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Seasonal threats? Managed naturally ..

OK.

So, the sun is shining (on and off, anyway) here in the northern hemisphere and the roses on the house are simply glorious. Crops are in the fields and ripening beautifully. The bees are enjoying happily productive long, long days and our barn is now full of firewood for the coming winter .. it’s a pollen-filled, dust-filled extravaganza!

Happy days!

At least until the itchy, watery eye and scratchy throat thing arrives with all it’s discomfort and tries to take the fun out .. eek!

With a little drumroll, I am excited to say, now is the time to pull out my natural healthcare kit and grab the trusty trio of essential oils that will quickly have this dilemma on its knees .. lemon, lavender and peppermint .. taadaa!

But why, I hear you ask? Because, my friends, I am over popping a little white something for each and every ailment that comes my way. I have been horribly guilty of the over-self-medicating lark and the time has come to lighten my toxic load from the inside, as well as out!

Nowadays, I use 1-3 drops of each of these 100% pure oils in a small shot of water and down the hatch it goes. It makes for a refreshing and interesting start to the day, that I quite like actually, and helps keep me in control of my health naturally.

NB I love and trust doTERRA essential oils for their quality and purity. Their exceptionally high standard of sourcing and testing ensures that they are 100% pure and they are the only oils I would consider safe to ingest.

Want to give it a try but scared of the taste? For the faint of heart (or littluns) I suggest you combine the same oils in a veggie capsule and down that with water. Alternatively, you can combine all with a tablespoon of fractionated (light & liquid) coconut oil for topical application across the bridge of your nose, behind ears or under feet. Some blinking may be required from the menthol in the peppermint but, for me, it’s a good affect and passes quickly.

However you use this whizz-bang little treatment it really is the bomb for getting on top of those seasonal threats and staying there. Crazily enough, in Aus, I found I needed it in Autumn too with the second hit of natives flowering!

Use daily in a proactive approach to your health and well-being or as and when you are struck by the need.

Little and often is always the best approach with these intensely effective oils.

Bonne chance! Bonne été! xx

shelley@homehearthealth.com.au

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Owie Spray .. for kids of all sizes!

So! I didn’t think I was accident prone BUT turns out it’s a fab idea to keep this little bottle of goodness made up and handy at my house just now!

It all started with a tumble on a bush trail run a few weeks ago .. clumsy!

  • I treated minor grazes and bruising to the arm that broke my inelegant splat on the track.
  • Then it was a smashed-in-the-door finger needing treatment. Day one of home renovation is dangerous! Who knew?
  • Next (we think!) spider bite .. do spiders bite or sting? Possibly white tip nipping me on the wrist. Possibly bringing in the washing? So, no more washing it is then! 😉
bush-track

Caution! Bush track. Beware trip hazards ..

 

OWIE BLEND | NATURAL WOUND-CARE SPRAY

I have this homemade skin remedy made up, ready to deal with all my ‘owie’ situations.
A natural, safe and gentle antibacterial wound spray that can help with cuts, abrasions, bites, stings, infections,
trauma and any other skin irritations that come my way.

PREP TIME:  5 mins    MAKES: 30 ml

Make Up this all natural “owie” blend in a glass spray bottle (about 30 ml or 1 oz) with:-
Frankincense     10 drops
Lavender            10 drops
Melaleuca           10 drops

Fill the bottle with doTERRA Fractionated (liquid) Coconut Oil and screw the top on tightly. ?

Shake the bottle before each use to distribute the oils.

Apply regularly to anything that hurts!

Enjoy the goodness!

shelley@homehearthealth.com.au

Reach out and answer that push to a healthier you .. I would love to help! 🙂

*This trio of wonderfully pure essential oils are just a few of those I am loving exploring down here. We smell like a fabulously healthy spa retreat these days, and it’s good! 

Curious? Here or abroad .. just drop me a line on shelley@homehearthealth.com.au .

Happy to share the joy ..

 

Washing day meets natural, healthy, clean!

So, at the risk of sounding like a white’s-must-be-white clean freak, I want to share with you why I love washing .. or maybe it’s why I love washing now?

I love this process because, after years of living in the deserts of Saudi Arabia, I have a clothes line .. outside .. in the clean air!

I can peg up my clothes, dry them and bring them in! Sometimes in the sunshine. Sometimes in a blithering rush as the rain starts to pelt down. Always with that uplifting little click of the pegs hitting the basket.

I also have a laundry! With a sink for soaking (yes, absolutely, those white’s must be white) and joy of joys, I have found the means to make every load count as a way to better health for my family.

Really! Almost too much excitement for this bunny to bear.. lol .. I am laughing at myself here as I actually do mean every word of this and, yes, that does mean I am obsessed. 🙂

But, whether washing rocks your world or is just a never-ending chore to be endured, we can all benefit both physically and emotionally from improving the way we wash our clothes.

This everyday process can be simpler, cleaner, greener, cheaper and ultimately better for our health. It’s the perfect place to start reducing the toxic load placed on our lives by the synthetic nasties tucked into our day .. and yes-we-can still end up smelling sweet!

Why wouldn’t you?

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HOW I DO THE CLOTHES WASH
Prep Time: same as now
Takes: same as now
Makes: twice as many loads as now

YOU WILL NEED ..

washing powder/liquid (see below)
bi-carb soda
white vinegar
100% pure essential oil of your choice, I love lemon or the Purify blend

HOW TO APPLY & WHY YOU SHOULD

  1. Use half the normal amount of your washing powder etc along with 1/3 cup of regular bi-carb soda.
    Manufacturers directions and a heavy hand have us over-using massively here. The excess detergent residue this leaves behind has an adverse effect on us, our clothes, our washing machines and the environment. Less equals win win win.
  2. Add a cup of vinegar to your softener compartment along with 2-3 drops of essential oil. I like Purify or lemon but you choice depends on your taste. Just make sure you choose a 100% pure oil with no synthetic fillers and you are adding only goodness.
  3. Be organised. If it’s not easy, you won’t do it!
    I like my stuff in jars, lined up and easy access .. whoops! Another obsession ..
  4. Done!

Little points of very big note ..

  • When searching out the “best” detergent look for one with no petroleum products, phosphates, chlorine, optical brighteners or synthetic fragrances and dyes.
    It can be tricky but you will find “the one”! Or join me in trying Soapnuts !
  • The bicarb and vinegar are natural fresheners, brighteners and softeners. All this whitening power is further amped up if you can line dry in the sunshine.
  • Adding the essential oil hit with your rinse will ensure any unwelcome smells are long gone. It also gives us that reassuring hint of fragrance we have come to expect from our clean clothes but without the synthetic toxins of fragrance filled softeners.
  • For my buds who live in the lands of dryers only I am about to pull together the easiest, cleanest, best smelling home-made dryer sheet option yet ..  hold on!
  • For my buds who need the extra boost of stain removal power .. hold on too .. but the vinegar/bicarb mix will transform your whites as-is!
  • Options for choosing your best wash day oils equally inbound along with why they benefit us emotionally too.

So much goodness to share .. busy day at the keyboard .. but after a swim thank you very much!

Local or international curiosity about these glorious oils oh-so welcome. I use, share, sell and love them .. drop me a line to find out how you can too .. happy to share the love. Shelley xx

shelley@homehearthealth.com.au

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Green Smoothies – fad, fetish, fabulous?

OK. So. You might feel that this whole green smoothie wagon is just the latest, trending, NYC, Bondi Beach, look-how-healthy-I-can-handle-my-milkshake kinda thing.

You might think it’s not your bag at all. That they taste as shockingly green as they look. That you would gag to try it yourself. 

I know exactly what you are thinking because I was right there with you .. until the day a friend gave me a Simple Green Smoothie Beginner’s Luck!

These days, I am less about recipes as I am clearing out my fruit bowl but, if you need tasty inspiration, you can do no better than to follow the amazing SGS girls ! They were an awesome start point for my brightly coloured journey.

Beginners-Luck

Another thank you, Roobie .. xx

What’s in it for you?

  • Breakfast/snack on the go and a super healthy start to the day .. begin as you mean to go on!
  • A simple, yummy, fuss free way to pack yourself with nutrients and even possibly (oh-so on trend!) superfoods
  • Bags of gorgeous green fibre acting as a gentle, effective push-in-the-back for things you would rather have out than in 😉
  • Yay! Another piece in the puzzle for overall improved gut health .. happy days!

TOP TIPS

  1. Be organised. If it’s not easy, you won’t do it!
  2. Wash, bag and freeze your greens portions individually.
  3. Peel, chop and freeze bigger bags of pineapple chunks, chopped banana, berries, etc ready to grab quickly.
  4. Smoothies taste best with 2-3 pieces of fruit.
  5. Make sure to add at least one piece of frozen fruit to your smoothie. Even I cannot drink a warm one! 😉
  6. Buy up big on cheap seasonal produce, prepare and freeze it for later use.
  7. Check your blender is connected properly .. error that should only happen once but …..
  8. Blend your greens well with the liquid first to make sure it’s as chunk-less as possible.
  9. Chew any chunks you didn’t blend fully. It’s good for you!
  10. Smoothies last a couple of days in the fridge so feel free to make a double batch.
  11. SHAKE your pre-made smoothie BEFORE you look at it! 😉

Don’t be shy, kids! Get your smoothie on .. your colon will love you for it!

 

Purify Anti Everything Spray

Healthy Home Remedy | Clean, green surface spray

Slowly but surely converting our home space away from chemical nasties and onto homemade clean, green and natural products.

Happily sharing with you today this little recipe from a recent “Detox Your Home Workshop” I was lucky enough to attend. How good is that?!

Just loving learning and sharing such good-for-us info .. more coming at you soon! 🙂

PURIFY BLEND | CLEAN, GREEN, ANTI-NASTY SURFACE SPRAY

This mix of gloriously pure essentials oil and good old white vinegar is my go-to for both kitchen and bathroom these days. No more gut-flora depleting anti-bacterial sprays .. just honest to goodness fresh, clean, happy homes.

PREP TIME:  5 mins    MAKES: 240-ish ml

Make Up your clean, green oil blend in a glass spray bottle (about 240 ml or 8 oz) with:-
10 drops lemon – to act as an invigorating, refreshing antiseptic;
10 drops Purify – to remove odours and for its powerful disinfectant qualities; and
10 drops On Guard – 
for its strong abilities to kill harmful bacteria, mould and viruses. 

Fill the bottle with half white vinegar and half water and screw the top on tightly. 😉

Shake the bottle before each use to distribute the oils.

Apply liberally to anything you wish to leave squeaky clean and germ-free. Wipe down with a clean cloth or kitchen towel if necessary or just leave it to air dry.

Enjoy the goodness!

*This trio of antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-fungal, deodorising, sanitising and wonderfully pure essential oils are just a few of those I am loving exploring down here. We smell like a fabulously healthy spa retreat these days, and it’s good! 

Curious? Here or abroad .. just drop me a line on shelley@homehearthealth.com.au .

Happy to share the joy ..

Recipe Love | Yes! It’s Fermented Salsa

salsa

Right to left, Yes-It’s-Fermented Salsa, Fermented Carrot Ginger & Currant Salad, and Kylie’s Kraut.

Kylie’s Yes-It’s-Fermented Salsa

For improved gut function, as a tasty dip, to flavour meals. Yum!

MAKES:   approx. 1.5 litres   PREP TIME:   10 mins   FERMENT TIME:   3 days

1.4 kg fresh tomatoes or 800 gr canned, peeled, whole toms (liquid drained off)
1 small onion, diced (quartered in TMX)
1-2 cloves garlic, diced (whole in TMX)
1-2 chilis, seeds optional, rough chopped
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Cracked black pepper to taste
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 cup whey or sauerkraut juice
1 large bunch of fresh coriander, coarsely chopped

A Thermomix or blender
A 2 litre sealable glass jar, or two smaller jars

Place all ingredients except cilantro in TMX/blender and process until chunkily smooth.

Add coriander and turbo/pulse a few times.

Jar and seal.

Leave to ferment for 3 days at room temperature out of direct sunlight. Remember to “burp” your jar morning and night to prevent a build up of carbon dioxide.

Salsa should then be stored in the fridge and will no doubt be good for longer than it will take you to eat it! i.e. 4-6 weeks as a stab.

As Kylie says, if it’s not rotten .. it’s good! 🙂

Enjoy!

Recipe Love | Kylie’s Sauerkraut with Apple and Cumin

kraut-carrot-salsa

Right to left, Yes-It’s-Fermented Salsa, Fermented Carrot Ginger & Currant Salad, and Kylie’s Kraut.

Kylie’s Kraut with Apple and Cumin

For improved gut function and as a tasty treat.
Add a tablespoon or two of this probiotic packed ferment to your meals every day!

MAKES:   approx. 2 litres   PREP TIME:   30 mins   FERMENT TIME:   7-10 days

1 large cabbage, cored and thinly shredded (mandolin at the ready!)
1 green apple, deseeded and grated, skin on
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
salt, sea or pink Himalayan
4 tablespoons of whey (where the heck do I get whey? try this)

2% brine solution as required (see table below to calculate)

A large pot to prepare mix
A 2 litre sealable glass jar (or two smaller jars)
A rolling pin or big wooden spoon to “massage” mix
Fermenting weights or a ziplock bag filled with a few rocks (my fav) 🙂

brine-chart

Remove any of the obviously dirty outermost leaves. No need to wash. The fermentation process itself will kill any “bad” bacteria and encourage the “good” to proliferate. That’s the whole point. 😉

Shred the cabbage thinly. This makes the whole dish tastier and is worth the effort. Invest in a mandolin to make life cruisy.

Weigh cabbage to calculate amount of salt to add as per table above and place with cabbage in a couple of layers in large mixing pot.

Take rolling pin and massage, aka not-so-gently mash, the cabbage until it begins to release its juices and mingle with salt. This process helps breakdown the strong fibres in the leaves and makes the final kraut easier to digest. It will take several minutes.

Add grated apple, cumin seeds and whey then get in with your hands and mix it all about.

Transfer the kraut to sealable jar, making sure to press the mix firmly down. You want to try to get the whole lot as submerged in its own juices as possible. Place weights to the top, pressing down again, to ensure the kraut stays submerged as it ferments.

If required add enough 2% brine solution to make sure the whole mix is fully submerged. It must stay that way at all times. Top up brine if necessary.

Leave for 7-10 days out of direct sunlight to do its thing. Make time to admire the bubble party going on in the first day or two. Especially in warm weather!

Remember to “burp” your jar each day to prevent a build up of carbon dioxide. Not necessary if you are the lucky owner of an airlock.

Then refrigerate and use a little daily to dress up salads and snacks.

Will last at several months when sealed and stored in the fridge.

As Kylie says, if it’s not rotten .. it’s good! 🙂

Enjoy!

Recipe Love | Fermented Carrot, Ginger and Currant Salad, Kylie-style ..

carrot

Right to left, Yes-It’s-Fermented Salsa, Fermented Carrot Ginger & Currant Salad, and Kylie’s Kraut.

Kylie’s Fermented Carrot, Ginger and Currant Salad

A tasty side dish for improved gut function.

MAKES:   approx. 1 litre   PREP TIME:   10 mins   FERMENT TIME:   7-10 days

6 large carrots, grated
1 inch of unpeeled ginger, grated
1 1/2 teaspoons sea or Himalayan pink salt
2 tablespoons whey or other vegetable ferment starter
1/3 cup currants

2% brine solution as required (see table below to calculate)

A large pot to prepare mix
A 1.5 -2 litre sealable glass jar, you need room for your weights
Fermenting weights or a ziplock bag filled with a few rocks 🙂

brine-chart

Add all ingredients except additional brine solution in large pot then get in and mix it all about.

Transfer mix to sealable jar, making sure to press it all down firmly. Place weights to the top, pressing down again, to ensure the carrot mix stays submerged as it ferments.

NB This mix should produce enough liquid to self brine but if not cover with a 2% brine (see chart above). Top up brine if necessary.

Leave for 7-10 days out of direct sunlight to do its thing. In warm weather you are in for a treat with the bubble action going on day one!

Remember to “burp” your jar each day to prevent a build up of carbon dioxide. Not necessary if you are the lucky owner of an airlock.

Then refrigerate and use a little daily to dress up salads and snacks.

Will last at several months when sealed and stored in the fridge.

As Kylie says, if it’s not rotten .. it’s good! 🙂

Enjoy!

Recipe Love | Raw Choc Mmmmmint Bliss Balls

 

Hot, hot hot outside and going (kind of!) British inside, with a cooling cup of Pukka Three Mint tea and a “noice littl’ snack”!

RAW CHOC MMMMMINT BLISS BALLS

MAKES: 30+ balls    PREP TIME: 10 mins

INGREDIENTS
240g medjool or other sticky dates
130g nuts of your choice, I used pecan
65g raisins or sultanas
25g raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
Up to 2 tablespoons of water if required to bring mix together, depends on your date stickiness
3-4 drops of pure peppermint oil (Terry’s lover? why not try orange oil?!)

Blitz all in food processor on high for 1-2 mins or Thermomix for 30-40 seconds, speed 8. Add water gradually if required until all comes together in a thick paste. The nuts will still be visible and for me they add a Peppermint Crisp-like crunch to your finished balls. 😉

Take teaspoon (or bigger if you like) portions and roll into balls. I store mine in a jar in the fridge .. and while they last they really do look like kangaroo poo! (Roll in coconut if you like for a less finger-licking finish).

Enjoy with tea or as a healthy energy boost any time.

If you’d like to know more about my oily goodness then drop me a line on shelley@homehearthealth.com.au . Happy to share the joy .. international curiosity welcome too .. 

Recipe Love | Vegetable Stock Paste .. with or without a Thermomix !

 

Oh my, but I love having home-made veggie stock in the house. Yay, to another set of additives deleted down here!

This golden, gloopy sludge is actually the #1 reason our little family lashed out and bought a Thermomix! Who would have thought I would lust so badly for such a dubious looking bowl of paste?

And yes, lordy yes, it is super easy in the Thermomix: granted, given, can’t live without mine .. until, that is, I HAD to .. eek! My just past summer in France (that ooh-la-la tale coming one day very soon) meant I had to find us all another way .. shhh! nobody tell Gav! 😉

VEGETABLE STOCK PASTE
THERMOMIX or THERMOMIX-FREE
Recipe adapted from Thermomix Everyday Cookbook

MAKES: 800g    PREP TIME:  5 or 10 mins   COOK TIME:  25 or 55 mins

one tablespoon per 500ml = 1 stock cube
add to everything savoury for flavourful goodness

INGREDIENTS

200g celery stalks and leaves, chopped roughly
2-3 carrots, chopped roughly
1 onion, brown or red, peeled and halved
1 tomato, halved
1 zucchini, chopped roughly
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 bay leaf
2 sprigs fresh basil
2 sprigs fresh sage
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
8 sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 teaspoon nori flakes or 1/2 sheet of sushi nori
90g rock salt (can use 150g for no-freeze stock paste)*
1 tablespoon olive oil

THERMOMIX METHOD

Place all in TMX except salt and oil and chop 10 sec/speed 6. Scrape down.
Add salt and oil and cook 20 min/Varoma/speed 1.
Blend 1 min/speed 9 (increase speed 1-9 gradually) until a smooth paste consistency.
Cool slightly and pot.

* I can’t help but reduce the salt, so I divide the big batch into smaller usable portions and freeze them. My “in-use” batch sits quite happily in the fridge over the 2-3 weeks it takes me to finish it, so I guess my salt ratio is still enough to preserve the vege. And I just love the warm and fuzzy I get from  knowing I have a stockpile in the freezer .. gotta love a pantry, right?

NB If you keep the full 150g of salt then it is said to be good for 2 months in the fridge in an airtight container.

THERMOMIX-FREE METHOD

Add olive oil to bottom of a large & heavy-based casserole or other pot with lid.
Roughly chop all ingredients and add to this pot.
Add salt and stir through for a minute or so that the vegetables start to release their juices.
Cook on a low heat for 45-50 mins with the lid on but slightly ajar. You want to have the vege sweat but also start slowly evaporating the juices. Your vege should be relatively juiceless at the end of the cooking time. If not take the lid off and give it a few more minutes.
Depending on your cooktop’s reliability, stir from time to time to avoid the vege catching.**
Allow to cool slightly and then blend .. by any means .. until smooth.
Store and use as above.

**Tip – Making the stock concentrate while you multi-task e.g. dinner makes the regular stir less of a why-bother factor. 😉

Bon appétit, mes amies .. xoxo

Ooh-la-la .. our deep, green, gift in the Burgundy borders coming soon!

VsP love ..