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Winter Self Care

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It is this time of the year again. Like every year around christmas I feel more then just stressed. In october/ november I really look forward christmas time. Even though I never was a big celebrater of it I really like the cozyness that comes with it. Cold, foggy days, candle lights, fairylights and all those yummi christmas pastries.
But then when it is time it feels like every one including me is just very very stressed and as a result each year around this time I get sick.
So even more it feels like self care should be taken serious during this time of the year. And on some days we should really remind us to put gift wrapping, organizing and family conflicts to the side and just take care of us. So I collected some of my favourite self care tips around christmas and the best some are even perfect as last minute christmas gifts.
I know I wrote about this already several times on my old blog but a very simple self care tip from me is scent. I love essential oils and really feel that the combination of different natural scents can trigger specific feelings in me. Before getting into the details I have to say a big thank you to Taoasis who were so nice to send me a few PR Samples just for this article. To read more about their brand and philosophy go check out their webside. I love their essential oils, and what is very important for me they have just 100 % organic natural essential oils. Make sure to always buy organic ones, essential oils can affect our nerv system so even more important it is that they are 100% natural.

Tip one – diffuser, aroma stones or aroma lamps

Love this diffuser from Taoasis – it is the Taowell Colore 

Like I wrote before can essential oils really promote a state of mind. Coming home from work I love some calming blends, before going to bed some sleep well blends and when studying scent can even help to concentrate and bring you in the right state of mind for taking all those information in.

My favourite after- work blend

  • 2 drops grapefruit
  • 2 drops lavender
  • 2 drop rose absolute

My favourite sleep- well blend

  • 2 drops atlas cedar
  • 2 drops frankincense
  • 1 drop lavender

My favourite focus blend

  • 2 drops rosemary
  • 2 drops clove
  • 1 drop lemon
Studying and having my aroma stone next to me. It’s also perfect for traveling. Taoasis has even smaller stones.

Tip two – skin balm

On some days it helps to really celebrate self care time with a long shower, body oil, facial mask and facial massage. I just recently discover jade facial rollers. It helps me to really work with my skin, calm down, breath and give my tired winter skin a good rub. And for that I love to use a very very easy skin balm with just a few ingredients. I use it once a week after a soft peeling or facial mask and then use my jade roller to massage it gentle in.

Coconut oil and shea butter the two main ingredients of my skin balm

Shooting skin balm ( makes 30 ml)

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp shea butter
  • 4 drops rose absolute
  • 4 drops lemon myrtle
  • 2 drop ylang ylang

Melt the coconut oil and shea butter, add the essential oils. Fill it in a container of your choice and let it cool down.

Calming skin balm

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp shea butter
  • 4 drops atlas cedar
  • 4 drops lemon myrtle
  • 1 drop tea tree

Tip three – herbal hair rinses

Another tip for the home spa and perfect to fill in bags and use as christmas presents are herbal hair rinses. All you need are dried herbs of your choice and apple cider vinegar. Here in South Germany we have very hard water so if you do not take care of your hair it fast looks frizzy and dry. The apple cider vinegar helps to smooth the outer layer of your hair and gives them a beautiful glossy look.

Herbal hair rinse for blonde hair with lime tree flowers

Hair rinse for blond hair

  • a handfull dries lime tree flowers or (and) chamomille flowers
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

I add the herbs in a glas with lid. Add 1 liter boiling water to it, close the lid and let it cool down. Before using I add again a little bit more water and the vinegar. I prefer cold water to get an even better effect. Wash your hair as usual and afterwards rinse it with the herbal water. Do not wash it out. Let your hair dry as usual. You can use it 1-2 times a week.

Hair rinse for a dry, sensible hair bottom

  • a handful dried nettle, rosmary and/or birch leaves
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Mix as in the instruction above.

Tip four- room sprays

Room sprays are some of my favourite things to either take with me when traveling and feeling stressed out. Using as natural scent in our bath room or adding to my pillow before laying down to sleep. And it is very easy to mix a room spray by yourself adjusted to your needs and perfect as present for like minded people.

Perfect as last minute christmas presents- skin balm and bathroom spray

No poo bathroom spray

  • 100 ml destilled water
  • 20 drops orange
  • 10 drops lemon
  • 10 drops litsea

Mix all the ingredients and fill into a spray bottle. Give it a good shake before using.

Sleep well pillow spray

  • 100 ml distilled water
  • 20 drops lavender
  • 10 drops atlas cedar
  • 10 drops grapefruit
  • 5 drops vanilla

Uplifting winter spray

  • 100 ml distilled water
  • 20 drops orange
  • 10 drops cinnamon
  • 5 drops cloves

Tip five – foot bath

This is one of my favourite things to do in winter time. Coming home on a cold winter day with super frozen feet I know nothing better then taking a foot bath. Or after a long day walking, having really tired, exhausted feet it is perfect to take foot bath. I am vegan so a lot of recipes often use cream, milk or honey what I clearly don’t use.

Our foot bath tub 

Tired, cold feet bath

  • hot water
  • a bowl or special foot bath tub
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 5 drops rosmary
  • 2 drops cinnamon
  • 2 drops juniper
  • 1 l herbal infusion if wished ( like lavender, thyme, sage or arnica montana)

Add all the ingredients to the foot bath and adjust water to your prefered temperature. You even can add herbal infusions to it ( make a strong tea with lid on to keep all those essential oils in your water) for tired feet I love using lavender, thyme, sage or arnica. Enjoy your foot bath for 15-25 min.

Uplifting foot bath

  • hot water
  • a large bowlor foot bath tub
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 5 drops lemon
  • 2 drops geranium
  • 2 drops orange
  • 1 l herbal infusion if wished ( like rosmary, birch or yarrow)