Summertime Offerings to Boost Well-being
Cooling Herbal Tea
Sometimes we need a little extra support to help cool down our bodies from the heat of summer. This summertime sipper incorporates hibiscus, mint, and some honey for a light, vitamin-packed refresher the whole family can enjoy. Hibiscus tea decreases body temperature, helps treat high blood pressure, and even soothes a sore throat. The mint supports digestion and relaxes away stress, and the honey gives your immune system a boost while adding a little sweetness to this magical concoction.
8 cups hot water
1/2 cup dried hibiscus flowers
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves (+ more for serving, optional)
1/4 cup honey
Pour the hot water over the dried hibiscus flowers and add crushed mint leaves. Steep for 15-20 minutes. Add honey and mix well to dissolve. Strain the tea and serve over ice. Add a sprig of mint to the glass when serving (optional).
Clay Detox Foot Soak
Soaking your feet is not only relaxing, it's also a great way to get some vitamins and nutrients back into your skin. And, depending on what you use, foot soaks can help remove toxins, relieve pain, and restore the minerals in your body. Here's our recipe for a Clay Detox Foot Soak:
Pour hot water into a foot tub. Add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt and allow it to dissolve. Prepare a mixture of our Detox Face Mask, or just bentonite clay, and water. Apply the mixture to your feet and then soak your feet in the Epsom salt bath. Soak your feet for 20-30 minutes to relax away any aches and pains and remove toxins.
Reflections for Journaling
Sometimes we let days, weeks, months go by without checking in with ourselves and our needs. What sensations are we feeling in our bodies and not paying attention to? Are we taking time to listen to our bodies and provide it what it needs? What forms of medicine – laughter, nature, movement, nourishment – are we forgetting to provide ourselves? Here are some reflections to journal about this week:
What brought you joy this week? List everything – big or small. What are you feeling excited about? Nervous about? Dreading? And why? What might you need to feel more supported in these situations? Write it down.
Sit in a comfortable position with your feet planted on the ground. Take a moment to take three long, deep breaths. Scan your body and make note of areas in your body that feel tense or rigid. Pay attention to those areas every day this week – stretch, massage, ease the tension. Check back in a week to jot down any changes.
- How have you been nourishing your body? What foods have you been eating? No feeling guilty or shameful about eating this or that. Just take note of what you've been consuming and how it's been making you feel.