Blooming beautiful: The power of the flower
You can smell them, give them, admire them, even use them on your face … flowers are a power-full addition to your home and your beauty cabinet.
Flowers can fill a room with colour and fragrance, and symbolise love, friendships, happiness and healing.
They have long been used in beauty for their healing properties, not to mention their scents.
Even the word itself can be strongly emotive – just ask Drew Barrymore, who has used the moniker for her new cosmetics range, Flower Beauty.
We take a look at the different ways to get a floral boost:
Floral skincare concoctions
Different scents can have wonderful effects on us emotionally as well as having amazing benefits to our skin, from healing to soothing and rejuvenating.
Here are some healing floral waters you can recreate at home.
Lavender and myrrh healing toner
A healing, antiseptic and gentle astringent for oily blemished skin.
DIY: Mix 30 drops myrrh tincture with 100ml lavender water and store in a clean bottle.
Gentle rose tonic
A calming and soothing freshener for sensitive or irritated skin.
DIY: Mix two drops blue chamomile essential oil with 10 drops essential oil solubiliser. Add 85ml rosewater and 15ml aloe vera juice. Pour into in a clean bottle, shake well and store in the fridge.
Flower and juice skin toner
A soothing and cooling toner for sensitive and combination skin.
DIY: Mix together 80ml orange flower water and 20ml aloe vera juice. Store in a clean bottle and keep in the fridge.
Pure rose skin liquid
A hydrating skin tonic for dry and mature skins.
DIY: Add five drops of rose absolute to 10 drops essential oil solubiliser. Add 100ml rosewater and shake to disperse the ingredients. Store in a clean bottle.
Floral extracts to boost your beauty routine
Pure extracts from flowers have emotive and therapeutic benefits.
Rose oil has excellent hydrating, softening and emollient properties that are ideal for dry, sensitive and aging skins.
It also has the ability to work as a tonic and astringent on broken capillaries, whilst reducing redness and inflammation to the skin.
This sweet-smelling flower is exceptional in skincare, especially in winter when skin can become dry, due to the weather and heating.
Just a few drops of jasmine oil will make skin feel totally blissful.
Chamomile is soothing, calming and anti-inflammatory, whether it’s used in skin preparations or sipped as herbal tea.
Chamomile is also valuable in treating skin problems such as flaky, dry, itching skin, especially eczema, dermatitis, or even psoriasis problems.
Geranium oil has been widely used in the cosmetic industry, not just for its aroma, but also for its balancing effect on the production of sebum, making it perfect for oily or dry skin.
Lavender is useful in treating skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis, and has been successful in soothing, and healing burns, with its antiseptic and analgesic properties.
The calendula flower blossom is well known for its anti-inflammatory wound healing properties. The oil extracts, flavanoids, and saponins are the key constituents in aiding skin repair and promote healing.
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Written by Nikki Yazxhi.