Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Alexandra Stück has created a range of textiles infused with scented herbal remedies, called Herbal Kneipp. Made from handwoven linen, the collection is designed to boost wellness and help people reconnect with nature.
Stück was inspired by the holistic remedies developed by 19th-century German monk Sebastian Kneipp, and worked with five therapeutic scent combinations made up of ingredients such as geranium, lemon balm, peppermint and rosemary. The remedies are said to improve concentration, enhance libido, and balance the cardiac cycle.
Stück used the ingredients to create a "scent dye" that can be fixed to the fabric using hot water and lasts for up to six months. Stück suggests the textiles can be used as scarves, handkerchiefs or bed linen.
She also created a linen Body Sports Patch, which emits the scent of a pine forest in response to body heat. She envisions it being used by gym-goers or urban joggers to reconnect with nature while exercising.
The importance of wellness in our increasingly urban lifestyles appeared as a strong theme at the Design Academy Eindhoven degree show this year. Meanwhile, consumer interest in alternative therapies and holistic health services is rising – see Holistic Health for more.