LUFFA: Start Growing the Sponge Plant

  Common name: Loofah, Sponge Gourd, Egyptian Cucumber, Chinese Okra, Ridged gourd Genus: Luffa  Family: Cucurbitaceae  Luffa is a genus of tropical and subtropical vines in the same family of cucumber, melon, pumpkin,etc. It’s know under several names and varieties, but mainly we  refers to the fruits of the two most common species Luffa Aegyptiaca or Cylindrica, and Luffa Acutangula.   The first variety is very similar to a big size zucchini. It has an elongated shape and roughly reaches a length of 30 cm. its skin has a light color with evident grooves…

ORGANIC ROSE SOAP RECIPE

The idea is to use safe easily available products, ideally from your own garden or trusted organic source. Mother nature has provided us with an infinite number of resources, the only limit is our imagination. We can substitute plain water with dried flowers or herbs infusions to add color and scents. Before making your soap remember to filter your infusion and let it cool down. Flowers or herbs add skin-loving properties to the liquid, and they can also add a subtle color and scent. For example, in our Rose Soap Recipe…

HOMEMADE SOAP: The Cold-Process Recipe

  Happy day! There are hundreds of recipes over the net on “how to make your own soap”. This project is designed for somebody who has never made soap before, using the cold process method. The recipe we have chosen for you, is the more simplistic and effective way we could come up with,  because making soap it is really easy, creative and funny! Different processes have different results, pros and cons. Here we focus on the cold process, which we reckon to be the best compromise in term of…

NASTURTIUM FLOWERS PESTO: Spice up Your Recipes

  Happy day to all!  Some may be already familiar with Nasturtium and the uses of this edible and generous plant in our kitchens, because all parts of the plant are edible, nutritious and delicious! In this post let’s see one of many way it can be used in our kitchen, one of my favorite: nasturtium pesto sauce. Both leaves and flowers can be used to make a tasty pesto sauce. In this recipe I will use only flowers that add a fresh summerish touch to any dish. The peculiarity of…

HOMEMADE TOOTH POWDER: Our Recipe for a Natural Choice

  Happy day to all!   A little premise about oral hygiene in ancient time: our ancestors used to clean their teeth with powders made of natural ingredients such ashes of ox hooves, myrrh, powdered and burnt eggshells, pumice. Crushed bones and oyster shells were also added as abrasive, as we know today thanks to numerous archaeological finds. Nowadays commercial toothpaste contain controversial ingredients that many studies have proven as not beneficial at all for us, despite assumed in small quantity. Among these ingredients we find fluoride, artificial sweeteners and colors,…