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Recipies for herbal week

Postby webdragon » Sun May 21, 2006 5:44 pm

Here is a list of recipes for the herbal week Herbal Week

Hope you enjoy it.

Have fun.

There is a few that you chocolate lovers will like :wink:

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Apple and chamomile face pack

Postby webdragon » Sun May 21, 2006 5:46 pm

Apple and chamomile face pack

If you suffer from oily skin, you might find it helps to regularly use a home-made apple and chamomile face pack that will thoroughly cleanse your skin by removing all dirt and gently getting rid of dead skin and blackheads.
You will need:
• An apple
• Half an ounce chamomile flowers
• 1 tsp honey
• Handful of oatmeal.

1 Liquidise the apple and chamomile flowers.
2 Mix this into enough fine oatmeal to create a smooth consistency.
3 Apply this mixture to your face, making sure to avoid your eyes and lips, and leave it on for about five minutes.
4 Wash off with warm water. Finish by toning skin with witch hazel.
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Calandula omelette

Postby webdragon » Sun May 21, 2006 5:47 pm

Calandula omelette

The healing properties of calendula combine with a delightful fragrance and taste when you use the petals in your cooking.
• You can add the petals to rice, cheese dishes, custards, scones and cakes to create a gorgeous golden yellow colour. Avoid using the centre of the flower as this tastes bitter, but the petals provide a subtle taste and add colour. A calendula omelette can be eaten with salad or as a snack.
• Beat two eggs in a bowl and add a teaspoon of calendula petals, and a dash of milk and salt and pepper.
• Grate an ounce of your favourite cheese into the mixture and beat it well.
• Heat a knob of butter in an omelette pan, pour in the egg mixture and cook slowly, turning once, until it is fluffy and golden. Serve immediately while still hot.
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Chocolate strawberries

Postby webdragon » Sun May 21, 2006 5:48 pm

Chocolate strawberries

Strawberries, with their bright, juicy sweetness, are irresistible when combined with sensual chocolate. Include this dessert in your romantic meal; you can make the strawberries together with your partner and feed them to each other when they're done! You will need:
• Large bar of dark cooking chocolate
• Punnet of fresh, ripe strawberries
• Milk, white or dark chocolate, grated
• Pan of boiling water and glass bowl
• Small fondue set.

1 Melt some chocolate in a fondue set, or in a bowl standing over a pan of hot water.
2 Dip the fruit in the melted chocolate.
3 Stand the covered strawberries in a nest of grated chocolate and allow them to cool and harden.
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Drinking chocolate

Postby webdragon » Sun May 21, 2006 5:49 pm

Drinking chocolate

This soothes anxiety and depression. The combination of the mood-lifting properties of chocolate and the uplifting and healing sweetness of marshmallows make this drink a luxurious experience. You can simply use ordinary powdered shop-bought drinking chocolate, but if you really want to treat yourself, try this with real chocolate!
• Peel a mallow root and, using a fork, toast it gently over a source of heat for a minute until it puffs up and expands to become soft, fluffy and sticky. Set the mallow aside.
• Bring a cup of milk slowly to simmering point and, in the meantime, finely grate 75 grams of dark chocolate. Add this to the hot milk along with a pinch of cinnamon and stir well before pouring into a cup. Top with the fluffy mallow, sprinkle with chocolate and it's ready to enjoy.
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Elderflower Infusion

Postby webdragon » Sun May 21, 2006 5:50 pm

Elderflower Infusion

This wonderful infusion can be drunk as often as you wish. It is good for colds, coughs, fevers, chest infections and inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatism. You can use the infusion to bathe your eyes if they are sore or irritated. You can rub it onto your skin to repel insect bites, or you can add a capful to your bath to soothe sore irritated skin and reduce a high-temperature. You will need:
• a handful of dried elderflowers
• a litre of hot water
• an airtight container or scalable bottle.

• Take half a handful of dried elderflowers and then add them to a litre of hot water.
• Leave the mixture to infuse for 10 minutes, and then strain it and pour the liquid into an airtight container.
• Keep it in the fridge for up to two days.
• You can add the infusion to your bath without straining the liquid if you wish. Try combining your elderflower bath with a warm cup of the infusion.
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Garlic, Cheese and Herb bread

Postby webdragon » Sun May 21, 2006 5:51 pm

Garlic, Cheese and Herb bread

Plain or garnished garlic bread is a delicious accompaniment to soups, stews, pasta, pizza or salads. This variation is very quick to make and can be eaten on its own, as a light meal, or as an accompaniment.
• Cut a baguette or French loaf lengthways.
• Finely chop four cloves of garlic and blend them wifh enough butter to cover the cut sides of the bread.
• Spread the mixture on the bread and then sprinkle chopped chives and parsley on the lower side of the cut loaf.
• Cover this with grated cheese, and then put the sides of the loaf back together, wrap in foil and bake in a hot oven for 10 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for a further three minutes to crisp the surface.
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Your herbal relaxation tea

Postby webdragon » Sun May 21, 2006 5:52 pm

Your herbal relaxation tea

This relaxation tea will help you relax and will also stimulate blood flow around your body, reduce headache symptoms and stimulate your immune system. If you suffer from migraines or insomnia, drink this tea to help you deal with the problem. You will need:
• 1 tsp dried feverfew flowers
• 1 tsp ginkgo biloba leaf
• 1 tsp dried valerian root
• 1 tsp organic honey
• 1 cup boiling water.

1. Add the feverfew to a cup of boiling water.
2. Shred the ginkgo biloba leaves finely and add them to the cup.
3. Add the valerian root and organic honey to reduce bitterness.
4. Allow the tea to steep for five minutes.
5. Strain the tea and drink while still warm.
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Herbal vinegar

Postby webdragon » Sun May 21, 2006 5:52 pm

Herbal vinegar

Home-made vinegar keeps for a month in the cupboard, and much longer if it is refrigerated; with this recipe you can make up a batch and use it for some time. Echinacea flowers are high in cichoric acid, which slows the reproduction of viruses, so this herb vinegar is especially useful when you are unwell and can also act as a preventative against illness.
• Half-fill an attractive bottle with good quality vinegar. Add a few sprigs of echinacea flowers and a sprig of rosemary and thyme.
• Chop a clove of garlic into thick chunks, sprinkle into the bottle and top up with more vinegar; store the bottle in a cool, dark place.
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Lavendar lotion

Postby webdragon » Sun May 21, 2006 5:53 pm

Lavendar lotion

You can use this lotion as a skin fragrancer and softener as well as for its healing properties. For therapeutic use, you can dab it onto burns, skin lesions and eczema. You will need:
• Handful of fresh lavender flowers
• 1 pint of water.

1 If you use fresh lavender, you will need a good handful of the flowers, but if it's not available you can use dried lavender, of which you'll need about two tablespoons of the petals.
2 Place the lavender in a pan, add the pint of water and bring the whole thing to the boil. Simmer for 20-minutes, then remove it from the heat and allow it to cool.
3 Strain off the petals and keep the lotion in a sealed bottle in the fridge.
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Lavender Skin Scrub

Postby webdragon » Sun May 21, 2006 5:54 pm

Lavender Skin Scrub

A lavender skin scrub is a wonderful way to exfoliate your skin and it helps to keep your skin glowing healthily. Use it once a week or just occasionally when you want to look especially bright and sparkly before a night out. You will need:
• 1 tsp dried lavender flowers
• 2 tbsp medium oatmeal
• Boiling water
• Mortar and pestle.

• Grind one teaspoon of dried lavender flowers into fine powder in your mortar and pestle.
• Add the ground lavender to the two tablespoons of medium oatmeal in .a medium bowl and mix them together thoroughly.
• Boil some water in your kettle and add it, just a few drops at a time, stirring it into the paste thoroughly each time, until you have created a mixture that is thick enough to spread and not too runny to stay in place.
• Allow it to cool until it is comfortably warm to the touch.
• Using your fingertips only, spread the blend over your face, avoiding your eyes, and leave it there for three minutes.
• Wash it off, splash your face with cold water and moisturise.
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Making a fruit compote

Postby webdragon » Sun May 21, 2006 5:55 pm

Making a fruit compote

A delicious way to increase your vitality, and that of others, is to make a fruit compote. You can make one of these for dessert after a dinner party or to take on a picnic - it'll take no time at all. You will need:
• A punnet of strawberries
• A bunch of grapes
• Banana
• Half a melon
• A bottle of white wine
• Honey
• Mint.

1. Slice some of the strawberries and grapes and cut the melon into small cubes.
2. Place the fruit in a bowl and cover with white wine. Add a drizzle of honey and mix the ingredients together.
3. Put the compote in the fridge to chill for at least an hour before serving.
4. Add the sliced banana and garnish the compote with some fresh mint.
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Memory-boosting tonic

Postby webdragon » Sun May 21, 2006 5:57 pm

Memory-boosting tonic

To make a highly effective and delicious tonic that helps to boost memory:
1 Mix together a teaspoon each of dried ginkgo leaf, chopped ginseng root and gotu kola herb with 50ml of pure, cold water in a large saucepan.
2 Bring the mixture to the boil, cover with a lid or tea towel and allow the herbs to infuse for 15-20 minutes.
3 Strain the hot mixture carefully and pour it into an air-tight container for storage in a cool place, preferably in the fridge.
4 Drink a small cup of your infusion twice daily to help improve your mental capacity and memory.
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Nettle hair tonic

Postby webdragon » Sun May 21, 2006 5:58 pm

Nettle hair tonic

This strengthens your hair, and helps it to grow thicker, as well as leaving it gloriously shiny. Use a different second herb depending on your hair colour. If you have dark or red hair, use rosemary. If you are blonde, use chamomile. You can buy the dried herbs if you do not grow them yourself.

• Wearing gardening gloves, pluck a handful of young nettles and a handful of either rosemary or chamomile. Wash the herbs, and add them to a pan containing a litre of water.
• Bring the mixture gently to the boil and simmer it for two hours. Strain the liquid and massage it directly into your hair and scalp once or twice a week after washing your hair normally. There is no need to rinse it off. Once it is clean allow your hair to dry naturally if that is possible.
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Oaty fruit muffins

Postby webdragon » Sun May 21, 2006 5:59 pm

Oaty fruit muffins

These delicious, low-fat muffins are simple to make and ideal for maintaining blood sugar levels. Grab one for breakfast, brunch or to sustain yourself until dinner.
You will need:
• 225g plain flour
• 60g rolled oats
• 5ml baking powder
• 5ml bicarbonate of soda
• 4 medium, mashed bananas
• 120g caster sugar
• 90ml skimmed milk
• 90ml vegetable oil
• 1 free range egg.

1 Preheat oven: 190°C/Gas Mark 5.
2 Mix the dry ingredients together (flour, raising agents, sugar and oats) in a large bowl.
3 In a separate bowl, beat the egg and add the milk and vegetable oil. Then add the mashed banana.
4 Add the wet ingredients. With a metal spoon, blend the mixture.
5 Spoon the mixture into muffin cases, sprinkle with a handful of oats and bake for 20 minutes until golden on top.
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Peppermint decoction

Postby webdragon » Sun May 21, 2006 6:00 pm

Peppermint decoction

This simple decoction can be drunk as frequently as you wish and is very effective if you have digestive problems, nausea, a fever or merely wish to cool down a little in summer. It also makes a refreshing drink and is ideal as part of a detox programme. You can apply the decoction externally onto skin rashes if they are hot, itchy or inflamed. You will need:
• Fresh peppermint leaves
• Strainer
• Scalable container.

• Take a teaspoon of fresh peppermint leaves for each cup of water that you need.
• Boil the blend for about five minutes.
• Strain and discard the leaves. You can drink it hot or put it in the fridge to drink cold.
• Once prepared, you could use the decoction to make peppermint ice cubes for your drinks.
• Make a daily batch so that it remains fresh.
• To save time, make up a litre of water with four teaspoons of peppermint leaves.
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Rose and vanilla incense

Postby webdragon » Sun May 21, 2006 6:03 pm

Rose and vanilla incense

Incense is a wonderful way to enhance the atmosphere of a room. You can use other plants as well as, or instead of, vanilla, but this blend smells warm and comforting with sensual undertones. Vanilla is a relaxant and rose is an antidepressant, so the combination of both is effective as well as fragrant. You will need:
• Handful of dried rose petals
• 1 tbsp copal crystals
• 2 vanilla pods, chopped
• Rose essential oil.

• In a non-metallic bowl, mix together the rose petals, copal crystals and vanilla pods, chopped small.
• You can add a few drops of rose essential oil if you have some to hand.
• Place the incense blend in an airtight jar for storage. Keep it in a cool, dark place away from sunlight.
• To use your incense, light a charcoal block and place it on a fireproof dish. When the charcoal turns white, fill the central well with the incense and leave to burn.
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Sedative aromatherapy oils

Postby webdragon » Sun May 21, 2006 6:04 pm

Sedative aromatherapy oils

One hour before going to bed, put a relaxing aromatherapy blend into an oil vapouriser with fresh spring water and leave alight to infuse your bedroom with the fragrances. When you retire, remember to blow out the night light.
A good sedative aromatherapy blend is:
• 5 drops of lavender
• 3 drops of jasmine
• 2 drops of bergamot.
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Sparkling elderflower punch

Postby webdragon » Sun May 21, 2006 6:05 pm

Sparkling elderflower punch

This refreshing punch can help boost your immune system, which will create a long-lasting impression on your acne and help you to chase the symptoms away. It is also a tasty beverage, so you can serve it in tall glasses to yourself and your friends oh summer evenings. You will need:
• Elderflower cordial
• Sparkling white wine (non-alcoholic if desired)
• Sparkling spring water
• Assorted sliced fruits, such as strawberries, lemons or oranges.

1. In a large decorative jug, add a generous capful of concentrated elderflower cordial to a tall glass of sparkling spring water.
2. Add to this a bottle of sparkling white wine. Non-alcoholic wine works just as well.
3. Stir well, add ice cubes, top with slices of fruit of your choice and pour into tall wine glasses. Serve immediately.
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Spicy extra virgin oil

Postby webdragon » Sun May 21, 2006 6:07 pm

Spicy extra virgin oil

The strong, spicy taste of ginger can be drizzled over your meals, or added to stir-fries, soups and stews through a blend of piquant herbs and spices marinated in a bottle of extra virgin olive oil. This makes a decorative and useful addition to your table condiments, and is very healthy.
• Pour the extra virgin olive oil into a large clear bottle until it is three quarters.full. Add a few large chunks of ginger and three small chilli peppers - each of different colours for presentation.
• Peel two cloves of garlic and drop them in. All of the ingredients will sink to the bottom of the bottle. For added visual effect, wash, cut and trim a long sprig of coriander and push down inside the bottle.
• This spicy oil will keep for several months and can be drizzled over salads, added to pasta or used as a dipping oil for bread.
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