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Hygge Beauty Rituals: Crystal and Aromatherapy Bath

Part 4 Hygge Beauty Rituals: Soothing Aromatherapy Bath

The beauty ritual in Part 1 an herbal facial steam, Part 2 an aromatherapy foot bath, Part 3 massage softening hand and foot salve. This hygge beauty ritual is a crystal and aromatherapy bath. Healing treatments with water are called hydrotherapy. You can do a simple hydrotherapy treatment at home if you have a bath tub. If you don’t have a bath tub, do a foot bath. Bath’s are the perfect remedy when we need to relax, revive and regenerate but most times we are so tired or stressed we zone out by going on our cell phone or watching TV. Taking a bath is a wonderful experience and the art of bathing has been in every culture. Take the time to schedule a bath; write a note and place it on the counter and include it on your calendar with a reminder. To make it easier, ready all your ingredients in advance or have a bath bin or basket with your healing bath ingredients.

HYDROTHERAPY: HEALING WITH WATER
A bath is one of the best ways to relax, restore and rejuvenate your body. When you soak in a bath, the pores in the skin open and like a sponge soak in the healing properties of the herbs and ingredients you have put in the water. High quality, natural and organic ingredients should be used. Skin is a major and the largest organ; it absorbs and eliminates. Herbs, salts, plant milks, essential oils and plant oils help to nourish, moisturize and soften the skin. They also pull out toxins from the body.

A warm bath relaxes the body and helps to invoke a peaceful night’s sleep. A bath can also be invigorating by using cooler water and invigorating herbs and essential oils. A footbath is the next best thing to a bath. Add flowers to the water for a touch of beauty.

Bath temperature makes a difference on the effect on the body. Take a 20-30 minute bath for the best results. Bath temperature should be around 100F/38C – 102F/39C degrees, 2 – 4 degrees above your body temperature.

92F/33C – 97F/36C degrees: lukewarm bath for rejuvenation, inflammation, poison oak and rashes.
97F/33C – 101F/38C degrees: normal bath for relaxation.
99F/37C – 108F/42C degrees: hot bath to increase circulation, remove toxins from the body and relieve pain and insomnia

SET UP A SANCTUARY
Light Candles
Play Soft Music
Surround Yourself with your Favorite Flowers

CRYSTALS FOR THE BATH
Crystals raise the vibration. Everything is energy. Flowers, herbs, crystals all contain energy. This energy is infused into the bath water. Choose a crystal that you are drawn to and place it in the bath water.
Amethyst
Citrine
Rose Quartz
Quartz

AROMATHERAPY FOR THE BATH
A single essential oil can be used if you don’t have many essential oils. Essential oils are oil soluble, it is best to add them to some plant oil before adding to the bath water. Add 4-10 drops essential oil to 1 tablespoon plant oil (avocado, olive, sunflower, etc.). Depending on the essential oils and you, customize the amount to what suits you. Less is better. Start with 4 drops and increase to 10 drops.

All is Well
4 drops Rose Geranium Essential Oil
3 drops Lavender Essential Oil
3 drops Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil 

Relax and Soothe 
4 drops Lavender Essential Oil
3 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
2 drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

OPTIONAL ADDITIONS
Plant Milks 1 cup
Coconut Milk 1 cup
Coconut Milk Powder 2 tablespoons
Hemp Milk 1 cup
Almond Milk 1 cup
Macadamia Milk 1 cup
Salts
Himalayan Sea Salt 1/4 cup
Pacific or Atlantic Sea Salt 1/4 cup
Dead Sea Salt 1/4 cup
Epsom Salt 1/4 cup
Baking Soda 2 tablespoons
Herbs
Calendula 1 tablespoon fresh or dried 
Chamomile 1 tablespoon fresh or dried
Lavender 1 tablespoon fresh or dried
Roses 2 tablespoons fresh or dried

Read Part 1 Hygge Beauty Rituals: Herbal Facial Steam here

Read Part 2 Hygge Beauty Rituals: Aromatherapy Foot Bath

Read Part 3 Hygge Beauty Rituals: Massage with Softening Hand and Foot Balm

CREATE YOUR OWN NATURAL SPA PRODUCT LINE
Enrollment is open for the Winter Session Guided and mentored online professional course with cosmetic formulator, herbalist and aromatherapist Joan Morais. Enroll today here…

 

Hygge Beauty Rituals: Massage with Softening Hand and Foot Salve

 

Part 3: Hygge Beauty Rituals: Massage with Softening Hand and Foot Salve 

The hygge beauty rituals; Part 1 herbal facial steam, Part 2 aromatherapy foot bath and Part 3 massage with softening hand and foot salve. One hygge beauty ritual that feels so good and is so simple and highly beneficial to the skin and body are self-hand and foot massages. It only takes a few minutes to do a self massage and lovingly touch our our hands and feet. The massage sends a message to the nerves and muscles that the body matters and the nerves and muscles can relax and revive. Our nerves are constantly attacked with all that we see and hear on the news, social media and the stresses in our daily lives. We have loss of sleep, are overly tired, feel achy and always on alert. Our nervous system sends signals to our entire body; especially the brain and the spine. When we take time to massage our hands and feet it sends a message to the nerves to relax and creates a feeling of wellness.

MASSAGE WITH SOFTENING HAND AND FOOT SALVE
This hand and foot salve recipe works wonders during the cold, dry and windy months. It glides on without leaving an oily feel and look. It is perfect for a hand and foot massage. Hands need extra care because they are exposed to the harsh elements at all times; dishwashing, cleaning, snow, cold, dry air and wind. Hands quickly show sun spots, wrinkling and dryness and to prevent these it helps to care for the hands. One way is to apply a salve that locks in the moisture and protects the hands. This salve also is excellent for massaging the feet. Foot reflexology affects the body.

Foot Reflexology Massage
Reflexology is used for headaches, backaches, menstrual complaints, fatigue, to improve circulation, remove toxins from the body and restore balance to the body. Reflexology is a therapeutic form of foot massage. Both ancient Chinese and Egyptians used the healing effects of foot reflexology on the entire body. Reflexologists believe that certain areas on the feet reflect the body’s internal organs and systems which can be stimulated by applying pressure to those specific points, called reflex zones. If an organ, tissue or gland is off balance, then the external point on the foot will be sensitive to pressure. By applying pressure to the reflex zones, a natural healing process can begin by increasing the circulation of blood and nerve supply in the body.

Softening Hand snd Foot Salve 
Fills 4 ounce container

4 fluid ounces (1/2 cup) plant oil (avocado, sunflower, olive, coconut, almond, apricot)
1 tablespoon of candelilla wax  (tiny spheres-you may need more if the wax is larger spheres)
½ teaspoon essential oil (I used: 8 drops lavender, 6 drops rose geranium, 4 drops palmarosa)

Directions

1. Place plant oil  and candelilla wax into a very small pot, stainless steel measuring cup or double boiler* on low heat.

2. Be careful not to overheat the oil, it will destroy the beneficial properties of the oil. Remove the pot from heat as soon as the candelilla wax is melted and the mixture is clear with no unmelted candelilla wax.

3. Do a spoon test: stick a spoon in the mixture and allow the salve to harden on the spoon to test the consistency. If it is too firm, add more plant oil, if it is too soft, add more candelilla wax. Reheat as necessary.

4. Cool the salve a bit but before it firms up and add essential oil and stir well.

5. Pour immediately into the container and allow to firm.

*A double boiler system should be used when heating wax or plant oils and butters. This system creates a gentle heat and warms the oils, butter or wax without burning them. It is a two-pot system. The bottom pot holds a small amount of water and this warms the ingredients in the top pot. This is a double boiler pot system; the bottom pot holds a small amount of water and the top pot holds the ingredients.  To make your own system, use a larger pot to hold the water and a smaller pot to set inside the larger pot. The water in the bottom pot should barely touch the top pot. A trivet can be placed inside the larger pot and the smaller pot placed on it.

Read Part 1 Hygge Beauty Rituals: Herbal Facial Steam here

Read Part 2 Hygge Beauty Rituals: Aromatherapy Foot Bath

Read Part 4 Hygge Beauty Rituals: Crystal and Aromatherapy Bath (coming soon)


CREATE YOUR OWN NATURAL SKIN CARE PRODUCTS
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Hygge Beauty Rituals: Aromatherapy Foot Bath

Part 2: Hygge Beauty Rituals: Aromatherapy Foot Bath 

Hygge Beauty Rituals Part 1 shares about the feeling of coziness and comfort, Hygge.
An aromatherapy foot bath affects our entire body and imparts a feeling of comfort, wellness, relaxation and revitalization.

OUR FEET
Our feet are one of the most neglected areas of our body. We take them for granted. Our feet hold us up, balance our bodies and get us to where we want to go. We stuff our feet into uncomfortable shoes which result with corns or bunions and can be painful. Only when our feet are in pain do we realize how much our feet do for us. Our feet are the foundation of our body and the foundation to our health.

FOOT BATHS
Foot baths refresh, revive and invigorate not only our feet but our entire body. When your nerves are frayed and your energy is low, a foot bath will boost your energy, soothe your spirit and soften your feet. Foot baths work great for sore, swollen and aching feet especially after hiking, walking or bike riding. Foot baths work well for heat headaches. It pulls the hot energy out of your head down and out through your feet. Try 4 drops lavender and 2 drops peppermint essential oil.

You can always fit a foot bath into your busy schedule, you can take a foot bath while watching TV. Although, it’s better to create a spa space to relax and revitalize your entire self. Listen to some relaxing music or music that makes you feel good, burn some candles,  read a magazine or a book, have a cup of ginger tea, a glass of sparkling fruit water or just look out the window to nature and daydream. Keep a pad and pen by you to jot down inspirational ideas.

When your feet are in water you won’t get up to do the many things on your to do list and instead relax and just be. When we do good things for ourselves the list gets done quicker and easier.

THE CONTAINER
Use a metal tub, a big cooking pot, a plastic washing basin or sit on the side of your bathtub. Make sure the container is deep enough so that your ankles will be covered with water. Place a towel under the basin and one to the side to dry your feet. Foot baths are great to do outside on a warm day.

AROMATHERAPY FOOT BATH
1 tablespoon plant oil (avocado, safflower, sunflower, olive, almond, apricot)
2-6 drops essential oil (lavender, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree)

optional additions:
2 tablespoons sea salt
1 tablespoon dried herbs/flowers
1/4 cup fresh herbs/flowers
1/4 cup plant milk
1 tablespoon coconut milk powder
1 tablespoon baking soda

In a small mixing container add  2 tablespoons of safflower oil, sunflower oil, olive oil or a plant oil you have in your pantry and add up to 6 drops of essential oil and mix well. Essential oils are soluble in oil, not water. It is best to add them to plant oil first and then disperse into the water. This will help to minimize direct contact to essential oils. Direct skin contact with essential oils may cause sensitivity to the skin. You can add 2 tablespoons of your favorite sea salt, dried or fresh herbs and flowers and/or baking soda. Fill the foot basin with warm to hot water; a temperature that feels good to you. Add the essential oil mixture to the water and stir well. Make sure the water is not too hot before putting your feet in. Soak feet for 15-20 minutes.

ESSENTIAL OILS
These essential oils are great for the feet plus you receive the added benefits from the aroma of the essential oils.

Lavender essential oil is calming and soothing. Use for sore, swollen feet and heat headaches.
Lemon essential oil refreshes and revives. Use for hot, sore and swollen feet.
Peppermint essential oil is refreshing and reviving. Use for sore, tired, hot feet and heat headaches.
Rosemary essential oil refreshes, revives and stimulates circulation. Use for sore and swollen feet.
Tea tree essential oil is antifungal. Use for fungus or athletes foot.

MASSAGE YOUR FEET
There are so many therapeutic benefits to massage the feet. There are areas in the feet that correspond to other areas in your body. Search and learn about reflexology. After your foot bath, lovingly massage your feet with a foot salve. Foot salve recipe coming soon in this series.

HYGGE BEAUTY RITUALS SERIES
Read Part 1 Hygge Beauty Rituals: Herbal Facial Steam here

Read Part 3 Hygge Beauty Rituals: Massage with Softening Hand and Foot Balm

Read Part 4 Hygge Beauty Rituals: Crystal and Aromatherapy Bath (coming soon)

CREATE YOUR OWN NATURAL SPA PRODUCT LINE
Enrollment is open for the Winter Session Guided and mentored online professional course with cosmetic formulator, herbalist and aromatherapist Joan Morais. Enroll today here…

Essential Oils for Cleaning the Air

Essential oils are very efficient for cleaning the air. Essential oils are effective at cleaning and purifying the air in our home. One of the main purifiers of air are trees, essential oils from trees such as eucalyptus, fir, pine and spruce are superior at cleaning the air and assisting us to breathe easier. Citrus essential oils cleanse, freshen and send an uplifting aroma into the air. Here are some of my favorite essential oils for cleaning and purifying the air.

Essential Oils for Cleaning the Air

Grapefruit – Citrus paradisii

Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus radiata

Lemon – Citrus limon

Lime – Citrus aurantifolia

Balsam Fir – Abies balsamea

Peppermint – Mentha x piperita

Sea Pine – Pinus pinaster

Ravensara – Ravensara aromatic

Black Spruce – Picea mariana

Sweet Orange – Citrus auranthium

Tea Tree – Melaleuca alternifolia

Essential Oil Blends for Cleaning the Air 

Both of theses blends freshen, clean and purify the air. These blends can be added to a water/mist diffuser and/or a room spray.

FRESH CITRUS BLEND

Grapefruit 5 drops

Lemon 5 drops

Orange 5 drops

Lime 5 drops

Peppermint 1 drop (optional)

BREATHE EASY BLEND

Lemon 10 drops

Eucalyptus radiata 5 drops

Ravensara 5 drops

Diffuser
Add 8 fluid ounces/240 mL distilled or purified water to diffuser* and add 8 drops of fresh citrus blend or breathe easy blend into the water. Turn diffuser on and diffuse for 15-30 minutes
*tap water can be used but distilled or purified water is best

Room Spray– fill 8 ounce/240 mL bottle* with distilled or purified water and add 8 – 16 drops fresh citrus blend or breathe easy blend.
*tap water can be used but distilled or purified water is best
*best to use a glass bottle with atomizer

Diffusers

Mist diffusers are my favorite diffuser over the dry diffuser I talk about the dry diffuser being very loud and the strong release of essential oils. Mist diffusers have a base of water that essential oils are added to and then misted into the air for a subtle scent and cleansing mist omitted into the air.

Here are some diffusors that I like and have tested. They are quiet, have a water supply and will run from 6-8 hours and have different color lights.

Wooden look

Wooden look

White dome with colored lighting

White cylinder with colored lighting


Essential Oils

Essential oils are available at natural grocery stores and health stores, Whole Foods and other grocery stores. Generally the Aura Cacia and NOW brand is carried at the stores. Essential oils are also available online. Here are a few high quality essential oil suppliers:

Natures Gift

Original Swiss Aromatics

Pranarōm 

Plants are Air Purifiers

I have plants all over my house. They clean and purify the air. NASA did a study on the plants that clean the air and remove toxins from the air. Read about it here.

ylang-ylang

All About Ylang-ylang | Types | Uses | Benefits

ylang-ylang

All About Ylang-ylang | Types | Benefits | Uses

Ylang-ylang, pronounced EE-lang EE-lang, comes from the tropical tree known as the cananga tree that is native to Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. The essential oil is produced from the flower and has a rich, sweet floral smell. It is often used in perfume and aromatherapy due to it’s soft floral scent.

Ylang-ylang Types

Ylang-ylang essential oil is unique in that it is distilled in “fractions”, meaning it is stopped at different stages to produce different types. There is no clear “line” for when to stop the distillation to produce each type, so each distiller will make it’s own determination, creating slightly different variations. The different grades are ylang-ylang extra or super and ylang-ylang 1, 2, and 3, and ylang-ylang complete.

Ylang-ylang extra or super is the first “fraction” while the ylang-ylang complete is the full, uninterrupted distillation or a blend of all the distillation. The longer distillation does not necessarily produce a higher quality essential oil.

Ylang-ylang Benefits

Ylang-ylang has been used as an antidepressant as it relaxes the body and mind and has an uplifting effect on mood. It is also used as an aphrodisiac especially when mixed with Jasmine or Rose. Ylang-ylang has been shown to lower blood pressure and soothe sore muscles. It has also been used for symptoms of PMS and menopause.

Ylang-ylang Uses

Ylang-ylang essential oil has a rich, floral scent. It is often used in perfumes and skin care products due to this strong and unique smell. Ylang-ylang has a balancing, soothing, and softening properties and can be used for most skin types including combination, dehydrated, dry and oily skin. It is also great for dandruff and to stimulate the scalp.

Cautions

As with all essential oils, cautions should be used especially around children, elderly and animals. Ylang-ylang has a strong scent and can cause headaches and nausea with too much use. Ylang-ylang should be avoided during pregnancy.

Interested in using aromatherapy in your skin, body and hair care products? Check out the following:

Aromatherapy: Essential Oils for Body, Hair and Skin eBook