When you think of plants or planting, I am sure your mind goes to a beautiful backyard garden or an exotic bouquet from your secret admirer 😉. From fruits and veggies to cooking herbs, plants and flowers can serve a purpose beyond being décor for your home or mastering your favorite dish. Did you know that some of your favorite green babies can aide in strengthening your hair and skin?
Even if you do not have a green thumb, pick up some of this green love the next time you are at the supermarket or florist.
Have you ever been to the supermarket or a friend’s house and seen a long green spiked plant? It may resemble a cactus because they are in the same family. However, that my dear is an Aloe leaf and the benefits from its gel will blow your mind 🤯. That beautiful leaf contains antioxidants, enzymes, Vitamins A and C, and it is highly anti-inflammatory.
You can use the gel as a refreshing mask for your face, use it to treat burns, add it to smoothies for digestive benefits, and even add it to your hair as a cleansing mask.
Wondering how you can get the gel from the leaf? Simple. Use a sharp knife to cut open the leaf. Cut the spine and gently scope the gel with a spoon. For skin care, you can rub the gel onto your clean face, let it sit for up to 20 minutes then rinse off with water. Ahhh. Doesn’t that feel refreshing? Treat yourself to a Self-Care day.
Also…did you know that aloe vera is one of the ingredients in our moisturising hand sanitiser?
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Did you know that eucalyptus is more than just a house plant? You read that correctly! With the help of eucalyptus leaves, you can set up your shower as your very own spa oasis. Eucalyptus leaves contain oils that provide health benefits such as respiratory health, sinusitis, stress reduction, and pain relief. All you need are a few branches, twine or string, a rubber band, and scissors, and you will be able to tie them to your shower head. Allow the steam to flow from your shower, close your eyes, and relax. Your body deserves the TLC!
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Witch Hazel has been used for centuries as a remedy for a variety of skin ailments related to irritation and inflammation. When used as a toner, witch hazel has the potential to ease irritation, injury, and inflammation. Some of the most common uses include acne, inflammatory conditions, and sunburn. Are you experiencing breakouts? Try mixing witch hazel with water and some lemon juice. This combo can lighten acne scars and give your skin an overall glow🌟.
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Not only does Lavender soothe anxiety, in oil form, it kills bacteria and heals acne breakouts. Since we are in the colder months, some of you may have been experiencing itchy dry skin patches. Well. Help has arrived. Lavender balances your skins moisture and provides much needed relief. Along with being one of the top aromatherapeutic go to, Lavender bath salts detoxifies your skin and helps relax sore and tired muscles.
P.S: You can find lavender essential oil in our Serenity Shea Oil!
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Nahema, Team R&R