Natural Health & Beauty
Lupus is an auto-immune disease where the body produces autoantibodies that attack healthy cells. Lupus can have an impact on all of the bodies systems and effect multiple organs including the skin, kidneys, the heart, eyes, muscles and joints. Lupus can be life threatening if the body attacks major organs. Diagnosis for lupus is difficult due to a lot of the symptoms being the same as other diseases such as fibromyalgia, scleroderma and Reynaud’s. It is mainly women who are diagnosed with lupus with 90% of sufferers being female. It is not understood what causes lupus.
With lots of pumpkins being carved we thought we'd give you a few ideas on how to use up all that nutrient rich pumpkin flesh!! As well as eating it you can use it in homemade beauty products for softer, smoother, more radiant looking skin.
I am increasingly intrigued by the role of plants from a nutritional perspective as well as an aromatic one. In particular, I am drawn to plants from the Lamiaceae family and how they can play an important role in helping to maintain or improve our wellbeing. This article focuses on Spearmint (Mentha spicata).
Are you feeling out of balance, but you’re not sure why? It could be that the energy flow in your body is blocked. Life experiences such as stress, trauma and illness can create imbalances in our body, mind and soul which lead us to ‘dis-ease’ (disease is just ‘dis-ease’ in the body). This ‘dis-ease’ can be temporary, but it can also persist, perhaps even leading to chronic illness or habitual patterns of negative thinking which affect our lives.
We are delighted to be supporting the Soil Association's Organic September campaign (including Organic Beauty Week from the 19-25 September) - hoping that we at Base Formula are doing our bit to raise awareness. It seems the perfect month – my birthday month – to write an article about why I personally am a passionate advocate of growing organically – whether that be growing organic food, or plants that produce essential oils and other beauty products.
Our NEW English Poppy Seed oil (Papaver somniferum) is rich in Vitamin E and essential fatty acids to improve the hydration and elasticity of the skin. It is suitable for all skin types but is especially beneficial for dry, sensitive, irritated, damaged and ageing skin. It is also great for hair and scalp.
Citronella (Cymbopogan nardus) is a tufted perennial grass, with a very fibrous root system. It grows wild and is cultivated in Sri Lanka and other tropical areas. Citronella essential oil is steam distilled from the plant's scented leaves and is yellow, brown in colour, often with a green/yellow hue. Cymbopogan nardus, often grown in Sri Lanka, is known as the 'Ceylon type', whereas Cymbopogan winterianus, often grown in the Far East, is known as the 'Java type'. Both have slightly different proportions of constituent elements. Cymbopogan nardus essential oil contains approximately 60% geraniol and this floral element is dominant in its initial aroma impact. The oil has an unmistakable fragrance, being at once woody and lemony, with sweet and floral, grassy, herbaceous elements and a hint of camphor. It has a real array of scent levels and ranges.
It's an ironic fact that - just when we want to look our absolute best - for our Summer holidays - we often don't! Either we are very tired and our skin and hair reflect that “lack-lustre” feeling, or perhaps we've had a bit too much of that rare British sunshine or time on sunbeds ( yes – lots of people still use them to boost their colour before heading abroad), and our skin is in need of some real TLC – not to mention the rest of our body!
Experiencing the whimsical British weather, comprising of rain, sun and wind within a relatively short period in one day, led made me to reflect upon the seasons of the year: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, and how they can relate to the different stages of life. For example, Spring is the season of new growth, bursting with vital energy, and can be likened to the first stage of life: birth to early adulthood. Summer continues to be a period of vibrant and buoyant growth and this second stage of life, from early adulthood to mid-40’s, is said to be intense and passionate. Autumn is associated with the third stage of life from mid-40’s to retirement, growth is done, the fruits of labour are harvested and nature is preparing us for rest. The final stage of life, from retirement to end of life is considered to be a time for relaxation and harmony. In the past, average life expectancy was said to be three score years and ten (i.e. 70), although that has now increased to over 80 years of age.
While many botanists used to believe that essential oils were ‘waste products’ of a plant’s metabolism, there is now evidence suggesting that they do have an important biological role within the plant, such as providing defence against insects and animals, and being responsible for allopathic interactions that inhibit the growth of neighbouring plants – an important consideration for gardeners when planting out!