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Red Lentil, Pumpkin & Coconut Dahl

One of the simplest curries to make, this dahl is a one pot wonder, and really delicious when slow cooked in a clay pot. Full of flavour and healing herbs this aromatic dish is a staple in winter to ward off colds & flus.  

Add a little honey if you prefer it sweeter, and serve with a dollop of coconut yoghurt, fresh berries, mint  and a little activated nuts or granola.

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10 Reasons Why I Love Dry Body Brushing

The skin is the largest most important eliminative organ in the body and is responsible for a quarter of the body's detoxification everyday. 

Dry body brushing is a fundamental part of my daily rituals. It’s an amazing way to detoxify my system, get circulation going, remove dead skin cells and keep my skin incredibly smooth. 

Our bodies natural detoxification process is performed by many organs, glands and transportation systems including the skin, gut, kidneys, liver, lungs, lymphatic system, and mucous membranes. The dry brushing technique provides a gentle internal massage and stimulates all of these organs and detoxifies our bodies from the outside in. This has a huge impact on the internal cleansing process and systems. 

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Beetroot, Fennel & Ginger Sauerkraut

Fermented foods like sauerkraut are awesome for helping build a healthy gut biome which we now know is essential for supporting so many systems in our body including our immunity, brain function, and metabolism.   Fermentation also boosts the nutritional value of food producing essential amino acids, fatty acids & enzymes and also helps make many nutrients more bioavailable.  Many people that feel uncomfortable eating cabbage, onion or garlic, will happily enjoy it once fermented into a sauerkraut. 

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Coconut, Chia & Hemp Pudding

Using the base of seeds, coconut milk, coconut & vanilla I then add different flavours & tonics depending on what I’m feeling like at the time.  At the moment, its vanilla, cinnamon, ginger & some of our Grown Energising Morning tonic, but I also love adding turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper & orange rind for a winter chai sort of blend, or grated pear & cinnamon topped with activated buckwheat.

Add a little honey if you prefer it sweeter, and serve with a dollop of coconut yoghurt, fresh berries, mint  and a little activated nuts or granola.

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Holy Wood

Palo Santo (Spanish for ‘Holy Wood’ or ‘Wood of the Saints’) comes from a mystical tree native to South America. It is known for its remarkable healing and spiritual properties.

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What is Puer Tea?

Puer (pronounced pooh-err) tea is from the Yunnan Provence of Southern China made from large leaf varietal camellia sinensis processed in a way that allows it’s flavour to change significantly with purposeful ageing. Rather than being oxidised like other types of tea, Puer tea is fermented. When left alone to age, a micro-biotic process transforms the flavour and body of the tea over time.

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Frankincense

Frankincense (also known as olibanum) has been an important commodity in trading, medicine and rituals of many ancient cultures for more than 5000 years. It is believed that the Babylonians and Assyrians burned it during religious ceremonies. The ancient Egyptians bought entire boatloads of the resin from the Phoenicians, using it in incense, insect repellent, perfume and salves for wounds and sores. It was also a key ingredient in the embalming process. Interestingly, the heavy kohl eyeliner ancient Egyptian women wore was made from charred frankincense that had been ground into a powder.

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The Power of Activated Charcoal

Activated Charcoal is extremely powerful for detoxifying and purifying air, water, skin and our bodies. Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine have used activated charcoal for thousands of years and its first recorded use dates back to 1550BC. It is well established in medical literature as a powerful antidote that adsorbs most organic toxins, chemicals, and poisons before they can harm the body. 

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In the Garden with Hannah

Aromatic magic from Nature, alchemised & bottled for your Soul.

Last Saturday I ventured out into the stunning Byron hinterland to visit the beautiful home and garden of Hannah, creator of Alchemy Plant & Sun and many of our Shackpalace Rituals lotions, potions and skin healing remedies. 

Here are some shots of her garden, where she grows and harvests many of her ingredients. 

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