Are you a natural self care enthusiast? Use my 3 favourite sources to get inspired and to expand both your knowledge and skill set!
Homemade face masks. The use and benefits of plants. Nutricious green juices. Do these things excite you? I feel you! As a natural self care enthusiast I am alll about that jazz.
Today I share my 3 go to sources that I use for inspiration or when I want to expand my knowledge and skill set. The selected sources are a combination of books and blogs. So whether you prefer books or online sources there will be something for both 🙂
I have been using these sources for years and they have taught me so much. They teach, inspire, and challenge me. Most importantly, they are accessible.
When I say accessible I mean that you and I would be able to implement the information and recipes in our own homes. No professional laboratory tools or extremely rare ingredients required.
You may have already heard of them or they may be completely new to you. Either way, I felt like sharing them. Because there is power in shared knowledge. I hope that this information serves you and that you’ll share your favourite sources with me too!
Because one of the things that these sources have in common is… they’re all based or from outside the UK. More specifically, from the USA and Canada. And even though these sources are amazing, I do believe that it’s useful to use local sources too. Because different areas have different climates, flora, and resources.
So this is your little assignment today (which I give kindly and humbly). Share your favourite UK natural self care resources in the comments below, on Instagram, or on Facebook. Lets help each other out shall we?!
1. HELLO GLOW
Hello Glow is my number one favourite source for natural self care. If you have followed A Hopeful Home for a while then you will have seen me raving about their books and blog.
I stumbled upon Hello Glow when I was browsing in a bargain book shop a few years ago. In the health section I noticed the Hello Glow and the Essential Glow books. I knew straight away that I needed to have them.
Around that time I was already very much getting into natural self care. But struggled to find books that worked for me. When I buy natural self care books, I like the information, recipes, and ingredients to be accessible.
Most books that I came across didn’t present the information in a clear and attractive way. I’m afraid I know myself well and if you give me long bits of text, black and white drawings, and no clear instructions on how exactly to use a herb of flower. Then I will not use a book very often.
After purchasing the books, I discovered to my great delight that there was a Hello Glow blog too. There I discovered that the Canadian brand was created by Stephanie in 2011. She’s a mom of 3 and started blogging about natural beauty recipes after the kids went to bed.
Ten years later she has published three books (her most recent one is Hello Gorgeous). Has gathered an amazing team and medical reviewers to support her. And is still publishing interesting and useful content every week.
Don’t worry if you don’t feel like spending any money on the books. On the blog you’ll find information about beauty, aromatherapy, recipes, and living. So if you want fun natural beauty DIY’s for which you usually already have the ingredients in your fridge. Definitely have a look at the Hello Glow blog.
2. HERBAL ACADEMY
The day I discovered Herbal Academy was a happy day. Herbal Academy is an international school based in the USA. It was established in 2011 by Marlene. Back then, there weren’t many online and affordable herbal studies available. Marlene wanted to do something about that.
Today, Herbal Academy isn’t just an online school, it’s a vibrant and inspiring community too. Which has grown immensely. When you visit their website you’ll find courses, workshops, the herbarium, the blog, and a shop.
I myself have been researching their herbal courses for years now. This year might be the year that I’ll finally take the step to start their introductory course! If I do, I’ll let you know what it’s like.
You might think, well that’s great Jenna, but what’s the use of Herbal Academy if I don’t want to follow a course? Well my friend, you won’t have to.
When you follow their Instagram, visit their blog, and subscribe to their newsletter you’ll be able to find a lot of wonderful free content. Recipes, printables, videos, and so much more.
If I had to compare Herbal Academy to Hello Glow. Then I would say that HA is much more focused on using fresh (or dried) ingredients from nature while Hello Glow often uses essential oils. So HA is a lot more focused on herbalism and on finding that connection with nature.
While I don’t always agree with what HA says. I still very much feel that it is a wonderful source you could use to grow your knowledge of God’s creation and to create a natural home.
3. THE WOMEN’S HERITAGE SOURCEBOOK
This is the most recent source that I’ve started using! I can’t remember exactly how I found it but I believe I stumbled across their Instagram page one day. Next thing I knew, I was flipping through the pages of my newly purchased book.
Women’s Heritage was created by three mama friends who through their conversations discovered they had a shared passion for traditional knowledge. Like I said earlier, they discovered that shared knowledge is power. So they started to create workshops and an online journal. Later their online shop was created and… the Women’s Heritage Sourcebook.
You may have already noticed that this source differs from the other two since this one focuses on homesteading. Homesteading blogs are a BIG thing in the USA. If you are interested in what it’s like to have a smallholding (which is the UK equivalent) you are going to love this book. P.S. If you ever want me to share my favourite homesteading blogs, drop a comment down below and I’ll make it happen!
But part of this book is a wonderful chapter on… yes you guessed it: natural self care or herbalism. The chapter discusses how to forage for herbs and plants, beauty and personal care, herbal medicine, and much more.
Again, I don’t always agree with what Women’s Heritage writes about but their book is still a great source for natural self care.
There are many places where you could buy this book but I purchased it from Blackwells!
There you have it friends! My 3 favourite sources for natural self care inspiration. I hope these sources will benefit you as much as they have me.
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