AJ’s Green and Sexy Journal
Welcome to my editor’s scrapbook and journal, where I share what I have been up to, who I’ve interviewed, places I have stumbled across and some of the artisan, handmade, organic and sustainable treasures I have discovered on my green and sexy editing travels in November…
I have always been fascinated by the idea of food as medicine, and I love the idea of eating myself well. So, I was very excited when I had the opportunity to collaborate with Viridian Nutrition, and interview Chris Kilham, the Medicine Hunter, about the scientific evidence for turmeric and ashwagandha as superfood herbs. Chris has been described as a cross between David Attenborough and Indiana Jones. I think there’s a bit of James Bond there too! Chris is a best-selling author, educator and adventurer and has done so much to re-ignite interest in plants and their therapeutic benefits in the 21st century. You can read the interview and watch the first of a series of my video interviews. I have no doubt that his life should be made into a movie. Interview with the Medicine Hunter
This month, I am excited to welcome Wearth, a chic, eco conscious, online department store to our EH VIP Club. Wearth makes it effortless and easy to shop for covetable, thoughtfully curated artisan, handmade and sustainable furniture, skincare and delightful homewares. I have no doubt that Wearth is going to be a huge success, by taking the guess work out of sourcing ethical treasures for the home. Each piece in this appealing ethical department store has been lovingly picked for its aesthetic beauty, practicality, innovation and ethical credentials. Why? Because it’s time for a kinder more compassionate form of consumerism, that doesn’t cost the earth, with no compromise on style.
Wearth is all about providing a platform for talented ethical producers to get discovered, grow, thrive and change the way we consume for the better. What a good idea to bring them all together under one bewitching suatainable roof. Hats off to Wearth founders, Edward Davies and Imogen Minoli for following their ethical convictions and deciding ‘ the earth is worth it, and we should value our planet as much as we can’. Wearth Ethical Department Store
I have a confession to make. I have always had a weakness for cute, whimsical sweaters. I have two absolute treasures, one by Chinti and Parker, the cult sustainable luxury knitwear marque, featuring out of this world stellar stars, and the other is a handmade beauty emblazoned with an elegant teapot. Alas, after many years of good service, and a moth attack, my lovely sweaters are falling apart, and will have to be retired and turned into mittens. I think this adorable giraffe sweater by Fluffy Ears at Peter Hahn will make a bewitching replacement. Giraffe Sweater By Fluffy Ears
Now, I have to tell you about Tabitha J Kraan, an organic hair wonder-woman, based in the pretty town of Stow-On-the-Wold in the Cotswolds. Tabitha is like Samantha in Bewitched. She’s a hairdresser turned glam, organic white witch, experimenting with essential oils, butters and herbs to rediscover the wisdom of Mother Nature, and re-invent the way we look after our hair. For Tabitha, hair should be nurtured, pampered and scented with a series of gentle organic rituals. We need to think like Queen Cleopatra and bring out the natural beauty of our hair, and stop over washing and stressing our tresses. I am a convert to her Soil Association organic hair ritual collection. Tabitha’s elixirs are a joy to use and are quite a revelation. Out with foaming, harsh shampoo, and in with lotions, oils and perfumes. What’s not to love? This is the secret of goddess hair, super naturally. My de-stressed tresses now smell like a verdant rose garden at Kew… and oh so very strokable. Need I say more? Tabitha James Kraan
And finally, this week, I made a special pilgrimage to the delightful Grand View Cafe, a seaside poem of an organic and local café, hanging off a cliff top in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight. I stumbled across it on a long walk on an Indian sunshine day with friends. A colourful, one of kind, foodie oasis of a cafe run by the very friendly Indy. A place that celebrates simple, delicious homegrown, and homemade food. I drank tea made from lemon balm, freshly picked from the kitchen garden, and tucked into Indy’s yummy rustic toastie made with bread from Grace’s family bakery and tangy Gallybagger local cheese and oak smoked tomatoes… delicious. This was followed by delightfully crumbly, olive oil polenta cake and blush pink Luscombe organic fizz. Now all is oh so right with this organic girl reporter. If you are very privileged, you might see a red squirrel doing somersaults in the autumn sunshine, right in front of you! Yes, very Alice Through the Looking Glass… Until December! Love AJ xx