Love yourself Ritual
DIY Relaxing Body Butter + Stress-relieving Bath
“Love yourself. Then forget it. Then, love the world.” Mary Oliver.
A brief reflection on Love and Valentine’s Day celebration
Cultivate love is one of the secrets of happiness, and probably cultivating the self-love is the first step to love others and enjoy the universal love (love for everybody and everything). At least, self-love is the basic step for our welfare.
As St. Augustine said, “Fill yourselves first and then only will you be able to give to others”.
I would not like to go into scientific reflections and I do not want to start a debate about if we need or not to love ourselves before love others, respect nature and the universe. Anyway I think it is no easy to give true and sincere love to someone else when you do not love yourself. Besides, as a humans we are social animals that need affection and love from the rest of human beings. We are beings capable of giving and receiving love. In fact, many studies and scientist have demonstrated the benefit we get from helping others selflessly and altruistically.
At this point of the post, you may wonder why I am talking about self-love, love for others and universal love, isn’t it?
We celebrate Valentine’s Day next Sunday, and although in Spain or other countries this festivity is essentially a celebration dedicated to romantic love, in many parts of the world the February 14 is dedicated to love in all its manifestations.
In Finland, Estonia or some South American countries, as Lola Mayenco explains in his book “Algo que celebrar”, they celebrate the day of love and friendship and it is not only focused on romantic love. They also celebrate “love with our partners or lovers but also to all those people who enrich our lives”.
In Finland, in fact, the celebration, named Ystävänpäivä, includes love in all its facets even love to strangers.
I guess that you have already decided how to celebrate with your partner or lover Valentine’s Day this year. Anyway, I want to encourage you to spend this day, this week or even all this month (February) to strengthen and heal if it is necessary, your relationships, including the love with your partner but also with your children, family, friends, etc.
Besides, I want to share with you a beauty recipe or personal care, which will help you to strengthen the relationship and love with yourself.
I think one of the basic steps to achieve our well-being and happiness, as I said at the beginning of this post, starts with self-love. So this February you can celebrate the love for others, but you should dedicate time for yourself as well.
And a really simple way to take care of you is taking time to relax and allowing your mind and body get rid of stress.
Did you know that magnesium and sulfate are the main minerals that we lose when we are under stress?
To balance this loss of minerals I prepared a recipe and also a very special routine that you can enjoy alone or with your loved ones the next Valentine’s Day.
Love yourself Ritual
DIY Relaxing Body Butter + Stress-relieving Bath*
*The Relaxing Body Butter you will prepare with the following recipe will serve you for a relaxing bath but also to massage and exfoliate your skin (both body and face) once a week. So if you do not have a bathtub at home you can also use this recipe.
You can store the relaxing body butter during one month more or less. But you can also adapt the measures to a single bath. For this reason you will see two different ingredient’s measures.
If you do not know what Epsom Salt is, you will find a short explanation at the end. And do not worry because it is cheap and really easy to find.
DIY Relaxing Body Butter
1/2 cup | 3 tbsp of Epsom Salt
4 tbsp | 1 tbsp coconut oil
8 to 10 drops | 2 to 4 drops of lavender essential oil
3 tbsp | 1 tbsp jojoba oil (optional)
1 cup (around 120 gr.) Epsom Salt
Add drops of your favourite essential oil (depending of the quantity of water)
To prepare DIY Relaxing Body Butter
In a medium bowl, add 2 tbsp of Epsom salt and 1 tbsp of coconut oil. Stir until mix the ingredients. Add the jojoba oil and the rest of Epsom salt. Stir all the ingredients together until well combined.
For me it is more comfortable to prepare this recipe adding wet and dry ingredients in two different times. But it is my personal experience and it will not change the result.
To prepare a Stress-relieving Bath
Add 1 cup of Epsom Salt to a warm bath or the salt body butter preparation, and soaking for at least 10 minutes.
I recommend you to apply first the Relaxing Body butter on your skin making circle massages and then add 1 cup of Epsom salt to the water, depending of the quantity of water.
If you don’t have bathtub or you don’t want to have a bath because it is a unnecessary waste of water, or you don’t have time enough, you can apply the Relaxing Body Butter in the shower, rub all over your wet skin to exfoliate and soften. Rinse thoroughly.
You can take relaxing Epsom salt baths weekly. Do not use soap, as it will interfere with the action of the salts. Try to rest for about two hours afterwards. And don’t forget to drink water within the day.
Benefits and Uses
The Epsom salt is an inorganic salt containing magnesium sulfur and oxygen with numerous benefits and uses for health.
Some of the countless health benefits of Epsom salt, include drawing toxins from the body, relaxing the nervous system, relieving muscle tension, pain, and inflammation in joints. It also works for the treatment of arthritis because soothe back pain and aching limbs, and ease muscle strain.
Numerous studies have demonstrated the profound and wide-ranging benefits of magnesium and sulfate. Doctors and researchers say that when you soak in an Epsom salt bath, magnesium and sulfate can be absorbed through the skin. They recommend an Epsom salt bath as a safe, easy way to increase the body’s levels of both magnesium and sulfate.
In Fact, Epsom Salt Bath is one of the best ways to take advantage of this salt because when you soak in Epsom salt, the magnesium sulfate is absorbed through your skin.
The Epsom salt also has cosmetic properties that softens the skin, exfoliate and remove toxins from the body and it is a natural emollient because unlike other salts, leaves dry skin but leaves it soft and silky.
Besides Beauty benefits, Epsom salt has a huge range of uses and health benefits because it helps to relax and it is a good stress relief. You can also use Epsom Salt to treat cold and fly symptoms, and can be used for skin irritation, for sunburn relief and mosquito bites.
Epsom salt can also be used to gardening because it helps plants grow greener.