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Video: Rachelle & Well+Good: Floral Beauty Water Recipe

HOW TO COLD BREW YOUR OWN SPARKLING BEAUTY WATER INFUSED WITH CITRUS AND FLOWER PETALS

If you’re as plant obsessed as everyone in the succulent-covered Well+Good offices, you pretty much have spring fever right now. Gorgeous greenery and flowers are blossoming everywhere across the country. (Shoutout to everyone traipsing through California’s poppy fields or the bluebonnets in Texas.) But the power of colorful plants extends far beyond home decor. Certain ones are anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and anti-bad mood.

In the latest episode of Plant Based, herbalist, health coach, and Supernatural founder Rachelle Robinettshares her recipe for sparkling beauty water, made with some key floral ingredients. “[They’re] brightening, soothing, and some are mood boosting,” she says of the blend.

So what exactly in it? Here’s a breakdown: Citrus peels, rose petals, calendula ( vibrant orange flower that serves as a balm for the skin), chamomile, lavender, hibiscus, and sparkling water. Robinett explains that the citrus peels and flowers are high in polyphenols (which protect the body from harmful agents like ultraviolet rays and radiation) and terpenes (which may help lower anxiety). She also says the blend is high in antioxidants, which help reduce inflammation.

Because the flower petals can be pretty bitter, Robinett cold brews the blend, which reduces the harshness, giving the beauty water a slightly sweet taste instead. And the sparkling water makes it super refreshing. Ready to see how to do it? Watch Robinett whip it up.

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Featured in Well+Good: 3 Plants That Can Give Your Skin A Boost When Fall Hits

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You know winter usually wreaks havoc on your skin (hello, majorly dry air), but as your face faces the impending cold front, is there anything you can actually do to prep your complexion in advance?

According to Rachelle Robinett, holistic health practitioner and founder of Supernatural, there is—it just requires hoarding some proverbial acorns (ahem, plant-rich skin-care essentials).

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Lavender

Lavender isn’t just for your diffuser. The purple flower is a key ingredient for fall skin care, according to Robinett.

“Amid the busyness of fall, if there’s one herb to keep on-hand, this may be it,” Robinett says. “It’s a calm-creating plant, known for giving us a sense of wellbeing without being too uplifting nor sedating. Think of it as peace in plant form.”

“Amid the busyness of fall, if there’s one herb to keep on-hand, [lavender] may be it.”

Play up that soothing effect with Weleda’s Lavender Creamy Body wash. The gentle formula adds extra hydration with sesame oil for another nourishment boost, too. Turn on a steamy shower, lather up, and feel the tranquil vibes.

Rosemary

Robinett cites literature to talk about rosemary’s reported mindfulness powers. “In Hamlet, Ophelia says to her brother Laertes, ‘There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance,'” Robinett says. That’s why she likes to have rosemary on hand for a mid-day pick-me-up.

“I use rosemary in essential oil form…essentially as a caffeine replacement,” she says. “[I] warm it between my palms and then inhale deeply from them. It’s such an enlivening and also calming experience.”

The rosemary leaf extract in Weleda’s Skin Food can help give tired skin (sound like winter skin to anyone?) a dose of glow. The ultra-rich moisturizer is a universal salve for rough elbows and hands, and acts like a layer of deep hydration for your face, too.

Wild Rose

“Fall (and winter) can be ideal times to recover from sun damage that may have been done in the summer,” Robinett says. “It’s still important to protect against the sun all year long, but when there’s less of it, we can go a little deeper with brightening, exfoliating, or corrective actions.”

Her pick for a skin-boosting plant is wild rose, which she praises as a full-spectrum herbal remedy. “Vitamin C, which rose is high in, is commonly relied on for making skin feel smooth,” she explains. “This is one ingredient I’d seek out in serums, moisturizers, and masks, especially.”

Snag a moisturizing body oil that owes its silky smoothness to a bouquet of wild rose oils (plus hydrating sweet almond and jojoba oils in Weleda’s Pampering Body & Beauty Oil), and head into fall with your best, most moisturized face forward.

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