I was so excited to finally have an abundance of rosemary growing in the garden so I could use it in an array of meals as well as skincare and natural cleaning products.
It is my favourite herb right now because of its clean fresh aroma and it’s healing and revitalising benefits.
I am sure you will love the rosemary hair rinse as much as I did because it is so easy to make, and leaves hair looking and feeling amazing.
Rosemary is packed with antioxidants and has anti inflammatory properties making it the ideal herbal hair rinse ingredient for people with sensitive, dry or irritated scalps. My hair had been dull, damaged and in need of some serious care, and after using my homemade rosemary hair tonic it’s glossy, and smells amazing.
Because rosemary is so cleaning it helps to remove oil build up on the hair without drying it out like many shampoos tend to do.
Many people say that rosemary hair rinses are beneficial for encouraging hair growth, so i’m keen to see further results after using it for a few more weeks.
I washed my hair with my usual organic shampoo and conditioner and the used the rinse after my hair was clean. Leave the hair rinse in, don’t wash it out, just dry hair as usual.
Rosemary hair rinse recipe (with lavender)
1 handful of rosemary, stalks and all.
1 handful of lavender, if you don’t have lavender the hair rise is still great without it, but the addition of lavender added to the aroma and healing properties.
2 litres of water.
1 – Pop the herbs and water into a large pot and bring to the boil, boil for around 20 minutes and then remove from the heat.
2 – Let the herbal rinse seep for a further 2-3 hours and then pour into glass jars for storage.
3 – Keep in the fridge and use within the next two weeks. I popped mine into a spray bottle to use after washing my hair. If you don’t have one you can just pour the rinse over you hair, but this could be a little cold after it’s been sitting in the fridge. The recycled spray bottle worked really well and then I just towel dried the excess off.
Let me know how you go with this recipe, and if you enjoy making your own skincare you might like to try this divine Body Scrub for dry skin.
My daughter recently requested homemade buns, I made her a batch of these deliciously soft buns using my favourite homemade bun recipe. I have never shared it before because when I make it I never use a recipe, I just add the ingredients and hope for the best. That probably sums up my cooking style to be honest. Yikes!
But this time as I made them I actually wrote the recipe down, now she can make them herself when ever she feels like it.
The simple act of making your own bread from scratch is rewarding and often therapeutic.
You can’t rush the process, and it’s ideal for those of us who need to slow down and be in the moment. I find every time I made bread from scratch my children end up a the table with me, chatting away and helping to mould the dough into buns.
My daughter brushed a little milk on the top of each one and pressed a sprig of fresh rosemary into each one before they went into the oven. The rosemary makes the buns fragrant when cooking, and the milk helps to achieve that warm golden top.
I always sprinkle a little bit of pink salt over the tops too, which just adds to the flavour.
My Favourite Homemade Bun Recipe
4 tsp active dried yeast
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp oil
2 cups tepid water
5 cups of plain white flour
Optional: herbs, a little milk, and pink salt
1 – In a large bowl add the water, honey and yeast. Stir gently and set aside somewhere warm (not hot) to activate.
2 – Once the yeast is fluffy you can add the oil and flour. Mix in the flour and the use your hands to knead the dough. If you haven’t kneaded dough before just Google a short video and you can’t go wrong. Knead the dough for around 5 minutes. Add a little extra flour to the table and your hands if it all gets a bit sticky.
3 – The dough is ready to set aside in a floured bowl once it is well kneaded and shiny on top. Leave to rise somewhere warm for at least 2 hours. I leave mine for around 5 hours in the hot water cupboard, and even overnight at times.
4 – Once it has doubled in size you can knead it slightly again and then form into buns. Pop these onto a floured tray, add a brush of milk, any herbs and a pinch of salt to each one, and set aside for another 30 minutes.
5 – Preheat the oven to 180C.
6 – Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until lightly golden on the tops.
Enjoy with a bowl of soup of just on their own with homemade herb and garlic butter.
Once you get used to making bread from scratch it becomes something you do without even thinking about it, let me know how you go with this recipe and remember to add your own herbs, salts and even some garlic if you like.
This is a great easy lotion bar recipe base for any kind of lotion bar. You will need to adjust the oil and wax if you have some extreme temperatures where you are to make sure its perfect.
I made this lovely PEACE lotion bar recipe for international peace day, so I used calming essential oils such as lavender and chamomile. The coconut oil is nourishing for all skin types even the mosts sensitive, while the beeswax and coca butter is protective and healing for dry or damaged skin.
This would make a lovely gift for friends and family too.
Lavender PEACE Lotion Bar Recipe
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup cocoa butter
1/4 cup beeswax
20 drops of good quality lavender essential oil
10 drops of chamomile essential oil.
On a very low heat gently melt the cocoa butter, beeswax and coconut oil together. Remove from the heat and stir through the essential oils.
Be careful not to add the essential oils to a very hot mix because their therapeutic qualities and fragrance will diminish. If you are in a hot climate you may need to add a tablespoon of extra beeswax because the bar may be too soft. The same applies if you are in the middle of a cold winter, you may need to add a tablespoon of extra coconut oil so it isn’t rock hard.
This just makes your lotion bar recipe perfect to where you live.
Pour into a mould and allow a few hours in a cool place to set well. Use on your body as a skin softener, or as a peaceful rub before bedtime.
Store in a cool dry place away from sunlight, and if you enjoyed it let me know, and check out my Wild Orange & Calendula hand salve recipe too.
This is such a simple scrub recipe, very exfoliating and nourishing at the same time. I couldn’t stop touching and smelling my hands after I used it, they were really soft. Pink grapefruit oil is especially good for promoting a healthy circulation of the blood and detoxifying the skin.
You can just use it as is, or change the essential oils to suit your needs. I often use salt scrubs because I love the healing effect of salt on the skin, but I know some of you can’t tolerate too much salt with very sensitive skin types, so the sugar body scrub recipe is a better option. Plus you won’t get that stinging feeling if you have any cuts on your skin too.
(If you have super sensitive skin you may still react to pink grapefruit, so try something that isn’t a citrus oil, such as lavender, jasmine or chamomile).
Sugar Body Scrub Recipe – Pink Grapefruit
• 3/4 cup white sugar
• 1/4 cup coconut oil (plus more if required)
• 1/2 tsp pink clay (optional for natural colour)
• 10 drops pink grapefruit essential oil (I also add 5 drops of lemon but this is optional too).
1 – Mix the sugar and coconut oil together in a bowl. If the coconut oil is firm gently melt it first but don’t allow it to get hot or it will dissolve the sugar. If you like a ‘wetter’ scrub then use a little more coconut oil.
2 – Mix the pink clay in if you are using, and add the essential oil. I also add 4-5 drops of lemon essential oil because it makes the grapefruit oil really pop with fragrance, but if you don’t have it just leave it out or use a squeeze of fresh lemon.
3 – Store in a glass jar and use 1-2 tablespoons for a full body scrub under warm water. Be careful if using in a shower as the coconut oil can make the bottom of the shower a little slippery.
Have you tried the Gardner’s DIY Hand Scrub recipe yet? I am loving it this week, especially with my hands being washed so many times from the farm and the garden.
If you weren’t using pink grapefruit oil what would you choose to add to a scrub recipe like this? Let me know below,
You are going to think this is a bit crazy, but I almost don’t want to share my herb and garlic salt recipe because it’s become my secret ingredient to so many meals.
I love getting that ‘Oh yummy, what did you put in here’ reaction when I make a simple meal of mushrooms on toast. But it wouldn’t be fear to keep it all to myself, when there are families who could be enjoying it as much as mine. All I ask in return is to let me know what you used it on, I love hearing your cooking stories.
There is nothing like this salt out there!
It takes just a few minutes to make, especially if you buy your salt already ground, and results in a delicious fragrant salt for coating steak and chops. Try it over your next roast lamb or even a sprinkle in scrambled eggs and taste the difference it makes. YUM!
Homemade Herb & Garlic Salt
• 120 g pink Himalayan salt ground
• 3 tsp dried sweet basil
• 2 tsp garlic granules
• 2 tsp dried oregano
• 2 tsp dried sage
• 1 tsp dried chives
1. Simply mix the salt, herbs and garlic together and pop into a glass jar.
2. You can use this salt to season meat before cooking to add a delicious flavour infusion. If you love easy prep, you will also love my Creamy No Egg Aioli, it’s another popular addition at our house.
Gift Idea: This salt popped into a small glass jar makes a wonderful gift for friends and family too.