Pumpkin Lavender Face Mask

Pumpkins. What can I say? I LOVE them. I eat these delicious vitamin packed beauties at least three times a week during squash season, I place them around my house for a festive feel & I put them on my face. Pumpkins are full of Vitamin A & Vitamin C both of which can boost collagen production, this is music to my vegetarian ears. For this recipe I use leftover pumpkin that has been baked in the oven, waste not! want not.!  When mixed with other beneficial, natural ingredients, it makes for quite a magickal mask. I like to treat to whole process as a ritual, thanking mother nature for the ingredients she has kindly provided & thanking the plant spirits whilst setting positive intent.

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Lavender flowers,  are calming and the oil has a soothing effect on the skin when applied topically, it is often used to help ease skin conditions such as acne.

Honey & lemon are both naturally antibacterial & act as a natural skin brighteners. Lemons, like pumpkins, are full of Vitamin C & honey is wonderfully moisturizing for the skin.

Himalayan salt is nutrient rich and full of magnesium. It also acts as a great exfoliater to help scrub away those dead cells.

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So to get started you will need

  •  1 Pie Pumpkin ( or any pumpkin you may be baking )
  • Organic Lavender Flowers
  • Local Sustainable Honey ( optional if your vegan )
  • Fine Pink Himalayan Salt – is nutrient rich and full of magnesium. It also acts as a great exfoliator to help scrub away those dead cells.
  • 1 Organic Lemon
  • Glass Mixing Bowl
  • Rolling Pin
  • Chopping Board

Place 1 cup of the cooked ( cool ) pumpkin in the mixing bowl, add 1 Tbsp of honey, 1 Tsp of salt and mix until everything is blended together. Take 1 Tbsp of the lavender flowers and place on the chopping board, lightly roll over them back and forth with the rolling pin as this will release their natural oils & fold into the mixture. Place the mask in the fridge for around 15 to 20 minutes until its cold to the touch, find yourself a good book ( I have several recommendations in my library section ), run a lovely hot bath, then smother it all over your face and neck and soak for a good half an hour before washing it off.  Enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed making this recipe, I would love to hear your thoughts, comments and feedback! Have a beautiful botanical day.

Alice x

 

Always consult a medical doctor before modifying your diet, using any new product, supplement or treatment. Be sure to check your allergies and items you may be allergic to before testing. These statements and ingredients have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. If you have a health concern or condition, cony of these recipes.

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Traditional Cold Relief Remedy

The leaves are beginning to turn beautiful shades of rust, gold, and copper. The nights are drawing in closer, and I’ve begun digging out warm socks, bobble hats, and chunky scarves. Yes, my favorite time of year is here, Autumn, But with the change of season comes that time when we start snuffling, sneezing and coughing because we’ve caught a cold. So, I’m sharing a simple family recipe that alleviates symptoms and helps your body to fight off a cold, it’s also pretty darn delicious too. It’s best drunk as soon as you feel the slightest tickle in the back of your throat ( you know the one!)  Also this time of year it’s always worthwhile to have an Echinacea tincture on hand to take anytime you feel under the weather to boost your immune system.

 

 

So to get started you will need

  • A large pot with a lid ( to boil & simmer ingredients )
  • Large cooking siv ( strainer )
  • Glass Measuring Jug
  • 4 – 5 cups of water
  • 2 Organic Lemons
  • 1 Piece of Organic Fresh Ginger ( sliced )
  • 1 Tbsp Organic Cloves
  • 3 Tbsp Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Organic Sarsparilla Root
  • Organic Cinnamon Sticks
  • Organic Local Wildflower Honey ( to taste )

Begin by slicing the lemons and taking out the seeds as you go along, place into the pot along with all the other ingredients, (except the honey) cover with water and bring to the boil. Once bubbling, bring down to a low heat, place the lid on the pot and let the mixture simmer for 30 – 45 minutes so all the goodness is well and truly extracted. Let everything cool for a good 10 minutes after turning off the heat, before straining the mixture into the measuring jug. Pour the desired amount into a mug and add honey to flavor. Drink the rest of the mixture throughout the day and continue daily for 2 – 3 days. I hope you enjoyed this recipe, let me know your thoughts in the comments. Have a beautiful botanical day!

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These statements and ingredients have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. If you have a health concern or condition, consult a physician. Always consult a medical doctor before modifying your diet, using any new product, supplement or treatment. Be sure to check your allergies and items you may be allergic to before testing any of these recipes.

Moontime Herba Thea

One thing that’s true, is that at some point we ladies will suffer from moontime cramps. More often than not it makes you want to curl into a ball and hide under your duvet. Being someone who suffers pretty much every month I have experimented with many different herbal blends and want to share the one I find works best for me and I hope it will for you also. This is a simple tea recipe that can be made and drank at any time of day or night ( don’t worry there is nothing that is going to keep you up, so rest assured you’ll be able to drift off to dreamland after drinking this.)

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The blend consists of Red Raspberry leaf, this is a uterine tonic that is rich in manganese & alleviates cramping. Nettle, which is rich in calcium, magnesium, iron and is highly nourishing. Chamomile a lovely calming flower that is wonderful to get rid of nausea. and last but not least Rose, a magical, comforting and delicious flower.

For this soothing, pain alleviating tea, you will need:

Measure a 1/4 cup of each herb and place into the mason jar, this amount should last you for a couple of weeks depending on how many cups you drink daily, for full effect I drink 3-4 cups daily. Once mixed, place 1 heaped teaspoon of the herbal blend into your tea strainer, pop into your favorite mug cover with boiling water let steep for up to 15 minutes & enjoy. When working I like to make three cups and put it into a large vessel so I can sip it throughout the day. I would love to hear your feedback and how this tea worked for you. Have a beautiful, botanical day !

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These statements and ingredients have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. If you have a health concern or condition, consult a physician. Always consult a medical doctor before modifying your diet, using any new product, supplement or treatment. Be sure to check your allergies and items you may be allergic to before testing any of these recipes.

 

 

Crystal Infused Rose Ice Cream

As you probably already know, rose is one of my favorite flowers to drink and add to recipes, the flavor is so delicately floral it goes with just about anything. This ice cream is a perfect dessert for those lovely summer evenings with friends and family, the best part? it’s incredibly simple to make. This recipe is suitable for vegetarians but can be made completely vegan by leaving out the honey. So to get started you will need,

  • 2 cans of coconut milk
  • 1-2 cups of Organic Rose Petals
  • 1 cup of Beet Sugar
  • 1 tbsp of Local Raw Honey (if desired)
  • Electric Whisk
  • Container with lid for freezing
  • Saucepan
  • Raw Rose Quartz
  • Organic Dark Cacao Chocolate or Coconut Flakes  (for topping)

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Start by placing your freshly washed rose quartz chunk into a glass bowl. This will infuse the ice cream with loving energy, I keep rose quartz in every room for that reason, it’s truly a wonderful calming crystal that allows energy to flow freely. Pour the coconut milk over the rose quartz and let it sit for about fifteen minutes, feel free to hold the bowl and do a short love meditation, say a few words or simply just picture the crystals energy spreading throughout the milk. There is no wrong or right way to do this, so do what feels natural to you.

Once the milk has been infused, remove the crystal and pour milk into a saucepan on low heat, add the beet sugar and rose petals. Whilst stirring consistently bring it slightly to the boil, once it starts bubbling take it right down to a low heat, cover and let it simmer for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the honey ( if you’re doing the vegetarian recipe ) stir gently and let it cool for 10 minutes.  Once cool strain the mixture into your final container for freezing and place into the freezer. Over the next 3 hours take out the ice cream and whip it with the electric whisk as this will create a lovely smooth consistency, garnish with a few rose petals and place in the freezer overnight.

Once ready to serve to your loved ones ( the recipe serves 4 people ),  let the ice cream sit out for 10 minutes so it’s soft enough to scoop and sprinkle with either coconut flakes or a little-grated dark chocolate. I hope you enjoyed this delicious concoction & I would love to know your thoughts if you decided to make it. Have a beautiful, botanical day!

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Healing Echinacea Tincture

Echinacea is generally known as a cold and flu remedy, yet it has so much more to offer. The Native Americans used this wonderful flowering herb to treat a toothache, sore throats, coughs, infections and most tribes also used it to treat snake bites, insect bites, stubborn wounds, burns and other skin conditions. There is much more to this beautiful flower than meets the eye that’s for sure!

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The most commonly used part is the root, but the fresh flowers and leaves hold plenty of medicine too. The most common ways people take Echinacea today is via tea, tincture or capsule, although chewing on a fresh flower head can really soothe a sore throat. Echinacea also has many magical properties, known as a symbol of strength it is often used to strengthen spells, offered to water deities & also can be kept in or near the home to attract prosperity.

Being my favorite medicinal flower, I grow it in my garden. So I decided to make a fresh plant tincture, the recipe and method is incredibly simple and if you don’t have fresh Echinacea you’ve grown in the garden, you can use sustainably cultivated and harvested Organic Echinacea Root ,  to get started you will need

  • 1 glass jar
  • Organic Echinacea Root or fresh plant matter ( flowers & leaves )
  • Vodka ( 80 proof )
  • Labels
  • Small strainer
  • Amber Pipette Bottles 1ml

Start by filling the jar 1/4 of the way full if using dried root. If using fresh plant matter, wash the leaves and flowers thoroughly then chop them nice and finely. When using fresh plant matter, you want to fill the jar half way.  Pour the vodka to the top of the jar seal tightly and give it a gentle shake. Pop a label on the jar with the date it was made so you can keep track of how long its been brewing away. You can let it infuse anywhere from 4-6 weeks depending on what strength you would like. I like to keep mine in a place it can absorb plenty of energy from the sun and the moon. A well-lit windowsill is aways a good option or outside if you have a garden, gently shake the tincture every day or so to make sure the matter isn’t sticking to the bottom of your jar.

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If using fresh plant matter, you will notice the tincture almost instantly goes a dark cloudy brown, when using dried matter this will take a couple of weeks. Once brewed to your liking, strain into a glass jug and transfer into your pipette bottles, I find that a 12 oz jar will transfer into 3 to 4  1ml pipettes.

Now you have a nice little tincture to keep handy for whenever you’re feeling a little under the weather or you feel the first tickle of a cold. Just add a dropper full into a small glass of water and take 3 – 4 times a day until you start to feel your cold symptoms subside. I hope you enjoyed making this simple yet effective little potion. Feel free to leave feedback or comments below to let me know how you got on. Have a beautiful, botanical day!

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These statements and ingredients have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. If you have a health concern or condition, consult a physician. Always consult a medical doctor before modifying your diet, using any new product, supplement or treatment. Be sure to check your allergies and items you may be allergic to before testing any of these recipes.

Rose & Ginger Herbal Honey

One of my favorite flowers to use in herbal remedies is rose. The scent, the taste, the color. It transports me right back to my Grandmothers magickal garden in Wales where she grew fabulous roses amongst many other flowers, herbs and vegetables.  These beautiful flowers can be used in anything from tea blends to bath salts. Calming, soothing and delicious, I use rose almost every day because it is so wonderfully versatile. IMG_4726

So the other day I decided to make a scrumptious herbal honey for tummy troubles and stress. Giving a delicious zing to many recipes, Ginger has also been used for thousands of years as a medicinal plant to treat nausea, digestive problems, and even pain. As for honey, it truly is one of nature’s magical potions. Anti bacterial and anti fungal, the Romans, Egyptians, and Greeks swore by its amazing ability to heal. I always use local, sustainably harvested honey as our bee population is so incredibly important, we must do all we can to support these wonderful little creatures.

To get started you will need

Start by grating and chopping the ginger root, I only used half as it is rather potent. Place the ginger into your jar and add 1/4 of a cup of rose petals, pour the honey generously over the rose and ginger until the jar is full. Seal the jar tightly and place in the sunshine to warm and melt the honey, this will help the infusion. I put mine on a windowsill in my kitchen as it’s a perfect place for all my concoctions and potions to soak up goodness from the sun and the moon.IMG_5356

Leave the jar for about 3 – 5 days strain the honey into a jug leaving behind the ginger and rose matter, (it will be pretty liquidy after being in direct sunlight) and transfer back to the jar. You will be left with a delicious, medicinal honey that can be taken daily, when you have an upset stomach or when you feel a cold coming on.

I hope you enjoyed making this herbal elixir, feel free to leave any feedback as I would love to know how you got on. Have a beautiful, botanical day!

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These statements and ingredients have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. If you have a health concern or condition, consult a physician. Always consult a medical doctor before modifying your diet, using any new product, supplement or treatment. Be sure to check your allergies and items you may be allergic to before testing any of these recipes.

Magickal Mustard Bath Soak

Growing up in a cottage in the middle of the woods in England the winters were long and cold, it didn’t matter how chilly it got, I would bundle up and go exploring the bluebell woods with our family dogs Bruno & Honey, or ride my pony Smartie, through the surrounding farmland. Rain, sleet or snow, nothing stopped me. This did, however, result in me coming home feeling “cold to the bone” as my Dad would say. So my Mum would pour mustard powder & salts into a hot bath, then I would soak quietly for 30 minutes, normally with whatever book I was consuming at the time.

In England and Wales, mustard baths are an old traditional remedy, they are used to treat colds, stress, sore muscles, fever, and congestion. The main ingredient, mustard, has been known to stimulate the sweat glands which opens the pores and helps the body rid itself of toxins. So, I came up with my own take on this wonderful remedy. Wether you have the onset of a cold and you want to ” sweat it out ” or you are just stressed, which we all suffer from in this day and age, I highly recommend you whip up this simple recipe & take a long hot bath.

Alongside mustard powder, I use organic lavender flowers for their incredible calming ability and beautiful scent. Essential oils of tea tree & eucalyptus which are pain reliving, antiviral & used to help ease congestion. Epsom salt for its detoxifing properties & baking soda to draw out impurities.

If you dont have a local herbal store to purchase the ingredients needed, I highly recommend going online to Mountain Rose Herbs or Star West Botanicals, their products are Organic and sustainabley sourced. I like to use the Dr. Teals plain Epsom salts but any plain ones you like are fine & for the baking soda I use Arm & Hammer. As for the Mustard powder, I expect thats already in your kitchen cupboard.

To get started you will need

  • A glass bowl
  • 1/4 cup Organic Mustard Seed powder
  • 1/4 cup Organic Lavender Flowers
  • 1/2 cup of Epsom Salt
  • 1/4 cup Baking Soda
  • 6 drops Pure Tea Tree oil
  • 6 drops Pure Eucalyptus oil
  • Glass Jar for container
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Clear Quartz Point ( optional )

Place all ingredients gently into the glass bowl, place the quartz point facing the bowl & thank the plants spirits & your guides as you do so, showing gratitude as you gently fold everything together.  I like to close my eyes and set healing and positive intention, imaging gold light pouring into the bowl. I do this with all recipies I make, it’s truly amazing how much magick and power plants carry. So I always like to show my gratitude for their gifts.

Once you feel your intentions have been accepted, pour into your glass jar and close tightly. This recipe is enough for two baths, so feel free to double or triple the recipie depending on what your treating. When I use this for treating a cold I will take a bath three nights consecutivily with this soak for 20 – 30 minutes. Expect to sweat for about an hour after taking the bath, dont panic, it’s the ingredients working their magick.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this recipie, feel free to let me know your thoughts in the comment section. Have a beautiful, botanical day.

Love & Blessings, Alice.

These statements and ingredients have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. If you have a health concern or condition, consult a physician. Always consult a medical doctor before modifying your diet, using any new product, supplement or treatment. Be sure to check your allergies and items you may be allergic to before testing any of these recipes.