Wild Garlic Foraging – Pesto Recipe

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Well I can tell that spring is arriving, my normal wild garlic spot is showing signs of new life. What better way to spend a day, walking, foraging and cooking.

Wild garlic is an easy forage for anyone even those with very limited experience, the smell gives it away instantly, there is a similar looking plant called lily of the valley however it doesn’t have the garlicky smell. So this really is a very easy plant to identify.

Wild garlic is found in pretty much every deciduous British woodland or riverbank right up until the end of spring. Once you have found one plant there will be sure to plenty more nearby. Towards the latter end of spring they are also noticeable with their delicate pretty white flower, which is also delicious and edible.

Wild garlic can substitute normal garlic in your usual recipes, I love tossing the leaves into a salad and one of my favorites is making homemade pesto.

This homemade pesto recipe is so delicious its a must at this time of year. I always make a big batch and freeze for use throughout the year.

Wild Garlic Pesto Recipe 

  • A large handful of washed wild garlic
  • A small handful of basil
  • 60g Pine nuts
  • 60g Parmesan
  • 150ml Olive oil
  • Dash of lemon juice
  • Season with salt and pepper

Blend all the ingredients in a food processor except the olive oil. Once blended add the oil and hey pesto its ready!

You can always double/triple the quantities to make larger batches for freezing.

Happy foraging!

Love & Blessings

Carly

 

Why we need Magnesium?

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Why we need magnesium?

Magnesium is a crucial element that our body needs in order to function at even the most basic levels – making it really important to get enough of this essential mineral on a daily basis. After lots of research this week it seems most of us could have a low magnesium level, a normal blood test cannot detect low magnesium levels as only 1% of magnesium in your body is distributed in the blood.

Now a day’s most modern farming has depleted magnesium from the soil which is not being replaced. Over consumption of processed foods, alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fluoride in the water means our bodies are not getting the magnesium it needs.

Magnesium is needed for hundreds of functions within the body, and every organ of the body uses it, especially the heart, kidneys and your muscles. Magnesium deficiency symptoms include sleep problems, headaches, muscle cramps, high blood pressure, constipation, anxiety, depression, back pain, body odour, gut disorders, low energy and thyroid problem. This is not an exhausted list.

From my research, it seems magnesium is absorbed best through the skin and is not well absorbed through the digestive system. There are two ways that you can get more magnesium into your body. This is through applying a spray or taking a high magnesium bath weekly (minimum 40min).

Magnesium spray and magnesium bath salts are going to be available soon here at Art of Love, start making the changes your body needs.

Love & Blessings

Carly x

Flotation Therapy – Time to Float!

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Have you heard of flotation therapy? I had briefly before but didn’t know in detail how beneficial it can be. You float around in a flotation tank which contains 10 inches of super-saturated salt solution. This creates an environment similar to the Dead Sea which enables you to float effortlessly on the surface. Once inside the pod it’s the complete darkness, silence and freedom from the sense of touch and gravity that allows your primary senses to be deceived. This leaves the ‘left side’ of your brain with very little to do and so it begins to slow. This triggers a relaxed state so profound that your brain and body are fooled into believing that both are asleep.

Well I had my first experience of floating around in Stafford this week. I had pulled a back muscle in yoga and needed some TLC in recovering quickly. As soon as I stepped into the tank and started to float the pressure that I had felt previously on my back lifted instantly. I remember being in there for what seemed 10 minutes, well actually the hour had passed already. A deeply relaxing feeling came over me and my first thoughts were wow. The back pain I originally went in for had gone but I had another pain at the bottom of my back. I thought that is strange, however the following day I was pain free. It seems the flotation tank realigns your posture, so what I was feeling was my body in the correct posture.

Floating has been scientifically tested to improve many conditions, please visit http://www.timetofloat.co.uk where you can find so much more information. If you have any questions Mark who runs the center is very knowledgeable and a lovely chap, that is there to help.

Art of Love customers can get £10 off there first float by quoting Art of Love. Go and try it for yourself. Only through direct experience will you see the benefits for you.

Love and Blessings.

 

Carly x

 

Why use a natural room spray?

It may seem like a harmless act, spraying an air freshener like Febreze, around your home, but instead of cleaning the air, they are further polluting the air with toxins. The chemicals found in many commercial room sprays are bronchial irritants  that cause serious allergic reactions, asthma, migraines, cancer, and more!

My new range of room sprays give you all the health benefits at the same time as smelling wonderful. There are 5 amazing blends to choose from depending on your  personal preference. Instantly transform your home and mood.Spritz into the air to create a naturally calming ambiance.

Energise – An uplifting rich scent combining ginger, orange, bergamot and patchouli.

Harmonise – A delicate fragrance blended with some of the most popular oils, frankincense, lavender and bergamot.

Relax – A breathe in a bottle, the smell instantly creates a calming effect. Jasmine, lavender and orange.

Purify – A great aura spray, the rich frankincense with the freshness of lemon and grapefruit.

A 200ml glass bottle is just £8. Have the choice… chemicals vs nature without the price being a factor.

Get in touch to order.

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Zeal Chakra – Smokey Quartz Crystal Bowl

 

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Introducing a new bowl into my collection, and a very special one it is too. A beautiful 8 inch smokey quartz zeal chakra crystal singing bowl.

Zeal chakra? Yes! Chakras are energy centers. Although most people have heard of seven chakras, there are actually 114 in the body. The Zeal point chakra is located in the back of the head, at the base of the skull and is also called the Mouth of God.

This chakra is aligned with the color magenta and number 44, which in numerology is the entry point for the new evolution. Opening of this chakra and keeping it balanced enhances peace, universal love and being in a place of acceptance, surrender, and harmony.

The gift of this chakra opening is a fully conscious mind to express the spiritual powers through the voice.

The Smoky Quartz Bowl promotes positive mental and spiritual thinking and the art of staying grounded and balanced. Smokey Quartz helps one center oneself during meditation and supplies a link in between the physical and higher self.

I love the combination of the grounding element as well as opening up to our higher self. I look forward to sharing this with you in the near future.

Blessings Carly xx