Calendula (Calendula Officinalis)
Calendula has been recognised for its healing properties from the earliest times throughout the world. Although it has also been used for flavouring soups and stews, colouring dyes and adding the yellow colour to cheese. This specific variety of marigold is very soothing, acting as an antioxidant with antiviral and antibacterial properties. Marigold in general is considered beneficial for minor wounds and burns, insect bites, ulcers and inflammatory conditions. It is thought that she stimulates the growth of new blood vessels and skin tissue, hence assisting with healing.
Calendula is added into our whole-herb almond oil infusions to create a soothing quality for the skin. The antibacterial and antimicrobial activity can help fight inflammation and skin conditions such as acne whilst leaving your skin feeling nourished and calm.
Nicholas Culpepper, the seventeenth century herbalist astrologer described the marigold as the ‘herb of the sun, under Leo’. If we want to get into astrology a little here, the sun represents consciousness and Leo is all about self-empowerment and the courage of the lion. Is it possible that this herb could be used with the intention to enhance these personal qualities?
Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile, Matricaria recutita)
Chamomile was so revered by the ancient Egyptians for its power to cure the ague that it was dedicated to the gods. She is one of the most soothing herbs and a wonderful anti-inflammatory. Aroma-therapeutically the scent too is calming, for the mind, body and emotions; helping us to relax. These qualities help improve the condition of the skin and hair.
Chamomile is another herb we add into our whole-herb almond oil infusion as it enhances the overall soothing quality of the product. Using this on your skin will leave it feeling soft and nourished. Chamomile is also used to aid digestion and ease heartburn. It is a wonderful tea to have before sleep as it helps to calm and wind down from your day, assisting with insomnia.
Fun fact - did you know that chamomile can be used to make beer?!
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
The lavender herb has been used as a medicine since Ancient Egyptian times. She has a very calming and cooling effect. Used topically (on the skin), she is very soothing, assisting to reduce redness and inflammation with her antiseptic properties. Lavender has similar qualities on the stomach and mind, helping to settle the stomach and calm the mind.
We use lavender in our whole-herb almond oil infusions. Using a slow cold process of releasing the herb’s natural goodness without killing the properties with heat. Using this oil on your skin will help to reduce redness (including acne redness), restore and create harmony on dry or inflamed skin and help to calm the mind aroma-therapeutically while using the product.
Interesting fact – story has it that the healing qualities of lavender was accidentally discovered by René-Maurice Gattefossé. He was caught in an explosion in his laboratory and he intuitively covered his burn in lavender oil. He was so passionate about the healing properties of Lavender that he later became ‘the father of modern aromatherapy’.