Spring cleaning isn’t just about the home – the body, especially the skin, also needs attention after the winter. For the body, I tend to repeat the Candidiasis diet (get it off my website or pick up free leaflet in the shop). This ensures my body is balanced after all the winter seasonal activities, which in Aberdour, tend to be just finishing (Burns suppers, winter gatherings, 6 Nations rugby etc). A few weeks and the body will be refreshed again as the lighter foods begin to appear in season and the winter stodge can be forgotten until next winter.
The body has, for most of the winter, been covered in layers of clothing, especially after this cold snowy winter (which was exactly what we needed!!), and the central heating has been belting out. Then we throw off the layers and expect the skin to look great and take whatever rays the sun throws at it. Now what we have to remember is that the skin is our largest organ and reflects what is going on on the inside. Eczema and psoriasis can be indicators of omega deficiencies, stress and a liver not coping, whilst cellulite means toxin build-up. We have to learn to both read and respect the skin and look after it more so it can protect us from the elements. So this spring, let’s pay attention to our skin and prepare it for what I hope is going to be a great summer.
Firstly, increase your water intake to 8 glasses per day and cut out the rubbish replacing it with salad and fresh fruit to improve vitamin and mineral levels (try to get your 5+ portions daily). Cut down on drugs and alcohol to rest your liver to allow regeneration and if you smoke – stop…it ages you dreadfully! Take your multi-vitamin & mineral, extra zinc & Vitamin C, omegas 3 & 6 plus probiotics and you should see a vast improvement very quickly if you follow this plan. Good skin means good health…it is that simple and you cannot have one without the other.
As the body releases toxins, they are dispersed partly through the skin, so it should be helped with this natural process. When you take a bath, add purifying oil like juniper berry, which I adore, and soak for 20 minutes. Then scrub the body with a bath scrub or a body brush to remove dead cells and reveal beautiful new skin underneath. (Salt scrub is in the pipeline so watch this space or start nagging me). Once out of the bath, gently pat dry and oil your skin – not with baby oil…YUK: use basic good quality carrier oils to which you have added an essential oil such as lavender, geranium or frankincense…whatever takes your fancy, or for sheer pampering, use Argan oil or my fantastic Aphrodite oil which will feed and repair your skin and guys that intend to do this should use my Adonis oil instead. Now you have revealed the Goddess and God within, you are ready to face the summer. TIP: I have done this twice weekly with Aphrodite oil over the winter and I have to say it has made a difference – so much so, even my cellulite has disappeared – double bonus or what and makes all the effort well worth while!! Go on, pamper yourself as you are so worth it…
Weight loss spell to aid your new diet and exercise plan for the spring…
If you would like to improve what you see in the mirror, the here is a little magick to support your plan:
Firstly, at sunset mix together fennel, dill and lavender and add a green tourmaline, ruby or apatite to the mix. Place in a yellow pouch. Next, take a small piece of paper and draw a cross in the middle, and draw a straight line through the centre of the cross to make an elongated star-shape. Fold the paper into a small size and add to your pouch. Close the pouch and hold in your power hand (writing hand). Close your eyes and visualise yourself now and then see yourself changing to how you want to be/see the scales coming down from the weight now to a more healthy weight. Carry this pouch wherever you go in your pocket, visualising daily your aim and magickally, it will help with overeating and weight loss, and positively encourage healthy exercise…and help you achieve what you want to be…but please be realistic – size zero is impossible and unless nature created your body to be that size, extremely unhealthy too. Be real and it will be done…so mote it be
Moisture is what we need…
Most of us have spent the winter in several layers of clothes, big boots and woolly socks and the heating on full blast 24 hours a day. The big shock I have had is how dry my skin has got over the winter and how much moisture will be needed to make it good again by the summer, and I don’t even have central heating! This has been confirmed by the amount of oils such as hemp and jojoba oil, and creams like “Cream for Dry Skin” and “Intensive hand-care Cream” that we have sold since December! What we now need to do is to spend a little time working on the skin to get it back to being fabulous again. After all, it is your body’s first line of defence and must be maintained at all times!
When you can find the gap to have an evening to spend on yourself, try the following bathtime routine:
Firstly, you need a good exfoliater (try my “Salt to Silk”), some dispersing bath oil, a pumice stone, a cleanser & muslin cloth, a face mask and a relaxing essential oil. Run a warm bath and add 10mil dispersing oil to which you have added 8 drops essential oil i.e. Rosewood or Patchouli (both good for dry skin). Get in the bath. Cleanse your face and wipe with muslin cloth to clear dead skin cells. Apply the face mask, lay back and relax for 10 minutes. Rinse off the face mask and dry face. Now exfoliate and moisturise your body all in one motion by using ‘Salt 2 silk’ to rid the body of dead skin and reveal the new skin underneath. Once you rinse, the skin will be soft and rosy…perfect! Next, pumice the feet, which by now will be soft enough for hard skin to be removed and this will help reveal the pretty feet underneath. Pay attention to the heels and balls of the feet.
Get out of the bath and wrap yourself in a warm towel and take 5 minutes to dry & allow the oil to fully sink in.
Meanwhile, use a rich cream such as Intensive hand care cream to fully moisturise the feet and hands, which have had such a hard time this winter! Cut and trim toe nails and paint if necessary. Finish the facial with toner and oil such as “Morgaine’s Fountain of Youth” range. Repeat nightly to repair skin after the raveshing winter. From now on, moisturise the body daily if possible with nice body oil i.e. my new “Oil for Skin” which will feed the skin even if there is Eczema, Psoriasis or other skin issue. For the best body moisture and to help prepare for the summer, use my Goddess oil “Aphrodite’s Aftersun” – it not only repairs and renews the skin but also gets it ready for the sun’s rays!! Use this every day diluted 50/50 with Apricot kernal oil.
Keep up this simple bathtime routine as often as you can and the body will be ready when that sun finally splits the heavens…and we do so deserve it after this winter!!