Experiencing the healing scents of essential oils can reduce anxiety, ease minor aches and pains and even get you (or your significant other) in the mood. Practicing at-home aromatherapy starts with understanding how to handle these powerful oils and which scents you may want to choose.
Your At-Home Spa
While most facial treatments include steps you shouldn’t take on your own, one of the most common elements of a professional facial—a soothing steam—is something you can do at home.
While there’s a good chance you already have a bathing routine, what about a bathing ritual? Regularly getting in the bathtub simply to relax, be alone and feel the warmth of the water surrounding you can restore your mind, body and soul.
We tend to associate candles with festive, special occasions, but the calming effect of candlelight can be a simple yet sacred tool to help reduce daily stress and increase self-awareness. Turn off the world and tune into yourself with a flickering flame.
Immersing your feet in a tub of warm water, even without anything extra in it, is a nice way to relax after a long day. A foot soak soothes your muscles, hydrates your skin and can relieve aches and pains due to standing for hours or walking in uncomfortable shoes.
An essential for maintaining healthy, smooth skin, store-bought or homemade body scrubs are a must-have on your shower menu. The combination of cleansing, exfoliation and massage provides benefits that go beyond what a bar of soap can do.
We sit on them, rest them near the fireplace, quietly steal some real estate for them under a partner’s nearby blanket—anything for cold feet we’re desperate to warm up. Your tricks may work, but it’s helpful to know some of the reasons why your pair may be chilly—and some other reliable ways you can get them comfortable again.
Constantly keeping polish on your nails isn’t always the best way to keep them looking healthy and maintained. Natural manicures—which focus on strengthening nails—give you a breather from polish (and the chips that need retouching) and can easily be done at home.