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Make Your Own Oat Milk

It is so easy to make your own oat milk, more cost effective and convenient than buying by the carton. The basic recipe calls for oats and water, with cashews added to give it a creamy texture. You could add a few dates or maple syrup for sweetness, or flavour with vanilla, cacao or carob […]

Elder Flower

Elder: Flower Sambucas nigra: flos Key features: Deciduous bush with opposite leaves and clusters of flowers/berries. Pithy stems. The elder can grow up to 20 feet in height and often resembles a tree more than a deciduous shrub. It is a member of the viburnum family, and can be found in roadside and field hedgerows, […]

How to make overnight herbal infusions

Overnight herbal infusions allow for more of the vitamins, minerals and phyto-nutrients of the plant material to be extracted. They offer a very convenient and economical means of extracting the maximum benefit from your herbs. You will need: Cut dried/fresh herbs A jar with a lid Hot water Directions: Measure out your herbs: generally 1 […]

How to make an herbal infusion

What is an herbal infusion? An herbal infusion is the process of soaking herbs in either hot or cold water, to extract their nutritional and medicinal benefits. If this sounds like making herbal tea then you are absolutely right. What distinguishes an herbal tea from an herbal infusion is that an herbal infusion will generally […]

How to make water kefir

Go straight to basic recipe Water kefir is a lacto-fermented pro-biotic drink made using water kefir grains that feed on sugar water and minerals. The profusion of bio-available pro-biotics in water kefir helps to improve digestive health, immune response, mood and energy levels and reduce allergic reactions, by feeding the good bacteria throughout the gastrointestinal […]

Water Kefir Grains

Water kefir (keh-FEER) grains are used to produce a naturally carbonated probiotic drink. The kefir grains are small clusters of beneficial bacteria and yeast, bound by a polysaccharide (dextran) that is produced by Lactobacillus brevis. This is all good news for maintaining a healthy microbiome, which is essential to good health. “The micro-organisms involved in […]

Thyme: benefits and uses

Thyme: Thymus vulgaris Part used: leaf and stem Medicinal actions: Carminative, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, expectorant, astringent, anthelmintic Thyme is an aromatic herb with a bitter-sweet flavour. It has a long history of culinary and medicinal use. It is primarily used as a pot herb as it can withstand long cooking times. It also makes a delicious […]

Apple Cider Vinegar

The Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has a long history of use as a healing food, a dieter’s friend, a food preservative, and for cosmetic and domestic cleaning purposes. ACV is the result of a double fermentation process. First apple juice is fermented to apple cider, which is then further […]

Banana Coconut Bread

This recipe for banana coconut bread is a delicious solution when I find I have a surplus of very ripe bananas. It uses coconut and spelt flours but whole wheat or other flours would also work. I also regularly make this with 100% spelt flour and substitute apple puree in place of bananas. Adding cinnamon, […]

Elder berry

Sambucus nigra As summer comes to an end the hanging clusters of tiny elderberries change from green, to dark purple, to black when fully ripe. Each elderberry contains one to three seeds, which contain poisonous cyanogenic glycosides that can be deactivated by cooking. If you eat too many raw berries, which taste bitter-sweet, you will […]