As Rosemary is to the Spirit, so Lavender is to the Soul.
Herbal extracts make powerful curatives, and they have been the basis for some good medicine over the centuries. But that is not the only reason these divine plants have long been held sacred.
Beautiful botanicals like lavender, mint, juniper, thyme, cinnamon, clove, pomegranate, rosemary, lemon balm, yarrow, and more were popular ingredients in tinctures, pomades, cleansing oils, and unguents for the hair and skin in 18th century Scotland.
Here are some gorgeous modern versions that embrace the potent plants, herbs, and fruits so well used in the Outlander days.
Pangea Organics Himalayan Geranium & Pomegranate Balancing Oil
Pomegranates are full of antioxidants and vitamins that nourish and hydrate the skin, and may help prevent the collagen from breaking down. pangeaorganics.com
Fig + Yarrow Cleansing Nectar
The founders of this company love yarrow so much, they named their company after it. This washless cleanser—apply to cotton, swipe over the face and remove excess with cotton—features a lavender hydrosol to calm the skin, manuka honey and apple cider vinegar to gently exfoliate, and antibacterial aloe vera and soothing calendula. figandyarrow.co
Little Barn Apothecary Peppermint + Sea Salt Bath Soak
With sea salt, green clay, and organic peppermint essential oil, this foot or body soak will soothe achy feet, ease sore muscles, and perk up the spirit with its bright peppermint scent. littlebarnapothecary.com
Hollybeth Organics Body Balm
This luscious body balm will soothe even the driest skin, and a dab will also moisturize and de-frizz parched hair. With pomegranate seed oil, beeswax, and clove flower oil, from a woman-owned company in Atlanta, it leaves skin glowing. hollybethorganics.com
Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo
A lightweight shampoo, with rosemary to help keep hair shiny and tamp away oil from hair and the scalp. Mint stimulates the circulation in the scalp to help healthy hair growth. aveda.com