It’s a dreary March day here in Durham, but there are only a few more weeks before we can begin to enjoy a new Spring season. Recently we got a glimpse of Spring with 70 degree temperatures in February and it made me look forward to the 2 days of Spring we get here in NC before the Summer heat sets in!
All joking aside, I’m excited to get plants in the ground and I look forward to the feeling of the sun on my back as I tend my garden.
Here at Vesta, gardening and soaping go hand in hand. Nature provides us with many beneficial plants that can be incorporated into soap, salves, bath soaks, etc, but today I want to focus on Chamomile and Rose. These two plants are commonly used in bath and body products, so let’s take a quick look at some of their benefits. There are multiple benefits to both of these plants in teas and in aromatherapy situations, but I want to highlight a few reasons why I use them to infuse Vesta’s skin care products.
Benefits of Rose:
Antibacterial – Rose makes an ideal ingredient in cleansers for acne and acne prone skin.
Anti-inflammatory – Rose oils can held reduce redness on your skin helping soothe ailments like rosacea and eczema.
Vitamin C – Rose contains high amounts of vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant. Vitamin C can help protect skin cells from damage.
Moisturizing – Rose oil helps lock moisture into the skin.
Relaxing – Aromatically, rose calms.
Tones – Rose is a natural astringent. It can help tighten pores and restore suppleness to skin without drying, unlike alcohol based toners.
Benefits of Chamomile:
- Antibacterial – Like Rose, it is a great cleanser for all skin including acne prone skin.
- Anti-fungal – Can help soothe skin rashes including those caused by fungus
- Anti-inflammatory – Like Rose, can help soothe irritations
- Hypoallergenic – It is considered a hypoallergenic herb meaning the beneficial properties can be enjoyed by most people. There are always exceptions, but it is a very gentle herb.
Gardener’s Salve – Infused with Vesta’s herbal blend of Calendula, Lavender, Chamomile, Rosemary, and Rose, this salve will soothe the driest, chapped skin.
Stay Balanced Liquid Soap – Vesta’s Vegan Liquid Soap scented with a blend of Lavender and Rosemary essential oils that will help you re-center and stay balanced.
Organic Herb Seeds – Seeds included: Organic Chamomile, Organic Oregano, and Organic Parsley. I purchased these seeds at The Durham Garden Center on Hillsborough Rd. in Durham.
Moje Hammarberg Rose Bush – Old fashioned Rugosa Rose Bush from Witherspoon Rose Culture on Garrett Rd. in Durham. No all roses are suitable for herbal infusions, which is why I am including a Rugosa in this giveaway. This bush should never need to be sprayed with chemicals and will produce lovely red rose hips after the bloom cycle is done. (Rose will come as a bareroot and can be planted in the ground or a large container. Rose bloom is shown in picture frame so you can see what a Moje Hammarberg looks like.)
How Do I Enter?
- Like our Facebook Page
- Follow Us on Instagram
- Tag a person you think would also love our products on either the Facebook or Instagram Giveaway Post (look for the prize package photo)
If you win, you get the prize package and anyone you tag will receive a Stay Balanced Liquid Soap and a Salve.
Other Important Details:
- You may tag up to 3 people to gain 3 entries into the contest.
- Winner will be chosen by a random generator on March 16th.
- WINNER MUST BE ABLE TO PICKUP IN DURHAM THE WEEK OF MARCH 19-23.
- Winner will be contacted March 17th to arrange a pickup date.
Have questions about the giveaway? Email Kelley@vestasapothecary.com.
This post is meant to inform you about my reasoning behind using specific herbs in products. I am not a qualified physician and this information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.