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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: 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…

Hygge Beauty Rituals: Herbal Facial Steam

Part 1: Hygge Beauty Rituals: Herbal Facial Steam 

Hygge (pronounced hue-ugh) is used by the Danish to describe a feeling, a feeling of coziness, of being present and enjoying the moment. It’s creating simple moments during these dark cold months to bring a cozy feeling and sense of sanctuary in our home. It’s not about buying more things, instead to take the time to do little things to bring comfort into our life and home. It’s as simple as lighting a candle and enjoying a cup of hot chocolate or covering up with a cozy blanket and reading a good book or placing a flower or sprig of rosemary by your bedside or doing beauty rituals.

I like doing beauty rituals because they help to slow me down and relax, recharge and revitalize. Herbal facial steams are one of my favorite skin rituals to bring a sense of well-being by taking a moment to inhale the healing and revitalizing properties of flowers and herbs. I follow this up with a facial and hair mask and a bath. I apply the masks and then soak in the bathtub. In the bath water I add sea salt like Red Hawaiian Alaea sea salt and my homemade bath bomb filled with herbs and scented with essential oils.

Herbs have incredible beneficial properties for the skin. A facial steam is a great way for the skin to soak in the herbs. You can use tea bags and dried spices if you don’t have any herbs growing. Try green tea, hibiscus tea, lavender tea, dried thyme, dried, peppermint, dried oregano or dried parsley. I use whatever fresh herbs I have in my skin care garden plus some dried herbs. In this facial steam I’m using fresh parsley, rosemary, peppermint and thyme and dried roses, calendula and elder flower.

Basil Ocimum basilicum
Basil is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory and an excellent treatment for blemishes and acne.

Calendula Calendula officinalis
Calendula is known as the skin healing herb. It is anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and highly nourishing for the skin. It promotes healing of minor cuts, soothes and softens the skin. It is soothing for irritated, chapped and dry skin, rashes, bruises, burns and sores. It is said to have life force enhancing properties. Calendula supports the skin and connective tissue. Use for most skin types, irritation, rashes, and eczema. Dried or Fresh

Elder Flower Sambucus canadensis
Elderflower cleanses, soothes and softens the skin. It is astringent and anti- inflammatory and helps to smooth wrinkles and soothe sunburns. Dried or Fresh Flower.

Parsley Petroselinum sativum
Parsley is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and contains vitamin C, vitamin K and chlorophyll. It is soothing for blemishes, psoriasis and eczema. Parsley also helps to tighten the skin and lighten dark circles under the eyes. Dried or Fresh

Peppermint Mentha piperita
Peppermint is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and astringent. It is cooling, refreshing, revitalizing, stimulating and soothing. Peppermint detoxifies and clarifies the skin. It is good for hand and foot balms, butters and creams and in facial steams. Dried or Fresh

Rose petals Rosa
Rose creates a feeling of love, beauty, the feminine, warmth, romance, safety and peacefulness. Roses harmonize, soften and soothe the skin and are a mild skin astringent and anti-inflammatory. Use for all skin types. Dried or Fresh Flower

Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis
Rosemary is antiseptic and purifies, cleanses, tones, stimulates and rejuvenates. Use for most skin types. Dried or Fresh Leaf

Thyme Thymus vulgaris
Thyme is a great antiseptic and purifies the skin. Use for blemished and dull skin. Dried or Fresh Leaf

HOW TO DO A FACIAL STEAM

  1. Heat up 6 cups of water (best to use purified or distilled water).
  2. Add a handful of fresh herbs or 3 tablespoons of dried herbs to a glass bowl and pour very hot water over herbs.
  3. Let herbs steep for 5 about minutes; cover the bowl with a plate to keep the steam and properties of the herbs in the water.
  4. Sit comfortably in front of the bowl and drape a bath towel over your head and the bowl creating a tent. Be careful with the hot water. Hold your face 8-10 inches above the water.
  5. Keep your eyes closed, relax and breathe in and out slowly. If it gets too hot under the towel, open the sides of the towel. Steam your face for about 10 minutes.

For a more therapeutic effect, make a stronger tea on the stove with the herbs and pour the tea into the glass bowl.

FACIAL STEAM HERBS FOR SKIN TYPE

Normal to dry skin
chamomile, horsetail, lavender, rose petals, sage

Oily skin
lavender, orange peel, rosemary, sage

Blemished skin
calendula, chamomile, elder flower, lavender, lemon balm, thyme, yarrow

 

HYGGE BEAUTY RITUALS SERIES

Read Part 2 Hygge Beauty Rituals: Foot Bath 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 SKIN CARE 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…