Saturday, November 2, 2013

Come stay with us a detox ritual... feel great and feel prepared for the winter! Get a free foot treatment when  you book on the 11th of November for a 5 day detox retreat..

See the pictures below to get an idea of what you can expect, the food, the treatments etc.







Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Aromatherapy for Christmas!


What do you smell of when you think of Christmas as a child? Odd question maybe but scent and memory are directly linked. Your olfactory nerve (smelling nerve)  is located just below the part of your brain that deals with memory. Smells can be a large part of memories.
For me when I think of Christmas smells I think of pine and cinnamon. We had fresh Pine Christmas trees every year and the smell spelled Christmas to me! Cinnamon because Fred & Janny (aka Mum & Dad) are originally Dutch and the traditional seasonal cookie called speculaas is packed with Cinnamon. I love stuffing myself on those things during the festive season!
But it's different for everyone. The most common scents associated with Christmas are probably
Cinnamon, Clove, Bay, Pine, Ceaderwood, Mandarin, Orange, Tangerine, Frankincense and Myrrh.

So how can we use these oils around the house for Christmas? 
I have been looking through a fantastic book called: The Complete Book Of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood and the following are some cute little ideas!

Christmas Tress Spray
Do you have a fake tree, or a tree that is not releasing beautiful hits of pine? Mix:
1 cup of Water
6 drop of Pine essential oil
Spray it on your tree and Voila! A beautiful smelling tree!

Christmas House Spray
Replace your synthetic scents and make your own spray to infuse your home with a warm and festive feeling.
Pine          4 drops
Mandarin  2 drops
Cinnamon 1 drop
Diluted in 1 1/4 cups water

Merry Christmas :)

Myrthe

Monday, April 30, 2012

Before, during and after care advice for your massage

Before:

  • Try to avoid eating a large meal at least 1 hour before your treatment
  • Make sure you go to the toilet! You don’t want to have to get up in the middle of your treatment!
  • Arrive on time. This insures that you don’t arrive flustered and stressed. This means that you will get more out of the massage.
  • Talk to your therapist. If you are concerned or anxious about anything to do with your massage let us know. We want to make sure you are comfortable.
  • Let us know what you hope to achieve out of the treatment and any medical history you may have. Do you want just a relaxing massage or would you like to work out some your tension spots?

During:

First off I want to tell you a little something about our bodies’ reactions when we are receiving a massage, in particular a deep tissue massage. It can be like a workout on your body.
When a muscle is tight it tends to have restricted blood flow. This means that the efficient removal of waste deposits in inhibited causing stiffness, pain and dysfunction within the muscle tissue. Massage can help to break down this build up and encourage fresh blood flow to the area.
As a reaction to this your body also releases lovely endorphins, a natural pain killer. It’s a ‘happy hormone’ and can help you feel relaxed and happy! In order to insure that you are physically and mentally able to deal with this ‘manual breakdown’ of tension please keep the following in mind!


Instinctively the first thing we do when something feels sensitive or sore is tense up and hold our breath!

Body Awareness
Remain conscious of your body. If you feel yourself tense up try to visualise that the area is softening and relaxing, if that does not work talk to your therapist. It could be that a different technique needs to be used or that the area is simply too sensitive or overstimulated to relax.

Breath
your breath is the key to managing discomfort! Keep breathing! Often a few deep controlled breaths can dispel discomfort.
How to take a deep breath:  Breath slowly in through your nose (if possible). Imagine that you are first berating into your abdomen, when that is full and with the same breath, imagine that you are filling your ribcage. Your ribcage can expand front and back and side to side. When that is full and with the same breath fill your chest! When you exhale you can do it slowly through the nose or quickly through the breath!
It really helps to visualise breathing into the pain. Pushing into it and challenging it. And on the out breath, releasing it, letting it go. Sometimes if something feels quite intense I like to let the air whoosh out nice and fast! (I have a terrible pain tolerance so I tend to do this a lot when I’m getting a massage!)

Thought
If you find your mind racing with stressful thoughts try practicing a body scan. This is where you return your focus to your body.
First bring your awareness to your right toes, then to your sole of your foot, top of your foot, ankle etc. Working your way up to your right hip. Then return to your left foot. Carry this through to your whole body.
This works wonders for calming the mind and returning yourself to the present!

Speech
Some people find it relaxing to talk and some don’t! So the best advice I can give you is talk if you feel like it!

After


  • Try to take at least 15 minuets before you go back to work or drive anywhere. You are in a state of relaxation although you might not realise it. This means    that you need to give yourself a bit of time to ease back into the normal flow of things.
  • Drink water after your treatment. There are loads of toxins running around your system after a massage. By drinking a good bit of water you will help to flush them all out.
  • If you are feeling a little achy (in deep tissue massage after pain can happen 1-2 days after your massage), go for a light walk or take a warm bath
  • If you ever have a worry about an after effect of a treatment, contact your therapist. We are always available to answer any questions you might have!
Myrthe Wieler

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Getting creative over the winter months on Hagal Farm

In the quieter winter months when there is not too much work to be done in the garden, it  is a great time for other projects. Even in the winter months you cannot help but become inspired by the wonderful surroundings of Hagal Farm and the surrounding Mealagh valley. Fred and Janny have been using this inspiration and down time to create wonderful pieces of art around the farm.
  Janny has been busy creating these wonderful patchwork quilts. 
Fred has been busy creating works of art to display on the walls throughout the farm.
In the garden, Fred and Frank have created a living willow tepee which is already starting to show green shoots.
 They have also cleared a section of the garden and planted a new fruit orchard.  

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Competition time

View of Bantry Bay from Hagal Farm
We are running a competition on our Facebook page 
The winner gets a pampering treat of a full Body Massage with a Holistic Custom Facial in the beautiful surrounds of Hagal Farm. To be in with a change of winning simply like our fan page (if you have not already) and suggest our page to your friends in a status ensuring that Hagal Farm is tagged in your status update (you must first like and then tag to qualify)..so get liking and get sharing to be in with a change. Winner will be selected on Feb 28th!

Sitting room at Hagal Farm

Friday, December 30, 2011

Photos from Hagal: The Labyrinth

Took this picture of the living labyrinth the other day, just after it got a winter haircut.
This is a seven circuit classical hedge labyrinth with enlarged centre, designed and constructed by Fred Wieler a number of years ago.
Here is a link to the blog post about the living labyrinth at Hagal Farm if you are interested to know more about it. http://hagalfarm.blogspot.com/2010/05/labyrinth.html

Friday, July 1, 2011

Elderflower


Early summer is when the Elderflower (Sambucus nigra) comes into it own. This is when this it is full of it beautiful and fragrant flowers. Elderflower, and in particular Elderflower cordial has historically been popular in North Western Europe where it has a strong Victorian heritage, however versions of an elderflower cordial recipe can be traced back to Roman times and nowadays it can be found in almost all of the former Roman Empire territory, predominant in Central Europe, especially in Germany, Austria and Romania where people have acquired a special taste for it and still make it in the traditional way.

Janny in the gardens at Hagal Farm
on the hunt for Elderflowers


Elderflowers are in season from the end of May to late June. The flowers form in large clusters 10–25 cm in diameter, where the individual flowers are creamy white with five petals, 5–6 mm in diameter. Elderberry flowers should never be eaten raw as, like the trees' berries, they contain a mildly poisonous alkaloid, which is destroyed during the cooking process.



Here on Hagal Farm we do not just admire these lovely flowers, we also put them to good use. Here are a few recipes and ideas for you to try out for yourself.

First Janny will demonstrate how to make Elderflower Champagne.

Elderflower Champagne

For every 2 litres of water:
4 large flower heads
200 gr sugar or honey or Xylo Brit
50ml good quality wine or cider vinegar
Juice of ½ lemon
Optional some lemon peel of half the lemon

First cut the flowers off of the stalks into a large container
Add the water,
Poor COLD water of the flowers (hot water will kill the natural yeast which is needed to make your ‘bubbles’!!)
Add the sugar ( you can also use honey or Xylo Brit if you prefer)
Add the lemon
Add the vinegar

Stir till sugar is dissolved  then cover and leave 24 hrs
Stir occasionally, then after 24 hrs strain liquid and put in clean bottles which can withstand the pressure (old fizzy drink bottles are fine)

Leave the sealed bottles stand for 2-3 weeks (if using plastic bottles you can check pressure by squeezing it!)

When it is ready cool it it the fridge, then pop it open and enjoy.

Some other recipes to try out.

Elder Flower Cordial

1 ltr measure of elderflowers
1 kg Sugar
10 mg citric acid

Poor boiling water over the flowers

Soak flowers in water for 24 hours.

Strain.

Boil the liquid.

Add the sugar and boil for 5 minutes.

Add citric acid.

Boil for another 5 minutes.

Pour in sterilized bottles.

Seal with cork or cap.


Elderflower Wine

Fill ½ ltr measure with elderflower
150gr (1.5 kg) sugar
250gr raisins
3 lemons
Teaspoon Thannine acid (or a cup of very strong tea)
1 gallon (4.5 ltr) water
Wine yeast

Cut flowers from stalks and press slightly to the ½ ltr measure of a measuring jug.
Boil water and pour over the flowers.

Add the sugar, ground raisins and juice of lemons (don’t add the yeast yet!)

Make the wine yeastMake the starter of the wine yeast by using a bit of lukewarm water, sugar and the wine yeast mixed together, when the yeast is active, add it to the wine (make sure the the wine is sufficiently cooled, as too warm will kill the yeast).

Cover with cloth (be sure to cover properly as fruit flies will turn your wine into vinegar!)

Stir at least once a day.

After 5 days strain out the solids and put the liquid into a gallon bottle with an airlock.

Leave sit for about two months (when air lock stops bubbling.)

Your wine is now ready to drink. You may want to transfer the wine into smaller bottles. 
Elderflower Pancakes

6oz flour (3oz maize flour, 3oz spelt flour)
Good pinch of salt (1/2 teaspoon)

2 eggs + 1 egg  yolk
¾ pints milk/soya milk
Bit of oil
Elderflowers

Mix the flour with the salt then mix in the eggs milk and oil.
Holding the elderflowers by the stalk, dip the flowers in the batter and place (stalk sticking up) in a medium hot frying pan (too hot and the flowers will burn and batter will be raw in the middle)
Serve with a drizzle of elderflower cordial.
That it easy peasy!

So get out there and start picking those Elderflowers before it’s too late, and try out some of these recipes. Enjoy!!