Patchouli or Patchouly, known as The Oil of Physicality supports individuals in becoming fully present in their physical body. It balances those who feel deprived of strength and vigour, and who seek to escape the body through spiritual pursuits or other forms of distraction. Patchouli calms the obsessive personality by bringing them "down" to reality and teaching individuals moderation.
Patchouli compliments yoga practice, tai chi, or other exercises that aim to connect the spirit with the body. While using Patchouli, individuals feel more grounded, stabilised and fluid. This oil calms fears and nervous tension, stilling the heart and mind in preparing the spirit and body for deeper union. It also helps individuals to stay in touch with the earth.
Patchouli helps individuals to appreciate the magnificence of the physical body and all of it's natural processes and functions. It assists in releasing emotional judgements and issues related to the body, such as believing the body is unholy or dirty. This oil helps with body image distortions and general body dislike.
Patchouli brings confidence in the body, as well as grace, poise and physical strength. It reminds individuals of their childhood experiences when they used their bodies for play and fun. On the deepest level, Patchouli assists an individual to feel at peace while being present in their physical body.
The name patchouli comes from a Tamil word, paccilai, meaning “green leaf”. A bushy herb of the mint family. For centuries the Asian people used patchouli not only for scenting the body and garments, but have been used as an antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiemetic, antiseptic, antimicrobial, an astringent, decongestant, deodorant, diuretic, fungicide, sedative and prophylactic.
This pungent oil is said to cure or aid in acne, athlete’s foot, cracked or chapped skin, dandruff, dermatitis, eczema, fungal infections, hair care, impetigo, insect repellent, oily scalp treatment, and to cure open sores and wounds and even to eliminate wrinkles!
An aroma synonymous with the Hippie era. Patchouli's aromatic influence is sedating, calming, and relaxing-allowing it to reduce anxiety.
Patchouli proved to be the most effective insecticide against the common housefly and with a combination of clove, citronella and patchouli oils, were found to effectively repel mosquitoes.
Can be applied neat (with no dilution) when used topically on area of concern or on reflex points.
Inhale directly or diffuse on its own.
Blends well with clary sage, frankincense, geranium, ginger, lavender, lemongrass, myrrh, pine, rosewood, sandalwood.
Odor - earthy, herbaceous, sweet-balsamic rich, with woody undertones.
Extracts from Emotions & Essential Oils - A Modern Resource for Healing - Emotional Reference Guide www.enlightenhealing.com
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Makes 12 cookies
Cookies for breakfast you say! And why not once in a while, since they have a powerhouse of the right ingredients to help you start your day and get on your way. Good for more than just breakfast, an on-the-go snack or for children's lunch boxes. Perfectly chewy and irresistible with just the right amount of sweetness.
The addition of banana maintains the moistness in this cookie, but you are still able to enjoy some crispness that you would expect from a cookie. Nutrition-rich omega 3 blueberry breakfast cookies free of refined sugars (except the optional choc-chips), filled with fibre and 'full-belly, satisfying goodness.
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1 medium banana, mashed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 cup flaxseed meal
1/2 cup almond meal/flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups rolled oats, gluten free if desired
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecan
Optional: 1/3 cup dark or milk chocolate chips
Flax-seed meal has a delicate nutty flavour, is a top source of omega 3 fats, vitamin B and fibre, Aztec warriors ate chia seeds to give them high energy and endurance. These tiny seeds are easy to digest and rich in omega 3, magnesium and manganese minerals.
Oat fibre, is incredibly nutritious and well-balanced with important nutrients like manganese, phosphorus and magnesium, Walnuts are packed with omega 3 and anti-inflammatory properties, and contain unique and powerful anti-oxidants, as do low glycemic blueberries. Naturally sweet banana is a carbohydrate with the essential vitamin B6 and potassium.
I've used the simplest possible recipe, with the best results. No artificial fragrance, and no phosphates. I'm all for low-tox products, it's safer to work with around family, and environmentally friendly.
This home-made dishwasher powder works out way cheaper in the long-run, compared to any store-bought detergent. Dishes, pots and drinking glasses are sparkly like no other. Just having these simple ingredients in your kitchen pantry ensures you can throw this together in a 'sparkle'!
Here's what you'll need.
1 cup baking soda
1 cup Lectric washing soda (or sodium carbonate - usually in the cleaning aisle of your supermarket)
1/4 cup table salt
1/4 cup citric acid (usually in the baking aisle of your supermarket)
a few drops of Tea Tree essential oil
Even though sodium carbonate is a 'natural' compound, it is a caustic product. Take caution with use.
Really, is there anything better than returning home to the welcoming and warming, savoury aroma of a good hearty soup, ready to serve? All I want to eat right now on these colder nights is nourishing soup.
My mother, Renee Joy, is a 'blended' soup maker and that's what I've been used to. My Scottish mother-in-law, Janette, aka 'Jinty', is a chunky soup maker, only. Therefore, which type of soup do you think my husband would prefer? ummm..er.. Yes! Chunky soups! ;)
Since being married to Scottish Gordie, mostly I'm a chunky soup maker and a close match for my MIL. I know this, as Gordie utters as he slurps and sips "mmmmm! this is very good Cherry, what's in it?!" However, today, I'm reverting to what I was raised on.. 'blended' soup! Hoorah! for you Mum! Gordie you'll be okay, with 'blended' soup once in a while.
2 heads broccoli, chopped
4 garlic cloves
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
2 tsp dried chilli flakes
1 cup (160g) almonds
400g can cannellini beans, rinsed, drained
Juice of 1 lemon
2L (8 cups) chicken stock
1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
Toasted sourdough, to serve
Recipe credit www.delicious.com.au
You don't need to spend big money on cleaning products. In days gone by, marketing labels had me reeled in with a necessity for use of certain harsh ingredients. It's now been a long time for me to have a different cleaner for each and every cleaning job. I'm for saving money and my main priority is to minimise my families toxins exposure. I figured that there had to be a 'solution' that worked for all but a few, as listed below.
In the cleaning aisle of my local supermarket, and on the bottom shelf out of 'bulls'-eye' view, I came across a simple but powerful cleaner 'Lectric Washing Soda' household cleaner. Just one ingredient; Sodium Carbonate - All Natural with No Phosphates or Dyes and environmentally friendly. That'll do me, one packet of multi-purpose cleaner.
Later at home, reading the uses on the back of the packet, I see a recipe 'Miracle Spray Recipe'. It turns out this is a much talked about recipe. Although I'm quite sure, not many know about this wonder household helper.
A MIRACULOUS all purpose cleaner to cut through grease and grime in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry - or anywhere around the home! It cost's only 35 cents per litre and it'll save you a few hundred dollars a year.
Here's the recipe
1.5 litre water (1 cup boiled)
300ml white vinegar
60ml dishwashing liquid
25ml Eucalyptus oil (I've used a commercial grade product here for cleaning only)
3 dessertspoons Lectric washing soda
Even though sodium carbonate is a 'natural' compound, it is a caustic product. Take caution with use.
Do not use on non-wax floors, lacquered surfaces, aluminium, fibreglass (sinks, tubs and tiles). Do not use for blocked drains. The use of rubber gloves is recommended when using Lectric washing soda.
Shopping tip: Look below the bull’s-eye to find similar products for a lot less. Brands that sell best are always in what’s called the ‘bull’s-eye zone,’ front and center, right in your sight line. It is the best placement, and the manufacturers have to pay for it.
Taking my girls to the Orthodontist gives me a crash chance to 'recipe find'. In the waiting area, laid on the table, is a good selection of Australia's premier food, travel, and lifestyle magazine. This is one destination for the ultimate food inspiration that tantalises, Australian Gourmet Traveller, feast your eyes on these images..holy moly!!
On account of never having enough minutes to fully sink my teeth into the magazine, I swiftly snap away on my phone what appeals, with every intention of cooking each recipe. Alas,..only one or two are ever prepared, tasted and enjoyed! This is one of those.
I add a bit extra chilli and black pepper for that winter warming feel you want in your chest. I was able to add a portion to the freezer for one or two of my lunch meals. Served this with rain-fed brown rice - a delicious wholesome nutty flavour and so much more nourishment than white rice!
Begin this recipe a day ahead to soak the chickpeas.
Prep time 30 mins, cook 2 hours (plus soaking)
500 g (2½ cups) dried chickpeas, soaked overnight in cold water, drained (In a hurry. Substitute with a can of chickpeas)
250 ml (1 cup) extra-virgin olive oil
50 g mild pancetta, diced, optional
2 celery stalks, diced
1 onion, finely chopped
5 garlic cloves, finely crushed in a mortar and pestle
750 ml (3 cups) chicken stock
400 g canned Italian whole peeled tomatoes, crushed
2 tbsp finely chopped oregano
Pinch of chilli flakes
1 bunch cavolo nero, coarsely chopped (I used kale on this day)
Recipe from April 2013 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.
Crepes or pancakes are reminiscent of school holidays and long Sunday mornings! Making crepes is easy - you've heard this before.. Thin crepe-style pancakes, the national dish of France, have a bit of a reputation for being tricky to make, which means - your'e not practising enough. Even if you have a not-so-good-looking crepe, it's still going to be plenty edible and delicious.
It's the school holidays, so begin practicing and start eating. With so many in season real food fruit toppings to choose from, you could make this a creative and colourful culinary activity to take your time over. What is better than eating your own creations!
We like to eat them with a sprinkle of raw sugar and a squeeze of fresh lemon - roll it up and take a bite into the delicate, sweet softness. Other fillings might be the ever-popular slosh of maple syrup, jam, berries, other soft fruits, nuts, sliced banana, cinnamon, poppy seeds,
Because a crepe can have a variety of fillings, it can be served as a main meal or a dessert. Crepes for dinner.. Yes, of course! Try shredded chicken, spinach, cheese, eggs, asparagus, mushrooms or add home-made sauerkraut for probiotic and microbe action to really 'feed your gut'!
Prep time - 5 minutes
Rest time - 20-30 mins
Cook time - 2 minutes each crepe
Makes about 16 crepes
250g fine wholemeal flour or spelt flour
a pinch of sea-salt
2 medium eggs, lightly beaten
About 600ml whole milk
A little ghee (clarified butter) or sunflower oil
Sift the flour and salt into a bowl and make a well in the centre. Pour in the eggs, add about 50ml of the milk and start to whisk, gradually incorporating the flour into the wet ingredients in the centre.
When you have a thick batter forming in the middle, add a bit more milk and whisk in a bit more flour. Keep going this way until all the milk has been added, all the flour is incorporated, and you have a smooth batter, about the consistency of single cream. The batter should be pourable.
One of the mistakes made with pancakes is to leave the batter too thick. So if your batter is still more double than single cream, whisk in a little more milk. You can also make the batter by whizzing everything up in a food processor. Either way, let it rest for at least 30 minutes, then check the consistency again.
If t's thickened up a bit, add a dash more milk, to bring it back to the right consistency. To cook the pancakes, heat a pan or crepe pan, around 20cm diameter, over a medium heat. I use a cast-iron smaller pan. When it's hot swirl 1 tablespoon of the oil around the pan, then tip out the excess. You only need enough to coat the pan.
Add a small ladleful (around 50ml) of batter - just enough to coat the base of the pan - and swirl it around quickly until it covers the base. Cook for a minutes or so, until lightly coloured underneath and the sides come away from the pan quite easily.. Flip over and cook for a further minute os so. Depending on the pan, you may need to loosen the edges of the pancake with a palette knife before you flip.
Almost without without exception, the first pancake will be one of those -not-so-good-looking ones. Keep going, this is normal. :) The next one will be much better looking. Mostly, I have a double boiler with a glass pyrex and pot lid, sitting on the stove hot, ready for the crepes to stack and eat once they are all cooked. Or, dole them out as you make them, sprinkled with chosen toppings.
This is easy. Practice! :)
Recipe credit www.rivercottage.net
This bread is for everyone but if you are gluten-free or gluten-reduced, like I am... I try but I cheat frequently, this is for you. Fresh bread, especially ciabatta, any sourdough loaf, croissants, danish swirls are my weakness..oh my..I can't talk about it..I want one instantly!
A friend I value and hold in high esteem, my Naturopath Rosaria Nithart (based in Sydney), who has a passion for children's health, recommended this recipe to me.
The recipe is originally from My New Roots by Sarah Britton. It took me a few weeks to make it and then when I did, I ate the whole loaf...almost! Then felt darned disspointed that I didn't make it sooner. It's nutty, moist and seedy and wholesome, ideal for regulating your blood sugar and appetite controlling if you are not me! It's out of this world delicious with butter and jam, butter and a drizzle of honey.. butter and cheese or just cheese, whatever you fancy on bread! And GREAT toasted, to have with soup - this is all you'll need for dinner!
Makes 1 Loaf
1 cup / 135 g sunflower seeds
1/2 cup / 90 g flax seeds
1/2 cup /65 g hazelnuts or almonds
1 1/2 cups / 145 g rolled oats (contains far less gluten than wheat)
2 tablespoons chia seeds
4 tablespoons psyllium seed husks (3 tablespoons, if using psyllium husk powder)
1 tsp find grain sea salt (add 1/2 tsp if using coarse salt)
1 tablespoon maple syrup (or sugar-free diets, use a pinch of stevia)
3 tablespoons melted coconut oil or ghee
1 1/2 cups 350ml water
Store bread in a tightly sealed container for upto five days. Freezes well too - slice before freezing for quick and easy toast.
Lavender has been used and cherished for centuries for it's unmistakable aroma. Due to Lavender's versatile properties, it is considered to be the must have oil to have on hand at all times. Lavender is capable of many important jobs, and is a delight to use. Every home should keep a bottle of lavender, if no other oil, because of it's effectiveness in the treatment of burns and scalds.
Lavender oil is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-depressant, sedative and de-toxifier, which promotes healing and prevents scarring, and also stimulates the cells of a wound to regenerate more quickly. Lavender is frequently used to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections.
Although not known specifically as a circulatory stimulant, Lavender oil certainly seems to allay the effects of clinical shock and as a mood tonic and anti-depressant it helps to deal with the psychological shock of injury. It also has a multitude of other qualities which make it truly an indispensable oil.
In ancient times the Egyptians and Romans used Lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking and as a perfume; it is widely used for it's calming and relaxing qualities which continue to be Lavender's most notable qualities.
Add to bath water to soak away stress or apply to temples and the back of the neck. Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding or bottoms of feet to promote a restful night's sleep.
Aromatic Description - Powdery, floral and light
Plant Part - flower
ClaryCalm is a proprietary and topical blend of essential oils. Many women use ClaryCalm during their menstrual cycle to alleviate symptoms often associated with PMS, menopause, and aging. The blend provides a soothing and calming effect, helps to balance emotions and offer cooling effects for the skin.
Being in the peri-menopause phase of life, recently I've started using ClaryCalm's soothing support. I'm having mild and brief discomfort a week to ten days before a cycle. Add to this, restless sleep and insomnia. Sometimes it's stress related or I've worked late on my computer, over-stimulating my mind. The aroma helps soothe and balance heightened emotions. My teenage daughter who suffers from dysmenorrhea, will ask for ClaryCalm, and at times, Peppermint essential oil for it's settling and cooling effect on her lower abdomen.
In the past I've used Lavender essential oil to calm and relax me.
It's easy to use ClaryCalm since it's in a roller bottle. I keep doTERRA ClaryClam next to my bed. For pre or during menstrual discomfort I reach over and roll this onto my lower abdomen with a soothing massage, or if I can't settle to sleep I apply this to the back of my neck, wrists or the bottoms of my feet. I find that I may only need very little to gain the benefit.
As a luxurious after shower body oil, I dilute a few drops of ClaryCalm with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil. You could also do this to minimise skin sensitivity.
Diffuse or inhale from the hands.
Clary Sage, Lavender, Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Cedarwood, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Fennel, Carrot Seed, Palmarosa, and Vitex, ClaryCalm provide a cooling effect to the skin and help balance emotions.