Love for Lavender


We are well into spring now and lavender is one of our garden’s beauties to unfold its splendour. The colour, the scent, the bees busily buzzing around, it is hard not to love lavender. There aren’t many herbs around which can claim being as well known and widely used throughout centuries and cultures. With its both relaxing and stimulating energy, lavender seduces one at the first sight, enchanting both the body and the spirit.

Used in and on the body, in cooking and around the house (ah, those aromatic linens!) or just for the pure pleasure of the eyes, lavender has countless benefits and qualities. It is soothing, calming, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-microbial, healing and rejuvenating. More on its properties here.

Lavender is my go-to for wound nursing, headaches, respiratory issues as well as a sleeping aid, to perfume my daughter’s bathwater, for a lovely evening tea or when I feel under pressure or a bit down. And if you haven’t tried a fresh lavender champagne, it should be on your must-do list this summer. 😉

 

Lavender is amazing in itself, but it also blends beautifully with bergamot, sage, peppermint, chamomile, geranium, rosemary, eucalyptus, palmarosa, juniper. No wonder it’s so widely used in mists and nourishing balms for skin. And, of course, you can find most of these combinations in our facial oils.

Stay fresh and enjoy your spring! 🐝 😇

PS. Pictured above it’s a flamboyant Victorian bred lavender called The Princess, which is the first lavender (or shall I say pink?) bush to bloom on our property. 😍

 

Oil cleansing or how I get a good night sleep started

Some swear by the bible (the beauty bible that is :) ) that the oil cleansing method is the best and easiest addition to their skin-care routine. They fall in love with it at first try. And the love affair continues. I must confess I love oil cleansing too. I don’t know if it’s the only way (maybe because I like to have options, as a general rule in life), but it surely is a quick route to radiant skin. Every day! And if the beauty goddesses of ancient Rome and Greece were using olive oil to cleanse their skin, I bet they knew what they were doing.
I’ve been doing it myself for a while (over a year now) and I can simply vouch for it. At night, before going to bed, I massage a small amount of facial oil, that is my nourishing facial oil, all over my face and neck, my eyes closed for a couple of minutes, I just smell the aroma of the oil and think of the bright orangeness of the calendula flowers. Then I get my hot water running, soak a soft face washer, wring it out and place it over my face and neck to get the steam sink into my pores. Enjoy this awesome treat for 30 seconds and then wipe any oil residue with a clean corner of the wash cloth. My skin feels then supple, soft and velvety. Absolutely fabulous! And this truly makes me feel young.
On that positive note I go to bed. Not before putting a tiny bit of lip butter on and kiss my hubby good night. :)

What are your skin-care tips?