Make Your Own Face Bronzer, Face Powder or Eye Shadow For Pennies

Why do you want to make your own powdered bronzer or face cover up make up? Just take a moment and look at the ingredients that is on your make up! That will be your answer. Just remember what you put on your skin goes into your body. So the following recipe is all something you could injest and not have it hurt you.  Making your own cover-up face powder or bronzer is so simple it's silly! There are three main ingredients only. The fourth one is totally optional. What you will need is corn starch, organic cacao, mika powder which actually can also be optional. The fourth ingredient is one drop of vanilla or lavender essential oil purely to make the powder smell wonderful when it is applied. So simple, here goes. Start with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch.  Next you are going to add by the quarter teaspoon the cacao powder to get the desired color that best matches your skin tone. Test it on your hand as you go along.  Once you get the desired color you've now created a very light silky (because of the corn starch) face powder. Next if you have Mika add it by the quarter teaspoon until you get the desired shimmer. Once that is together and mixed well you may add one drop of essential oil and mix it in well and leave the cover off for two hours while the essential oil is absorbed. This make-up stays on all day long and makes your face feel silky.  I apply it a few minutes after I apply my handmade moisturizer. 

You may also find mica that has color added which is all natural from plants or insects.  This comes as a natural dye for crafting. I have a collection that is 100% natural of all colors so that I can make blush in the same way by starting with the corn starch or eyeshadow adding the color of choice. I would start by just making the face powder using the corn starch and cacao. See how you like it see if it works for you and then do an online search for natural 100% Mika colorant. With all of your products it's always best to use organic. Remember whatever you put on your skin which is the largest organ of our body, goes directly into our body.  That being said I mentioned vanilla and lavender essential oil as a scent because both of these are mild on the skin. Be sure to use a good brand essential oil. Never use a fragrance oil! I hope you'll give this a try it's so much better for your face and your internal body. And you can make an otherwise most likely expensive face powder for pennies! If you give it a try let me know how you like it. In the photos I've tried to show the powder and bronzer on my face. I think you can see it, it's very natural and subtle looking but it does add a lot in a very natural way.

Bedtime Snack To Help You Sleep Soundly

I'm not going to make any promises here but I will say that I have tried this a couple of nights and may it be in my head, I did sleep better. Researchers recently discovered that cherries contain melatonin, a natural hormone essential to your body's sleep cycle. This is one of the few foods that contain melatonin. Cherries can actually act as a mild sleep agent. I find this very intetesting because we've all heard that purchasing melatonin from a health food store or pharmacy  may help us sleep better.  So why not get our fruit intake at the same time and eat a bowl of cherries before going to bed? The research explained that eating tart cherries before bedtime helps boost the melatonin levels which intern promotes sound sleep. So take it or leave it it or leave it I felt it worthy of sharing. Let me mention you can find pure cherry juice in most health food stores and in some large chain markets. If you think the juice would be easier or would like to try this with children the juice may be the way to go. 

Nutritional benefits of cherries:

Cherries are a good source of fiber, vitamins and minerals, including potassium, calcium, vitamin A and folic acid. They are also well known for their antioxidant properties. so in any case drinking pure cherry juice or eating a bowl of cherries 🍒 only supports our health and are a healthy before bed snack.

Making my own Ghee

Making my own ghee was a real treat because of the cost of ghee in the health food store or even supermarkets. It can cost anywhere from $14-$21! To make it I like to use a butter that is grass fed but in a pinch I admit I will buy land of lakes or whatever brand is available. Ghee is extremely healthy for you.  And In ayureveda  it's considered liquid gold is a very important staple. 

Casein Lactose free it separates as-slowly heated Milk solids deprecate. Water evaporates from the butter.  Ghee (Healthy Liquid gold) is butter that has been processed to remove the milk solids. It's basically butter oil. ... Salted or unsalted will work. Full of Vitamin A K2  which is needed to take your calcium where it needs to go. D E and more is in ghee.  Once I started eating ghee I didn't like butter anymore. To me I think the ghee  is a milder tasting butter which is appealing to me. It's good to know the Ghee  has a very high burn point as well. So cooking with it is a pleasure and makes food taste so good. Especially putting it over veggies. So here's my process for making ghee:

2 lbs butter sliced snd put into The proper size clear Pyrex dish.

pre heat oven to 250 degrees place the sliced up ghee in the Pyrex dish in the oven for one and a half hours  

Remove the Pyrex  and you will see three distinct layers of liquid. With a very small strainer scoop off the first layer. Cats and dogs love this over their food and it is good for them in moderation.

The second layer is your ghee I like to use a ladle and ladle off spoonfuls into jars. The third layer will be a white milk liquid which again is so good for your animals or add it to water diluting it and water your plants. 

Put lids on your jars and place the ghee in the refrigerator to harden. There is no need to keep the jar that you are using in the refrigerator it may be kept in the cupboard or on the counter  it wont go bad, if the weather is very warm it could liquefy again which does not ruin it. At room temperature for most of the year it stays in a very nice consistency to spread. I love to put it on rice crackers with a little bit of honey on top of the ghee. I hope if you give it a try you'll enjoy making it and enjoy eating it even more!

How I Make Our Yogurt

So I am making stove top yogurt instead of Insta pot yogurt. I did have success with the Insta pot but it still wasn’t quite as thick as I would have liked it to be so I tried the stove top method and took my own temperatures etc. and it worked out much better. I’m using a yogurt warmer to ferment the yogurt heres my revipe:

Heat milk to 190 degrees, immediately Place pot in sink of cold water to cool to 110 degrees. While it’s cooling take one cup of the milk and mix and a 1/4 C yogurt starter from a previous batch. Blend in in with a fork. When your yogurt cool bath reaches 110 degrees put the yogurt starter blend back in the pot, mix it thoroughly and fill yogurt jars placing them in the yogurt heater for fermentation. Set timer for at least 8 hrs. It could go over by an hr or so. You’ll notice after about 5-6 hrs that it’s beginning to thicken nicely. By 8 hrs you have homemade yogurt from the milk of your choice. Fill jars place lid on and refrigerate. You can add a tsp or 2 of honey, maple syrup, fresh fruit, frozen thawed fruit or granola on top as you eat the individual jars. 

*Yogurt maker heating fermentation unit $28 Amazon You’ll never but store bought again. Or simply try making it in your instapot.

You can also use low-fat milk to make yogurt. I would suggest adding an extra tablespoon or two of yogurt starter. If you're watching your sugar intake you can read the labels on the whole milk containers and choose the lowest sugar I'm out. There is a milk called farm life with only 6 g of sugar opposed to most whole milks which have 12.

No sugar No Cook Blueberry Jam

I'd like to share this recipe with you all that was shared with me by an off the grid homesteader. No sugar, no cook blueberry jam. It's so quick and easy. It's winter here so I used frozen no sugar added blueberries from Trader Joe's. I will be making these as needed so I don't need a big bag. I  used 2 cups of frozen blueberries thawed, to that I added 2 heaping tbsp of Chia seeds, next you'll smash the blueberries qnd seeds, then mix well Chia seeds and blueberries. Now i split the mixture and in one of mine I added a tablespoon of maple syrup to sweeten it and the other one I added nothing. I then put the mixtures into 4 ounce ball jars, lids on and refrigerate. Within 30 minutes you'll have jam! The Chia seeds once they become wet expand and create a gel thickening the entire mixture. Turning it into a nice consistency jam. The Chia seeds are soft now so they're not crunchy when you're eating them in the jam. Most of us know that blueberries are loaded with antioxidants anti-inflammatory properties and so many vitamins. Chia seeds are the same, filled with lots of antioxidants, dietary fiber, filled with nutritional value, calcium, anti cancer properties,  anti inflammatory properties , omega 3, minerals and more. This whole process takes about 20 minutes and you'll end up with 2~4ounce jars of unsweetened or sweetened with a healthy natural sugar sweetener jars of jam.  I hope youll enjoy this recipe. Leave me feedback if you think youll try this or you do try it.  

No cook no sugar blueberry jam

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

The holidays are upon us and it’s just been so busy preparing for them it’s been hard to sit to blog. Our chicks arrived a month ago so we are raising them in the basement getting them ready to go outside   We are excited to have our own fresh eggs once again. I’ve been in the kitchen making soaps like crazy! I’ve sold over 60 bars with wonderful feedback. I’m happy to say that my loofah soaps have gone over hugely with everyone that has purchased one.  Most have ordered more.  Most of you know we have moved from the log cabin/farm but we were able to keep our farm status so the sale of my soaps and herbal products are greatly appreciated so that we may meet the requirements.  The loofah Im using was grown in a friends garden! She has given me an abundance of seeds and I cannot wait to get them going next year in my own garden. Oh, the other big news is we now have a greenhouse. Mike has been working on getting it up. He built a base for it  kind of like decking that it will be attached to. I’ll share pics when it’s complete.   After the holidays I will sit and plan my garden and order my seeds. We expanded the garden so it is now 9 x 18 and we will have this 10 x 10 greenhouse as well. Last year my herbs did so well. I will grow the same as I did last year adding flowerbeds, loofah, greens to eat and a few tomato plants. I’m trying to only plant what I know my family will consume having a bit of leftovers to share with the chickens and friends. I’m concentrating on not over doing what I grow so that nothing will be wasted.   It’s kind of hard because I want to grow it all! But it makes sense to only grow what we will consume. The chicken coop is up and ready for its inhabitants but that will have to be put off for some time because I’m not comfortable putting them out in the cold until they are much bigger. I hope the chickens themselves appreciate this and give us an abundance of eggs!  They are all doing very well, growing and becoming extremely friendly. The making of elderberry tincture and syrup  went well.   Are used 5 pounds of elderberry so far. I’ve mailed some out all over the United States and of course keep my family and friends with a  supply.   It’s been proven to me in many ways how it helps boost the immune system and ward off illness  I’ve seen it shorten a cold to about four days with two different people this year slready. There is no doubt about it it supports our immune system tremendously.   I don’t have it listed on the sales page because it goes so fast. But if you are interested in the tincture it ships easily, even with pistage is  inexpensive  ($14.00 with postage) contact me if intetested.  im going to he listing the liffah soap on the sales page because its been the most popular.  so check out the Home page   

 For now I wish you all a joyous holiday and a happy healthy new year! 

Happy Holidays! From all of us at Dream Come True

How To Sprout For The First Time

Growing sprouts is fairly easy. You can find small sprouting trays and seeds online in various places. (Even Amazon) I use both a small tower sprouting tray set up and the ball jar. You can use any jar, wash it really well and be sure it is clean. Broccoli sprouts, radish sprouts (spicy) or alfalfa sprouts are really good to start with. Take 1.5 TBSP in the jar, fill the jar halfway with water and let them soak overnight. Now for the lid, they do sell plastic lids that have square holes on top for draining out the water but if you are just starting you can use cheesecloth. Place a piece of cheese cloth tightly using an elastic over the jar and drain the water from the jar. As a sidenote that water is filled with nutrients you may want to water a plant with it. Now leave the jar at a 45° angle in your sink for about 15 minutes to allow more water to drain off. Next just give the jar a little shake to spread the seeds a bit and place it in a dark place, on a shelf in a cabinet, a pantry where bright sunlight or strong bulb light won’t hit it all day. You will do the rinsing method twice a day, a.m. and p.m. In about two days you’ll start to see the seeds beginning to sprout. Approximately day three- four ( could vary) your sprouts will be poking out of the seeds pretty good. You can now leave them in a sunlit window. The sun will help them turn beautiful green color. On the last day (5-6)I don’t rinse them but I leave them in the window Just to absorb the nutrients from the sun and mature themselves. I then rinse them well and spread them on a paper towel to dry. When mostly dry I plac them in an airtight container I n the frig. Best consumed within 3-4 days. While I’m enjoying my sprouts on salads top of soups or just as a small side I start another batch so by the time I’m done with one batch I have another. Give it a try. It’s a very small investment to have fresh nutritional greens all winter long.  The benefits from these tiny greens are actually greater from the mature vegetable themselves.  It’s the perfect way to add fresh nutritional food into your families diet all winter long. Be sure to get certified organic seeds.   And as with anything else you do for your family it’s very rewarding. While I’m enjoying my sprouts on salads, on the top of soups, on sandwiches or just as a small side. I start another batch so by the time I’m done with one batch I have another. Give it a try. It’s a very small investment to have fresh nutritional greens all winter long. And as with anything else you do for your family it’s very rewarding.🌱🌱🌱🌱 Supplies for your first sprout: Empty clean jar Cheesecloth Elastic Sprouting seeds

Various stages of the sprouting process

Fall Updates at Dream Come True Farm

 There has been so much going on here at the Dream Come True Homestead. We have expanded the garden another 9‘ x 9‘ that makes 9 x 18‘ garden! We added raised beds and an arbor arch to grow loofah on. We have a 6 x 10 greenhouse arriving in December which is going to be a game changer for the garden. 

 The even bigger exciting news is we decided to raise our own chickens for the eggs! We are starting with six chickens that are known for their excellent egg laying abilities. In our flock will be two olive Egger’s, one copper Maran, one Easter Egger, black Australorp, and a new breed called a Silken Easter Egger. Our chicks and our coop came from My Pet Chicken. I received wonderfully healthy day old baby chicks in less than 24 hours of them shipping the order. They are growing unbelievably fast in their first week and a few of them are even becoming extremely friendly already. The coop is adorable which also came from my pet chicken and is very secure and will provide a good home for our chickens.  The chickens will provide us with our own eggs so that we will know exactly what we are eating and they will also provide us with wonderfully rich compost for the garden.  

 I am also excited that I now have an account with my pet chicken and I am providing my calendula lavender salve for them to sell to their customers which  can be used on the combs and waddles of the chickens during the freezing cold weather to help prevent  frostbite and to treat minor skin irritations.   The best part is the flock boss can also use the salve on their hands and for all minor skin itritations.  

 So it’s been a busy time here and an exciting time to be reinventing ourselves after selling the log cabin farm, the contets of  the fiber shop and the wool producing animals.   I’ll always work with fiber and continue my fiber arts adventures but now  there will be new adventures! Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving! 

  

Weve been sprouting for a month now and love having fresh nutritionsl veggies available. Sprouts are seeds that have germinated and become very young plants. This germination process usually begins with the seeds being soaked for several hours. The soaked seeds are then exposed to the right combination of temperature and moisture, and allowed to grow for two to seven days.  Many different types of seeds can be sprouted. They are very high in nutritional value, loaded with antioxidants and vitamins. Sprouts usually have a much higher nutritional value than full grown vegetables thetefore not as many need to be eaten. We grow them mostly during the winter months when farm grown veggies are scarce. Tasty,  nutritious and crunchy sprouts can add a lot to your diet during the winter months. There are many great sprout supply companies on the net and many DIY sprout growing videos on youtube. they are duper eady to grow.  Pictured is my last batch of sprouts that we are thouroughly enjoying now on sandwitches, in soup or just as a side.  There’s something rewarding about growing and providing your own food to add into your diet during the winter months.   

Fall happenings on the homestead

Bean sprouts ready to eat. 🌱

Herb Of The Month; Hibiscus

The wonderfully beautiful Hibiscus has been known to prevent hypertension, lower blood pressure, reduce blood sugar levels, keep your liver healthy, help with menstrual cramps, help with depression, aid digestion and help with weight management. Its rich in Vitamin C, contains minerals such as flavonoids and has laxative properties.

Simply dry the flower of the hibiscus and make a tea on its own or blended with other dried herbal ingredients making a custom tea blend. Some folks will even chop the flower and add it to a salad or into their cooking just for the hibiscus health benefits. My favorite way to consume hibiscus is in a custom tea blend. 

Herb of the month and how to use it.

LAVENDER;

Lavender Tea Health Benefits 1. Improves Sleep The most well known health benefit of lavender tea is its ability to induce calm. The relaxing effects of lavender tea can help improve sleep and may be used to treat sleep disorders. According to national institutes of health in the USA including the CDC, an estimated 70 million people suffer from some type of sleep disorder. Lack of sleep has further been correlated with a host of other health problems. Drinking lavender tea before bed can help you achieve more restful sleep. According to multiple scientific studies, lavender tea helps calm brain function by triggering chemical reactions in the nervous system. Lavender tea boosts the production of dopamine and reduces the stress hormone known as cortisol. One such study found that lavender increases the percentage of deep slow-wave sleep, which is considered the restorative sleep phase. 2. Reduces Inflammation Lavender tea boasts anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce inflammation and prevent a host of serious ailments. Reducing inflammation can prevent heart attacks by reducing the risk of blood clots caused by inflamed arteries. Lavender tea can also help alleviate pain by reducing inflammation of the muscles and joints. The soothing scent of lavender can also minimize muscle spasms. 3. Boost Immune Health Lavender tea contains high amounts of antioxidants and antibacterial compounds that can help fend off the common cold and flu. According to Natural Food Series, lavender tea contains vitamin C, calcium, and magnesium. These nutrients support immune health and make it easier for the human body to fight off bacterial, fungal, and viral infections. 4. Detoxifies the Body When you drink lavender tea, antioxidants work to eliminate toxins that can cause harmful side effects. These antioxidants work to eliminate free radicals that are caused by pollution, excessive drinking, and smoking. Free radicals wreak havoc on human cells and cause them to mutate or degrade through a process known as oxidative stress. Free radicals have been linked to an increased risk of certain types of cancer and may accelerate the aging process. 5. Supports Digestive Health Lavender tea can help soothe digestive issues ranging from diarrhea to nausea and stomach cramps. The anti-inflammatory properties of lavender help soothe irritated stomach muscles, eliminating stomach pain. These same antispasmodic effects can help relieve indigestion, gas, and bloating. The scent of lavender is also powerful in streamlining digestive processes. The fragrance of lavender stimulates the production of bile, which helps the body breakdown foods more efficiently. The calming aroma of lavender can also treat nausea by triggering chemical reactions in the brain. 6. Aids Respiratory Health Lavender tea can help people who suffer from breathing problems by opening up airways. The anti-inflammatory properties of lavender soothe inflamed muscles in the throat and chest, making it easier to breathe. The antibacterial properties of lavender tea also help to eliminate bacteria that can cause chest colds and congestion. 

lavender can slso be used to make salves, creams, infused ouls, lotions which can be used for headache relief, minor bug bites, minor skin irritations, minor burns and more  

How to use lavrndet for tea;

Instructions: 1. Bring water to a rolling boil in a large saucepan. 2. Place the fresh lavender flowers in a tea infuser basket or tea pincer and place in a tea cup. 3. Pour the boiling water into the cup. 4. Steep the lavender flowers in the hot water for 8 to 10 minutes. (For tea) 4-6 hrs for infusion. The longer you steep, the stronger the flavor will become. 5. Remove the tea infuser or strain the loose flowers using a fine mesh strainer. 6. Enjoy as is or add flavorings such as honey, sugar, or lemon.

Ginger

 Ginger is available fresh and dried, as ginger extract and ginger oil, and in tinctures, capsules, and lozenges. Foods that contain ginger include gingerbread, cookies, ginger snaps, ginger ale, and a wide variety of savory recipes. so if youre a fan of any of these foods read on;

The compounds in ginger are known to help relieve gastrointestinal (GI) irritation, stimulate saliva and bile production, and suppress gastric contractions as food and fluids move through the GI tract.

The recipe below is easy to make and should be kept on hand in every home during the nasty cold and flu seadon  or just to warm you up on a cold winter day. 

* should NOT be given to kids under 3 yrs for older kiddos you may want to consult their pediatrician. 

Nausea. ... Cold and flu relief. ... Pain reduction. ... Inflammation. ... Cardiovascular can also be supported with ginger. Im a great fan of ginger for all of the above especially in the cooler months. 

This a wonderful recipe to have on hand during cold and flu season. Ginger is also very warming making it a wonderful tea when you may have a chill

I’m in the process of dehydrating many of this year’s bounty from the herb garden. These will be used in teas, tinctures, balms and butters. Natures way to help us support ourselves in many ways. Connecting with the earth, Mother Nature is for me very rewarding in so many ways. We should all make a point to spend time with Mother Nature she has so much to offer.

Sweet Potato Flat Bread

Sweet potato flat bread

We love having sweet potato flat bread! Some nights we enjoy having a light meal of just a nice hearty green salad with maybe a little bit of blue cheese sprinkled on it. Those are the nights we really enjoyed adding sweet potato flat bread to the menu. It’s an amazingly easy recipe with only three ingredients.

You first want to bake two large sweet potatoes to be sure you have enough. Let them cool a little bit before handling cut them in half and scoop out all the sweet potato.

1 cup sweet potato

1 cup bread flower (or whatever your choice of flower is) I used bread flour  

1/4 tsp pink himalayan salt 

mix this all together starting with a fork then use your hands to really work it together. If its to sticky add more flour, if its to dry add more sweet potato. 

Form the dough on your floured counter or board into a log 

Cut The log into six slices, now heat your skillet with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil under medium heat. 

 Roll each slice out with a rolling pin on your well flowered counter into circles. Place as many into your frying pan as will fit. Mine fits two. Cook approximately 2 1/2 minutes on one side, flip and cook another 2 1/2 to 3 minutes on the second side. You want both sides golden brown  so adjust your time accordingly. I use a cotton dish cloth to place my cooked flatbread on to absorb the oil. I then  wrap them in that same cotton and store them in a container. On occasion we will reheat them in the oven on a  cookie sheet. Remove them from the oven and add some butter if you’d like. Or just eat them as is.   

I hope you’ll enjoy this recipe it’s fall here in New England so the sweet potatoes are plentiful and as I said it’s a recipe we really enjoy, adding it to most any dish.

enjoy, Pam 

Let me know if you make the recipe and what you thought, any changes or additions that you may make.

Tea Blending class for October. More info on the home page.

This is a great natural antibacterial, astringent and refreshing treatment to your face even if you do not have acne or blackheads. It’s a wonderful way to offer a refreshing clean feeling especially after a day outdoors, a warm sweaty day or a hike in the woods. It’s wonderful for almost any time you feel that you need a good cleaning on your face. So refreshing. Rub the lemon slice across your face, rinse well with warm water and apply you’re hydrating facial treatment

Harvesting Your Own Herbs And Watching Your Garden Grow can be very rewarding.  I've done it for years. I grow them throughout the growing season, tending to  and enjoying fresh herbs and teas.  I enjoy connecting with Mother Earth in the garden.  I enjoy watching the bees polinate and  the birds frolic and pick things from my garden, not to mention the butterflies! Spending time in my garden is a meditation practice for me. I take the time to enjoy the peacefulness of the enviorment which offers me a healing of the mind. I think about their root system, which helps me ground myself.  I envision roots from the bottom of my feet going deep into the ground into Mother Earth.  The minerals and dampness nourishing me and the plants that surround me.   Watching the birds free me.  Watching the bees go from flower to flower enjoying the warm sun,  distributing pollen heals me on another level.  Did you know  the bees emit a healing frequency which promotes an emotional restoration.  When you watch in silence your cells will resonate with the healing vibration.  The butterflies  make me happy and I feel uplifted.  Watching your garden grow  offers your spirit total relaxation and   strengthens your spirit.  🦋 🐝 🌺 🦅 I listen to the silence and the sounds of nature, the wind through the trees, the buzzing bees, which all lends to a sacred moment that will bring peace to mind and body. When I dry the herbs in my dehydrator the scent through my home brings me back into the garden and the peace I felt returns.  I make it all a sacred act appreciating each step. During the cooler months I get the benefit of adding toxin free dried herbs to my dishes. I make medicinal  salves and tinctures to keep us healthy. Gardening activates trust, faith and peace within my soul. I know I am doing my best for my family and the enviorment.  Before the end of the growing season, go be with Mother Nature and reap the benifits she has to offer.  🌱🍃💐🐸🐝🐢🌿🌾🍄🌞

Namaste, Pam 

 

 

Comfrey

Benefits of Comfrey~Comfrey’s leaf has many beneficial qualities and uses. Comfrey leaf is prized for its allantoin content, making it useful for tissue repair and cell regeneration. In fact, topical applications of comfrey on a mild scratch, bruise or bug bite can be quite beneficial.  Comfrey leaf is also high in tannins, giving it astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. It is often used to slow bleeding and drainage from tissues.  in fact placing a dampened fresh comfrey leaf on a mild cut can stop or slow the bleeding.  I make a comfrey salve for bruising, mild scrapes or bug bites and i swear by it.  I use it in the winter on cracked dry skin on my feet or hands   comfey is a plus in the garden for sure.  I personally  do not agree with  ingesting it.  

Comfrey

Herb Of The Month - Jewelweed:

Jewelweed is a bushy type herb plant that adds pretty spotted slender orange, yellow flowers into your garden. It can grow quite tall upwards of 6 ft. It’s a great plant to fill in large areas or to even use as a privacy wall or property divider. It does like a slight wet area or water during drought times. 

Medicinal use:  best for poson ivy, oak or any of the rash causing plants. It even removes the sting that nettle leves can cause.  For a quick treatment  use the juice that comes from the leaves and stems. It helps clear the rash, speeding drying of the liquid filled blisters.  The juice will also help relive the itch.  Or you can extract the juice and create a salve to be kept in your medicine cabinet. So if you see some jewelweed in a marshy area or in a friends yard you should cultivate some and have it on hand in your own backyard. 

Herb Of The Month: Lemon Balm 

Lemon balm is a pleasant, lemony tasting, cooling, and uplifting herb that can help soothe anxiety nervousness and mild depression. It has the most lovely scent that one cannot help smiling when smelling it.   It’s calming relaxing action may help to soothe away the worries of the day helping one ease into a restful sleep. Lemon balm is also a  antispasmatic helping  digestion and release tension in the digestive system when the system may be upset by anxiety or nervousness. Lemon balm is an antiviral that can be used in the case of cold sores as well as respiratory tract irritation’s. Lemon balm’s  volatile oil’s  help the brain to relax and let go of the tension through our sense of smell.   It’s results can be very calming and put us in an emotional well-being state. Lemon balm is a great herb to use for kids.   I myself have seen wonderful relationships between lemon balm and children.  I commonly use it in tea, tinctures, a soak in the tub and in salves or simply in some water next to my bed as a pretty bouquet. 

 

 Lemon balm is a  perennial best grown in partial shade especially protected from midday sun. You may pick the leaves throughout the summer. Cut the plant back in late fall and dry the leaves for further use. 

 

 *To the best of my knowledge lemon balm has no adverse effects. But as always do your research and check with your healthcare provider or naturopath before use  

 

 

 

Lemon balm plant

Herb Of The Month: Chamomile

 

 Chamomile is a gentle herb, soothing, eases anxiety and tension and cools  stress related anger and inflammation.  its gentle enough for small children. Chamomile is a great digestive aid,  it’s an anti-spasmodic and has anti-inflammatory properties.  It eases digestion by relaxing muscles in the digestive track thereby diminishing cramping and digestive discomfort.   I often use chamomile to soothe my allergy eyes by steeping it in a cup until the water just begins to turn yellow. I then remove the bags and let them cool enough to lay them over my eyelids. I know some folks use it successfully  in a tea for  emotions that are associated with pre-menstrual syndrome and of course used for the cramping that may accompany the menstrual cycle. I also know of folks including myself that used it for colic in infants.  More ways that I have used it is in infused oil, salve, or in a tincture.   Another common use that I have used it for is to relax my mind and body before sleep.  I also like to include dried chamomile with lavender and rose In a dream pillow to be tucked inside of my pillowcase.

Easy to grow perennial that requires part shade or full sun with plenty of water. 

 

 *Folks that may be allergic to plants in the Asteraceae family may be sensitive to camomile.   As always check with your healthcare provider naturopath or do plenty of research before you decide to use chamomile or any herb.  

Chamomile plant

Herb Of The Month - Calendula 

I started this off with calendula because it is my favorite flower/herb to use in so many different ways.   Let me start by talking about growing it. It may be the most rewarding and exciting flower you grow. It starts blooming early and is often still blooming as the first snowfall’s here in Connecticut. The more you harvest the pretty little sunshine yellow flowers the more the plant blooms. Unlike many flowers this one is not fussy it does like full sunshine good fertile soil and can actually grow in a poor soil but will not bloom as much. When the blossoms are ready to pick they may feel a little bit sticky with a resin  which has antifungal properties.  So in this case sticky flowers are good.  

Possible healing properties of calendula may include healing wounds by possibly promoting cell repair and growth. The flower is also  a known  antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. Applied topically or used internally it can help possibly keep infections at bay. It is a very common ingredient in most of my creams, salves and ointments.  Calendula tea or infusion can be used as a mouth rinse due to the antifungal properties it holds. I find it wonderfully soothing on most all irritatated skin.  It seems to calm and heal.  For me I feel that a strong calendula tea is great for congestion and phlem helping break it up. It is said to cleanse the lymphnodes by ingesting a tea or infusion. Keeping the lymphatic system cleansed and flowing is important to our immune system. 

Here is a more extensive  list as to conditions that calendula offers support and balance for,  skin dryness or chapping. Calendula oil is a great moisturizer for dry and severely chapped, damaged or split skin. It may also help soothe the affected area and reduce the pain.  Inflammation,  it works well on sprained muscles or bruises, and may aid in alleviating spider veins, varicose veins and leg ulcers.  Baby care,  the oil may help alleviate extremely irritating diaper rash.  Minor cuts and wounds. Using the oil may help speed up healing of wounds and minor cuts and alleviate insect bites, acne.  Skin issues, Eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and other skin problems may be addressed by applying calendula oil topically. The oil's antifungal action is also great for alleviating athlete's foot, ringworm and jock itch.

Calendula has been known as the poor mans saffron 

So if you are looking to add to add to your garden this summer think about calendula. 

*There has been no toxicity reported from the use of calendula  

Calendula plant

Brewing calendula oil

 

Use Your Creativity In The Garden

Enjoy gardening as a creative expression of yourself, using colors and landscapes to design an artful presentation from your imagination. You can even add decorations to your yard or garden to compliment the landscape and make it a unique representation of your soul. You can string colored flags along trees or bushes, add rocks and crystals to garden beds to energize the plants and soil while adding ornamental touches, and even statues or fairy figurines give the garden a touch of your creative mind. When you’re cleaning up your yard and you see a unique rock also add this into the garden. Every offering is appreciated.  sing while gardening it raises the plants vibrations.  Every year introduce a new plant.Creativity enables us to shut off the left sides of our brains which helps us reduce stress signals in the body- the same way meditation works with our conscience and subconscious.   So if you’re a person that thinks they do not have time for meditation use your garden as your space to take a few moments each day and just be while also using upur creativity.  

Today I Hope You Will Dance 

Today try dancing and twirling and singing freeing the energy in your body. Movement releases endorphins that truly make us happy. Moving forces energy throughout our body which is very important to our emotional and physical health.  Dancing can release negativity and keeps our energy and thoughts from being stagnant.  Its creative and fun.  Today I hope you'll be happy! Today I hope youll sing!  Today I hope you smile! Today I hope your smile turns to laughter!  Today I hope youll feel loved   ❤️ Today I hope youll feel the wonder! Today I hope you will dance!

Dancing, twirling and singing!

Dandelion ~ Plant Medicine

Please don’t poison the dandelions! These beautiful yellow flowers have so many benefits to our health. Amazing plant medicine! Highly Nutritious........ Contain Potent Antioxidants. ... May Help Fight Inflammation. ... May Aid Blood Sugar Control. ... May Reduce Cholesterol. ... May Lower Blood Pressure. ... May Promote a Healthy Liver. ... May Aid Weight Loss......not to mention the Benefits they have to honeybees. 🌞  I first started using dandelion leaves for my allergies are year ago. I had a consultation with an Ayureveda counselor who determined dandelion leaves would help with my allergies and to cleanse the kidneys..  so long story short, I have been adding dandelion to my diet every single day faithfully for a year and I feel a great difference with my allergies. It just goes to prove it’s all in what you eat.    So cherish those little yellow flowers that pop up in your yard and put them to good use, your health! 

Namaste🙏🏼

Plant medicine

Sunday Morning Thought...................

O Happy Day! The other day someone said to me you’ve had a lot of changes in your life the past few years do you find it hard at times? The answer is yes, of course. But overall I am happy because I choose to be. When I find myself slipping out of happiness or contentment I know to examine my boundaries, food choices, the amount of rest I’m getting and whether I’ve danced, laughed, created, hung with my besties or practiced my yoga and meditation regularly. Talk to friends, share any concerns, clear out whatever you can that causes stress and choose for yourself how you want to feel. Be Happy, it’s your choice. 

Namaste 🧡

A Few Thoughts On Why We Should Meditate 

Cultivating a calm inner state is instrumental to realizing your deepest goals and intentions. By starting your day grounded and centered, you'll experience more balance and flow throughout your day and into each evening. The practice of meditation helps you raise your energy and self-awareness. By expanding your consciousness, you create a clear, inner space that allows you to move towards the center of your creations. It's from this place of grounded awareness that you'll really focus on what's most important to you.  Meditation can also move upur toward uour most inner desires and aid in manifesting those desires or goals. if your new to mecitation start with 5 min a day. maybe try for morning and evening. There is no need to empty your mind, if thoughts come recognize  them and let them go.  Concentrate on the breath, in out, in out.  Some repeat a mantra, some the Lords prayer, some an affirmation.  Your breath is fine to start with.  Its the moments or seconds between the thoughts that count. Meditation practice can make a huge differance in many aspects of you life.

Girls meditation day and luncheon. ❤️

Grounding and creating beauty with Mother Nature

Creating beauty and grounding with Mother Nature Spending time in nature's embrace is a reminder of the fact that we also are products of the natural world. We feel at home in a quiet forest and are comforted by the music from surf of the seaside and its swishing of waves. In both the sunny meadow and the shade from a tree, stress and tension we have melts away. Finding opportunities to reconnect with nature to enjoy its healing benefits is a must. Planting and tending a garden allows us to spend time with Mother Nature in a very personal and hands-on way. We work with nature while gardening, we honor the seasons, participating in the life cycles of the season and plants connects us with its unique biorhythms. As we interact with the soil, we can reflect upon meditative topics. Fresh air invigorates us, while our visceral connection to the earth grounds us. Sit bare footed with your feet planted firmly on the earth, this technique can truly ground you. Feel the grass or even dirt while you picture roots coming from the bottoms of your feet penetrating the earth going deep within creating a strong connection with Mother Earth. 15 minutes a day of this connection can truly be beneficial to mind body and soul. Some refer to this as “Earthing” Ayurveda refers to it as life’s force when you connect so deeply with nature and its biorhythms. Whether your garden can be measured in feet or is a collection of plants in pots, tending it can be a highly spiritual experience. You develop a close relationship with the soil, seeds, water, and sunlight. Nurturing just a single plant means cultivating a deeper understanding of the plant which connects us to the plant permits it to thrive. A true healing garden is simply one where you feel comfortable plunging your hands into the earth, lingering over seedlings and plants to observe their growth. And yes, even caressing and talking to plants. Creating beauty and nurturing a garden or plants connects us deeply to Mother Earth and grounds us. Spring is the perfect time to begin this deep connection with nature. Although anytime of year is beneficial. Think about connecting a bit deeper, grounding and appreciating Mother Earth and all the life she has to offer. After all it’s free, enjoyable, offers a healthy mind body and spirit. Namaste 🙏🏼

My view of mother nature while laying on my yoga mat in the backyard. Thank you mother nature! You truly are beautiful 🌱🌿🌾🥀

My Brussel Sprout Dish

This is an amazing tasty way to eat brussel sprouts.  Great warm as a main veggie dish or cold mixed in salad. I also like to eat a small bowl as a healthy snack it really seems to do the trick  

10 oz of brussel sprouts taking ends off (throw into compost) chop sprouts int small pieces 

1 small white onion chopped

Place sprouts and onion in bowl adding in 1/4 cup organic  balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup olive oil 1/2 tsp. himalyan pink salt tossing together

place in cast iron fry pan (or your choice of fry pan) I use cast iron for all my cooking  due to the iron benefits they offer 

Toss around pan on medium high until tender of crispy, your preference

When desired crunch is achie add 1 level tbsp of ghee tossing and meling the ghee. salt once again to taste and add coarse ground black  pepper to taste  

Enjoy!  

The “Golden” Powder Tumeric As A Facial Mask

What makes tumeric so great? Turmeric is a wonderful anti-oxidant. It’s also packed full of anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial qualities. All great for the skin. ( and internally) Combined with honey, which moisturizes and milk which adds well needed vitamins and fats, this mask is a winner for any skin type. And you probably already have most of the ingredients (turmeric, honey, and milk) in your kitchen!  this works wonderfully  I make this during allergy season because on occasion ill get a few red patches on my face, neck or chest due to  inviormentally caused allergies.  this mixture can be applied anywhere on the body that exhibits a rash, hives or just about any mild irritation . 

 

To make: Combine ingredients (shown below)in a bowl, making a paste. You can adjust the consistency of the mixture by adding more milk, but you don’t want the mask to be too thin. Apply the mask evenly to a clean, dry face. Allow the mask to dry completely (about 20 minutes) before rinsing off with cool water. Pat skin dry and apply your favorite moisturizer. Repeat the mask as needed. we also have tumeric, vanilla handcrafted soap available.  (home page)

Tumeric face mask

Infusions Verses Tea

Infusions verses teas, something to think about

Many people are familiar with the benefits of herbal teas. You can make your herbal preparations even more potent by incorporating the healing qualities of nourishing infusions. A tea is a small amount of fresh or dried herb brewed for a short time. An infusion is a large amount of (not fresh) herb brewed for a long time. An infusion extracts more nutrients than a tincture and more medicinal qualities than a tea. Most infusions are short lived; they stay good for only two or three days. Prepare infusions in pint/halfliter and quart/liter jars with tight lids. A teapot is not as good, but acceptable. I like to infuse for a minimum of 24 hrs. Making sure I’m reaping all the benefits that the herb has to offer. In this photo I’m infusing green tea with Ashwaganda.  Ashwaganda is known to increases energy and vitality while it assists in calming the mind. Green tea is the healthiest beverage (leaf) on the planet. It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. These include improved brain function, fat loss, decreasing risks for cancers and many other impressive benefits. Usual dose of infusion is 1-2 cups a day, taken hot, chilled, or at room temperature. Infusions may be seasoned with sweeteners, tamari, milk, or any other additions that please your taste. Infusions can also be used as soup stocks, bath waters, hair rinses, and facial washes.

Cheers! 🙏🏼

Infusion of Ashwaganda and green tea

Carrot, curry, ginger soup

Carrot, curry, ginger soup. This is a great soup recipe all year long. In the warmer months I like to enjoy it cold. Yes it’s just as good cold. Omit the cream if you’d like to use this soup as a cleanse meal. I don’t believe in a no food cleanse it’s not healthy in my opinion. INGREDIENTS: 6 cups baby carrots or approx. 6 large carrots peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces (about 1 1/2 pounds of carrots) 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 2 medium yellow onions, diced (about 4 cups) 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt + more to taste 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper + more to taste 1 to 2 tsp curry (depending on your taste for curry) 1 thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and minced (about 2 tablespoons) 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (for vegan version, use full-fat canned coconut milk)or add nothing at all if you watch your fat intake DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place carrots in a large bowl and drizzle one tablespoon of the olive oil over the top. Toss to coat and add 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Toss again. Spread in a single layer on a rimmed cookie sheet and bake, stirring/flipping every 15 minutes or so, until tender and browned in spots, about 40 minutes total. Remove from oven and let cool a bit. While the carrots are cooking, heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a large soup pot over medium-low heat. Add the onions and cook until just beginning to brown, about 8 – 10 minutes. Add the ginger and the vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, add curry, cover, and let simmer for five minutes until ginger is tender. Remove from heat. When both the roasted carrots and the broth have cooled somewhat, add the carrots to the broth. Working with a blender in batches, puree the soup and return it to the pot; or use an immersion blender directly in the pot. Serve with ground pepper, sprinkle of curry and shredded carrot on top. I use a blend-tech blender. I like to double this recipe because we love it and don’t mind having it for a few days. I hope you enjoy this recipe I know we do. It’s good and

Spring awakening meditation

Spring Awakening Practice: Go outside (or stand at an open window) and close your eyes. Take three deep breaths, focusing your attention on the outbreath. Observe the scents of the spring air, and then open your eyes. Scan the spring landscape for color, and count each color and variation as you encounter it in your view. How many yellows? How many different greens? Any purples? Where do you see life, in all its glory, returning to the earth? Silently note to yourself the beauty here today that wasn’t here last week, and commit to noticing one new beautiful thing each day for the next week—on your commute, while running errands, or just from your window. when flowers bloom pick a spring bouquet and bring it indoors  be sure to thank the earth for its beauty and bounty. if you dont have a yard with flowere simply purchase a bouquet from your local market in honor of spring and her beauty. 

Namaste 🙏🏼 

Benefits from mushrooms

All mushrooms contain polysaccharides  which stimulate our immune function in a variety of ways and also tend to lower cholesterol and blood sugar. Alcohol-soluble compounds called triterpenes give  the ability to reduce histamine in allergies and improve oxygen utilization and liver function. You can use dried mushrooms in food or as tea which is what I do year round to get my healing preventative intake.   If you want to make your own remedies you need to do some research they require special treatment to get the most benefit. Our immune enhancing mushrooms also help correct an over-reactive immune system, as in the case of allergies and autoimmune disease when taken long term. I often combine  astragalus and tumeric in a tea  for chronic allergies. The subtle effects build slowly. I also add these little fungis to any soup or stew like dish  even rice dishes   

April Showers

As the rain comes down, we can visualize it cleansing our minds and hearts, washing away winter, preparing us to enjoy the renewal of life called Spring

Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is traditionally a way to welcome a new season--one in which we open our doors and windows to let the sunshine and air in. It is also a way to remove stagnant energy from our homes in order to prepare our personal space for the positive, energy of spring and summer. As you sweep away the dust and clutter that has blocked the flow of energy in your home, you inevitably sweep away some of the issues that may have been blocking you in your life. Intention is important, so before you begin cleaning, ask yourself what needs to be cleansed, what can be discarded, and how you can make your home a reflection of your best self. Then, gather your tools and supplies around you (vinegar mixed with water and a few drops of orange essential oil makes a wonderful natural cleanser) Once you've begun spring cleaning, you may find that with each piece of clutter you discard and each item that you clean you begin feel increasingly energized. Divesting yourself of unnecessary possessions can help you regain clarity of mind while cleaning your windows can help you refocus your vision. As you clean, invite healing and vital energy into your home and heart. ending your spring cleaning with a smudge of white sage in every room.

Stress Relief Naturally

 I thought I would talk a little bit about stress which is something we all experience from time to time. Stress is normal in our lives today but when it becomes overwhelming you need to have some techniques to help you relax.  Stress starts in the mind and the emotions, but swiftly can move into the physical body causing tight muscles, a feeling of uneasyness,  shallow breathing, headaches, insomnia and can actually turn into illness.  Once we become very stressed we must help ourselves release that stress physically as well as  emotionally and mentally. Number one avoid too much alcohol or caffeine they can be very counterproductive.  Some useful remedies may include massage it’s the best way to release physical tension.  Reki or aroma touch therapy can work wonders on both mind and body.  Self massage can also be very good in releasing physical stress focus on your neck shoulders and chest and if the stress is giving you a headache massage your scalp and temples as well. You can use essential oil‘s that are good for tense muscles such as lavender, rosemary,  and Roman chamomile. Sometimes including emotionally calming oil‘s that are also sedative can help the mind such as bergamot neroli, clary sage, jasmine and sandalwood .   Some of my favorites for this is definitely sandalwood and bergamot. Bathing with calming essential oil also releases stress from mind emotions and body some of my favorites for that is frankincense which can particularly  help deepen your breathing.  I also like lavender and geranium they’re both balancing. And let’s face it a nice long bath in itself can help revive and strengthen mind and body. By no means do I suggest these to be a cure-all remedy for stress. Having your blood pressure checked is a sensible precaution for monitoring your health and your stress level if you are suffering from a lot of stress. But self-care can be an amazing cure for stress   Daily yoga or simple stretching can also do wonders along with a walk in the woods, on the beach or on a quiet back road to help you calm the mind and ground. 

 

 

Essential Oils Can Affect Your Feelings

 Essential oil‘s are living rather than an inert substances because they contain the active life force of the plant from which they come. Special photography has been used to see an actual aura or light around the plant similar to our own aura which is the natural subtle energy field around the physical body.  Plants and humans are children of nature sustained by the same life force.  This is the exact reason why essential oil‘s can affect our moods and emotions. Synthetic perfumes or essential oil‘s cannot.  Our ancestors had an acute sense of smell. They could smell danger dinner the opposite sex. The reason for this is because their lives depended on it.  Today through evolution we have lost some of the olfactory awareness. But we still have a reasonable sense of smell that can be used to help us heal and deal with emotions  Enjoying a scent is so natural to us as humans. When you smell an essential oil that you find pleasant it may help soothe the mind. At the same time as you smell the oil through inhalation there is a physiological action on your body independent of the sense of smell this is why using essential oils can be so pleasing.  At the same time  if you dislike a scent despite its potentially beneficial physical action on your body the overall effect will be lessened.  The oils tend to balance and normalize the body rather than just stimulate or sedate like a drug.  it and that’s key  Essntial oils can have affinity with certain parts of the body mind and emotions here’s an example a person with a hard heart who tends to be harsh and mean often develops heart problems such as hardening of the arteries evt.  Treating this person with a rose oul as a tonic can take action on the physical heart, softening the emotions and uplifting the mind which obviously has a great affect on health.  I’m a big believer in essential oil‘s for both emotionally and physically healing. I’ll definitely be getting more into this in later posts. 

Just a thought to ponder on today