Frankincense: King of Oils

Don’t let anyone tell you that frankincense isn’t the king of oils, ok? Distilled from the resin of trees in the Boswellia carterii tree family, Frankincense essential oil contains the naturally occurring constituent alpha-pinene, which is what gives it its...

Citrus Essential Oils: Unsung Heroes

I want to talk today about the citrus oils because they are much more affordable than some other oils that are available but this does not mean that they are somehow inferior or less useful or poorer quality or anything like that. The main reason that there is a...

DIY Nail Strengthening Serum

Like all other aspects of skincare, the key to maintaining healthy nails is a good diet and to drink lots of water, but beyond this, there are some things we can do to improve the health and appearance of our skin from the outside. Our hands can become quite dry over...

4 Reasons We Grow Food

It is a goal of mine to grow as much as food as possible for my family and I’m often asked why I bother when carrots and potatoes are “so cheap”. There are four reasons for my food-growing obsession: Self-sufficiency Being less reliant on the supermarket is an...

Make Your Own Rose Water

In Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine, rose water is a common ingredient in sweets and it has been used for centuries in cosmetics and perfumes. It is a gentle astringent, making it an ideal skin toner. But good rose water is hard to find. Most commercially available...

DIY Essential Oil Facial Moisturiser

A couple of months ago, I decided I wanted to ditch my commercial face moisturiser and switch to something plant-based and pure and preferably DIY. I’d already been making my facial scrub and loving it so switching my moisturiser was the next logical step. Over the...

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