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Secrets from the Walled Garden – beauty workshop

botanical alchemy – plant inspired beauty

Hi there,

As mentioned in an earlier post, I am running a morning workshop with Fulham Palace in November, it’s a beautiful place with a fascinating history and a secret oasis in the metropolis.  Join me for some ‘kitchen alchemy’, drawing inspiration from the Palace Gardens and my treasury of organic essential oils to  create gorgeous potions for health + beauty, ideal as seasonal gifts and take home some tips on natural recipes for seasonal beauty.  Here’s the lowdown, hope to see you there:

Saturday 24 November 2012, 10am – 1pm

Botanical oils workshop

Inspired by the history of the Walled Garden and its use not only as a kitchen garden but also a sensory haven filled with fragrant herbs and flowers, clinical aromatherapist Tanya Moulding will draw on its botanical bounty to show you how to create two generous sized, natural products to take home; an infused, herbal culinary oil and a beautifying bath and body oil, perfect for Christmas gifts. She will also give you some recipes to take away and try at home. £30 per person, booking essential. Call 020 7751 2432 or email education@fulhampalace.org to book.

or click here for information on the venue.

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Beauty Secrets from a Walled Garden

Create botanically inspired products at my new Autumn Workshop

Fulham Palace is wonderful horticultural haven in West London, the historical home to the Bishops of London and with a rich botanical history.

The site has been the home to a long line of Bishops dating back to 700 AD.   From late 16th century the gardens were renowned for their botanical diversity, the first Tamarisk tree was planted and cultivated here by Bishop Grindal (1559-1570). However, the gardens gained world significance due to the horticultural zeal of Bishop Compton (1675-1713) who imported many rare species and was responsible for the first Magnolia in Europe to be grown  at the Palace.

Magnolia flower

On Saturday, 24th November, I will be running a morning workshop (10am -1pm) creating beautiful botanical products both culinary and cosmetic; drawing on the history of  the walled garden and its original plants as inspiration.

Booking details will be available soon, in the meantime check out the link to Fulham Palace to get a peek at the lovely grounds and cafe, which you can explore after the workshop!

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Get Buffy with it ..

skin like an armadillo?
image: animal-wildlife.blogspot.com

Ok, Spring has sprung … the sun has been a bit shy of shining but you know it is only a matter of time before the legs and arms will have to be revealed in all their pallid, bumpy, pasty, dehydrated glory (unless you have been a dedicated  goddess of sloughing and slathering over the winter months …yeah ..riiiight!?)

Well, following on from the Avocado post, here are a few top tips for gently coaxing that skin to hydrated, smooth,* ‘plumptiousness’.. ready … action!

My top 7 tips to shed the Armadillo

  1.  Eat your greens, nuts, seeds, oily fish, berries, and  whole grains
  2.  Stay hydrated – pure water, or to jazz it up thin slices of cucumber, or lime/lemon/ orange and put in a jug of water – chill and drink through the day; hot water and lemon, green/herbal teas (keep coffee and tea, cola and juices to a minimum)

    The ultimate beauty tool – a body brush!

  3. Dry skin brush daily – effective and cheap!  Purchase a long-handled natural bristle brush and start gently, before your morning shower, brushing in UPWARD strokes from soles of feet, up legs (back/front), buttocks, back, gently in overlapping strokes, I use circular motions on abdomen (clockwise direction) but you can use upward, arms brushing towards armpit from fingertips, very gently across chest and finally upper back.  Carry out daily for a week, then alternate days for a further week. (Avoid brushing like a possessed Lady Macbeth with a brillo pad – raw lobster look is not the  desired result, and avoid the face and breasts).

    Skin brushing diagram
    (image: www.subtlethings.com)

  4. Shower with a non-drying soap or shower gel
  5. Anoint and nourish your body with a mini massage daily after your shower apply your favourite body lotion/oil/butter or make this one up:
  • 10 ml Macadamia oil
  • 10 ml Jojoba oil or Coconut oil (or combine 5 ml of each)

Macadamia is a ‘dry’ oil and is deceptively rich even though it is easily absorbed into the skin – it is one of my favourite oils, I love it and it suits all skin-types.   Jojoba is actually a liquid wax and is very similar in chemical structure to human sebum, it is suitable for all skin types and is excellent to use neat as a facial oil.  Coconut is extremely economical, provides excellent glide and leaves skin gleaming.

6. Exfoliate with a physical scrub once a week, paying attention to legs, buttocks and upper arms in particular.  Here is a simple one to try at home:

Limes for your Exotic Citrus scrub

Exotic Sugar Lime and Ginger

2 tablespoons White sugar
2 tablespoons Brown sugar
Olive oil/coconut or grapeseed
2  drops ginger essential oil
4 drops lime essential oil
Combine the sugars in a jar and add the single or combine the oils gradually to achieve your desired consistency, if you add too much oil just add more of the sugar.  Texture should be gritty enough but enough oil to allow to scrub over skin.  You can adjust the ratio of the essential oils to suit your personal taste, but do not exceed a total of 10 drops.  Store in a clean jar and use 1-2 times a week.  I tend to apply the scrub on dry skin in circular movements over desired areas and then shower off.  The oils leave the skin really soft – bonus!  *just take care getting out of bath and ensure you clean off any residual oil as you don’t want to have a ‘kodak slip-up’ moment.
7. Exercise – get your heart pumping, the skin is one of our largest excretory organs and yet in the West we actually do not sweat enough.  Try Zumba, Spinning, a run, power yoga, vigorous walk, dancing ..whatever it takes.  Shower as soon as you can after your exertions, keep hydrated with a glass of water and keep your blood sugar up a banana , some nuts, oatcakes (+ some cheeky peanut butter) afterwards etc

*my own word, (well it is not just the perogative of Shakespeare)  in my head it means skin that has that bouncy, lit from within, peachy-rose radiance ..it’s achieved with inner goodness (thoughts and food), outer ‘goddess-ness’ (the sloughing and slathering) and yes,… some sweaty cardio too has to be endured!

Let me know how you get on .. I aim to be ‘pin-perfect’ by end of June … that’s the goal!

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