Not wanting to be huddled indoors with this dreary cold spell, I bundled and braced myself up for a woodland walk in a new neck of the woods around East Woodlands. Wow, the cacophony of birdsong filled my senses and the beauty of Celendines, Violets and Bluebells all around, not to mention the carpet of Ramsons (wild garlic).
As well as being a Herbalist, I am also a Flower Essence Practitioner and it’s lovely to share in knowledge of these beauties with you as essences work on a more subtle level.
Celendine: Shines light into the Dark Night of the Soul.
Violet: Helps to remove damage to the aura and gives psychic protection.
Bluebell: Helps one to speak their truth clearly and can be used as a tincture for spiritual rebirth. (Do not eat any part of this flower. Essences are made by ‘pulling’ out a plant’s energy into water.)
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Rosehip seed oil is perhaps the mother of all oils and is believed to be a ‘super oil’ when it comes to anti-ageing and skin rejuvenation. It is jammed packed with so many natural goodies that help with:
UV damage from overexposure to the sun
Scars from surgery, burns, and acne
Wrinkles and premature skin ageing
Burns, including those from radiation and sunburns
Dry and damaged hair
Excellent for dry, scaly fissured skin, dull skin
Clever me! I slipped over during the snow and realised I had completely run out of my homemade balm for bruises and sore muscles so raided the store cupboard and made a new one. It’s a simple recipe, here’s how:
Pop 300ml olive oil in a bain marie (it may seem like a heavy oil but it’s really full of fabulous healing qualities).
Throw in some lavender, chamomile, calendula, rosemary and ginger (total weighing roughly 30g-40g dried and a it more if fresh).
Heat and leave to simmer for an hour (don’t forget to top the water every now and again).
Leave to infuse overnight and discard herbs by straining off with muslin.
Warm the infusion and add 15g beeswax, 10% wintergreen, 10% arnica and for good measure 1ml lavender oil.
If you are wanting something a little lighter and quicker to absorb into the skin, swap the Olive Oil for Sunflower, Sweet Almond, Apricot or Kiwi oil.
Cool and store in fridge. Voila! Lovely smelling too!
My family and I spent this morning throwing snowballs at each other and what better way to warm up after than take a dip in a Body Butter bath. Scoop a little Shea and Cocoa out of the jar and pop it in the tub, keeping your skin re-hydrated, protected and super soft.