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    Our Lavender Seeds

    Our Lavender Seeds

    Lavandula angustifolia is one of the best plants to grow for attracting bees and butterflies. This is the Lavender essential oil we use producing attractive scented blooms from May-September. We love to see the cycle come full circle.

    Lavandula angustifolia ‘Purple Treasure’

    Did you know that planting our free lavender seeds, you can turn your garden, patio, or balcony into an environmentally-friendly space with singing birds, fluttering butterflies, and buzzing bees?

    All you need to do is plant the lavender in the area where you live. Birds, bees and butterflies and other pollinators need thriving plants for a better chance of survival in the face of changing climate and urban development.

    • Botanical name: Lavandula angustifolia 'Purple Treasure'
    • Common name: Lavender
    • Family: Lamiaceae
    • Plant Type: Perennial, Shrub, Evergreen
    • Flower colour: Purple
    • Foliage colour: Blue/Green]
    • Key features: Attractive to wildlife, Flowers, Scented flowers

    Lavender is one of the most popular small garden shrubs. Plants have narrow, oily and aromatic evergreen leaves and bear dense spikes of small tubular flowers in summer. Lavandula angustifolia is commonly known as English lavender. Most varieties yield purple flowers, but some cultivars come in white or pink. Nearly all cultivars and hybrids are extremely attractive to bees, butterflies and hoverflies. They make an excellent cut flower – both in fresh and dried arrangements.

    Lavandula angustifolia ‘Purple Treasure’ has grey-green foliage and very intense, contrasting blue-purple flowers. It’s perfect for using as an informal low-growing hedge, but it works just as well at the front of borders or in pots.

    For best results, grow Lavandula angustifolia ‘Purple Treasure’ in well-drained soil in full sun. Cut back the flower stalks after they have finished or leave the seeds standing for birds such as house sparrows to eat in winter. Trim back plants in April, if necessary.

    How to grow Lavandula 'Purple Treasure'

    • Plant size: 45cm height , 45cm spread
    • Aspect: South facing, west facing
    • Position in border: Front, middle ]
    • Sun exposure: Full sun
    • Hardiness: Hardy
    • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

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    Lavandula 'Purple Treasure' and wildlife

    Lavandula 'Purple Treasure' is known for attracting bees, beneficial insects, birds, butterflies/moths and other pollinators. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers, provides shelter and habitat, has seeds for birds and makes a good wildlife hedge.

    • Attractive to Bees
    • Attractive to Beneficial insects
    • Attractive to Birds
    • Attractive to Butterflies/Moths
    • Attractive to Other pollinators

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    Plant Our Lavender Seeds

    Plant Our Lavender Seeds

    Plant our lavender seeds because...

    1. It's hardy and easy to grow. In general, lavender is a hardy plant that doesn’t require a whole lot of care once it’s established. It thrives in sunshine and dry soil, so under watering isn’t an issue for this stunning flower.
    2. For its scent. Lavender is an incredible aromatic flower with a soothing scent and fantastic blue-violet buds. Once you get a smell of a fresh lavender plant you’ll understand why it’s oil is a great ingredient in our Shrinking Violet range.
    3. To repel mosquitos, flies, fleas and moths. Planting lavender in the garden is a great choice for those who are mosquito magnets! Unlike humans, who tend to be drawn to the soothing scent of lavender - mosquitos are repelled by it. Lavender’s aroma will also keep flies, fleas and moths at bay.
    4. To attract pollinators. While winged pests won’t want to set up shop near your lavender plant, all manner of beneficial insects will - such as butterflies and bees. With our global bee population in decline - something which could have devastating and far reaching consequences for the planet - it is vital we attract and protect these valuable species. What’s more they’ll work hard to pollinate your flowers and plants ensuring a colourful and buzzing garden for years to come.
    5. For health. Lavender boasts an array of medical uses - from stress relieving to promoting sleep.
    6. Treat stress and anxiety.  When stress strikes, open your bottle of Shrinking Violet or head out to the garden and breathe in the aroma of your beautiful lavender plants. Researchers have discovered that lavender produces calming, soothing and sedative effects when it’s scent is inhaled. In fact, the scent of lavender can actually change brain wave patterns which is why it can work for a variety of neurological issues.
    7. Improve cognitive function. Not only does lavender oil boost mood, but other studies have shown that its scent helps people perform maths faster and more accurately than those who don’t inhale the aroma before taking tests.
    8. Relieve headaches. Known for its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to dilate blood vessels, it’s easy to understand how lavender kills the pain associated with headaches. Add a few drops of Shrinking Violet solution to a bath to relax and quell a pounding skull.
    9. Sleep like a baby. Although several plants promote a restful night’s sleep, lavender is probably the most well-known of all of these. In one study, the smell of lavender reduced crying in babies and sent them into a deeper sleep, while simultaneously reducing stress in both mother and child. This maybe because the aroma is known to slow down heart rate and lower blood pressure and stress levels. Watch our for our seasonal lavender wands!
    10. For beauty. Lavender has a long history as both a beauty product and a cleansing tonic. Romans used it to scent and purify their baths centuries ago, ancient Egyptians turned its oil into perfume for the mummification process and bundles of lavender were burned during the Great Plague of 1665 to try to ward off infectious diseases.

    What will you do with yours?

    #plantbeauty #bloom #sustainability #lavender #tibbyolivier 

    This Inch Loss Body-Sculpting Massage Is The Best-Kept Secret

    This Inch Loss Body-Sculpting Massage Is The Best-Kept Secret

    Deep-tissue body fixes and lymphatic drainage with Clinically Proven Shrinking Violet Slimming solution. 

    “Slightly tender but not painful” says Jules, a Shrinking Violet slimming body guru who regularly tends to the graceful bodies of ballerinas and models, and is currently pinching, pushing, and pulling at my bare flesh. I’m here today to receive Shrinking Violet lymphatic-drainage massage, an in-demand slimming technique that regularly keeps her occupied from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m, where editors and celebrities alike vied for a spot on her massage table.

    Tibby Olivier Institute trained, she was taught to master bodywork and facials in depth “the secrets of muscular gravity” through strong manipulation that loosens fascia, increases blood flow, and wakes up muscles so that she can “move them back to where they should be.” A sculpted physique is only one of her treatment’s selling points, though; it also can calm the nervous system, reduce chronic pain, and speed the elimination of metabolic waste, slim, firm, tone, shrinking inches as it flows.

    “Did you drink water today?” she asks me, as she presses her elbows and forearms onto my thighs,  A slight tenderness can be felt (an indication that the tissue is not healthy, she says). Although I regularly refill the Shrinking Tea that sits on my desk, she’s quick to tell me, “That’s not enough.” Dehydration can lead to muscle cramping, indigestion, and toxin buildup: “You must drink hot water when you wake up, followed by lots of Shrinking Tea a.m  before 2:00 p.m., then swop to Shrinking Tea p.m from 3- 5:00 p.m., and, after that, just take sips.” (She also informs me that I should take SlimBathe bath oil, hot baths regularly as hot baths can burn as many calories as a workout then apply the SlimBathe body oil all over and hop in bed. 

    The lavender essential oil in all the Shrinking Violet slimming solutions reduces restlessness and has a calming effect on the body. This calming result can have a huge impact on your weight loss journey as you switch your comfort methods from foods to something more aromatic. This can also lead to a better night's sleep and reduce stress. I totally need this! 

    At the end of our 45-minute session, which she finished with a application of Shrinking Violet Cellulite Oil, I not only notice a contoured line in my leg that no yoga, running, or spin class has ever once revealed, but also that my skin is glowing and I feel lighter than when I first walked in. In other words, here you’ll find a treatment that doesn’t need to be buoyed by a populated geotag. Rather, the results speak for themselves. And how refreshing is that? 

    Shrinking Violet body treatments and wraps are found in Spas worldwide, including the world famous Sha Wellness Clinic in Spain. 

    Buy Shrinking Violet here

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    Is Your Phone's Blue Light Damaging Your Skin?

    Is Your Phone's Blue Light Damaging Your Skin?

    Health experts have known about digital eye strain for a while, and the potential for all that blue light from digital devices to do eye damage. But can screens damage your skin, too? 

    What is blue light? 

    Blue light, is part of the spectrum of visible light, a high-energy, short-wavelength light (not to be confused with UVA or UVB rays). 

    The main source of the blue light we're exposed to is the sun. However, we also get a significant dose from our computer screens, phones in fact all digital devices and indoor lighting. "It has been reported to contribute to eye strain as well as cataracts, glaucoma, and other eye disease." 

    But blue light isn't all bad. "Blue light plays a critical role in maintaining good health, as it regulates our body's circadian rhythm — our natural sleep-wake cycle, blue light also elevates mood and helps memory and cognitive function." 

    Is blue light damaging your skin? 

    Recently, you might have noticed your favourite skin-care brand Tibby Olivier launched the Five Phase Ritual skincare system, NEW blue-light-fighting products — so, does that mean it's damaging your skin? "Visible light, especially in the blue wavelength, has become a hot topic in skin care, as there is mounting evidence that supports its contribution to photo-ageing, including wrinkles, worsening skin laxity, and hyperpigmentation." 

    Research on how blue light affects your skin is ongoing, but what dermatologists know so far doesn't look good. One study of the effects of blue light on the skin, published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology in 2010, found that exposing skin to the amount of blue light we get only from the sun caused more pigment, redness, and swelling than when the same person's skin was exposed to comparable levels of UVA rays. 

    The effects were mostly observed in people with darker easier to detect skin tones, but the researchers noted that pigmentation also lasted longer. "This study absolutely made us realise that blue light produces visible skin change, including redness and pigmentation."

    Another study published in Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, suggested that exposure to blue light might stimulate the production of free radicals in skin, which can rapidly accelerate the appearance of ageing. 

    The blue light effect on skin still needs more research, though early evidence seems to suggest it has the potential to be very damaging. 

    At Tibby Olivier we believe in preventative rather than curative, so we started working on protecting blue light actives a while ago and now the result of our research and testing has resulted in us launching Blue Venom skincare range.  

    Featuring a unique blend of Bee Venom and Blue Light Protecting Actives, high performance next generation skincare. Suited to anyone who needs daily protection from their phones and computer screens, as well as office lights and the sun, especially if you are sat in front of your phone or computer all day at work, for any skin type aiding to protect against the advanced signs of ageing, helping to restore conditions of chronological ageing & digital pollution.

    Blue Venom restores the skin’s adaptive capacity to overcome hypoxic stress. Limiting the appearance of free radicals and damage to the matrix caused by blue light. Blue Venom provides a true gust of oxygen, it strengthens the barrier function, smooths the skin relief and improves skin quality.  The healthy glow effect restored and the complexion radiance revived; a double deep formula that is then enhanced by the powerful effects of bee venom, help and also plump out fine lines and wrinkles, giving that immediate anti-ageing effect and lift. 

    So, what exactly is the blue light doing? 

    "Dermatologists have good evidence to show that visible light triggers certain skin conditions, such as melasma, where the skin is stimulated to produce more pigment."  

    "There's also evidence that as blue light penetrates the skin, reactive oxygen species are generated, which leads to DNA damage, thereby causing inflammation and the breakdown of healthy collagen and elastin, as well as hyperpigmentation." 

    There is mounting evidence that supports [blue light's] contribution to photo-ageing, including wrinkles, worsening skin laxity, and hyperpigmentation. 

    "Although recently, scientific data points to blue light in general penetrating into the skin contributing to wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and ageing, so, the more time we spend on our devices, the worse off our skin might be." 

    Anecdotally, some dermatologists say they've seen what they believe is skin damage from blue light. "I am seeing a new pattern of hyperpigmentation in some patients that I am concerned is coming from holding a cell phone to their face, we have been tracking the effects of blue light exposure throughout the last few years. "Melasma is now often more on the sides of the face than on the central cheeks, where it had been most common." 

    That's not all. "Dark spots after acne are often worse on the side of the face where the person is holding their cell phone."  

    "It seems that, in these cases, the cell phone being right on top of the skin surface is giving high levels of blue light to the skin." Your computer screen, meanwhile, might not be so worrisome, because you sit farther away from it. 

    Do skin-care products targeting blue light really work? 

    Luckily, a wave of blue-light-specific products that work to block the high-energy wavelengths radiating from the sun and your digital screens is hitting the skin-care world. "We do think there is a place for blue light protection within skin-care routines, especially if you spend a lot of time in front of digital devices."  

    At Tibby Olivier, we have just launched Blue Venom and have a five phase ritual skincare system, containing two face creams (one for day and one for night), a face mask, face serum, and eye cream formulated with active extracts, to protect against blue light and to help protect skin against damage caused by environmental pollution to specifically help protect skin from blue light damage. 

    There is a place for blue light protection within skin-care routines, especially if you spend a lot of time in front of digital devices. 

    Some skin types might have more need for a blue-light-fighting serum than others, like people who have "sun sensitive" skin disorders, such as lupus and rosacea. (sunscreens, which protect against ultraviolet A and B rays, don't do anything to help protect you from blue light rays.

    Even if you're not "sun sensitive," we recommend our Blue Venom antioxidant-rich skincare to help counter the effects of blue light. "Blue light exposure is one of the reasons why our use of Blue Venom antioxidant serum in the morning is critical."  

    "My favourite is Blue Venom Mask followed by Blue Venom night cream for a double whammy, protection with maximum lift and relax." says Tibby Olivier.

    In addition to catching the blue-light-fighting skin-care wave, we suggest lowering the brightness level on your screens to help prevent skin damage. (Just don't dim it so much that you’re straining your eyes). And to cut down on the risk of hyperpigmentation where you hold your phone, go hands-free. 

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    4 Interesting and Surprising Facts About Body Wraps

    4 Interesting and Surprising Facts About Body Wraps

    The health and beauty treatment known as a ‘body wrap’ has become very popular in recent years. While they’ve been around for quite some time, it wasn’t until the past few decades when their use has really begun to pick up steam. Today, millions of people from across the world perform body wraps for the numerous benefits offered. Shrinking inches, tightening, toning and firming to name just a few. Even if you are familiar with the basic process of natural body wrapping, there are probably some facts about the procedure that will surprise you. Here, we are going to reveal 4 interesting facts about body wraps.

    1 – Dates Back To Ancient Greece
    Some people assume that body wraps are a modern health and beauty procedure, originating sometime in the 20th century. While no one knows who exactly is responsible for inventing the body wrap, we think that Tibby Olivier of course invented the only body wrap to have, historians believe that Ancient Greece civilisations practiced it on a regular basis. The methods and ingredients were certainly different back then, but it still involved the use of material wrapped tightly around the body. So the next time you are having a Shrinking Violet Body Wrap performed, think about the long, deep roots of its origin, whilst you relax -  Shrinking those unwanted Inches.

    2 – Clinically Proven
    Shrinking Violet is clinically proven to reduce up to 2.5% of body fat immediately post treatment. 93% in our clinical trial lost a dress size in 60 minutes. Shrinking Violet solution is bio-engineered to keep on working for 72 hours after treatment. Shrinking Violet is the most powerful fat loss wrap available. The world leader in Shrinking Inches in hard to treat areas, bums, tums, thighs and arms.

    3 – Noticeable Difference After Just One Wrap!
    You might be surprised to learn that body wraps will offer a noticeable difference in your waistline after just a single wrap session. If this is your first wrap, it’s recommended that you measure your waist both before and after. Seeing the inches literally melt away right in front of your eyes is an exciting feeling that will keep you coming back for more. We love Shrinking Inches with you.

    4 – More Wraps = More Weight Loss
    Of course, you don’t have to limit yourself to using a single body wrap. If you’re looking to really shed some pounds off your midsection, you should have a course of body wraps for optimum results you will love. Keeping up with this routine will help you down to your desired weight in no time at all! Just remember to drink lots of water throughout the process to maximise the benefits of your body wraps.

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