This brings up SELF CARE. This month tends to be financially difficult for many people and the question may arise, How can I do things for myself without money?
A few suggestions. Sip your morning beverage of choice with an open heart of gratitude. You may surprised how that simple act can bring great nourishment. I love coffee.
A mentor has put me to the task of self care everyday. I have had to be creative.
So I used my ordinary rituals to bring nurture to my soul.
When partaking of coffee in the morning, I have found one cup now does me a world of good and is about all I need without adding extra coffee to my cup,like I normally do.
I primarily want to write a note of encouragement to enjoy what nature has provided for you, right now, and take a bath to release the tension and stress you may be feeling.
Here is a sample of what we have here in the Jackson Hole Valley.
Pine branches that have fallen down, some lavender leaves from my winterized plant, some thyme that is in my fridge that needs to be used up, sagebrush from a walk I took, and some lavender petals I have instock.
Pine can create some resin in the pan, so I use one for work purposes only. Simmering the pine and sage, and adding the other lighter herbs after simmering the other botanicals first.
This can be strained into a running bath to indulge your body, clean out old energies and help one to relax and feel at ease. And a bonus to creating an aromatic bath by using botanicals in your area, is that it clears out old winter energies in the home.
Here in Wyoming, we can leave the windows open from time to time, however my cabin faces oddly on the land, and it gets pretty chilled inside, so window opening right now is in bursts. Cleansing the air with simmered botanicals was pure delight. Then the bath to immerse in the awesomeness of it all.
The fizzie adds a light bit of oil to condition the skin while soaking, is fun, and the essential oils work in the mind, body and emotions during the bathing ritual.
Candlelight, music, and a beverage of your choice is also an awesome way to Self Care during a bath. Light a few candles, aromatic vessel, lantern, tea light....whatever you have, and enjoy the dancing light as you recline in your tub.It tends to lighten the emotional load somehow. Adding an aromatic also can assist that process in the brain.
And to those folks that are sensitive to scents, pure botanical oils tend to be uplifting and do not cause problems that synthetic fragrances do. However, if you are sensitive to any fragrances at all, unscented pure salts, unscented candles and time for yourself will still be nurturing.
I encourage you to SELF CARE however you can. The aromatic bath for myself and most people I serve, is the most available and nourishing way to clear out a hectic day to make room for a restful night. Namaste