In French, we call our traditional DIY cures ‘remèdes de grand-mères’ (grandmother’s remedies) in the belief that the best self-care recipes and remedies are those transmitted by women, from one generation to an other.
The following apothecary products may not come directly from our grandmas, however, their effectiveness is timeless.
Here are some of our favorite SOS treatments for an extra bit of TLC during this final stretch of winter.
PALO SANTO ORGANIC SPRAY BY HOUSE OF INTUITION LA
Looking to banish evil spirits from your life this year? Look no further than this organic Palo Santo spray. Palo Santo - also known as ‘Holy Wood’ - is considered to have great purification powers. And once you fall for its sweet, citrusy scent, it’s difficult to do without. Spritz on your body and throughout your sacred (or everyday) space or for rituals.
PORTABLE SCENT POD BY ESYM
Inhale. Exhale. Created by a team of health and wellness-oriented designers and scents curators, this portable aromatherapy pod can be associated with eucalyptus, Parisian Morning, lavender or any of brand’s 100% natural essential oils. An easy way to get back into balance anytime, anywhere.
3RD EYE LOVE MEDITATION ATMOSPHERE MIST BY GOLDA
Want to get to know yourself better? Try this magical mist made of hiba wood, eucalyptus, peppermint, and frankincense (with antimicrobial, germicidal, insect repellent and deodorizing properties). Use it to tune it prior to meditation; it’s said to help mind and body focus while also enhancing the senses.
PURE ENERGY WELLNESS OIL BY UMA OILS
Feeling exhausted and need a little push? This blend will energize you with its invigorating and stimulating rosemary and peppermint essential oils, boosting both body and creativity. The brand suggests massaging 4-5 drops of it between your toes, onto the bottoms of your feet, pulse points, temples, behind the ears … or all of the above for the 'ultimate indulgence.
PROPOLIS SPRAY BY BEEKEEPER’S NATURALS
The brand Beekeeper’s Naturals calls this ‘your bodyguard in a bottle.’ And as a matter of fact, bee propolis is recognized as the ultimate ally in combating stress. A natural immune facilitator, it contains over 300 beneficial vitamins, minerals, and compounds so keep it on hand when if you’ve pushed your body a bit hard or live a hectic life.
CLEANSING BEAUTY OIL BY FEATHER EAGLE SKY
This powerful yet gentle cleanser contains a combination of premium healing and cleansing components, such as organic extra virgin olive oil, sea buckthorn, primrose oil, rosehip seed oil, carrot seed oil, rose otto, immortelle and frankincense. Jessika Le Corre, the founder of this natural beauty line (and a natural beauty herself - more on her here), advises you to ‘take a moment to massage and indulge in a ritual of self love and nourishment.’ A worthy order in and of itself.
HIT THE HAY BY URBAN MOONSHINE
If you struggle to get a peaceful night of sleep, waking up around 3am thinking about that client, your finances or the challenges you face as a woman, give this Hit the Hay mixture a try. The Burlington, Vermont based company describes this product as a short term remedy that ‘supports balanced sleep cycles, soothes away the tension of the day and helps you relax.’ The formula blends kava root, California poppy, passionflower and hops to help you forgo sleeping problems in favor of dreamy silent nights.
PEACEFUL EASY FEELING BY POPPY AND SOMEDAY
Poppy and Someday is owned and designed by herbalist and ayurvedic Practitioner, Kari Jansen. This tincture - made from a blend of herbs like fresh lemon balm and lavender (harvested from her garden), skullcap and chamomile - creates peaceful easy vibes and helps to lower your cortisol levels. For an optimal peace of mind, Kari advises 30-60 drops in four ounces of water and consume before bed or as needed.
Before using any of these products, please read the instructions carefully.