As the crisp cool weather starts to settle in, I’ve noticed that my feet are cold and I have started to wear socks.
My skin is dryer than usual, and I wonder if it’s my diet? Should I start adding coconut oil to my cooking and my smoothies?
I started thinking about how I take care of myself.
I’ve been busy re-doing my dining room, giving it a French Country Farmhouse look and feel, painting, stencilling, obsessing over every French look book I can get my hands on.
Not to mention other things!
And it dawned on me: For the French woman, it’s a way of life, a “cottage necessity” way -of-life, to think of the whole picture.
And that means taking more care of myself, not just the home, etc. but in addition to all of the thoughts about what I’m putting into my family’s and my body, the activities to create a comfy and non-toxic home.
So, I took a bath ~ It’s a completely different experience from taking a shower~
It Takes Time……
So, I put my hair up in a bun, filled the tub with the hottest water I could stand and still be comfortable, poured some almond sesame bath oil in, warned everyone ahead of time, if they needed to use the bathroom (as I only have one), and I got in with a soft wash cloth, some unscented soap, and took my bath, washed my face, and scrubbed my ears, and the bottom of my feet, and then I remembered…
being a little girl with hairy arms, loving her bath-time, staying in until my skin was all pruny…the smell of the powdered bubble bath that came in pastel colored paper envelopes…..
and how much I felt cared for and loved as my mom scrubbed all the dirt away, and then let us, my sister and I, play for a while in the warm, steamy water.
Now, as I write this, I still feel warm from my bath.
Taking time to take care of onesself is a definite cottage necessity.
What are some ways that you take care of yourself?
Notes: Sesame oil has many healing properties, is an anti-oxidant and is a wonderful moisturizer for the skin.
Baking soda helps to open the pores in the skin and draw toxins out, and it makes a great and affordable facial scrub. ( add a cupful to the bath, and make the dry powder into a paste to cleanse the dead skin away for a gentle scrub).