

Rosewater smells gorgeous and has many uses including skincare, as a linen spray, in soap making and cooking. Plus it can be quite easy to make at home.

To make rose water you need:

  • 3 cups of rose petals (choose fragrant petals that insect and spray free)
  • 3 cups of distilled or purified water
  • 1 teaspoon vodka (acts as a preservative)
  • salt
  • cheesecloth
  • 700ml  glass bottle or jar

Place the rose petals in a non-metallic bowl with a tiny pinch of salt. Bring the water almost to the boil (but not actually boiling), then pour over the rose petals. Leave the petals to steep for about an hour until the petals have lost their colour and become translucent. Strain the rose water through cheesecloth and decant into a sterilised bottle.

Stored in the refrigerator the rose water will keep for up to 4 months.

Rose Water Toner

Combine all ingredients in a small glass bottle and shake well. Apply with a cotton pad avoiding the eyes. Will keep up to 10 days in the fridge.

You may also like to try Rosie Oats Face Mask. This is a simple mask that combines soothing oats and rosewater. It's very gentle and suitable for most skin types. The recipe is HERE.

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Friday, 24 February 2017

Six Ways to Use Thyme

Thyme is a easily gown perennial which will thrive in a sunny spot with good drainage.

1. Infused Vinegar

Place a few sprigs of thyme in a glass bottle. Fill the bottle with white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Cap the bottle, then store in a cool, dark place for 6-8 weeks. The vinegar can be used as a base for salad dressing.

2. Hair Loss and Dandruff

I haven't needed to try this one. To make a scalp treatment which is said to stimulate hair growth steep one generous handful of fresh thyme in a litre of boiling water for 15-20 minutes. Strain and cool. Massage into the scalp daily.

To help relieve dandruff symptoms steep one small handful each of fresh thyme and fresh rosemary in a litre of boiling water for 15-20  minutes. Use as above.

3. Digestion

Thyme is said to help the body digest fatty foods. Add a few sprigs of thyme to the roasting pan or casserole dish when cooking fatty meat.

4. In the Garden

Thyme will bring bees into the garden, but will also help to deter moths and some flying insects.

5.  Mouthwash

When making toothpaste or mouthwash at home add a few drops of thyme (thymus vulgaris) essential oil. Thyme is antiseptic and is an ingredient in some commercially produced mouth washes.

6. Cinnamon Thyme Sore Throat Tea

Place 2 teaspoons of dried thyme and one cinnamon stick into a small teapot. Pour 2 cups of boiling water into the pot to cover the herbs. Allow to steep for 6-8 minutes (you can adjust the steeping time depending on how strong you like your tea).

Pour into a tea cup or mug through a strainer. Sweeten to taste with honey.

Makes 2 cups. Drinking two or 3 cups a day may help to relieve cold symptoms.

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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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