Life can feel like a juggling act, but this is no reason to ignore the need for self-care. Nurturing our body and spirit is an essential part of life. Without self-care our energy becomes imbalanced and our ability to perform daily tasks with health and happiness wavers.
Fortunately, taking a bit of time for beautifying ourselves naturally and holistically can be easy. Try these simple ideas to enhance beauty inside and out.
The physical body holds much of our emotional tension. After your daily shower show the body love by giving yourself a soothing self-massage. Use an essential oil infused lotion or body oil to moisturize your body while massaging. Start with the neck and shoulders working your way down to the hips, legs, thighs and feet. Breathe in the aromatic benefits while your body releases tension. This is the perfect way to start or end every day.
Weekly Soft Soak
A warm bath does wonders for holistic health. Laying down surrounded by warm water is incredibly soothing. Baths also detoxify skin and relax muscles. Make a weekly ritual of preparing a special soft soak to enhance bath time. Light a clean burning candle near the tub. Dilute 5 drops of rose or lavender essential oil to 1 tablespoon almond or jojoba oil, and add the mixture to your bath water. You can also add a hand full of fresh rose petals.
The skin is the body’s largest organ so it is important to keep it healthy and toxin-free. Weekly exfoliation helps increase circulation, releases toxins, and encourages cell regeneration. For a simple body scrub blend finely ground sea salt, jojoba or almond oil, and a few drops of lavender essential oil, and scrub. Sea salt contains trace minerals that rejuvenate skin. Post-scrub make sure to drink a lot of water to flush out toxins.
10 Minute Meditative Mask
Combine your beauty routine and meditation practice. Choose to be mindful while waiting for your nails to dry, using a deep hair treatment, or wearing a face mask. Keep it simple. Try a manuka honey mask. Use a tablespoon of manuka honey, warm it up in the palm of your hand, and spread it on your face. Set your timer for 10-15 minutes, call attention to your breathing, and observe any thoughts that arise. Return to your breathing and continue to observe. When your timer goes off gently rinse with warm water.
Enjoy these natural beauty rituals for holistic health. We would love to hear the ways you beautify inside and out.