We’ve come to think of Valentine’s Day as a time for others, to show our romantic side, but I like to use it instead as a time for oneself.

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What better chance to slough off some of the winter drain and treat yourself to all the care and adoration we’re encouraged to lavish on others – plus we are always better at being present for others when we are caring for ourselves.

In ancient Egypt, Cleopatra was renowned for enjoying lengthy baths in milk, and scrubs with sugar and honey.   In modern-day times you can still make like royalty using more sophisticated ingredients to enhance your wellbeing from top-to-toe.

Geranium:

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Often chosen by aromatherapists for its uplifting scent, which is clinically proven to be a natural antidepressant. Other benefits include

  • Balances hormones
  • Minimizing inflammation
  • Improving circulation
  • Alleviates the effects of menopause
  • Improves dental health
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Benefits the health of your skin
  • Improves dental health

How to use it:  As an oil, within a candle.

Cedarwood:

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Cedarwood is often overlooked but is, in fact, a phenomenally powerful treatment oil.  Most used in treatments for damaged or infection-prone skin, it’s soothing, calming and deeply restorative.

How to use it: Within treatments, oils and fragrances

Sea Buckthorn:

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When ingested, Sea Buckthorn can help to ease digestive issues, provide essential fatty acids and prevent infection.

In skincare, it works to heal and reduce inflammation, making it ideal for sensitive skins and those suffering from skin conditions like Rosacea, Eczema and Acne.

It has over 190 nutrients and omega 7 and is the only natural ingredient in the world that this rich in natural nutrition.

How to use it: As an oil, within a supplement

Knotweed:

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A powerful flavonoid which inhibits the enzymes responsible for photoaging, which is clinically proven to fight Infrared skin ageing.

Beggarticks:

Doesn’t sound lovely I know but this little flower packs a punch.  Restorative, healing, anti-inflammatory and rejuvenating for skin experiencing environmental stresses.

How to use it: Within treatments, as a supplement, dried in tea and within skincare

You can find all these ingredients in our Intense Body Repair Lotion.  I’d advise that you use it following a richly warming scrub and a soak in the tub.  Throw in some rose petals and some milk powder for the full Cleopatra experience.

As you’re applying the lotion, remember to breathe in threes – in for three, out for three and work in the direction of the heart for the ultimate benefits.