Saturday, June 9, 2012

For the Momma's Soothing Secrets

Soothing.... what a beautiful word. It brings to mind so many beautiful images and a feeling of calm. As momma's, we need this feeling of calm! I have been looking around for some fun ideas for a little pampering, and a soothing few minutes of peace. I love nothing more then a long bubble bath! The smells, the feel of the warm water, the peace and quiet!!! Here are some easy little ways to get a soothing moment of peace!

Put on your fuzzy slippers and have a warming or cooling drink.  A good recipe for a warming drink:
1 teapot with infuser
16 oz boiling water
2 Tbsp French Lemon Ginger tea
1 cinnamon stick
3/4 tsp fresh mint
splash of mint
* Put water and cinnamon stick on to boil. Add tea and mint to infuser. Once water boils, remove cinnamon stick and pour the water into teapot and infuse for seven minutes. Remove infuser and pour contents into cup and add splash of milk.

A good recipe for a cooling drink:
3 cups unsweetened apricot juice
3 cups ginger ale
1 Tbsp lemon juice
* Chill both juice and ginger ale thoroughly.. mix and enjoy! Makes 6 cups... I can't wait to try this one!!!!!! I have apricot trees and am going to use the juice from those! YUM!

Now that you've enjoyed a drink, put on some soothing music! My favorites include piano, celtic, or any of those awesome Relaxation CD's you can buy at the dollar store!

Light a candle, this is your special time! Some of my favorite scents for relaxing: Bergamot ( it smells delicious) and anything lemon or verbana or chammomile, lavender etc. There are so many neat companies out there that are making candles that target specific things like relaxation or sleep etc.

Bubble bath time! My number one favorite bubble bath of all time: AVON's Soft Pink, it reminds of my Nana, she would always give me bubble baths in that scent. It's super hard to find now. Once again there are tons of neat companies like Bath and Body Works that have wonderful aromatherapy bath gel, salts etc. Here is a "recipe" for a relaxing bath you can make yourself :
1 cup Epsom Salts
6 drops Peppermint Oil ( to soothe tired achy muscles)
4 drops Tangerine Oil ( you can use Lavender Oil for bedtime)
Fill the tub with warm water and add these ingredients and SOAK!!!

Now on to the massage ( you need hubby for this!) You can make your own massage oil, or use commercial brands like Bath and Body Works etc. Here is a "recipe" for a soothing make your own massage oil:
Use a carrier oil- I like Sweet Almond Oil. Then add essential oils like Rosemary, Chammomile and Rose... you can find all of these online at any soap making supply store. SO GOOD!!!!

Of course, hehehehe, the soothing massage from your hubby may be the end of your time alone, wink wink, but if not, read a good book, try some meditation, pray, rub some lotion on your hands, feet and elbows, enjoy yourself! We momma's need some time to ourselves!!!! Love, JL~

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