Thursday, 29 December 2016

The Top Ten Posts for 2016




A look back at the 10 most read posts from the last twelve months. Just click on the title of each post to read more.


1. Apple Sauce Facial Scrub

A very simple scrub made with just three ingredients.


2. Six Easy Scrubs

A collection of six easy to make facial scrubs.




3. The Made in New Zealand Christmas Gift Guide

A spotlight on 9 small businesses based in New Zealand making, doing and creating something special.


4. DIY Foaming Hand Soap

Making your own foaming hand soap is really quite easy and it's not hard to tailor the recipe to suit.


5. Seven Ways to Use Chamomile

Chamomile is an easy to grow annual spring-flowering herb which self seeds readily. It does best grown in a part-shaded, well-drained spot.




6. Homemade Foaming Facial Cleanser

A gentle foaming cleanser which combines essential oils, clays, apple juice and liquid castile. It can be tailored to suit most skin types.


7. Six Favourite Toner Recipes

A collection of six toner recipes together in one place for easy reference. There's something to suit almost everyone's skin.


8. Banana Walnut Bread

Banana bread is a favourite in our house and this is a recipe I make quite often. It's not difficult to make. The secret is not to over mix.



9. Vanilla Honey Lip Balm

This lip balm has a sweet, warm, but subtle fragrance. It takes a little more effort to make than some lip balms, but it's worth it.


10. DIY Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer doesn't take the place of washing you hands, but it's useful when you don't have have little or no access to clean running water.




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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Bedtime Tea

The combination of three herbs known for their soothing, calming properties makes this tea good choice before bed.


Bedtime Tea


To make this you will need:


Place the dried herbs directly into a tea pot or infuser. Pour over 1 cup of boiling water and leave to steep for 5-6 minutes. Strain then add 1-2 teaspoons of honey to sweeten. Sprinkle with a little ground nutmeg (if using). Sip slowly. 







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Friday, 16 December 2016

Citrus Kitchen Cleaning Spray

The essential oils in this cleaning spray work with the vinegar and vodka to cut through grease and grime and to neutralise odours. 

Citrus Kitchen Spray


To make this you will need:


Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well before using.

To use spray on kitchen surfaces like sinks or bench tops, then wipe with a clean cloth.

Stored in a cool, dark place the spray will keep for at least 12 months.







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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

DIY Paw Balm

A hot, dry summer, a cold icy winter, footpaths or salty, sandy beaches can all be hard on a dog's feet. Our dog is getting older, but she still loves going for a walk in all weathers (especially the rain). This paw balm helps to create a barrier between the sand, snow, ice and grit that can be be hard on the pads and get between the toes of your dog's paws.


DIY Paw Balm (for dogs)


To make this you will need:


In a double boiler (or similar) slowly warm the first five ingredients until the shea butter, beeswax and coconut oil have melted. Squeeze in the contents of one vitamin E capsule and 6-8 drops of essential oil (if using). Stir to combine. Pour into a small pot or jar and leave to cool before sealing.

The paw balm will keep for at least 12 months if stored in cool, dry conditions.

Makes approximately 115g (4oz) of paw balm

I've chosen lavender essential oil for its anti-bacterial, analgesic and calming properties. Peppermint essential oil is cooling, calming and anti-microbal. Lavender essential oil works well in this balm on its own or blended with peppermint

If you chose to use a different essential oil please ensure that it is safe for dogs.








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Friday, 9 December 2016

The Tea Drinkers Gift Guide - 21 useful and unusual gifts.



The Tea Drinkers Gift Guide - 21 useful and unusual gifts.


Here, in no particular order, are some gift ideas for the tea drinkers in your life.

Tea Infusers





The Tea Shirt Tea Infuser comes in its own eco-friendly tea cup. Just pop loose tea into the infuser, put it in a cup, pour in boiling water and leave it to steep. Also available in black.











For something more traditional this stainless steel set comes with two strainers, drip trays and a tea scoop








Or the Elegant Ball Infuser made from easy-to-clean stainless steel mesh







Books about Tea



The Tea Drinkers Handbook - tasteful guide that explores the pleasures of tea.

Available from The Book Depository and Amazon





Really Wild Tea Cosies - For the tea drinker who also likes to knit - a collection of 20 easy to follow patterns to create some fabulous tea cosies.

Available from The Book Depository and Amazon








The Tea Book - a guide to all things tea. From the estates where tea grow to the rues for brewing the perfect cup.

Available from The Book Depository and Amazon







The Story of Tea - a cultural history and drinking guide.

Available from The Book Depository and Amazon












Tea Shirts
























Cosies, Caddies and Boxes






A classic quilted tea cosy in grey or red


















An elegant silver-toned tea caddy














A bamboo Tea Storage Box










Tea Pots



For Whovians a Tardis Tea Pot or a Tardis Mug or Tea Infuser














A Japanese-style cast iron tea pot











A glass infuser tea pot









Tea






Red Thunder Autumn Oolong Tea - a Darjeeling Oolong with clean, sweet floral notes













Try a gourmet selection of 9 assorted loose teas including: green tea, black tea, white tea, herbal and rooibos teas.












Try a monthly Subscription Box from the Tea Box - 3 plans to choose from.












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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Rosemary Foot Spray

Last month I wrote about Deodorising Powder for Feet and Sneakers. Today I'm sharing a recipe for a deodorising foot spray.

This Rosemary Foot Spray has a fresh, green aroma. Rosemary, cypress and patchouli all have anti-bacterial properties which will help to neutralise odour-causing bacteria that love the warm, moist environment created by shoes and socks.


Rosemary Foot Spray


To make the foot spray you will need:


Place the rosemary in the spray bottle. Add the remaining ingredients. Shake the lidded bottle, then leave to steep for a couple of days. 

Shake before using. Spray on feet once or twice a day.







Note: If you don't have access to fresh rosemary substitute 10 drops of rosemary essential oil. Dried rosemary can be used, but it tends to clog the sprayer.



You may also like to try this simple foot soak:

Lemon & Vinegar Foot Soak - In a small basin (big enough to pop your feet in) combine about 10 cups of warm water, 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and 1/2 a cup of sea salt. Stir well then add the juice from two lemons to the bowl. Pop you feet in and relax for 10-15 minutes.



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Friday, 2 December 2016

Gentle Almond Scrub

This almond scrub is simple to make and gentle on the skin.

It incorporates honey to hydrate and soothe the skin and ease inflammation. Finely ground almond meal gently exfoliates. Peppermint oil to cool. Jojoba oil is non-allergenic, antibacterial and chemically very much like human sebum.

Almond Scrub


To make this you will need:


Blend all the ingredients in a small bowl until well combined. You may need to soften the honey a little to make it easier to work with.

Add water a few drops at a time to make a spreadable paste. Massage into the neck and face. Leave for 5-10 minutes then rinse with warm water.







You may also like to try:

Lemon Exfoliating Scrub
Apple Sauce Facial Scrub
Milky Oatmeal Scrub


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