3 Herbaceous Self Care Recipes

As mental health issues continue to rise, the term self-love and self-care has become more prevalent. This is especially true in the West, as the culture centered around capitalism puts the body in unnecessary moments of fight-or-flight, causing stress and tension.

Stress is a natural biological response; however, repeated triggered stress without resolvement leads to chronic illness.

Defining what self-care means to you will guide you as to tools you can utilize in your life for successful stress management.

Plants contain a unique essence, thus utilizing certain herbs in your self-love practice will benefit your wellbeing tremendously. Below are three easy and affordable recipes that you may incorporate into your lifestyle to assist with stress management.

Coffee Scrub

2 Tbsp, organic coffee grounds

2 Tbsp, organic fine sugar

1 Tbsp, cold-pressed oil

Mix ingredients together and apply scrub to clean skin in circular motion.

Revitalizing Face Mask

1 Tbsp, rhassoul clay

splash of H2O (may substitute half of the water with apple cider vinegar to add skin toning properties)

1 drop, essential oil (i.e., lavender, tea tree, frankincense, rose, etc)

5 drops, calendula extract

Mix ingredients to form a make with paste-like consistency. Apply a thin layer to clean skin and allow to sit for 5-8 minutes; DO NOT allow the mask to dry.

Grounding Bath/Foot Soak

2 cups, Epsom salts

1/4 cup, sea salt and/or real beach sand

10 drops, cedarwood and/or vetiver essential oil

This mixture may be added directly into a warm bath or premixed and stored in an airtight container for future use. Add 1/4 cup of the soak mixture to a bath.

Your wellbeing comes first, including your mental health. Fill your cup so you may be fully present with others.

Share your creations, I'd love to see them! #asilitribe

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The herbalist, chemist, and medicine maker at Asili Apothecary, Gloria created this space to facilitate healing and learning for yourself and those around you. The apothecary and homestead is based in Fayetteville, NC. Gloria enjoys time with her family and Mother Nature.

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