Add some Zen…

A popular gardening trend is small space woodland gardens, which are cool, mossy and damp that bring a welcome sense of organic Zen and a respite from digital overload. To benefit, find a spot to relax where the atmosphere is calm and solemn, which is perfect for meditation. Zen is a way of being and Read More

MARSHMALLOW…more than just a sweet treat

Marshmallow or Althaea officinalis is a perennial and cousin of the hollyhock. It grows large, bee-pollinated, white flowers from July to September, followed by seedpods that ripen from August to October. You’ll find it growing wild in sunny but cool places on the edges of marshland and on grassy banks along lakes and watercourses. Plant Read More

Pamper with pumpkin

Pumpkin is a powerhouse when it comes to skin care as it gives dull skin an instant glow, visibly improving texture and tones with substances that soothe, hydrate and renew skin and help tame the signs of aging. Angela Lopez of Belle-Toi ( in Bournemouth has been using pumpkin juice for reducing puffy skin and Read More

How to colour hair – using plants!

About 65% of women alter their natural hair colour, which is about a 7% increase from the 1950s. Unfortunately the process calls for using chemicals, some of which are carcinogenic. Over bleaching your hair can lead to brittle strands, split ends, and hair breakage, stripping hair of its natural oils and pigment. If you don’t Read More

Take some ‘me’ time

After the hot dry summer we’ve experienced, it’s safe to say that our hair and skin is in need of some moisture and nourishment. Beauty expert, Angela Lopez of Belle-Toi ( in Bournemouth, recommends treating your hair and skin now before the cold and winter rains take their toll, and if you keep to a Read More

Rosemary – helps memory loss

Rosemary tea makes an excellent breath freshener and is a good antiseptic gargle too. Beauty expert, Angela Lopez of Belle-Toi ( in Bournemouth, recommends having plenty of these attractive evergreens growing in your garden but remember there’s a wise old saying that Rosemary will not grow well unless the mistress is ‘master’! Place pots of rosemary Read More

Herbs are magic

Say what you like about folk medicine, it certainly has an irresistible fascination for me, especially when I learn that there are people that believe nettles will cure boils, cleavers a carbuncle, and Hawthorn is a remedy used for hemorrhoids. Chickweed is useful for boosting sperm count (apparently you just add a spoonful of the dried Read More

Treat your feet

Caring for our feet is an important part of our overall health. So, if you’ve been wearing sandals and open backed shoes or even no shoes all throughout the summer, you may have already developed hard skin and worse cracked heels, which according to beauty expert Angela Lopez of Belle-Toi ( in Bournemouth, is a Read More

Hip hip hooray for roses!

Are you after soft, supple skin? Then use rose hips as part of your beauty regime, says beauty expert, Angela Lopez of Belle-Toi ( in Bournemouth. Rose hips are the seedpods of roses and the orange-red bulbs of Rosa rugosa, which look somewhat squashed and tomato-like, are only edible but are a great source of Read More

Cucumbers for better health and beauty

Even in hot weather, the inside of cucumbers remains cool, so it’s no wonder that this salad ingredient has also been put to good use in beauty products. Beauty expert, Angela Lopez of Belle-Toi ( in Bournemouth, says cucumbers are rich in fibre and are packed full of antioxidants are loaded with anti-inflammatories and full of vitamins like Vitamin K, C and manganese Read More