To keep our mind body and soul in balance, it's important to take some time for you. These self care rituals will help you to slow down and re-connect with yourself. With a bit of intention and creativity, we can create a sacred space and show ourselves some love.
A foot bath is an easy way to give some love to your feet and is very relaxing. If you don’t have a bathtub at home and feel like you're missing out, this ritual is a lovely substitute. All you need is a bucket/container that your feet will comfortably fit into or a foot spa if you have one. Fill your foot bath with hot water and sprinkle into it half a cup of Epsom salts or Magnesium Flakes. Mix 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil into a tablespoon of liquid soap and add to the water. Sit down put your feet in and relax! TIP- Have a towel handy to dry your feet afterwards. TIP- Follow on from this with some self-massage for your feet and lower legs.
Self-massage is self-love! This is a beautiful way to look after your legs that carry you around all day, it will improve circulation and moisturise your skin. All you need is a massage oil, towel and something to sit on. A yoga mat covered in a towel works well. Begin by making your massage oil- 50mls of Carrier oil (Almond, Olive, Coconut etc) if you wish, add to that 10 drops of Essential Oils - Ginger, Rosemary, Lavender, Peppermint, Chamomile and Orange are all great options. Sit down and begin by massaging your feet and working your way up to you knees. Take it slow and enjoy the process. TIP- try a hand massage as well, your hands will love you for it.
Smelling scents through the olfactory system has a direct link into the limbic centre of our brain, which regulates emotion, behaviour and memory, so scent plays a huge role in lowering stress, anxiety and promoting feel good memories. Use 6-8 drops maximum. Here are some synergies to try - The number means drops. You do not need all 3 oils, even 1 or 2 will do the trick!
Making a cup of tea is one of the oldest ways know to unwind and take a break. Make it into a ritual, use a beautiful old teapot or use those beautiful teacups you have stashed away. As your tea infuses practice sitting still and taking some deep breath’s to center yourself. I like to drink my tea outside on the deck in the morning, breathe in the fresh air and listen to the birds. Making a herbal tea blend is easy, choose 2-3 herbs and use around 1 teaspoon of dried herbs per cup. You may even have herbs growing in your garden! Here are some ideas of blends to get you started.
SOOTHER - Fresh Ginger, Fresh Lemon, Marshmallow
Face masks are used to cleanse and revitalise the skin. Put a silky robe on and pretend you're in a day spa! We don’t need any fancy ingredients, there are plenty of options available in your kitchen. Fresh fruit and vegetables make wonderful soothing face masks, or you can try clay for a deeper skin cleansing. Leave your mask on for 10-15mins, sit back and relax!
– 2 teaspoons mashed Avocado and 1 teaspoon Ground Oats.
– 1 teaspoon of Clay (any) and 2 teaspoons of fresh Orange juice.
– 1 teaspoon Honey, 2 teaspoon ground Oatmeal and 1 teaspoon Cucumber juice
Scrubs are used to remove dead skin cells, stimulate circulation and encourage cellular renewal. Making a body scrub is easier than you think, and we can use the ingredients from our pantry’s. Sugar, salt and coffee grounds work well for the body, if you have sensitive skin try something finer like ground rice or ground oatmeal. You can also add ingredients like mashed fruit, Shea or Mango butter, ground dried herbs or tea leaves if you have them. Feel free to add a few drops of Essential Oil if you have them, citrus oils are great for invigorating the skin.
– 1/4 of a cup of fine sugar, contents of 1 green tea bag, 1 teaspoon of liquid body soap and 1 teaspoon of oil (any).
– Quarter of a cup of coffee grounds (can be used), 1 teaspoon of liquid soap and 1 teaspoon of oil.
– Quarter of a cup of ground rice, 2 teaspoons of clay, 1 teaspoon of liquid soap and 1 teaspoon of oil.
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