"I must have flowers, always and always"
- Claude Monet
We visited the Chelsea Flower Show in London and were inspired to look into the healing power of flowers and how we can add them into our daily routines.
We are still on a high here from the Royal Wedding, but “The Season” continues and so we off we went to the Chelsea Flower Show to remind ourselves of the power of flowers and all things natural – not often easily done in the middle of London!
Flowers, herbs and spices have been used for healing purposes since ancient civilisations and we have been using many for years even in over the counter products - tea-tree, arnica, lavender were all regulars in my Mum’s bathroom cabinet as I was growing up, even though my Grandfather was a pharmacist. Others have become mainstream only more recently – turmeric being the obvious one, with its incredible anti-inflammatory properties that are apparently as powerful as ibuprofen.
We use some amazing essential oils from Ayurvedic herbs and spices in our hair and body care and so I thought we should share some of their greater benefits and how we can easily bring some of these into our busy daily routines. It also gives me a chance get some of my Aromatherapy oils out of the cupboard to remind myself of some of these wonderful fragrances.
Nearly everyone loves the smell of citrus fruits with their refreshing sunshiny aroma and within this family, Orange oils are the most calming. We use Bergamot orange oil in our Lime Vetiver bath and body range and this also gives the aroma and flavour in Earl Grey tea. The essential oil has natural mood-boosting properties and helps alleviate tension, anxiety and stress.
In our floral corner, we have Geranium. Similar to Rose, it has been used since the Egyptian times to promote radiant skin and may be one of the best oils for treating a variety of derma problems such as eczema and dermatitis. Wrinkle reducer, muscle toner, skin enhancer and natural deodorant, this is one of the super oils!
To balance the high notes, we look to woody, earthy, grounding oils that are high in terpenes and tick all the boxes: anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, antibacterial and antiseptic. Vetiver is known in India as the “oil of tranquility” and is prized because of its soothing, cooling, healing and uplifting qualities. It is particularly good at providing relief from inflammation and sunstroke.
We would also recommend our Circulate and Energize body oil massage that gets to the key Ayurvedic marma (vital energy) points needed to drain your lymphatic system of toxins and to boost circulation and energy.
Cedarwood is called Deodar in Sanskrit, which means “woods of the Gods”. It has antiseptic, astringent and sedative properties and is widely used for irritated skin and joints.
Patchouli is a calming and uplifting oil and has huge number of uses. It encourages the release of serotonin and dopamine to ease feelings of anxiety and stress, is used as a digestive aid and is considered to be a meditative oil, given its grounding and harmonizing qualities.
In the warming spice group, we use Cardamom, which is one of the most expensive spices in the world, behind Saffron and Vanilla. It is related to ginger and contains anti-oxidant, anti-spasmodic, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to treat a huge range of illnesses ranging from stomach disorders to dental care.
Baies Rose is not, as the name suggests, a flower, but an equally beautifully coloured pink peppercorn. It has loads of beneficial compounds: anthocyanins for antiviral and anti-inflammatory benefits; antioxidant bioflavonoids (also found in green tea) for shielding the body from free radical damage, and the antibacterial gallic acid.
Experience the benefits of several of these incredible essential oils through our Lime Vetiver bath and body range, which comprises of an essential-oil rich Dry Body Oil, Body and Hand Wash and Body and Hand Lotion.