How To Up Your Self Care Game
When it comes to essential oils, you don’t need to be an expert to work with them. But you do have to have respect. You need to learn what the plants medicine is and how to safely use it. Neal’s Yard Remedies does have a helpful “Little Book of Essential Oils” that gives a run down of the different benefits and ways to safely use all the natural, organic and ethically made essential oils they carry. Yesterday I covered how I use them to make our new house feel like home. Today, I’m talking about how I’ve upped my self care game by creating my own custom body oil.
Right now, NYR is having a promotion where if you purchase two essential oils, you get a free bottle of organic almond oil. I’m just about to run out of the body oil I regularly use. Since I was already getting oils for my home diffuser, I figured this would be the perfect time to play with creating my own!
I’m almost obsessively drawn to rose absolute right now. I find the smell sensual and intoxicating, and love that one of the benefits is helping with painful periods. Thanks to the chronic pain, I’ve been looking for healthier, alternative ways of using medicine to help heal and support my body. Since our skin is our largest organ, it only makes sense that once of the ways I use it is topically. Essential oils are concentrated versions of the medicine each plant offers, so of course rose is one of the oils I added t omg special mix (I used 10 drops).
I also added 15 drops of patchouli, as I love the energizing, relaxing, earthy scent - I always have. Additionally, patchouli is great for calming the nervous system, something that’s always in overdrive when in pain or dealing with anxiety.It can also be great for digestion, something that gets thrown off when I have to take chemical pain medicine like codeine.
Finally, I used 15 drops of sandalwood for it’s calming, cooling benefits. One thing that contributes to chronic pain is inflammation, so applying this medicine topically helps relieve some of those systems. It’s helps beautifully with dry skin, another side effect of having to use pain meds regularly. Plus, it just smells beautifully!
Part of my self care routine is taking a bath every night. Our new place has a giant soaker tub, so this ritual has gotten even more luxurious lately! I’ll light a couple candles, turn off the lights, set the diffuser in the bedroom and slip into the bath. Sometimes I’ll use Epsom salts if that’s what I intuitively feel I need, or add a couple drops of lavender essential oil to the water. I’ll soak in the water for as long as I need, letting my body be supported by the water so it can finally relax. When I get out, I apply my custom oil blend all over, lightly rubbing it in so fully absorbs. I find the almond oil absorbs pretty quickly, so I’m able to go to bed shortly after without ruining our sheets.
I love that I personally got to intuitively select and blend the oils for this body oil. I have a deeper appreciation for it, knowing the medicine and beauty each oil I select provides. This is something I definitely plan on making a regular part of my self care routine. I fall asleep quicker, my sleeps have been amazing (of course, that’s combined with the diffuser oils as well), I feel more grounded, and I wake up feeling a little less sluggish. I’ve always had a good self-care routine; refining this one step has made it just that much better.