Focus on wellness with a natural medicine chest of herbs, flowers, oils and plants 0
FOCUS ON WELLNESS WITH A NATURAL MEDICINE CHEST OF HERBS, FLOWERS,OILS AND PLANTS
Herbs, flowers and essential oils are often not the first things that spring to mind when struggling with coughs and colds and dull chapped skin , it’s mostly a quick trip to the chemist to make us feel better.
Now’s the time to think again- We are all working on reducing the amount of plastic in our lives and perhaps it is also time to find out about the benefits of using natural products and not using chemicals on our skin .
It’s a great time to plant herbs and flowers. Choose ones you like the smell or texture of or can use in cooking to add flavour. Try planting parsley and peppermint as well as chives, tarragon or thymes together with colourful calendula and fragrant lavender. Why? Well parsley which has been relegated to a garnish these days is a nutrient rich green herb containing Vitamin K, Vitamin C and Vitamin A (great for the skin) so plant some seeds on Good Friday ready to chop liberally into omelettes, salads, sandwiches and casseroles.
Peppermint has a myriad of uses at home. Not only is it used in everyday things like toothpaste, tea and soap, a few drops of pure peppermint essential oil mixed with an oil like coconut or grapeseed is really effective for indigestion or stomach ache. Just massage gently around the stomach. Do you suffer from car sickness and nausea? Just smell the peppermint from the bottle to help you feel better. If you have a cold and stuffy nose and sinuses breathe it in deeply to open the airways and invigorate the senses!
When your peppermint plant is in full swing, remember to pick some leaves to make some tea, wonderful, refreshing and healthy…. And finally ants hate peppermint so keep a plant on your windowsill.
Everyone knows and loves Lavender! It is certainly one of the most useful flowers for health and wellbeing. It is soothing and calming and easy to grow and looks beautiful too. Harvest the flowers in summer and leave in a muslin bag by your bedside to help with those sleepless nights. You can strengthen it by adding pure lavender essential oil to the bag or putting a drop on your pillow. Mix some flowers with salt for a calming bath or even use that mixture as a seasoning for barbecues in the summer. Don’t forget your skin, try adding a few drops(max 5-6) of oil to your hand cream or shower gel … And finally recent research suggests breathing in lavender every day is good for the whole body and mind.
Calendula flowers are a stunning orange colour that will last through until autumn. The flowers grow easily and reseed themselves and come back each year. Calendula is one of the oldest natural healing remedies for skin infections, for sore chapped skin, for rashes or bug bites. It’s gentle, anti-inflammatory, fragrance free and can be helpful for skin prone to eczema. You can make your own calendula balm. Here’s the recipe:
- Dry a cup full of calendula flowers and place in a cup of oil (light olive oil, coconut, sweet almond)
- Leave on a windowsill to infuse for 2 or 3 weeks. Strain the oil.
- Gently heat the oil in a double boiler and add beeswax, a one ounce piece, heat until it has dissolved. Carefully pour into tins or jars. Leave to cool completely before use.
And finally add a scattering of calendula petals to a fresh green salad, it looks amazing and is so good for you!
Please remember: Never use essential oils directly on the skin, use a carrier oil to mix them with. Only use a few drops, they are very powerful. Do no use essential oils if you are pregnant. For external use only.
- Angela Deavall
Spring cleaning with essential oils 1There is a growing realisation that many household cleaners contain toxic chemicals that can be harmful. However, it is quite simple to make safe and eco-friendly cleaning products using natural ingredients and beautifully fragrant essential oils.
- Angela Deavall
Calendula: a healing plant and a symbol of happiness
Calendula Officinalis is one of the most beautiful, useful, bee loving and healing flowers ever grown. Although it is thought of as an annual it has the properties of a perennial plant, it’s just that in colder temperatures it will die off in winter. The plant should never be mistaken for the Marigold species called Tagetes.
A bit of history
Calendula Officinalis was originally used by the Romans as a medicine and they also added it to food for colour and for its wonderful healing powers.
The name Calendula came about because it was usually seen to bloom on the first day of the month. The flower has always been considered a symbol of happiness! The plant has its place in history, myth, magic and folklore and is still used today to make vibrant coloured garlands for Indian weddings
Calendula has been used over the centuries in many countries in Europe and some parts of Asia as a healing plant. The name we all know it as ‘pot marigold’ comes from Germany where it was used to add to the pot for soups and stews and was used to colour butter and cheese which is a really interesting idea!
Nowadays the petals are commonly used for interest and flavour in salads. However, they don’t only look beautiful but they are really good for the digestive system too. They taste wonderful with some peppery nasturtium leaves so roll on summer so we can enjoy them!
What is so interesting to us today about its history is that it is still a powerful healing plant and scientifically today we know a great deal more about its healing properties.
The flowers are the medicinal part of the plant. Here are some of the ways the flowers can be useful
1. Calendula can help soothe and reduce pain
2. It’s a good anti-inflammatory (arthritic joints)
3. Good for sprained muscles, swelling from injuries and bruises
4. Varicose veins, leg ulcers and chilblains
5. Can stop bleeding and is really good for scars and burns
Calendula is antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial and anti fungal. It can detoxify and heal wounds, and is good menstrual regulator.
The flowers are made into:
• Ointments and creams
• Diffused oils
• Fresh petals
Scientists are continually learning about the benefits and the power of plants and some recent research and evidence talks about Calendula being very helpful with post chemotherapy and radiotherapy skin. The natural option is always a good choice for your skin.
Boxworth Botanicals Calendula Cream is a huge favourite with our customers. It is used for a wide range of symptoms including eczema prone skin. It is a natural plant based cream, fragrance free, parabens free, suitable for vegans and aside from any other uses it is the most wonderful soothing deeply nourishing moisturiser for the skin. I especially like to travel with it because it is great for all over the body including the face and is useful for calming sunburn too!
It’s time to get sowing seeds again and now is the perfect time to sow Calendula for your own health and wellbeing. The seeds can be sown from early spring ready for outdoor sowing after heavy frost has passed. The seedlings take 5 to 15 days to germinate so it’s not long to wait to see them! They like a rich soil and sunny areas but will also grow quite happily in partial shade.
And when they are in full bloom here’s how to make your own Calendula hand balm
How to make your own Calendula balm1. Dry a cupful of Calendula petals and add a cupful of light oil (coconut, olive or almond are good)
2. Leave to infuse for 2-3 weeks and then strain.
Gently heat the calendula oil in a double boiler and add some grated beeswax ( ask a local beekeeper for some), melt and pour into tins and leave to cool.
To celebrate this wonderful plant our first special offer for April is Calendula cream.
Buy one 100ml pot for £8.50 (usually £10.50) or a 200ml pot for £15 (usually £19.95).
- Angela Deavall
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Welcome to 2018 lovely followers of Boxworth Botanicals!
Thank you so much for all of your support last year.
We are immensely grateful for the way you spread the word about our plant based skincare and are so pleased to hear about the benefits you are seeing to your skin.
"I have been using the Rose and Frankincense Face Cream now for a couple of months, and I would definitely recommend it. I have quite dry and sometimes sensitive skin, but this cream has been great, and my skin feels fab, the scent is lovely also!"
Thank you each and every one of you....!