Newsletter August 2014

Nourishment for the Skin

Meadow foam oil received its name because of its resemblance while in bloom to the white foam of the ocean.  The oil is made from the cold pressing of the seeds of the plant Limananthes alba, originally a native of Southern California, Oregon & British Columbia and now grown in New Zealand.

It has wonderful moisturising, softening and rejuvenating properties.  When applied to the skin meadowfoam oil forms a moisture barrier and prevents moisture loss. It has high anti-oxidant properties.   Meadowfoam oil is especially good for dry, chapped or damaged skin and skin exposed to the elements, hence its use in our luscious orange and honey lip balm.

Nourishment for the Soul

How often have we seen a bee without appreciating its wonderful gift to the world?  Apart from playing a vital role in the delicate balance of our ecosystem, bees are symbolic creatures.

In times past the cultivation of honey was a sacred ritual associated with the mother goddess, whose nurturing protection of mankind was symbolised by the abundance of honey provided by the bees.

Bees have signified hard work, industriousness, teamwork, perseverance, charity, selflessness and constancy.  In many cultures bees are a symbol of hope.  The bee and its honey have long been regarded as inspirational.  Poets and singers of old were said to have been touched “by the spirit of the bee.”  Aphrodite worshipped bees as her sacred creatures because they understood how to create the perfect hexagons in their honey comb. Hippocrates was the first to recognise the healing power of honey for wounds, sores and burns.

“Handle a book as a bee does a flower, extract its sweetness but do not damage it.”  John Muir