We’ve come to the end of the series, but hopefully the beginning of a new care plan for you! The Red Tentseries discussed Grounding, Cleansing, Loving, Creating and the final, Listening.
I hope you are enjoying this Red Tent journey through self-care. There are so many ways to show your self you care. In this post, we will delve a bit into creating. You don’t have to be an arts and crafts to create, it can mean so many things!
If you haven’t been following along until today’s post, the subject has been about our own Red Tent‘s. I’ve talked a little about grounding and cleansing so far. Today we will be delving a bit into LOVING ourselves.
Now that we are grounded and present, the next step is to do some Cleansing. This can mean your body, mind, and even space. I will give you a great cleansing foot bath recipe, but also a few other ideas as well. The recipe does not have to be exact. It may sound strange, but you can find many of these items in your kitchen or a grocery store.
This 5 part series will take you through my own personal red tent of self-care. Though I am guilty of falling off sometimes, I make sure to get back to a routine as much as I can. Some days if I have gone the whole day without some type of conscious self-care, I lay down in my bed for the night, close my eyes and take 3 nice deep, slow breaths. That’s just enough.
For a very long time, women were pushed further and further into the background. Though we have been making strides in the last century, women still tend to forget themselves. Taking care of loved ones, working, keeping up the home, and general modern life stress can take a toll. We make excuses, even sub-consciously, “no time”, “too tired”, “not in the budget”. But it is extremely important to even take a moment each day to breathe. Being tapped out on energy can leak into other areas of our lives.
Peppermint, Mentha Piperita
Essential Oil: Steam Distilled
Uses: anti-emetic, antispasmodic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory. Fresh or dried Peppermint can be used in teas, tinctures, liniments and infused oils. The essential oil can be used in lotions, salves, oils, bath soaks, or diffusers.
Quick Tip: Add a cup of fresh pulverized (or 1/2 cup dried) Peppermint into your tub water for an aromatic bath to clear your head. If you don’t prefer herbs floating around you, put them in a sock or hose and hang from faucet under running hot water.
Herb of the week is to give you a brief overview of the many plants that grace our Earth. Please research further into herbs before using these on yourself and loved ones.
Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) is cold pressed by the peel and mostly originating in the USA. The Sweet Orange is the same orange most people find themselves eating and squeezing into their daily meals. It has a sweet, citrusy uplifting aroma and even a few benefits:
- Freshens stale air and uplifts emotions
- low immune system
- helpful in respiratory health
- brightens dull skin
Sweet Orange blends best with Geranium, Lavender, other citruses, wood and spice aromas.
Whether or not you make resolutions, it’s become more important than ever to take care of yourself. Besides living a long life and being around for your loved ones (including children), don’t you want your long life to be as stress-free as possible? Many people are probably laughing at that last thought, but of all the things you can control: How to relieve your body of unwanted stress.
Have you heard of 21st Century Stress? Yes, it’s a real thing. Whether we want to admit it or not, our lives are a constant buzzing around, checking emails, posting on facebook, tweeting this and texting that. We’ve actually somehow added to the day to day stress of just living, working, and even playing.
The Center for Brain Health reported that 40% of Americans said stress was the biggest health concern in a survey by The American Psychological Association.
Obviously, being a Massage Therapist, my first answer would be to get regular massages. Even if it’s a quarterly event, keep your appointment! However, if massage isn’t your “thing” or you are low on funds, there are many other things to bring you back down to earth.
- Breathing Exercises
- 10 minutes of quiet
- Removing the stressor out of your life
- Learning to say “No”
- Setting aside time to think about positives in your life
- Writing or drawing
- Bubble Baths
- Listening to music
- Having a cup of tea
Or start out even easier. Write down 5 things on a piece of paper that instantly make you feel good. Try to remember to look at that list whenever you are feeling down or burnt out.
And now that you’ve made it through this little post, go do one of the above 🙂
Vanilla or Vanilla planifolia is an extremely popular aroma. It is distilled as a bourbon and originates in Madagascar. Of course used in the culinary world and perfumes it also has a few therapeutic benefits.
- Emotionally eases frustration, anger and destresses
- Used as an aphrodisiac
- Helps in menstruation and comforts uncomfortable symptoms of
Vanilla blends well with citruses and woodsy aromas.