Remember we did not lose ourselves all at once. But we recover our authentic selves one kind gesture at a time...
- Sarah Ban Breathnach (author Simple Abundance - a daybook of comfort and joy)
Good Morning dear bliss buddies!
Today's kind gesture of self care is a combination of many. A heavenly bathtime can be a very sacred resting ritual and can be as elaborate and detailed in its attention as you wish.
Many ancient cultures treated bathing as a sacred healing art. These ancient bathing rituals grew from the recognition that water is an elemental force and has great power to heal.
Tonight or any time that suits you best, prepare all you need to hand for a total head-to-toe bliss bath - or shower if you prefer. This is a good time to use up any free samples you might have (and from now on, when you get the opportunity ask for samples where possible and keep them safe in preparation of your next heavenly bathtime). If you are short on time today, choose even one or two extra elements to your bathing routine to help you feel like you are returning the love to your perfect body, one kind gesture at a time.....
Research has proven that your body actually soaks up the magnesium in epsom salts when you bathe in it. Magnesium relaxes you and is said to regulate blood pressure and soothe aching muscles. It regenerates and heals skin cells. A good soak in these salts, reduces swelling, helps heal bruising and detoxifies your system.
A shower alternative - Place salts in a thin sock and standing under the warm water, scrub your skin all over, brushing in the direction of your heart. Then rinse your skin.
Try a little extra pampering
Before you get into the bath prepare your face with a facial steam. Fill a bowl with hot water and a ripped open herbal tea bag, then lean over the bowl with a towel over your head. Breathe slowly for 5 to 10 minutes.*
You can make a hair mask by whisking together 1 egg yolk, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of honey. Leave it in for around half and hour and during this time you can apply a face mask of your choice.*
Have you tried dry brushing? Dry brushing is best done on dry skin but you can use a scented body oil if you prefer. Using a skin brush, start at your feet and brush up towards your heart using small, firm upward strokes or circular motions. On your stomach use anti-clockwise strokes. Brush for a minimum of three minutes.*
It's possible you know well how to prepare for a good old bathtime pampering session but just in case you need a reminder here's a list:
Dressing gown, relaxing music, scented candles, a long cool drink or herbal tea, cotton pads, bamboo cotton buds, make-up remover, face mask or scrub and cotton flannel to wash off, shampoo and conditioner, epilator or shaver, eyebrow tweezers, mirror, nail clippers, toner, moisturiser, overnight serum or oil, perfume, pumice stone or other foot skin softener, foot cream and hand cream.
Dry your hair, blow out the candles and if it's nighttime slip into fresh nightwear. Place some lavender oil on your pillowcase and enhance that sleepy, relaxed, post-bath feeling. Make yourself a bedtime drink and bring it back to bed. While your hand cream and cuticle oil sink in, notice how wonderful your skin feels.
*reference: Good Mornings - by Linnea Dunne
Have a beautiful day.
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