Shop Closed until Further Notice

A Huge Heartfelt thank you to all customers over the last few years for the support of the comfrey products and the incredible kind words and amazing people I’ve met through Comfrey and the shop.

The shop is closed until further notice – as I am returning to Europe. I may be wandering and nomadic for sometime and have no immediate plans.   I can also be found over on my travel blog here: Travel Move Live.

There is such thing as Goodbye – it’s until we meet again.  Wishing you all the best,  Michelle


Closing down sale 30% off

Having Soulsong Avalon and comfrey products has been magical – however my ever itchy feet and nomadic soul are yearning for faraway places and new adventures.  So, I’ve made the difficult decision to shut up shop – and go and follow my heart.  I am having a sale as I’d like to sell what stock I have left.   Offering a 30% discount all on items in my shop

Discount code:  30PERCENTOFF

The shop will be closing in 3 weeks, and there is limited stock available.

I’d like to thank all the amazing people I’ve met through the markets and online shop – all the lovely feedback – it’s so appreciated.  And I am so grateful to everyone.  I do hope paths cross again – as the world, for the most part, is a small place –  and I do hope one day that the Soulsong Avalon comfrey ointment will be available in Europe once I’ve decided to plant my feet down again, sometime at some place.  Until then a huge big Thanks to you all!!!!

p.s.   My less nomadic super fluff ball ‘Miss Indigo Mae’, is looking for a furrever home.  She’s a Norwegian Forrest cat, incredibly sweet, big and soft. Happiest chasing her pet mice – or sleeping under a tree.   She was left to die by the owners before me, and rescued by an amazing rescue shelter in Adelaide – and nursed for a year back to good health. So she can be a little wary of strangers and busy places but has a ton of love to share.

If anyone knows anyone, who can give her a safe and loving home – you’d make my day. Please let me know, am happy to fly her anywhere in Australia.


Natural, Easy, Simple and Affordable Skin Care

How much time and money do we waste on Natural skin care?

Do you remember, back in the day, when you were young? Did you ever wear too much make-up?  Did you ever go to bed without washing your make up off?  With a zero skin care routine…. Zero time and energy wasted at all.

And were you living as though that wrinkle-free face would last forever?

When you got to mid-20’s did you try to make up for it?  And have you ever spent more time and money on skin care products in some vain hope it would equalize any damage caused by your careless youth?

And now, you look at the cost and in the mirror and wonder if the cost and time spent is really making any difference…..

Skin Care What are those ingredients


Why would you test anything on me??

So now you have a chock-a-block skin care routine – and hear about a few toxic ingredients, brands that are tested on animals.  And surely you want to make conscious decisions and not hurt little furry bunnies in the process.

So you spend even more money to go all natural.

Yet, your bathroom cupboards bulge with the products you used just once but despite their empty promises or natural appeal was soon demoted to the back shelf.

Do we really need all this crap?

Yet you were feeling too guilty to throw them away. Maybe one day they’ll redeem themselves, although you know that to be unlikely.

Are you feeling any better, healthier and more beautiful?

Surely there is an easier, cheaper, simpler way?

Any which way, clear the bathroom – chuck out or give away what you aren’t using.

The Secret to great skin is right under our nose… hiding in our kitchen…

Not sure if you’ve ever calculated your skin care spend, spare the thought. I know, I for one used to use a pre-moisturising serum, 2 toners, skin peels, and at one time there was a 7 step routine…. Seriously, shoot me now…..

And yet, over time, I’ve just simplified and simplified and discovered the biggest and best changes to my skin was when I changed my diet – to eat more alkaline (more fresh greens, less acidic food).

I Got rid of all the expensive products, including make-up and settled one some very simple products.

In fact, my routine is so simple – I don’t even ‘wash’ my face…  you see using harsh washes and soaps robs our skin of our natural oils which do a pretty good job of balancing themselves out.

So now, it’s 1, 2, 3 go.

  1. Splash with water
  2. Splash with witch-hazel
  3. Massage in face oil

Green Drink

Voila, ready to rock and roll….  I do once a week give my face a scrub and on the 4 times a year I wear mascara or make-up I use my home-made body oil to cleanse that make-up off. But that’s it.

Good skin from the inside out.

One of the surprising factors I’ve found through detoxing and drinking my green alkaline drink*– is the effect it has on my skin.  It went from splotchy to even tone – and I ditched any foundation or blemish sticks.

Additional Easy affordable tips to great Naturally Healthy Skin:

  • Eat lots of veggies, herbs, and salad
  • Drink plenty of water (Chlorine and Flouride free)
  • Cut out sugar and caffeine
  • Ditch the smoking
  • St Ives apricot face scrub
  • Witch-hazel toner
  • Exercise
  • Spend time outside in Nature
  • Face massage / Exercise
  • Hat
  • BB cream (if you are going to use foundation, use a moisturising, vitamin protecting light one)

DIY ‘make it yourself’ Natural Skin Care, it’s too easy!

Toner:    I use either witch hazel which you can buy in the pharmacy and It’s good to go, there is even a rose scented one that I love from Thayers*.

Another simple recipe is to use 1 part apple cider vinegar, with 2 parts water, add a few drops of rose/ thyme/ tea tree essential oils.  This balances the PH levels of the skin, refreshes and tones the skin.  And of course,  the rest of the bottle is great on salads.

Face oil:  Choose a high-quality base oil, preferably an organic one such as Argan/ Hemp and add a few drops of essential oil.  Rose/ Neroli and Frankincense are great for the skin, if you have spots or oily skin use a drop a tea tree.

Body oil: Hemp/ Coconut oils are great for the body, and grapefruit essential oil is fabulous as it both uplifts your mood and detoxifies the skin.

Give your skin what it really wants, joy –

natural skin care

My Beautiful naturally happy friends

Really, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, which is you!  We are all more beautiful when we smile when we have a bounce in our step – when we feel confident, alive and happy.

We are most likely to be feeling like this when we look after ourselves, practice self-care, eat healthily and think positively about ourselves.

If through this care that we have for ourselves we can get the right amount of sleep, speak out when stressed and exercise when needed.  Our bodies are our vessel through this lifetime and just as you would a new priceless car – we need to take care what we put onto and into our bodies.

When we do this, we naturally glow, and walk through life feeling and looking better.

It doesn’t need to cost the earth or take half the morning to get ready and have a self-care routine.

We don’t need to go back to our carefree 20-year-old self – who covered their insecurity with makeup…  We don’t need to spend thousand dollars a year on chemical ridden facial products or products that claim to be ‘Natural’.

We just need to be ourselves, take care of ourselves, and be happy….

Failing all of that, you are more than welcome to try my Eternal Serenity all Natural Face oil, or Bedouins Charm Body Oil.  ;)

But seriously – smile, live long, be happy.

*Please note these product links are ‘NOT affiliate’ links, just links you can read more about the products if interested.
But if you would like 5% off at iHerb, feel free to use Rewards Code: IJE129






Sadhu Rose, Comfrey and Rose, for busy Creative hands and hearts

Comfrey and Rose a magical mix for hands

Whether you Knit, Crochet, Weave, Spin, Paint or make Pottery. There is a time of the day when your hands get achy and you feel as though you’ve lost your sense of time working your craft.

Rose Comfrey Ointment

Sadhu Rose, helping me with a big knit project!

It’s true, time flies when you’re having fun!

Now you’re racing against the clock wanting to finish a project. Knowing you won’t have the same amount of time tomorrow as you have today.
Let’s be honest, when we are busy making and creating, all we want is to be able to do so uninterrupted for as long as possible.
So, overworked hands get achy, tired and wane. And that my friends, is why I made started making my Comfrey ointments in the first place. With my mum’s arthritis and my own RSI (repetitive strain injury), I wanted relief.
I dread the aches, especially when they get between me and whatever craft I happen to be working on.

The Birth of a new Floral Rose Scented Ointment

Sadhu Rose, Comfrey Ointment

Sadhu Rose, Comfrey Ointment

When, a crafty friend, Juanita Tortilla, asked for a rose scented comfrey ointment rather than my walk in the woods version: Wayfarers Magic. Who was I to disagree?

 And hence, Sadhu Rose was born, and the name kindly thought up by another dear friend. Where would we be without crafty creative friends ;-)

So what’s the difference between the regular Comfrey Ointment and Sadhu Rose?

 One of the biggest questions I get at the markets is what’s the difference between the two ointments?
The only difference is in the Essential oils which do have their own set of benefits:
Wayfarers Magic: Rosemary, Lavender, Cedar, Bergamot, Clary Sage and Juniper.
Making it more suited to provide relief for inflammation, swelling, cuts, and burns due to the antispasmodic, pain relieving, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiseptic qualities.
Sadhu Rose has: Rose, Rose Geranium, Lavender and Palma Rosa.
Sadhu rose comfrey ointment

Big heart, worn dyed worked hands…

Which is great for the skin as it softens, soothes and rejuvenates.  And the smell is good for the heart!

 Both have the benefits of herbs in the ointments of which the main herb is Comfrey. And the extra benefits of beeswax, organic Shea and Cocoa butter.
 If you are looking for relief for inflammation: muscle ache or arthritis, tennis elbow, RSI, burns then Wayfarers Magic is the go to Ointment.
For, creative hands and tired muscles: Sadhu Rose is the one for you. hits floral scent it’ll keep those hands weaving their magic longer and farther.
Now if only there were a solution for the interruptions from the rest of the world….

Fiber Friends, you need this (Sadhu Rose: Comfrey + Rose Salve) in your life to keep your hands nourished (mine get so dry and cracked) the comfrey helps my poor creaky knuckles...

Julie @Littleloom

Julie @Littleloom


In Gratitude to my Mum…. and Mothers Everywhere

Not sure if you’ve noticed, I don’t do commercial celebrations in any which way – No Christmas, Easter, valentines or any other day that encourages us to buy something.

I also don’t do mother’s day, really we should celebrate our mothers every day. Yet, all this fuss had me asking myself what had I done lately – to celebrate or give gratitude for my Mum? hmmmm….  ok, probably not a lot, or nowhere near enough.

Isn’t Mothers Day Every Day?

So, I’ve decided to make an exception, and whip into a belated action by creating a special offer in gratitude to my mother.

ineke (aka Mamita)

I have to admit (despite, the fact I may never live it down), that my mum is one of my biggest inspirations.

She’s an incredibly talented artist ( I have no idea why she’s not hanging in the National Gallery – if the National Gallery is reading this, perhaps they can let me know?), and a perpetual traveller, who travels for 18 months at a time with the smallest backpack in the world, through the wildest untamed places.

Her courage to follow her dreams despite any fears and always follow her heart – hence her studio name ‘Red HeART Studio’, is without a doubt the best kind of role model any girl can have.

Even, my current version of my best-selling Comfrey Ointment: Wayfarers Magic – was inspired by my mum and wouldn’t be what it was today without her.

Comfrey ointment

Wayfarer’s Magic

When I first discovered the Magic of Comfrey I wanted to find the ideal herbal blend to help to address her arthritis. As I couldn’t imagine a day where she’d not to paint, create or travel.  So each ingredient is specially selected to provide relief and healing for just that.

Of course, she is also one of my biggest supporters and users of my Wayfarer’s Magic: Comfrey Ointment, and yes, she has a limitless lifetime supply.

Special offer for Mothers throughout Australia

So in ode to my mum, her sacrifices, support, my appreciation and my gratitude for all that she is.

The Girl

And in gratitude for all Mothers. I’m partnering with her to offer a Special Mothers Day Package, that includes: Wayfarers Magic Ointment, Body Oil and Face Oil with a Free A4 Print of ‘The Girl’ pastel drawing,  from now until the end of May.

Offer only available for Shipping within Australia –

A big fat THANK YOU Mamita – for being Magic + You!!!! xxxx

My Mum: Ineke van den Hout’s website

Selected prints and artwork are also available via RedBubble


Have a bike and will Travel… Free Eco-friendly local delivery

[*to the theme track of these boots were made for walking*] ‘This bike was made for riding, and riding is what it will do, one of these days this bike is going to ride its way to you….’ Whahoo!!!

To show that there are some benefits to Soulsong Avalon moving into the hood, I am now offering my lovely neighbours, an eco-footprint-free mid-week lcoal delivery to those living in the suburbs in Newcastle of: Mayfield, Maryville, Islington, Hamilton, Wickham and Tighes Hill.

Having just moved to a new home, I know how scrumptious it is to lock the door and settle into your sofa, without a thought for getting up again. Who really wants to have to lift a finger or even go out of your cosy, warm house to buy something – unless of course it’s toilet paper.

I get it.

Let’s be honest, you can’t always make it to the markets – sadly some weekends there are even better things to do….  [side note, Carrington Village market is booked for 13 May, and hopefully you’ll also soon see me at the Farmers Market]

So hey, am happy to jump on my bike and deliver, fuelled by a bit of elbow grease and good old-fashioned effort, there are some perks to buying local.

I do apologize to those living further away, riding my deadly treadly all the way to Perth or even to Sydney isn’t on my list of things to do, not that kinda girl…For everyone further a field, Sendle does a stellar job of picking it up at my door and bring it to yours.

So, if you’d like some magical Comfrey in your life: the all-purpose, all-natural go to Comfrey Ointment or Face/ Body Oil,  or you just like getting something for free – give me a shout.

You can message, email or call me, or order online using code HEYNEIGHBOUR

So hey, am off to go get my bike on… ;) or on my bike…


To use or not to use… Beeswax, is it ethical? Why I’ve chosen to use it

To use or not to use?  Is something that I had asked myself, when I started on this journey. Knowing my use of beeswax would be questioned, and vegans would not buy my Wayfarer’s Magic and Sadhu Rose Comfrey Ointments.

Wayfarers Magic: Comfrey Ointment + Ethical Beeswax

Wayfarers Magic: Comfrey Ointment + Ethical Beeswax

For a start, I don’t eat unethical animal products or support the treatment and misuse of animals for our consumption, production or testing.  So how, do then carry my values over into my products and business?

To answer this, I set about researching the question, is beeswax ethical? And should I be using it?

I came to the decision to use Beeswax, and here’s why;

1. Ethical Beeswax does exist;

I get my beeswax from a local beekeeper – it’s a beekeeping family, their native bees and are wild and are free here in central coast wilderness of New South Wales. It’s an excess bi-product of the honey that is ethically sourced; meaning there is always more than enough for the bees. Unlike in hives that are in mass production, and they are not tricked of forced to produce honey/ wax in excess.  Happy bees = Happy Honey = Ethical Beeswax.

2. Beeswax is also healing

Beeswax itself it uber beneficial to the skin and the healing process. It’s anti-inflammatory, antiviral and anti-bacterial. Due to this, it contributes to the healing quality of the ointments. It soothes and softens the skin, and forms a protective layer that still allows the skin to breathe and heal.  It is also a ‘natural’ product, that has not undergone industry processing.

Bees Natural Green Home turf

Since I’ve moved to the Central Coast I’ve also been using the wax from the same local beekeeping family that I get my honey from Suesse Honey‘. If you are ever at the Entrance market be sure to buy some of their honey! Their  ‘Raw honey Lemon, Ginger and Cinnamon’ blend – which also has Lemon Myrtle – tastes as good as it is healthy – I am completely unshamedly addicted.

For those that aren’t aware, Raw honey is packing with nutrients, it contains; 22 amino acids, 27 minerals and 5,000 enzymes. Minerals include iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and selenium. If you add to this the benefits of Ginger, Cinnamon, Lemon and Lemon Myrtle, you have a most delicious healthy treat.

I do empathise with the dilemma of using or not using animal products.

I remember the moment, that I learned the big-eyed gentle cow in the paddock could end up as a steak dinner. It’s the same moment I secretly vowed to never eat animals again.  As soon as I grew up and left home, that’s what I did and I’ve been a vegetarian ever since.

Though, I am not a vegan, and I do have a few pair of leather shoes and a jacket.  Which I often get flack for funnily enough from meat eaters.  However, as one wise friend once said, ‘is it more ethical to have a sturdy jacket that lasts you 50+years that is biodegradable, or a jacket that is made from synthetic material, that has gone through industry processing to be created and then never degrades and pollutes the environment?’

Tough questions, that we need to face and ask ourselves when we aim to live a conscious life.

While I abhor the way humankind treats the animals on the planet, and how they are treated as a commodity rather than a sentient being.  It’s good to see that research is now supporting what many of us already know, that insects have emotions and sentience, as do plants and trees.

I do believe that as Robin Wall Kimmer states so wisely in her @onbeing interview,  we should be aiming for a reciprocal relationship with the world around us.  I love that idea!  It takes sustainability to the next level.

Lavender Bees

Lavender Bees

If we work to look after bees and their environment, it becomes a collaboration with them. In taking this reciprocal approach, we can create a better world, for everything – plants, animals and humans. We just need to start asking, how can we contribute – what do we have to give?

When we are not doing this, which we can see reflected in much of the world around us right now, we are out of balance with the natural world around us.

I am thankful for my Ethical Healing Beeswax, from happy bees that share their wares with us. And I hope that we, in turn, can share and work to protect them and their environments and well-being.

We can do this, by asking ourselves how we can contribute to living in a ‘Reciprocal’ way with the world around us. Can this be reflected in our daily decisions  i.e. buying heritage seeds, not supporting/using monsanto products, doing bio-dynamic gardening, growing flowers and plants that bees love.

In doing so, we take conscious steps, to live in a conscious way –  in balance and harmony with the world around us.

I do have two vegan products:
Bedouin’s Charm: Comfrey+Coconut+Grapefruit Body/Bath Oil
Eternal Serenity: Comfrey+Hemp+Argan Face Oil

And the products that contain Organic/ Ethically sourced Beeswax:
Wayfarers Magic: Comfrey Ointment
Sadhu Rose: Rose+Comfrey Ointment

All my products and ingredients are Cruelty-free, and not tested on any animals (only myself, and consenting family and friends).

Further Reading:
The Secret Life of Plants: a Fascinating Account of the Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Relations Between Plants and Man


Keeping Cool in the Australian Heat with Guilt Free Ice Cream, and Cold Soup

Gosh, I am not sure if I am the only one on the side of the equator that is over the heat already. Struggling to keep cool (Sadly, I don’t have air conditioning), turning on the stove to cook, is the last thing on my mind.

Luckily these few guilt-free food options that are prepared in all of a few minutes with little mess, are my main sustenance right now. So get out your hand blender and be prepared to keep your cool:

Guilt Free, Yummy Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream

1 or 2, Frozen bananas
A dash of vegan milk
A tablespoon of nut butter
A tablespoon raw cacao
Option items: Goji berries, a pinch of Cinnamon, Coconut milk/ cream, Cacao nibs, vanilla essence.

Put in the blender and enjoy!

I know, this recipe was in a recent post on the benefits of cooking with herbs, yet, worth adding again:

Frozen Pea & Avocado Soup

Cold Pea Soup

Cold Pea Soup

Cup of frozen peas, few leaves of Spearmint, a few slices of onion, half an avocado, cup and half of almond milk and a grind of Himalayan rock salt + Black pepper.  Blend ingredients in food processor and enjoy!  (it’s like a healthy pea avocado ice cream).

On top of this, I’ve been keeping some Grapes in the Freezer, perfect snacks.  Eating plenty of Fresh Fruit.

And keeping hydrated with my favourite Beverage: Iced Tea

I’ve Been drinking Sensado’s Bodyguard Tea – but any herbal blend will work. It is easy to prepare. Just boil it up. Once it’s cooled put it in a bottle, and keep it in the fridge. I love adding a few ice cubes and slices of Lemon or Orange.

Strangely, I used to be a complete beach person, and loved the heat – now here I am secretly wishing away my summer.  With today being a lovely 38 degrees, I am going to use this as the perfect excuse to go and make myself more ice cream.

So, how are you keeping cool??



Daily Herbal Habit #5 Cooking with Herbs

Herbs are such a diverse plant, you can do so much with them whether you are drinking herbs, such as I covered in my last blog post, or eating them – as I will cover in this one. Either way, you reap the benefits and taste through using our herbal allies.

Magic aren’t they, our most lovely green garden companions. In this post, I am going to both introduce you to a few of my favourite herbs and finish by sharing a few quick and easy recipes.

Current Food Climate

Now, if you go into your average cafe or lunch spot, you’ll notice that herbs are under-utilised.  You may also notice this in ready meals that you purchase from the supermarket.  Instead, to compensate or add flavour, food manufacturers tend to add sugar/ salts to food.

This is beneficial for their bottom line, as sugar tricks the brains receptors into thinking you’re still hungry –  resulting in you buying and eating more. Now while this is financially good for the manufacturers, it’s at all good for your health, not only does it affect your brain, research has shown that sugar is highly addictive and literally stupefying.

In the last few years, there has also been a commercial push of the ‘Low fat’ trend. However most low fat foods are highly processed and harder for our body to digest and break down.

To eat healthily, it’s best to ditch the food that has been processed, such as low-fat or meals that are full of sugar/glucose/additives. Eat real food that is as close to its natural state as possible, by doing this we reap the nutrient energy and rewards.

Many people that switch to a natural diet worry that their food will be bland, yet if you are looking for flavour, the healthiest alternative is to use herbs!  On top tantalising your taste buds they are also known to be full of nutrients, vitamins and additional benefits that you won’t find in sugar, flavours or additives.

A few herbs and their Superpowers

Here are a few of my favourite herbs and their benefits (for the benefits of Rosemary, Parsley, Thyme and Sage please see my previous blog post).



Peppermint/Spearmint: These two herbs are related and have similar properties. Each can be used to help; fresh breath, digestive system, cramps, gas, colic, irritated bowel, headaches, and pain. They are antioxidant and have trace elements of vitamin A, B, C as well as copper and potassium.

Dill: Has a rich history, used as a painkiller by the early Egyptians, with a Norse name meaning ‘to soothe. It’s a valuable stomach remedy for calming the nerves, cramps, stomach and digestion. It is also antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant. As for vitamins and minerals, it has; vitamin A and C, iron, and manganese

Coriander (Cilantro): Used for thousands of years and mainly classed as an aphrodisiac – this may explain why you’d be feeling a little extra saucy after some Mexican food. It is also, however, great for bloating, cramps, spasms, nervous tension, stomach issues lowering cholesterol and managing blood sugar levels.  It is also rich in Vitamin C and K,  protein, and trace elements of calcium, phosphorous, potassium, thiamin, niacin and carotene.

Cardamom Seeds: One of the oldest spices in the world, especially popular in Asia, where it’s used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat asthma, bronchitis and kidney stones. In China, it’s used as a tonic and for urinary issues. It is an antioxidant, detoxifier and is noted also for providing relief for indigestion, cramps, and gas.  It is full of vitamin and minerals, most notably Vitamin C, iron, niacin, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and zinc.

Sweet Basil: Once used by the ancient Romans to relieve gas, as a diuretic, counteract poisoning, and stimulate breast milk. No wonder it can be found in so many Italian dishes. Of course, some of this is true as it kills intestinal worms, relieves digestive issues, cramps, nausea and vomiting. As it has a mildly sedative action it can be used to address irritability, anxiety, fatigue, and depression. It’s an antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-cancer and has vitamin A, K, and C, as well as the mineral manganese.

Garlic: Its benefits are so powerful it can even stop a vampire in its tracks. It’s an antibiotic, anti-diabetic, expels worms, lowers blood pressure and reduces blood clotting. It has vitamins A, B, C, E and the mineral Selenium.  And is especially good for Cold and flu remedies, circulation issues and infections. To make the most of its super powers, be sure to eat it raw!

These magical herbs pack a nifty nutritional punch, as well as an amazing amount of flavour.  So you have two solid reasons to introduce fresh herbs into the garden if you are not growing them already as well as into your cooking.

Tasty Herb Recipes

Here a few great tasting recipes that are made with these beneficial herbs:

Wild Rice Salad:
Cook up some Wild Rice, with a few cardamom pods (I open these up and take the seeds out).  Add whatever salad items you have in the fridge at the time: Celery, Cucumber, tomato, and red bell pepper.  For the herbs, you can add either Dill / Coriander.  Finish off with some quality Olive oil and spritz of Braggs if needed.

Watermelon Salad
Chop up watermelon; mix with finely chopped Basil and Balsamic vinegar.

Fruit Salad:
Cut up whatever fruit you have available, make dressing from cut up mint/ spearmint and passion-fruit to cover rest of fruit and mix well.

Cold Pea Soup

Cold Pea Soup

Cold Pea Soup (this is what I live on in the Australian heat)
Cup of frozen peas, few leaves of Spearmint, a few slices of onion, half an avocado, cup and half of almond milk and a grind of Himalayan rock salt + Black pepper.  Blend ingredients in food processor and enjoy!  (it’s like a healthy pea avocado ice cream).

Scrambled eggs
Are easy to make, and always super delicious with any herbs, my favourites to add are either Garlic/ Rosemary/ Sage/ Thyme/ or Chives.

Scrambled Tofu
Sauté some onion, mushroom, Garlic and red pepper slices, once browned add the broken up tofu (just crumble in chunks with hands), add Turmeric, curry powder, cumin and Braggs amino acids.  Cook until the colour and flavour has gone into the tofu. Finish it off with add a handful of Coriander, cook an extra minute and presto.

Salad with Roast Vegetables
Roast whatever you enjoy and have available sweet potato, pumpkin, onion, Garlic, mushroom, carrot, potatoes, peppers etc.  Be sure to cover in a good dash of olive oil, Rosemary, thyme and a grind of Himalayan rock salt + Black pepper. Prepare a Green salad with Green leaves of choice, celery, cucumber and a few slices of avocado. Top with the Roast vegetables can further add a sprinkle of feta/ pumpkin seeds, Braggs and Olive oil as needed.

In summary



These are just a few of the basics, just have a play around – and next time you are cooking, what herbs can you add to bring some extra flavour to the dish? Taking your average meal from ordinary to extraordinary!

If you have a stellar recipe or tips to share I’d love to hear them, the only thing I like as much as cooking is the eating – and always happy to try a new recipe!



Daily Herbal Habit #4 Herbal Tea

I admit I like the occasional coffee, and I am without a doubt addicted to yerba mate (see the previous post for details), which is my everyday tea.  Yet, first thing in the morning when I wake up I’ve started a new daily herbal habit, and that’s “Fresh Herb tea”.

Brewing some Sage & Parsley

When I say fresh I mean FRESH.  I literally head out to the garden to see what is blooming, take a few leaves to put in hot water and steep for 10+ minutes.   The correct technical term would be herbal “infusion”.

What you may not know is how beneficial and healing these small herbal green leafed garden companions are. I’ve compiled a small list of what I have growing, in a very small space, with minimal effort, and yet maximum benefits:

Sage is an undervalued herb, there is a medieval saying that says ‘why should a man die while he grows sage in his garden’.  It’s all in the name sage of course also means wise, but its Latin name comes from salvare, which means ‘to save’.

It is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, antimicrobial and it clears mucus and reduces sweating. It’s said to prevent diabetes and is incredibly beneficial in treating fevers and colds, sore throat, asthma and headaches as well as indigestion and gastrointestinal upsets. So next time you feel a cold coming on, brew up some sage, mix in some honey and you’re good to go.

Parsley is rich in vitamins A, C and E, and minerals and is anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. It’s also a diuretic – which means it relieves water retention.  This is great to drink or chew on after a garlicky meal as it also refreshes the mouth and breath,  this may be the original reason it made its way on to our plates as a garnish.

You can also find Rosemary Essential Oil in Wayfarers Magic: Comfrey Ointment

 Rosemary: is one of my personal favourites, It was most popular in ancient Rome, it’s prolific and easy to grow. Which is why you can spot it in many home gardens.  It not only boosts your memory but also your brain power and can clear a headache. It is an antioxidant, astringent, anti-inflammatory, stimulates poor circulation as well as being restorative and uplifting.

Thyme Culpeper noted it to be a strengthener of the lungs.  Is antiseptic, antioxidant, tonic,  antispasmodic – which means it relieves muscle spasms and was often used to expel worms.  It’s the herb to go to for asthma, coughing, whooping cough, bronchitis or hay fever.

 Peppermint: Is great for the digestion, relieves muscle spasms, has a cooling effect and yet increases

Herbs planted around the Comfrey are booming! Great companion plant!

sweating.  It’s particularly good for irritable bowel syndrome or sensitive stomachs as it increases the digestive juices, yet relaxes the stomach muscles and relieves cramps, colic and gas.

And these, are just a few of the simple garden herbs, filled with such magic – be sure to look into what you have growing in your garden.  Who knew you had such a delicious, beautiful green and affordable pharmacy right outside.

For those like their tea blended for them be sure to check out the Tea Master healthy blends over at Sensado.  More than anything, sit back, enjoy the taste and reap all the benefits of a good cup of Herbal Tea!

And for those who are still not sold on the benefits of tea, and love your coffee, here is a great post over at Healthy Ambition regarding the benefits of coffee.