Beautify the Landscape
The edible herb flowers.
The Borage, with its gallant blue flower, is cultivated in our gardens as a pot herb, and is associated in our minds with bees and claret cup. It grows wild in abundance on open plains where the soil is favorable, and it has a long-established reputation for cheering the spirits. Botanically, it is the Borago officinalis, this title being a corruption of cor-ago, i.e., cor, the heart, ago, I stimulate--quia cordis affectibus medetur, because it cures weak conditions of the heart. An old Latin adage says: Borago ego gaudia semper ago—"I, Borage, bring always courage"; or the name may be derived from the Celtic, Borrach, "a noble person."
Handmade Floral Paper
This is the ultimate upcycling project because it breathes new life into expired herbs and old paper products. Handmade floral paper is a beautiful foundation for cards, invitations, and gift tags. You can even give a stack of your homemade paper as a beautiful gift other creatives will love to receive tied up with a vintage ribbon.
This project is simpler than you may expect; it basically involves blending shredded paper with water, catching the pulp on a small screen, sponging away the excess water, and then letting the sheet dry. You will need to assemble the right tools before diving in, including a blender, a small screen frame, and a large plastic tub, among other things.
You can find step-by-step instructions for this project here. When you’re ready for a more advanced version, try making the paper pulp from grass stems and other fibrous plant materials rather than repurposing old paper products (instructions here).
Forget about the beauty products with harsh chemicals and explore the Plants with Cosmetic Uses that are both organic and healthy!The use of cosmetics is very common these days. These products can make your skin beautiful immediately but the chemicals and parabens will make the skin unhealthy and dull with regular use and let’s not forget the long term side effects and health issues they carry. Instead of using these full of chemical products, try growing these plants with cosmetic uses and use them fresh.
Check out our article on flowers for beautiful skin here!