Gardener’s DIY Hand Scrub Recipe

I have been in the garden every day this week and my hands are really showing the signs of garden life.  I needed a quick and easy gardeners DIY hand scrub recipe, so I whipped up this one and it’s amazing. 

I love a good scrub, and after making this one, and seeing the results of my hands just after one use it’s a favourite!

I usually make body scrubs but this time I have made a special nourishing and exfoliating scrub especially for hands and feet.

The fragrance is just divine, I used dried mint from last seasons mint patch, zesty lime, and floral jasmine oils.

You could swap the almond oil for another oil, but I like almond because it’s slow to absorb and leaves my hand feeling nourished.  Follow up the scrub with a nourishing hand oil for extra soft and nourished skin.

Gardners Hand Scrub Recipe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gardner’s DIY Hand Scrub Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 cup sea salt (I used dead sea salt)

1/2 cup fine epsom salts

1/4 cup almond oil (plus a little more if needed)

1 heaped tbsp dried mint

15 drops lime essential oil

5 drops jasmine essential oil

Method:

It’s so simple to combine.You can’t get lost here, just mix everything together and store in a glass jar for using after a big day in the garden.  Enjoy, and let me know how your recipe turns out and if you loved this recipe you may want to try my Exfoliating Body Scrub Recipe with Lime & Patchouli too. 

Happy creating, 

Jamie x

Wild Orange & Calendula Hand Salve

This healing hand salve is infused with anti inflammatory calendula petals and smells incredible. The more calendula the oil contains the deeper the orange colour of the oil will be, meaning it will have stronger anti-inflammatory properties. 

I used coco butter because of it’s nourishing and protective properties.  I love wild orange essential oil, but if you can’t source it just use sweet orange essential oil.

 

hand salve

 

Wild Orange & Calendula Hand Salve

Ingredients:

100mls sunflower oil, infused with calendula petals. 

100g shea butter

30g cocoa butter

20 drops orange essential oil

 

Method:

 

  • Melt all the ingredients, except the essential oil, together over a low heat until you are able to mix and combine them well. 
  • Then remove from the heat and stir through the essential oil.  
  • Pour into a glass pottle and let it set before using.  
  • ideal for dry cracked skin over the winter, and you can even use this fragrant salve as a lip balm, or body moisturiser. 

 

Makes around 230g of salve, which will keep you going for a while because a little will go a long way. Use to protect and heal hands throughout the year.  If your hands are especially dry you may like my recipe for Gardener’s Hand Scrub, it’s divine with garden mint and lime oil. 

Easy Keto Bars

We are loving the addition of some healthy keto recipes into our diet and these Easy Keto Bars are one of our favourites!

easy keto bars

The term ‘keto’ comes from the ketogenic diet.  It allows a higher percentage of good fats into the diet, these are mixed with proteins and minimal carbohydrates. 

This way of eating allows us to feel full for longer, reduces blood sugar cravings, and fuels weight loss. Strict keto diets don’t usually allow honey, but for our family the addition of honey works well in moderation. I prefer honey to the chemical low carb alternatives. 

 

 

We often mix paleo and keto, but ALWAYS base our diet on REAL FOOD.  This is how we fuel our active lifestyle, and stay healthy.

Paleo eliminates butter and cheese, but keto allows these foods.  We feel healthier and more satisfied for longer with the addition of good saturated fats in our diet.  Essential for growing kids, and for getting rid of sugar cravings.

This recipe for Easy Keto Bars is so quick to whip up and is filled with good fats from organic butter, and nuts and seeds.

 

As always make this recipe your own, change out with almonds for walnuts, or add some chia seeds or flaxseeds in place of the sunflower seeds. 

 

Easy Keto Bars

Ingredients:

40g butter

90g honey

30g coconut sugar

1 cup nuts (I used chopped almonds)

1 cup seeds (I used sunflower and pumpkin seeds)

1/2 cup fine coconut

1/2 cup almond flour

Flavour – 1tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, good pinch of sea salt .

Method:

  • Melt butter, honey, coconut sugar and flavours together in a pot. 
  • Allow them to boil while stirring gently for 1-2 minutes. 
  • Remove from the heat and add the nuts, seeds, coconut and almond flour to the warm liquid. 
  • Stir well.
  • Pour and press into a lined baking dish 20cm x 20cm.

 

It’s that EASY! No cooking required, just set in the fridge overnight or for at least an hour.  Then slice.  Keep this delicious slice stored in a container in the fridge. 

The image shows good sized bars, and the recipe makes 10 of these, however I cut these in half again and it makes 20 bite size sweet treats.  Perfect for long walks or after school snacking.

 

 

Easy Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

Easy Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

easy soft peanut butter cookies

These are insanely good, and are both sweet and salty all at the same time. I LOVE they have just 4 ingredients!

You can add a pinch of salt to the recipe but I found the peanut butter gave it all the salt it needed. 

I love these to take on long walks when you need that extra protein to keep you going. 

Be warned…kids love these easy soft peanut butter cookies, and will finish a batch before they have cooled if you don’t hide them away first.

 

Be creative with this recipe, try adding extra bits as you go, pop a walnut in the top pf each one before cooking or add some organic cocoa powder to make them chocolatey too! 

 

Easy Soft Peanut Butter Cookies RECIPE

Ingredients:

Pop them into the oven for 10 minutes

160g Peanut Butter (I used smooth)

100g Almond Flour

1 beaten free range egg

60g coconut sugar

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 180 C.

Pop all 4 ingredients into a bowl and mix well to combine.

Use hands to forms into small balls and flatten down with a folk onto a lined oven tray.

Bake for around 10 minutes until lightly golden on the tops. 

Makes 16 small cookies.

 

Try these with my easy Strawberry Smoothie

See how easy they are to make, the only problem is making them last because they are really good!! Try doubling the recipe to make a large batch.

 

Try these with my nourishing Dairy Free Strawberry Smoothie – It only has 4 ingredients too!

Jamie x 

Citrus Cleansing Juice

Delicious Citrus Cleansing Juice

citrus juice

I am a BIG citrus fan, I love the detoxifying properties of citrus, especially big juicy grapefruits.

Citrus juices are detoxifying, and high in vitamin C, so try and have one or two each week if you can.

The human body cannot make its own vitamin C, instead we need to get it from eating and drinking fresh fruits and vegetables.

Citrus juice helps to breakdown and eliminate toxins from the body. Juices like this are refreshing and tastes delicious!

Ingredients

2 peeled grapefruit

2 peeled oranges

1 peeled lemon or lime

4 large carrots

Method

Wash the carrots, and put all the ingredients through your juicer on high speed. It is really that easy.

Enjoy! Serves 1-2.

Apple Crumble Cookies

With food prices soaring higher and higher all the time, fresh real food snacks sometimes feel out of reach, and too time consuming.  

I have given myself a challenge to find out exactly what REAL food snacks I can make for .99 cents, which is about the price of a stick of chewing gum. 

Here’s is the rules of my challenge:

Each snack must:

> Cost 99 cents of less per serving.

> Must be made from 100% REAL food, no cheap processed food like refined white flour.

> Be 100% wheat free

< Contain no refined sugar

You will love my first tasty 99 cent creations – 

Here is my first REAL food snack using fresh crisp apples.  Apples are in season right now for New Zealanders so they are easy to source and if brought from the local fruit shop they make some super cheap snacks too.  

wheat free cookies

Apple crumble cookies   

(0.86 cents a servings  – 2 cookies).

1/2 large rose apple  0.20

4 tsp cinnamon – 0.30

65g Coconut sugar – 1.00

100g rolled oats – 0.30

100g melted butter – 1.00

150g gluten free flour ( I used buckwheat) 1.00

1 egg – 0.50

1 tsp baking powder (a couple of cents and too hard to work out cost)

Optional: Add a pinch of sea salt to bring out the flavour of the apple. 

Total: $4.30 

Makes 10 cookies (5 servings of 2 cookies each) 

Method: 

Preheat oven to 180C. Melt the butter until soft but not a liquid, add the coconut sugar and mix well.  Make sure the 1/2 apple is chopped into very small pieces, around the size of raisins. Add in apple along with all the other ingredients and mix well.  

Shape large tablespoon amounts into cookies and flatten with fingers.  Bake on a lined oven tray for around 12 -14 minutes until golden.  Remove from oven and leave to cool on the oven tray.

For more great recipes to help save money try my $100 REAL food challenge – its free to download.  

Note:  You can peel the apple or not, I didn’t so it left little bit of lovely red flecks through the cookies. Best eaten the same day, or stored in a paper bag in the pantry.  Enjoy.