The wellbeing benefits of flowers with Liz Earle
“Flowers have been a running theme throughout my life, starting as a small child helping my father in his greenhouse, which is really where my passion and love of plants developed,” says Liz. “Since then and throughout my career, be it working in beauty, writing books, or researching natural health remedies, the botanical theme has remained strong and consistent.”
Visiting Our Sustainable English Farm
Liz came to visit our sustainable English flower farm in Hampshire last summer and created the feature ‘Meet The Flower Farmer’ in the current issue of the Liz Earle Wellbeing magazine. “Simply put, the farm is little piece of heaven. I found the experience of walking around with Rosebie, deciding on the flowers and foliage that would be used in our collaboration, the Wellbeing Bouquet, such a pleasure and hugely inspirational. I especially loved the wild flower meadow provided for the bees who work so hard pollinating the crops,” says Liz. “It was also here that we photographed the picnic feast for the summer 2018 issue of Liz Earle Wellbeing magazine. I was impressed with the way that every detail on the farm has been thought through and the great lengths taken to provide such beautiful, environmentally friendly flowers.”
Designing the Wellbeing Bouquet
The flowers and herbs in the Wellbeing Bouquet have been carefully selected to lift your spirits, soothe your senses and impart a true sense of joy.
Scented Pink Roses
First up are scented pink garden roses, one of Liz’s favourite wellbeing blooms. All the roses we grow on our sustainable UK and Kenyan farms are scented: “The smell of the roses, one of my favourite wellbeing blooms, is breathtaking and their beauty is beyond compare,” says Liz. Roses have so many uses in the kitchen, beauty and wellbeing. We love this recipe from Liz for Rose Petal Milk Bath and this Watermelon and Feta Salad with Rose Vinaigrette is perfect for summer.
Liz describes lavender as being a true classic when it comes to wellbeing: “The smell of lavender is just incredible and it’s been shown to help calm the brain. It’s the perfect aroma to help you switch off at night,” says Liz.
Rosemary is used in aromatherapy to help alleviate stress. “Rosemary is stimulating, energising and cleansing,” says Liz. “It has also been proved to help sharpen the brain.”
Liz has visited our farm in Kenya as well as our English farm so has seen first hand that the farm operates according to the highest possible social and environmental criteria By growing in Kenya we can also grow completely naturally without the need for artificial light or heat.
Flowers to Bring You Joy
“Flowers really do bring us so much and there’s plenty of research to show that simply having flowers around us can have a positive impact on our wellbeing,” says Liz. “A 2008 study, for example, found that a group of hospital patients in the US who had flowers in their room felt less anxious, were more positive about their potential for recovery and needed less post-operative care than patients without plants. I still find that there’s no better way to reset my body and mind than a walk around the garden, losing myself in the beauty of nature – and I still find great joy in seeing those first shoots emerging in the greenhouse.”
WIN a prize worth over £130
We’ve teamed up with Liz Earle Wellbeing to offer you the chance to win the new Wellbeing Bouquet plus a signed copy of the Liz Earle Wellbeing Yearbook Volume 2. Click here to enter now.
You can shop for the Wellbeing Bouquet here.