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This aromatic plant has a long history. Its many benefits make it a widely used ingredient in aromatherapy and phytotherapy, as well as in numerous applications around the house. We take a closer look at this truly “essential” oil.
A member of the same family as sage, thyme and basil, lavender is an aromatic plant offering many benefits – as testified by its inclusion in countless cosmetics, sanitation and household products. Used since Antiquity, the name lavender is derived from the Latin word “lavare”, meaning “to wash”. This plant was part of everyday life even in Roman times – for washing laundry, bathing and as a fragrance.
Its fragrance can be summed up in one word – relaxation! Lavender is known above all for its calming properties and its essence has been found to be very effective in phytotherapy and aromatherapy.
Essential oil of lavender is used to alleviate both minor sleeping disorders and stress. This relaxing oil helps you unwind before going to bed and can also provide a boost in the morning in the form of an invigorating lavender shower gel.
An essential oil for the home
Essential oil of lavender brings a sweet fragrance of cleanliness and holidays in the sun to the heart of your home. A few sprigs of lavender or a few drops of essential oil in a wardrobe give clothes a lasting fragrance and a fresh feel. A couple of drops in the washing machine have the same effect. Another useful household application: lavender helps to repel insects!
A flavoursome aromatic plant
Lavender also comes in very handy in the kitchen for adding extra flavour to certain foods. A sprig of lavender in a jar of sugar gives it a delicately fragranced aroma. It gives a surprising note to fruit salads, puddings, cakes or for decorating desserts. It short, it’s our all-round star!
With the help of qualified professionals, Decléor has created an exclusive at-home treatment application the "2 technique”, which helps you find vitality and pleasure. Based on the Chinese “Do In” ritual, this self-massage technique rebalances energies by stimulating the major body functions. Performing the “2 technique” not only encourages you to relax, it also allows you a time-out from your daily life to focus on your inner-self.
How-to: Start by warming a drop of Aromessence in your hands. Gently inhale to let the aromas act on the psyche. Then using the finger or palm of the hand apply pressure on each spot according to the illustration. Begin between the eyes, then move slowly upwards above the eyebrows, around and down towards the nose to finish on the lower side of the face taking as long as you like on each zone. The effect on mind and body is immediate.
This small fruit native to North America is a true concentrate of culinary and cosmetic benefits. Its multi-purpose oil is ideal for pampering all skin types, even the most sensitive.
The cranberry is grown only in the northern hemisphere, mainly in the United States and Canada. Widely appreciated in these regions for many years, its consumption has become more widespread in Europe over the past fifteen years or so.
Its berries are harvested in early autumn and processed to make juice, sauce, oil or food supplements. Cranberry oil is derived from the first cold pressing of the seeds and is used in extract form in cosmetic products or food seasonings.
The ultimate regenerating oil
A real shield against the cold, cranberry oil helps the driest skin. As well as having a softening effect on the epidermis, it also helps to alleviate minor irritations. Its balance of omega 3, 6 and 9 makes it a perfect anti-inflammatory oil and one of the most effective emollient oils. In addition, its rich vitamin E content gives it a strong antioxidant power, making it a perfect ally for mature sensitive skin. Its benefits are also used in dietary supplements to boost the epidermis and restore hair strength.
An antioxidant on the table
Cranberry is highly appreciated and in different forms, in particular in the United States, where it is even the star berry served with the traditional Thanksgiving turkey. It can be processed to make a delicious jam, sauce or an oil to season salads and raw vegetables. It is also found in a vitamin C-rich juice, an ideal breakfast choice thanks to its antioxidant and invigorating properties. A delicious taste with an added health benefit.
Decléor knows exactly how to care for mothers on their special day: Damask rose essential oil.
This year, let’s give our mothers something useful AND pretty for Mother’s Day. Something she’ll really appreciate and not just for the weekend. Instead of the usual box of chocolates or bunch of flowers, let’s treat her to roses, but ones concentrated in an essential oil: Damask rose essential oil. Can you imagine? You need over two tons of fresh blossom to make just 500g of Damask Rose Essential Oil. Now that’s one big bunch of flowers.
To make things even better, Decléor uses Damask Rose Essential Oil in the Aromessence Rose d’Orient Oil serum. By warming 3 drops of Aromessence in the hands, the delicate floral scent brings peace of mind, while benefits for the skin are plenty: sensitive skin is soothed and ultra soft. Your mother will be thrilled, relaxed and beautiful. And if you’re lucky, she may even lend you some.
Essential oils of elemi, saro, lemon and carrot are key ingredients to maintain that rosy glow and help your body ward off a dull complexion.
A healthy glow is a sign of a good cleansing routine: remove your make-up thoroughly in the evening and, a step that is often overlooked, exfoliate your skin once or twice a week in the morning. To remove dead skin cells and boost radiance, treat yourself to a little massage. Apply the Life Radiance flash radiance mask scrub using small circular movements, pressing lightly with your fingertips, to infuse your skin with the benefits of invigorating essential oils of elemi and saro.
A healthy glow from your plate
To promote a healthy, glowing complexion, opt for red and orange fruits and vegetables which are rich in beta-carotene. For a beautiful complexion, create some vitamin-packed menus flavoured with essential oil of lemon to help flush away toxins.
A lighter complexion
Finally, as extra protection against a dull complexion, take two drops of essential oil of carrot in a teaspoon of honey at breakfast time. Carrot’s extraordinary detoxifying properties are very useful for eliminating toxins and strengthening your defence system. Repeat for a maximum of 10 to 15 days. Never take ingestible essential oils for any longer than this to avoid fatiguing your body.
This month’s Decléor Moodboard is taking you to experience (super-) natural artwork, relax with Antigym and get you ready for our favourite day of June, Global Wellness Day.
Forget everything you know about sports. What!? Well, what if forcing yourself to exercise with movements that are poorly adapted to your body is actually harming you in the long run? The Antigym concept is an intelligent physical activity that will ease muscle soreness, twists and stiffness, help you know your body better and feel good from the inside out. In other words, custom stretching and an utterly original mindful anti-sport approach to get into shape and stay relaxed. Classes are held all over the world.
Must-Do: Global Wellness Day
“Walk for an hour, drink more water, don’t use plastic bottles, eat organic foods, do a good deed, have a family dinner and go to bed at 10 PM.” Impossible? How about trying it for just one day? This is the mantra for Global Wellness Day which takes place on June 11th in 83 countries and 4000 different places, including beauty retailers, spas, thermal sources, thalassotherapy, hotels, cities, and many more. Because wellness is a lifestyle!
Must-See: Xavier Chassaing’s (Super-) Natural Artwork
Photographer and film director Xavier Chassaing uses video projections on his 3D botanical creations and the effect is magical! Simultaneously, his unique works of art include wonderful horticultural portraits: He loves travelling all over the planet in search of the most beautiful, exotic and rare flora.
In a world of constant “infotoxication” how can we manage our life without neglecting body and mind? David M. Levy, Professor at the University of Washington Information School, life coach and author of “The Mindful Tech” gives us a few ideas.
Why did you write this book?
I’ve been trying to figure out for a long time how to live in a fast world and manage it with a slow life – as someone who meditates - and learn to make better connections between body and mind, professional and personal life. This book tries to link the two worlds, it addresses a recurring problem in today’s society.
You’ve said we tend to forget we have a body when we’re online. Do you have any tips to help us remember?
We must learn to be more observant of ourselves! Your body tells you what’s happening on the inside and what you should do next even when you’re online. If you feel a pain in your neck, it’s because you’re not sitting in the right position – and we all do that. That’s one of the reasons yoga classes are so popular! We lose our body in so many ways in our digital lives. We live in a disembodied culture and the challenge has become how to get back into the present. In my classes one of the most basic things we work on is the importance of breathing. I also teach physiology basics: if you’re not sitting properly you’re not necessarily respiring correctly and the whole body will rapidly become depressed.
Do you have a recipe for not getting overwhelmed by digital information overload?
I teach an exercise called mindful checking. It’s all about being aware of the quality of breathing, emotional state, tensions and how comfortably we are positioned. Simply being able to observe oneself will help to change small things that will improve our everyday lives. Also, learn to train your mind to stay in the present; when the mind is unaccustomed it wanders back to the past it can be very hard to stay connected to the moment.
How do you train your brain to stay in the present?
In my “Information and Contemplation” course (I’ve been teaching it for 10 years at the University of Washington) the least complicated exercise is simply breathing and paying attention to inhaling and exhaling. The other part is knowing where you want to be right now. Combining attention with intention gives you the ability to improve and the more you train yourself, the easier it will be. For me the single biggest lesson of all is recognizing the triggers that cause complicated emotions, whether inside ourselves or online. A recent study shows that there are two emotions that lower the quality of time spent online, boredom and anxiety. Once you start noticing that which motivates these feelings you’ll be able to react and change.
Are you on social media?
No I’m not. Although I’m online most of the time I’ve never even been on Facebook. I have an iPad, an iPhone, all of the tools, yet since 25 years I’ve been giving myself one day every week in which I totally abstain from being online. People are talking more and more about having a digital Sabbath, quality time unplugged.
The Mindful Tech, by David M. Levy (Yale University Press)
At Decléor we treasure essential oils so the idea of cooking with them is totally exciting and natural too!
Another great way to give your body the benefits of essential oils is to cook with them.
Aromatherapy in your kitchen
“Essential oils can add incredible flavours to any dish,” says chef Daniel Morgan of the trendy restaurant SALT in Paris. “I recommend preparing food with specifically high quality, pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils. And the essential oil’s label should state whether or not it’s edible,” he adds. A good indication is the presence of a supplement facts label which resembles the standard food nutritional information ticket. French chef/creator and culinary flavourist Aymeric Pataud graduated from the Ritz Escoffier Culinary School in Paris. A true alchemist on a constant quest for new and original savours, after finishing cooking school Aymeric studied aromatherapy at the Alternative Medicine College of Canada, where he developed a real passion for a cuisine centred on natural colours and flavours and created his own aroma concentrates for cooking. “I realised how using them in food preparation impacted my recipes, it’s a very emotional experience.”
A natural flavor
Chef Pataud’s favourite essential oil is bourbon geranium which he uses in fruit tarts. And here’s an at home tip: add them to yogurt, vegetable purees, jams, hot or cold soups, cocktails or even your tea ... just a 2 or 3 drops (never more) for a tasty result that is healthy, original and delicious, an aromatic botanical garden in your kitchen! The French website for culinary essential oils “Baume des Anges” is acclaimed by world famous Michelin starred chefs like Thomas Keller (USA), Philippe Mille (Les Crayères, Reims, France), Arnaud Faye (Chantilly, France) or Dan Barber in NYC, who all use the aromatic concentrates in the kitchen. Essential oils are natural, vegan, sodium and gluten free and have no calories! A great option to add a little zest to summer dishes!
Have you ever wondered why squirrels fight over hazelnuts? As one of Decléor's main botanical oils, your skin is going to love them too.
Generally associated with autumn, hazelnuts are even better in the springtime, as a facial oil that is - and the Decléor teams travel all the way to Turkey to bring it back in its purest form, as it is a first cold pressed virgin oil. It has the excellent virtue of creating a genuine protective barrier for the skin and helps it maintain hydration levels while not being particularly oily.
A non-oily oil? Yup. The perfect solution for a season during which your skin still needs proper protection but without that ultra-rich feeling you love and need so much in winter. In other words, it’s the best oil for this season as it will protect your skin from the outside aggressions.
"Such first cold pressed extra virgin oils as hazelnut oil are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, penetrating cell membranes and structures, having a genuine effect on the cell’s life. Hazelnut oil has high levels of omega 9 and vitamins A and E. Its texture is fluid and is quickly absorbed by skin, leaving it satiny without any greasy feeling,” says Pierre Albano, Doctor in Pharmacy and Aromachologist.
First-pressed hazelnut oil sounds like a fancy salad dressing, and it actually could be: Decléor’s botanical oils are so pure, you could almost eat them.
Possibly the most popular essential oil, neroli’s fantastic scent is strengthened by a large number of therapeutic properties. It’s also the key ingredient in Decléor’s Hydra Floral range.
A long-standing partnership
Also know as orange blossom, Decléor’s Neroli Essential Oil is obtained by the steam-distillation of fresh blossom picked from bitter orange trees cultivated in the Nabeul region in Tunisia. Harvesting of the blossom, a delicate task due to harsh temperatures and risks of freezing, takes places between the end of April and the beginning of May. To make just 1Kg of Neroli Essential oil, 2 tons of flowers are carefully picked and processed on site. For over 25 years, our local Tunisian producer has supplied us with pure pesticide-free Neroli Essential Oil.
Neroli Essential Oil’s benefits for the skin and the mind are bountiful and prolific. As well as lifting the spirit with its anti-stress, relaxing properties and wonderful fragrance, Neroli Essential Oil is crucial to healthy well-moisturized skin. It increases the synthesis of Hyaluronic Acid and GAG’s that retain moisture deep in the epidermis, therefore boosting collagen and elastin of the skin. Facial features are smoother, fine lines seem to disappear. This is why Decléor has choosen it for its prominent Hydra Floral range.
Dancer, singer, athlete, yoga guru and celebrity coach, Aria Crescendo is an energetic and uber creative individual. Let’s give a big welcome to our May Guru of the Month!
#How to breathe
Come to my classes and learn how! There are different ways to breathe for different situations depending on what you need, like if you want to calm down, or reenergize, or prepare for a physical effort, or open up your ribcage, or take care of digestive problems, to name just a few. I’m from Los Angeles and culturally wellness is my lifestyle. If you want to attain your dream body you won’t likely find it in a fast food joint!
If you’re stressed out or tired try the upside down yoga postures as they flood the brain with blood and it is really relaxing. Plus these postures get rid of wrinkles like magic! But please don’t try it at home alone: be safe and do it with a yoga teacher so you don’t hurt yourself.
I love superfoods like chlorella and spirulina and also Chinese herbs. I’m always looking for new stuff! I love coconut water and drink it e-ve-ry-day! Other great things are fresh juices blended with acai; I cut up aloe vera leaves and add them into my smoothies, mix in some honey, dates or Stevia to keep it naturally sweet. Plenty of nutrients resulting in beautiful skin – despite the pollution we live in!
Healthy Warriors is my new yoga studio, just 10 minutes away from the Eiffel Tower! We open on May 15th and are officially launching in September. It’s a 150m2 centre of wellbeing including a bar with gluten free snacks and a lot of different yoga classes and teachers. I’ve got a new book coming out this autumn about yoga, superfoods and healthy living. I’m also going to be a TV columnist on a new TF1 show, the first French TV channel, in June.
Healthy Warriors Yoga Studio, 30, rue Carnot 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt
Time to get your body ready with the 1000 Grain Body Exfoliator
In the winter we hibernate: the sun rises late so we sleep in and skip our morning workouts. As a result our bodies take a hit mentally and physically—especially our skin. For months it's covered up and often dried out from thick, wool sweaters and unnatural heat sources.
Thankfully, there are ways to prepare the skin for spring’s warmer temperatures and exposure to the sun. Before shedding those layers and heading for the garden or terrace, wake up your outer layer with the 1,000 Grain Body Exfoliator, which is composed of Grapefruit and Ginger essential oils and grains made from Orange peel and argan kernel shells. Its incredible texture will transform from a gel to an oil and then a milk upon contact with water. Just as we love luscious citrus fruits and natural oils in the form of fresh squeezed juices or dressings on raw salads, these same ingredients (containing even real pearl sugar!) also hydrate the skin.
Inspired by Decléor Cabin expertise, this gentle exfoliator will strengthen the skin’s protective barrier if used once or twice a week. Starting with the stomach, then the back, followed by the wrists, shoulders and elbows and then finishing with the legs, the treatment was created to transform your entire body, leaving skin invigorated, radiant, supple, better toned, softer, smoother and ready for those natural rays of light. “I love especially the texture, applying it with large circular movements starting at the bottom of my body all the way to the top.
I exfoliate my skin to eliminate all the toxins, revitalize, and to help increase micro circulation - mine is really bad- at least twice a week,” says expert Chindaly Quesnot, Decléor’s Worldwide Training Coordinator. And oh - how that addictive delicious scent (without the calories) will take you on an immediate sensorial experience to an exotic paradise!
In an ideal world, there would exist a cocoon where you could just step out of the cold, forget about the outside world for a moment, and then emerge refreshed and re-energized in body and spirit, primed to take on whatever comes your way.
The good news is that such a place does exist.
The Decléor spa’s signature treatment, Aromassage was designed as an antidote to the fast-paced, stressed-out rhythm of city life for body, mind and spirit, a warm, aromatic, energy-boosting oasis in which to relax and recharge. Based on a shiatsu-inspired protocol, this 90-minute treatment begins with a papaya enzyme with dramatic exfoliation effects to draw tensions away from every over-taxed muscle, while a white clay mask helps to purify the skin, boost micro-circulation and encourage vital energy to flow freely, restoring serenity and clarity in the process. The body feels re-energized, the skin appears rested and glowy – and your spirit is ready to take on the world again. No other holistic treatment comes this close to feeling like a week-long vacation.
This amazing essential oil is a valuable asset when it comes to promoting a healthy mind in a healthy body. It offers several outstanding actions bringing benefits for both beauty and serenity.
A beautiful tree found in the Philippines, elemi is recognisable by its huge size (up to 30 metres) and striking white bark.
Unfortunately now an endangered species, this tree is the source of an oil whose properties have achieved an undeniable reputation all over the world since the Middle Ages. Global exploitation of its oil currently amounts to just 200 tonnes per year, making it even more valuable. To obtain its famous essential oil, we first need to extract the resin from the tree and then distil it using steam.
An ally for skin radiance
Elemi essential oil offers many benefits for the skin. This is why it is used in the Life Radiance Crème Double Éclat - a combination of a smooth cream and a refreshing gel enriched with Elemi and Saro essential oils - because radiant skin is healthy skin.
The benefits of this essential oil do not stop there. Elemi oil also acts on the mind and helps to align energies. Surprisingly, it also promotes relaxation, stress relief and renewed energy. It can be used as a balm or massaged into the skin, in particular along the spine, for a toning effect. Its peppery lemon smell awakens the senses and thus promotes balance. The secret to beauty and serenity.
Looking for inspiration to make your routine healthier? Chindaly Quesnot is Decléor’s Worldwide Training Coordinator and she thinks of everything that might help. Here’s her advice.
“Spring cleaning is not only for my house but also for my skin, body and mind. Two years ago I went on a weeklong detox retreat in Thailand at a wellness healing Centre to get rid of all of my bad food habits and to rebalance myself overall. I fasted and detoxed with only raw and natural aliments like vegetables, lemon dressings, coconut water, fresh juices and loads of water. The regime helped my body eliminate toxins and the effects were furthered with massage treatments and my Decléor survival kit: Neroli Hydrating Night Balm and Neroli Aromessence which really helped out! I was exhausted from travelling and came back so reinvigorated. Before the retreat I had been trying to have a baby for a while and I found out that I became pregnant the week after I got back. Ever since, I decided that every spring I would do what I call my Top Beauty Challenge to help me to be at my best!
Few of us live in a wellbeing centre so good eating habits have to be adapted to everyday life. In the morning I’ll make myself a smoothie in the blender with 60% greens and 40% fruit (the sugar content is too high if it’s all fruit). Smoothies can be incorporated into your diet all day long but when you work it’s easier to drink one in the morning. I try to reduce starchy food and not mix carbs with animal proteins. I also try to increase alkalines (greens, fresh fruits, sprouted seeds, etc.).
We caught up with the amazing Laura Ford, Decléor Trainer for the UK and our new QVC co-presenter, to ask her a few of the burning questions we all have about herself.
Who you are and what your role is at Decléor?
"I have been in the industry for over 13 years. I have worked in a variety of high profile spa’s and retailers including Harrods and Champneys.
As part of the Education Team I work directly with Fiona Brackenbury, Education Director. My role is to work with the therapists at spas and salons throughout the UK to introduce them to the wonderful world of Decléor. I educate the therapists on how to use Decléor's professional range in their treatments and teach them our unique massage techniques. My training also includes ensuring that the therapists are educated in skincare and how ingredients work so that they so that they can recommend products to their clients to continually use at home, as this is where we see the long lasting results and the biggest change in the skin."
How long have you worked for Decléor?
"I have worked as part of the Decléor Team for nearly 4 years."
What are your favourite products?
"My Number 1 favourite product has to be Prolagene Gel.
I love how versatile it is and use it daily all over my face and body. I literally cannot go anywhere without it and it is my definite Desert Island Product.
I have used it since I was 17 before I even knew I would one day work for Decléor and originally was recommended it for scarring. The results were so amazing I actually used it as a focal product in a presentation that we had to do to complete our college course. Prolagene Gel helps me to adapt all my skincare to make it more anti-ageing and due to my skin being a bit high maintenance it never fails to heal any blemishes that I may get. It is a staple product in our household and I use it on everyone from my little niece to my nan (and even the dog). When we went on honeymoon, my husband weighed our cases wrong (in lbs not kgs) and we ended up taking only 7kgs of luggage each. I took out all my shoes, bags, lots of clothes and most of my makeup but wouldn’t go without Prolagene – I would rather have gone without him than Prolagene Gel ."
A little insight ; what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
"I love anything beauty related so am never happier than when I can give myself that spa experience at home. I enjoy painting my nails and creating different designs with nail art but can also spend hours on end, exfoliating, applying masks and soaking in the bath. At least once a year, myself and my mum go to stay at a spa for a girly pamper break and it is my favourite place to be.
I am a real home bird and love to spend time at home with my husband and our dog either relaxing or going for long walks together."
Anything else you feel relevant?
"I thoroughly enjoy what I do and put all my heart and sole into it and I am a massive Decléor fan which makes it easy to do. I am also so excited to be joining the QVC team and find it a huge honour to have been asked to guest present."
We can't wait to see her live on air.
With its delicate and fruity fragrance, essential oil of bergamot transports you to a land of relaxation. It is also used as an ingredient in regenerating skincare products.
Tea lovers will be familiar with the distinctive note of bergamot in Earl Grey! As well as delicately flavouring our breakfasts and tea breaks, this tropical plant found mainly in Italy offers many more benefits. Its invigorating lemony fragrance makes essential oil of bergamot (or citrus bergamia), derived from the peel or zest of the fruit, a breath of fresh air and energy.
Its recognised antiseptic properties make essential oil of bergamot a welcome addition to the home. A few drops in an essential oil diffuser help to purify the air. Lovers of citrus flavours can enjoy it as an infusion, a drop added to a cup of hot water helps to ward off germs.
Its lemony overtones are also very useful in cooking to bring out the flavour of savoury dishes such as fish and shell fish, as well as sweet creations. Its slightly bitter note complements fruits (fruit salads with preserves), flavours fromage frais and replaces orange in a chocolate dessert.
An essential oil to regenerate the skin and relax
Together with mandarin essential oil, bergamot forms the signature note of the Aromessence mandarine range, designed to help prevent and smooth the appearance of wrinkles.
Finally, essential oil of bergamot promotes a balanced mind, thanks to its soothing and stimulating properties. To maximise its soothing effect, mix one or two drops of essential oil with a cream or neutral oil and treat yourself to a stomach massage, working in a clockwise direction or from your hips towards your navel. For guaranteed relaxation.
Looking for the new place to stay in Paris? The first 5 star hotel in the eastern part of the City of Light includes an indoor pool and a brand new Decléor spa.
The Hotel Boutet is not just the first 5 star hotel in the east of Paris but also host to the city’s newest Decléor spa (150m2), with such facilities as a beautiful indoor pool with counter courant jets, Turkish bath, fitness centre, Pilates and yoga studio, sauna and phototherapy showers. With its art deco mosaic facade from 1926, the brand new M Gallery by Sofitel Hotel was the namesake Boutet chocolate factory in an earlier period…
Discover all the new Decléor treatments like one of our favourites, Oressence, a pampering 100% pure and personally customized face and body treatment. Indulge yourself with specific massages like Back and Leg or have reflexology performed on your feet. After a long day of shopping in the City of Light the Aromassage body treatment with shiatsu inspired gestures is a great energy booster.
Does your complexion need a wakeup call? Try Aromaplastie, a natural treatment with a mask made of fresh linseed meal, wheat germ and sunflower seeds, it’s a healthy breakfast for your skin! City Retreat Hydra Floral is the perfect skin detox and rehydrates after a day of wandering the lovely streets of the international capital of love. If your beauty enemy is time opt for Prolagène Lift with Iris essential oil to gain firmness and glow. And, if your beau isn’t too shy, bring him along for a men’s specific clove, mint and eucalyptus essential oil facial treatment!
Paris Bastille Boutet, 24, rue Faidherbe 75011 Paris
Marjoram has always been used to excite the taste buds. The Greeks, Egyptians and Romans added it to their dishes to enhance the flavour, as well as for its pain-relieving and fortifying properties. The Greeks even used marjoram as an offering for their gods. This symbol of happiness was associated with the goddesses Aphrodite and Osiris. And when it comes to cooking, this aromatic plant is simply divine.
A plant with flavour
Marjoram is ideal for spicing up many dishes. In either fresh or dried form, it enhances the flavours of meat, vegetables, certain aromatic oils and liqueurs. It goes perfectly with pepper, turmeric and sage. Despite its Latin name of “origanum majorana”, it should not be confused with oregano. Like oregano, it is very frequently used in Mediterranean cuisine.
A plant for self-control
Marjoram offers numerous benefits for phytotherapy. Applied locally, it helps to relieve stress, control strong emotions or alleviate nervousness.
Used as an inhalation, it acts to cleanse the airways. Marjoram also promotes relaxation and sleep. Its action is boosted in combination with camomile, rosemary and even lemon balm.
Chico Shigeta is not only Decleor’s mastermind behind the spa protocols. The author of books, blogger, speaker, therapist, consultant and Cat lover, her sparkling personality is praised by Elle or Vanity Fair as the Detox Queen. She shares with us her beauty vision way beyond aesthetic…
For me, life is about 4 pillars of wisdom : slimming down, sleeping, energy and love. We’re always seeking for one of these, aren’t we ? I want people to live happily, healthily and I want them to be glowing and shining because it is such a satisfaction and pleasure to live life to the fullest. That’s the reason why I’m doing my job and created my method.
I love the results. Like every busy woman in this world I don’t have time to lose in things that don’t work and I’m very selective. If a product is working, I will keep it, otherwise, the search goes on !
For me it’s a key word between the therapist and the client. The beautycian has to show she’s not an ennemy and she’s here to help so that when you enter the cabin, you can drop your armour, it will ease everyone’s work and goal.
You don’t enter the cabin and let the miracle take place. We need you. As a therapist, I need your conscious to be here with me. I need you to share with me what your goal is, because I can’t do the job without you ! I can’t help you tranform your body if you don’t take fully conscious of it. We’re a duet !
One day I realised beauty is not only aesthetic : it’s the trust you have in yourself, it’s freedom, it’s what you would call someone’s appeal. And suddenly I understood what my mother and grandmother were doing in their beauty Salon in Japan where I grew up. It wasn’t only a question of beauty on the surface of the skin. Since then, my approach to beauty is the deepest. That’s the reason why I studied aromatherapy and naturopathy.