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The Magical Herbalist’s Recipes: Natural, Homemade House Cleaners:

Today, I was cleaning our home as I usually do whenever I have the chance. I do a standard clean every as I believe a clean home is a happy home. Bacteria, dust, germs will always be in abundance, we can’t stop or really prevent their interference with our lives & health completely, but there are 100% natural, far more effective & health-damaging free ways to clean your home!

Inspired by a lovely friend & colleague of mine, I decided to start creating my very own natural house cleaners using a range of ingredients, from citrus peels, vinegar, distilled water, to essential oils & herbs. You will need a little patience if making these with vinegar, as it takes a couple of weeks to soak the peels, however the results are worth it! If you want something asap, then use a distilled water & a little natural alcohol, such as an organic rye vodka to start with. It’ll do the trick just fine!

(NOTE: Some of the bases, like vinegar & vodka aren’t suitable for all surfaces. Better on stainless steels, cooking surfaces, bathrooms etc. One important detail to note is that these cleaners should not be used on natural stone finishes such as marble &granite. This is because vinegar reacts with these stones and can affect the finish. Otherwise, the cleaners are stated as safe to use on most surfaces including wood floors. As they can be flammable, make sure all surfaces are well rinsed after to avoid hazard. Also note that antique, aged or previously treated surfaces may be more delicate & could have a counter effect, so do a little research before)!

One of the reasons why making your own, natural cleaning products is important & a key thing to learn about, is that the quality of indoor air has now been recognised as a serious health hazard. One of the major culprits, it turns out, is the toxic chemicals in our cleaning products, which are not good to breathe at all! These so-called, germ-killing ingredients & chemicals that are ingredients used to create our favourite & more commonly known-known brands, have an equal chance of eventually killing us as well! Indoor air can be 10 to 100 times more polluted than outdoor air?!! These common household cleaners emit heavily toxic fumes! So, best to avoid these toxins altogether me thinks, out of our homes, away from us & more importantly, children! Did you know that what we breathe in, what our skin absorbs as well as what we eat, drink etc., when harmful, reduces our levels of fertility & increases our bodies chances of falling ill, & fatalities?! So if you use all-natural cleaning products, especially those infused with essential oils which are not only promote well-being & health through altering our hormone & chemical levels in a positive way to help heal us incredibly, both mentally, emotionally & physically, but fill our homes with wonderful, natural aromas that also have fantastic cleansing properties! With the ones I have selected in the making of this recipe, you may also possibly be eliminating your own health hazards that may be associated with the chemical stuff. Asthma, for example, is increased by the damp, moss & bacteria in the air, as well as the toxins that are inhaled & absorbed from chemicals in cleaning agents. You’ll more-than-likely start to notice a difference to your breathing & overall health after switching to more natural means, therefore benefiting from the natural anti-microbial action of the selected essential oils below.

Another thing that I believe makes this so wonderful, is the saving in cost compared to regular cleaners! Extra eco-points to you if you plan to re-use you cleaning containers hehee!

There are several possibilities as far as scent is concerned. Usually orange, cinnamon, lemon, rosemary, lime, thyme, grapefruit & mint are the top essential oils as they small clean, fresh & have the properties to act as anti-bacterial etc.,.. The reason why vinegar is the most likely of bases, is because it is a natural & rather inexpensive disinfectant. It eliminates mould, most bacteria, heavy grease & germs. I’ve used vinegar for cleaning alone before & found that even though the scent is rather unpleasant, once it dries, the vinegar smell is gone. But, I have done my research & found out that when you soak orange peels in vinegar, you can make a far more pleasant-smelling cleaner! adding certain fruits, herbs, spices will help make naturally effective cleaners for your home with vinegar or organic rye vodka (more expensive), as the base…

Natural Essential Oil & Citrus Infused House Cleaner:

Ingredients
*Distilled white vinegar.
*Citrus peels: lemons, oranges, limes, grapefruit.
*Herbs: such as the commonly selected rosemary, thyme & mint.
*Spice: whole cinnamon & cloves are my most favourite! They smell divine…
*Extracts: of vanilla, almond & mint can be added. I use the food-grade standard that I also add when baking!
*Essential oils: (optional). I prefer Citronella as its antimicrobial!
Step-by-step Guidelines:
(1) Use a 2 quarter jar or container. Add your peels, spices, herbs, extracts & essential oils of your choice. Pour into the desired amount of vinegar, enough to cover your chosen herbs etc & to cover completely (approx. 5-6 cups).

(2) Let it infuse for at least 2 weeks (or up to 1 month). Shake the jar or container every few days to redistribute its contents (after you can strain the liquid & store it in a suitable, covered jar or container for up to 1 year).

(3) DILUTING THE CONCENTRATE FOR USE: Mix it altogether in a spray bottle using 1/3 cup of the scented vinegar concentrate for each 2/3 cups water. Add 3-4 drops of your chosen essential oils & or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon extract to enhance scent. Do not overload with scent. some of them will counteract & smell odd!

(4) Shake well & use for cleaning most surfaces (again, not recommended for granite or marble surfaces).

When researching on the web, I discovered others using the similar ideas for their vinegar & citrus combinations. Here are a few of the most popular:
* Orange & Spice: 4-6 cinnamon sticks, 1-2 tablespoons whole cloves, and 1 tablespoon almond extract, enough orange peels to fill jar.* Lemon & Rosemary: 3-4 large rosemary sprigs, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, enough lemon peels to fill jar.

* Lime & Thyme: 6 sprigs thyme, enough lime peels to fill jar.

* Grapefruit & Mint: 8 large sprigs of mint (or 1 tablespoon mint extract), enough grapefruit peels to fill jar.

Love, light & blessings;

The Magical Herbalist xoxox

The Magical Herbalist’s Recipes: Natural, Homemade Honey, Lemon & Thyme Syrup (for Coughs & Sore Throats):

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Today’s Magical Herbalist Recipe is an internal health staple home remedy from my very own ‘Sun & Moon Holistic Herbals’. It’s ideal for coughs & sore throats based on traditional, herbal medicinal recipes centuries-old…

CAUTION! Honey is NOT TO BE GIVEN in any form to babies & very young children such a toddlers, up to 2! It is too strong for their digestive systems amongst other things & can cause a fatal form of food poisoning, called Botulism! If you suffer from Diabetes, high blood sugar levels or anything related to blood pressure levels & glucose levels etc, please consult your medical practitioner before ingesting!

Below I will include the step-by-step guidelines for creating these wonderfully-natural, chemical & harmful-additive-free, delicious syrups. They contain a range of fresh ingredients that stand the test of time in proving they have a variety of health benefits, that are not just noted in original, ‘alternative’ forms of medicine! Mix it up by doing  little research & trying out other ingredients as well…

If possible, try to acquire all your ingredients fresh & as locally as possible; especially the raw honey. Honey is the key ingredient here, so it’s worth investing in one that is as pure as possible. Local farmer’s markets, certain brands in health food stores, or those grown or prepared locally are ideal though, as they will not be processed or interfered with.

Unfortunately, many of us have noticed that a lot of honey we buy tends to be almost watery in its consistency, ranging in the depth of its colour to name but a few. That is because a lot of imported & base-brand honey from around the globe is usually adulterated, containing high levels of fructose corn syrup, sugars & even certain stabilizers & bulking agents that can be so detrimental to our health, that they are banned in most countries world-wide! If you chose to buy from a health market, make sure is SA (Soil Association approved if in the UK & Europe & FDA approved in the Americas etc), if choosing Organic & raw…

Honey has been utilised as a form of natural medicine for millennia & even used today in the standard, pharmaceutical, conventional over-the-counter medicines. Honey is antimicrobial, antibacterial & antioxidant, which means its natural properties fight bacteria, relieving sore throats & coughs naturally within a matter of days, soothing the bronchial tract. When combined with the natural goodness & nutrients found in the components of lemons, as well as other citrus fruits, herbs & spices, you can create a whole range of herb infused syrups & cordials for the whole family for overall system strength & health.

What you should know about honey

For the purpose of making these delicious & healthy, bacteria-fighting syrups, here are some helpful tips:

*Unprocessed, local honey is best! Raw honey is the least processed & is more nutrient-rich of course (but more expensive & less widely-available). If using regular honey (not raw), look for 100% pure, unfiltered & unheated varieties.

* When honey is exposed to high UV & a lot of heat, it loses most of its nutrients &
therefore its incredible benefits (why you’re using it in the first place for the recipe)!

*Honey can come in a plethora of different flavours, depending on where the honey bees collected their pollen etc,.The darker the honey’s colour, the better! That means the stronger the flavour & higher the nutrient & antioxidant levels will be.

*Store all honey at room temperature to avoid its crystallisation. That means away from extreme hot & cold temperatures. It has natural preservative, therefore it will not spoil. I it does crystallise however, place in into a bowl of hot water for a few minutes to restore its consistency. This amount of heat will not compromise its nutrients!

(Note: The honey syrup recipe in this post should be refrigerated, because it contains lemon & Thyme. The combination of ingredients keeps them from crystallising in the fridge.)

You probably remember your parents or grandparents making you hot tea infusions of lemon, honey, ginger (to name a few), as a child to take when you had a sore throat or a cold? Whether you liked the taste or not, this is a natural & delicious way to treat cold & flu symptoms for the family in a far more delicious way. So, here goes…

 

Ingredients:

*Honey: I use regular pure, unfiltered honey. I purchase mine either locally at farmer’s market or Whole Foods.

*Lemons: But you can add limes, oranges or clementines as well to add more flavour.

* Herbs: such as fresh Thyme, but you can add fresh rosemary or mint. Play around & see what serves you well & tastes good, too!

*Spices: Ginger (fresh or dried/ground) as it’s anti-imflammatory, despite its heat, whole cloves as they are antiseptic & numb a sore throat, ground cinnamon & ground cardamom…

Here are a few links to some information about nutrition & the healing benefits of:
fresh or dried/ground ginger, cloves & cardamom, cinnamon, peppermint, rosemary, citrus They’ll provide you with some alternatives for your future cough syrups!

 

Step-by-Step Guide to making your cough syrup:

(1) Slice the citrus into rounds, or quarter the rounds of larger citrus like oranges.

(2) Slice or grate the fresh ginger.

(3) Pluck a few stems of fresh Thyme to add to the concoction.

(4) Add half of the lemon slices, then half of the ginger, the Thyme & then half of the honey; give it a stir. Move the lemon slices around so that the honey runs between.

(5) Repeat the above steps (1-3) with the remaining lemon, ginger, Thyme & honey. Then stir again adding more honey if needed, to fill the jar. (This amount can be placed in any size jar. I use half-pint, approx’ 1 cup sized jars at a time. The jars should be approx’ 3/4 full with citrus. This will therefore allow room for at least 1/2 cup of honey per jar).

After preparation:

Within around 3-4 hours, your yummy cough & sore throat syrup should be ready to use! It may seem a long time frame, but you must allow the herbs & the lemon etc., to infuse into the honey. The honey draws the juices out of the citrus, that’s the beauty of nature, so every now & then during this infusing time, give your mixture a thorough stir so that it all combines & mixes together (honey & the juice). This also means that the thick, raw honey you started with is now transformed into a thinner & more palatable syrup in consistency; easier to swallow & less sticky in the back of the throat (If you prefer a thicker consistency, increase the ratio of honey to citrus in your jars).

To store & maximise shelf-life with this natural product, covered your mixture & store in the fridge. As you use begin to use you syrup the contents will obviously decrease, so feel free to add more honey to the jar to keep it full.  They are best used within a 2-3 month span, maybe a little longer. It will not go-off per say, but the power & strength will decrease over time as the ingredients will begin to die. Honey is a natural preservative & citrus has a very low pH, but highly acidic level, which allows the two to preserve better together. When adding fresh herbs like Thyme in this case, the syrup may not keep as long. Try using food-grade essential oils to your mixtures, too! Lavender, Myrrh, Rosemary, Citronella & Frankincense amongst many more, are very antibacterial & soothing & anti-inflammatory. That is another option for adding flavour & nutrients that won’t spoil…

Please feel free to post comments of your experiences below!

 

Love, light & blessings,

The Magical Herbalist xoxox

The Magical Herbalist’s Recipes: Natural, Homemade Marigold (Calendula) Face Tonic:

 

Naturally full of antiseptic properties, dried Marigold (Calendula) petals are perfect for infusing when making oils & tonics for healing.

Marigold flowers are very recognisable, consisting of multiple layers of overlapping petals that appear to decrease in size & become far more condensed towards the center of the flower, descending nearest to the bud; rather similar to that of a Carnation. The blooms may be single or double in colour & can vary in its hues of yellow, orange, red & maroon.

Marigold flowers are native in origin to the Americas. In fact, the first mentioning of them in historical record dates to the time of the abundant & mighty Aztec Empire, c.1552 (as it is documented in the De La Crus-Badiano Aztec Herbal). Spanish explorers introduced the flowers to Spain in the 1500’s & soon after their popularity & growth spread throughout Europe & Africa. Marigolds thrive in the most strongest of sunlight & thrive better in well-drained soils.

The Marigold can be seen all year round & in many countries around the world today. A member of the genus ‘Tagetes’ of the ‘Asteraceae’ family, the Marigold flower is not only a highly popular-popular garden flower, but is frequently used as a food additive, acting as a natural food dye & most of all, as a highly nutritional supplement in our diets. Marigold flowers have many benefits to eye health. Their Lutein content & Lutein’s natural ability to help nurture our body through the process of ageing & decrease related macular degeneration (AMD). Marigold flowers are also fed to chickens to increase the lutein content of their eggs! It is wonderful, gentle & natural way to help them produce  eggs with a rich, yellow-hued yolk!

But well beyond their modern-day uses, Marigolds have long had an important spiritual & religious significance in many, different cultures. The Aztecs believed Marigolds to have protective properties & could be of aid when foraging rivers or assist with healing. In India, garlands of Marigolds are used to honour gods in their various, colourful & fragrant Hindu ceremonies. In Mexico, Marigolds are steeped to make special teas for rituals, as well as for medicinal purposes. They are also used on Dia de los Muertos to adorn the  alters of lost, past-on loved ones….

Today, I will be giving you all the info you need to make your own Marigold/Calendula toning, cooling & cleansing face tonic water. This is a staple in my little businesses range: ‘Sun & Moon Holistic Herbals’ …

 

Marigold Face Tonic

 

The petals of the Marigold (Calendula Officinalis) flower, has been used in preparations to promote & cleanse complexions, heal & soothe broken skin for many a century. This recipe below is to show you how I make my staple product ‘Sun & Moon Holistic Herbals Marigold Water’. It is suitable for all skin types & is gentle enough for all, too…

Making your own 100% natural products is not only an exciting & enjoyable activity, but it’s also a fantastic way to monitor what you put on your skin. You can save money in the long-run & know that what you’re using really works!

So here’s what you will need for a good-sized batch (a couple of cup-fulls):

* 1 tablespoon size of dried Marigold (Calendula Officinalis) petals,
* Approximately 1 cup (small mug) amount of natural, pure liquid witch hazel,
* 4 tablespoons of natural, pure Rose water,
* 2 tablespoons of natural Glycerine (can use vegetable glycerine if need be),
* 1 teaspoon of Benzoin tincture, as a natural preservative Benzoin is antiseptic & lengthens the shelf-life of natural products),
* A Muslin cloth,
* A Funnel (things will get a little messy),
* Some pretty bottles (preferably dark glass, like brown or cobalt blue as they’re naturally more UV filtered to protect your products from natural light).

Step-by-step guide to making your Marigold Face Water:

(1) Place the Marigold petals in a glass, or ceramic bowl & pour over 1 2⁄3 cups of boiling water over them.

(2) Cover the mixture to leave to infuse for 3-4 hours.

(3) After said time, strain your infusion through a sieve lined with a muslin cloth & into a bowl.

(4) Measure & stir in an equal amount of the liquid Witch Hazel, followed by the Rose water, liquid Glycerine & the Benzoin tincture.

(5) Then, use the funnel to decant into cold & preferably sterilized bottles (you can sterilize them beforehand by letting them soak in boiling salt water for half an hour).

The tonic will keep for up to a month after, on a shelf & out of sunlight, or 2 months+ if stored in the fridge… Enjoy & feel free to comment below on your experience & success!

Love, light & blessings,

The Magical Herbalist xoxox

Sun & Moon Holistic Herbals Tarot of the Day: ‘The Empress’ & ‘Dong Quai’

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Sun & Moon Holistic Herbals Tarot of the Day…

Today we have ‘The Empress’ from the Major Arcana & her corresponding herb ‘Dong Quai’, also known as ‘Chinese Angelica’ (Angelica sinensis), commonly refered to as the “female Ginseng”. It is no coincidence that ‘The Empress’ should embody this powerful, female-nurturing herb.

Traditional Chinese Medicine utilises ‘Dong Quai’ for menopause vasomotor symptoms such as hot flushes & spells. It also known to have a potential anti-osteoporotic effect, aiding the prevention of bone degeneration…

‘Dong Quai’ contains a chemical compound called butylidenephthalide which has antispasmodic activity in vitro, therefore it is used as, more commonly, to relieve the uterus from painful muscle cramping by relaxing the uterus muscle during menstruation.

There are, like anything in nature, adverse effects. As ‘Dong Quai’ relax the muscles of the uterus, women who are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant should avoid completely, as it may induce miscarriage!

In relation to ‘Dong Quai’ & female nurturing, ‘The Empress’ perfectly epitomises fertility, femininity, beauty, nature & abundance. Although take note that if she is revealed reversed in your spread, as this is an indication of creative block & possible over-dependence on others. As she is from the Major Arcana, she represents a present & immediate situation & state; one that must be dealt with or embraced fully…

‘The Empress’ is the archetypal Earth Mother, the Anima, the Feminine Principle, Demeter, Freya & the Goddess of Fertility. She’s ruled by Venus, the planet that represents love, creativity, art, harmony & grace.

The main feature of this card is ‘The Empress’ herself, often despicted as a full-figured, curvaceous woman with cascading blonde hair, a peaceful & calm aura & countenence about her. On her head she wears a crown of many stars, showing her connection with the mystical realm of angels & fairies. She is dressed in a patterned robe of pomegranates, symbolic of fertility & the afterlife (Persephone allowed to leave Hades’ Underworld every Springtime to bring life back to nature). ‘The Empress’ is always seated upon a luxurious array of cushions & flowing, red velvet; the symbol of Venus emblazoned upon it…

‘The Empress’ can always be seen near an abundant & lush forest, a fresh, flowing stream running through it, demonstrating ‘The Empress’s’ deep emotional connection with Mother Earth, nature & life. Water, just like the Suit of Cups in the Minor Arcana, represents emotions, the ebbing & flowing. Also a link to the Moon, a female ruling planet, linked to Water signs in the Zodiac, on which our natural, female cycles mirror so beautifully. ‘The Empress’ draws her sense of peace from the trees & the water, she is rejuvenated by the energy of nature itself. Something we too should emulate… In the foreground, golden wheat springs burst from the ground, reflecting abundance from a recent harvest.

‘The Empress’ is known for her deep connection with our femininity. Femininity translates in many ways: natural inner beauty, sensuality, fertility, creative expression, nurturing, the maternal abundance within. All is necessary in creating balance in both men & women. Look at the Yin & Yang sybol. The Divine Male & the Divine Female; there’s a little of each on both…

If you recieve ‘The Empress’ in your single or multiple card spread, she is calling on you to connect with your feminine energy. Create beauty in your life. Get in touch with your sensuality through taste, touch, sound, smell & sight. Celebrate the incredible fact that you are a woman & all the wonderful & endless possibilities our bodys give, to allow us to express ourselves… Draw on these senses to experience pleasure in many way & deep fulfilment. Spend more time with the ones you love, doing what you love. Perhaps discover new ways to creatively express yourself, or re-discover what has always served you well; be it through painting, music, drama, or other art forms. This may be the perfect time to take up a new hobby that enables you to access this part of yourself.

‘The Empress’ may also indicate pregnancy or birth (look to other cards in the reading to confirm if this is an actual pregnancy or birth, for example, the Ace or Page of Cups or the Four of Wands), or if it is metaphorical (for example, the Ace of Wands). On a metaphorical level, ‘The Empress’ may represent the birth of a new idea, a product, or a new way of being. New ideas & projects will be implemented resulting in the success of all your projects & interests. Bring forth those ideas that have been growing & developing inside of you.

‘The Empress’ encourages you to spend time in nature. Use your holiday time not to stay in fancy hotels in busy cities, but to explore nature by pitching a tent or hiking through its beautiful terrain. Allow yourself the time & the space to enter into a different frame of mind in which you can truly connect with Mother Earth & receive her into your heart & mind. Take a trip to your favourite natural setting, be it a forest, a park, a beach, a mountain or a lake & simply sit for a couple of minutes, hours or even days to breathe in the energy that surrounds you while marvelling in the beauty of the earth. ‘The Empress’ highlights that you are grounded in the material plane (a stabilising influence), yet you can reach into higher planes of consciousness through your connection with nature. You have the potential to connect between the Earth & the Universe. Use it!

‘The Empress’ is also a deeply nurturing, maternal & caring card. If you are a mother yourself, you may be exploring your ‘mother’ role even more deeply than you have before & truly appreciating the gift that has been bestowed upon you. You are blessed by maternal, protective forces or influences. For fathers, ‘The Empress’ encourages you to nurture your children, to open the lines of communication between you & your child. Encourage the growth & development of & within your children alike. Be there to support & guide them when needed.

In a broader sense, ‘The Empress’ encourages you to connect with others by nurturing, caring & supporting those around you. Find ways to support dialogue & open communication, creating a space to openly express your feelings. When we allow ourselves to truly experience the connections with Mother Earth, our femininity & those around us, we create abundance &radiance in our lives. Take a moment to reflect on the love that surrounds you, build on this energy to create even more abundant love in your life. Know that love is limitless. A wonderful affirmation associated with ‘The Empress is, “I bring forth my creations with joy. I love & nurture them to fruition.”

Similarly, ‘The Empress’ indicates that the Universal energy is about to intervene in your life. It may be just enough to give you a glimpse of a miracle or it may be even more. You may or may not know whom or what brings such good fortune but the care & nurturing that will result come as no accident. What appears to be coincidental good luck may actually be the result of a series of good choices you have made. It is your turn to have things work out in your favour, to be blessed & to feel nurtured. Know that you are worthy of receiving this loving embrace…

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Love, light & blessings, The Magical Herbalist
xox

Spinach & Tomato Omelette Recipe

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I saw this lovely recipe by Laura Theodore’s Vegan-Ease© 2015 online & thought I’d share….

Spinach and Tomato Omelette Recipe

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients

Tomato Layer:
• 2 medium tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
• 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
• 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
• Several grinds of freshly ground pepper

Spinach Layer:
• 5 to 6 cups very lightly packed baby spinach, washed and dried

Tofu “Egg” Layer:
• 1 block (14 to 16 ounces) firm regular tofu
• 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
• 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
• 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
• 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Additional Ingredients:
• 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika (for dusting top)
• 1/4 cup shredded vegan cheese (optional)
• Sea salt, to taste
• Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to around 180 (fan assisted over). Lightly coat with vegan margarine a heavy, ovenproof 10-inch round sauté pan or skillet with tight fitting lid.

2. Arrange the tomatoes in the prepared skillet by overlapping them slightly. Sprinkle the thyme, 1⁄4 teaspoon salt and several grinds of black pepper evenly over the top of the tomatoes. Top the tomato layer with all of the baby spinach, pressing it down slightly.

3. Put all of the tofu “egg” layer ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Spread the tofu mixture evenly over the spinach, smoothing the top as you go.

4. Dust the top of the tofu layer with the additional 1⁄4 teaspoon smoked paprika. Cover tightly and bake for 45 minutes. Put the pan on a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes.

5. Carefully cut the omelet into two servings, by slicing down the middle. Gently lift one-half of the omelet out of the pan, using two very large, flat spatulas. Place it tomato side down onto a rimmed dinner plate. Place a second rimmed dinner plate of the same size firmly over top of the omelet and quickly flip it over to invert the omelet so the tomatoes will now be facing upward. Sprinkle the tomatoes with 2 tablespoons of the vegan cheese, if desired. Then, use the spatula to gently fold the omelet over. Proceed plating up the second half of the omelet in the same manner.

6. Spoon the sauce that remains in the bottom of the pan over each omelet. Season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste. Serve warm.

Amount per serving, based on 2 servings: 188 Calories; 11g Fat; 2g Saturated fat; 21g Protein; 107mg Sodium; 7g Total Carbohydrate; 2g Sugars; 4g Fibre…


Sun & Moon Holistic Candle Making…

Well, I finally finished making this Yankee sized candle for my beautiful little sister! This is my first time candle making and I’m so excited to say that I certainly had beginners luck on this one…

I added a few drops of Ylang Ylang, jasmine & patchouli essential oils in with the beeswax & other melted candles. I mixed the lot with some dried rose petals & buds. Added the wick & left to set! Yay me! Yay for my Sun and Moon Holistic!

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