3 Jul 2018 | 0 comments

PART USED: Flowers

CONTAINS: Volatile oil, tannins, coumarins, flavonoids, triterpenoids

KEY USES: Relaxant, antispasmodic, antidepressant, nerve tonic, antiseptic, decongestant, expectorant, diaphoretic, detoxifying, analgesic, rubefacient

Lavender has been one of the best loved scented herbs for thousands of years. An infusion or tincture of lavender or inhalation of the essential oil has a wonderfully relaxing effect on mind and body. It makes a good remedy for anxiety, nervousness, and physical symptoms caused by stress such as tension headaches, migraine, palpitations and insomnia. Lavender oil is considered a balancer to the emotions, lifting the spirits, relieving depression and balancing inner disharmony. Lavender also has a stimulating edge to it, acting as a tonic to the nervous system, restoring vitality to people suffering from nervous exhaustion.

Lavender’s relaxing effect can be felt in the digestive tract, where it soothes spasm and colic related to tension and anxiety and relieves distention, flatulence, nausea, indigestion, and enhances the appetite. Its powerful antiseptic volatile oils have been shown to be active against bacteria including diphtheria, typhoid, streptococcus and pneumococcus. As tea, oil inhalation, or vapour rub, lavender is effective for colds, coughs, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, flu, tonsillitis and laryngitis. The tea or tincture can also be taken for stomach and bowel infections causing vomiting or diarrhoea.

Taken as hot tea, lavender causes sweating and reduces fevers. It helps to detoxify the body by increasing elimination of toxins via the skin and, with its mild diuretic action, through the urine.

Lavender is a useful external disinfectant for cuts and wounds, sores and ulcers.
It stimulates tissue repair and minimises scar formation when the oil is applied neat to burns and diluted in cases of eczema, acne and varicose ulcers.

Anne McIntyre runs seasonal courses in experiential herbalism at Trill Farm, using the herb gardens and hedgerows to teach the practical ways to use beneficial herbs.

The Trill Farm Winter Beauty Gift Set

2 Nov 2017 | 0 comments

If you were to have only two products on your shelf what would they be?

Years of formulating, planning, growing, macerating and developing and we have come up with two minimal, no messing, all-you-need products.

After 36 years of developing natural beauty products both at Neal’s Yard Remedies and here at Trill, we’ve come up with two simple products based on what we grow on the land at the farm. In a market where so many mainstream beauty products are complex and confusing we set out to create a minimal range which is honest, healthy and effective.

Rosehip Facial Oil

A blend of rosehip and borage oils combined with calendula flower extract, rose absolute and lavender essential oils create a fragrant face oil to protect and nurture the skin.

Silver Birch Body Oil

Silver birch bark macerated in organic sunflower oil creates a restorative, luxurious body oil that is nourishing for the skin.

Bay Scented Candle

Unique ceramic pots, thrown and fired by Bryony in in the Trill Farm pottery contain a blend of vegetable wax and our very own beeswax gathered from the beehives. The candle has a spicy warm fragrance of bay leaves.

The Trill Farm Winter Beauty Gift Set is available as a stand-alone product from our online shop or as part of our Winter Hamper.