Monday, September 30, 2013

Grow Your Own Food and Medicine This Spring!

Spring has sprung and now is the perfect time to start a garden! If you have a patch of earth or somewhere you can put some pots that gets sun for most of the day you can grow herbs, fruit and vegies at home.

Our miniature peach tree is just starting to fruit


Here are the basics that plants need to grow -

  • Good soil - this is the starting point and is super important - include manures, compost and good quality organic soil
  • Sun - most fruit and veg need sun for the better part of the day (you can grow mint, watercress and spinach in partial shade)
  • Water - as the weather gets hotter in Australia, most plant need a drink once a day, especially if growing in pots
  • Fertiliser - if you give them a feed of organic liquid fertiliser once a week they will love you for it! (fish emulsion and seaweed are awesome)
  • TLC - you need to be into it! Plants are like people. They need a nice, healthy environment in which to reside, food and water and someone to love them. Then they will blossom as they grow and not get sick. Bugs and diseases are attracted to unhealthy plants so give them what they need and you shouldn't have to use any nasty chemicals. If you think of your plants as your children or your pets you will succeed!

Chamomile & Peppermint Blog - Grow your own food and medicine this spring
Young Corn
In the vegie patch his year we have planted carrots, beans, globe artichokes, corn, tomatoes, lettuce, silverbeet and beetroot. We have a crazy passionfruit vine that was planted 6 months ago and has gone totally bonkers, a miniature peach tree which produces huge sweet white peaches every new year, a mini lemon, mandarin, cumquat (check out my recipe for cumquat, vanilla bean and lavender jam) and kaffir lime. The strawberries have just started to fruit and are like little red lollies to Stella who seeks them out everyday with abundant childhood delight! I also grow chamomile, yarrow, motherwort, ladies mantle, catmint, lemonbalm and lavender to make into medicinal teas and poultices for teething, colds, fevers, cuts, pms and stress. I feel like a mother wise-woman when harvesting and using these!

Chamomile & Peppermint Blog - Grow your own food and medicine this spring
Globe Artichoke
There is something so therapeutic about growing things, especially in a busy modern world. I find this is where I slow down and get back to basics. It's like meditation for people who can't sit still long enough to meditate. You can quote me on that!




Chamomile & Peppermint Blog - Grow your own food and medicine this spring
My Cottage Medicinal Herb Garden


Chamomile & Peppermint Blog - Grow your own food and medicine this spring
Shallots, Lettuce, Silverbeet and Strawberries


Chamomile & Peppermint Blog - Grow your own food and medicine this spring
Vegie seedlings are just starting to take off

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Chamomile & Peppermint are now Selling Vintage Clothing!

We are now selling vintage and pre-loved clothing! Check out our facebook page at Chamomile & Peppermint for the latest in stock.

Prices are from $10-$20 (+ postage). Unfortunately we are posting to Australia only.

Heres a little sneak peak at some of our goodies -


Chamomile and peppermint blog Australia - vintage clothing sale
Vintage Shirt Dress $15


Chamomile and peppermint blog Australia - vintage clothing sale
Vintage Lemon Knit Top $15



Chamomile and peppermint blog Australia - vintage clothing sale
Vintage Floral Blouse $15



Chamomile and peppermint blog Australia - vintage clothing sale
Vintage Pink Knit Top $12



Chamomile and peppermint blog Australia - vintage clothing sale
Bear Knit Mini Dress $15



Chamomile and peppermint blog Australia - vintage clothing sale
Vintage Emerald Blouse $12



Chamomile and peppermint blog Australia - vintage clothing sale
Vintage Knit Top $15







Monday, September 23, 2013

Kip & Co's New Spring/Summer 2013 Bedding Collection - "Dappled Dreams"

The gorgeous trio over at Kip & Co have bought out another stunning collection of bed linen as well as some divine dhurrie rugs to tie it all together. Quirky pastels, informal geometric shapes, spots and chambray all make an appearance in the latest offerings just in time to brighten the bedroom for summer!

You can find their goodies over at Hunting For George


Chamomile & Peppermint Blog - Kip & Co's New Spring/Summer 2013 Bedding Collection - "Dappled Dreams"





Chamomile & Peppermint Blog - Kip & Co's New Spring/Summer 2013 Bedding Collection - "Dappled Dreams"





Chamomile & Peppermint Blog - Kip & Co's New Spring/Summer 2013 Bedding Collection - "Dappled Dreams"





Chamomile & Peppermint Blog - Kip & Co's New Spring/Summer 2013 Bedding Collection - "Dappled Dreams"





Chamomile & Peppermint Blog - Kip & Co's New Spring/Summer 2013 Bedding Collection - "Dappled Dreams"






Kip & Co bedding 2013 spring summer collection linen

Friday, September 13, 2013

Elegance & Elephants Children's Sewing Patterns

I just finished off this cute little jumpsuit for Stella from a pattern by Heidi from Elegance and Elephants. I had to bribe her with chocolate to sit still for these photos :)

The pattern was really easy to follow and it took me about three to four hours all up to complete. The outer material was from two pillowcases I picked up from the op-shop for 50c each and the lining around the neck, the pockets and the ties were created from one fat quarter that cost about $3.50, so this little darling cost a whopping total of $4.50 all up! Heidi has been so kind as to offer this pattern for free on her site, but I found it so easy with such a great result that I am definitely going to purchase a couple more. I'm thinking of trying the super cute bubble shorts next time. Oh and most of her patterns span sizes from tots to young girls of about eight years so poor Stella just may get a different one each year!

Click here to visit Elegance and Elephants.



Little girls toddler kids jumpsuit sewing pattern from Elegance & Elephants DIY


Little girls toddler kids jumpsuit sewing pattern from Elegance & Elephants DIY


Chamomile & Peppermint Blog - Little girls toddler kids jumpsuit sewing pattern from Elegance & Elephants DIY



Chamomile & Peppermint Blog - Little girls toddler kids jumpsuit sewing pattern from Elegance & Elephants DIY



Chamomile & Peppermint Blog - Little girls toddler kids jumpsuit sewing pattern from Elegance & Elephants DIY



Chamomile & Peppermint Blog - Little girls toddler kids jumpsuit sewing pattern from Elegance & Elephants DIY



Chamomile & Peppermint Blog - Little girls toddler kids jumpsuit sewing pattern from Elegance & Elephants DIY



Chamomile & Peppermint Blog - Little girls toddler kids jumpsuit sewing pattern from Elegance & Elephants DIY



Chamomile & Peppermint Blog - Little girls toddler kids jumpsuit sewing pattern from Elegance & Elephants DIY







Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Chunky Healthy Blender Smoothie Recipes



Super healthy chunky blender smoothie recipes that cleanse, energise and detox the body



With the arrival of spring I've been feeling the need for a freshen up, especially after all those warming winter meals. I hate the word "diet" as it seems so restrictive and untasty, but shedding a few winter kilos is easy if you just alter the foods you eat to include some yummy cleansing fruit and veg and pass on the comfort food. I've been starting the day off with a glass of warm water and lemon juice to get the old digestive system going, followed by these chunky blender smoothies that change depending on what I have in the fridge or in the garden. I prefer to do mine this way rather than in a juicer as they retain all the fibre and other goodies such as the nutrients in the skins that will usually go in the bin. If you don't like pulpy juices, you best give these a miss. You will feel your energy increase in no time.




Pear, Kale, Kiwi fruit and Coconut Smoothie
  • 1 pear cut into chunks
  • 2 or 3 leaves of kale (or other dark leafy greens)
  • 1 kiwi cut into chunks
  • Coconut water or juice


Add all ingredients to your blender and whiz! 

Pear is rich in fibre and high in potassium = good for the gut and energy levels
Kale is rich in folate, potassium, magnesium and manganese - great for skin, muscles and energy
Kiwi fruit is rich in beta-carotene and vit C = cleansing and energising
Coconut water is high in potassium and starves off sugar cravings, being naturally sweet




Banana, Berry, LSA and Pomegranite Smoothie

  • 1 banana cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen berries
  • 1 tbsp LSA (linseed, sunflower and almond mix - can be purchased at your supermarket or health food shop)
  • Pomegranate Juice


Once again, add all ingredients to your blender and whiz! 

Bananas are rich in fibre, pottasium and vitamins C and B6 = lots of energy!
Berries are high in antioxidants that prevent disease and are good for your skin.
LSA is high in the good fats needed to maintain healthy cholesterol levels and cleanse and detox the liver.
Pomegranate is high in potassium and vit C = a clear head and loads of energy 



Cucumber, alfalfa, spirulina and apple Smoothie

  • Half a lebanese cucumber, cut into chunks
  • Small handful of alfalfa sprouts (or watercress)
  • 1 tbsp spirulina powder
  • apple juice

You guessed it - Add all ingredients to your blender and whiz! 


Cucumber is highly cleansing and good for skin, nails and hair.




Alfalfa is high in folic acid in zinc and have a stimulating effect on the body.
Spirulina is a micro-scopic algae that is super high in plant proteins and nutrients.

Apples are high in vitamin C and antioxidants.




Sunday, September 8, 2013

A Deer Little Dress

I bought Stella the most beautiful little dress at the Kingscliff night markets the other night. I just milcouldn't resist this fabric! The stall was called Kewpie Kids Collective and they also sell through their facebook page. You can find them here.







Chamomile & Peppermint Blog - Little deer girls dress from Kewpie Kids Collective




Chamomile & Peppermint Blog - Little deer girls dress from Kewpie Kids Collective




Chamomile & Peppermint Blog - Little deer girls dress from Kewpie Kids CollectiveChamomile & Peppermint Blog - Little deer girls dress from Kewpie Kids Collective






Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Book Review - Grow Your Own Drugs by James Wong

My apologies for the recent lack of posts. Uni is just crazy at the moment and so is looking after an 18 month old. Combining the two is nothing short of madness, but then if life wasn't crazy I don't think it would be half as enjoyable.

 In the midst of the madness I turned 30 this week. I don't feel any of the cliches as yet, but maybe the is still to come. I was generously gifted with some beautiful books, one being "Grow your own drugs" by James Wong. Before you get the wrong idea and think I'm growing happy cabbage (life is not quite that crazy) its a book full of recipes and advice on how to grow and use medicinal herbs for health, beauty and to incorporate into diet. Beautifully presented with stunning photos and easy to follow instructions it takes some of the mystery out of medicinals and makes you want to get in touch with your inner CWA sister. Some of my faves are the nettle hair tonic (strengthens hair and gives it shine), rosemary wine (to boost memory), marshmallow and liquorice cough syrup (for coughs, in case you hadn't guessed) and echinacea popsicles (for cold and flu).

Upon doing a little research of this guy, it turns our that James Wong has his own TV show where he shows you how to do all these sorts of things that I would love to get my hands on. I presume it only airs on pay TV in Australia. The book can be bought online at Fishpond or Book Depository with free postage and if you are keen on this sort of thing it is well worth the purchase. Love it!




Chamomile & Peppermint Blog - Book Review - Grow Your Own Drugs by James Wong




Chamomile & Peppermint Blog - Book Review - Grow Your Own Drugs by James Wong




Chamomile & Peppermint Blog - Book Review - Grow Your Own Drugs by James Wong