- Clearing Spaces a Project Made Possible by Rachael...
- Celebrating Our Senses - Mindfulness and Wellbeing Walks
- Marking Our Tracks - Further Afield - Songs For Quiet Steps - Empty Church Walks
- Singing Ringing
- Marking A Fine Line Mosaic Way Marker Project 2012 / 2013
- New Vistas / Wider Horizons, October 2011
- Back to Books and Invisible Threads
- Tara Badcock's Invisible Threads
- Carole Miles's Invisible Threads
Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Nigel had the group busy shifting soil which had
arrived for The green Patch from Barton Loam
Happily we have been allocated some to be used for
the Medicinal Herb Spiral and the Hidden Pond
Carole went in search of stones
for the Medicinal Herb Spiral
but we still need a lot more!
Sue showed some of the group how
to make seeded bread rolls
which were baked in named
terracotta plant pots
Thursday, 14 February 2019
Our Herbal Bath Tea Sachets contained different blends of the following ingredients, dried lavender, hops, oats, rose petal, camomile, lemongrass, calendula petals, dried ginger.
we added different combinations of
the following essential oils peppermint,
rosemary, eucalyptus, lemon, lime
Kate was with us again to mix up Bath salts
Once the Bath Tea blends were mixed
we filled out hand stamped bags
to use the bath soaks, add them, closed tightly, to a hot bath or allow to steep and add the liquid to the bath
Everyone had lovely herbal goody bags
to take home
Tuesday, 12 February 2019
Kate Dyer lead us through the process of making a variety of bath salts, as we have quite a lot of gardeners we looked for recipes that would soothe aching muscles! We decided that we should do one session during the Tuesday Volunteer Day and one on the normal Thursday session so that everyone could either make or receive a bath treat!
Here is kate's step by step guide
Step 1 :- Place half a cup of salt or salts to a glass bowl.
Step 2 :- Mix in 2 tablespoons of carrier oil like jojoba or sweet almond oil.
Step 3:- Add 7 to 8 drops of desired essential oils to the bowl.
Step 4:- Mix all the ingredients together with a wooden spoon.
Step 5:- Add dried herbs, flower petals as you desire. Transfer to an airtight jar. Add to bath as required.
Sore Muscle Bath Soak - Soothes aches and pains
- 1/2 cup of Epsom Salt
- 2 tablespoons jojoba oil
- 4 drops frankinsence
- 3 drops roman camomile
Simple Lavender Bath Salt - Healing and moisturising
Energising Bath Salt - refreshing morning blend
- 1/4 cup Dead Sea Salt
- 1/4 cup of Pink Himalayan Salt
- 2 tablespoonssweet almond oil
- 3 drops grapefruit essential oil
- 2 drops peppermint essential oil
- 2 dropslavender essential oil
Eucalyptus Lavender Bath Salt - Soothes sinus and respiratory issues
- 1/4 cup of Pink Himalayan Salt
- 1/4 cup of Epsom Salt
- 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
- 4 drops lavender essential oil
- 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
Sleepy Time Bath Salt - relaxing
Blissful Bath Salt - Transform your Mind and Body with this relaxing blend
Those who wished to added dried
lavender, camomile, calendula, rose petals
We added a Green Patch Label and a fabric topper
Kate also showed us how to make a lip balm
We had teatree, grapefruit or peppermint
Kate is a wonderful cook, keen gardener and was inspired to try out some of these remedies when she developed a skin condition and found bath salts really helped. She then started making them as presents, which is how Carole knew she was the right person to help with this project.
Thursday, 31 January 2019
Carole had been busy sewing two sorts of fabric bags, the lavender bags were now ready to fill and the room was filled with the relaxing smell of English Lavender. There are many benefits to growing lavender and we have quite a lot all over The Green Patch, it has many uses and is also a great support to bees.
Carole had also sewn small, cotton, drawstring bags
and the group used stamps and fabric ink pads
to decorate the plane cotton
in preparation for our lotions and potions
sessions coming to The green Patch soon!
It was a very relaxing, enjoyable morning
Herbal bath tea ideas -
Lavender bags ready to be sewn closed.
Lavender sachets have lots of different uses:
Thursday, 24 January 2019
The weather had turned bitter and
the hens and ducks were glad to see us
we had to get plenty of fresh water
as theirs and frozen.
We then went back inside to warm up and
do some baking. We adapted this cheese
scone recipe to delicious herb scones
Mixing the ingredients
Preparing fresh sage, rosemary and thyme
A Bit About These Herbs
Thyme is an herb from the mint family that you probably recognize from your spice set. But it’s so much more than an after-thought ingredientIts range of use is impressive, and it has over 400 subspecies. Ancient Egyptians used it in their embalming practices, while ancient Greeks used it as incense. Thanks to its distinctive taste, thyme has remained a culinary staple to this day. But thyme is also fast gaining a reputation for its medicinal qualities, such as its ability to help treat acne and high blood pressure.
Link to article on nine health benefits from thyme
Sage is a staple herb in various cuisines around the world. Its other names include common sage, garden sage and Salvia officinalis. It belongs to the mint family, alongside other herbs like oregano, rosemary, basil and thyme. Sage has a strong aroma and earthy flavour, which is why it’s typically used in small amounts. Even so, it’s packed with a variety of important nutrients and compounds. Sage is also used as a natural cleaning agent, pesticide and ritual object in spiritual sage burning or smudging. This green herb is available fresh, dried or in oil form — and has numerous health benefits.
Link to article on 12 surprising health benefits of sage.
Rosemary is a popular herb most commonly used in cooking to add flavour to food. While its culinary potential knows no bounds, what’s not so commonly known is that rosemary also has many health benefits.
Link to article about health potential of rosemary
While rosemary can be beneficial to your health, it’s not for everyone to use. The herb should only be taken in small doses Patients with high blood pressure should also avoid taking rosemary as a supplement. Though culinary use of rosemary is safe, always consult your doctor before trying any new supplements or treatments. Check to see if rosemary oils will interfere with diabetes or blood thinner medication. If your doctor gives the all clear to use rosemary, you know it can certainly contribute to your health.
Ready to bake
Fresh from the oven
We made extras for those of the group not
here and we'll share them at a later date!
Thursday, 17 January 2019
The new pond liner is in place but
we are waiting for the soil and sand
Carole went out to count the stones in the existing herb spiral - there are more than you'd think! Sue put a call out to see if anyone had spare stones in their gardens, Carole had seen lots at the park but no luck as yet.
There was a walk, chickens and ducks were fed, more seeds were packeted, some digging and weeding took place. There was laughter, warmth and good conversation.
Carole also spent time chatting to the group and cutting out fabric to make into lavender bags for the upcoming lotions and potions / herbal bath treats sessions, then took them home to sew.