Earl Grey Massage Balm

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I love the smell of freshly steeped earl grey tea. How delicious a balm would that make?

Very.

I crafted a simple version:

1 cup refined coconut oil (solid at room temperature)

several tea bags of earl grey tea or 1/4 cup loose tea

*essential oil of bergamot

containers with lids

(refined coconut oil has the coconutty scent removed, allowing a cleaner earl grey scent. If you don’t have refined coconut oil you can use regular coconut oil… it will be exotic, like earl grey went to Tahiti!)

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melt the oil in a double boiler set-up

add the tea bags or loose tea

stir and heat for 30 minutes or so (the oil should change colour and take on the aroma of the tea)

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remove from heat and allow to cool

drain the loose tea using cheesecloth or a thin cloth

or squeeze the tea bags to remove excess oil

 

(Reserve the tea bags and tie the cloth ends together to create a tea pouch for the bath. Drop in your evening tub for a therapeutic soak).

Add essential oil of bergamot to the strained oil. 30-40 drops or to your liking. (Add the essential oil, then drip a drop of the mixture on your skin for an aroma test. If you’d like it stronger, add more essential oil).

Pour the blend into containers and allow to cool completely before capping.P1160250

Overnight the oil should return to solid form. You can speed this process along by using the fridge or placing them outdoors in cooler weather.

This is a simple, infused coconut oil massage balm. It will remain solid at 72 degrees and below. Above that temperature, it will begin to liquify. Popping it in the fridge will return it to its solid form.

Rub between the palms and massage where desired. A great bedtime massage oil.P1160253

 

Bergamot is known to be analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, and assists with seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

*Bergamot may cause a reaction known as photosensitivity in certain individuals. It is advisable not to expose areas of skin with bergamot oil to direct sunlight.

 

If you want to make a lip or body balm:

infuse your tea in sweet almond oil and after draining the tea, add beeswax to the heated oil and melt.

Use this recipe for vanilla bean-infused balm as a guide.

 

This creates a silky smooth balm that will keep its consistency in warm weather and makes a delicious lip balm.

Enjoy!

Top 5 Beauty Medicines

Beauty medicine
Beauty medicine

Beauty medicine

5 of my personal favourite therapies:

1. OJAS Multani Mitti soap.

The scent just. makes. me. happy.

And the bar is beautiful in the shower or bath.

 

2. Gingerlily Poetic Pits by Livinglibations

Intoxicating essential oil blend when applied to my pits makes me welcome sweating so I can enjoy the exotic aroma.

I also apply this deodorant to my pulse points as perfume.

 

3. Shirodhara massage

This ayurvedic treatment is heaven for the head.

Feel all tension melt from the face and mind as warm oils condition hair and promote radiant well-being.

 

4. Fragonia essential oil

I fell in love with this plant oil at first smell.

Powerful heart medicine, this Ganesha of essential oils helps women remove obstacles and restore harmony.

 

5. The Mystic Masala Tridoshic Candle

Looks as beautiful as it smells.

This natural candle carries me through inspired writing sessions and heart-opening yoga practices.

 

The 12 Days of Detox: Body, Mind and Spirit. Day 7

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On the seventh day of detox, atONE gave to me…
seven layer massages,
Massage
There are many benefits to regular massage: detoxification, improved circulation and decreased stress to name a few. You could book a series of professional massages or simply commit to daily self-massage. Abhyanga, anointing, is an ayurvedic massage incorporating oils. It promotes the practice of snehana, to love your own body. Ayurveda believes that the body is comprised of seven layers of tissue and daily abhyanga nurtures all seven layers.

The body of one who uses oil massage regularly does not become affected much even if subjected to accidental injuries, or strenuous work. By using oil massage daily, a person is endowed with pleasant touch, trimmed body parts and becomes strong, charming and least affected by old age.
  Charaka Samhita Vol. 1, V: 88-89

 

Who doesn’t want to be charming and least affected by old age? Abhyanga involves straight strokes on the limbs and circular massage on the joints. Try rubbing a good quality oil – sesame, almond, olive or coconut – or herb-infused oil onto the body each morning to encourage circulation. A nighttime ritual of rubbing oil or foot butter onto the feet stimulates reflexology points and assists in releasing stress and toxins from the day, promoting better sleep. Try a lavender-infused oil or mint foot butter to restore tired tootsies.

For self-massage, use circular motions on the ankle, straight strokes moving from ankle to knee, circular on the knee, straight strokes from knee to the hip, circular on the hip. Move to the other leg and repeat the process. On the belly, move with the path of the intestines, up the right side and down the left.  Then move to the hands and arms. You can also include scalp and face if you are preparing for bed or prior to a shower. The oils will nourish your scalp and hair while sleeping. To rinse easily, add the shampoo before water hits your hair, wash well.

Oil massage before a bath or shower leaves skin nicely hydrated and not greasy. Pat yourself dry and dress for the day or slip between the sheets for a sound sleep. Careful not to oil the feet before stepping into the shower or tub, or wash the oil off first so you do not slip. Daily massage… how deliciously detoxifying.

Bonus detox tip: Make your own herbal oil.

Rose softens skin, lavender promotes relaxation and calendula assists skin healing. Replace the calendula blossoms in the recipe with dried lavender, rose petals, peppermint, lemon balm, or for a warming winter oil, try cinnamon or clove infused-oil.