February 23, 2011

{Refresh Head & Toes!}

Dear Bride-to-Be:
Every bride wants to be beautiful "from her head to her toes" on her wedding day, yes? And a more relaxed bride is a more beautiful bride! So how about adding ways to be relaxed and refreshed "all over" to your beauty regimen?

One/Head: Create a facial sauna—an easy fragrant beauty treatment to do at home. Aromatherapy consultant Valerie Ann Worwood instructs:
•    All you need is a bowl of very hot water and a towel. Put two drops of an essential oil blend—like lemon and fennel or lavender and neroli—onto the surface of the hot water and cover your head and the bowl with the towel for a couple of minutes at a time and let the scented steam do its magic!
•    Repeat the process as long as the water stays steamy to deeply cleanse and improve the texture of your skin.

Two/Toes: What a difference a refreshing foot-soak can make to ease a tired day. Aromatherapy consultant and massage therapist Joanne Falke offers this suggestion:
•    Dissolve 1/2 cup of Epsom Salt in a pan of cool water (enough to cover your feet completely); add two drops of peppermint essential oil and swish around. Pop those feet in and take at least 15-20 minutes to soak and relax…..and be energized!

Taking care of YOU all over—from your head to your toes—is taking care of your mind, body and spirit. Don't leave anything out...take care of your body during your busy schedule and your spirit will be refreshed as well. Then go be a beautiful bride!

Love. Listen. Let go.
...with love from Cornelia

ps: this post is part of the "aromatherapy, brides & weddings" series...enjoy!

[Photograph: Little Winter Bride]

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