Category: Healing herbs

Forage Harvest Feast

A few weeks ago we had our first Forage Harvest Feast of the season.

It was cold, wet and delicious.

We had a very interesting crowd, including the talented Kate Higgs, who joined us with her magic photography skills.

Here is a little bit of what we got up to…

Peppermint PelargoniumPelargonium tomentosum

Foraging toolsTools

Urban hunter gathererThe Urban Hunter Gatherer digging up some wild garlic – Tulbaghia violacea.

Medicinal Indigeous plantsDescribing medicinal uses for sour fig – Carpobrotus edulis.

VeldkoolVeldkool season – Trachyandra.

Forage Harvest Feast

A sensory experience.

City of EdenAnna Shevel of The City of Eden with her basket of goods.

Wild foodGood Hope honey and raw wild berry jam

Organic vegOrganic veg.

Foaging course Cape TownWashing and chatting.

Foraged ingredientsA foraged herb basket.

Table Bay Hotel chefsChefs from the Table Bay Hotel having fun and chopping up a storm

Wild greens pestoThe Pesto Queen

Forage Harvest FeastFrom bush to table…

Centre for Optimal HealthFeast!

Pelargonium and HoneybushcupcakesPelargonium and Honeybush cupcakes.

Fynbos Foraging courseIf you would like to join us for a Forage Harvest Feast, here are the upcoming course dates:

Saturday the 16th of August, 10am – 2pm FULLY BOOKED

Saturday the 30th of August, 10am – 2pm

Saturday the 4th of October, 10am – 2pm

To book or for more info email roushanna@hotmail.com

 

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All Natural Body Butter Recipe

With so much hype about what and what not to put INTO your body, its easy to forget what and what not to put ONTO your body.

Quickly take a look at your makeup, body creams, sun block, hair care, nail polish, soap, etc.

Turn them around and read those labels. Did you know that what you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body?

As if you had eaten it.

Don’t get me wrong, I love beauty products as much as the next woman, in fact I have nail polish on right now, but the ingredients in some of the products out there are scary. Examples:

Benzoyl peroxide, Hydroquinone, Sodium lauryl sulphate, Parabens, Phthalates, BHA, BHT, Polyoxyethylene?

Er, no thanks.

A little bit of poison here, a little bit of toxic harm there – kind of the opposite of a beauty product in the long run don’t you think?

Check these blogs out for a little heads up..

Whats on your face? FAQ on what should I buy

And take a look at  this very cool blog post by Organic Beauty Talk

So I decided to make my own body butter. It does take a little bit of effort but its one of the best cream I have ever used, and so worth it. You’re worth it! I can understand all the ingredients, I could eat them if I really wanted to, and our Echinacea plants which has been charging in the garden were just begging to be used.

EchinaceaFresh Echinacea Flowers.

ALL NATURAL BODY BUTTER RECIPE

Body Butter herbs You can use whatever healing herbs you may have growing in your garden, I used these ones for their skin fortifying properties and makes a great healing body butter cream. A fantastic after-bath moisturizer and excellent night face cream – your skin will still feel hydrated in the morning. Use on chapped dry lips, rashes, bruises, rough knees, stretch marks, anything really.

Echinacea – high in anti-oxidants and anti-aging properties.

Centella asiatica – toning, tightening and healing.

Lavender – calming properties and relief for skin allergies.

Comfrey – high in protein, skin healing, anti-inflammatory and wound healing.

Put these in a double boiler over a very low heat. Add 500ml coconut oil and leave to infuse for 3 hours.

Remove from heat and strain into a non reactive bowl. Melt 150g of beeswax over a very low heat and add to the herb oil. When its cooled down, whip with a mixer on medium speed until creamy and smooth.

Natural body butterI used an old cake mixer – works like a charm! Pour into sterilized jars while the cream is still warm.

This recipe should give you enough for 4 small jars.

Natural body butter recipeBody butter, good enough to eat…

Whats your favorite natural beauty product? Share with us and lets all get even more gorgeous!