Archive for June, 2013
The pole was erected without any disasters. That’s always nice 🙂 Then there was dancing, and lots of people! Klara had so much fun, and so did we. I love that grown ups don’t mind being silly, but dance and jump just like their kids do! Now we are off to my Dad’s for some food and cake.
I promised I would keep you updated on our Swedish midsummer celebration. Right now we are picnicking in Medevi, and in one hour they will erect the midsummer pole (the big flag pole dressed in flowers that you can see in the clearing behind us). More to follow 🙂
Tomorrow is June 21st, the summer solstice. The longest day of the year. It is always celebrated here in Sweden as “Midsummer”. The Friday closest to summer solstice is Midsummer’s Eve and it’s one of my favorite holidays. We pick flowers and make wreaths to wear in our hair, we dance around the midsummer pole, have picnic and sit outside enjoying the very very long day. In most parts of Sweden the sun hardly sets at all, we just get a bit of dusk and then the sun rises again. I love it!
To celebrate midsummer with you all we are going to have a sale starting tomorrow and running through the weekend: 30% off all floral scented products (pure florals and blends) and all orders/purchases gets a free sample of Forget Me Not eyeshadow. Flowers galore!
I will also update the blog tomorrow when we celebrate midsummer in Medevi (if my phone will cooperate), so it will *almost* feel like you are there with us!
PS. The pictures below are from the Midsummer in 2010, also in Medevi.
This summer I thought I’d share some tips for harvesting ingredients for easy handmade beauty products, right in your back yard. Stinging nettles are not my favorite plants when it comes to gardening (last summer it took Klara many painful reminders, but now she can spot a stinging nettle from accross the garden!), but from a beauty point of view they are phenomenal! Nettles are cleaning and healing when it comes to skincare. They contain antihistamins and sulphur, and that make them great for excema and scalp problems. Stinging nettles reduce oil production in your skin as well, so they are excellent for oily skin.
Put on your garden gloves and pick the leaves off stinging nettles. If you don’t have them your back yard, you can find them in any open fields and meadows. They are very prolific 🙂
Make sure the leaves are clean from bugs and dirt and put them in a bowl. Pour boiling water over them, cover and let stand for at least 24 hours. Drain the leaves and pour the nettle water into a bowl, jug or bottle. Keep in the fridge.
You can use the nettle water as a toner, you can use it to rinse your hair or you can make this face mask/cleanser:
In a bowl, mix 2 tbsp nettle water, 1 tbsp whipping cream and 4 tbsp almond flour. Mix and let sit in the fridge for a little while to thicken. You can also add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil (I added 2 drops of lavender… my absolute favorite!). Use this as a mask or cleanser (just massage into skin, and either leave on as a mask or rinse off as a cleanser) , keep it in the fridge and use up within a week.