Duchess of Cambridge uses Lavender to help with morning sickness

Poor Kate. Her pregnancy was always going to be the subject of intense focus, but now she’s mid throw of morning sickness.

It must be awful having to attend public occasions feeling sick, and having to put on a brave face.

This exceptional Lavender Honey comes from the southern slopes of Mont Ventoux, Provence.

 

However, I was very happy to hear that the Duchess of Cambridge has discovered the wonderful effects of lavender for treating nausea.

Nausea is a pretty miserable condition. The name actually comes from the Latin nausia, meaning ship. It can be caused by a variety of things: motion, pregnancy, stomach flu, inner ear disorders, emotional stress, chemotherapy and intestinal problems.

These lavender pillows can help alleviate morning sickness.

 

 

There is not a specific cure for it, but the good news is that lavender can help alleviate waves of nausea.The Duchess of Cambridge is an international style icon, and presumably is now an icon for many mothers and mothers to be. It’s been revealed that the Duchess has been eating lavender biscuits to help relieve her morning sickness. And very wise she is to do so.

Lavender is perfect for pregnant women suffering from morning sickness, as the smell can help alleviate the condition.

Did you know the scent of Lavender can help relieve car sickness?

Keeping a lavender bag nearby is a good way of dealing with morning sickness on the go. A few drops of lavender oil in a bath, if you have more time, will not only relax, but will also help reduce nausea.

And lavender honey is great for energy when you are on the go.

We have a selection of lavender bags, perfect for anyone who suffers from nausea, even one especially designed for the car. If Kate’s doing it, you can bet this is the latest pregnancy trend.

Say goodbye to horrible nausea with lavender.  Discover the many and varied benefits of Lavender here

Where we make our Lavender Bags

My mother taught me to sew so I was well prepared to create my first lavender bag, and a great many to follow.  However there was always going to be a time when I needed to outsource the manufacturing of my Lavender Collection.

I was apprehensive about creating rising costs, having to commission very large quantities and finding greedy factory bosses.

By chance I was introduced to Jesus Mereno, the managing director of IPSIS, a state aided scheme to help handicapped people into work.  I have to say his name gave me hope.  Part of the IPSIS group is a sewing factory run by Chantal.   I instantly liked her.  She is a ‘yes we can’ lady which is rare to find in France and was happy to start off with relatively small quantities with the belief that these would grow.  The factory employs 40 people with various mental or physical handicaps.  Due to their conditions they are unable to hold down jobs in conventional factories.

 

Chantal is one of the finest people I have worked with.  She is highly efficient, frank and always enthusiastic.  Such a pleasure.  Nora runs the factory floor, has a divine smile and is a stickler for detail and precision.

Their sister factory fill all my lavender bags.  They are 2 kms apart with frequent deliveries between the two.  Elisa 30 is also an IPSIS organization and Noelle is the boss of the factory floor.  She has 14 employees who meticulously weight my lavender, fill the bags and tie the pretty bows.  Elisa 30 has 4 separate divisions in total:  a commercial cleaning service, a motorbike garage, a restaurant and the assembly factory.  In total they employ over 100 handicapped people.

Noelle has worked hard to perfect my collection and nothing leaves the factory before passing before her beady eye.  Once it has left her factory I know it will be perfect.

These factories give opportunities to handicapped people, I for one, take for granted.  They provide the pleasure of job satisfaction, the rewards of being part of team and a very important salary.

Being so close to where I live I am able regularly to visit the factories.  I adore seeing neat rows of my lavender bags all ready to go.  I can tell you it beats getting on a plane to China!

Lavender Locks Rock

Has anyone else noticed the trend for lavender-coloured hair?  No longer the preserve of the ‘purple rinse’, lavender is this season’s most beautiful beauty trend. Chanel embraced the trend at the 2013 Resort wear show. And where Chanel goes, others will follow.

Plenty of the big fashion houses sent models down the runway with pretty purple hair, while celebrities such as Katy Perry and Kelly Osbourne have  both opted for lavender locks this season. It’s a much easier colour to carry off than some of the more ‘outrageous’ colours out there, and it goes with most complexions.

If you’re getting bored of your current colour, then lavender could be perfect for you. It’s flattering, and what’s more, is a great way to inject some more lavender into your life.

In order to dye your hair lavender, you first off have to bleach your hair. Bleaching your hair is the most difficult part of this process, because it can severely damage your hair if it’s done wrong. If you’re feeling at all uncertain, enlist the help of a professional. Paying for the style up-front could cost a lot less than having it fixed later.

But if you can’t quite bring yourself to go the whole way, lavender eyes are a good nod to the trend, as seen at Versace. Although we have been conditioned to think that blue/lavender tones are a mistake (and should be left in the 80s), lavender around the eyes can actually look very pretty.

There are a few tips you might want to follow though to make sure you choose the right shade of lavender for you.

Cool colours like deep purples and lilacs make green eyes look beautiful, while navy or indigo can make blue eyes pop. Lilac and purples look best on brown eyes and bronze-skinned, olive-skinned and black-skinned women.

 

 

Lavender for the Car

I so loved creating this lavender bag. I loathe the smell of dogs in cars! Some are worse than others of course.  But at some stage or another dog owners have smelly cars.

I have kept lavender bags in my car for years.  Everyone always comments on the wonderful smell in my car.  They can get pretty musty.  Any as far as I know the only alternative are those things you buy in car washes that swing from the mirror and mainly smell of synthetic strawberries.

So here it is  A Lavender Bag for the Car full of the finest Provencal French Lavender.  I found the fabric in America.  It really makes me laugh, all those dogs of various shapes and sizes against a dogtooth background. So clever.

I reckoned also it was important to be able to wash the bag.   So it is closed with press stud poppers, just open up  and chuck in the washing machine.  Clean as new.

The other great benefit of this lavender bag is it keeps everyone in the car calm and relaxed.  Imagine that, something to relax the kids in the car.  Keep the driver stress free too.  And guess what I have just lean’t, the scent of Lavender will help relieve the symptoms of car sickness.  Now mothers, how useful is that!

You will never want to take it out of the car.

Enjoy £16.95 plus P & P

 


Herbal Teas, Infusions, Tisanes

Freshly made Herbal Teas

Make the Best of Herbal Tea

It has always amazed me that people tend to reach for the  tea bag rather than make their own fresh version of a herbal drink.  Most of the ingredients you can use you will have in the house anyway and the difference is enormous in both taste and benefits.  Below is a selection of ingredients I use to make my own herbal teas.  I suggest you experiment with what suits you best:

Fresh Mint for Herbal TeaMint can be added to hotwater for a relaxing yet refreshing drink.  Add a spoonful of Lavender Honey if you want to add a bit of sweetness.  You can make a whole jug of this infusion and then pop it in the fridge.  It is delicious cold.

 

Fresh Thyme for Herbal TeaThyme  This is one of my favourite herbs to add to an infusion.  It is very soothing for a sore throat and using fresh thyme just makes all the difference.  Leave the thyme in the hot water for about 3 – 4 minutes.  The tea can be drunk 3 to 4 times a day for the treatment of coughs. Thyme contains an essential oil that is rich in thymol, a powerful antiseptic, antibacterial, and a strong antioxidant.  The tea may be sweetened with Lavender Honey which also acts as a demulcent, thereby increasing the tea’s effectiveness. You can also add a slice of lemon or a glove of garlic.  More on both these ingredients later

Fresh Lemons for Herbal Tea

Lemon  The use of lemons in infusions is very common.  They say a cup of lemon infusion is the kindest way to start the day for your stomach.  It is very beneficial to the digestive system.  I tend to cut a lemon in quarters, squeeze one quater into the mug of hotwater and then toss in the segment for extra flavour.  You can add lemon to any of the ingredients above and below and it will always ensure a zingy flavour to your tissane.

Fresh Garlic in Herbal TeaGarlic  If you drop one clove into a hot infusion it will give a very mild taste of garlic to your drink, rather delicious and very beneficial.  Garlic promotes the well-being of the heart and immune systems with antioxidant properties and helps maintain healthy blood circulation.  Again you can add a clove of garlic to your infusion with any of the above ingredients.

Fresh Ginger in Herbal TeaGinger  For years I had the habit of having a couple of slices of ginger in hot water every morning.  I loathed to start the day without it.  It is one of the most cleansing drinks I have found.   Ginger can help to decrease nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy, motion sickness, surgery and chemotherapy treatments.  It is believed that the herb helps to increase the production of digestive enzymes and acid, which helps to more quickly break down and empty foods from the stomach. This then decreases feelings of nausea and helps to promote regular bowel function.

Fresh Rosemary in Herbal TeaRosemary whether fresh or dried, is a rich source of minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, manganese, copper, and magnesium.  Just snap off a couple of springs from the garden and infuse in hot water for 5 minutes.  I find this drink very refreshing

 

So go for it, experiement and see what you like.  Use the freshest, wildest herbs you can get your hands on and make the best of what nature has to offer.  Dont worry about all the bits and bobs floating around in the water, they only add to the flavour and remember that if any of your infusions need sweeting use our very finest Provencal Lavender Honey – its divine!

 

 

Lavender Moth Protection

Dont Leave it Too Late

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Fine wool Jumpers to be Protected

I have always been amazed by how many people think Lavender Bags are just for decoration.
NO – Dried Lavender is used in wardrobes because moths, unlike us, loathe the smell of Lavender. Pretty Lavender Bags look great too but the principal use of them is to prevent moths invading and destroying your wardrobe.
The fact that using Lavender Bags leaves your wardrobe smelling divine is simply a wonderful added bonus.

 

 

Why Moths?
Moth larvae feed on a protein called ceratin. Ceratin occurs in natural fibres, and it’s this protein they look for. It’s in wool, cashmere, feathers and human hair and skin. They love to find a quiet, warm and undisturbed fold of fibre in which to lay their eggs in. This can occur in fine wools, cashmeres, silks and sometimes even cottons and linens. They can then feed on skin and hair particles left behind from wearing clothes.
Below are some do’s and don’ts of how to prevent moths from arriving and what to do if you find them in your wardrobe.

 

Moth Damage

What to look out for:

  • Scan your wardrobes and clothes drawers looking for small holes in woollens and silks in particular. Make sure you check thoroughly looking under lapels, underarms and in trouser turn ups.
  • Look also for small white furry patches, about the size of a large pin head slightly resembling a cobweb. This is the lavae about to hatch.
  • Go through your laundry cupboard checking sheets and woollen blankets, especially if you keep your linens in the airing cupboard.

What to do when you find evidence of moths:

  • Clear out all clothing and linens from the wardrobe, chest of drawers or linen cupboard.
  • Vacum thoroughly the space and wash down with soap and water.
  • Soak a couple of drops of our essential Lavender Oil into a duster or cloth and wipe thoroughly the inside of the wardrobe or drawers, taking care to get into the corners and hinges.
  • Any clothing you find with traces of moth damage must be cleaned immediatley. (see below)

 

Cleaning Clothes
The best way to guarantee that your clothes will be safe from future moths is to use a couple of drops of Lavender Oil in the softener compartment of your washing machine or the final rinse of a hand wash. This will impregnate the fibre of your clothing with the scent of Lavender Oil which the moths loathe. This is the single best way to prevent moths taking up residence in your wardrobe.
I use a couple of drops in my washing machine every time I do a clothes wash, whatever it is I am washing. I then know that I have total prevention over moths and don’t have to worry.
And as you can imagine the added benefit is that your wardrobe smells utterly divine.

For items you cannot machine or hand wash take to the dry cleaners. Moths hate the smell of dry cleaning fluids too so this will help the prevention of their return.

 

It is really worth using Lavender Oil when washing your bed sheets whether you have moths or not. You will really notice the difference when making your bed with your freshly washed sheets scented with the divine smell of Lavender. There is not a better bed to get into than one whose sheets have been washed with Lavender Oil.

 

What Not To Do

Never put away any wollens once they have been worn or used on a bed, even only once. This is the single biggest mistake people make. Moths thrive on the skin and hair particles left behind having worn clothing or used bedding. Old sweat and liquid spillages provide a perfect feeding site for the hungry hatchlings. The female clothes moths will find a prime site for their eggs to hatch – the dirtier the better!

 

Lavender Bags Ward off Moths

Good Anti Moth Practice

  • An important rule of thumb is to keep the moths on their toes and don’t give them time to settle and lay eggs. No insect likes to be disturbed. If you see a woollen item in your wardrobe or linen cupboard that has not been worn or used for a while, get it out and give it a once over to check for any signs of thier presence.
  • If you are going to be storing clothes for a long time the use of sealed plastic bags is a good idea. Add a lavender bag into each plastic bag for good measure and when you finally reopen the bag it will smell divine too. Place the bags in plastic containers and then the moths cannot get through.
  • If you buy clothes, bedlinens or rugs from a second hand source always wash them thoroughly before putting them away, whether they are wool or not.
  • Always keep Lavender Bags in your wardrobes, clothes drawers and linen cupboards. Take note to squeeze the lavender bags from time to time to release the scent, which we love and the moths hate.
  • At Celia Lindsell we have designed an extra large lavender bag for use in large wardrobes and airing cupboards. Nestle this amongst blankets and sheets and you will keep the moths at bay
  • Dont forget Men’s wardrobes – It is as important for men to use lavender bags as it is for women. At Celia Lindsell we have designed lavender bags especially for men in regal silks and manculine colours. These fit into the pockets of valuable wool jackets and overcoats helping with the prevention of moths. Remember again to squeeze these lavender bags from time to time to release the scent.

NB
Birds’ nests are often responsible for serious infestations. Ivy-covered houses that provide nesting sites for birds are vulnerable to moths, as are properties where birds can roost in the eaves or even in a loft. The moths then travel down heating pipes and strike out, starting secondary infestations in airing cupboards, wardrobes and under-stairs storage.
Don’t despair, I know it is heart breaking to find cherished items of clothing damaged by moths but there are companies which can repair and alter items of clothing. I have seen contrasting coloured patches used to cover up moth damage that end up looking great. However clothes that have really been badly damaged will have to be thrown away. Just make sure you take the necessary steps above to make sure you prevent moths destroying your clothes again.

 

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