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Self-Care Rituals

Self-care is very important for us all. With the Christmas season ahead what best time to recharge our batteries so we are strong mentally and physically for the month ahead. When we look after ourselves first, we have loads of energy to look after everyone else. Below I have listed some of my favourite ways to care my myself.

In India this is called Abhyanga. It is an oil massage with warm oil, particularly warm sesame oil. It is said to nourish the body and stimulate the internal organs, increasing circulation. I warm the oil in a bottle in some hot water for about 5 minutes and proceed to massage my whole body.

It is wonderfully relaxing and invigorating at the same time. It is suggested to do first thing in the morning and wait about 20 minutes before having a shower to allow all the oil to really soak into the body.

There are a multitude of face masks on the market, yet it is incredibly easy to make your own at home using very simple ingredients.

Bananas are very soothing for your skin and gentle enough to place on your face. I mix about half a banana and a few slices of cooling cucumber in a blender and gently massage all over my face. Sit back and relax for at least 10 minutes and then gently wash off with a soft flannel and warm water. I usually finish with some cold water to close all the pores.

This area can get completely overlooked. We can be expert at giving ourselves beauty treatments but when it comes to our mental self care treatments, that is another story. Did you