Halloween Pumpkin Soup courtesy of Jamie Oliver

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Ingredients
1 kg pumpkin
2 shallots
75 g ginger
a few sprigs of fresh herbs , such as chives, mint
extra virgin olive oil
1 litre organic vegetable stock
125 ml coconut milk , plus extra to serve
½ tablespoon chilli powder
1 lime

Method
1. Deseed and roughly chop the pumpkin, peel and chop the shallots, then peel and finely grate the ginger. Pick and finely chop the herbs.
2. Place the pumpkin, shallots, ginger and some oil in a large saucepan and sauté until soft.
3. Add the stock, coconut milk and chilli powder. Season, then bring to the boil and simmer for 40 minutes.
4. Blitz in a food processor then serve with the fresh herbs, lime juice and a splash of coconut milk.

Protect Energy Field

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Do you Need to Protect your Energy field from negative situations, and people?
Do some people leave you exhausted after seeing them?
Or are you dreading going into a certain situation, knowing thats its not good for you, but you may have no other choice but to do it any way.
This is what helps me & others.
Method:
Pour a small amount of a carrier oil(almond, hemp etc) into your right hand, add 2 to 3 drops of Geranium Essential oil.
Rub this mixture clockwise all over your stomach, intestinal area.
This will help to keep negative emotions out of your energy field, as we feel the world through this area of the body, and pick up every thing through it.(as well as the heart)
Protect yourself.

Energy Boosting Tea

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This spicy tea gives a boost of energy, but without the caffeine.
Its both rejuvenating & immune boosting.
Makes 2 cups:
1 tbsp fresh root ginger finely grated
½ tsp ground turmeric
pinch cayenne pepper
juice of ½ lemon
drizzle raw honey (optional)
1. Put the ginger, turmeric and cayenne pepper into a tea pot. Fill with 600ml of hot water. Stir and leave to brew for 10 minutes.
2. Strain if you like. Pour into mugs and leave to cool to room temperature, then add the lemon juice and honey.

Herbs for Health

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Title page for a talk I gave in Avoca Community Hall this week.

Quinoa Instant Porridge

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Quinoa Instant Porridge
Quinoa is an ancient grain, high in protein and gluten free.
Add spirulina or acai powder for an extra boost.
Makes 4-6 servings
Ingredients:
120g quinoa flakes
8 tbsp coconut oil
85g ground almonds
50g gogi berries
30g dessicated coconut
2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
3 tbsp chia seeds
3 tbsp flaxseeds(whole or milled)
2-4 tbsp maple syrup(optional)
Toppings:
Grated apple, seeds, nuts, cocoa nibs, if not using maple syrup add drizzle of raw honey, coconut yoghurt or natural yoghurt.
Method:
1.Spread the quinoa flakes, no more than 1/2 cm thick on a lined baking tray.
Bake at 180 degrees or gas mark 6 for 10 minutes.
This pre cooking is what makes the porridge instant later.
2. Remove from the oven and pour into a bowl with the coconut oil. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix together. Allow to cool, transfer to a lidded jar and store some where cool.
In The Morning:
1. Spoon 4-6 tablespoons of the mix into a bowl. Pour over half cup of boiling water, cover and leave for 5 minutes. Add more water to make it thinner if desired.
2.Add tops if you want.

HAIR CARE with Natural Products

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HAIR CARE with Natural Products
The condition of your hair reflects your overall body health. So it is not just about what hair products you use, it is about having a healthy diet and not being deficient in certain vitamins and minerals. Here are some tips for hair growth and a lovely condition….

SUPPLEMENTS-
• Vitamin B complex- important for the health and growth of the hair.
• Biotin- vital for hair growth, deficiency has been linked to hair loss.
• Essential fatty acids- improves hair texture, prevents dry, brittle hair.
• Vitamin C- Aids in improving scalp circulation helps with the antioxidant action in hair follicles.
• Horsetail—a good source of silica, necessary for strong, shiny hair.

EXTERNAL APPLICATIONS-
• Coconut oil- nourishes, strengthens, conditions hair.
• Castor oil- Helps to keep your colour, and prevent greying, helps the hair to grow by cleaning the scum off the scalp that ordinary shampoo, gels, hair spray leave behind.
• Apple cider vinegar or sage tea as a rinse to help hair grow.
• Tea tree oil combats bacteria and mites that may cause hair loss. Massage 10 drops into the scalp, and then shampoo your hair in the usual fashion.
• Hair is fragile when it is wet. Gently pat your hair dry and squeeze out remaining moisture with a towel.
• Brush hair 100 times.
• Use natural products on the hair, in most Health stores.

DIET
• Eat a Diet high in fruit and vegetables and low in starch. Fruit and veg contain flavonoids, many of which are antioxidants that may provide protection for the hair follicles and encourage hair growth.
• Eat plenty of biotin rich foods. Good sources are brewers yeast (not if you have Candida overgrowth), brown rice, bulgar wheat, green peas, lentils, oats, soybeans, sunflower seeds and walnuts.
• Avoid crash diets and diets that neglect any of the food groups. These can cause deficiencies in nutrients that are detrimental to the hair.

HAIR CONDITIONER-
• If you have dark hair- Rosemary will keep your hair healthy, shiny, and dark.
• After you have washed your hair, put a few drops of rosemary oil on your hair brush and brush it through. It won’t make your hair greasy. Or you can get the same effect by using rosemary infusion for the final rinse after shampooing.
• Chamomile is for light hair, use in the same way as above.

USEFUL ESSENTIAL OILS
• Caroway – stimulant, encourages hair growth and aids scalp problems
• Cederwood – anti-septic and stimulant to scalp, reduces greasy dandruff and helps to renew hair growth
• Clary Sage – regenerative, improves poor hair growth
• Juniper – antibacterial, antiseptic and reduces greasy dandruff and greasy hair
• Rosemary – stimulating to circulation and helps renew hair growth
• Ylang Ylang – tonic to scalp and aids hair growth

Add 8-10 drops of any of the essential oils to 50mls of shampoo and wash hair.
Give yourself a daily scalp massage with soothing essential oils, mixed in a carrier oil (e.g. sesame seed oil) to prevent early hair loss.

 

PEA & MINT SOUP

1KG frozen peas
1 onion sliced
25 grams Thyme(bag)
25 grams Mint(Bag)
1 litre vegetable stock

Method
Pull the thyme from its branches, add the onion and sweat in the butter until they are soft.
Add the green peas and boiling stock.
Cook until tender at a low temepature.
Cool for awhile and add the Mint and blend.
Nice cool or warm, enjoy.

Thyme strengthens your lungs, kills worms, and candida overgrowth.

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A simple & quick emergency nutritious snack.

A simple & quick emergency nutritious snack.

1 apple
2-3 tbsp almond butter
sprinkle sesame seeds or cocoa nibs
1. Slice the apple crossways into 1/2 cm rounds, spread each slice with almond butter.
2. Sprinkle with sesame seeds or coca nibs. Enjoy

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Melissa officinalis Lemonbalm

Welcome to my first talk on herbs growing in my garden … Melissa officinalis Lemonbalm