Get Happy Skin Again!

Thank you Emm at Vintage and Vampires for the review of our Facial Steamers and Rosehip and Neroli Face Oil:

“Wild Medicines Helping Me Get Happy Skin Again…”

When I was younger, my mum used to have a facial steamer and would pop in a few drops of essential oils to the hot water and let the vapours from the steam work wonders on her skin. I was too young to be interested in doing the same at the time but i always loved the scent that would waft around the room whilst she was doing this.
My skin has been feeling very irritated and congested for the last few months, i’ve noticed a lot more breakouts and felt my skin looked bumpy since the holiday definitely but I put this down the sun lotion I was using and thought it would clear up in time. Nothing has really changed so I thought about what I could do or change in my daily skincare routine to make my skin happy again – it just suddenly occurred to me that i should try steaming my face. I googled a few things and was looking for facial steaming bags when I came across Wild Medicines; a must have brand for any green beauty lover!
Wild Medicines was created by the lovely Louise Bowery who believes we can both sooth our skin and our minds by using and listening to nature, which is all around us. We all have a fragrance that when we smell it, it has the power to move us and alter our moods… I absolutely love the scent of jasmine for its uplifting properties and woody scents such as patchouli to calm my mind. Her powerful and potent products are paraben & cruelty free and never test on animals.

I have been using the Facial Steamers (£4 for 4 bags) designed for oily/teenage skin as I wanted to feel like my skin was being purified and decongested of any toxins and grime from every day life. They aim to do just this and leave you with healthy glowing skin afterwards which  can safely vouch for! I popped a bag in a bowl of hot water (you don’t need a fancy steaming facial kit to use these like my mum had) and put a small towel over my head and breathed in the vapours whilst they got to work on my skin for around 5 minutes. I’m not a massive fan of steam rooms and find it hard to breathe so i don’t tend to use for longer than 5 minutes and pop out for air but you can use for 5-10 minutes quite happily if you wanted to. My skin felt fresh as a daisy and totally rebalanced and i felt like i’d had a mini spa session minus the price tag! I think another positive of using steaming in your skincare routine every now and then is that your skin is primed for any skincare that you use afterwards – especially face masks or serums/oils as your pores are open and more receptive to lotions and potions. The bags come in a handily little tin to keep them fresh and can be easily stored in your vanity cupboard.

I have only just started using the Neroli Facial Oil (£16 for 30ml) but even though I have oily skin, i’m finding it a real pleasure to use. I’ve not had any breakouts and don’t find it heavy, plus the scent it divine. I try to steam once a week and choose to use a facial oil every other night or so. I’m not sure why, I just don’t feel the need to use it every night, but i love using oils like this one when my skin needs a serious hit of moisture.

If you want to try these products for yourself or find out more, visit Wild Medicines or why not tweet Louise on Twitter who will be happy to advise!

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Press – Grazia

This week Wild Medicines features in Grazia Magazine. Our Facial Steamers, now also available from VictoriaHealth.com, grabbed the attention of Grazia’s Health and Beauty writer as a great product to help stop winter flu.

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Press – Cream of the Crop

This month Simply Worthing have written about the Wild Medicines natural skin care range in the September issue of Simply Health and Beauty.

For further information on the products they have selected please visit:

Face Cream with Rosehip and Avocado Oil

Face Oil with Otto Rose, Nettle, organic Rosehip and Vitamin E oils

Face Oil with organic Rosehip, Evening Primrose, Patchouli and Neroli

Body Butter with Oilve, Papaya and Juniper Berry

Unfortunately some of the prices in the article were in correct, but if you would like to order please use coupon code ‘happy’ for 15% off.

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Press – Women Actually

Local Press Coverage:

We were very excited to have an article about our skin care products in the Women Actually pages of the Argos recently. Thank you to the editor for writing a great article about Wild Medicines skin care and including product photos of our Avocado Face Cream, Rosehip and Patchouli Face OIl and Papya Body Balm.

Press release are available on request from Louise@Wild Medicines.co.uk.

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The Wisdom of Nature

I wanted to share with you a thought process that goes back centuries and since first learning about this folklore, I now look at nature with fresh eyes.

Since with 1600’s philosophers have believed that plants are created with signs that guide us to understand what the plant’s purpose and intended use is. There were illusions to this theory in the writings of Galen in AD131 – 200 but it was not until a chap called Jacob Boehme wrote a book called ‘The Signature of All Things’ in the first half of the seventeenth century that this idea took hold. Boehme was banished from his home town for this belief and was told he could not come back unless he promised not to write anymore books – he could not make this promise, so he left!

Paracelsus, a Swiss doctor and mystic of the early 1600’s, was one of the first to take this idea seriously and worked out an entire system of knowledge, based on nature as a living, intelligent being. He named this knowledge ‘The Wisdom of Nature’. He described a different way of perceiving the world, based on the intelligence of Mother Nature and believed those who live close to nature can learn this knowledge through their experiences.

Can the patterns in nature correspond to patterns in people? These signals don’t take the form of carton like images popping up all over the country side, but they are there and sometimes they are very obvious, once you start looking. For instance, look at a Hawthorne berry – red and round. What type of person, or part of the body might that be useful for? Traditional herbalists will use the Hawthorne Berry to regulate the function of the heart, and this little berry does resemble that organ. The sort of people that have trouble with their heart are quite often a little flushed and perhaps a little overweight… red and round like this magic little berry. Another heart healer is the Pepper – like the Hawthorne Berry, it is not only red but inside it is divided into four, as is heart.

It is not just how the plant looks that we can pick up clues from, but also it’s habitat. As an example, plants which grow in sunny locations are often them selves drying and uplifting, like the sun – Rosemary or Calendula are prime examples. In contrast, Angelica, grows in damp and shady places and has warming properties which remove damp and is used traditionally to treat damp, cold conditions such rheumatism.

Hidden within nature is a vital life force, some like to think of this as a substance, rather than an energy as it is easier to think of it as something tangible. Careful and imaginative observation of a plant’s habitat, season of flower, smell, colour, texture, shape and even taste can all help us understand and learn what the plant’s energy is intended for.

So, next time you are walking in the woods, or even down the street, take notice of the plants and flowers that force their way up through the pavement, or creep along the forest floor. What does the texture of their leaves reveal to you, how do the colour of the petals make you feel and what is it about where they are growing that could direct you to it’s use? You will need to use your imagination, but I don’t think it will be long before you start making connections.

Whether we believe that these patterns are created by God, Mother Nature, or all just strange coincidences, and although it may not be possible to scientifically prove this kind of thinking, does that mean it should be ignored?

Answers to ‘The Wisdom of Nature Quiz’ are:

Elderflower: Respiration.
Don’t the shapes of the stems and tiny flowers remind you of the bronchioles and little air sacks in the lungs? Traditionally their anti-catarrh and relaxing effect is used to soothe the lungs and combined with their anti-inflamamtory properties they are used by Herbalists for asthmatic conditions too.

Hawthorne Berries: Heart.
As mentioned above the little round red berries resemble the heart, they are even split into four internal sections just like the heart. They are full of flavonoids which are very effective for repairing the walls of small blood vessels. The flowers and berries are used by Herbalists as they open up the small arteries of the body, which increases blood supply and oxygen to the tissues, which in turn lowers blood pressure.

Calendula / Marigold: Depression caused by nervous anxiety.
Who could not look at this beautiful, orange flower and not feel just a little uplifted? Used by Herbalists for many skin ailments, it also has a relaxing effect on the nervous system which is known to help treat depression caused by nervous anxiety.

ALWAYS SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE FROM A QUALIFIED HERBALIST BEFORE USING ANY PLANTS AS MEDICINES.

References:

The Book of Herbal Wisdom by Matthew Wood

The Botanic Medicine Society, Ontario, Canada

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Colour Energy

Colours vibrate energy and we can use this energy to help change our mood, or prepare for the day ahead. Sunlight harnesses all the different colour wavelengths and spectrum that, as a planet we depend upon. It’s light influences our entire system. Each colour has it’s own wavelength and frequency and each single one has a specific energy and nourishing effect on all beings.
Light is made of seven colour energies – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and purple and each colour is connected to various parts of our body, effecting us differently on an emotional and physical level. By learning the power of each colour, we can use these energies to bring a missing energy into our body.

We can use our mind to envelope ourselves in the colour we need – imagine the colour flowing around you, from the very top of your head, slowly surrounding your body, every part of it, right down to the tips of your toes. You may want to use your arms and hands to guide the colour around your body until you feel bathed in coloured light. It will feel comforting and peaceful as you feel surrounded by the vibrations of your chosen colour. You may wake up feeling sluggish, choose bright red, if you need help making the right decision, choose purple. If you are going to be with people that you find draw on your energy, protect yourself with orange. To help you move on from an emotional situation, choose green to help you grow and develop into the person you want to become.

Use colour to bring the right energy into your home too. It’s incredible how the change of a wall colour can transform the feeling in a room from edgy to chilled. In the nursery use soothing, safe and calm pale blues and greeny hughes to help your baby feel relaxed and calm – it will help them sleep better too.

Have a go… bring colour into your life, it will make you smile!

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Berry Picking for Herbal Medicine

Although we are still in August, there is the beginnings of a chill in the early morning air that is a gentle reminder that Autumn is on its way. This makes the clear, warm mornings even more precious, knowing they will soon be few and far between. Whilst on my downland walks over the last few weeks, I have noticed the berries slowly ripening and my walk this morning was the first foraging session of the season.
There is nothing more delightful that picking berries early on a sun filled morning… one for the bag and one for breakfast! Why is it they taste so much sweeter straight from the bush, its rather like fish and chips eaten out of paper. The same food eaten off a plate at the dining table just does not have the same flavour does it?
This mornings harvest comprised blackberries, sloes, elderberries hawthorn and rosehips. Their colours reflect the deep reds and purples that encompass the early Autumn tones.

 

Tonights dessert will be vanilla ice cream with blackberry sauce and what is left (if there is any!) will be frozen. The berries don’t just taste good, they have many health benefits too – blackberries are used by herbalists for sore throats, so having them ready in the freezer means I am ready to make a sore throat gargle, just in case the children get a throat infection over the winter.
Sloes will be used to make Sloe Gin, and the best thing about this is that sloes are wonderful blood cleansers and in turn are a remedy for arthritis and gout. Turn your gin into medicine and know that whilst you are sipping your slow g and t you are also detoxing your body. Isn’t nature great?
The elderberries, hawthorn and rosehips will make an immune boosting winter syrup. Elderberries have anti-inflammatory properties and are the perfect winter cold and flu remedy as they help the body flush out toxins and are anti viral as they strengthen cell membranes making them less penetrable to attack.

 

Hawthorn stimulates blood flow to all the tissues and arteries and encourages a good circulation and Rosehips boost the immune system with a very high vitamin C content. They also contain vitamin A and have astringent and anti-inflammatory qualities, which make them wonderful to use in skin care.

Please remember if you do go on a little forage in the hedgerows, just pick a little and leave a lot for nature. Never pick more than a third of the flowers or fruit and never, ever leave the plant with no fruit or flowers. Be sure to forage well away from farmers fields or near the road, where there may be pesticides and chemicals.

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