As busy and fast paced as our 21st century lives are, we often don't slow down until we catch a cold/flu or fall ill some other kind of way.We have to be deliberate about making time for self care and rejuvenation. Self care often benefits our physical health but is also great for our internal and mental/spiritual health and livelihood. Last month I created an initiative for myself called "Self Care Sundays". On Sundays, when I can, I do something relaxing for myself.
I love spas and spa treatments so I recreate treatments of my own at home on Sunday evening wind downs. This is great way for me to relax and prep for the new work week. One of my favorite Self Care Sundays treatments is a detoxing foot soak. All you need is warm to hot water, Epsom salts, bentonite clay (optional) and a few drops of lavender essential oil. While my feet soak, I drink some water or tea and journal, watch a tv show or movie, read or listen to some music. A minimum of 15 minutes is all you need to relax and refresh.
Detox Foot Soak
- 1/2 cup of Epsom salts
- 1 Tbsp of Bentonite clay (optional)
- 4-5 drops of Lavender essential oil
- Around 1 gallon of warm or hot water
In a medium size basin or container, place the Epsom salts and bentonite clay first. Then add the lavender essential oil and lastly, the warm to hot water. Let everything fully dissolve in water and let feet soak for at least 15 minutes.
The mixture helps pull toxins from your body through your feet! It is recommended to drink water while soaking your feet to help your body expel more toxins and keep you hydrated. I like to drink alkaline water with lemon while soaking.
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional or licensed doctor or physician. Try at your own risk after doing your own research beforehand. If you ever have any questions about a treatment, diet or product; always consult with your doctor first.
What does self care look like for you? Bike rides, crossword puzzles, coffee shops or kick boxing?
Milan is a New York City based, creative writer and the founder of AGrlCanMAC. She's a self proclaimed accessories junkie who's passionate about healthy living, adventure, books, crystals, the Law of Attraction and arts & crafts. AGrlCanMAC is a resource for women of color all over the world who want to look good, radiate good and feel good at the same damn time.
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