Thursday, April 30, 2009

Swine Flu Prevention the Natural Way

I know we're all a little worried right now but there's no reason to panic!

Here are a few things you can do:
  • Strengthen your immune system with herbs (elder blossoms and berries, lemon balm...etc), vitamin C (from natural source: berries, citrus fruits, hibiscus tea, rosehips, kiwi, mango...etc), coconut oil, bee products (I have experienced the healing properties of propolis), probiotics and fermented foods (yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut...etc)
  • Eat wholesome and nourishing foods
  • Don't stress: stress weakens the immune system
  • Get proper sleep
  • Stay hydrated with water, homemade lemonade (rich in vitamin C as well), apple cider vinegar drink (1 tsp apple cider vinegar (herbally infused even better) + 1 tsp honey + hot water - my personal preference - but cold water works too), herbal teas (hot or cold), nourishing herbal infusions, homemade fruit/veggie juices and smoothies (avoid commercial juice which often have added flavorings and are overly sweet)...
I also recommend you read the following posts:

2ND BI-MONTHLY BOOK GIVEAWAY/RAFFLE

Reserved to US customers placing an order in my Etsy shop between May 1st and June 30th, and who wish to participate to the raffle.
The book chosen for this giveaway is "Organic Beauty" by Josephine Fainley. The winner will be notified by email on June 30th.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

May 1st : Beltane Sale at Alchemille's Garden

My Mother always refers to Beltane's Eve as Walpurgis Nacht. In German folklore, it's the night when Witches and Fairies come out and can be seen.


Therefore on May 1st, I'll be offering -25% off selected Faery items,
including the following ones:

*TEAS*
Les Fées de l'Aube
Cottage Fairy Blend
Faery Magick
Timeless Tea
All my Luna/Moon Teas

*SKINCARE / BODYCARE*
Summer Fairy Facial Elixir
Spring Fairy Facial Elixir
Cottage Fairy Facial Elixir
Faery Cream
Calendula Spring Balm (Lip Balm)
Ancient Forest Cream
Wise Woman Spring Cream
My Fair Lady Face Powder

*PAMPERING PACKS*
Summer Fairy Beauty Pack
Very Faery Pampering Pack
Moon Goddess Lunar Pampering Pack

Please note that starting from May 1st, I'll be switching to my Summer Catalog. Some items may not be available afterwards.

Friday, April 24, 2009

PAMPERING PACKS

Lately I am into Pampering Packs which are combos of teas, oils and/or creams with a theme.

I currently offer 5 of them:
  • The Moon Goddess Lunar Pampering Pack contains 4 Luna Teas to align yourself with the 4 main phases of the Moon
  • The Triple Goddess Tea Time Pack contains 3 teas for women. These teas are nourishing, soothing and healing. They are really tasty too and personal favorites!
  • The Very Faery Pampering Pack contains 1 Faery Cream and 1 Faery Tea of your choice (there are 3 to choose from)
  • The Bellydancer Pampering Pack contains 1 Bellydancer Blend, 1 Moroccan Face Mask and 1 Moroccan Body Scrub
  • The Summer Fairy Beauty Pack contains 1 Faery Cream and 1 Summer Fairy Facial Elixir (Fairy Beauty Packs vary with the Seasons)
Feel free to check individual listings for ingredients and informations.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Bread on a Gluten Free Diet

If there is a major food that one often has to give up on a gluten free diet: it's bread!
Don't be fooled by gluten free bread mixes and recipes that contain a long list of ingredients (including, very often, lots of starches and gums), they result in barely edible "foods" with a dense, sticky spongy texture that no purist would ever call bread!

So what can you do?

If you CAN'T have grains at all (even gluten free ones), try the following recipes which I recommend because I have tried them myself:

-Elana's Simple Bread (made with almond flour but can be made with any nut or seed flour) http://www.elanaspantry.com/simple-bread/

-Elana's Sandwich Bread (also made with almond flour and other ingredients)
http://www.elanaspantry.com/gluten-free-bread-20/

-Coconut Flour Bread (obviously made with coconut flour. Butter/ghee can be replaced by coconut oil. This recipe can be found in Bruce Fife's book "Cooking with Coconut Flour")
http://www.cheeseslave.com/2008/11/26/coconut-flour-bread/

You may also consider:
-Kiva's Golden Flax Bread (made with flax meal and some almond meal) http://bearmedicineherbals.com/?p=394

You can also check these Paleo Baking Recipes (which include breads, pancakes, cakes, muffins and cookies):
http://paleofood.com/baked.htm

Now, if you CAN have GF grains, why not try my customizable Faux Bread Recipe?

For this FAUX BREAD, you'll need:
  • 1 cup to 1 1/4 cups of nut or seed flour/meal of your choice (freshly ground is better)
  • 1 cup cooked and cooled grains - leftovers are fine (make sure to presoak the grains for 8 hours in slightly acidic water prior to cooking, in order to maximize the absorption of nutrients).
  • 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of flour of your choice (chestnut flour, wild rice flour, flaxmeal...etc)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp agave syrup, maple syrup or honey (you can also try substituting these with mesquite flour)
  • 1/8 tsp to 1/4 tsp sea salt (I like the Himalayan salt)
  • 1/2 tsp GF baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • Water or nut milk, if necessary

Preheat the oven to 350 F.
In a large bowl, mix the nut flour, cooked grains, flour, sea salt and baking powder.
In another bowl, whisk the eggs with the sweetener and the vinegar.
Stir the wet mixture into the dry one and mix thoroughly.
If the batter is to dry, add a little bit of water or nut milk but make sure the batter remains thick and not liquidy.
Pour the batter in a greased 6"x 3" baking pan and place the pan in the over. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes.
Wait for the bread to cool before slicing and serving.

Tip #1: I prefer using my Anchor Hocking square "Bake N Store" glass pan. I can get bigger slices with this pan.

Tip #2: Freeze the slices for later use. You can also keep the bread in the fridge but keep in mind that GF bread generally doesn't stay fresh as long as store bought bread.

Other good GF bread options are homemade crepes, pancakes (use buttermilk and let the batter soak overnight), flat bread made with soaked grains, muffins, popovers and scones.

Note that legumes and grains naturally contain phytates which prevent your body from absorbing nutrients if they are not properly prepared, which means that they either need to be soaked, fermented or sprouted.

I will recommend some cookbooks in a future post...In the meantime, enjoy your breads ;).

Traditional Foods for Every Budget

This article can help you make the wisest choices with your budget when grocery shopping.
http://nourishedkitchen.com/good-better-best-traditional-foods-for-every-budget/

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

EARTH DAY SALE AT ALCHEMILLE'S GARDEN

Celebrate Earth Day with Alchemille's Garden

On April 22nd, I offer -25% off everything in my Etsy Shop
(Discount will be refunded through paypal)

Thursday, April 09, 2009

April's Tea Selection: GREEN WITCH BREW

This wonderful blend comes straight from the Green Witch's Herb Garden ;). It has a very pleasant floral/herbal aroma and is really soothing. This tea can be enjoyed both in the morning and in the afternoon.

My Green Witch Brew is hand blended with organic black tea, organic lavender, organic rosemary, organic lemon balm & pesticide-free rose petals.

Enjoy ;).
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