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Start unknown. Finish unforgettable.

After 3 months on the road, 11 countries, 1000’s wonderful people and learning a million new things my Global Garden journey has come to an end. Or maybe that’s just another word for a new beginning.When I started this journey, people asked me what my expectations were for the trip. My reply, was that honestly, I only had one. And that was to grow. A lot. It’s the things I found unimaginable, that have now become unforgettable. Sydney/Australia – Beeing the solution In Sydney, I met with the incredible Alyson from Bee Ecology and together we made a bee hotel – a safe zone to welcome native bees into any backyard, balcony or farm. As we worked Alyson taught me about the importance of pollinators. If pollinators disappear, we will all get stung. Pollination is vital to plants, to pollinators, to humans. Without it plants can’t reproduce. If we don’t give bees a safe home in a biodiverse environment, they can’t give one back to us. The lessons Alyson taught me was something I was …

Power berries packed with sunshine

Visiting Weleda’s fair-trade partner for Sea Buckthorn, the super food bursting with Vitamin C and immunity boosting powers. Today I walked through the fields of San Mario, in Bibonna, Tuscany I met a tough little berry – Sea buckthorn. This little orange ball of energy thrives on sunshine, is packed with Vitamin C and has an invigorating effect on our vitality. The growing conditions here in Tuscany are ideal – the soil is nourished with compost and the long hours of sunshine give the Sea Buckthorn the light it needs to build its vitamin complexes. We can learn a lot about resilience and determination from Sea Buckthorn. It is a stubborn plant, penetrating its root system sometimes 12m deep into the rocky Tuscan soil thriving in even the toughest of terrains. It’s a survivor with its own built in defense mechanisms and water saving tricks which makes it flourish without needing much nourishment from the land. The only thing Sea Buckthorn needs is sunlight – and plenty of it! It’s these qualities that makes us …

Feeding the soul – in Italy

The ancient Romans used aromatic essences to connect religiously and spiritually. These days, modern day Italians and people world-over use essential oils to open the mind, enhance spiritual connections and invite inspiration. Scientific research reveals the power of essential oils as an anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, anti-stress, antioxidant, antimicrobial, and analgesic. But this is just the start of their healing qualities beyond the physical. My beautiful host Valentina provided me with a very special essential oil aromatic experience so I could spiritually connect again after my 3-month journey and to also give me the creative inspiration for my last botanical drawing – a gift I leave in each country after they have opened their doors and lives to me. To enable the connection Valentina laid out a range of essential oils very cleverly removing the labels so we had to choose with our spirit, not our minds. ‘The essential oil chooses you.” Valentina said. “They know what your body needs.” I selected the gentle yet energizing oil, mandarin. The power of this essential oil being to connect …

Feeding the mind – in Italy

Our body digests our thoughts just as much as the foods we eat. Health isn’t just about how much exercise we do, what we eat or what products we use. What we are thinking, saying and believing is just as important for our wellbeing. So, question for you… how do you talk to yourself? Are you your own biggest cheerleader? Or biggest critic? Science shows that our bodies digest the power of our thoughts as readily as the food we eat. I’ve only personally learnt this lesson recently, but when you speak to yourself like you would a friend it’s amazing the change we can bring to our lives. Being your own number one supporter doesn’t scream NARCISSIST, its actually the quickest way to achieve a healthy mind, body and spirit. Still not convinced? Then maybe you might believe the Big Apple Experiment. Have you heard of the Big Apple Experiment? It took the internet by storm in 2016. It claimed to demonstrate how our negative thoughts can have a serious impact on our minds …

Feeding your body – in Italy

Healthy living starts on the inside. And I don’t think there is a better place on the planet than Italy to teach us how to feed our mind, body and soul. Italian art, music, design, fashion and food are part of day to day life here and the very culture itself revolves around beauty, love, passion and sensuality — all the good things that feed our body, mind and the soul. Feeding the Body – with Eco MasterChef Claudio Di Dio Italians don’t just value quality ingredients, they value quality of life. The best Italian dishes are prepared with simple, fresh, whole foods. There’s no such thing as fast food here… every bite is eaten slowly, consciously savoring the senses exploding with flavors and the company you are enjoying it with. It’s no wonder Italian food is one of the most loved cuisines in the world when you think of all the love that goes into it. And no one puts more love into his cooking that Claudio Di Dio, Eco Chef at BistròBiò, a …

The Weleda Top 10 – A beautician’s best of the best

Who knows the range better than a Weleda beautician. I asked Míša what her top products are. Knowing what products are right for us can be challenging stuff. That’s why I thought I’d go straight to the expert – Míša, a Weleda beautician at the Prague Weleda salon and shop and ask her what are her top 10 products and why. “Weleda is certified natural cosmetics that cares for the skin without burdening it. Because it’s made from plants, it allows the skin to breathe freely and does not clog the pores, it does not contain mineral oils and respects the environment.” Míša – Weleda beautician Míša‘s Top 10 “To build the suspense I’ll do the beauty countdown to my number one product.” Míša – Weleda beautician 10) After sun milk To get started, I love the After Sun Milk after sunbathing. It’s a hot new feature in our Weleda assortment. I adore its refreshing smell! It reminds me of summer and holiday time. It has Aloe Vera which calms the skin after sunbathing while …

Benefits of wild birch

There’s a life lesson we can learn from the wild cultivated birch forest in South Bohemia – that all good things should be left to grow wild and free. I toured the natural Birch forests of South Bohemia in the Czech Republic with Leonard Taraba, the head of the family-run company that focuses on the wild collection of the young Birch leaves. These are used for the production of high quality extracts used worldwide in Weleda’s natural cosmetics and juices. The reason why Leonard and his team are able to extract such high quality raw materials is by their ecologically- friendly processing methods, environmentally clean localities and to healthy respect for nature. Their motto “in harmony with nature”. Benefits of Birch Birch is a silvery barked, leafy tree which is well-known for its restorative properties. Soviet countries have had a long appreciation for the medicinal power of this plant and folk healers used Birch for centuries for its diuretic effects, to assist the dissolving of kidney stones and also to treat gout and rheumatoid arthritis. …

2 product, 2 minute home facial

Massage is just as beneficial for our face as our bodies, but the morning rush sometimes makes us forget this. Did you know that massage is just as important for our face as the products we use? I didn‘t but that’s what I’ve been learning this week at the Weleda Salon in Prague, Czech Republic -where I was lucky enough too experience a 90 minute skin retreat at the very talented hands of Weleda Beautician Míša. As we both know full well, no-one has 90 minutes to devote to their skin every morning. So we though we would show you how to do your facial – in  2 minute with 2 products – easy! “In our hectic time, we need to think about how much time we devote to ourselves. And to realize that how we feel inside unfolds on our skin.”  Míša Products we will be using: Don’t worry, there isn’t a a million products you need to be using! Just two. We’re keeping this simple to get you out the door asap. How …

Green makeup masterclass with eco makeup artist Lou Dartford

60% of anything we put on our skin gets absorbed into our bodies. Cleaning up our beauty bag is as important as our detoxifying our diet. I was lucky enough to attend the MUA Cleaner Beauty Masterclass with London makeup artists for the launch of Weleda’s new BB creams and Wild Rose facial range. I was even luckier still to be the model for eco makeup artist Lou Dartford as she showed the range off to a room full of London based make-up artists by creating a live demonstration of a natural, bridal beauty look on little old me. Weleda Wellness Advisor, Caroline Burke also spoilt me rotten with a Wild Rose facial whilst she taught the makeup artists about natural skincare. “I think clean beauty is about being conscious – being aware of what you’re using. Ask yourself… What’s in it Where does it come from? Is it ethical? Do the companies treat people fairly? How does the company care for the planet? Weleda Wellness Advisor, Caroline Burke Lou transitioned her very impressive makeup …

The growing place – The Field, Weleda UK

As I walked around the Weleda Gardens with Head Gardener Claire Hatterley, you can’t help but realise that nature is the teacher here. I was lucky enough to be shown around one of Weleda UK’s biodynamic gardens ‘The Field’ by Head Gardener, Claire Hattersley. Claire has tended these 13 hectares of land for over 20 years. Not only did she tour me around the meadows and crops she describes more as a ‘nature reserve’ than a garden, she also invited me to learn about biodynamic agriculture first hand – helping the team plant a new field of Calendula. I chatted Claire about how she grew a nature reserve, in the very meadow it all started. Growing a nature reserve “This meadow was actually grown 15 years ago by myself and a team. We trod the land with our boots, not with mechanical rollers.” “Machinery didn’t do it, people did it.” “And this become the seeding meadow for all the other meadows is on the site. And now our local wildlife trust is taking our seeds …