Have Faith in Nature for Beautiful Natural hair and skincare at The Green Lady

Have Faith in Nature for Beautiful Natural hair and skincare at The Green Lady

 

Faith in Nature says – Look after your hair by keeping it clean and healthy with our award winning natural shampoo range. Our shampoos contain herbal extracts and essential and organic oils to leave your hair feeling both smooth and glossy – just as nature intended.

All our natural vegan shampoos are animal cruelty free, are SLS and paraben free and are vegetarian. We use no synthetic colouring, fragrances or artificial preservatives in our shampoos to ensure that they are as natural as possible. We pride ourselves in creating paraben free shampoos made with 100% natural fragrance.

Some of our most popular natural vegan shampoo includes our Coconut shampoo and Aloe Vera shampoo which our customers love for their beautiful aroma and great cleaning properties. Why not also consider complimenting our SLS free shampoos with our natural hair conditioners also available in Coconut, Aloe Vera, Chocolate and many more aromas.

At The Green Lady you will find a wide variety of Faith in Nature shampoos, conditioners and bath foam/shower gels as well as soaps, deodorant, handwash and skincare range.  Once tried you will wonder how you ever managed without them!

Note: Products and fragrances available may vary

Learn to Grow, Make, and Use DIY Stevia Sweetener

Learn to Grow, Make, and Use DIY Stevia Sweetener

How to Use Stevia

Learn how to use stevia as a sugar substitute. Grow it, harvest it, use it, love it!

I’ve just come in from working in my garden. As I was trimming, pulling weeds and watering, I finally got to my stevia tree! I have several, but this one is about 8 feet tall! What am I going to do with all that? Lots…let me tell you!

What is Stevia?

Stevia, or stevia rebaudiana, is a tropical to semi-tropical plant that is from South America. Although fairly new to us here in the US, it has actually been used for over 1,500 years as a sweetener. You can get seeds for it, but it is just as easy to get starts from many local garden centers. I even saw it at Walmart and Lowe’s this spring!

In tropical areas it is considered a perennial, often growing a thick woody stem much like a tree trunk. In more temperate regions, such as here in Western North Carolina, it is an annual. Because it contains no calories or carbohydrates, stevia is a great alternative to sugar.

If you’ve never tried it, you’re in for a surprise: stevia can be up to 150 times sweeter than sugar! Most stevia extracts on the market are closer to 10 times what sugar holds, but it can be more. Stevia is non-flammable and non-fermentable, making it very shelf stable. It does have a slightly bitter aftertaste, so using it in small amounts is recommended.

How to Use Stevia

Learning how to use stevia is important, because sometimes it can be used like any other sweetener, other times not so much.

You can use it to sweeten tea, coffee, lemonade, or flavored water. But using in place of sugar for baking is not encouraged, since the chemical and physical structure are different. Jelly is another example of where stevia doesn’t work like sugar.

A good rule of thumb: use it to sweeten things in which sugar is not a part of the structure. For example, it wouldn’t work in baking a cake since the grains of sugar are partly what holds up the cake. But in ice cream, where the structure isn’t important, it can be added as sweetener.

There are some stevia/sugar blends available that can be used like regular sugar. (You can find a good blend here.)

Growing Stevia

Learning how to use stevia is not always simple. But growing stevia is simple… very simple!

Plant it, water it, put it in the sun, and trim it occasionally. That’s really all there is to it.

Stevia isn’t picky. I’ve grown it in plain dirt, enriched soil, and the clay that is prevalent in my area. It doesn’t like the clay as much, so I moved it to a mixed soil with mushroom compost mixed in. Now I need to chop the “tree” down!

Water is important. I’ve let mine dry out, but if it dries out too much it won’t come back from it. You can try bringing it in for the winter, but most homes are too dry and it dies after a few months.

Preserving your Stevia Harvest

There are several ways you can preserve stevia for using during the winter months.

  • Drying
  • Freezing
  • Extract-alcohol
  • Extract-glycerin
  • Extract to dried powder

Drying Stevia

To dry stevia, remove the leaves and flowers from the stems. Don’t throw the stems away, we’ll be using them in a minute. Dry as you would any other herb: with a dehydrator, oven, or on trays in a warm spot.

When they are thoroughly dry, place them in a jar and seal tightly. Watch for mold, just in case, but don’t make the mistake I did my first year. I dried some and put it in a jar. A few months later, I noticed a white substance on the leaves. Thinking it was mold, I threw it out. Later I realized that the white stuff I saw was exactly what I wanted – dried stevia juice! If you see it, keep it!

To use, place a few dried leaves in a tea bag with your regular tea blend, add to the coffee filter, or use like a seasoning in sweet dishes.

Freezing Stevia

To freeze stevia, chop into small bits and place a teaspoon or so in an ice cube tray. Cover with distilled water. Freeze.

When frozen, transfer to a freezer container. These will keep until you get a new plant in the spring.

To use, just pull out an ice cube and add to your water, tea, coffee, etc. You may find it to be too sweet, like I did. You can cut the amount of leaves back to ½ teaspoon or whatever suits your needs.

Making Stevia Extract with Alcohol

To make an extract, prepare as you would for any tincture.

Chop enough plant material to fill a pint jar ½ full. This is where you can use the stems from above. Cover with alcohol. I use a plain 40% vodka since there is no odor, taste, or color. Cap tightly and shake well.

Place in the sun for a few weeks. Shake daily if you can. After a few weeks, taste a drop or so – it should be super sweet. If not, leave it a bit longer. Strain and keep in a dark place.

To use, use a teaspoon or so in recipes that call for any other extract.

Making Stevia Extract with Glycerin

To make a glycerin extract, prepare as you would an alcohol extract (above), except use liquid vegetable glycerin instead. After straining, I place some in a small dropper bottle. Just a few drops in my iced tea and it tastes just like southern sweet tea, without all the calories!

Making Stevia Powder

Simmer some stevia on the stove for a half hour to an hour. The more plant material you have, the stronger it will be. Strain and cool.

When it has cooled, place the liquid in a glass baking dish. Leave in a warm place for the liquid to evaporate. On top of the refrigerator is a good location. Alternatively, you can put the simmered stevia directly into your glass baking dish, then slide this into a very slow oven, like 170°F for a few hours.

What you have left is the pure stevia powder that you buy in the store, except that yours is all natural. Many commercially prepared stevia powders will contain other things like anti-caking agents or malic acid. Yours will be the real thing!

Stevia is a natural alternative to sugar, so if you’re trying to cut sugar, learning how to use stevia can make life easier.

Don’t want to grow/make your own?

If you’d like to purchase a natural stevia that hasn’t been overly-processed, and/or adulterated with fillers, chemicals, or other ingredients, here are some options:

Have you tried stevia yet? Have you ever grown/made your own? Tell us about it!

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Debra Maslowski

About Debra Maslowski

Debra is a master gardener, a certified herbalist, a natural living instructor and more. She taught Matt and Betsy how to make soap so they decided to bring her on as a staff writer! Debra recently started an organic herb farm in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Connect with Debra Maslowski on G+.

Learn to Grow, Make, and Use DIY Stevia Sweetener was written by Debra Maslowski.

PROBLEMS SLEEPING?

PROBLEMS SLEEPING?

As the earlier post about making your own sleep balm explained; Lavender is extremely helpful to those who have trouble relaxing and getting a good nights sleep.  However, you don’t have to go to the trouble of making your own balm to achieve the sleep you need. Here at The Green Lady we have a couple of ways to help with that:

 

Firstly Badger Sleep Balm. 

A wonderfully soothing night balm rich with precious oils to calm and soothe the mind. Rub a little under the nose, on lips, on the temples or other pulse points and the scent does the work.

With rosemary, bergamot, ginger, balsam fir and lavender, this is a refreshing, relaxing blend which quiets the thoughts in preparation for natural sleep.

Badger uses pure organic ingredients, blends them up to make them creamy, dreamy and ready to soothe, heal, and pamper. Badgers’ products are never tested on animals and contain no chemicals, preservatives, synthetics or GMOs – leaving room only for the best ingredients.

The products themselves are rich in relaxing and calming vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and antioxidants ensuring that you can feel the goodness. As well as this, Badger takes pride in its stewardship of the environment and reuses, recycles

and composts as much as they can in order to reduce waste and their impact on the environment. Badger sleep balm is £5.99 from The Green Lady Eco Store.

 

 

Bamboo Oil Diffuser & Lavender Essential Oil

Or why not treat yourself to some pure Lavender essential oil and use it in a diffuser.  Just add a few drops to 120 ml of water, switch it on and the wonderful aromatic vapour is released.  You can decide how often you want to have the vapour emitted, hourly, bi-hourly, intermittently or continuous, and there is also a choice of colour changing lights to soothe and relax.

A recent customer said this of her recently purchased Oil diffuser and lavender:

         We have bought the oil diffuser from the Green lady Eco store and wow I must say how impressed we are with it. There’s lots of different oils you can get to put in it. The lavender oil relaxes our lively toddler. Gets him to sleep in no time at all at bed time when usually it takes him ages to settle. The eucalyptus oil was a great help to our  baby when she was congested. Makes a lovely air freshener too. We will never get chemical air fresheners again. and the changing colours as well as the lovely aromas makes it so relaxing. Highly recommend to anyone. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Our Bamboo Oil Diffusers are £30 and Lavender Oil just £2.60.

 

SEPTEMBER MADNESS – PRICES SLASHED ON MORINGA PRODUCTS TO CLEAR

SEPTEMBER MADNESS – PRICES SLASHED ON MORINGA PRODUCTS TO CLEAR

Moringa Tea Bags were £6.99,  now £3.99

Moringa Leaf Powder was £12.99 now £6.99

Moringa anti aging handmade luxury soap was £6.99 – now £3.99

Moringa Oil – was £14.99, now £7.99

Moringa oliefera is a fast growing tree, found mainly in tropical and subtropical areas. However, our suppliers , have managed to grow it successfully in a micro climate region in Spain.  The leaves are the most nutritious part of the plant, being a significant source of  B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin A as betacarotene, vitamin K, manganese, and protein, among other essential nutrients. Moringa leaves contain 18 types of amino-acids, 46 antioxidants, 36 anti-inflammatory compounds, and more than 90 nutrients, making it one of the best nutritional supplements ever. Moringa is a total powerhouse of goodness. It is an excellent source of minerals like iron and calcium, and of vitamins A, B, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, and E as well as macrominerals, trace minerals and phytonutrients.

The following  shows the %RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) provided by 30 grams of Moringa leaf powder:

  • Calcium 601 mg 60%
  • Magnesium 110.4 mg 37 %
  • Iron 8.46 mg 84 %
  • Copper 0.171 mg 19 %
  • Potassium 397.2 mg 11.3 %
  • Phosphorus 61.2 mg 9 %
  • Vitamin A 4.89 mg 163 %
  • Vitamin B1 0.792 mg 52.8%
  • Vitamin B2 6.15 mg 361 %
  • Vitamin B3 2.46 mg 13 %
  • Vitamin C 5.19 mg 8.6 %
  • Vitamin E 33.9 mg 226 %
  • Protein 8.1 grams 12.8 %

BENEFITS OF MORINGA

Here are just some of the fantastic benefits that this plant provides:

*Rapid improvemteatimeents in energy, stamina, and endurance

*Better mental clarity

*Lowers blood sugar levels for diabetics

*Lowers blood pressure when taken regularly

*Lowers cholesterol

*Balances your hormones

*Boosts your immune system*Detoxifies your body

*Antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, and antiparasitical properties

*Relieves constipation

*Serves as a diuretic

*Relieves skin problems

*Impromoringa-drinkves eyesight

*Assists with sleep

*Supports hair health and growth

*Heals cuts and wounds

*Helps treat depression

*Treats minor infections

*Improves appearance of skin

Moringa seeds also purify dirty water! If this plant can clean water, it can purify your body too…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW IN TODAY – Mooncups & Natracare!

NEW IN TODAY – Mooncups & Natracare!

The Green Lady would like to offer our lady customers as many options as you need without dedicating the whole shop to Sanitary protection!  To start off then we have two options for you both of which are eco friendly and healthier options. If you require other eco varieties do let us know and we will endeavour to stock the most popular, so long as we can still get in the door!

 

The Sustainable Choice

Natracare products are made from renewable, natural materials including organic cotton, bioplastics (made from plant starch) and wood pulp.
Ethical, environmental and animal-friendly, Natracare products are biodegradable – and can even be composted!

A Period Without the Drama

Mooncup® is the original, soft, medical-grade silicone menstrual cup designed by women as the convenient, safe and eco-friendly alternative to tampons and pads. 

 

Tried and trusted since 2002 by users around the world, the Mooncup menstrual cup offers an end to the waste, discomfort and expense of disposable sanitary protection.

The healthier and convenient alternative to tampons and pads which saves you money too. Made to last for years, the Mooncup menstrual cup is an easy way to dramatically reduce the waste you produce. There are two sizes:

Size A Recommended for those who are 30 and over, and all who have given birth vaginally regardless of age. Size B Recommended for those under the age of 30 who have not given birth vaginally.

 

 

 

 

 

GREAT NEWS FOR VEGANS! NEW PRODUCTS IN STORE, PLUS – FREE HEALTH CONSCIOUS CHOCOLATE TASTINGS THIS WEEKEND!

GREAT NEWS FOR VEGANS! NEW PRODUCTS IN STORE, PLUS – FREE HEALTH CONSCIOUS CHOCOLATE TASTINGS THIS WEEKEND!

The Green Lady has been listening to what you would like to see in the shop.  So, today we took delivery of some wonderful new Vegan products!

Firstly, we have JACKFRUIT,  a healthy and sustainable vegan meat replacement set to be one of the biggest food trends of 2017. Best of all, it’s the key to making an insanely delicious BBQ pulled ‘pork’ sandwich that you won’t believe is vegan. We have 3 types available; Govinda cubes and shreds in boxes, and also Essential Organic Young Jackfruit in cans.

 

 

Next we have OATLY milk replacement. Consisting of water, organic Swedish oats and a little bit of sea salt for flavour. That’s it. This product is packaged in a process that allows it to be stored without refrigeration. That means you can take it to the summer cottage and store it in the hall and then pop it into the fridge to chill before using. Not only that we have Oatly Barista edition. Just heat this barista edition oat drink in a container while giving it a whirl until it foams up nicely and then pour yourself a latte without milk.

 

 

 

 

 

VEGOS are next on the list specifically by customer request.

Vego only use exclusive high-quality ingredients such as fine Italian hazelnut paste, hazelnut cocoa cream and whole hazelnuts that Vego blend together in a unique process to create your “Vego Whole Hazelnut Chocolate Bar”. The Vegobar is probably the tastiest chocolate bar in the world, vegan, organic, fairtrade and gluten-free. What more could you ask for?

And finally a range for health conscious chocolate lovers, CO COA.

  • Co Coa is Premium Raw Chocolate,
  • 100% organic
  • Dairy & Soy Free
  • Refined Sugar Free
  • Low Glycaemic Index
  • Naturally Gluten Free
  • and tastes Amazing!

 

This weekend we will be offering FREE TASTINGS of this delicious chocolate so pop along early and don’t miss out!

 

 

Pain Relieving Massage Oil for Menstrual Cramps – by Katie Vance

Essential Oils for Menstrual Cramps

For many women, including myself, painful menstrual cramps are a monthly reality.

Sometimes the pain just won’t go away no matter what I try. I’ve tried drinking more water, over-the-counter medications, changing my diet, exercising, and still no relief.

Before having children, I could take it easy on the worst days. Now that is impossible! We are always on the go and I am always on my feet. I need relief… pronto!

I’ve also struggled with hormone imbalances since having my children. That can make each month an emotional roller coaster with the full spectrum of PMS symptoms.

Painful cramps, emotional stress, and overwhelming fatigue make me one scary mama.

That is why I turned to the experts. Believe it or not, there is a lot of research on aromatherapy massage and dysmenorrhea (painful menstrual cramps). Quite a few researchers have conducted studies on the use of essential oils for menstrual cramps and cycles.

Essential Oils for Menstrual Cramps

One study used lavender (Lavandula officinalis), clary sage (Salvia sclarea), and marjoram (Origanum majorana) essential oils for menstrual cramps. Participants massaged a 3% cream on their lower abdomen starting at the end of the last menstruation continuing to the beginning of the next menstruation. Results show a significant decrease in pain. I’m not sure why this study was conducted from the end of menstruation to the beginning, but I suspect it is because the recipe includes clary sage essential oil. While some women report that clary sage essential oil can bring on a heavy menstrual cycle, there is really little to no evidence to support this claim.

Another study used a similar method with lavender, clary sage, and rose essential oils for menstrual cramps and menstruation. This study also found aromatherapy massage to be effective.

One more study used inhalation of lavender essential oil. This study found that smelling lavender essential oil can help reduce pain associated with menstrual cramps.

After reading all of these studies, it was time to put them to the test. For the past three months, I have been using the following roll-on blend and have noticed significant improvements in the severity of my PMS symptoms. I won’t call it a miracle cure because I certainly do experience some symptoms, but I have noticed that they are less intense.

Note: Of course, before using any natural remedy, you should consult a qualified healthcare practitioner. If you are experiencing difficult menstrual cycles, first consult your OB/GYN to make sure there isn’t a more serious underlying condition.

DIY Pain-Relieving Massage Oil for Menstrual Cramps

Ingredients

  • 3 drops clary sage (Salvia sclarea) essential oil
  • 2 drops lavender (lavandula angustifolia) essential oil
  • 1 drop geranium (Pelargonium x asperum) essential oil
  • 10 mL avocado oil
  • 1 – 10mL roller bottle

Instructions

  1. Add essential oils to roller bottle.
  2. Fill the rest of the way with avocado oil and secure cap.  Shake well to blend.
  3. Roll (or massage) on abdomen one time daily during menstrual cycle. (I generally start 1-2 days before my cycle or whenever I start to feel cramps).

Notes & Substitutions

This recipe is at a 3% dilution ratio because it is meant to be used for a short period of time. Up to 7 days maximum.

Another essential oil that could be substituted into this recipe is rose absolute essential oil. While it is very expensive, rose absolute works wonders for those going through menopause or who have significant mood swings.

This recipe can be used in a roller bottle or as a massage oil, but the essential oil part (clary sage, lavender, and geranium) also make a wonderful diffuser blend. Simply add the essential oils to your diffuser and enjoy for 15-30 minutes. Enjoy some quiet time, prayer time, or meditation while the oils diffuse.

For Your Aromatherapy Oils go to The Green Lady Eco Store www:thegreenladyecostore.co.uk

Katie Vance

  • About Katie Vance

Katie is a wife, mother, blogger, aromatherapist, soapmaker, and lover of all things DIY. She blogs at The Wise Wife. You can also find Katie on Google+.

Pain Relieving Massage Oil for Menstrual Cramps was written by Katie Vance.

NEW GIFT SERVICE FROM THE GREEN LADY

We have so many lovely goodies in the shop I thought we could make gifting a bit easier.  We have some lovely jute bags which you can use to fill with eco-friendly, natural treats for your friends and family. From bamboo hair brushes, toothbrushes, flannels and socks, Faith in Nature shower gels, shampoos, and handwash, plus soya candles and aromatherapy oils; we have plenty to choose from for your nearest and dearest.  If these are a bit too ‘pretty’, we also have a selection of jute wash bags too might be more suitable for the man in your life. For him there is beard balm and oil, Faith in Nature for men, Bamboo socks etc etc. Whilst stocks last gift purchases of £20 or more will receive a jute bag or wash bag FREE OF CHARGE to create a unique gift experience.  Shredded wood available to complete the look.  Come and make your choices! Please note wash bag contents shown are for example purposes.

Frozen Mint Lemonade

Frozen Mint Lemonade

This frozen mint lemonade recipe is super refreshing and easy to make! cookieandkate.com

Meet your summer refresher! When I found this frozen mint lemonade on a menu, I couldn’t resist. I knew on first sip that I would have to recreate it for you.

This ice cold drink is the epitome of refreshing. It’s infused with fresh mint flavor and offers a light, balanced blend of tartness and sweetness. It’s also super easy to whip up in your blender.

mint and lemons

If you’re wondering if this frozen treat tastes good with a splash of bourbon, a) I like you, and b) I can confirm that it does indeed. I think it would also be great with vodka or gin.

If you’re looking for more recipes, check out my summer potluck roundup and July recipe picks!

Continue to the recipe…

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LOOK – HEALTHY HAIR, ECO FRIENDLY BAMBOO HAIR BRUSHES & COMBS – NEW INSTORE TOMOROW

From tomorrow the Green Lady is thrilled to be able to offer her customers a range of Bamboo Healthy Hair brushes and combs to use alongside our wonderful Faith in Nature shampoos and conditioners to bring out the best in your hair.

Olivia Garden Professional Brushes & Combs Made from Bamboo

These beautiful tools are from a range created by Olivia Garden who have been serving the professional hairdressing industry since 1967, and today they hold over  55 patents making its products widely popular with hairdressers in more than 102 countries. In 2016 the large paddle brush below won Instyle Magazines Best Beauty Buy award. Each high quality tool is individually wrapped just waiting for you. These are top quality products, don’t miss out!

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WHAT TO USE INSTEAD DURING PLASTIC FREE JULY

Here are a few neat ideas that we have in stock to help with the Plastic Free July challenge

Living Naturally Solid SoapNut Shampoo in Beer & Bay and Lemon & Avocado

Luxuriously soft Bamboo facecloths and Bamboo toothbrushes

Earth Conscious’ wonderful solid deodorants. Vegan and cruelty free in Citrus and Lavender

Bamboo reusable coffee cups

Plus, of course, we offer an Ecover Refill Station enabling you to bring along your empty washing up bottle, fabric conditioner and laundry liquid for us to refill for you – more plastic saved from landfill, or if you prefer we can offer you Eco Laundry Eggs and Soapnut shells for a completely natural laundry solution.

PLASTIC FREE JULY IS COMING – ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE?

Joining the challenge is quite simple…choose to refuse single-use plastic during July. 

Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastic and challenges people to do something about it.
​You’ll be joining a million+ people world-wide from 130 countries in making a difference.

YES, I accept the challenge!

 

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