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There is something particularly uplifting about the flowers of spring, especially those brave enough to appear in very early spring. Witch hazel is one of these, appearing from January onwards. Ours is still in flower, though soon it will fade. It is hard to describe the delicate, pure, clear smell of witch hazel, which has to be one of my favourites. 

We use an extract from the bark in a number of our natural vegan skincare products. It is rich in tannins and acts as an anti-oxidant, helping to reduce inflammation and tone the skin.

 

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Witch Hazel

Spring is always associated with cleansing and detoxing. We encourage you to begin by using skin care products that don't contain harsh and damaging chemicals. What we put on our bodies is as important as what we put into them. When cleansing your face, we recommend the ultra deep but gentle cleansing of our fabulous cleansing oils, packed with organic plant oils rich in anti-oxidants . Whilst for some it may seem counter-intuitive to use oil to cleanse the skin, it is super effective yet nourishing, protecting the skin's own acid mantle, sweeping away dirt, make-up and impurities. This can be incredibly helpful with oily skin as well as other skin types. We are currently offering a free organic muslin face cloth with every purchase of facial cleansing oil, providing additional gentle exfoliation.

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Choosing simple unprocessed foods and extending the time from our evening meal till the first food we eat the following day, maybe till lunch time (sometimes referred to as intermittent fasting) can help allow our body to begin cleansing from the inside. You can also take herbs to gently encourage elimination - our detox tincture contains some safe and gentle herbs (dandelion root, dandelion leaf, nettle and cleavers) that I find invaluable as part of an inner cleansing process.  You may also consider reducing alcohol and caffeine intake and drinking more water.

Our natural vegan face creams

Wild Garlic Pesto

The wild garlic has now sprung up in our local woodland and fresh dandelion leaves are appearing too. Both make a nourishing, mineral rich and cleansing addition to salads. Here is a recipe for wild garlic pesto (delicious as a spread or mixed with rice or pasta)

Ingredients Wild Garlic Pesto

 

  • 100g wild garlic

  • 50g parmesan grated

  • 50g hazelnuts or sunflower seeds semi ground and lightly toasted in a thick pan before using

  • 30ml olive oil

  • lemon juice, to taste (half a squeezed lemon per jar is a good guide)

  • salt and pepper to taste

Method (prep time15 min)

 

Thoroughly wash and shake or spin dry your wild garlic and add to a food processor. Blitz until fairly well broken up (you can also chop very finely for a more textured pesto if you don’t have a food processor). Next add your parmesan and stir in. Finally add the hazelnuts, olive oil, salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste. Mix further in a food processor or for a more traditional approach slowly blend together in a large pestle and mortar till the desired consistency is reached

Detox Tincture 
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Wild Garlic
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