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Natural Cream Base Recipe

Posted by Stephanie Caley on Friday, January 23, 2015, In : Recipes 
As promised..a natural cream base recipe on the blog! There are lots more recipes to follow, but this is a great one to do, as there are so many varieties you can try to make it perfect for you and your skin type!...Who needs chemicals on their skin which can be harmful to health, when we have these gorgeous, natural ingredients..?!

What you need to make approx 250g:
25g (6tsp) raw cocoa butter
20g (5 tsp) beeswax
135ml (7.5 tbsp) of your favourite base oil/s (I used organic almond oil & avocado ...
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Christmas Fair at Chelsea Physic Garden

Posted by Stephanie Caley on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, In : Events 
It's that time of year again, and The Chelsea Physic Garden in London are getting the marquee ready for their wonderful annual Christmas Fair on Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th November 2014. The fair runs from 10am-4pm. The stalls sell a variety of products on their 80 stalls, ranging from garden objects to jewellery; clothing, chocolate, and plants included!  Tickets are £5 per adult (under 16s free. Please see full details on the link below).  Proceeds from the Christmas Fair contribute to pr...
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Kew, Royal Botanic Garden, London

Posted by Stephanie Caley on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, In : Places to Visit 
Kew, the world famous Royal Botanic Garden, houses an impressive 30,000 plants in it's 300 acres. Here, you will be able to view botanical drawings, galleries, beautiful greenhouses, and walk amongst the treetops, on their canopy walkway! There are ponds, lakes & cafés; and there's a fantastic Herbarium that is home to specimens of 7 million plants!

Kew is sponsored by the Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, and is a centre of research. One project currently being worked on is "E...
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Medicinal Herb Project

Posted by Stephanie Caley on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, In : Events 
In Peckham, south-east London, there is a lovely little herb garden at the back of a Baptist church.  It has been run by Christina Borgenstierna, who has been developing the garden, adding in a great variety of medicinal herbs, for the space available, and who has organised many herb talks, relating to different systems of the body.  I led a talk recently on the Cardiovascular System, Heart Health & Herbal Medicine.  They have arranged for different medical herbalists to come in to give prese...

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Elderberry Syrup

Posted by Stephanie Caley on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, In : Recipes 
So, here's an Elderberry Syrup recipe that I promised in the first newsletter that went out! You'll find many variations of this recipe around! Some areas seem to have berries in abundance, and in other areas, they seem to have come and gone already! For this reason, I'm providing fresh berry, and dried berry proportions for the recipe (in case you wish to make  your own syrup, but can't find any fresh, so need to purchase some dried!). Elderberries are so rich in vitamin C (amongst other vit...
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