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It’s always so sad to say goodbye

Even though hardly anyone reads this, I do feel like I should say goodbye on this blog, on the off chance someone finds it.

This is only a young blog, but I started it to record my gardening progress.  However, I feel that now I would like people to use it, to download freebies, to be inspired about gardening.  So I have moved it hook, line and sinker to  a new place called Out from under my hat.  This will mean that it is under the umbrella of my other blog and therefore will probably get more readers.  Which will make it feel less self-indulgent and more useful.

It’s a miracle! Divine skin from marigold, olive oil and beeswax, my recipe for moisturizer…

You should be able click on the image to enlarge, I’m not sure if wordpress can do that here.

I have posted before about using calendular to make a toner for skin or a tonic to drink, and now I’m going to post my recipe for my miracle cream, a moisturiser.  Expect to make a lot, and keep it in the fridge and it should last a while, or put it in jars and give it away for Christmas.  I did that a few years back, and friends still tell me about miraculous healings, scars disappearing etc.  It’s really very encouraging.  I wrote about that in the other post.

I use this as a night cream.  It is either too greasy or too sticky to use during the day or under makeup, but you may want to experiment with the ingredients and you may find the right consistency.

I recently made two different batches and they both had different amounts of wax and one was very thick and stiff, mainly beeswax, but worked a treat.  Actually the other worked a treat too, which had slightly more olive oil.  The stiffer recipe can be used as lip balms (my first ones were quite stiff) and the looser mix is fine as a lotion.  The stiffer the mix, the longer lasting it seems to be.

Here is my the recipe for Julianne’s Miracle Cream.

(About a month ago, I picked lots of marigold heads and thoroughly washed and dried them, then stuffed them in a jar and covered them with olive oil, so that I could use the oil in this recipe.  I left the jar outside in the sun).

Put 45g beeswax in a glass bowl with 200ml of olive oil* or grapeseed oil or a combination of both.  Microwave on  your lowest heat for however long it takes to melt the beeswax.  Beeswax can catch fire otherwise.  Once it has melted, if you like you can add a drop of fragrant oil, like lavendar and mix it in.

* There was about 100mls of olive oil in the jar once I had removed as many of the marigolds from it as possible.  I topped it up with grapeseed oil.

Meanwhile, in a pot on the stove, I put the marigolds I got from the jar, added about 150ml of water and simmered them for a bit.  I then removed the marigolds, and added a bit more water.  I simmered that and dissolved a teaspoon of borax.  Borax is a preservative, and when you add the water mixture to the oil/wax mixture it will turn the whole thing creamy.

Which is the next step, combining the water mixture with the oil/wax mixture, which will be melted.  I prefer to add the water to the oil/wax.  Then you have to beat *very* fast, I use a hand-held cake mixer.  In the old days, I used to use a fork, but try as I might, my arm could not work fast enough or long enough, and in the worst cases, the wax would harden into tiny bits of wax before I’d mixed it all together.  But that was in the very early days when I would be working at a leisurely pace.

Pour them into sterilised Agee jars and keep them in your fridge, or use little jars.  I am in New Zealand, and the Christmas I made them for friends and family, I ordered mine from Arthur Holmes.  I used glass jars.

BTW, if you are interested in the image I made above, it uses the Classroom colour scheme, which I made at colourlovers.com.  At some stage I will make the layout available from my artmama blog as a freebie, so please look out for it.  The handwriting font I used is JULES P.C. WIMMIN which I sell in my shop.  That particular font only uses capital letters and has dingbats in place of lowercase letters.

That scruffy flower? Calendula and what I do with it

calendula tonics

Calendula and marigolds are some of my favourite flowers.  The variety of  common calendula (C. officinalis) that I grow looks like a bright yellow or orange daisy.  Apparently marigold is slightly stronger than calendular, but both are edible, so to put the petals in a salad or on top of a (chocolate?) cake adds a gorgeous appeal, as well as being healthful.

I was told that calendula was used in the American civil war and the first world war for its healing properties.  I make a tonic from it to drink or to use on the skin (after cleansing, before moisturising).  If you want to use my recipe, please do, but note that I am not a medical professional so in other words, take what I do with a grain of salt as the only animals this particular batch was tested on are myself and my daughter (consider that a disclaimer), or you can see how e-how recommend using it.  Also, you may be interested to read some reviews by users of a commercial product and note that there are various reactions to their calendula toner.   Also, I found an article on the interweb that had some interesting information about the beauty and benefits of calendula.

However, speaking of animals, I did make up a batch of calendula moisturiser a few years back, and gave it away to friends as a lip balm for Christmas.  I got a lot of good reports, one person told me they used it on a scab on their dog’s leg which wouldn’t heal, with the result that it healed within a few days once using my calendula balm.  Another friend had a burn on her arm which she used it on – apparently instant relief and fast healing (Weleda mentions usefulness for burns in their info page on Calendula and so does medfinds).  But I’m already a believer.

Besides looking impossibly cheerful despite being discriminated against (the scruffy flower) and rejected by people, calendula is good as a companion plant in the garden, working for us to protect our plants.  Apparently certain parts of it repel insects which want to harm veges like potatoes and tomatoes.

So it is so versatile and useful!  And how about drinking a nice cup of calendula tea when you’ve just come in from the garden?  Or if you need to put your feet up after a shopping expedition at Harrods (check out the price of their calendula tonic and see if you don’t feel cheered after making up some of your own).

If you want to grow calendula but don’t have any seeds, I have lots because I am a seed-saver, (look out for an upcoming post on seed-saving) and I am happy to send you some.  Please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope with a note reminding me you’d like some marigold or calendular seeds.  My address is:

Julianne

PO Box 30048

St Martins 8246

Christchurch

New Zealand


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