From time to time, I find myself slipping into serendipitous modes of self-reflection. Such moments allow me to fully indulge in necessary moments of self care. One of my favourite ways to unwind is by simply taking a bath…but not just any bath. I’m talking about one that pleases all of ones senses, and perhaps even aids in realigning out of balanced chakras.

Getting the temperature just right… ❄️ Epsom Salt, Dried Rose Petals, Dried Chrysanthemum Petals, English Lavender.

Sometimes, I like to mix it up…

Flower filled baths…night, night, ❄️Epsom Salt, Dried Rose Petals, Dried Chrysanthemum Petals, Green Tea Leaves, Janice Goat’s Milk Soap, Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Mental Clarity Essential Oil.

I’ll admit, once you slip on an Al Green record, you’ve transported yourself into an oasis fit for fulfilment. Oh and don’t talk about how silky smooth this concoction of goodness makes your skin feel…like butter, baby. Truly.

Even more so, after slathering on a decadent amount of homemade body butter.

  • A bit of Aura Cacia Aromatherapy Sweet Almond & Lavender oils along with a luscious amount of BALI VCO Virgin Coconut Oil.

The ingredients are:

  1. 10 ounces of  BALI VCO Virgin Coconut Oil
  2. 4 ounces of Aura Cacia Aromatherapy Sweet Almond Oil
  3. 2 ounces of Aura Cacia Aromatherapy Lavender Oil

Method:

  • Whipped to perfection. I like to store my batch in the fridge, which allows for it to last a little longer (4 to 6 weeks). It feels so refreshing to have the coolness of the butters meld into your skin upon contact. Especially on a hot summer day. Trust me!

There are also times that I find myself in need of meditation. In those moments, I simply go to my corner to reflect and re-adjust my attitude towards the emotions I’ve encountered throughout the day.

My sanctuary of sorts.

Other times, I find myself being a tad cliché and in those moments I like to “stop and smell the roses”. Even though it is an old adage, I have found that it has become a necessity in these troubling times. Doing so is not only for the sake of indulging ones sensory palate, but most importantly, for getting out amongst the natural wonders that surround us and breathe life into ours.

Even going as far as getting my hands truly dirty…

  • Planting some seedlings.

Then, there are times that I crave malty mounds of mother natures super foods, blended into a smoothie that makes your eyelids flutter and your toes curl…that is my testimony and I’m just hear to spread the word! Try whipping yourself up one or two…they pair well with a sultry summer day.

  • Since I'm working out in the yard, I might as well indulge a little.👩🏿‍🌾

On rare occasions (like seven or eight thus far in my life) I might be found lounging on my deck. Trying to add a tad more color to my life.

Decisions…decisions

Lastly, here is a magnificent chart that you might find useful in these endeavours. So, the next time you find yourself in deep need of self-care, I hope these simple tips will aid you.

What are some of the things you practice during times such as these? Leave a comment below. We’re looking forward to reviewing your magical moments of mindfulness.

The article was initially posted on Aphrodite’s Delights on June 24th 2017. 

Feature Photo by Tamarcus Brown on Unsplash

Jennifer Trotter

Jennifer resides in the Pacific Northwest, USA - after having worked as a Teacher in Indonesia. She's also a Freelance Writer, Photographer, and an Independent Scholar. Jennifer's work is published on the Living Atlas of the World and has pending publications with the Pennsylvania State University Press.

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