There was a time when all country families made their own cosmetics and cleaning products at home as they were hard to get, and costly. The women on Pennine farms produced soap, candles, shampoos, home-cleaning products, cosmetics, jams, jellies, preserves, home-brewed drinks, salves and ointments. Recipes were handed down and passed between neighbours. Local families used the flowers, fruit and herbs grown in their own garden or foraged from the countryside around them, along with some ingredients from a beekeeping neighbour or the apothecary's shop. They produced simple but valuable supplies in season to feed and heal their families and keep their homes and furnishings bright and fresh. I am a northern country girl, and I use my own family's recipes and my professional training in aromatherapy, herbalism and product-making to revisit the traditional country skills and teach them. These gifts are too valuable to lose - we need to learn once again how to value and use the simple ingredients around us to make the things we need to eat, clean our homes and keep ourselves feeling and smelling wonderful! I offer short, simple courses for couples, small groups of friends and individuals. You will make the product of your choice and take it home along with the recipe to share with your loved ones, gift or enjoy yourself! Come and reconnect with nature in my cottage kitchen, enjoy being in the beautiful countryside of the Pennines where many of the herbs and flowers we use grow wild, learn a new and satisfying skill for life.
You can choose to make a cosmetic, a home care product such as pot pourri, a candle to use in massage or light your room, or a simple home remedy to help maintain wellbeing. You could make a flower-perfumed salve to keep your skin or lips smooth, produce an aromatic massage candle as a birthday gift or wrap your own handmade soap to store and use during the year ahead. As well as taking home the treat you have made you receive with full notes on the essential oils and herbs you have used, learn about the extra ingredients you have used and where to buy them, and be able to make the product again in your own kitchen or utility room.