In our increasingly complex and fast-paced world, many people are seeking a simpler, paired down lifestyle. Interest in sustainability, natural products and mindfulness are now high on people’s agendas, and rightly so!

Time always seems to be at a premium, yet more and more people are taking the time to create their own homemade products using simple, natural ingredients. The Art of the Natural Home is very much rooted in these beliefs.

The Art of the Natural Home

Taking inspiration from her grandmother’s generation, Rebecca Sullivan has put together a beautiful guide to caring for yourself and your home. Traditional methods are brought alive with stunning contemporary illustrations by Nassima Rothacker. Nassima is an Australian photographer with a creative focus on food, travel, interiors and people. Her photographs bring to life each method, perfectly updated to suit the modern home.

Rebecca Sullivan’s journey began with a mission to master and preserve the skills of her Grandma Lil’s disappearing generation. Her Grandma won medals for her Victoria sponge cake and Rebecca was determined that the recipe, and her Grandma’s skills would not be lost.

As Rebecca points out, Lil’s generation cooked from scratch because they had to. They ate local, seasonal food and abhorred waste. Our processed foods and supermarkets have made life easier but they also resulted in the loss of Granny Skills. Convenience therefore won the day and people no longer learned how to cook. What followed was not only a loss of recipes and technique but, sadly, a loss of confidence.

The Natural Home

The first part of the book is dedicated to the Home, and covers cleaning products for every room, ideas for pickles and preserves, and tips on everything from natural laundry treatments to how to grow your own cocktail garden. I am already drying rose petals for a potpourri, and am tempted to try the infused flower salts!

Natural Health & Beauty

The second part covers Health & Beauty, and includes bath salts, make up, serums, perfumes and even beard oil, as well as healing remedies such as burn salves and herbal teas. The coconut and orange shampoo sounds divine!

To conclude, The Art of the Natural Home is quite simply an inspiring book! It is therefore a must for anyone interested in living a simpler, more ‘natural’ and holistic approach to life.

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