Salt

So, I have been pretty absent from this space for the past few months. Been busy with working, studying (Always studying), creating, trying to give love and the whole breathing thing we do. Honestly, my body seems to hate winter more than my mind and it’s been depressing. I am so ready for summer, it isn’t even funny.

This has been on my mind for over a week now. I wanted to share with you my inspiration from something so simple and… well common. You probably already know because it is the name for this post. Salt, I think, is grossly underestimated. No, I haven’t gone insane. We use it all the time in cooking for its ability to bring out more flavour in a dish. It what makes the ocean so cleansing, and gross tasting. Depending on the type of salt, you can make your bath cleansing, muscle relaxing on calming.

Salt can do that!

Last week I reread an old issue of Kinfolk. It is the summer issue, number 12. Anyway, the whole issue is about SALT! My goddess! I am so excited. Is that weird? Reading about these different people from different parts of the world and their connection to salt. A cook who is obsessed with Himalayan Pink salt (I am so on that wagon), Fishermen who have this passion for the salty waves, a woman who still spends her summers at her families house by the ocean, a family who built their home practically on the beach… The passion these people have for the ocean, salt and the environment is so freaking mind blowing. The really cool thing is that this magazine appeared around the time I really started to appreciate the ocean and the powers that it has. It only takes me five minutes to drive to the beach and about 15 minutes to ride my bike. I never really had any respect for the ocean. It was always just there. In Summer I rarely tripped to the beach because I would get burnt to a crisp, Winter is too cold, Spring… busy with university, Autumn… you get the picture. I didn’t want to go because it was (eek) boring and a little inconvenient. I’m sorry! I can’t believe that I just admitted that.

Now I have a deep appreciation for the ocean. Not just the understanding that I don’t belong in the ocean, for I cannot breathe under it, but the calming and healing energies it has. I am not really sure why this is, maybe it is the salt, but I do know that after an hour walk along the beach as soon as I wake, leaves me shiny eyed and totally relaxed and out of this world in the present moment. Any worry or fear that I had the day before… forgotten, washed away in by the waves. You have to try it.

There are many how to’s on this wide web for salt baths but I just wanted to share with you my favourites.

Epsom Salt Muscle Relaxer

Epsom salt is used as a detoxifier, and thats great, but I love to soak in a bath of epsom salt when my muscles are really sore after a workout, or working in the yard. You can use an essential oil to make this bath even more luxurious.

1/2 to 1 cup of epsom salt (depending on your personal need. Though I wouldn’t add any more than a cup)

4-6 drops of essential oil (lavender, rose or ylang ylang are really lovely and relaxing)

Water

Simply run a bath that is a little hotter warm, as the heat will make you sweat and help in releasing toxins. Add the salt and essential oils in at the start so they mix in naturally as the bath fills up. Check every now and then to see if the temperature is right for you.

Once your bath is drawn, turn on some music, light some candles, and slip on in.

Himalayan Salt Toxin Detox

Because of the mineral content in this pretty pink salt, it makes it pretty powerful. This is why I would suggest not to add any more than 2- 1/2 cups i=of the salt to your bath. You can of course add less, if your feel your body needs a more gentle detox. This is totally okay.

1 to 2 1/2 cups of Himalayan salt

Water

Simply run a bath that is a little hotter warm, as the heat will make your muscles relax, sweat and help in releasing toxins. Add the salt in at the start so it mixes in naturally as the bath fills up. Check every now and then to see if the temperature is right for you.

Once your bath is drawn, turn on some music, light some candles, and enjoy.

Rose Scented Salt Bath

This may be my favourite bath to draw. It is slightly detoxifying but the scent of rose is just heaven. If you don’t like rose than any other calming essential oil will work nicely.

1/2 cup Himalayan salt

1/3 cup dried rose hips and pettles, or 4-5 drops rose essential oil

Draw a warm bath. Add the salt and essential oils or dried rise hips in at the start so they mix in naturally as the bath fills up. Check every now and then to see if the temperature is right for you.

Once your bath is drawn, turn on some music, light some candles, and slip on in for about 10-20 minutes.

After any of these baths it is best to lay down wrapped in a towel for a few minutes while your body slowly drops to a more neutral temperature. You can feel drained, especially after the Himalayan salt bath, this can occur if you have added over 3 cups, and it just from the strength of the salt. Best to be safe and not add anymore than 2 cups. Drink water to replenish the water you sweated out.

Don’t want to spend money or waste water? I am totally in the same boat. This is my fave… go swimming in the ocean! Problem solved. These captures might just make you love the beach too.

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Enjoy the salty water!

Spend a whole hour in that massive salty bath. Seriously, it is like having a cool bath with a small community of people.

Cold Days and a Recipe

I had a whole post ready to ‘go live’ about the decision and feelings behind my resent hair cut. but it sat in my saved file for too long for me to be comfortable with. It was too ‘selfish’ and well, I guess kind of boring. To put it straight…I had my long hair cut to my shoulders. Any emotion baggage and past memories that I had around my hair and it being exotic and looong are gone. I feel fresh and oh so excited about the look and feel of my new cut.

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That isn’t what I want to talk about though. I want to write about the weather. No, this isn’t ‘small talk’. I want to talk about tradition and routine and the over all feel of the weather we are experiencing. Here in Australia we are at the end of Autumn and about to go into Winter. Let me just take a moment to say… I LOVE IT! It isn’t dreary or depressing here in Autumn or Winter (Thank you!). But it does get chilly enough for an inside fire to warm, most, of the house up. Autumn is also a really fun time to be outside because if you get a little hot in the sun just chill out in the shade for a bit. You can eat a really hearty, vegetarian, meal or a salad or smoothie bowl (in the sun) and not feel uncomfortable. Word.

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I may be a bit bias. I cannot think of one thing that I don’t like about Autumn or Winter. Summer on the other hand, there is a small list. Sun-baking in the morning sun, bathing in the ocean, or being able to walk outside with ahem… nothing but a smile on are all definitely NOT on the cons list.

Gardening (something I am passionate about) in Autumn and Winter has a poetic feel about it. The smoke from the fire burning away fills the afternoon air, your wearing jeans with boots and a jumper or long sleeved shirt, the excitement of turning the soil and finding worms(no? just me? all right), and the smell of a slow cooking soup or stew on the stove as you walk into the house. Being outside is so much more fun because you don’t really need to worry about getting burnt or getting sweaty. Smells are earthier and routines are slow and calming. I wont go into the clothes because there is just so many wonderful things to say about layering in earthy tones. But curling up under a blanket, with a tea and a book or the flickering flames to entertain you… oh yeah! That is perfect!

I didn’t forget Spring. There just isn’t anything bad to say about that flowery season. EVERYBODY loves Spring.

If you have mixed feelings about the cooler months after all my unpaid promoting above, theeeen maybe this recipe will change your mind. Sorry about the photos, I was chasing the fading sunlight.


Seasonal Life Changing Stew

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This particular recipe can be altered for whatever season you are in. Though I think it is best to be eaten during Autumn and Winter, it just seems to taste better and it really does do a wonderful job of warming you up. I love cooking this on a Sunday using vegetables that I find at the Farmers Markets or at my local Organic Market Place. Picking those fresh roots and greens from the baskets then driving home through the cool mountains to slowly cook them on the stove while I get my organic garden ready to plant in is way too poetic to even bother buying a pre-caned soup from the grocery shop.

(Serves 4-6 people, or 1 person for a whole week)

Ingredients

Homemade Curry Powder Mix

1/2 tsp paprika (adjust to your personal liking)

1 tbs turmeric powder

1 tsp dried oregano, or powder form

a generous pinch of black pepper

1/2 tsp cinnamon powder (optional but warming)

a pinch of cumin powder (again optional)

Nutmeg, fennel seeds, cardamom…etc. can also be used as substitutes for cinnamon, cumin, or oregano.

Mix them all together in a small bowl and sit aside to add to the stew.

Seasonal Life Changing Stew

1 tbs coconut oil (it can stand a high heat)

1 yellow onion

1 small bulb of garlic (just half if you have a bigger bunch of the cloves)

a small knob of ginger (adjust to your personal liking) 1/2 teaspoon of ginger powder

1 small tbs organic curry powder, or homemade curry powder mix (above)

3 1/2 – 4 cups water

1 tsp yellow mustard seeds (or a tsp of whatever mustard you have will be okay)

1/2 a medium pumpkin (I used organic butternut and left the skin on)

3 small sweet potatoes (leave skin on if organic, remove otherwise)

3-4 small parsnip (remove skin if not organic)

3 small to medium carrots

1/2 cup red lentils

2 sticks of celery

3 leaves of kale or other tough leafy green

Other add ins: cauliflower, zucchini, turnip, swede…

Wash your organic roots, greens and celery (peel the roots and pumpkin if that aren’t organic). Heat oil in a large pot on the stove, while you chop the onion roughly. Add the onion to the pot with minced ginger. Let cook on a low to medium heat for about 10 minutes or until the onions are soft, not brown. Add in the mustard seeds, finely chopped ginger and the curry mix or organic store bought curry powder with all of the water. It should be watery now, but it will reduce a little by the time it is cooked.

Chop the vegetables into small and rough peaces, you don’t want them too small other wise they will turn to complete mush (still tasty but not pretty). Add all the vegetables except for the kale and celery to the pot. Turn up the heat to boiling point, then reduce to a very light simmer and cover with lid for an hour. After about 45 minutes and when the roots are soft add in the celery and the red lentils, then stir and cover for another 15 minutes.

Turn off the heat. Tear up the kale and mix it into the stew. Let it sit with the lid on while you set the table, light the fire and some candles, and turn on some calming music. Serve hot and top with shallots, thyme, microgreens, or some thinly sliced cauliflower. You can also serve with some cooked quinoa or lentils.

Enjoy.

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P.S You can also use a Slowcooker (I don’t own one) and add in meat, if that’s your thing.

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Brittany xx

Make Time for the Things That You Love


“Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.” ~ Wayne Dyer


I always hear people say ‘I didn’t have enough time.’ or ‘I’m too busy to do what I really want.’ Mostly the first is because they didn’t do the washing or sweep out the kitchen floor. We all are guilty of putting what needs to be done over what we actually want to do. I do it, but am so much better now because I take time to do what I love… what excites my soul. Read this earlier post I shared about exciting your soul and a fun local adventure I took. Mostly it is just the little things like stopping at a choice spot to take photos, drinking whatever tea I feel like, stepping outside to feel that insane one-ness with the earth, or once a week going to my favourite 100% organic cafe to spend a bit of my savings on a ‘MEANIE’ green juice (nothing but greens), a super-powers smoothie or a meal if I am feeling hungry enough. They are little things but I do them often and they bring joy, grounding, love, and light into my life.

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So, I urge you to do more of what you love because why the hell not, right!? 

I hope you have had a relaxing and replenishing Sunday, and that you week ahead is filled with little adventures to a cup of tea, a great book or even a back street that calls to you.

Brittany xx