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July! - the mid-way point of Winter

July! - the mid-way point of Winter

July! - a month that is midway through winter and hopefully means the cold chilly winter days will start to lessen and we're starting to head towards spring. 
This is the month, we pick those blooms for our Golden Wattle soap.  There's nothing more Australian than the iconic Wattle tree.  So we're pretty busy at the present stocking up on our wattle nectar.  We use the wattle nectar for it skin benefits as it contains antioxidants, Vitamin C and cleansing fruit acids.
For us at Juddarnje, July is a special month as it welcomes the explosion of wattle blooms all over Australia in all its forms and shapes.  Who doesn't feel cheered up by the profusion of brilliant yellow pompoms or rows and rows of yellow crested trees?
But did you know that for centuries and aeons, the Australian aborigines used many species in their day to day living, such as:
  • The seeds were a popular food source such as snacks and food for children.  Even today roasted wattle seeds are used to enhance many culinary dishes.
  • The gum was dissolved in water and nectar added to make a drink.
  • The roots of a few wattles produce a lather when rubbed with water and could be used medicinally eg the lather was rubbed on itchy skin to soothe the pain.  Young roots were carefully chosen and roasted before being eaten.
  • The bark of many species could be used to produce string for bags and nets.
  • The wood was used to produce spears, boomerangs, spear throwers, clubs, shields, handles for axes and chisels, coolamons, digging sticks and clap sticks.
However, we're happy to stick with the easier job of collecting, sorting and simmering the blooms for the gorgeous nectar which goes into our Golden Wattle soap.  Pop over to our on-line shop and check it out.

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