Hazy Summer Days and Skincare

GIVE YOUR SKIN A TREAT IN THIS SUMMER HEAT!  (plus some tips for summer skincare)

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Skin-soothing and nourishing aromatherapy with gorgeous calendula oil – the ultimate oil for caring for your skin during the summer sun. Add a bespoke blend of essential oils to the mix for a wonderfully healing and relaxing session.

I make 100% natural and organic calendula oil from the ground up – from flower to infusion to bottle to box…and finally to your skin to nourish and soothe. It’s not called the Skin Magician for nothing! It is extremely beneficial to a myriad of conditions including nappy rash, eczema, sunburn, sensitive skin, hemmeroids, scars and stretch marks, as well as being a lovely face oil. Your skin will drink it in and give you a big thank you afterwards for how soft and silky it feels, skin food at its best!

If you have been on any of my herb workshops, now is the time to harvest calendula and make your oil. The more you pick the flowers, the more the plant will produce. Or you can get it from me if you are too hot and bothered to make your own! Just get in touch. This is a red hot favourite with many as it is so versatile.

Other plants are coming into their own in this heatwave too, get some mint tea in the fridge and serve it with a slice of cooling cucumber – ahhhh, refreshing!  Or you can use lemon balm or lemon verbena to cool you down.

What about our feet!  Add some mint and lavender flowers to a basin of cool water and give yourself a foot spa, sipping your cooling herbal infusion while you are at it.  Use calendula oil for dry heels too.

Treat your hair well too, pick a few stinging nettles, make a tea out of them and use as a final rinse when washing your hair – FULL of nutrients and will make your hair shine, as well as strong and healthy!  I adore nettle, so many things we can use her for, the optimum ‘weed’.   I make buckets of tea to water my plants with and they love me for it.  You can also massage your hair with a little calendula oil to combat dryness and condition it well.  Gosh, calendula really is amazing!

Bites and stings – use plantain leaves directly squashed onto a bee or wasp sting for instant relief.  Use lavender essential oil for after care and for bites.

Lavender oil is a miracle cure of acute sunburn too, you can use it directly on the skin to prevent blistering and to heal it. Use calendula oil too to nourish and soothe after treating burnt skin.

And of course, if you can take a dip in the sea, go for it!

Have a glorious summer, just loving this heat!

Much love Nalini xx

 

 

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Menopause Initiation of Change

The Initiatory Journey of Menopause – coming home to ourselves

Menopause… what does the word bring up for you?  Is it fear or fascination?  Dread or excitement?

For many women, the transition of menopause can bring up feelings of negativity and resistance, and I believe this to be mainly down to the stigma that society has placed on this perfectly normal, healthy transition in a woman’s life.  Menopause happens to every single woman and our bodies and minds are designed for it, but there is such a huge negativity around it from society and this has become engrained on most women’s psyche.  What if there was a new way to look at it, a way that leads to freedom, joy and fulfilment?  Wouldn’t that be a healthier, more healing way?

For me, menopause is for sure a change, but a change that brings many rewards and teaches us how to know ourselves a whole lot better, and a change that allows us to say yes to ourselves, possibly for the first time in our lives.  Women spend much of their lives in service to others, taking on board so many various duties and responsibilities, and find that as menopause approaches, they have less energy for it.  All perfectly normal.  In the cycle of a woman’s life, there are times to be active and out there, and times to rest and be more inwards.  For anyone who has practiced ‘menstrual cycle awareness’, they will know this to be true.  As we cycle around the month, different energies emerge and each month, there comes a time when rest and renewal are non-negotiable.  So it is with menopause…. we are in the part of the cycle of our lives when we need to down tools a bit and re-evaluate what our lives need to look like.  Change indeed is on the horizon, and oh how joyous to take quiet times, reflective time, time with other woman going through the transition, and get to know ourselves a bit better.  Cycles are part of nature too, look at the seasons and how nature has times of full blooming and times of rest and renewal.  The rest and renewal give the impetus for a fuller blooming, so is a seriously important messenger for us too.

When we understand more fully the menopause journey, much resistance falls away…. and as a result, many of the ‘symptoms’ fall away too.  Our bodies are trying to tell us something when symptoms become overwhelming and they are asking us to slow down, listen and make some changes.  This really is the most amazing time in a woman’s life if she works it well.

My training in menstruality and menopause, along with my own menopause journey, have guided me into sharing with other women the keys to coping with, and making the most of, both our monthly cycle and menopause.

Come along and learn more at a new monthly support group for women in peri-menopause or menopause, or indeed for any woman that wants to know herself better and prepare well for the journey.  There is nothing like a supportive group of women all on the same track to inspire, heal and bring joy and laughter to the experience.  Held on one in four Wednesday evenings, you will gain support, understanding, tools and techniques, and enjoy a session of lovely, deep relaxation at the end to send you off home relaxed and at ease.  Relaxation is one of the key ingredients for the menopause or menstrual journey.  Click here for more details or to book or feel free to contact me for more info.

All blessings Nalini x

Magic of Healing Herbs and Plants


Delighted to say that we had our first workshop last Saturday at Sedgwick Park House in Horsham and had a glorious time and glorious weather!  It was such fun to forage in Clare’s stunning gardens finding the plants we needed to make some great products with natural ingredients.  Everyone made an infused oil, some with St John’s Wort which is a great anti-inflammatory oil, others with lavender which is a multi-tasking oil good for all sorts of things.  We also made herbal tinctures, a healing balsam for cuts and wounds and a wonderfully nutritious face cream that smells like heaven!

Transforming calendula into an oil that is great for all skin problems, gentle enough to use for nappy rash too.

The gardens are so gorgeous as part of them are left to nature and are a little wild, just how I like them!  Easy to find what we needed in those parts of the garden for all our luscious products.  There are more cultivated gardens and some natural lakes and ancient woodland too – magical!   A great group attended and we have had some really positive feedback!  Seems everyone had a really enjoyable day and are inspired to get to it at home with their own products.

Next one is coming up on 30th September and we will be making some new products on this one using different plants.  I am over the moon to be able to be doing these workshops here in the UK.  After running them in Italy from my own garden there, I wasn’t sure they would continue here.  And then I met Clare!  Bless her for being so open to sharing her healing and magical space, and for coming on board with me to do these educational and fascinating workshops!  We had great fun working together and are looking forward to continuing doing stuff together.

If you have never been to Sedgwick Park House, put it on your to do list, it is so lovely there!

Well, I am off this Saturday after a full on day last Saturday, and about to go outside and pick my calendula flowers ready for infusing.  A cup of tea first though!

Love Nalini x

My garden isn’t quite as impressive as Clare’s but it is proof that even the most modest garden can be host to the plants used for making products.  Mine is full of wild flowers and herbs and all carefully guarded by Mr Tao Bennett, the cutie in black and white!