N2. The Leonie Cornelius & L'OCCITANE Wellness Garden
How are you? Right now more than ever we need to take some time to look after ourselves and each other and refill our emotional tanks by connecting with nature.
Gardens are a wonderful way of regaining emotional strength and feeling hopeful for the future and the idea of creating a wellness garden in our own space is something I’ve been asked about more and more as a designer.
Lavender - The French 'Blue Gold'
There are few plants for the garden that are as instantly recognisable as lavender. There are so many great things about these evergreen shrubs from its delicious scent and hence its benefits in the aroma and beauty trade to its uses in the culinary world, as well as its medicinal properties. First of all it is a beautiful and stylish plant that comes in many varieties meaning that there is really a Lavender for almost every garden style and design. It also flowers for absolutely ages!
There are more reasons to grow this plant than just its pretty appearance however. Lavender, who’s name comes from from lavanda - meaning to wash, is a fascinating plant with a long history of medicinal uses. Within your own home you can use lavender to aid sleep and it is a great plant for Lavender Perfumed Sachet's which can be used to deter moths in drawers.
Leonie's Lavender Top Picks
"I think if I absolutely had to choose, this is my all time favourite L’Occitane product. It’s incredibly true and simple in fragrance and has become a staple in my bath ritual. Close your eyes and you could be on the fragrant hills of Haute-Provence."
"I use a lot of this! I often dig in the soil without gloves as touching soil and inhaling the scent is said to be very beneficial to our bodies. This also means my hands end up feeling a bit rough at times and this hand cream is my favourite. So rich and nourishing and perfect for gardeners."
"I add a little lavender oil onto my hands and inhale it every night before I go to sleep and this is my favourite. It is sourced from the Lavandula Angustifolia plant and carries the P.D.O. (Protected Designation of Origin) label - a guarantee of quality and traceability."
Discover Our Lavender Collection
Create your own L’Occitane inspired Wellness Garden
TIP 1: Find your favourite spot
TIP 2: Create your lavender focus
TIP 3: Now add some more medicinals
TIP 4: Add some blooms
TIP 5: Don’t forget to nourish your body