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Looking forwards... 
Good news has been in fairly short supply recently. The challenges and tragedies of COVID-19 have been overwhelming in so many ways and positive stories of nature bouncing back whilst we stay at home and curb our reliance on fossil fuels have been a beacon of light at the end of a very dark tunnel. There is a long way to go still and it's the little things that will help sustain us. Many councils for instance have delayed cutting the grass on roadside verges – one of the last remaining habitats for wildflowers – which should bring a riot of colour to the countryside this summer and provide more pollen for bees. Small mercies indeed. 
Working on the labelling for my new MINIMISE Skincare range got me thinking. How could I succinctly summarise my thoughts on natural plant-based products, what they mean to me, how beautifully they moisturise, how they support the skin, why I shun expensive brands with ingredient lists as long as my arm where the only word I recognise is water, how could I say it?  
I'm neither a botanist nor a horticulturist, I have no training (although I wish I did). I simply have a enduring interest in plants whether they be vegetables, herbs, flowers or weeds, and how they can impact on our health and wellbeing. In three words, to me, 'plants are life'. 
I Googled it, and BBC bitesize helped put my perspective in order, 'Plants are really important for the planet and for all living things. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen from their leaves, which humans and other animals need to breathe. Living things need plants to live - they eat them and live in them'.  
Yesterday the Safety Assessments for my products came through and now I can start work on the branding in earnest before going into production. I am still waiting on delivery of the jars that are being made in the UK from sustainable paper and card - packaging which comes from trees and when empty can be composted at home and returned to the earth to begin a new cycle of life. Like the sunflowers in the picture above I am looking forwards because I want to see a brighter environmental future which we can all enjoy and hoping that MINIMISE can play a small but positive part in that . 
Yesterday I… had some good news. 
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Homeopath | Bowen Therapist | Natural Health Practitioner 
Colchester, Essex, CO2 7HW, United Kingdom | Tel: 01206 543302 
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