“Flowers bring joy, can fill a room with colour and fragrance and symbolise love, friendships, happiness and healing. Different scents can evoke memories of an important day, one true love and a lasting friendship,” says Carolyn Stubbins, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Perfect Potion.
“They smell divine and have wonderful effects on us emotionally and have amazing benefits to our skin including properties such as healing, soothing and rejuvenation.”
Stubbins, who is also a herbalist, aromatherapist and beauty therapist, has put her expertise and flower knowledge together to create these healing floral waters which you can re-create at home…
* Lavender and myrrh healing toner
A healing, antiseptic and gentle astringent for oily blemished skin.
DIY: Mix 1.5 (30 drops) myrrh tincture with100ml lavender water and store in a clean bottle.
* Gentle rose tonic
A calming and soothing freshener for sensitive or irritated skin.
DIY: Mix two drops blue chamomile essential oil with 10 drops essential oil solubiliser. Add 85ml rosewater and 15ml aloe vera juice. Pour into a clean bottle, shake well and store in the fridge.
* Flower and juice skin toner
A soothing and cooling toner for sensitive and combination skin.
DIY: Mix together 80ml orange flower water and 20ml aloe vera juice. Store in a clean bottle and keep in the fridge.
* Pure rose skin liquid
A hydrating skin tonic for dry and mature skins.
DIY: Add five drops of rose absolute to 10 drops essential oil solubiliser. Add 100ml rosewater and shake to disperse the ingredients. Store in a clean bottle.
“Flower Essences capture the healing qualities of a particular flower and work internally, dissolving stress and tension from within, to enhance inner vitality, energy levels and wellbeing,” says Leanne T. Lovatt, Founder of Heritage Healers.
“They can counteract negative emotions, lift your mood and rejuvenate your looks. Emotional imbalances such as stress directly affect the skin. Problems such as acne, pimples, dehydration, lines and wrinkling are manifested,” she says. “When taken orally (a few drops are placed under the tongue), the flower essence enters the bloodstream, helping to create a balance and harmony in the body’s energy systems. An internal balance and harmony mean a decrease in fatigue and stress levels, all of which affect the skin.”
“Because of their ethereal nature, the essences are instantly drawn to any place where vibrational imbalance exists. These areas act like a sponge, soaking up the essences’ healing energy. Re-balancing occurs as toxicity, in the form of disharmonious frequencies, is flushed from the system.”
“Flower essences are totally safe and free from any side effects,” she says. “They’re a perfect complement to natural healing therapies, particularly aromatherapy, massage and acupressure, enhancing their effectiveness in relieving symptoms and speeding the rate of recovery.”
“Pure extracts from flowers have emotive and therapeutic benefits,” says Annie Rogers, aromatherapist for Perfect Potion. Here she identifies the perfect properties of these beauty-full botanicals in skincare…
rose: Rose oil has excellent hydrating, softening and emollient properties which are ideal for dry, sensitive and aging skins. It also has the ability to work as a tonic and astringent on broken capillaries, whilst reducing redness and inflammation to the skin.
jasmine: This sweet-smelling flower is exceptional in skin care, especially in winter when skin can become dry, due to the weather and heating. Just a few drops of jasmine oil will make skin feel totally blissful.
chamomile: Chamomile is soothing, calming and anti-inflammatory whether it’s used in skin preparations or sipped as herbal tea. Chamomile is also valuable in treating skin problems such as flaky, dry, itching skin, especially eczema, dermatitis, or even psoriasis problems.
geranium: Geranium oil has been widely used in the cosmetic industry, not just for its aroma, but also for its balancing effect on the production of sebum, making it perfect for oily or dry skin.
lavender: Lavender is useful in treating skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis, and has been successful in soothing, and healing burns, with its antiseptic and analgesic properties.
calendula: The calendula flower blossom is well known for its anti-inflammatory wound healing properties. The oil extracts, flavanoids, and saponins are the key constituents in aiding skin repair and promote healing.
“Giving flowers is a way of conveying how you feel about someone and the emotion that you associate with them,” Saskia Havekes owner of Grandiflora. “Sending flowers can make someone feel special and show that you have made a concerted effort to show that you care. Flowers are like a secret language whereby the sender and recipient can understand the underlying message.”
“We don’t obey the traditional meanings of flowers at Grandiflora, we tend to view flowers as a message through the style that they convey,” says Havekes. “For example, red roses mean to us richness and depth, white lilies elegance and style, Phalenopsis orchids are sophisticated and represent a simple, subtle perfection in their symmetry and flawlessness. Flowers convey more of a mood through their tone and colours. They also mean different things to different people – most particularly by their smell.”
“Sending flowers can also improve the spirit and general ambience of an environment and change the mood of a space depending on the choice of flowers. Flowers are like an evolving art work as they never stay stagnant, as they unfold to become a different shape and texture.”