It’s the beginnings of general election mania in the UK. So, naturally, this is the perfect excuse to have a look at some colourful botanicals, some of their headline properties and my random associations.
BLUE – Blue Tansy Essential Oil
This is an oil extracted from the flower buds of Tanacetum annuum.
It is a deep blue colour.
Benefits: antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-histaminic, antiviral, insecticide, sedative.
I’ve read that some variants of this plant are poisonous. Whilst this is not true for Tanacetum annum……..
I had to laugh at the ‘gift’ of this being a poison. Given the associated ‘conservative’ party colours. Did I just write that? Yes, I did.
ORANGE – Sea buckthorn pulp CO2 extract
This substance is extracted from the pulp of sea buckthorn berries.
Benefits: it stimulates collegen production, smoothing and refining the surface of the skin. It can be used in oil and water products and also be added to end products to enhance their efficacy.
Blimey, it is versatile and this resonates for me (works well with any oily brigade and brings efficacy to an already formulated party – sounds like a ‘liberal’ coalition to me…)
GREEN – Tamanu oil
This is a plant oil and it is super bright green.
Benefits: good for combating acne scars, fungus, excema, psoriasis etc
Sadly, this oil is not everyones cup of tea as it’s very stinky, but still, oh so wonderful & healing. Because of the stink, it it usually only applied in smaller quantities.
Sadly, this sounds like the predicted polling results for the ethical green party.
RED – St Johns Wort macerated oil
St. John’s Wort flowers have traditionally been macerated into oil to make a natural dressing for wounds. It produces a lovely red colour alongside its healing properties.
It comes with a health warning though – it is phototoxic, so not great to use in Spring or Summer.
Sadly that doesn’t bode well for red Labour’s chances on 8th June.
I think I’ll leave it there for now unless people are interested in more colours, but I’m not in the business of conjuring UKIP purple.
If you are in the UK, I hope this post brought you some light relief ahead of 7 long weeks of endless politics.