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5 Simple Healing Rituals for the Weekend

5 Simple Healing Rituals for the Weekend

You don’t always have to check into a spa to feel refreshed and ready for a long week ahead. Simple weekend rituals at home can give you the same blissful results, at a fraction of the cost. Try these ideas:

Soak a large fluffy towel in warm water that is infused with your favorite essential oil. Then wring it out well and wipe your face and arms gently with it. Lavender, rose, geranium, peppermint—each of these has its unique healing properties. Learn more about them here, and let aroma be your therapy.

Let the dead cells slough off your skin every weekend, when you can enjoy an unhurried shower. Mix together oat flour, plain yogurt and orange juice. Rub all over your face, neck and arms. Scrub off with a loofah under a warm shower. Your skin will young and fresh.

Rub warm olive oil into your scalp. Then wrap a warm, damp towel around your head for thirty minutes. Enjoy this time to read, listen to music or just sit in silence. Take a shower afterward.

In the evening, fill a foot bath with warm water and add two to three drops of mint essential oil. Soak your feet in this bath, and feel the tension drain away. Afterward, gently massage feet with a honey, coarse sea salt and wheat germ oil scrub—all you have to do is mix all of these together and rub all over your feet and ankles in gentle circular movements. Wash feet again, dry them thoroughly, and apply a rich moisturizing cream and slip into comfortable cotton socks. By morning, your feet will feel baby soft.

Pour two teaspoons of olive oil into a small bowl and add two drops of rose, neroli or peppermint essential oil. Massage the soles of your feet with this aromatic blend for a supremely calming experience.

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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1:25PM PDT on Aug 6, 2014

All sound wonderful.

5:54AM PDT on May 12, 2014

tks for sharing

5:50AM PDT on May 12, 2014

I must say that I wouldn't waste honey on the outside because the bees work too hard to make the honey we are so lucky to devour.

5:48AM PDT on May 12, 2014

Lovely ideas thanks.

9:22PM PDT on May 11, 2014

Thank you!

9:22PM PDT on May 11, 2014

Thank you!

4:18AM PDT on May 9, 2014

Thank you.

9:13PM PDT on May 7, 2014

Thank you!

10:04AM PDT on May 7, 2014

Thank you !! :)

6:53AM PDT on May 7, 2014

arigato

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