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Home Grown Medicine Cabinet

Home Grown Medicine Cabinet

If you make the decision to activate your innate self-healing mechanisms, stay away from the medical system, eat healthily and live as naturally as you can, without doubt your health and vitality will improve. Nonetheless, even if you enjoy excellent health (as we do) you might find you need a little extra support every now and then. We avoid the medical system (it is the plague) and pharmaceuticals by choice and this post is about the home grown and natural…

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Yarrow: Chiron’s Arrow

Yarrow: Chiron’s Arrow

Yarrow, Achillea millefolium is another one of my favourite helper plants (along with St John’s Wort, Melissa and Plantain). It grows wild here through spring and the long summer and I harvest the flowers and leaves and dry and store them for tea and wound healing powder, as well as making tinctures and sun oils for use throughout the year. When I picked it, smelled it and crushed it in my fingers for the first time, it felt like a…

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Making Apple Cider Vinegar

Making Apple Cider Vinegar

I was given a bag of apples the other day; completely organic but I’m an apple snob.  I love a crisp sharp Braeburn, but most red apples are just a bit too mealy.  I’m not a fan of apple sauce and I tried drying apples last year and what a waste of effort that was!  But we do use apple cider vinegar, mostly in salad dressings and as a post shower rinse, because the home-made shampoo we use is alkaline…

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Homemade Natural Toothpaste

Homemade Natural Toothpaste

I probably wouldn’t have bothered with homemade toothpaste if organic, fluoride-free natural toothpaste was easy to get here, but it isn’t and I just couldn’t bring myself to buy the commercial stuff.  So, I started to look for natural, easy options for which I could find all the ingredients. We used plain baking soda for a while.  It’s certainly easy, reasonably effective and not unpleasant, but I thought we could do better.  I found a recipe for baking soda with…

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Natural coconut milk shampoo

Natural coconut milk shampoo

I’ve been working to get as many chemicals out of our lives as possible.  Every other day a report comes out about cancer-causing chemicals in shampoo, toxic ingredients in the laundry detergent or asthma and allergies triggered by common household cleaners. We’ve been programmed to think that these synthetic products do a better, more thorough job than their natural equivalents.  Is this true?  No, it isn’t, but there are so many ‘natural’ options that it helps to know what actually…

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Low impact laundry

Low impact laundry

We’ve got a bit of a water shortage at the moment until we put in a new well, so we have to be careful about how much water we use.  I’ve been experimenting with the laundry and found that the quick wash at a low temperature, 25 minutes on 30 degrees, gets our white sheets clean if I put white vinegar in the rinse.  Our sheets get dirty as the dogs sleep on the bed and outside is all clay…

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