Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Calming Catmint & Lemon Balm Tea

Catmint is rich in vitamin C. Tea made with fresh or dried catmint leaves can soothe the symptoms of a cold, calm restlessness and help sleep to come more easily. 

Combining catmint with the calming properties of lemon balm this tea is both soothing and pleasantly refreshing.


Calming Catmint and Lemon Balm Tea


To make this you will need:
  • 2 teaspoons dried catmint
  • 2 teaspoons dried lemon balm
  • honey or lemon (optional)
  • boiling water

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 a teaspoon of honey to sweeten or a dash of lemon juice. 




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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

DIY Flea Spray for Dogs

Following on from last month's recipe for DIY Paw Balm here is a recipe for flea spray. As with most of my recipes it is simple to make once you've gathered the ingredients. 

The flea spray has a clean, fresh, but subtle, smell. It can be used both as preventative (citronella works to repel bugs) and as a treatment for fleas. It can be sprayed on you pet and pet bed.

To make this you will need:


Add the essential oils to the spray bottle. Top up with water, then shake to disperse the oil.

To use: Shake the bottle, then spray your dog lightly after brushing or bathing. Keep the spray away from eyes, noses and ears.






If your dog has come into contact with an animal that has fleas wash the dog and his/her bed then spray both regularly until there is no evidence of fleas.

To help prevent fleas was your dog's bedding regularly in hot water. If you dog has a favourite rug then wash that too. If your dog is allowed on the furniture vacuum daily.

Regular brushing, especially before and after a bath, can help break the flea cycle.


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



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Friday, 13 January 2017

Honey Avocado Mask

Avocados are great for your skin. They're rich in fatty acids, vitamins and protein. This mask is fine for any skin type, but if your skin is dry you can add some extra moisture by including coconut oil.


Honey Avocado Mask


Place the following ingredients in a blender and mix until you have a smooth paste. If you don't have a blender mash the ingredients with a fork until smooth and well combined.

  • 1/2 a peeled avocado
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon plain or Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (optional)

Spread over face and neck. Leave for 5-10 minutes before rinsing with warm water.






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