We grow over 300 plant species at our herb gardens in Derbyshire where we farm 15 acres organically for use in our products. We are inspected and assessed regularly and have been recognized as a ‘Demeter’ certified site.
So we can appreciate first hand how much hard work goes into gardening but also know how satisfying it can be when you see the final result. At Weleda we take that a step further by using the beautiful plants to then continue their journey into fabulous products to then helps us with the gardening and so the cycle continues!
Green products for green fingers
The right tools for the job. We have a range of wonderful products particularly suited to prepare and care for the keen gardener venturing outside. Read on for suggestions and tips including a Nettle Tonic recipe especially for your garden:
It’s all in the preparation!
Before any strenuous physical exertion it’s always sensible to warm up. Take a walk, and do a few stretching exercises before you get out the gardening tools. Gently massaging muscles that will work hard increases the circulation, and to help that along try one of Weleda’s aromatic massage oils. There are 6 to choose from including regenerating Pomegranate, refreshing Citrus, soothing Calendula, relaxing Lavender, nourishing Sea Buckthorn and pampering Wild Rose.
To protect skin from the wind or soothe weathered skin, try Calendula Weather Protection Cream (30ml). This intensive cream, containing almond oil and biodynamically-grown calendula flower extract, is from our Baby range, but it’s not age restrictive!
Handy helpers while gardening
Soothe hard-working hands and feet . . .
Skin Food’s reputation and popularity continues to rise. Use it to smooth and hydrate super-dry skin on hands.
For a lighter everyday cream why not try the Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream – it soaks in really quickly and leaves your hands beautifully soft and smelling like sherbert lemons!
Treating cuts and grazes . . .
Calm that sting . . .
19-16 May was ‘Be Nice To Nettles Week’ to appreciate all the good things that nettles do in the garden, and can offer us humans!
Nettles are high in nutrients (vitamins A, C, D and E and precious minerals calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, phosphorous, sulphur, copper and silica) and make terrific compost (indeed the fresh leaf tips also make a great soup!). So when you are weeding the garden, add the leaves (not the root) to the compost heap and it will improve and enrich your compost. Better still, make a ‘green manure’ or liquid fertilizer as a natural tonic to condition needy plants. Stir some nettle leaves and stalks leaves into tepid rainwater and leave to stew, and sprinkle it over your flower borders and pots. See our recipe below.
Nettles improve garden health in other ways. Their roots break up the soil beautifully, making it light and crumbly, and they attract insects into the garden. They are a favourite food source and hang-out for butterflies and caterpillars, especially the Tortoiseshell butterfly.
The word 'nettle' is derived from the Anglo-Saxon noedl meaning a needle - referring to the nettle’s stinging leaves. Each sting is actually a hollow hair stiffened by silica with a swollen base that contains a chemical. The tip of this hair is very brittle and when brushed against, no matter how lightly, it breaks off exposing a sharp point that delivers its sting.
Nettles aren’t just good for your garden, they are also useful in natural medicine. Urtica urens (the Annual or Small Nettle) has a long tradition of use for many ailments in Western herbalism, and is still highly valued today. The herb is an excellent remedy for many types of skin rashes, and is particularly beneficial in the treatment of urticaria and for relief of itchy conditions such as prickly heat, especially when used in a soothing cream.
Weleda grow organic nettles in their biodynamic herb gardens in Derbyshire, as a key ingredient in Weleda’s famous natural Combudoron Lotion* (50ml). It is made with extract of Urtica urens to tackle the itchy painful swelling of minor burns, scalds and insect bites. The lotion also contains organic arnica extract, famous for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Weleda’s neat 50ml bottle is easy to store in the medicine cabinet and very economical – dilute one 5ml spoonful in a cupful (200ml) of boiled, cooled water, to make a cooling compress. Or apply a dab or two undiluted for painful insect bites – ideal for nasty horsefly bites.
Weleda’s nettle-arnica combo also comes in a handy ready-diluted Combudoron Spray* (30ml) to blitz insect bites if you are at the beach, in the countryside or picnicking in the park. It provides rapid relief of insect bites to ease pain and irritation. The handy pump action means there is no need to rub into the affected area, just simply spray on. For all ages.
*Always read the label.
NETTLE TONIC RECIPE
Half fill a container with nettles, then fill to the top with water and cover with chicken wire or a similar material. This keeps the plants under the surface of the water. The flow of air must not be impeded. Give the mixture a stir at least once a day. This mixes oxygen into the liquid, which is essential to the survival of the bacteria breaking down the plants. Within a few days, the bubbling liquid turns dark and starts to smell foul. This signals that fermentation is in full swing. You can improve the smell by adding rosemary. The warmer the weather, the quicker this is made. After about a week it is time to sieve the liquid. The liquid fertilizer cannot be used immediately after fermentation. It is concentrated and contains large amounts of nitrogen and potash. So that it does not burn sensitive plants, the fertilizer must be diluted with water about 1:10. If it is to be used for very sensitive plants, you can dilute it up to 1:20. When ready, you can apply the fertilizer using either a watering can or sprayer.
Relieve aches and pains . . .
The Alpine plant Arnica is an important ingredient when dealing with aches and pains. Try Weleda Massage Balm with Arnica (50ml or 100ml)* or Arnica Ointment (25g)* to assist with bruises, sprains, muscular aches and pains. You can use them to warm up before a heavy session in the garden or afterwards to ease stiffness.
*Always read the label
. . . and then relax
After a day in the garden it’s time for a therapeutic soak. Take your pick from:
Pine Reviving Bath Milk - soothes the senses and encourages taut muscles to relax.
Chestnut Toning Bath Soak - Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) and arnica to loosen taut muscles, improve circulation and ease tired limbs.
Lavender Relaxing Bath Milk - helps unwind mentally and physically in preparation for a well-earned sleep.
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