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?

Full of parabens

Are we full of parabens?!? Apparently so. In a study published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology (March 2012), it was found that 99% of breast cancer tissues sampled contained parabens, such as methyl paraben, propyl paraben, isobutyl paraben, ethyl paraben, butyl paraben and E216. These chemicals are commonly used in shampoos, deodorant and antiperspirants, toothpaste, sunscreens, shaving cream, lotions and makeup, that said, items we use on a daily basis or thereabouts. As a woman I think this is absolutely scary and I don’t want to think about how many of these parabens are in my body as a trace of the cosmetics I used to buy. I am steering clear of such chemicals now, but I had used such cosmetics items for years. Is it going to affect me? Or my daughter? Only the future will tell.
Other dirty chemicals that act as hormone disruptors are: BPA/BPS found in plastic lining and plastic packaging, phthalates found in personal care items under “fragrance”, glycol esters listed as butoxyethanol (EGBE) and methoxydiglycol (DEGME), oxybenzone found in body lotions and face creams.
If you see any of these ingredients on a label, then just run as fast as you can. It will save you, not only money, but your own peace of mind and maybe your life. The choice is ours!

The 100% challenge

I’ve done some research into the organic cosmetics market and it was quite confronting to find out that what’s labelled organic can actually contain as little as 15% of organic ingredients. How is that organic?!? It’s like eating a nice peach along with the whole cardboard tray it comes in. Or like having an apple where only the skin is organic.

Call me obsessed, control-freak or whatever, but I can’t mix wine with water and call it champagne. I want my organic food to be organic. Entirely. Not only the skin or only the flesh.

The same goes with my cosmetics which are the food I provide to my skin. They have to be 100% organic, otherwise what’s the point of choosing organic?!
And also I want the stuff I put on my skin to be natural. 100%. If I wouldn’t eat it, I wouldn’t put it on my skin either. It’s just as simple as that.
If it doesn’t come from the farm / garden / wilderness, then I’m not interested.
That’s just me. How about you?