5 Herbal Practices for Self-Love
Self-love is the ultimate self-preservation and kind act to do for those we love. The relationship we maintain and build with ourselves impacts all areas of our lives and the lives of those we come in contact with. Self-love is a practice, a habit of doing small things daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly to recalibrate our energies, restore balance and to nurture our well-being. Herbs are a great ally to add to our self-love toolbox.
Best Herbs for Self-Love
The options are endless. Any herb that makes you feel good and supports your overall mind, body and soul balance is the best herb for you. However, there are some common herbs that are used for self-love/self-care practices that you can add to your routine.
- Clary Sage
- Warming Spices (Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ginger, All Spice)
When choosing herbs for your self-care practice think about herbs that make you feel good, relaxed and happy.
- Herbal Teas
Start your mornings, end your evenings, break up your work day with a large cup of tea. This is such a simple but effective way to practice self-care. The art of making tea, slows you down and places your mind in a state of stillness. Some of my favorite teas to add to my routine are chamomile, mint and chai. You can get can fancy by making your favorite tea blend. To start you off, here’s a simple blend:
- Herbal Baths
Herbal baths have been used as a beauty and self-care practice for centuries. I remember my mom taking long baths and seeing baths as an elaborate experience. Herbal baths are an extension of an herbal tea but instead of drinking it, you let your body soak up the essence. The best herbs to use for herbal baths are herbs that are fragrant such as roses, mint, eucalyptus, lemongrass and lavender. There are several ways to make an herbal bath; make a large tea bag to steep, add the herbs directly to the water or brew a large pot of tea and pour it into the bath water. Regardless of what method you choose, this is an awesome way to add herbs into your self-care routine. We have a wonderful bath soaks collection to add to your practice.
- Herbal Masks
Create a spa in the comfort of your own home with an herbal mask. I would recommend by building your mask with a clay base such as kaolin or rose kaolin clay then adding in your herbs. Herbs such as chamomile, lavender and rose can be powdered to make fragrant face mask. In addition, you can take herbal essences such as flower water to mix the mask. Essential oils such as lavender, eucalyptus, mint and lemongrass will top it off even further.
- Herbal Face Steams
Herbal face steams are also another extension of an herbal tea but just for your face. A consistent flow of warm steam relaxes the body, mind and spirit. Herbs such as chamomile, lavender, clary sage, rose and mint make a wonderful face steam. You can invest in a facial steamer or use a bowl and towel to get the benefits. This is a great practice to pair with herbal masks because it will open your pores for an effective skincare routine.
- Herbal Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is such a powerful way to bring herbs into your self-care practices. Essential oils, candles and body oils will invigorate the senses. Some popular essential oils to include in your practice are lavender, rose geranium, lemongrass, peppermint and eucalyptus. Light a candle and enjoy.
I hope you are encouraged to add one of these practices into your self-care routine for this upcoming love weekend and every week thereafter.
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