The Healing Power of Nature

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    As we change seasons from summer to autumn, the weather is colder, windier, and wetter. While the leaves fall from the trees, I always feel a little sad that summer is over and we are approaching winter, especially this year which could be quite a difficult one with restrictions still in place.

    Nature is intelligent, a force of good signifying rebirth and rejuvenation. An overwhelming mystery that most us will amble through life not taking much notice of until when we are faced with adversity, we then become more aware of our own insignificance.

    The consistency of the changing seasons is reassuring in an uncertain world and can give us the stability we crave. Nature and the changes taking place can be very therapeutic. Research shows that paying closer attention to nature and natural surroundings can significantly improve our mental health. In the days not so long ago of our one hour exercise a day many of us repeated familiar walks and in the period from March to June noticed with more awareness the changes in our environment taking place around us.

    Gardening, the act of nurturing and caring for something as small as a window box or a pot plant can be very satisfying and relaxing. Learning more about plants and their therapeutic benefits and watching something you have cared for grow and flourish can be so rewarding. Spending time outdoors is known to improve your mood but being aware and mindful of what is happening around you is more about the moment than the time spent outside.

    The language of nature is to give life, without nature we would not survive. So as the seasons change so to do our bodies and we should be turning to nature more for its healing properties. When the weather is more challenging, we pull out the warmer clothes and start to eat comforting foods our skin is becoming more dehydrated as humidity levels drop and the heating goes on. Using natural, hydrating skincare such as face masks, nourishing face creams, serums and rich body creams your skin will respond and transform bringing back a healthy, dewy glow.

    When choosing natural skincare visualise all the natural ingredients chosen for their physical and psychological properties filling your pot. My last adventure was a trip to Arizona researching the healing plants of the Sonoran Desert. One such plant in its natural habitat was the jojoba, A little known fact is that the pH of a jojoba plant matches human pH closer than anything else. The oil comes from the nut of the female plant. The female plants produce seed from flowers pollinated by the male plants. Jojoba is a natural conditioner, hydrating and soothing with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The leaf is a natural analgesic. Seeing the jojoba growing in such arid conditions and knowing that I apply it most days in my routine skincare was reassuring knowing that nature is the creator of reproduction enabling us not only to survive but also to thrive.

    You do not have to travel as far as the desert to find plants used in your skincare. Some examples include Rosemary, a natural preservative with antimicrobial, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that can help to cleanse and tone the skin. Lavender is calming and can also enhance blood circulation relieving muscular aches.
    Sunflower oil helps to soothe and nourish the skin, rich in antioxidants due to its Vitamin E content it can also help to heal the skin.

    So next time you apply your face cream or serum check the ingredients. The colder weather, wind, and pollution at this time of year damage the skin. Use nature as it is intended to heal, rejuvenate both your body and your mind. Each day is a unique gift, so be surprised when you open your eyes, notice colour, nature, the sky and let others be touched by your presence.

    Go in search of all the wonderful natural ingredients in skincare. Our most recommended Gaia products are:

    • Cleansing Balm a rich and nourishing cleanser to effectively remove make up and impurities whilst deeply
      cleansing the skin.
    • Face Mask (new launch)
    • Face Serum a vitamin-rich-oil-based serum to deeply moisturise and protect the skin.
    • Sleep Body Butter a rich body butter to deeply hydrate the skin during your sleep whilst your body is naturally
      repairing itself.
    • Awakening Body Cream an exceptionally rich cream to deeply moisturise the skin.

    Diane Nettleton

    Founder of Gaia Skincare a natural award-winning brand. Diane is passionate about wellbeing. With over 30 years of experience in hospitality she sees spa as an extension of caring and nurturing guests. The Gaia Skincare brand was launched 4 years ago at its flagship Gaia Spa, Devon and currently partners with 10 spas nationwide.

    “Inspired by Gaia, the ancient Greek goddess known as mother nature, Gaia natural skincare products are handmade in Britain using traditional production methods.

    Blending the finest ingredients, plant actives and essential oils, Gaia products are full of intention and integrity. Created to nourish and nurture, Gaia is led by the brand philosophy, Your Wellness, Naturally.

    The Gaia skincare range features three collections made with Gaia’s Awakening, Balancing and Calming blends. Each Gaia product shares a secret ingredient – the Gaia Elixir. The crystal elixir links back to ancient wellness traditions where citrine is used to treat the solar plexus chakra. Created with a bespoke blend of macerated and infused oils, combined with the vibrational and healing benefits of a citrine crystal, the intention being to aid emotional balance.

    Each ingredient has been chosen for its beneficial properties for the body and mind, how it will make you feel and what the ingredient will do. Made with natural and organic ingredients Gaia products do not contain parabens, sulphates, synthetic colours, or fragrances.

    Gaia products are approved under the Cruelty Free International Leaping Bunny programme, the internationally recognisable gold standard for cruelty free products, and are also registered with The Vegan Society.”

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