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Organic Limoncello recipes

Limoncello recipes from Harris Organic alcohol. Limoncello or Lemoncello has become very popular now that Everclear organic alcohol is available in Australia.

When I was searching for zesty Limoncello recipes, I was using the wrong spelling, like, lemon cello and lemoncello. The real spelling is limoncello as it is of Italian origin.

What lemons to use. Myer and Eureka lemons are readily available in Australia, the sweeter the lemon, we believe will give you the best limoncello. Choose thick-skinned lemons that have a bright yellow colour – we’ve learnt that homegrown knobbly looking ones make the best limoncello. 

Ideally, use homegrown lemons. Go for a walk around your suburb to find a lemon tree or three, you may make new friends too with your new organic limoncello recipes with Harris Organic alcohol.

Organic lemons and organic vodka make Limoncello
Organic lemons and organic vodka make Limoncello

Alcohol to make limoncello

You can use two strengths of alcohol for organic limoncello. For the best results use the high proof alcohol, like 95% organic Everclear or organic vodka at 40% alcohol.

What is the best vodka for making limoncello?

Vodka is generally pure alcohol with water added. Therefore normal shop-bought vodka may not be the best vodka for making limoncello as it is normally 37% or 75 proof. Some recipes call for 100 proof alcohol and others call for the highest proof possible, which is 190 proof or 95%.

The action of the alcohol is to leach out the oil in the skins of the lemons. Therefore, the higher the percentage of alcohol the more extraction you can obtain. Use the highest proof you can find.

How to drink Limoncello

Do you drink limoncello straight?

Limoncello can be served straight up, on the rocks, or as an ingredient in a mixed drink such as the Zesty Spritz, a lemon and gin cocktail recipe. You can also experiment with adding limoncello in place of other sweeteners or liqueurs for a lemon-flavoured variation on your favourite cocktail recipes.

Recipe for Limoncello

Ingredients for Limoncello Liqueur

Recipe with organic Everclear

This limoncello recipe will make about 2.4 L of Limoncello using organic Everclear. This makes a better Limoncello than using vodka.

  • 5 organic lemons
  • 500 mL Everclear 95% organic alcohol
  • 200 g granulated sugar
  • 6 cups 1900 mL rain, drinking or bottled water


  • 2 organic lemons
  • 200 mL Everclear 95% alcohol
  • 120 g granulated sugar
  • 3 cups 760 mL rain, drinking or bottled water

Recipe with Organic Vodka

This recipe will make about 1.5 L of Limoncello using organic vodka. The recipe should finish with about 20% alcohol in the end product. That will mean that it will be stable and not go off.

  • 4 organic lemons
  • 750mL 100-proof vodka – 40% organic alcohol
  • 125g granulated sugar
  • 3 cups 750 mL filtered or bottled water

Directions to make Limoncello

  1. Peel or zest the lemons, taking care to just zest the outermost yellow peel and none of the white pith inside. If necessary, carefully cut off any residual pith with a small pairing knife.
  2. Place lemons in a large glass 2L jar or other glass containers that can be sealed airtight. Cover with the Everclear or 40% alcohol vodka. Secure the lid and place in a cool, dark location for at least 1 week and up to 4 weeks.
  3. When liquor is yellow in colour and the peel begins to turn white and easily snaps in two pieces when bent, the limoncello soaking process is finished. The longer it steeps the stronger the lemon flavour of the lemon liquor will be.
  4. Strain limoncello into a clean glass jar, discarding lemon peels. If desired, strain the lemon liquor again through a fine-mesh sieve lined with a coffee filter with a little of the ingredient water. This will remove even more residual solids and result in a smoother final product.
  5. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan set over medium heat. All you need to do is dissolve the sugar. Bring the water temperature up to 50C, stirring until sugar is completely dissolved.
  6. Remove from heat and let cool, then pour into a jar with lemon liquor. Secure lid and return to your cool, dark location to mellow, at least 2 weeks or more. The longer you let it mellow, the better your final limoncello will be.
  7. Once limoncello has mellowed, use a funnel to divide limoncello among some small glass bottles to give to friends. Chill in the freezer for at least 4 hours before serving.

Lemonade with the juice

All the lemon juice can be used in a number of recipes.

Try making lemon curd or a batch of lemonade, or freeze the juice for later.

Flower Essences

How to make your own Flower Essences using Organic Brandy

Instructions to Make Organic Flower Essences with Organic Brandy

How to make Flower Essences using Organic Brandy. Flower blossoms are a piece of our life venture, from birth till death. Flowers influence the faculties; our noses, captivated by a euphoric fragrance, can send our recollections back in time. Possibly you can remember as a youngster, you picked the stamens out of the centre of a yellow honeysuckle flower to taste its sweetness on your tongue.

Be that as it may, past these faculties, flowers can chip away at an alternate plane– – a vibrational level with our actual spirits. Flower Essences treatment works principally as a fiery impetus to get changes mental examples. The consequences of these progressions may have actual appearances too, however, these are a precaution.

How Do Flower Essences Work?

English doctor Edward Bach left modern medicine during the 1930s to zero in exclusively on flower essences. He turned into the originator and maker of 38 Bach Essences and one crisis recipe called Rescue Remedy, all still available today. Bach was very much aware of the lively engraving that the individual flowers injected into the water.

At the point when made in attunement with nature and the actual flowers, the essences work on the passionate level of our bodies.

Flower remedies likewise have a characteristic proclivity to the seven energy places of the body known as chakras. The chakras are: Root Chakra (establishing and security), Sacral Chakra (connections/sex), Solar Plexus (confidence), Heart Chakra (giving and accepting affection), Throat Chakra (self-articulation/correspondence), Brow or Third Eye (mental lucidity), and the Crown Chakra (soul cognizance and the heavenly). Flower essences have no results or contraindications.

Best alcohol for flower essences

The best alcohol for flower essences is Harris Organic unwooded brandy. Specially formulated to make stable flower essences without the threat of having non organic contaminants. The best brandy for flower essences is Harris Organic unwooded brandy, although if you prefer you can choose from the Harris Organic brandy range.


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They are ideal for use with youngsters and creatures. They can be taken in an assortment of ways: orally, added to your bath, blended in with your moisturizer and applied straightforwardly to your skin, or neutered as a fog that can be consumed from the air. You can’t take excessively or excessively little. Be that as it may, they contrast from customary meds.

The maxim that toning it down would be best applies to vibrational cures. Maybe, the greatest thing about flower characters is that you can make them yourself with no costly hardware, only a couple of essential things to begin with. All you need is a sharp feeling of instinct and dedicated love of nature and flowers.

Picking Your Flower Essence

Picking a flower petal can be pretty much as basic as choosing a flower that you feel a specific fascination in. You can pick a flower blossom that is now filling in your nursery or through pictures. In the event that working with premade forces, there are a couple of ways that you can pick the correct one.

Attempt instinctive vibrational methods, for example, utilizing your hands to “feel” the energy of a specific embodiment; this might be felt as a vibe of warmth and shivering when passing your open palms over the forces.

Different techniques experts use notwithstanding instinct incorporate the utilization of a pendulum (Radiesthesia), muscle testing (Kinesiology), or utilization of the Doctrine of Signatures (i.e., pick pink flowers for the heart chakra, violet/purple for the crown chakra, etc). Each blossom has a finger impression interesting to its vibration. When working with Flower Essences, it’s critical to perceive that the individual characters are bi-polar, tending to both the “issue” and the “arrangement.”

This requires genuine self-reflection. Determinations depend on singular history: objectives, qualities, shortcomings, connections, and educational encounters.

Setting up a Flower Essence

The essential essence that you make will be the base of your flower essences, the Mother Essence. This Mother Essence will be additionally crushed spirit into a stock jug lastly whenever wanted, a measurement bottle.

Before you start, the entirety of your provisions should be sanitized. Pick a radiant morning before the dew has dried to cut your flowers. You will put the bowl, raised to catch the sun, if you can, nearby where you have accumulated three hours of daylight.

Supplies to Make Your Flower Essence:


Two, 60g glass dropper bottles, dark (golden or green) in shading.

The additional bottles are for breaking the stock container into a measurements bottle whenever wanted.


Clear glass bowl to be used for making flower essences.

A glass container (600mL) with 100 to 150 ml of rainwater or well water.

Try not to utilize refined water as the ionization cycle used to distil it obliterates the water’s life power.

A leaf, for example, a cabbage or lettuce leaf to put flowers on prior to adding to the water.

Organic Brandy as an additive.

Shears or scissors are used explicitly for social occasion flowers.

Labels. Make certain to record the time, date, area just as the essence(s) contained.

The most effective method to Make Flower Essences.

Flower essence recipe

Step-by-Step recipe

Stage 1 – Choose and Gather Your Flowers

When you’re prepared to soak your flowers, take the water from the container and add it to the glass bowl. Invest some energy in communing with your picked plant/flowers. Make certain to disclose to the plant what you intend to do and request authorization. This may appear to be senseless, yet plants are authentic creatures! Recollect that your progression of energy goes into every quintessence you make. Assemble flowers that are close to full development. Follow your instinct, cutting simply the flower heads (without contacting them) and let them fall onto the leaf.

Stage 2 – Add Your Flowers to Water

At the point when you have accumulated enough flowers for your Mother Essence, add them to the outside of the water, face up with the goal that they are not contacting. Let the bowl with the flowers sit undisturbed in the sun for roughly three to four hours.

Stage 3 – Choose and Gather Your Flowers Utilizing a leaf, you can eliminate the flowers from the water. Spot them under the plant you have assembled them from and offer much obliged.

Stage 4 – Prepare Your Stock Bottle

Add the organic brandy liquor 40% alcohol with rainwater into the stock container, to make a 20% alcohol solution, and afterwards add four to seven drops of the Mother Essence. Initiate the substance by overwhelmingly shaking the jug and tapping it against your palm, blending it into the water. Make certain to shake the bottle each time before utilizing them. On the off chance that making a dose bottle, simply rehash this interaction.

Stage 5 – Use Your Flower Essence

The dose from the stock bottle are four drops under the tongue or in a little water up to four times each day. Take after waking and resigning, around early afternoon and evening suppers. In any case, don’t take it straightforwardly with food. Make certain to store out of light and warmth.

Start by working with one essence. As you acquire insight, you would then be able to consolidate three to six essences zeroing in on major issues. There might be an impermanent expansion in manifestations until negative examples are delivered.

If necessary, increment the recurrence of the essence, not the portion size. Take part in exercises that work synergistically with the flower essences, for example, journaling and utilizing positive confirmations that will help re-energize your psyche.

Flower Choices to Get You Started

Beebalm Mondardo didyma: A top pick of the hummingbirds and an amazing decision to return some zoom to your life, truly and profoundly. Use honey bee ointment flower essence to add some ‘sparkle’ to your life.

Draining Heart Dicentra formosa: A lasting, handily perceived by its hanging memento like hearts, this quintessence has a liking with the heart chakra. The individuals who have had broken hearts may discover flower essence therapy with draining heart, however, it is prescribed to do so step by step. It can reestablish concordance and harmony to the heart.

German Chamomile Matricaria recutita: German chamomile is effortlessly perceived by its sensitive flowers with its bright yellow community and white beam petals. Seek chamomile for sensations of stress and unbalance. The sunlight based plexus chakra is relieved by the quieting of chamomile.

Columbine Aquilegia canadensis: Columbine once seen isn’t destined to be forgotten for its ethereal magnificence. Columbine is helpful for individuals who experience the ill effects of confidence issues.

Honeysuckle (common) Lonicera caprifolium: Use the flower essence of honeysuckle if you end up lost in sentimentality, that “I need to return home once more,” feeling. Honeysuckle will save you from suffocating before, be it a tragically missing youth or the departure of a relationship. It can permit you to push ahead with your life in a positive way, gain from past encounters, and push ahead with making flower essences with organic brandy.

References and Resources

Print Resources

Whitehurst, T. (2013). The enchantment of flowers. Minnesota: Llewellyn Publications.

Online Resources

Australian Bush Flower Essences,

Flower Essence Society,

hand sanitiser

Organic Hand Sanitiser

Organic Hand Sanitiser

How did it happen?

This week Harris Organic started production of its own certified organic hand sanitiser for the need of Harris Organic customers.

After many enquiries, Harris was able to obtain a recipe from the WHO and a statement from the TGA regarding the exemption on excise of food-grade alcohol for hand sanitiser to assist in the battle against COVID-19 virus.

For Harris Organic to make ethanol firstly he has to grow the grapes on the certified organic land (the only block in Perth), harvest and make wine in a particular style for distillation before the refinement process. The spirit is distilled three times to reach its ultimate purity before it is made into certified organic Hand Sanitiser.

What You Need To Know:

– Organic Hand Sanitiser makes no claims it kills 99.9% of germs

– It contains 80% organic ethyl alcohol (ethanol) which is the approved amount for the TGA recipe

– It only contains organic ethanol, glycerine, hydrogen peroxide, water & no other additives.

– It’s not as effective as soap and water.

– It’s more effective than lower alcohol hand sanitisers

– It comes in a 750 mL bottle NB it is not wine.

– It can be sprayed or pumped and has a beautiful natural brandy fragrance

– This product is certified organic, vegan and cruelty-free

– It dries super quickly so you can get back to what you were doing

– It’s suitable to use on all skin types, even on children’s skin

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Specific formulations excluded from TGA regulation for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic

On 28 March 2020, specified hand sanitiser formulations were excluded from TGA regulation, as long as they only contain particular ingredients in particular quantities in the final formulation, and comply with certain manufacturing practices, and advertisement and labelling conditions. Provided that the exact formulation and other requirements are followed, this formulation is permitted for use in both healthcare facilities and consumer use.

This exclusion will facilitate the urgent and continued supply of large volumes of hand sanitisers in Australia.

The formulations are based on advice by the World Health Organization and similar decisions by the US Food and Drug Administration. The final formulation of the hand sanitiser must contain only the following ingredients:

  • EITHER ethanol 80% v/v (pharmacopoeial grade or food standard grade) OR isopropyl alcohol 75% v/v (pharmacopoeial grade) in an aqueous solution;
  • sterile distilled water or boiled cold water;
  • glycerol 1.45% v/v (pharmacopoeial grade);
  • hydrogen peroxide 0.125% v/v (pharmacopoeial grade); and
  • does not contain any other active or inactive ingredients, including colours, fragrances or emollients.

There are strict requirements for the labelling of these products. Manufacturers must also test the alcohol concentrations of each batch, manufacture under sanitary conditions and maintain production record-keeping. The legislation enabling production of these sanitisers is the Therapeutic Goods (Excluded Goods – Hand Sanitisers) Determination 2020.

The products will continue to be regulated as consumer goods under Australian Consumer Law. Manufacture of this product is not considered compounding.

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Removing Caltrop from your vineyard

Removing Caltrop Seeds from your vineyard

Caltrop (Tribulus terrestrilus) can also be called bindi eye, GG’s, Cats head

Removing Caltropseeds and seedlings, an obligate summer grower in the Swan Valley Wine Region of Perth Western Australia. It only appears after summer rains. In some years it is really bad, in others it will not be seen. There are also several similar native species, but these generally have less spiny fruits.

Eradication is essential, and vigilance against introduction is critical.

Readily controlled by herbicides in most situations, a few other pasture plants are alive at the same time, and selective control is easy in lawns and grass pasture. It generally grows too low to mow but could be controlled by solarising.
It is definitely a plant against which an eradication campaign is worth mounting. Incidentally, the original caltrop was a weapon of war – an iron device with four tetrahedral prongs that were strewn in the path of enemy horses. Whichever way it fell, one prong was always upright, ready to lame the horse.

Charming – but walk on the plant with bare feet and you will agree that it has been well named!

Removing Caltrop
Harvested Caltrop

Caltrop in an Organic Vineyard.

Occasionally, Duncan finds some caltrop seeds and seedlings in the vineyard. It grows after summer rains and we have had a few showers this year.

In row three in the shiraz plantings, right in the middle of the row, was a larger plant 800mm diameter, with lots of dried seeds besides some 20 other smaller plants.

What is an organic vigneron to do? He can not use herbicide.

A wheelbarrow, pair of snips and a dustpan and broom are all required besides some patience.  Watch the video to get a better idea of what we do.

Firstly, spot the bright verdant green caltrop plant in the late afternoon sun. Using the snips cut the taproot, then lift the plant carefully and remove it to the wheelbarrow. Then with the dustpan and broom sweep up all the loose sand and seeds from the plant area. Most dried seeds are within a hand span of the crown.

The removing caltrop seedlings are nearly done.

Next is the hard part, walk all the rows to check for other plants, then return in two weeks to check for new plants again before the Autumn rains.

Removing Caltrop Seedlings another video.

You may ask, what do you do with the contents of the wheelbarrow? Duncan puts it in the waste bin for the local tip to compost it. Once he tried to burn the plants. The local authorities saw the smoke and believed that a conflagration was occurring.