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Botanical Self Care Rituals while at Home

 

APRIL 2020

Because most of us are currently in our isolation ‘bubble’ at home due to the restrictions in place for Covid-19, I thought I’d share a few botanical self-care rituals you may like to try that will help to nurture yourself and your family during this unsettled time.

 

These suggestions are not false promises of amazing immunity protection or lifelong vibrant health. 

 
But instead are simple rituals to support your nervous system and fortify your spirit; helping you to feel inspired, uplifted, comforted and strengthened.
   

The following are aromatic herbs you may have growing in your garden and ways you can use these herbs to support your health and ease anxiety.

And who doesn’t need that right now.

   
LEMON BALM CALMING SYRUP
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Lemon Balm in my garden
 

If you have lemon balm in your garden, you’ll love this really helpful quick treat.  Lemon Balm’s virtues are well known and among them are how she soothes nervous tension, eases anxiety and calms unsettled children.

Lemon Balm also has the added bonus of containing anti-viral properties which can only be a good thing. 

 

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • ¾ cup freshly picked lemon balm, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup of honey
 

CREATE:

  1. Add lemon balm to pot with 4 cups of cold water.
  2. Over a low heat, simmer until liquid has reduced by half (approx. 2 cups).  Keep pot lid partially over pan while simmering.
  3. This gives you a very concentrated infusion (tea).
  4. Strain the lemon balm herb material from the liquid.  Compost the herb and return liquid back into the pot.
  5. To every 2-cups of liquid add 1 cup of honey (or other sweeteners such as maple syrup, vegetable glycerin or brown sugar).
  6. Warm the honey and lemon balm infusion together until the honey has dissolved.
  7. Store in the fridge for up to 2-weeks but use within 1 week for best flavour.
 

RITUAL:

Take a spoonful each night to help calm and relax.

I like to add 1 or 2 spoonfuls in a glass and top up with sparkling water for a hydrating and relaxing drink.

 

Safety notelemon balm is generally a very safe plant, however if you have hypothyroidism, pregnant or breastfeeding it is best to practice caution and talk with a medical professional before using.

Remember honey should not be given to infants under 1-year old.

     
GINGER + LEMON IMMUNE SUPPORT TEA

This warming and comforting tea can be enjoyed daily.

 

Ginger can deliciously warm you up when feeling cold and help clear respiratory congestion, improve digestion and circulatory system.  The immune support properties of both lemon and ginger will help soothe a sore throat and work hand in hand with the stimulating properties of ginger.

 

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • 1 tbsp grated or finely minced fresh ginger
  • Juice of ½ – 1 lemon
  • Honey to taste
 

CREATE:

  1. Place ginger directly in the mug you are going to drink from or you can place in a single tea strainer.
  2. Add the lemon juice and desired amount of honey (I like 1 tsp 😊) to taste.
  3. Bring a cup of water to boil and pour over the ingredients in the mug.  Cover and let steep for 15 minutes (covering the mug stops the therapeutic properties collected in the steam from escaping).
 

RITUAL

Drink while warm enjoying the soothing and warming goodness from the tea.

If its a gorgeous day, take yourself outside and sit in your favourite chair.

 
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Relaxing in garden reading and drinking tea
 

Safety note – ginger should not be used in large amounts during pregnancy.
If you take blood-thinning medication please consult with your doctor before taking large amounts of ginger regularly.
Remember honey should not be given to infants under 1-year old.

     
LAVENDER FOOT BATH

Water is perhaps one of our most universal medium for healing.  Teas, steams and baths have all been used by humans for millennia in the spirit of healing, ceremony, and simple well-being maintenance and pleasure.

 

Foot baths are wonderful in delivering comfort and healing throughout the body.  Adding your chosen aromatic herbs can boost the benefits of this nurturing botanical ritual.

 

You don’t need to have a super-doper foot bath to enjoy the benefits of soaking your feet in warm botanical water.  A bucket/basin wide enough to accommodate both feet is just as good.

 

This is a beautiful simple ritual that warms the body and soul while enjoy the aromatic relaxing and immune supporting virtues of lavender.

 

A warm aromatic foot bath is a wonderful way to soothe yourself when feeling anxious or stressed.

 

If you don’t have lavender in your garden you can replace with lemon balm, rose petals or a couple of sprigs of rosemary and slices of lemon.  If you like you can also throw in 1/4 cup of magnesium rich Epsom Salts to help relieve tired feet.

 

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • 5 tablespoons of lavender blossoms
  • Water
  • Saucepan
  • Towel
  • Comfy chair
 

CREATE:

  1. Roughly chop your lavender (this allows more therapeutic goodness to be exposed into the water).
  2. Add lavender to the saucepan and fill with water.
  3. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes with the lid on to prevent aromatic properties from the lavender escaping in the steam.
  4. Remove from heat and leave to cool to a temperature that is comfortably hot.  Not too hot for your skin but hot enough to be cozy.
  5. Add the lavender water to your foot bath bucket/basin.  If needed, you can add cold water to reach the desired comfortable temperature.
 

RITUAL:

Bring your foot bath over to your comfy chair along with a towel.

 

Relax into your chair and gently immerse your feet into your foot bath.  Ideally the water should be deep enough to cover your ankles.

 

Use your towel to cover the foot bath to help keep the heat in.  The towel can also be used to dry your feet once finished.

 

Relax, rest and unwind.  Light a candle, listen to relaxing music, read your favourite book or …. just chill and do nothing 😊.

 

Stay there as long as you like.

 

Using lavender or lemon balm herb is safe for all family members to enjoy.

 

If you want to enjoy your foot bath longer than 15 minutes, keep a jug nearby to add more hot water as needed.  Remember to remove your feet before pouring in the new water!

 

Safety note – talk to your doctor if you take any medications or have any health concerns.

     
AROMATIC BUNDLES

Pick fresh bundles of aromatics to hang beside your bed or place in a vase and position beside our bed and in various places around your home. 

These look cute and are emotionally uplifting to have around.  Plus, the aroma of lavender is gently calming and soothing.

 

You can also fill little muslin bags with lavender blossoms to tuck underneath your pillow.  If you like, place an amethyst crystal beside you to protect and soothe while you sleep.

 
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These aromatic bundles I picked contain calming lavender and relaxing lemon verbena sprigs.

 

I hope these little botanical rituals help to brighten your day and bring support during this difficult time.

Please look after yourself and stay well.

Sending you so much love.

Mel x

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Published on April 7, 2020