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5 to forage in July

5 to Forage in July

5 TO FORAGE IN JULY Summer is rolling along now and most of us in the UK have at last had a sight of sun. A wet and cold June paid havoc with the early summer blooms but everything seems to be on catch up now so there’s plenty to get out and forage for…

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The Secret Garden – From an Engineers’ Canteen to an Enchanting Community Garden:

The Secret Garden, at the Chantry Centre, Dursley

How permaculture principles have been secretly in action over 21 seasons of progress Transformational change 5 years ago I noticed a call-out from Transition Cam & Dursley in our local paper. They were seeking volunteers to help transform the space at the back of a local community venue, The Chantry Centre. This week I visited…

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Weleda Insight Day

Magical day I was thrilled to be invited by Permanent Publications to the Weleda Insight Day – an invitation made to all readers of Permaculture Magazine. It proved a day to surpass expectations. I hesitate to use ‘magical’ terms for fear of detracting from the factual base and deep-thinking that contributes to the biodynamic approach,…

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My favourite and most simple way to use rosewater

Damask rose is best for use with rosewater

Rosewater is a heavenly skincare ingredient. Fragrant and refreshing it can lighten a natural skincare blend while bringing a touch of flower-filled romance to the simplest products. Using rosewater There are many ways to use rosewater so it’s always worth having some in supply. It’s quite easy to make your own, but do be careful…

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Rosewater Essential Guide

How to make rosewater two simple methods

The Essential Guide to making your own Rosewater Rosewater is a fundamental in skincare, as an ingredient it crops up in many blend it yourself recipes and it can be used on its own when cleansing, toning, bathing and refreshing. It’s even a calming and restorative cure for a headache. So rosewater is a staple…

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5 to forage in June

Natural Skincare ingredients to forage in June

5 TO FORAGE IN JUNE June is a fantastic month to forage for natural skincare ingredients. There are many flowers and leaves in both hedgerows and gardens. If you can, pick in full sun and then use fresh right away, or alternatively dry for later use. To dry your plant material, either hang in bunches…

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5 to forage in May

5 common plants that you can gather in May and used in blend it yourself skincare

Grab the opportunity of any sunny spells between the storms to explore locally and see which new skincare plants you can find. You might stumble upon a new favourite. All the sunshine and rain has encouraged luscious new growth so you may need to forage a bit deeper among the greens to spot these five…

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5 to forage in April

5 plants to forage in April and use in Blend it Yourself Skincare

Fresh skincare in April Make the most of any sunny days in April to go out for a walk and seek among the new shoots some fresh gatherings for Blend-it-Yourself skincare. Here five things to look out for and how you can use them. Daisy Daisy’s are one of those flowers that open up when…

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5 weeds I can’t weed out (and wouldn’t want to)

Many of the plants that grow commonly around us can bring vitality to our skincare for example dandelions, cleavers, nettles, plantain and chickweed. Here Laura Pardoe provides recipes for natural skincare using the herbs that grow around plentifully us.

This is an article published recently by Permaculture Magazine.   ‘Weed’ is a controversial term. I feel slanderous using it. Every definition I can find references weeds as either unwanted or feeble. At best they are misplaced. (Curious that the same word can be used as a derogatory term for something that is either too vigorous,…

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Top 5 Take Outs: Hot Topics for Natural Skincare

Hot Topics for natural skincare This week I was at the Natural & Organics Products Show at Excel in London. It felt quite different from my experience there two years ago. Here’s what I observed and what I learnt. Keeping it simple, I’ve focused on my Top 5 take-outs to share with you. My top…

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