🌸F L O W E R S🌸
We love our herbs but the garden wouldn’t be complete without flowers that grace us with beauty, colour and scent. This week is British Flower Week so thought we’d share some of the flowers we are growing including these sweet peas, dahlias, white hesperis and the pink/yellow toadflax. We got quite inspired earlier this year at a @sarahravenperchhill workshop. 🌿🌸
Also a special shout out this week to some of our social enterprise friends who are doing wonderful things with the flowers they grow. Here’s to @audacious_veg and @branchoutmk 🙌✨🌼
🌿LET NATURE IN 🌿The view from our studio overlooking a car park and old warehouses couldn’t be more urban. But with the help of these @elho.world herb pots we are cultivating a little patch of indoor nature. The plant pots have a special reservoir pot with wicking tape to keep our herbs well watered at all times. Here is proof that you do not need a garden to grow your own herbs! Here we have pot marigold, coriander and sweet and cinnamon basil which we would recommend for indoor growing. Give it a go! 🌿🌿 We would love to see your indoor gardens, what herbs are you growing on your windowsill? 🌿🌿
We’re here until 2pm in Victoria Park by St Agnes Gate. 🌸
✨J A S M I N E ✨
If you’ve been smelling something sweet on the air recently it might be jasmine! Mine at home is yet to flower but luckily there are a few I cycle past on the way to the studio. I must look silly when I flare my nostrils to enhance the intake of scent as I go past them but it’s definitely worth it for that instant sweet fragrance which lifts my spirits. Jasmine is an aromatic herb and the essential oil can be used for easing nervous tension which explains why I feel calmer when I smell it! Its also quite tasty as a herbal infusion. I’m experimenting with a jasmine and basil syrup for summer drinks. It’s quite a rampant climbing plant so if you don’t have it growing at home, have a look for it when you are out and about as it often tumbles over peoples fences spreading it’s scent as far as possible 🙌
René Maurice Gattefossé is regarded as the ‘father’ of aromatherapy, and is the inventor of the term itself, thanks to his accidental discovery of the magical healing powers of lavender oil! After badly burning his hand in the lab, he dunked his hand in the nearest liquid to him - which was lavender essential oil - and he was fascinated in how quickly he healed and how little scarring there was given the severity of the burn. 👨🏽🔬
A pioneer, René treated his patients with oils such as lavender, thyme, lemon and clove due to their antiseptic properties, noticing the direct increase in the healing efficacy in wounds treated with essential oils. He used his research for many interesting things, perhaps most notably for treating wounded WW1 soldiers. ✨
Good morning! It’s Aromatherapy Week and our Top 5 essential oils to have at home and how to use them post is now live on the blog.
All essential oils come from plant sources - herbs, flowers, spices, vegetables and trees. Like herbs, one of the interesting benefits of aromatherapy is the holistic effect it has on both mind and body - as the healing qualities of the oils impact the physical body, the aroma impacts us mentally.
Do you have a favourite essential oil?