Coming to a Little Green Dot workshop is about the experience – but I know that not everyone can be there. So if you missed our workshop, don’t worry – I’ve got your back! Because I collaborated with an amazing company, I have been able to put together a recipe e-book for you: six simple, beautiful coconut oil treats for your skin, hair & food.
And it’s absolutely FREE! How awesome is that?!
So, to our friends in Singapore and all around the world, make sure you’re on the mailing list to receive your beautiful, downloadable recipe book this Saturday – showcasing my favorite coconut oil recipes from the workshop! You’ll love it!
Here’s a sneak peek:
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Here’s a great recipe (and Christmas is coming ) this makes a beautiful gift too! At the end, I give some suggestions for herbs to use along with their different properties – Hope you like it!
We make this bath tea recipe at home at least once or twice a week! It’s a favorite around here for two very specific reasons:
- it makes my girls instantly co-operate during bath time, and that means no tantrums, everyone is happy!
- it takes minutes to make, is really inexpensive – yet feels so luxurious!
Now, this tea is perfect for anyone, of all ages. I make it mostly for my girls, but I also enjoy the occasional soak for myself – though finding the time is not always easy. Must make it more of a priority though, because I’m always happier for doing it. It really helps to soothe tired muscles and worries away and I love how it leaves my skin soft, and smelling of flowers…
On those days when the girls are less than excited about bath time, I’ll ask them ”shall we make a bath tea?” The answer is always a roaring “yes!” We pick out our ingredients from the pantry and the girls sit at the counter to begin the serious work of mixing. Then I pour hot water over the herbs to steep, as the girls excitedly prepare for their bath in anticipation.
Our routine during the dangerous skin burning or finger chopping portions of any recipe, is that I’ll say: “hands-up, you’re under arrest for being too cute!” Their hands go flying up and I always smile. It’s sweet, and it gets me every time.
Sometimes I’ll pour it into a toy tea kettle, and the girls will play tea time in the bath. If this is for you – perhaps skip the toy kettle and opt for a candle or book instead :) The scent is beautiful and your skin will love you for it!
Here’s a list of herbs that you can try – each one offering different properties. You can use loose herbs, or even tea packets! Whatever is easiest for you:
- Chamomile – relaxing and skin nourishing, it has a softening effecting on the skin. It’s Also anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal, great for skin irritations like insect bites, nappy rashes, skin rashes, eczema…
- Lavender – calming to the senses, it’s great for relaxation. Lavender is antibacterial, great for cleansing the skin
- Rose – beautiful, happy scent, it helps to soothe away stress and headaches. Rose contains vitamin C, the beauty vitamin, which helps to build collagen and maintain youthful skin. It also has astringent properties, helping to clean and tighten pores.
- Green Tea/White Tea – helps to detoxify and replenish. It’s packed with antioxidants, great for ageing skin. It does contain caffeine, so you may not want to use it for kids!
Bath Tea Recipe
(I only run the bath half-way, if you run a full bath, double the ingredients)
- 1/2 cup loose herb or 3-4 tea bags
- 1 cup of boiling water
- fill a heat proof container with the herbs, and pour in boiling water
- allow to steep for 10-15 minutes
- strain and pour tea into the bath
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I get most of my herbs in bulk from Phoon Huat or Mustafa
Also, check out iherb for buying herbs in bulk
This is one of those five-minute projects that comes together so easily and leaves you feeling so satisfied! Do it for yourself, or do this when you have guests coming over. It’s a small detail that really makes a big impact – and I know you’ll love it!
I’ve been wanting to make a beeswax candle for ages. I have beeswax pellets that I use to make lip balms, but I don’t have the kit to make a candle and just haven’t gotten around to it. So I cheated a bit… but got the same results! Beeswax burns with a clean, light scent of honey, it’s beautiful and perfect for a bathroom where scent can otherwise overpower a small room. You don’t need to add fragrance – on its own it’s refreshing, deodorising and since you only use a bit of beeswax – it’s really inexpensive too!
Beeswax Cheat’s Candle
- beeswax pellets or shaved from a block
- oil burner
- unscented tea light candles (stay away from toxic paraffin! go for soy)
- add about 2 tablespoons of beeswax
- light the tea light candle
Beeswax Pellets: iHerb sell a big bag of white beeswax. I haven’t tried it and not sure how strong the honey scent is, though the reviews say that it does have a soft scent. This bag will serve you well to make all kinds of things like hard lotion bars, salves and lip balms – so you’ll get great use from it
Yellow Beeswax Pellets: Milagro Trading sell a small bag of yellow beeswax – really inexpensive way to start playing around with making your own products and cheat’s candles!
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Today I have five awesome and easy DIY s that you can do over the weekend. But first, two important notes:
1. Recently, I’ve been getting a lot of requests for recipes to demonstrate on the blog. To everyone who has written in, you have no idea how helpful that is!
We all share similar pursuits and come across the same roadblocks. I’m really inspired to put together recipes and solutions for you (we all have our passions, right?). Your questions are helping others out there who might be too shy to ask, so please keep them coming!
Send your questions to: [email protected]
2. I’m overwhelmed by the response to the Coconut Oil Workshop - we even have a waiting list. I had no idea you guys loved coconut oil as much as I do! Can’t wait to show you all the fun things you can do with it!
A big thanks to CocoNurture for providing our guests with free full-size bottles of their organic & cold-pressed coconut oil (it’s the only one that I buy!). If you’re coming on Tuesday, you have that to look forward to!
p.s. if you use this link to buy from their shop, it helps to support Little Green Dot. Thanks for that!
Now – on to the DIYs! Which one inspires you most?
photo credit: Jen Huang Photo
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I’ve seen this idea going around and decided to give it a go! The idea is to freeze your herbs in olive oil as a way to preserve them. To be honest, you can only really preserve so much before you start making enough olive oil ice-cubes to last for months! But I think, for cooking, these frozen flavour nuggets are genius. You just pop one on the pan and you’re already half way to making a simple and flavourful meal! I’m going to play around with this idea more, boosting the herb flavours with garlic, chili and whatever else I find around the kitchen. Do try this one out – I think it’s great!
- Super simple: chop up your herbs, clean them and dry them thoroughly.
- Place them in a ice-cube tray or, for me, a mini-muffin tray.
- When I cook, I usually use about 1-2 tablespoons of oil, so I poured that in over the herbs.
- Then, straight into the freezer!
Once they’re frozen, pop them out and store them in a container in your freezer. If you live on the equator like me, they will begin to melt outside in about 2.5 seconds. So imagine on a hot pan – it’s so quick! Such an easy way to get your meal started!
P.S. Here’s my container, labeled with my favorite find: erasable sticker labels. I think they’re pretty smart. They stick onto your tupperware, are waterproof and the ink won’t wipe off easily – until you give them a good washing! I’ll be bringing them into Singapore, so stay tuned to order yours, so that we can all organise our pantry and fridge, making it easier for us to eat healthy, home-cooked meals!
When you try this tip out – let us know what herbs you use and whether you jazz it up with any other flavours! I’d love to try it out too!
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