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Plant of the month – Chamomile

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 Sumerian calendar

The Sumerian calendar

The Sumerians and later the Babylonians were the first known civilizations to use what we now recognize as a lunisolar calendar. By the 21st century B.C. the Sumerians had come up with a solar year consisting of 360 days. It was made up of 12 lunar cycles (354 days)...

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...

Biodynamic summer pruning

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

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

Why ‘right timing’ matters

As long as humans existed they watched heaven, nature, the stars, the sun and the moon to make sense of time. The Biodynamic principals hone in on the concept of 'right timing' which is as old as the 'understanding of time' itself.  Here are verses of a text from the...

Numerology – the numbers of your life

Numerology is an ancient way of making sense of 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

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 spring is a great time to start a new garden design from scratch....

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

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...

Setting boundaries

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

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

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...

The secret of Biodynamic gardening

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

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

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 healthier,...

How to make Seville orange marmalade

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

Fire, Earth, Air and Water

Fractions showing some of Empedocles original work 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,...

Winter solstice

Winter solstice

The winter solstice is the shortest day of the annual sun cycle and occurs on the 21st/22nd of December.  Nowadays this event passes by without any thought or celebration, as with electric lighting and heating the length of daylight is no longer of any consequence....

Cooking with herbs – dill

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...

Cooking with herbs – lovage

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

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

Nail strengthening manicure

 Today is a great day for a manicure and anything to do with handcare.  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...

Cooking with herbs – basil

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

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...

The origin of the moon calendar

The origin of the moon calendar

People have looked up into the sky for thousands of years to find purpose and a sense of time and order. In doing so pre-historic societies chose the path of the moon as their first cosmic guide.  Marked animal bones, recently discovered in the Dordogne region in...

Cooking with herbs – chives

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...

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

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

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?

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...

Cooking with herbs – The bay leaf

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...

Home-made body scrub

Home-made body scrub

Your skin renews at roughly the same time as one moon cycle - 28-31 days.  To keep your skin looking clean and healthy it is important to preserve good circulation and regular body exfoliations can help with this.  Here is a quick and easy-to-make body scrub recipe...

The effects of the moon on the earth’s climate

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...

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