Chamomile and Lavender Tea – Heal Your Gut – Lee Holmes

A delicious and calming tea for all occasions – Chamomile and Lavender Tea reproduced with permission from Murdoch Book and Lee Holmes author of Heal Your Gut.

Chamomile and Lavender Tea

Chamomile and Lavender Tea

Serves 2

The combination of these two delicate and calming herbs will settle your nervous system and relax your digestive system, especially if you’re feeling stressed or tense.

2 teaspoons lavender buds

2 teaspoons chamomile buds

500 ml (17 fl oz/2 cups) boiling filtered water

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Put the lavender and chamomile in a teapot. Pour over the water, then add the lemon juice. Infuse for 10 minutes, then pour into mugs or glasses (or strain it if you prefer) and serve.


*Recipes and Images from Heal Your Gut by Lee Holmes (

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Heal Your Gut – Lee Holmes

Kefir Yoghurt: Heal Your Gut – Lee Holmes

Heal Your Gut - Lee Holmes

Heal Your Gut – Lee Holmes

Maintain and restore with food – phase three of the protocol for healing your gut according to Lee Holmes includes eating a fermented food every day. “Once your gut lining is healed…you can start to incorporate one cultured food such as Cultured Vegetables…Sauerkraut…Kimchi…Coconut Kefir or Home made Kombucha to colonise your gut with healthy flora. and boost your inner ecosystem.”  (p.83)


Kefir Yoghurt

       Kefir Yoghurt

Recipes and Images from Heal Your Gut by Lee Holmes (


Kefir Yoghurt

serves 2

Boost your inner ecosystem with the beneficial bacteria in this delicious yoghurt to keep your immune system strong.

You’ll need a sterilised glass bowl or large jar, a blender, a strainer, a square of muslin (cheesecloth), an elastic band and a wooden spoon. (Avoid using metal, and store in a glass jar.)


3 young coconuts, at room temperature

2 dairy-free probiotic capsules or 1 tablespoon dairy-free probiotic powder

liquid stevia or stevia powder, to taste

fresh berries, to serve (optional)


Open the coconuts and strain the coconut water into a bowl. Set aside.

Scrape out the coconut flesh, trying not to include any husk, and place in a blender. Add the coconut water and blend until creamy – it should have the consistency of yoghurt.

Pour the mixture into a glass bowl and add the contents of the probiotic capsules or the probiotic powder.

Cover the bowl with muslin (cheesecloth), securing it with the elastic band, and put in a cool, dry, dark place for 1–2 days. When ready, it should taste fairly sharp without a hint of sweetness.

Add stevia to taste, then refrigerate and enjoy over the next 7 days. Serve with fresh berries, if using.


Post Script: Clean Living Paleo Basics (The Clean Living Series Book 10) – Luke Hines, Scott Gooding

A great start point for  those wishing change or learn about  a Paleo lifestyle.

Clean Living Paleo Basics

Clean Living Paleo Basics
Luke and Scott
Hachette Australia
ISBN: 9780733633829

This is not a diet book, a quick fix or a fad, but a guidebook that will help you achieve vibrant health and sustain it for the rest of your life.

The paleo diet has been around since the dawn of humankind, and with its emphasis on fresh produce and whole, unprocessed foods, it’s exactly what your body needs to thrive.
This comprehensive ready reference guide explains all you need about living paleo and is packed full of tips/ swap outs and delicious recipes that will have you well on your way to making positive changes in your life.


My View:

This book delivers all that it sets out to do – it is a basic, easy to follow guide for following the Paleo lifestyle. There are menus, shopping lists, recipes. There are tips on what to eat and what to avoid. Luke and Scott provide you with tips and recipes to making your own sauces, treats, snacks and meals etc.  The authors suggest how to eat out Paleo style, how to stay Paleo on the Go. There is a wealth of information here for anyone who is interested to learn more about this lifestyle choice. My only wish – that there were some photos to accompany some of the recipes, I like to see if the new recipes I try at least look like those cooked by the authors.

PPS: Breakfast Cookies- Bread and Wine – Shauna Niequist

PPS: Breakfast Cookies-  Bread and Wine -  Shauna Niequist

Breakfast Cookies at Cowaramup, Easter 2013.


I made these delicious, easy to make, sugar free breakfast cookies from  Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist  for Angela, Jason and Rachel when they came to stay at Easter ( the dogs loved them too!) This is a recipe that can easily be adapted – add your own favorite nuts or dried fruit – dried cranberries and white chocolate for a decadent touch!

I dont think I will have the time to try the toffee before they leave.