Our hands and feet put up with a lot during the day. Often our hands are exposed to the elements and spend time in water washing dishes, windows and household surfaces. It’s no wonder we can suffer from dry, chapped skin! Our feet bring us on our path, ever walking and moving, propelling us forward.
It is a gift to our hands and feet to give them a natural treat, it serves us in the long run!
Here is a four step ritual I would recommend.
1. Soaking the hands and feet in warm water with Epsom salts and essential oils.
The benefit of soaking our whole body and, in this case our hands and feet in Epsom Salt is so wonderful. Due to changes in agricultural methods and accordingly changes in our diet, we are often deficient in magnesium. Epsom salts provide a wonderful way to assist our body in benefiting from this essential mineral which is not easily absorbed through the stomach.
Studies show increased magnesium levels can be obtained from soaking in Epsom Salts. It is also said that Magnesium helps maintain our calcium levels.
When we exfoliate we detoxify the skin and allow dead cells to be removed. This brightens the complexion and improves skin tone. It kills bacteria and prevents breakouts.
I would recommend to use brown sugar in an exfoliation which is less abrasive to the skin than white sugar is. Mixing the sugar with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil can add the advantage of adding therapeutic benefits from this oil.
Fractionated coconut oil contains capric acid and caprylic acid, thus giving it more antioxidant and disinfecting benefits. It also facilitates the absorption of other oils you are putting on your skin.
On an emotional level Lemongrass supports us in releasing feelings of despair so we can open up to let go of limiting beliefs we may be hoarding about ourselves. We are better able to see life more clearly and become the pilot steering our life in the way we want it to go.
3. After exfoliating we can moisturise our hands & feet with our favourite moisturiser. We can add an essential oil of our choice.
Apply the moisturiser with intention. allowing our hands receive the moisture they need.
4. We can care for our cuticles and nails by softening the skin around them. We can add Shea butter which is full of natural vitamins and fatty acids and so moisturises, reduces inflammation and soothes the skin. Bees wax also softens and is antibacterial. It also forms a protective barrier on the skin and so is a wonderful ingredient for skin health.
Good essential oils for nails are Lemon, Frankincense & Myrrh. These can also be blended with a carrier oil like wheatgerm and rubbed into cuticles to keep them soft and healthy.
Frankincense offers cellular health support so putting this essential oil on our cuticles is very beneficial, it is often referred to as “King of the Oils”.
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