Gardens can provide a great vista, a place to relax, socialise and play, but could they also improve our health and well-being? From recognising skin care ingredients that are growing in your borders, to reconnecting with nature, we join the #GardenDayUK celebrations.
Harnessing the Nurturing Power of Nature
Is it possible to be calmed and invigorated at the same time?
Spend an hour in the garden or a local park and we think you’ll find out. It’s delightful to be surrounded by emerging blooms, rustling leaves and bird song, feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin and breathing in the fresh air. The experience will lift your spirits and recharge your energy, whilst helping you to unwind.
When gardening, we often see ourselves as nurturing the plants, yet the natural environment is nurturing us too. It is a deep-rooted bond and the benefits are mutual. Is it possible that the plants we grow can provide the ingredients for skincare, as well as enjoying gardens for their aesthetic beauty?
Grow your Own for Health
Does ‘Grow-your-own’ conjure up images of wartime Land Girls or enthusiastic allotment gardeners? The phrase is associated with planting and nurturing herbs, fruits or vegetables; produce for the dinner plate.
Eating a good variety of fresh fruit and vegetables is a great way of providing our body with nutritious foods. These nutrients optimise body functions, keep our skin radiant and help us to fight illness. So, what we choose to consume has a noticeable impact on our physical appearance.
In addition to consuming home-grown produce, it is possible to use plant oils and ground plants as natural skincare ingredients. For centuries, the natural healing properties of native plants have been shared and acclaimed, but this knowledge is being lost. The Organic House Skin Care range is built on botany; the science of plants. We have grown and sourced ingredients that are known to have beneficial properties in skincare.
Home Grown Skincare
You may already be growing plants in your window box, garden or allotment that have been used in beauty products. Here are five examples:
The quintessential English garden bloom is fragrant and beautiful, what’s more, rose extract is used in face creams and toners. It holds anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and astringent properties and is suitable for all skin types.
Anti-oxidant-rich rosehips are used in creams for dry skin, including our Rosehip Treatment Balm . This rich, soothing balm is ideal for any dry areas including lips, hands and feet. It can even be used on sensitive and irritated skin, so is suitable for eczema and other conditions. If you are looking for gifts for gardeners, the rosehip balm features in our Gardeners’ Friend Gift Hamper .
Clear Skin with Coriander
The perfect garnish for spicy, Indian foods, coriander grows well in the UK climate. It is packed with antioxidants and has anti-bacterial properties. As such, ground-up seeds are a worthy addition to DIY face packs. They help to keep blemishes at bay.
If you have a greenhouse, you may grow cucumbers to add to summer salads and glasses of Pimms. Have you seen images of women lying with cucumber slices over their eyes? This is more than a fad. Cucumber aids the production of collagen and has a cooling effect on the skin. It can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and puffiness.
Blemish-fee with Bay Leaf
Laurel bay leaves were prized by the Romans, who viewed them as symbols of enlightenment, wisdom, protection and victory. When cooking, stew, soup and stock recipes often include whole bay leaves which enhance flavours. There is another side to this waxy green leaf; it has great healing powers. Ground leaves are ideal for the treatment of blemishes.
Vibrant orange calendula flowers are already favoured by gardeners, for the impactful blooms. The fact that this species supports organic pest control and pollination is a bonus. Calendula petals infused in oil are also known to calm itchy skin and minor burns. It is another effective treatment for dry skin.
When it Comes to Skin Care, Nature has the Answer
Organic House Skincare believes that nature has the antidote and we champion simplified skincare routines using a few high-quality products.
We research the beneficial properties of plants and carefully balance ingredients in formulas that provide effective solutions. Each Organic House Skincare product is packed with active ingredients and users will feel and see the benefits.
Our skincare products are natural; free from parabens, synthetic fragrances, mineral oils, silicones, sulphates, propylene glycol, phthalates, GMO, PEGs, TEA and DEA which are found in many cosmetic products.
In the month of Garden Day UK, let’s enjoy the rejuvenating powers of the plants. From the act of gardening to producing fresh produce for the plate and organic skincare ingredients, our green spaces hold the key to good health.