Well, Irish herbalist and horticulturalist Fiann Ó Nualláin thinks it might!
His latest book “The Holistic Gardener : Beauty treatments from the Garden” is packed full of fascinating natural skin and beauty remedies.
Damp Dublin days wreak havoc on my thick, dark, wiry hair producing a mass of wayward frizz. Fiann writes with authority, suggesting herbs with phytochemicals such as sage and rosemary, elderberries and nettles to condition it. There are remedies for blondes and redheads too. At the moment I’m infusing some sesame oil with rosemary leaves to use as a conditioning treatment – watch this space!
Many of us grow roses in our gardens and Fiann’s recipes for Rosewater toner or Rose and Honey lip balm look tempting. I’m intrigued by Rosehip and Seabuckthorn skin lotion – simply blitz in equal quantities with buttermilk; the Vitamin C content protects the skin from UV damage but also plays a role in collagen production. Hmm, interesting!
Tired feet? Take off your shoes and walk barefoot on the lawn. Simple, but somehow reading it, one feels the urge to do it. He clearly knows the properties of plants well and the tone is encouraging and practical, enabling us to value the plants which we grow and put them to practical use.
This is a lovely, inspirational book which I will keep by the bedside and dip into regularly!