Skin care from your Herb garden – The Physic Garden

I love the idea of your Herb Garden providing for you – not just your veggie’s, but in a medicinal and healing way too.

Charelle Founder of The Physic Garden, has bought her knowledge of Naturopathy (and being brought up in a household, where her parent sold their own herbal products), and created the most beautiful balms and salts.

I’ve always been drawn to natural products, but since the twins were born, it’s all we ever use as a family.

One of the most interesting parts of choosing natural products, either that you’ve made yourself or have bought, is that on most occasions it works to the same standard as the chemical product, or better.

Deodorant was probably one of the last chemical products I used. I was nervous about going down the natural route, as no one likes being smelly!

But I’m happy to say I’ll never go back now.

Finding a good deodorant that works for you, is a bit of trial and error – and your body (well mine certainly did) might go through a small detox period while it gets used to it.

I had an ex boyfriend once who never wore deodorant, he never even started in his youth – and I can say hand on heart that he never smelt, and he worked outside in jobs that should produce even a mildest of pongs!

Your body gets used to what we put on it, and stops doing it’s job. Same goes for washing your hair >>here<< is an article on my experience with the ‘No Poo method’.

Relax Me Deodorant –

Shea Butter*, Bi-Carb Soda, Arrowroot Powder*, Olive Oil Infused with Chamomile & Calendula, Candelilla Wax, Essential Oils (Lavender & May Chang) (*Organic Ingredients)

Shea Butter Organic & high in Vitamin E, it moisturises skin & glides on like butter.

Bi-Carb Soda – Alkalises skin pH which stops bacterial growth & odour. We use Bi-carb soda which is sourced from natural deposits, and does not contain any aluminium.

Arrowroot Powder – A natural root vegetable that absorbs moisture and helps keep you dry.

Chamomile & Lavender Soothing scents.

CalendulaNaturally anti-bacterial

This deodorant really works! It keeps me smell free all day, even when I go to the gym.

All you need is a small pea sized amount on your finger, and then rub it into your underarm. You’re basically moisturising as well as deodorising.

The only down side to these type of Butter deodorants, is that men find them harder to use with their hairy armpits.

Sleep Balm – 

Olive Oil infused with Lemon Balm* & Chamomile*, Shea Butter*, Candelilla wax, Essential oils (Lavender & Lemon Myrtle) (*Organic Ingredients)

Shea Butter – Organic & high in Vitamin E, it moisturises skin & glides on like butter.

Chamomile, Lemon Balm & Lavender Provide a gentle, peaceful scent and skin soothing properties.

Lemon Myrtle – A native Australian herb with a lemon scent. Smells amazing!!

The kids had been quite sick recently with head colds, and getting them to settle is harder on those nights. We used the Sleep Balm on their backs and the Eucalyptus rub on their chests.

It’s hard to tell if it was the Balm that helped them settle, but it did seem a little easier.

I’ve worn it myself on my chest while sleeping, and it’s undeniable the smell of Lavender and Chamomile is so relaxing.

Eucalyptus Rub – 

Shea Butter*, Olive Oil Infused with Elder Flower, Essential Oil (Eucalyptus, White Camphor, Peppermint & Rosemary), Candelilla Wax (*Organic Ingredients)

Shea Butter – Organic & high in Vitamin E, it moisturises skin & glides on like butter.

Eucalyptus, Peppermint & White Camphor Smell amazing & keep you feeling clear.

Rosemary – Also smells incredible & is naturally anti-bacterial

As I said above the kids have been ill recently, and blocked noses are not fun while trying to sleep.

Vicks is a leading brand of vapour rubs, and I can’t deny that it works.

But on the few occasions that our two have used it, they haven’t liked it. For one it makes their chests really cold, and it’s so slimy and sticky that their vests and Pj’s stick to it. They’ve even asked for it to be rubbed off!

So yes it might well help clear their noses while they settle, but if they’re unsettled due to being so uncomfortable – whats the point!?

The Physic Garden Eucalyptus Rub does none of this – apart from clear the nose.

Charelle has made some beautiful products, and I’m looking forward to trying more. Here is a collection of her yummy Instagram photos.

A collection of some of her beautiful products.

Calendula and Olive oil infusion ready to be strained, and made into

natural deodorants and baby balm.

New  batches being made.

This looks divine! Relax Me Bath Salts – Chamomile, Lemon Balm

Lavender & Rose with Epsom & Himalayan Salt.

 

 

Did I buy plastic during Plastic Free July?

 

We’ve now come to the end of Plastic Free July, and if I’m completely honest – I’m sorry to say it was harder than I thought.

I’m so pleased that we decided to take up this challenge, it’s been so eye opening as to how much plastic we use in our day to day lives – It’s literally everywhere!

So the question is, did I make the whole of July without buying any plastic?

Plastic Free July – Can I do it, and why do I want to?

Well the title says it all really –

But for those of you who aren’t familiar with ‘Plastic Free July’, it’s a movement that was born in Western Australia. It started in 2011 to raise awareness of the amount of plastic we use, and to encourage people to forgo single use plastics for the month of July – Plastic Free July is now world-wide, and looks to be picking up speed every year.

Atom Boutique – 100% Pure Argan oil

 

I thought I knew what Argan oil was – I’d smelt the hair oils and treatments you can find in the shops – but they’re nothing like the real 100% pure Argan oil. The first thing I noticed was the smell, it wasn’t over powering but beautifully subtle and nutty.

I came across Atom on Instagram, and loved all their Moroccan images. I then started looking at their products closely and was really intrigued by 100% Argan oil – So I had to find out more!

Firstly Atom is a Vegan brand, their products are sustainably harvested through Fair Trade, and are grown organically in Morocco. It’s a really labour intensive process producing Argan oil, with it all being hand-picked and hand ground.

Top 5 Natural sleeping pillows

Some people are very particular about their sleeping pillow, and others will sleep on anything as long as it’s comfortable. I’ve never been a particularly picky pillow picker! I used to prefer a feather pillow when I was younger, but then when I became more aware of the environment, feather pillows were no longer on my list of favourite things to lay on. The Feather and Down industry is massive and mostly produced in China. There are lots of conflicting figures about how much ‘Live plucking’ happens these days, some says 3% of all Feather and Down comes from ‘Live plucking’, and others say 50%. Very different figures, and to be honest even at 3% that’s too much for me!

Synthetic Polyester is also massive in the Pillow world, and most cheap and cheerful ones are made from it. But personally for me, if I’m going to spend 1/3 of my life laying on it, I’d like it to be as natural as possible.

So if you don’t want a Feather and Down pillow, or a Synthetic polyester one, what are your options? Well you’ll be pleased to know there’s actually a few!

Tetra Tea Tree – This is an Australian brand. It uses Tea Tree flakes that have fallen from the tree, this a natural process where no trees are felled. All the flakes are collected by hand from wild trees, this is then taken and washed in their Sydney factory and hand-made there too. The covers are Organic cotton, so there are no chemicals whatsoever going into these products.

We bought the kids the small children’s pillow, when they were babies, and this worked well for them at the time, but as they got bigger, their pillows became too small – they have now become the dolls pillows!

We felt very comfortable giving the kids a pillow by Tetra, as they’re so natural. The only thing that I didn’t realise until it arrived in the post, is that it russell’s a little when you’re laying on it. This didn’t seem to bother the kids at all, but it’s this reason that we didn’t buy them for ourselves.