Hand baths are another beautiful way to induce relaxation and pay homage to the enormous amount of work our hands carry out on a daily basis! Something we often take for granted.
It’s a lovely thing to do before you carry out your weekly manicure as it softens your skin allowing the cuticles to be pushed back easily; as well as preparing the skin to take in your favourite moisturiser.
Warm Flower Soak:
- 1 litre soft/ distilled/ filtered water
- 50g dried German Chamomile/ Lavender flowers/ Limeflowers/ ‘I love’ or Chamomile dream
- Small hand full dried or fresh rose petals
- 5-10 drops essential oil (optional)
- eg Rosemary (focus and stimulating), Lavender (relaxing and soothing), Grapefruit or Geranium (uplifting).
- Boil water and pour over dried herbs.
- Steep the flowers in a covered pot/ teapot for 20mins.
- Strain enough into a Pyrex glass or stainless steel bowl large enough to comfortably fit your hands.
- It can be fun to leave some flowers:)
- Add essential oils if desired.
- Sprinkle rose petals on top.
- Make sure temperature is comfortably warm but not too hot.
- Soak hands for 10 mins.
- Pat dry and massage with your favourite moisturising hand lotion or cream (See the recipe for lemongrass hand and foot balm).
The remainder of the strained liquid can be filled into a clean bottle and kept in a fridge for about 1 week. Reheat as needed!
Helpful tip: For extra moisture try adding a handful of oatmeal to the mix for steeping. The oatmeal releases wonderfully soothing milk which particularly benefits dry, irritated or itchy skin!
Karin Mueller is co-owner of Solaris tea and has been working in the field of wellness and health for over 20 years now. She is a Medical Herbalist (BSc Hons), practising Midwife (BSc Hons), Massage and Spa therapist and experienced course facilitator and teacher on a wide range of topics related to mindfulness, meditation and women’s health. She is currently also studying in the ‘Medicine of Light’ school to deepen her spiritual practise.