7 Amazing Skin and Health Benefits of Rosemary

Rosemary has been used by cooks and apothecaries since ancient times to enhance the flavours of everyday food and set tastes buds alight. Also known as ‘Dew of the Sea’,  (derived from Latin ros marinus) it has a reputation for strengthening memory. In times past, brides and grooms wore a sprig of Rosemary as an emblem of fidelity. It was once burned in sick rooms to purify the air. I read recently that in Mediterranean countries, fresh linen was dried on a bed of rosemary to help repel moths. Oh happy days, don’t tell anyone but I  have mothophobia, scurred to death of moths (yes that’s a real word) and so I will be making some rosemary water and spritzing my bed sheets every night!

So let’s get to the 7 amazing skin and health benefits of this wonderful herb.

  1. It is high in antioxidants and is known to increase the skin’s elasticity and reduce age spots.
  2. Rosemary contains essential oils and compounds such as phenolic acids which are known to protect cells from oxidative stress. They also have anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antiseptic properties. Skin types that benefit from rosemary are – oily, acne prone, mature and sun-damaged. (source)
  3. It also promotes hair growth and is known to leave your locks looking glossy.
  4. This wonder herb is rich in B-complex vitamins such as folate and riboflavin. And Vitamins A, C and E.
  5. Add to the list minerals and nutrients like calcium, potassium and magnesium as well as omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids.
  6. Has a relaxing effect on the respiratory and digestive system.
  7. Medical studies have also shown that Rosemary stimulates the memory. and is also mood enhancing thus helps to relieve stress.(source)

Rosemary Toner

  • A couple of sprigs of Rosemary
  • Container with a spritzer

How to

Put your rosemary in a pot. Add water. Bring to the Boil. Leave to Cool. Strain the liquid into your container. Store in a cool place. Easy peasy!

Rosemary is a potent and powerful herb and makes for a delicious cuppa. However, if you are preggers then it is best to avoid.

To kickstart your immune system and help you put a pep in your step, make a cup of this gorge tea.


  • A sprig of Rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons of honey.
  • Squeeze of Lemon


  1. Tear up about a tablespoon of fresh rosemary leaves.
  2. Juice a lemon.
  3. Add to a pot with about two cups of water.
  4. Bring to the boil, then allow it to rest and cool.
  5. Strain the tea and simply add honey to sweeten.

Live strong, be confident and happy!

**NB**If you are pregnant avoid Rosemary tea. As always, herbs and spices can be potent healers. Use in moderation. Consult your doctor if you are on blood pressure meds or blood thinners. Otherwise enjoy.

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7 Amazing Ways Turmeric ‘The Wonder Spice’ Will improve your Skin and Health!

Turmeric has numerous skin and health benefits with over 6000 peer-reviewed articles published. This makes it one of the most talked about spices on the medical and natural health net. Want to know why it is so good for your skin and health? Well, it contains a powerful compound curcumin, renowned for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiviral properties. And that’s just the start. I’ve put together some of my favourite beauty and health concoctions to help you improve your natural beauty regimen.


1. Acne Skin Mask

Turmeric is proved to reduce inflammation and help clear the skin. Simply –debs zen beauty

  • add a 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp white flour
  • 1 tbsp natural yoghurt
  • 2 tsp honey (great for mopping up excess oil)
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice (omit if you have cuts or sores on the face)
  • Mix well. Then using a foundation brush or your fingers apply over your face. Leave to dry for 20 mintues. Remove with a hot (not too hot though) face cloth.
  • Then do your normal cleanse tone and moisturise routine. Your skin will sing after this fab mask.

2. It also helps calm Psoriasis and Eczema

It is also a complementary treatment for people who suffer from skin conditions such as Eczema and Psoriasis. For a calming face poultice,

Mix a 1/4 teaspoon of Turmeric to 1 Cup of Warm Milk. Allow milk to then cool.  The best way to apply is to simply soak some cotton discs into the mixture and dab on to your skin. Allow it to dry, then rinse with tepid water. Finish cleaning it off with a creamy cleanser, tone with rosewater and apply your moisturizer. This mask can help reduce angry redness, inflammation and soothe the skin.

3. Natures Anti-Inflammatory

I am allergic to medicinal anti-inflammatories, which can be a nuisance if you have arthritis or muscular pain and swelling. After doing some research on natural anti-inflammatories, I stumbled across some great articles on Turmeric and its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. So I decided to give it a whirl.

What I do is heat up some milk. I apply a teaspoon of ground turmeric, a pinch of nutmeg and a heaped teaspoon of honey to taste. I love it and it is so palatable and comforting. I take it when the aul joints get a bit creaky and I must say it works for me. Natural remedies are truly powerful and there is also some pain relieving properties in turmeric. It’s not something I would do every day, only on days or weeks I’m feeling particularly bad. This is well worth a try, particularly if you suffer from arthritis or joint pain.

4. Itchy, Flaky Scalp?

Do you suffer from dandruff? Well would you believe, you can make a hair mask using turmeric and olive oil. All you have to do is –

Apply a teaspoon of the yellow wonder spice to about two teaspoons of olive oil. Massage into your scalp and leave on for about 15 minutes. Next, add about a capful of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (optional) to, two capfuls of shampoo and wash your hair thoroughly. Guaranteed glossy non-flaky locks!

5. Anti-Aging Properties

Turmeric can also be used as an exfoliator and it has powerful anti-aging properties. It is also a very cost-effective skin treatment and I would recommend using this at least once per week at night time only.  The method is simple –

I use about a half teaspoon (use a quarter if you’re very pale) of turmeric, two teaspoons of gram flour (made from chickpeas and found in any good health food store).  Slowly add water until it becomes a paste. Next, moisten your skin, then gently exfoliate with the paste. Rinse off with warm water and follow your usual nighttime beauty regime.

6. Ginger & Turmeric Vitality Shot

This one is a zinger, especially if you work out a lot or you feel your immune system needs a boost.  The combined ingredients have anti-inflammatory, immune boosting, anti-viral and detoxifying properties. I’ll have one of those thanks. All you have to do is juice,

  • An inch of Root Ginger,
  • A good pinch (2 tsps) of turmeric
  • 1 whole lemon (for the zing factor)
  • And why not sprinkle a bit of black pepper just for an added kick.

7. Warm and Citrusy Turmeric Tea.

As a result of its many medicinal values, sipping a cup of delicious turmeric tea may help ease headaches, alleviate depression, get rid of heartburn and calm down stomach problems. It’s worked for me with regard to my IBS. It settles the spasms and improves the quality of my bathroom usage (ahem!). It sounds spicy, but believe me, this delicious tea is soothing and satisfying. Give it a go.

The recipe is simple to make – You will need; 2 cups of water, 1 inch of turmeric root (or 2 tsp ground turmeric), cinnamon stick, a pinch of sea salt,  slice up an orange, honey, and lemon wedges.

Method – Add water to the pot and bring to the boil, add peeled ginger, your turmeric, cinnamon and sliced orange to boiling water. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain into a large mug. Add a generous helping of honey and a squeeze of lemon to finish. Sit, sip and enjoy!

I’d love to hear your thoughts and questions, so sound off in the comment box below!!

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Tea recipe inspired from nutritionstripped.com

Statistics courtesy of Dr. Axe

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5 Age Defying Skin Tips

5 Age Defying Skin Care tips.

Are you over 40? Do you wake up each morning to pluck out a grey hair or worse, use a magnifying mirror to examine your wrinkles? Do you try every anti-ageing skin care brand on the market and wonder, why does this cream NOT do what it says on the jar?

Seriously though, as women, we are always looking for ways to hold back the inevitable signs of age. And, if like me, you are going through the menopause, you will be more than aware of how all the hormonal shifts you experience wreak havoc on your skin. Not only does it reduce collagen production, which leads to the breakdown of the skin’s elasticity, it also causes pigmentation and hyperpigmentation problems. If that’s not bad enough, your skin cell renewal rate slows down dramatically, and all these changes can leave our faces looking a little lack luster and looser than before. Ugh! So how do you combat this? When it comes to the skin, let me introduce you to five neat little tricks to help improve its outward appearance and control and slow down the aging process.

Steam and Exfoliate.

1. For the steam, add a bunch of fresh sage (which contains magical anti-aging properties) into a glass bowl. Steam like you did back in the day with a towel over your head and your face about 11 inches away from the bowl. Steaming releases essential oils from the sage into the skin, opens pores, encourages lymphatic drainage and stimulates blood flow. While your skin is still damp, apply your exfoliator. Use your fingertips to move it around your skin. Doing this removes dead cells, which in turn promotes the renewal of new skin cells and will improve the tone and texture of your skin. I recommend the Gentle Face Exfoliator by Liz Earle.

Tone and Serum

2. Appling toner to your skin helps to stimulate the blood flow which further acts to brighten your skin. Skin tonics such as rosewater and lavender water are easy and cheap to purchase. Next, apply a serum jam-packed with nutrients that will help speed up cell regeneration and improve the overall appearance of your skin. My all-time favourite Clarins Double Serum. It is powered by 20 plant extracts that help reactivate the skins vital functions. It speeds up regeneration and ultimately reduces the signs of ageing and serves to add a brightening boost to your skin. Forget new shoes, I want new skin.

Moisturise Day and Night.

3. Moisturising both day and night is essential. Treating your skin with creams that are rich in antioxidants will help protect your skin. Look for products containing Vitamin A and C, resveratrol (found in black grapes) and green tea as these products are steeped in antioxidants. The Body Shop’s Root’s of Strength Essence Lotion is amazing. Inspired by Chinese Medicine it has three power root extract ingredients that help improve the skin’s elasticity. You can use it daily as a moisturiser. I would also recommend investing in an additional night cream for an added boost of nutrition and I absolutely love The Body Shop’s Oils for Life Sleeping Cream.

Foundation and Illuminate

4. As we mature, it’s important to think about the products you put on your skin. Use a foundation that will protect, moisturise and brighten your skin. Avoid oil-free or mattifying formulae as these may dry out or dull your skin. Clarins SOS primers are absolutely fabulous and give your skin an instant glow. My personal fave’s for mature skin are the pigment corrector and skin blur. Worth The investment. When it come’s to foundations I’m mad about MAC’s Mineralise Foundation or YSL’s La Teint Touche Eclat. They are both brightening and illuminating for your skin. Both formulae are creamy and light, yet buildable and leave your skin looking radiant.

Lips and lipstick

5. Don’t forget to treat your lips. The nose to lip lines (nasolabial folds) like the eyes, is first to reveal the tell-tale signs of ageing. They also seem to be an area we tend to neglect and shouldn’t. To treat this area, I highly recommend applying a lip cream in addition to your daily moisturisers. The one I use, not just on my own face but clients too, is Nuxuriance Ultra Eye and Lip Cream by Nuxe. Apply along the lip to nose lines and around the outside of your lips. When choosing a lipstick, steer clear of bright pinks and cherry reds as they can be ageing. Instead, use softer shades such as warm peaches, soft corals and pinks, and mid-toned nudes. Trust me, they take years off not pile them on.


If you need any other product recommendations, be sure to comment below! All the best.

Debs x