What Do I Need?

Equipment & Ingredients Now to the really important stuff, here is a list of the Tools & Equipment you will need for making all your gorgeous soaps and cosmetics. Many are common kitchen utensils, that you probably already own. Some of them listed are for the bigger batches like a blender or an electric mixer…

The Basics

So what do you need? What do you need to know? Do you want it to be a Business or a Hobby These are the 3 most important questions that you need to ask yourself before starting a soap or skincare making business. Actually these are the 3 most important questions you need to ask…

Writing A Book ii

So this morning, I decided to sit down and go through my blog history, to hopefully get some insight & ideas for this book, and i suddenly realised, the book was there, everything I had been writing down for the past 7 years, the information, the research, the knowledge, the bare bones just waiting to…

Writing A Book

Where do i Start, its a gorgeous cool August morning, i’m here in the garden listening to the resident wood pigeon cooing and the slow rumble of the bypass. it seems so strange that 2 years ago, that rumble wasn’t there, there was no noise just bird song and you’d think you’d enjoy the silence…

Moringa

Moringa Botanical Name: Moringa oleifera Common Name: Ben oil, Benzoil tree, Drumstick tree, Horseradish tree, Moringa, Mulaka, Sajna, Saragva, Shajmah, Shevga, Sujana, Sundan Family: Moringaceae Ayurvedic/ TCM: Shigru Habitat: The moringa tree, also known as “miracle tree,” “drumstick tree,” “horseradish tree,” “mother’s best friend,” “miracle tree,” “the never die,” and “ben oil tree,” is a…

Green Tea

Green Tea Botanical name Camellia sinensis (L.), Family Theaceae. Also Known As: Tea Plant, Tea Shrub TCM Name: Lu Cha Meridians: Spleen, Kidney, Heart, Liver Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Promotes Bodily Fluids/Quenches Thirst. Clears Heat/Dissolves Phlegm/Promotes Urination: headaches, dizziness, heat stroke. Enhances alertness/Boosts Mental Clarity: meditation, focus, sleepiness, refreshes the mind. Origins: Camellia…

Flaxseed

Flaxseed Botanical Name: Linum usitatissimum. Family Linaceae Other Common Names: Linseed, chih-ma, common flax, flax, flax weed, lint bells, toad flax, uma, winterlien. Habitat: Flax is thought to have originated in Egypt and was found from the Mediterranean to India. However, it is one of the oldest cultivated plants known and has been found during…

Gotu Kola

Gotu Kola Botanical Name: Centella asiatica. Family: Umbelliferae Centella asiatica syn. Hydrocotyle asiatica Other Common Names: Indian pennywort, pennywort, Asiatic pennywort, antanan, pegaga, brahmi, chi-hsueh ts’ao, man t’ien hsing. TCM Name: Ji Xue Cao Beng Da Wan, Meridians:  Bladder, Spleen, Stomach Habitat: Gotu kola is native to Australia, Pacific Islands, Asia, South Africa, South America…

FeverFew

Feverfew Botanical Name: Tanacetum parthenium. Family Name: Compositae Other Common Names: Featherfew, featherfoil, flirtwort, bachelor’s buttons, bride’s buttons, febrifuge plant, pyrethrum, wild chamomile, midsummer daisy, camomille grande (French), altamisa (Spanish), reunuspäivänkakkara (Finnish), Mutterkraut (German), matrem (Danish). TCM Name: Xiao Bai Ju Meridians: Lung, Liver, Stomach Key Actions: Tonifies Yin, Clears Heat, Clears Wind Heat, Clears…

Eucalyptus

Botanical Name: Eucalyptus Globulus, Eucalyptus smithii Family Myrtaceae Common Names: Tasmanian blue gum, blue gum, eucalyptus tree, ironbark, bloodwood and gum tree. TCM Name: An Shu (whole tree) and An Ye (leaf only) Meridians: Lung, Bladder Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Promotes Sweating/Releases to the Exterior/ Relieves Wind Heat: sore throat, cold, aches, pains,…