Royal Mama-to-be, Kate Middleton, has developed a taste for lavender to combat the nausea related to her hyperemesis gravidarum (a.k.a really nasty acute morning sickness), as reported by The Sun.
Lavender has long been used to naturally relieve nausea, in addition to soothing frazzled nerves and touchy skin. In true Princess form, Kate has found a deliciously posh way to administer her dosage – nibbling on lavender shortbread sourced from Prince Charles’ Duchy Originals, as well as the luxury store Fortnum and Mason.
We’d follow the Duchess in most things she does: Marrying the Prince, snipping a swanky fringe and now getting hooked on lavender. While you might not be able to get your hands on those royal biccies (nor snag the future King), you can definitely use this bunch of ways to calm your stomach, mind and complexion with this lovely purple herb.
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LAVENDER PISTACHIO HOT CHOCOLATE
There’s good reason why this dainty bloom is one of the world’s favourite natural alternative to Xanax – research shows that lavender scent lowers heart rate and blood pressure, putting you in a more relaxed state. And what better way to melt away your worries and set you up for zzz’s than this fabulicious lavender-infused chocolate drink?
Start by steeping 1 teaspoon of lavender buds (you can get it readily from organic tea stores) to 1.5 cup of hot milk for 2 minutes. Strain the lavender-infused milk to remove the flowery bits, add 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate shavings and whisk away. Drop in a scoop of fresh whipped cream if you’re feeling extra indulgent, and sprinkle chopped pistachios for snooze-inducing and skin-beautifying bedtime treat that”ll satisfy any royal sweet tooth.
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LAVENDER HONEY FACE MASQUE
Totally confused by your oily Tzone sheen, pimple-prone, yet easily dehydrated skin? Break out of your combination complexion conundrum with this homemade holistic skin-balancing mask.
Add 1 teaspoon of warm water to slightly soften 2 tablespoons of honey – one of Mother Nature’s treasured antiseptic, humectant and anti-ager. Stir in 3 drops of lavender essential oil to hasten healing of inflamed zits. Slather on to clean skin, let sit for 15 minutes and rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water.
If mixing your own beauty products makes you feel like a peasant, reach for Sloane Inc’s new Lavender Calamine Clarifying Water instead. It boasts purifying and soothing benefits to lull acne-stricken sensitive skin into a “sublimely radiant disposition” the Duchess would approve of.
LAVENDER ANTI-DANDRUFF TREATMENT
Between awesome kitchen fixes like lavender and apple cider vinegar, who needs pricey, harsh chemical shampoos for positively stunning duchess-worthy tresses?
In a small ziplock bag, mix 5 drops of lavender essential oil and tea tree oil (besides lavender’s soothing effect on irritated scalps, both are natural antiseptics which help curb the flake-causing fungal growth) in 2 tablespoon of strand-conditioning extra virgin olive oil. Gently heat your sachet of DIY hair elixir in a bowl of hot water. Wet your hair with warm water to soften scalp and towel dry. Massage in the oils with your fingertips to loosen the dandruff. Pop on a shower cap, leave on for 20 minute before shampooing out thoroughly.
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– By Magdeleine Lim