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Friday, 10 March 2017

Something to Wake You Up and to Put You To Sleep

We don't drink a lot of plunger coffee here - but our visitors do, so we are often left with opened packets of ground coffee. They don't keep forever, so we have sometimes used them to make a body scrub, which is divine, but a bit wasteful too.

Lately I have started drinking Iced Coffees and find this a great way to finish off packets of coffee. I make a full plunger of strong coffee and let it go cold, then put it in the fridge - where it is good for several days. My iced coffee recipe is a large glass of ice cubes, topped with a scoop of homemade icecream, a little extra sweetener if necessary - pour the coffee over, top with low fat milk, stir and enjoy.
Small quantities of leftover plunger coffee get made into coffee ice cubes to go in the iced coffee too.

I reckon it's better than most ice coffees that I have tried from cafes.
I have some metal straws that I usually use, but this straw is special - more about it in my next blog post.

If I accidentally overdose on the iced coffee then sleep can be elusive.
Derek and I have just had our shared birthday, and as part of his gift, I found this cool little antique pot, then just had to make something to put in it.

Sleep Salve

2 Tablespoons of coconut oil
2 Tablespoons of olive (or grapeseed oil)
2 Tablespoons of beeswax
15 drops of lavender essential oil
15 drops of cedarwood essential oil

In the microwave or a double boiler, melt the coconut oil and beeswax then add the olive oil and mix. Remove from the heat and add the essential oils and stir.
Pour into a suitable container and leave to set.
Apply a little to skin somewhere, such as hands or feet, to aid sleep.  


  1. Your iced coffee sounds wonderful. Our recipe is more like this. Forget you have made a cup of coffee to drink piping hot. Throw some ice cubes in, drink up. 😄

    1. Whoops, I wasn't finished. I'm 50/50 on coffee and tea. I must have one cup of coffee while reading my email in the morning but the rest of the day it's tea. We have metal straws, too, and take them with us in hopes that others get the idea or ask about them so we can proselytize. Too bad -- we live on the coast and we have never seen another person using anything other than a plastic straw.
      I love your little antique pot!

    2. Thanks for your comment Cynthia. It's always heartening when you come across a like minded person out there, but it seems all to rare. You'll like my next post I think...out soon.

  2. Not a coffee drinker here but will have to try the sleep salve some time.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe for sleep salve. I have a friend at the moment who is having a lot of trouble sleeping so perhaps this will help. I hope I can find a lovely container to put it in. Meg

    1. I think it makes a lovely gift - I hope it works for your friend. We think it works, whether that's the placebo effect or the active ingredients, we can't be sure.


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