A lot of people who follow my YouTube or blog are unaware that I suffer from three chronic illnesses. It took me over six years to get diagnosed and for my voice to be heard. It wasn't until one day that my body just collapsed from doing too much and the pain became unbearable. I quickly realized I have one body and I had run it down. It was then that I decided I needed to take care of my body.
If you had known me three years ago, I was working two jobs at 60+ hours and going to nursing school full time. Call me crazy, because I was. I wasn't focusing on myself, and I was trying to mask my ailments. I honestly can say I really don't remember much of that year. That's how much I was doing, I was in fast mode, not focusing on anything but school and work. I am definitely a go-getter, so I wanted to do as much as I could. I also didn't have to pay attention to myself or my emotions.
So here's to self love; It's something I fully practice now, and I recommend giving yourself some time to relax. Whether you work 80 hours a week, or have six kids, or your bed is filled with books from studying, take the time to pamper yourself, it's worth it, and so are you. Now everybody's pamper time is different, but I wanted to show you mine and how it works for me.
Left to Right: *Source Vital Dead Sea Salts-*Stress Relief Bath Oil-*Algae & Dead Sea Salts
I have become obsessed with detox baths. I use either dead sea salts or epsom salts for ultimate relaxation. Right now I am using Source Vital's Dead Sea Salts while diffusing the stress relief oil. This Essential Oil blend contains: 100% pure, undiluted blend of essential oils of citrus aurantium (petitgrain bigarade) leaf oil, thymus mastichina (spanish marjoram) flower oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, pinus sylvestris (pine) needle oil, melissa officinalis leaf oil & ocimum basilicum (basil) oil. I enjoy diffusing this while I take a bath for well, stress relief, what else!? ;)
The Dead Sea Salts contain minerals such as Magnesium, Bromide, Iodine, Potassium, Zinc, and more. Dead Sea salts are amazing for stress relieving, arthritis, regulating heart rate, balancing electrolytes, muscle cramps, restful sleep, foot baths, and more. I especially like to soak my feet after a hard day to relieve some tension. But full on baths is where it's at! I have been using the *Algae & Dead Sea Salts for when I need a full on "spa" night. The Algae & Dead Sea Salt bath soak is truly relaxing and therapeutic. Once you step out of the bath you will feel like you've stepped out of a spa. It's a blast of aromatherapy and relaxation due to the different types of algae and dead sea salts.
Algae & Dead Sea Salts Ingredients: dead sea salts, laminaria digitata powder, lithothamnium calcareum powder, spirulina platensis powder & lavandula hybrida (lavandin) oil.
When I am home and not bathing, I particularly enjoy diffusing *Balance oil by Well Scent. The Balance Oil blend is from their Health & Wellness line. This oil contains: Myrhh, Blood Orange, Cedarwood, Rosemary, Oregano, Frankincense, Vetiver, and Jojoba Seed Oil (All organic)
Balance oil is antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-viral. It is made to support the immune system, flu prevention, and for chronic infections. I specifically like to diffuse this because the scent is phenomenal. This has to be one of the most amazing blends that has ever touched my olfactory senses. Whenever anyone comes over they gravitate towards the diffuser if this is in it. Needless to say, it is great for relaxation, and aromatherapy purposes, as well as cleansing the air.(You can find the oil here) Well Scent has become my new favorite line of Essential Oils. I will be doing a video on them soon on my YouTube channel. I can't wait to share it with all of you.
Another item I must have to relax is tea. Before I found Organic India, it was a dark time in my life (just kidding, but not). I kept buying all kinds of teas to find the perfect one that really felt like it was helping me relax. Two years ago I tried some of Organic India tea at a Vegetarian Festival. That was it, love.
Tulsi (Holy Basil) has been called "The Queen of Herbs." It is amazing at reducing stress, aiding digestion, balancing metabolism, balancing energy levels, uplifting moods, and supporting the immune system. It is also a powerful adaptogen, meaning that it helps restore balance in the body. Adaptogens help to the body to resist the harmful effects of stress on the body.
If you know me, you know I am a huge jasmine lover, in every form. The jasmine tea has been my favorite for a long time. Although, I just bought the sweet rose tea, and it is even more phenomenal. I haven't been disappointed with any other flavors or the performance. I highly recommend this to anyone that has stress, so basically everyone!
While my tea is a brewin' I like to get a mask time in. It's a good way of multi-tasking and getting ready for winding down. I like to mask about two times a week.
I have been using this sample of the Earthwise Beauty *Blackstrap Molasses mask, and what a difference it has been making. It contains beautiful ingredients, with vitamins such as B6, iron, magnesium, and potassium. Once you wash the mask off, you will notice that it reduces redness, firms, brightens, and keeps you moisturized. This is a must buy for anyone with acne, combination, dark spot, or "lack luster" skin. I got about six uses out of this little baby, and now I need the full size! Of course you can use any mask when relaxing, but this is definitely my choice.
My last and most wonderful step to a spa night at home, is to put this essential oil on my pulse points. This is the lovely Essential Oil that comes from Well Scent's Emotional Support line called *Smile.
It is a blend of: Jasmine, Geranium, Bergamot, Sandalwood,Frankincense, Vetiver, Vanilla, and Jojoba oil.
This was made for emotional support anxiety, depression, grief, PTSD, and Trauma. It is simply soothing and the scent is ethereal. It brings back memories of New Orleans to me, and I think it makes it that more special. It puts me in the now and helps to clear my mind.
I hope you have enjoyed reading some of my de-stressing methods. I would love to know what yours are!? Leave a comment down below. As always, thank you for reading. XOXO
Anything with an *asterisk I have received for free by the company. I am not forced to talk about these products, nor am I paid. I enjoy them fully, and would never recommend something I do not like.
Andie is a green beauty blogger who also has a Youtube channel, Andie The Green Queen. She focuses on vegan, cruelty free, and gluten free products, cosmetics, lifestyle and more.