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A herbal week

Postby webdragon » Sat May 20, 2006 5:25 pm

I found this in a magazine I collect and thought you would be interested.

I've only posted the weekend at the moment I will scan the others that I have and finish it of in a couple of weeks when I get the rest, also I will post the recipes for the different things that are mentioned like the scrubs and teas.

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Your herbal weekend: Saturday

Postby webdragon » Sat May 20, 2006 5:28 pm

Your herbal weekend: Saturday
Bring together all your knowledge of herbal healing in a weekend of pampering ans sensible living to start you daily herbal routine.
The use of herbs should not be restricted to detox or health problems. By incorporating herbs into your daily routine you can make hill use of their flavour and feel healthier and full of vitality all year - a preventative medicine approach. This need not take up extra time in your day as you can easily adapt your routine to fit them in and you will find that your skin and hair as well as your energy levels and immune system will benefit. Many herbs are vegetables you add to meals without considering their uses other than as vitamin stores.

Begin as you mean to go on
You will start off with a basic herbal weekend, after which you will progress to a whole week. Change recipes to suit your personal preferences and create your own variations; though these are excellent programmes to follow in themselves, they arc intended as a guide for you to learn how to add herbal remedies to your everyday life.

Your Shopping List
You will need the following ingredients as a basis for your herbal weekend, though you may add any others to your shopping list that you wish to include and don't forget you can substitute ingredients if you wish to design a weekend to suit you or if there's an ailment in particular you'd like to build an immunity to:
• Strawberries
• Honey
• Fine ground oatmeal
• Rose petals
• Cucumber
• Lavender
• Chamomile
• Onions
• 2 large flat mushrooms
• Garlic
• Ginger
• Liquorice
• Peppermint leaves Dried sage and onion stuffing 2 eggs
• Salad leaves of your choice
• Olives Feta cheese Dill.
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Your Saturday routine

Postby webdragon » Sat May 20, 2006 5:33 pm

Your Saturday routine
The first day of your herbal weekend is about natural luxury and wholesome food that will ease the pressures of the week and help you wind down for a fun weekend.

Morning
• When you wake up, take advantage of not having to rush to get ready for work and lie quietly in bed for a few I moments. Imagine the day stretching before you and all the little tasks that you'd like to accomplish. Everything you eat and drink during your herbal weekend will nourish and nurture you and infuse you with a sense of well-being, helping you to face every single day's challenges.
• Before your morning shower, make up some lavender skin scrub and use this in the shower to make your skin glow for a perfect start to your day. Lavender is very useful for dry or sore-skin and is a natural' mood-lifter: Remember to rub it in,gently when you wash; this should be a pleasent experience.
• For breakfast, enjoy a bowl of strawberries with a drizzle of honey. Honey is an antiseptic and adds a feel-good factor. You can add yoghurt if you like for an extra boost of energy. Drink a cup of peppermint tea to pep you up. Have a second cup of peppermint tea mid-morning, as this will act as a natural detox at the same time as it refreshes you.

Afternoon
• For lunch, continue your healthy and light trend for the day and make a salad packed with all your favourite green leaves. Add tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, olives or any other ingredients that you enjoy and crumble a small portion of feta cheese over the top of your salad. Make a healthy dressing with natural yoghurt and chopped dill. If you are out shopping or enjoying the sights you can always eat a light, green salad in a cafe instead of having to go home, or take a packed lunch with you and find a pretty, calming place to eat it. the protein from the feta cheese will add energy to your salad lunch, so you should feel bright and breezy through the day.
• Drink several glasses of water or cups of the herbal tea throughout the afternoon to keep your system hydrated and to help eliminate signs of aging. You can buy herbal tea bags or make your own blend from fresh or dried herbs.

Evening/night
• Make stuffed garlic mushrooms for your evening meal using dried sage and onion stuffing mix, onion and garlic. Top the mushrooms with some grated cheddar or sliced feta cheese if you wish and mix a light green salad or rice salad as an accompaniment.
• Use your lavender skin scrub in the shower - you can make enough to use now as well as in the morning so that it will be all ready for you - and to wash your face with.
• If you like, you can blend this recipe with crushed dried or fresh rose petals instead of lavender. To do this with dried petals, place a few in a single layer between two pieces of cling film and crush them gently with a rolling pin before adding them to your oatmeal.
• If you prefer to have a bath instead of a shower, make a herb sachet using both lavender and rose (or another herb suited to your particular needs) to hang beneath the hot tap while the water is running. This will help you to unwind and will ease any muscular tension while it prepares you for a good night's sleep.
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Your herbal weekend: Sunday

Postby webdragon » Sat May 20, 2006 5:40 pm

Your herbal weekend: Sunday
Continue your herbal weekend with a day of rest and recuperation that will set you up for the whole of the week ahead.
Sunday is the traditional day for resting and relaxing. If you have had a night out and a stressful few days before that, you can lounge around and recover your energy before preparing for the new working week. Your herbal recipes tor Sunday will allow you to pamper yourself a little. You can choose to use other recipes from your herbal course, or switch around the meal for lunch and dinner if you prefer. Again, bear in mind as you work through this plan that it's a template for you to adapt and to help you learn how easy herbal living is.

A plan of action
Your Sunday herbs are chosen with relaxation in mind for a luxurious end to your week. In the afternoon and evening your recipes will give you a boost aimed at stimulating you for the coming week. Your bedtime recipe will help you to sleep soundly, so that you wake up refreshed and revitalised. What better transition between weeks?

Your Shopping list
Stock up before the weekend begins so that you don't have to interrupt yourself to pop to the shop or to gather. You will need at least the following ingredients, although you may choose to change the recipes slightly to suit you:
• Dried elderflowers
• Honey
• Strawberries
• Grapes
• Bananas
• Mint
• Thyme
• Lemon balm
• Rosemary
• Apples
• Dried chamomile
• Fresh leaves of dandelion
• Spinach
• Watercress
• Alfalfa
• Garlic
• Cheese
• Parsley
• A baguette
• Olive oil
• Spices
• Hot chocolate powder
• Mallows

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Your Sunday routine

Postby webdragon » Sat May 20, 2006 5:42 pm

Your Sunday routine
The second day of your herbal weekend is a combination of de-stressing and refreshing - getting rid of last week and looking forward to the next one!

Morning
• On waking, have a good stretch and then make yourself a cup of elderflower tea or infusion. Take it back to bed and read a book or magazine. If you prefer to stay up once you've risen, sit in a comfortable chair so that you start your day nurtured. Elderflower helps to keep your skin youthful and stimulates your immune system.
• After the tea, breakfast on fruit compote. This will boost your energy and stimulate your digestive system while it increases your vitamin intake. If you have drunk alcohol the night before, your breakfast will help your body detox. As well as a sweetener, honey is a natural antiseptic.
• Have a shower or bath with the preparation of your choice and ' then prepare for the real pampering to begin.
• Before you dress, prepare a thyme, lemon balm and rosemary footbath. Before you sit and soak your feet in it, make up an apple and chamomile face pack to use at the same time. These will both help you to feel refreshed and revitalised, and your skin will be wonderfully soft and scented. After this, you will be ready to leap into whatever the day and week ahead has in store for you.

Afternoon
• Drink as many cups of elderflower tea as you like throughout the day, or choose another blend that appeals to you or caters for your own personal needs. By the end of the afternoon, if you make it a peaceful one, you will feel almost as though you have had a few days' holiday. If you are going out at any point during the day, choose herbal teas or fruit juices instead of tea or coffee.
• For lunch, have a vitality salad, to accompany garlic, cheese and herb bread. This combination is filling and nourishing and acts as another boost to your immune system. If you are concerned about 'garlic breath', you can add fresh parsley to your salad or chew it after your meal, as this counteracts the smell of garlic.
• Drink plenty of water to counteract any surfeits of tea or coffee from the past week.

Evening/night
• For dinner, make stir-fry vegetables with spicy olive oil. You can eat these with rice, noodles or potatoes. For extra energy, you might choose to include some hummus. This meal will help your circulation and increase your vitamin intake even more.
• If you're in the mood for an alcoholic drink, mix some elderflower punch and relax with this while you enjoy your meal. Afterwards, curl up with a good book, watch some television or whatever relaxing activity you feel like doing. Drink relaxation tea and burn a sedative oil to help you wind down, such as jasmine.
• At bedtime, use a herbal cleanser and facial scrub to suit your skin type to refresh you for the coming week. Really pamper yourself while you have the time -take a bath using a herb sachet, moisturise your skin and use treatments for any irritations.
• Ensure, you sleep well by making hot drinking chocolate with marshmallows, toasting the mallows over your cooker if you don't have an open fire. Place a St John's Wort sleep pillow under your regular one and go to sleep fully prepared for the week.
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Your herbal week: Day 1

Postby webdragon » Sun May 21, 2006 6:13 pm

Your herbal week: Day 1

Take a closer look at a herbal lifestyle and get to know what suits you and what's best for your needs with a week of natural living.
Your weekend routine was a short introduction to living with herbal remedies; now it's lime to learn how to incorporate them into your whole life.You can use this scries in sequence from Monday to Sunday; it's designed as a whole week in which your normal routine is subtly altered so that herbal goodness becomes a natural and automatic part of it.

All for you
Not everyone's lifestyle is the same, of course, so you can shuffle the days or use the recipes that seem most useful for each day. Day 1 's recipes are for Monday, or your version of it. They arc specifically geared towards helping you overcome the 'Monday blues' and will enable you to raise your energy levels after the weekend and to motivate yourself for the week ahead. If you're going out on a Monday night, it might be prudent to look at Day 2's recipes, which arc aimed at giving you a boost of energy that would help you socialise in the evening.

Your shopping list
Below are the basics for your herbal day - you may want to make your own alterations or additions.
• Lavender
• Nettles
• Rosemary or lavender
• Flour
• Oats
• Bicarbonate of soda
• Bananas
• Caster sugar
• Skimmed milk
• Vegetable oil
• Eggs
• Herbal teas
• Lemons
• A baguette
• Garlic
• Fresh chives
• Fresh parsley
• Cheese
• Cranberry juice
• Dried ginkgo
• Dried ginseng
• Dried gotu kola
• Fresh dandelion
• Watercress
• Lettuce
• Alfalfa
• Marigold flowers
• Lemon balm
• Dark chocolate
• Strawberries
• Dried rose petals
• Copal crystals
• Vanilla pods
• Rose oil.

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Your Monday routine

Postby webdragon » Sun May 21, 2006 6:15 pm

Your Monday routine
Don't forget, when trying your Day 1 routine for the first time, to think about how you could alter recipes for your needs and which ones you might like to use every day.

Morning
• When you wake up, lie for a few moments and visualise a positive day stretching ahead, with everything going well.
• Have a shower with your favourite herbal products, to freshen you up for the day ahead. Use a lavender skin scrub and treat your hair to a nettle hair tonic. Towel dry yourself roughly, to stimulate your circulation - or use a loofah in the shower. Pamper your skin with lavender lotion to finish.
• For breakfast, eat some oaty fruit muffins. These help to counteract fatigue from too many late nights and will boost your energy while they settle your digestive system.
• Accompany these" with a cup of herbal tea - St John's Wort if you are feeling under par, or peppermint if you just need to feel vitalised. If you're not in the mood, however, you could drink some fruit juice of your choice instead.
• Squeeze the juice of halt a lemon into a tall glass of very warm water and drink immediately. This will kick-start your metabolism, flush your digestive system and help you to gently detox - do this every day if you can.

Afternoon
• Take a packed lunch with you, if you work or are travelling outside your home, instead of being tempted to splash 'out on unhealthy and expensive ready-made sandwiches. Take cheese and herb bread with a filling such as salad, chicken, tuna or cream cheese to lift you above the midday slump and give you enough momentum to speed through the afternoon.
• Follow this with some fruit if you like, though you will find that the bread is very filling. You can always snack on it during the afternoon.
• Drink herb teas during the afternoon, instead of caffeinated tea or coffee, and avoid soft drinks. You might like to drink a glass of unsweetened cranberry juice daily if you are prone to bladder infections.
• If your day is busy, prevent stress getting a foothold with a gotu kola memory-boosting tonic. You can make it the night before.

Evening/night
• For dinner, make a vitality salad, dress it with a herbal vinegar and eat it with an omelette - a calendula one if you like - or with white meat, oily fish or a vegetarian alternative.
• Drink spring water to accompany it. If you like a glass of wine with your meal, replace it with a lemon balm wine cup to calm you but perk up your senses to enjoy the remainder of your day.
• To complete your meal, and leave you feeling really pampered, have chocolate strawberries as a dessert. You should now be nicely relaxed for the evening and feeling warm and fuzzy and fully recovered from the hectic day that you've had. Share them with your partner and let your awakened libidos dictate the activities of the evening!
• To complete the day, and to bring refreshing sleep and .sweet dreams, burn some rose and vanilla incense. This can also work to invoke a romantic and sensual mood and is very comforting. It will lull you into a deep slumber and, when you wake up in the morning, the beautiful fragrance will still be lingering in your bedroom.
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Your herbal week: Day 2

Postby webdragon » Sun Jun 11, 2006 6:31 pm

Your herbal week: Day 2

On day 2 in your herbal week is assumed to be a Tuesday, but you can change the days around if you need to so that they At in with your own schedule. As always, be creative with the recipes. Switch them around if you like and add to them or change the ingredients to suit your tastes. You will find it extremely handy to make a list of what you need and go shopping before the week begins so that you don't need to spend time today getting ingredients together.

A night on the town
It can help you further, if you feel you are too busy to stick to a routine, if you prepare foods the weekend or night before, or have a stock of baguettes, for instance, in your freezer and lotions or herb bags in the bathroom. That way you have instant access to remedies. Day 2 recipes are geared towards weekday socialising after work, when you have very little time during which to cook or to get ready to go out.

Your shopping list
You will need the following ingredients:
Herb bread from Day 1 Olive oil
• Pitted olives Tomato puree
• Garlic
• Salt and pepper
• Tomatoes
• Couscous
• Peppermint
• An onion
• Mushrooms
• A red pepper
• A green pepper
• Broccoli
• Chamomile flowers
• Lavender flowers
• Lemon leaves for your refreshing lotion
• Cayenne pepper
• Vegetable oil
• Oats
• Strawberries
• Apple
• Milk thistle
• Chamomile tea
• Lavender oil
• Jasmine oil
• Bergamot oil.
Many of the recipes can be prepared and stored beforehand, for example you could make the lemon and lavender lotion the weekend before and use it at other times as well.
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Your Tuesday routine

Postby webdragon » Sun Jun 11, 2006 6:33 pm

Your Tuesday routine
You won't feel quite so much like you've been dragged through a hedge backwards on Wednesday if you prepare yourself properly on Tuesday!

Morning
• When you wake, rather than leaping out of bed and beginning your day, take a few minutes to think about the day ahead, and to stretch out and relax. Visualise your day going well, with everyone co-operating with you and work running smoothly. Keep a prepared blend of cayenne massage oil nearby (you jwill need to prepare this well in advance) and sit in a comfortable chair to massage it into your feet and hands. This will give your circulation a morning boost and make you feel warm and energised, ready for the challenges of the day. This sets up a positive mental attitude that will be met with corresponding reactions from those around you.
• Have a shower with the herbal preparation of. your choice and drink some herb tea or fresh fruit juice while you prepare breakfast.
• If you have any herb bread left over from Day 1, toast this for your morning meal and eat it with a savoury spread such as marmite or vegemite. This will kick-start your day, and boost your energy levels. If you don't have any left, make some porridge and eat it with honey as a sweetener - oats are a fabulous tonic to balance your system.

Afternoon
• For lunch, treat your digestive system to delicious wholemeal sandwiches filled with olive and tomato pate. As this keeps in the fridge for several days, you could make a batch over the weekend and store it for snacks throughout the week. It also can be used as a stock to flavour other foods such as rice, soups or pasta. You can use a baguette or pitta bread as the base if you prefer. This will increase your energy level while helping you to avoid mid-afternoon slumps or sleepiness.
• Have a fruit salad for dessert (an apple will clean your teeth naturally and refresh your palate, strawberries boost your well-being, flavour with cinnamon to invigorate you) and a cup of the herb tea of your choice.
• Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep yourself well hydrated, help your skin to glow and prevent urges to nibble at junk foods.

Evening night
• When you arrive home, have a warm shower and spritz your skin with lemon and lavender lotion so you feel awake and refreshed, ready for the evening. It will also help your skin to look its very best as it is deep-cleansing.
• Allow yourself to sit down for 10 minutes before preparing a meal. Drink a milk thistle herbal tea if you plan to indulge in a drink or two as this will protect your liver.
• For dinner, make peppermint couscous. This is quick, easy and very nourishing. Eat it with some tofu, chicken or fish for extra protein. Drink a cup of peppermint tea to help your mind release any concerns from the day and to get you in gear for the evening ahead.
• At bedtime, after your evening out, drink a cup of chamomile tea. This will help you to sleep, so you wake feeling refreshed and revitalised the following day.
• Place a sedative essential oil blend in your vapouriser at least an hour before you go to sleep, containing lavender, jasmine and bergamot (Sedative aromatherapy oils). This will help you get a proper night's sleep even after all the excitement of the day.
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Your herbal week: Day 3

Postby webdragon » Sun Jun 11, 2006 6:34 pm

Your herbal week: Day 3

Avoid the mid-week blues and keep yourself content andjeeling great until the weekend arrives with an indulgent day of herbal pampering.

Wednesdays are often associated with a mid-week slump. The weekend seems far behind vou and the weekend ahead appears to be a distant fantasy. For Day 3, your herbal routine lets you pamper yourself to avoid the blues. Plan treats like a wine cup at the end of the day. Why not invite a friend around for the evening? You can indulge yourselves by watching a favourite film or making plans for future nights out or holidays.

Thinking ahead
You might not feel like doing much work to keep up your routine at this point, which is where planning in advance really starts to come in handy. Make your dinnertime flan earlier, when you have more energy, and keep it in the fridge for two days or in the freezer, ready for reheating. You can even save some of the flan to eat cold for your lunch on Day 4. By limiting the work you have to do, you can just concentrate on having a fun day.

Your shopping list
Youu will need the allowing ingredients:
• Unscented shampoo and conditioner
• Essential oils or dried herbs of your choice
• Muesli
• Honey
• Dandelion coffee
• Eggs
• Cress
• Cooked chicken breast
• Mayonnaise
• Chutney
• Lime and lemon
• Celery
• Lettuce
• Strawberries
• Herbal teas
• Apples
• Chamomile
• Witch hazel
• Rose and lavender petals
• A sheet of frozen pastry
• Cream
• Courgettes
• Onions
• Olives
• White wine
• Olive oil
• A pack of feta cheese
• 4 oz of Cheddar
• Mixed fruit
• Echinacea
• Thyme
• Lemon balm.
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Your Wednesday routine

Postby webdragon » Sun Jun 11, 2006 6:35 pm

Your Wednesday routine

Don't force yourself to keep up the pace when mid-week hits. You'll do much better if you allow your body pause for the break it needs and ready it to get going again.

Morning
• Use your favourite herbal shower or bath preparation - your favourite smells can be a real boost on a groggy morning. You could also add essential oils to an unscented base shampoo or conditioner and even some dried herbs to Infuse their properties over time. Rosemary, lemon or geranium are ideal if you feel sluggish in the mornings, or try rose for a soothing and calming start to your day.
• For breakfast, have muesli or cereal with some sliced strawberries and apples in it. This sets you off with a charge of energy that will carry you through the morning. The combination of muesli or cereal with fruit adds a vitamin boost, too. Finish with a slice of toast spread with rose and lavender honey, which you can make a jar of to keep in the fridge. Drink a glass of orange juice or a herb tea of your choice.
• Boil an egg while you are preparing breakfast to mash roughly and use in your lunchtime egg and cress sandwich.
• Drink dandelion coffee instead of caffeinated coffee if you need an energy kick mid-morning.

Afternoon
• For lunch, have an egg and cress sandwich or roll. The high protein content of the egg will strengthen you for the afternoon and cress is rich in iron, which helps you to maintain your energy levels.
• You can follow this with a crunchy salad if you're hungry. If you have any strawberries left over from your breakfast and you feel adventurous you can have a strawberry salad.
• As a dessert or mid-afternoon snack, eat an apple or orange delicious with no preparation required!
• If you are feeling a bit low in spirits, drink chamomile or St John's Wort tea throughout the afternoon. Chamornile will help you to stay calm if you are having a stressful day, and St John's Wort is an immediate and effective mood-elevator. If you're starting to feel mid-week aches, you'll find peppermint tea is a great cure-all.

Evening/night
• When you arrive home, make up some wine cup with chilled white wine and lemon balm and sit quietly while you sip a glass of it and review your day. Don't be tempted to have more than one glass before dinner, though, as it will relax you too much and you may not feel like cooking!
• If a friend is joining you for the evening, you can cook dinner together, sipping your wine as you do so. Make a Greek flan, and serve this with salad, or with new potatoes and a green vegetable. This delicious flan is rich if you choose to use cream, but you can substitute it for creme fraiche if you prefer. As it is just as tasty cold as it is hot, save some for your lunch the next day.
• As a dessert, have a simple fruit compote to refresh your palate and leave you feeling as if you've had a feast.
• While you relax for the evening, either alone or in company, try an apple and chamomile face pack to make your skin soft and smooth.
• Before bed, relax in the bath with an echinacea, chamomile and thyme sachet.
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Healing herbal bath sachet

Postby webdragon » Sun Jun 11, 2006 6:49 pm

Healing herbal bath sachet

One of the best ways to promote healing is to relax and what better way to do this than in a nice hot bathtub? You should also add a herbal bath sachet to your soak to allow any infected skin to be treated by the antifungal properties of your healing herbs. To create this you will need:
• Muslin cloth
• Ribbons
• Echinacea, chamomile and thyme.
1 In a circle of muslin, mix together a handful of chamomile and thyme.
2 Open an echinacea tea bag, and add all of the contents into your bath sachet.
3 Tie with a ribbon and suspend beneath the hot tap while your bath is running.
4 Soak in the bath for at least 10 minutes. Remember to dry yourself well as fungus thrives in damp areas.
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Lemon and Lavender Tonic

Postby webdragon » Sun Jun 11, 2006 6:54 pm

Lemon and Lavender Tonic

This lotion has a sweet fresh fragrance and is wonderful for cooling you down during hot weather. It will also remove any grime that rests beneath the surface of your skin and can be used as a toner, a spritzer for your face and body, a gentle antiseptic and a hair rinse if you have fair hair. Make it up in small quantities as it only lasts two or three days. You will need:
• 2 tbsps lavender flowers
• 2 tbsps lemon leaves
• 1 pint of water.
Add the lavender flowers and lemon leaves to the water.
Bring this slowly to the boil in a saucepan and then leave it to gently simmer for three minutes.
Remove from the heat and let it infuse for about an hour.
Strain the mixture to separate the herbs and then discard them, then pour the liquid into a bottle.
Cap it tightly, and keep it in the fridge for up to three days.
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Olive and tomato pate

Postby webdragon » Sun Jun 11, 2006 6:56 pm

Olive and tomato pate

This deliciously more-ish vegetarian pate can be spread onto crackers or toast, put in your lunchtime sandwiches on its own or with salad or cheese or even served as a dip or starter. You can add red or green peppers for a taste festival or thin the pate with a little red wine to create a lush party dip for vegetable or bread sticks.
You will need:
• 2 tbsps olive oil
• A small jar of pitted olives
• 3 tbsps tomato puree
• 1/4 of an onion
• A clove of garlic, finely chopped
• A dash of pepper
• 1 fresh tomato, cut into very small chunks.

* Drain the liquid from the olives and mash them into a rough paste. You can use a blender if you wish.
* Gently fry the onion and garlic in the olive oil over a low heat.
* Finish by adding the rest of the ingredients and stirring thoroughly.
* You can store your pate in the fridge for up to three days.
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Peppermint couscous

Postby webdragon » Sun Jun 11, 2006 6:59 pm

Peppermint couscous

Peppermint is very popular in Middle Eastern cooking and works well with couscous. Experiment with different variations of vegetables and meat.
• Stir-fry four ounces of couscous in a teaspoon of olive oil in a saucepan for one minute.
• Add a teaspoon of fresh peppermint leaves and a quarter of a pint of boiling water to cover the couscous. Place a tight lid or a plate on top of the pan, remove from the heat and leave it to soak for 10 minutes.
• Meanwhile, stir-fry a sliced onion, a couple of mushrooms, sliced red and green pepper and some broccoli. Add the couscous and stir well. Garnish with a sprig of fresh peppermint.
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Rose and Lavender Honey

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Rose and Lavender Honey

Keeping your skin in the best condition possible is a key factor in fighting the cuts and grazes you experience. Strong skin won't break so easily and will get to work healing itself immediately. To make this honey, which contains numerous skin-strengthening herbs and can easily be included in your diet, you will need:
• 2 handfuls rose petals
• 2 handfuls lavender petals
• 1 litre hot water
• 500g honey.
1. Soak 2 handfuls each of rose and lavender petals in a litre of hot water overnight.
2. Strain the mixture, reserving the liquid. Add 500g of honey to the liquid and heat gently until it becomes syrup.
3. Skim the top and pour the remainder into a sterilised jar. Use it in drinks and cooking.
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Salad with Strawberries

Postby webdragon » Sun Jun 11, 2006 7:03 pm

Salad with Strawberries

This unusual salad can be made with Quorn instead of chicken and still tastes just as delicious. Be as inventive as you wish with the ingredients. You could substitute

piccalilli for the chutney or add raisins or sultanas if you wish. You will need:
A cooked chicken breast, cubed
• 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
• 2 tbsps of chutney
• 1 tsp each of grated lime and lemon zest
• 1 tsp each of the juice
• A pinch of salt
• 1/2 a raw, sliced onion
• A stick of celery, sliced
• Some lettuce leaves
• A large punnet of washed and halved strawberries.

Line a bowl with the lettuce, then mix together all the other ingredients and place them in the centre of the lettuce so that its edges can be seen.
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Stimulating cayenne massage oil

Postby webdragon » Sun Jun 11, 2006 7:05 pm

Stimulating cayenne massage oil

To make your own stimulating massage blend to warm the extremities and boost the circulatory system, try this recipe.
You will need:
• 25g dried cayenne
• 300ml vegetable oil.

Stir the powdered spice into the oil and leave for 10 days. Strain the oil through a muslin cloth, or a fine sieve and store it in a bottle.
Massage the oil into your hands and feet to improve the circulation. This blend is also useful for warming stiff, aching muscles.
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Stimulating thyme footbath

Postby webdragon » Sun Jun 11, 2006 7:07 pm

Stimulating thyme footbath

This footbath utilises the stimulating properties of thyme, lemon balm and rosemary to create an aromatic and invigorating footbath, which will help bring tired feet back to life and leave you feeling energised and perky. To create this footbath, you will need:
• Hot water
• lemon balm, thyme and rosemary.

1. Fill a bowl or footbath with hot water - you should be able to put your feet into it without feeling any discomfort.
2. Add sprigs of lemon balm, rosemary and thyme and leave to cool for a few minutes.
3. Soak your feet in the water for 10 minutes and breathe deeply.
4. Rotate your foot about the ankle and curl and uncurl your toes to gently awaken its muscles.
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Wine cup with lemon balm

Postby webdragon » Sun Jun 11, 2006 7:09 pm

Wine cup with lemon balm

This wine is an excellent summer complement. You can drink it with a meal, serve it at a party or pour a glass and relax outside on warm evenings. You can also add this mixture to a fruit punch, or use it to marinate summer fruits for an hour or two before eating. You will need:
• A chilled bottle of medium dry white wine
• Two sprigs of lemon balm
• Chopped fruit to be added liberally or a fruit salad to pour it over.

* Wash the two sprigs of lemon balm leaves carefully in cold running water. Pour the wine into a jug and add the sprigs of lemon balm.
* Stir it well, cover it with a cloth or some cling film and put it back in the fridge to marinate for at least two hours. Vary the time you leave the mixture according to your taste.
* If you wish you can leave the lemon in the wine when you serve it and you can also garnish it with a fresh leaf in each glass.
* If you are planning to serve your wine with chicken at a dinner party you may also want to include some lemon balm in with the dish as a complementary spice.
* Simply wash and chop your lemon balm (as you did with the salad) and put it in your marinade before you taste.
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