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The importance of resting

We all except that we need to sleep. But in an increasingly hectic world where being busy is seen as a badge of honour, few take the time to ponder about the importance of resting and the many health benefits it brings.

Baking Christmas cookies

Christmas is always a great time for baking and for get-togethers. So here are a few good recipes to get you into the mood. Funky Christmas Cookies: This is a very easy recipe and ideal for baking with children. First, make the dough and then get various cookie...

Renewal pruning of deciduous trees and shrubs

The Waning Moon and New Moon in November/December is a good time for renewal pruning of any deciduous trees and shrubs. If the weather is too wet or cold, you can move this task to January or even February. But make sure you have pruned back your deciduous specimen by...

The LWTM moon diet

A few years ago I started a trial called 'The LWTM moon diet'. It was based on a book and some research I found in a library. The roots of it all go far back to Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine who lived in Ancient Greece around 500 B.C. The LWTM moon diet...

Biodynamic gardening made easy

What is the big difference between biodynamic gardening and traditional gardening? This is a question I have been asked a lot over the years. What is the big difference between biodynamic gardening and traditional gardening? This is a question I have been asked a lot...

The cow jumped over the moon

Most of you know probably know the nursery rhyme Hey Diddle DiddleThe cat and the fiddle,The cow jumped over the moon.The little dog laughed,To see such sport,And the dish ran away with the spoon. I always pondered particularly at the line ' The cow jumped over the...

The Moon

The moon has been the Earth's nocturnal companion for around 4.5 billion years. There are a few theories about how the moon was formed. The most convincing one to date is the Theia impact theory. Around 4.5 billion years ago the new earth collided with an astronomical...

50th Anniversary of the moon landing

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot of the first lunar landing mission On the 20th July 1969 three astronauts from the Apollo 11 NASA space program landed on the moon. These brave men were Neil Armstrong, the first man ever to set foot on the moon. The second...

Spices of Life – Cinnamon

In Europe cinnamon is the spice of Christmas and mostly used in Christmas decorations and for baking. The evergreen cinnamon tree grows predominantly in Indonesia and China and its fragrant bark is rolled up and left to dry. Then it is cut up into pieces known as...

The benefits of indigo and purple crystals

This month is all about the benefits of indigo and purple crystals connected to the Brow or Third Eye Chakra. Indigo, a mixture of purple and blue is a deeply spiritual colour. Prime crystals of this chakra are the Amethyst and  the Lapis Lazuli. This chakra...

Spices of Life – Turmeric

Following on from my popular blog series Cooking with herbs I have decided to start a new series, called Spices Of Life. Over the coming month I will introduce you to the many benefits and recipes. I hope it will help you to discover a world of flavours out there and...

The benefits of blue crystals

This month it is all about the benefits of blue crystals connected to the throat chakra. This chakra radiates idealism, authority, travel, business and prosperity. Blue is a colour of trust, convention and peace. It probably is the most conservative, steady chakra of...

The benefits of green crystals

This month we will look into the benefits of green crystals which are connected to the heart chakra, located in the chest area. This area is all about compassion, healing, giving, inner harmony and environmental awareness. When the heart chakra is in balance people...

The benefits of yellow crystals

This month we will look into the benefits of yellow crystals which are connected to the solar chakra. A few years ago I was lacking in energy and my mother gave me a 'sunstone' in the shape of a heart and I have used it ever since. When I feel a bit run down I leave...

The benefits of orange crystals

This month we will look into the benefits of orange crystals connected to the sacral chakra. These are usually brownish and orange in colour. In contrast to the root chakra which was connected to energy, sexuality, fertility the sacral chakra is all about emotion,...

The lunar influence

This is a very controversial subject and one I have swerved many times as you find as many people pro as against. I am not a scientist, nor claim to have any scientific foundation, so I was always keen to just pass on people's first hand experiences, rather than...

The benefits of red crystals

When choosing a crystal that is right for you, there are many guidelines, one of them is colour. In the coming months I will start with the base chakra crystals (red) and work my way through the other colours and chakras.    Red Crystals are some of the most...

Biodynamic Bee-keeping

Here is some vital information I found on the Biodynamic Association website that explains a lot about biodynamic bee-keeping Like humans, bees are creatures of warmth and maintain a constant temperature in their hive. This warmth helps bees to create wax for their...

The most famous crystals

So far I have talked about semi precious stones that you and me can own, today I will share with you a story I found in Vogue about a different kind of crystals, the most famous stones in the world. Unobtainable for most of us, but still very fascinating. In the next...

The benefits of crystals – colours and chakras

In the series - The benefit of crystals - I have previously written about the more general aspects of crystals, their history and how they work. In this post I want to look into their connections to chakras and sort them by colour groups. For all of you who are not...

Cooking with herbs – winter rocket

Welcome to the LWTM – ‘Cooking with herbs’ blog series In this blog series you will find historical information and recipes about the most commonly used kitchen herbs. They do not only add flavour, but they also make a positive impact on our health and well-being. To...

The benefit of crystals – how do crystals work?

How do crystals work?   Let’s take for example a wrist watch as many models contain a quartz. This crystal oscillator creates a signal with a precise frequency and these signal cycles are then converted into time displays, showing units of hours, minutes and seconds....

Ileen Macpherson – a pinoneer of the biodynamic movement

Ileen Macpherson (1898-1984) was born in August 1898 in Australia. She attended Clyde School in St. Kilda (Melbourne) and as a young adult became increasingly interested in natural ways of producing food. This interest brought her to regular Anthroposophy meetings,...

Natural home cleaning

In my view natural is always best and now that the spring clean is  round the corner here are a few top tips for 'organic house cleaning'. 1. Toothpaste: Who would have thought, but brushing your taps with toothpaste will make them shine again. It is also great for...

The benefit of crystals – the history

Last month I described the structure of crystals. This month I want to dig more into the historical use of crystals. It is fair to say that these precious and semi-precious stones have been around as jewellery, protection and form of healing for a long time. The...

Plant of the month – Sage

Plant of the month: My fascination with herbs started when I was a little girl and watched my grandmother use herbs to cook and to make beauty treatments. Although herbs grow all around us, only few people still know how to use them as nature attended to – as our...

Plant of the month – Chamomile

Plant of the month: My fascination with herbs started when I was a little girl and watched my grandmother use herbs to cook and to make beauty treatments. Although herbs grow all around us, only few people still know how to use them as nature attended to – as our...

The benefit of crystals – Introduction

Thank you for taking part in our recent survey. It is always really interesting to know what people like to read.  To my surprise 'the benefit of crystals' section topped the chart. In a way I am really pleased with this outcome as it is a subject that is steeped in...

The Sumerian calendar

The Sumerians and Babylonians were probably the first people to use what we now recognise as a modern calendar. The basis of this was the lunar cycle and the Sumerian year was made up of 12 lunar cycles. But 12 moon cycles fall short in relation to the solar year. So...

A new concept of farming and living 

Biodynamic farming and living is catching on. What was once described as a 'dubious niche interest' has recently developed into an almost mainstream way of living,  hobby gardening and farming? More and more people are getting concerned about the health of the food...

Biodynamic summer pruning

If you have even the smallest of gardens there are prime times for pruning. I usually urge people to put a lot of effort in the early spring pruning, then the Biodynamic summer pruning job should be a lot easier. But recently in the UK the weather has been so rainy...

Create your own oatmeal milk bath essence

Beauty treatments don’t have to come with a hefty price tag. In fact sometimes it is rather nice to go through the kitchen cupboard and to create your own skincare. This recipe from grandma’s kitchen cupboard is inexpensive and easy to make, so  in my view an overall...

Why ‘right timing’ matters

  As long as humans existed they watched heaven, nature, the stars and the moon to conjure some kind of sense for their own life. By doing so our ancestors found out early on that there is actually a ‘concept of right timing’. Here is a quote from the bible to...

Numerology – the numbers of your life

Numerology is an ancient form of depherering your life through numbers. It was first practised by the mathematician Pythagoras. Today he and his Math methods are still mentioned in every Math class. Born in 608 B.C. Pythagoras was a free thinker who founded his own...

Design your perfect biodynamic garden

Inheriting a grown-over, derelict garden is a momentous task, even for an experienced gardener. But following these few and easy steps can help you to turn this wasteland into your perfect garden. The early spring is a great time to start a new garden design from...

Menstrual cycle – a better way forward with the ‘Mooncup’

The curse’, as many refer to the monthly female bleeding has never been a great topic of conversation. But it is an important one as over a life time a woman spends an absolute fortune on sanitary products, an estimated  £18,000 See more info  But is there another...

Born at full moon

The moon is mentioned in countless love songs, poems and romantic stories. Lovers meet, kiss and make love bathing in its light. Naturally a side effect is conception. So is it therefore true that more babies are born at full moon? That the moon influences the female...

Conceive with the moon

Looking at the moon cycle can be very helpful if you are trying (or not trying) to conceive. All of you will be familiar with the normal female fertility cycle (also known as the biological cycle) where mid-cycle a woman ovulates and can conceive. This always occurs...

Setting boundaries

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” Carl Sandburg Often the  hardest word you can say is 'no'. It happens to me all the time. My children...

Cooking with herbs – dandelion

Welcome to the LWTM – ‘Cooking with herbs’ blog series In this blog series you will find historical information and recipes about the most commonly used kitchen herbs. They do not only add flavour, but they also make a positive impact on our health and well-being. To...

Think positive and stay focused

Positive thinking and focus are vital ingredients when it comes to living a positive and  successful work and social life. So if right now you are stuck in a rut and want to change your life for the positive,  here are a few thoughts: Think positive: 'Happy' or...

Solar eclipses

This year is peppered with astronomical events. The next one is just around the corner. On the 2nd July we expect to see a total solar eclipse, mainly visible in the Southern hemisphere.  As you can see from this picture, the moon passes between sun and the earth. As...

The secret of Biodynamic gardening

Gardening in harmony with the phases of the moon has been practised for thousands of years. Its modern version ‘Biodynamics’ has been redefined by Rudolf Steiner less than a century ago. It builds on the concept of organic farming by combining it with the Ancient...

Cooking with herbs – tarragon

Welcome to the LWTM – ‘Cooking with herbs’ blog series In this blog series you will find historical information and recipes about the most commonly used kitchen herbs. They do not only add flavour, but they also make a positive impact on our health and well-being. To...

Wake up to lemon water

I have something to share with you. For years I could not do without my early morning coffee. That was until last summer when I decided to replace my daily brown brew with  lemon water. And the results have been astounding. I get lots of comments that I look...

How to make Seville orange marmalade

You don't have to be Paddington bear to love home-made marmalade.  I really enjoy it as part of my leisurely week-end breakfast, together with a bagel and a good cup of coffee. The 'queen of all marmalades' is the Seville orange marmalade. Seville oranges are slightly...

Cooking with herbs – Savory

Welcome to the LWTM – ‘Cooking with herbs’ blog series In this blog series you will find historical information and recipes about the most commonly used kitchen herbs. They do not only add flavour, but they also make a positive impact on our health and well-being. To...

Fire, Earth, Air and Water

The concept of the four elements, together with the day qualities plays a big part in the Biodynamic calendar. So here is some information about the man who started it all. He was called Empedocles, a philosopher, physician and poet, who lived roughly between 495–435...

Winter solstice

The winter solstice is the shortest day of the annual sun cycle. Nowadays this event passes by without any thought or celebration, as with electric lighting and heating the length of day light is no longer of any importance. When it gets dark, a switch of a button...

Cooking with herbs – dill

Welcome to the LWTM – ‘Cooking with herbs’ blog series In this blog series you will find historical information and recipes about the most commonly used kitchen herbs. They do not only add flavour, but they also make a positive impact on our health and well-being. To...

leaf mould – nature’s restorer

It is autumn again and the leaves are turning red, golden and orange before they finally fall to the ground and gather around tree trunks, lawns and bushes. If you own a lot of deciduous plants and trees, then rake up their leaves and make your own precious leave...

Cooking with herbs – lovage

Welcome to the LWTM – ‘Cooking with herbs’ blog series In this blog series you will find historical information and recipes about the most commonly used kitchen herbs. They do not only add flavour, but they also make a positive impact on our health and well-being. To...

Vinegar – the natural cleaner

When you shop next time, put a bottle of very inexpensive malt or cider vinegar on the list and you will be amazed what you can do with it. Here are a few of its many applications. 1. Descaling household appliances such as the kettle, iron, coffee maker or washing...

Nail strengthening manicure

Clean, manicured hands and feet are part of a groomed appearance. If you suffer from rather brittle nails (like I used to), then please read this tip for a nail strengthening manicure. Look out for the hand symbol on the LWTM life-style calendar as these are days that...

Cooking with herbs – basil

Welcome to the LWTM - 'Cooking with herbs' blog series In this blog series you will find historical information and recipes about the most commonly used kitchen herbs. They do not only add flavour, but they also make a positive impact on our health and well-being.  To...

Biodynamic versus conventional growing

In the early 1920ies the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner was approached     by a number of concerned farmers who saw that in just a few years of using artificial fertiliser the soil was getting so depleted that they feared for the future of their land. Faced with...

How to create a perfect lawn

Most garden, in the UK anyway, have  lawns. Some are of course more prefect and would make a wonderful backdrop to a British tea party, others are not much more than dirt patches. Below is a guide to help you create the first scenario and what to do when you end up...

The origin of the moon calendar

People have looked for celestial bodies in the sky for thousands of years to find out more about their future, purpose and to give them a sense of time and order. When prehistoric man looked up to the sky, he chose the path of the moon to guide him and created the...

Cooking with herbs – chives

Welcome to the LWTM - 'Cooking with herbs' blog series In this blog series you will find historical information and recipes about the most commonly used kitchen herbs. They do not only add flavour, but they also make a positive impact on our health and well-being.  To...

Time is money

Benjamin Franklin's quote has not lost its point in today’s fast-paced society. Years ago futurologists predicated a golden, technological Eldorado, where computers would take care for all our mundane activities,  whilst we all enjoy a great deal of free time,...

How to remove unwanted hair growth

There are many ways to remove unsightly, unwanted hair growth. Below you can find a few methods, some can be done at home, others need to be performed by an experienced hair removal expert.  The best times to remove unwanted hair growth is during the Waning Moon or...

Cooking with herbs-mint

Welcome to the LWTM – ‘Cooking with herbs’ blog series In this blog series you will find historical information and recipes about the most commonly used kitchen herbs. They do not only add flavour, but they also make a positive impact on our health and well-being.  To...

Cooking with herbs- oregano

Welcome to the LWTM – ‘Cooking with herbs’ blog series In this blog series you will find historical information and recipes about the most commonly used kitchen herbs. They do not only add flavour, but they also make a positive impact on our health and well-being.  To...

Biodynamic living – a step too far?

Earlier today I read an article in a British newspaper called The Guardian with the title 'Insecticides put world food supplies at risk'.  This topic reminded of a few conversations I had with my English friends in the late 1990ies. At that time I already championed...

Cooking with yoghurt

  People have been making yoghurt for over four thousand years. Its name comes from the Turkish word ‘yogurt’, meaning ‘curdled or thickened’.  Milk (mostly cow and goats milk) is heated to about 45 degrees centigrade (112 degree F), then bacterial cultures are...

Make your own delicious strawberry jam

In the UK June is the month of Wimbledon and strawberries.  In fact the two are inseperabe. If you grow your own or if you rely on bought strawberries, below is a delicious recipe for making your own  jam. It is quick and easy to do and just tastes so good, especially...

Cooking with herbs – The bay leaf

Welcome to the LWTM - 'Cooking with herbs' blog series In this blog series you will find historical information and recipes about the most commonly used kitchen herbs. They do not only add flavour, but they also make a positive impact on our health and well-being.  To...

The benefits of body brushing

The organs that eliminate toxins and waste products from the body are the bladder, the liver, the kidneys, the colon and of course the skin. In fact the skin, as the largest and most visible organ, is also the first to show any signs of imbalance or deficiencies....

Home-made body scrub

You skin renews on average every 3 to 4 weeks and old skin cells can clog up your pores. In order to keep you skin looking clean and healthy and to encourage a good circulation, it is advisable to apply a body peeling on a regular basis. Here is a quick and easy body...

The effects of the moon on the earth’s climate

 Welcome to the LWTM 'Moon Science' section!  This series contains a number of blog posts that all deal with scientific and historical aspects of the moon.  If you are interested in this strand, please type 'moon science' into the search button and read more articles...