It's been a crazy and stressful time for most of us and this can have some very negative effects on your wellbeing.
Luckily, nature is full of flowers and fruits that can help you to feel happier and healthier. And many also have fantastic benefits for your skin too.
Essential oils extracted from flowers and fruits are famed for their effects on wellbeing.
Chamomile, rose and lavender are well-known for promoting a sense of calm and relaxation. And for those times when you need a more invigorating pick-me-up, peppermint, ylang-ylang and lemon can give you an instant burst of energy.
There can be physical health benefits too. When you’re feeling bloated, fennel can have positive effects on digestion. Hibiscus may help to lower blood pressure, according to studies. Echinacea can help to recover from a cold more quickly. And pansy can have antimicrobial properties.
You can also eat or drink many edible flowers to get the benefits without using essential oils.
If the anxiety around coronavirus and the lockdown has taken its toll on your skin, skincare products that contain fruits and plants can help it to look and feel healthy and beautiful - even if you don't currently feel it!
Fruits are a common addition to many skincare products for this reason. Citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C, which can boost collagen production.
Lots of fruits are also a great source of antioxidants — perfect for protecting the skin against the damaging effects of free radicals and promoting a youthful, healthy glow.
Flowers can also give you a beauty boost.
You’ll often see rose added to beauty products, often in the form of rosehip oil or rosehip extract. One of the great things about this ingredient is its ability to permeate deep into the skin to retain moisture. Rosewater is another popular skincare ingredient, especially for balancing sebum levels and providing hydration for mature skin.
Calendula is anti-inflammatory and can help the skin to feel tighter and firmer. It can also help wounds to heal, which is great news if you suffer from acne or an inflammatory skin condition.
Jasmine is another flower that is highly versatile in skincare. It’s great for all skin types but can be particularly effective for dry skin in helping to lock moisture into the skin and oily skin to avoid clogged pores.
Lavender can be anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. This can be very calming for skin that is prone to acne or eczema.
Our Bloom Collection features some gorgeous products to help you harness the power of nature.
It features the Odylique Super Tonic. Both the Citrus and Rose tonics can take away the need for a separate moisturiser, especially in warmer weather.
We’ve highlighted the role that rose can play in healthy, gorgeous skin, while the Citrus tonic contains bergamot, ylang-ylang and sweet orange. These can be calming for your mood, as well as having positive effects on your skin.
We've also included the Evolve Beauty Hyaluronic Serum in our Bloom Collection. This contains 200mg of hyaluronic acid to help moisturise and plump your skin. It also has pomegranate, which is naturally full of hydrating fatty acids to keep skin looking lovely, and vitamin C to support collagen production.
If your skin is prone to inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis during stressful times, pomegranate can help to improve this. The serum also contains rose, which is anti-inflammatory and can help to treat skin conditions.
Your lips can quickly get dry, especially in the warm weather we've been having lately (and also when the temperature dips) or if you're dehydrated.
The gorgeous Roseate Lifestyle Floral Lip Oil in our Bloom Collection contains grapeseed oil. This oil is packed with antioxidants, fatty acids and vitamin E to lock in moisture and protect against dry or chapped lips.
Plants can even form the basis of the snacks you eat.
For a healthy plant-based snack that can also help to manage stress, we've included Native Popped Lotus Seeds in our Bloom Collection.
Lotus seeds are a great source of magnesium, which is a really important mineral for managing anxiety. It's also one that quickly gets depleted when we're stressed so unless you get plenty in your diet, it's likely to be in short supply at the moment!
You can also get the benefits of some plants in drink form and not just in herbal teas. Whether you’re in need of some calm or an energy boost, there’s a growing trend for botanical drinks that harness plant power.
We've included the Happy Dose Mood Boosting Floral Infused Vitamin & Ashwagandha Waters in our Bloom Collection. As well as lavender, they also create jasmine and rose water drinks. All flavours feature stress-busting ashwagandha and added vitamins (B and C) to help you feel calmer and happier.
If you’ve been inspired to reap the wellbeing benefits of flowers and fruits, you can grow your own. We’ve included a packet of Veerenmoon Sowing Good Health Rudbeckia Seeds in our Bloom Collection. Rudbeckia can be grown in containers if you don’t have a garden to plant them in.
If nurturing these flowers gives you green fingers, you might decide to branch out into growing others. Along with the benefits we’ve mentioned in this post, studies have shown that having them in your home or garden can reduce stress. And for those of you who are working from home at the moment, they may also make you more productive and creative!
Our themed health, beauty and wellbeing collections are handpicked to help you feel fantastic inside and out. They're also perfect for self-care. Our boxes always sell out quickly so we'd recommend that you subscribe to be sure if receiving regular boxes. Or you can choose one-off boxes if you prefer.