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5 to Forage in September

We’ve had a few blasts of on-coming winter in the past couple of weeks leaving a decidedly autumnal tinge in the air but still summer clings on and we’re able to gather ripening fruit on sunny days. There’s nothing quite like sitting outdoors stoning plums or coring apples in an effort to preserve the year’s…

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Platinum Award for Vital Skincare

Janey Loves platinum award winner

Top award for refreshing book Vital Skincare, written by Field Fresh Skincare founder, Laura Pardoe, was honoured with the highest accolade of a Platinum Award in the Janey Loves awards this week. The awards were announced in London on Wednesday 11th September at the Hello Love event – a week of showcasing the best non-toxic healthcare…

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5 to forage in August

August is the lazy peak of summer, a time when a little disarray seems to be order of the day. Lush growth is now either scorched or squashed, depending on whether you’ve had the searing heat or the overwhelming rain. This season of peak everything can also mean peak exhaustion if you’re a parent juggling…

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Buddleja the skincare bush

Buddleja and butterflies Buddleja davidii is known as the ‘butterfly bush’ because butterflies so often flutter around it gathering nectar. It’s also attractive to bees and moths. It’s possible that the nectar is so good because its packed full of benefits from the buddleja – what is it that those insects instinctively know? Another name we…

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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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