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Astragalus Chai

For change of season strengthening!

Astragalus originates from China known as Huang qi and is considered by some to be a superior tonic than Ginseng.  Believed to energise the outside of the body and tonify the protective energy known as Wei Chi'i which flows just beneath the skin and protects the body from external 'pathogenic factors' such as cold, damp, wind and heat.

In Chinese Herbal Medicine its properties are considered sweet and slightly warm, helping to raise vitality, stop debilitating sweating, promote healing and tissue regeneration, as well as being helpful with organ prolapse.  In Western Herbal Medicine it is used in many chronic health conditions whether it be Bacterial, Viral in origin or Autoimmune.  So often used to help with Impaired Immunity, HIV/AID's, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME, Cancer, Chronic Infection, Hypertension, Congestive heart failure, Adrenal Fatigue, Poor appetite, Diarrhoea, Abnormal uterine bleeding, and all Viral & Bacterial infections.

This Chai I would recommend having over Wintertime especially a week before and after the change of season from Winter to Springtime...helping to protect you from any infections as well as bringing strength and energy to a body that has been hibernating over Winter, preparing you for the season ahead!


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1 tablespoon Lemon or Orange Peel
2 teaspoons Organic Ginger
1/2 tablespoon of Organic Cinnamon
1 or 2 Organic Cardamom Pods
2 Whole Organic Cloves
Milk of choice

Mix the above (except for the honey & milk) together in a pot and add in 2 and 1/2 cups of water.
Bring to the boil, then reduce heat, simmering for 20 minutes with lid on
Strain, then add milk of choice and honey to taste.


Astragalus Chai


Nutritious Winter Porridge


Oats are highly nutritious and a great start to a cold winters make your Porridge even healthier and very yummy why not try adding the following to your Organic Oats....

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1/2 cup of Organic Rolled Oats
1 - 3 teaspoons Organic St Mary's/Milk Thistle - Ground
1 teaspoon of Organic Cinnamon &/or Organic Ginger
Grinding of Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt
1 heaped teaspoon of Organic Raw Honey
1 - 2 tablespoons of Organic Berries frozen or fresh

Mix the above (except for the honey & berries) together in a pot and add in 1 and 1/4 cup of water.
Bring to the boil, stirring constantly.

Once at boiling point, stir occasionally, take off the heat anytime between 1 - 5 minutes dependent on how you like your oats.

While the porridge is boiling take a heaped teaspoon of Organic Raw Honey and soften, if liquid no need to soften.
Take 1 - 2 tablespoons of Organic Frozen Berries and blitz in a blender (nutribullet or similar).

When ready pour porridge into bowl, swirl honey over the top and add frozen berries in the middle, add milk of choice.

NOTE: ST MARY'S/MILK THISTLE is a liver supportive/cleansing herb, do not take any medications at the same time as eating.



Withania / Ashwaghanda


Ashwaghanda or Withania somnifera is one of my very favourite herbs.  It helps in so many areas of health and across all ages.  I first used it at College over 17 years ago to help with my studying as well as the huge amount of stress it helped to relieve, it gave me lots of energy, helping to cope with the increased work load, improved my concentration & brain power, improved my sleep (hence the latin name somnifera) which helped my immune system overall against any possible infection & got me through 3 years of intensive study, research & application of Herbal Medicine & continues to help me in my life now.  Used in many areas of health be it fatigue, insomnia, stress/overwork, nerve exhaustion, memory loss, multiple sclerosis, glandular swelling, convalescence/recovery from illness, cancer, infertility, low libido & more....It's a herb that I refer again and again to everyone due to it's high safety profile and safe use with all family members.  Today I have below a recipe from another wonderful herbalist from America Rosalee de la Foret....(note as Ashwaghanda is an adaptogen do not take if you are in the middle of fighting an existing cold or flu, but do consider using when you are in recovery mode after infection has passed)....

What you’ll need for this recipe:

• 2 bananas
• 2 cups of milk of choice, i.e. cows, goat, almond, rice, coconut
• 1 cup plain yogurt
• 1/2 cup of nut or seed butter
• 1/4 cup of coconut oil
• 2 T (tablespoons) of Ashwaghanda (powdered - use an electric spice grinder or a mortar & pestle to bring to powder consistency first) Grab Organic Ashwaghanda  HERE
• 2 t (teaspoons) of Cinnamon powder Grab Organic Cinnamon Powder HERE
• Honey (add to own personal taste)  Grab Raw/Organic Honey HERE
• MAKES approximately 5 cups

Place all the ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth.  Omit honey if sharing with children under 1yr of age.

Put into glass & enjoy!

Wintertime Herbs


Remember to keep on top of your health this winter by drinking lots of Organic Herbal Teas for keeping your immunity up...ones to give you strength and energy:

Brew a single herb or blend of choice for at least 5 minutes, if you prefer the most nutritional benefits from your tea, then leave to steep for at least 4 hours or make before you go to bed and then you can enjoy throughout the following day either hot or cold.  Adding Manuka Honey is all o.k. to do if you find your tea too bitter to start with (as you need some bitterness for your digestion to improve) and Manuka Honey naturally makes Hydrogen Peroxide which is a natural healer, Lemons too make Hydrogen Peroxide (hence why used in the summer time to bleach our hair as kids!!) the two together make the most fantastic remedy for a sore throat!

****Do contact me if you want to be more specific for your teas and health.  If you are on any pharmaceutical medications either check with your prescribing practitioner or email me for any concerns for interactions***

Inspiring Natural Clay Recipes


3 Clay Recipes to get you Inspired!

Calming Hair / Scalp Mask Brew

1 Cup of Naturalus Organic Green Tea
Clay of choice

Add Clay to the Green Tea till you get a spreadable paste.
Rub it into the hair roots and along the length of your hair.
Leave on for 20 - 30 minutes then....Wash your hair and shampoo. This mask will reduce any redness & puffiness and the green tea also serves as a mild astringent to reduce oil.

Exfoliating Mask

1 Tablespoon Almonds Crushed 
1 Tablespoon Raw Honey

Mix all ingredients together.
Add water if needed to make more spreadable.
Apply to face and leave to dry.
When rinsing off with warm water gently scrub to remove dead skin cells.
Apply moisturiser afterwards.

Acne Treatment Mask


Mix ingredients together to make a spreadable paste.
Apply to face and leave to dry.
When rinsing off with warm water gently scrub to remove dead skin cells.

Apply moisturiser afterwards.



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