Penelope Silver


The Marvels of Manuka Honey

Posted on 18 May, 2019 at 6:40 Comments comments (0)

Manuka honey is a type of honey native to New Zealand. 

This particular high strength one comes from @amaranth_uk in Bramhall £29.99

I was first introduced to Manuka honey by my Father, who is a Dental Surgeon when I was a very young girl. 

Dad told me how Manuka honey’s antibacterial properties are what make it different from regular honey. (Although he uses local honey for hay fever.)

He says it contains and an active ingredient called Methylglyoxal, which is responsible for these antibacterial effects.

Manuka honey has antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, which makes it super special!

It has natural antibiotic properties (although it doesn’t contain the antibiotics we generally know of).

In gum disease, it produces hydrogen peroxide when applied to the gums, which also kills bacteria which causes infections.

Taken in a hot orange and honey drink (for a sore throat) it is soothing and tastes delightful!

Interestingly, it is now being put into plasters too.

Mum had an open wound on her shin for 3 months, which wouldn’t heal. On one of her regular trips to see the nurse to have the wound redressed, mum mentioned Manuka honey, to which the nurse replied they had dressings with Manuka in them! Within 48hrs of applying Manuka honey the wound had healed over! 

I am currently using it for my youngest daughter, who has constant, recurring tonsilitis, and she is getting great relief with it.

Manuka honey may help alleviate symptoms of other things too (tummy related). However, there are some cautions with it (diabetics, babies), so if you have any concerns as your medical practitioner first.

Comment below if you love Manuka honey, what and how you have used it for below xxx

Why I now use natural cleaning products from the reformed Queen of bleach

Posted on 16 February, 2018 at 7:40 Comments comments (0)

I have been known to talk a lot (who moi?) about chemical detox and I give weekly classes on how to lead a more non-toxic lifestyle, so it will be no surprise to you I am writing on it today!


There was an a article on the front page of The Telegraph this morning, which caught my attention (Actually, I have to be honest I don't read the newspapers but my Mother and Michael send me clippings every day).

The title is: "Household cleaners "as bad for the lungs as 20 cigarettes a day". (Click on the link to read the full article).


The article is based on research presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Texas.

What questions does the article bring up for you? I know, for me, I have concerns on how hourshold cleaners may affect my Mother who has COPD ad then I wonder what affect it has on children and their little bodies?

Now, I used be THE Bleach Queen.


I would start at the top of the room and work my way down bleaching everything in sight.


I LOVED the chemical smell of everything being properly clean, I think this is because my mother used to bleach everything when I was growing up.


However, I have done a MASSIVE u-turn since I started Blossom and have learnt how harmful household chemicals can be.

I was shopping in Asda, last week and I noticed that Fairy Liquid now have a new product which states 0% Perfumes. 0% Dyes.

You may find this article by The Ecologist of interest too


I use a mix of brands now in my home Method, Ecover and doTERRA and I also make my own natural products (when time allows).



If you are interested in learning how to lead a more natural lifestyle, I hold essential oils classes every Tuesday evening at The Botanist in Alderley Edge.


If you would like to book on please send payment for £10 via paypal to [email protected] stating which date you would like to attend.


Please share this blog with any who may benefit from it, and give the gift of wellbeing.

National Popcorn day!

Posted on 19 January, 2018 at 1:50 Comments comments (0)

I have fond memories of going over to my Grandma's house and her giving us toffee popcorn. When I eat it now, it reminds me of her, and I get a lovely, warm, fuzzy, comforting feeling of love.

As this website is dedicated to healthy eating, and consciously make healthy eating choices; I am offering you two yummy popcorn alternatives for National Popcorn day today!

As you may know from my Facebook page, I have bronchitis at the minute and so here is a recipe with OnGuard protective blend to help combat seasonal threats.


1 cup popcorn kernels

1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

5-6 drops On Guard Protective Blend essential oil

2-3 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil

ground cinnamon to taste

salt to taste



Air pop the popcorn and place in paper bag.

Melt the coconut oil.

Stir in the maple syrup and essential oils (On Guard and Cinnamon)

Pour maple syrup mixture over the popcorn and shake well.

Sprinkle with ground cinnamon and a touch of salt.

For those sweet and salty lovers like my kids:


1/4 cup yellow or white popping corn

1 teaspoon butter

1 tablespoon honey or other liquid sweetener (or a little more or a little less depending on taste)

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Dash of salt



Add corn to a standard lunch-size brown paper bag and fold the top of the bag over twice, pressing the fold tightly, so the bag stays closed.

Microwave the paper bag for 2 - 2 1/2 minutes or until there is a 5-second pause between pops.

Remove the bag from the microwave, transfer the popcorn to a large bowl.

In a small microwave-safe dish, heat butter, honey, vanilla and salt in the microwave for 20-30 seconds or until butter is melted and honey is just bubbling.

Pour the butter mixture over top of the popcorn, tossing to popcorn to coat evenly.

Season with additional salt, if needed.

The girls and I will be cuddling up on the couch tonight watching funny movies, hope you all enjoy your Friday night. Let me know if you make the popcorn!