Who else wants to stop taking showers?

Who else wants to stop taking showers? | Sedruola Maruska

I used to take a wonderfully long shower every day. Even when we moved to California and my skin started to tear because it was so dry. I bought better lotions and kept showering every day. I never imagined I could stop taking showers back then.

Then I had a baby.

You know what I’m talking about, don’t you? The baby’s small, so you shower only when someone else is around to make sure they’ll be fine. Or when they begin to walk, you want to be sure they don’t kill themselves, while you’re jumping into a 5 minute “shower” so you won’t smell bad at the end of the day.

Less Showering

I got used to less showering and realized my skin was happier. So, I’ve kept a schedule of showering every other day or two (except if I’ve had too many hot flashes, worked out, or it’s summer). It really depends on how yucky I feel or smell.

Who else wants to stop taking showers? | Sedruola Maruska

Anyway, after chemo and surgery, when things started to get back to normal, and I had less down time for self-care, I started to wonder how I could keep a self-care schedule that worked with increased activity.

As I looked around my bathroom I noticed pampering products that were languishing. Languishing because my self-care was always on the back burner. After all there was never enough time. So one day I decided to take more than ten minutes in the shower.

The scrubs and oils finally started looking used. Then, in December, I received the dry brushing brushes that were on my wish list. To say they changed my life would be an understatement, they have transformed the way I shower!

I still don’t take showers everyday (don’t judge me) even though my kids are old enough to leave alone. But when I do take a shower, it becomes a full blown spa experience that I’d like to share with you.

Shower Spa Recipe

Let’s start with the ingredients:

  • Dry Brushing Brushes (for face & body)
  • Shower Gloves
  • Shower Gel
  • Sugar Scrub
  • Coconut Oil (or any natural oil)
  • Shower Process

    Step 1: Use your dry brushing brushes to brush your whole body. My brushes came with a diagram, but if you don’t have one, just be sure to brush toward your heart. Starting from the soles of your feet all the way up to your face. Do at least 10 – 15 brush strokes on each area to make sure you’ve loosened up the dead skin.

    Step 2: Get in the shower and rinse right before using your shower gloves and shower gel to remove any last bits of dead skin left behind from the brushing. Rinse.

    Step 3: Use a gentle sugar scrub on your skin (hopefully one that uses a natural oil) and rub all over your body.

    Step 4: Pat dry then rub the coconut (or your natural oil of choice) all over your body.

    The Result

    After my first spa shower my skin was incredibly soft, smooth and smelled so lovely! I suddenly didn’t feel weird not taking a shower every day because it was now a getaway. A respite from everyday and a great way to:

    • stimulate lymph drainage which builds your immunity
    • unclog your pores
    • clear blemishes faster

    So, not only am I enjoying my shower more, I’m also helping my body stay healthy! Talk about a winning situation. Here’s a quick DIY Sugar Scrub my daughter and I made up a few months back, hope it works for you!

    One last note. . . enjoy the process in anything, that’s where the real fun is! Whether it’s a shower or planning a huge event. . . the fun is in the details (not the devil) enjoy it all.

    What’s your favorite thing to do in the shower? Whatever it is, I’m here for it so do tell.

Mother Daughter DIY Frankincense Sugar Scrub

Mother Daughter DIY Sugar Scrub | Sedruola Maruska

It was a collaborative project from the beginning. She measured, I mixed and we decided on color and texture. This frankincense sugar scrub comes to you from our hearts.

My daughter just turned seven. She’s pretty smart for her age, but there isn’t much I can involve her in when it comes to my blog. Let me rephrase that, there isn’t much I thought I could involve her in when it comes to my blogging. I’m wrong.

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Mother Daughter DIY Sugar Scrub | Sedruola Maruska

Ever since my cancer diagnosis I’ve taken a more relaxed approach to life. There are important things that need to be done (like filing taxes on time) but most things aren’t that deep. Most of the things we stress, worry and make ourselves sick about aren’t that deep.

This blog is important to me. But I’ve realized it’s not necessary to make myself crazy trying to make it “perfect”. It will evolve over time as long as I’m focused and consistent. That’s why when it was time to create this sugar scrub to share with you, and my daughter wanted to help, I said yes!

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The Recipe

Throughout the process of making this sugar scrub my daughter and I chatted. We talked about boys, pampering, feeling good and what’s good for you. It was a work of love that we’d like to share with you. What you’ll need:

  • 1 Cup of sugar
  • 14 oz. Organic olive oil (refined, it’s smoother)
  • 20 drops Frankincense essential oil
  • 2 drops blue food coloring (optional)
  • 1 drop green food coloring (optional)

Other items you’ll need

  • 1 airtight glass jar
  • hand mixer
  • mixing bowl
  • spoon

The Process


Plant Therapy Essential Oils
This sugar scrub is a lovely compliment to the Frankincense & Sandlewood Bath Soak we made a few weeks ago. The aromas are subtle, but the benefits are huge.

Once you gather all your tools and ingredients you’re ready! First, using a large spoon first, mix the sugar with the coconut oil. Do not melt the oil (I know it sounds crazy but trust me) Do your best to slowly mix the sugar and coconut oil until the mixture is soft enough that you can use the mixer.

Before using the mixer add the frankincense oil and the food coloring. Once you have everything in the bowl, start using the hand mixer and mix for about 10 minutes or until the mixture is fluffy.

Once you have the right consistency, transfer the mixture to your airtight jar and it’s ready to go.

Special Notes

There is method to my madness so I’ll explain it here.

Feel free to make the mixture any color you wish. We didn’t use a lot of color because I didn’t really want color and my daughter did. It’s totally up to you.




I didn’t melt the coconut oil because keeping hard allows for the final mixture to be fluffy. If you store it in a warm place it will stay fluffy and easy to use. If it gets cold where you store it, it will harden, but keeping it warm for a short time will allow it to fluff up again.

The best thing about this mixture is the amount of coconut oil we used. We used extra coconut oil because we wanted a mixture that would feel super soft once you’re done. This sugar scrub gives a generous amount of oil in the shower once your rub it on. Use it last then pat dry and allow the coconut oil to absorb into your skin. It’s a great emollient and it even has a slight bit of SPF ;).

The combination of sugar and coconut oil is perfect for summer showers!

We hope you enjoy making this sugar scrub with someone you love or alone as a meditative exercise. It’s great for dry skin (take it from someone who’s experienced the dryness of chemo), plus it’s easy & fun to make. We’re hoping you’ll end up making it for friends and family as gifts.

Let us know what you loved, liked or didn’t care for with this recipe. We’re happy for the feedback as we dream up more lovely MYO (make your own)concoctions to share with you.



 

Sandlewood & Frankincense Soothing Bath Soak

Sandlewood & Frankincense Soothing Bath Soak | Sedruola Maruska

I’ve fallen in love with taking baths! I used to enjoy them before as a “once in awhile special treat” but I now that I’ve been actively fighting cancer I realize how medicinal bath soaks truly are. Taking a bath is not only for cleansing your body, but your soul. When I’m feeling tense, pain, anxiety or fatigue, especially going through chemotherapy, getting into a nice hot bath with salts and essential oils always calms my spirit and makes me feel so much better.

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With Mother’s day coming quickly I wanted to share one of my favorite bath soak recipes so you can make a batch of soothing & healing bath soak for yourself and the special mom or moms in your life. This “MYO” (make your own) recipe is quick, easy and light on the wallet!

Sandlewood & Frankincense Soothing Bath Soak | Sedruola Maruska

Essential Oils

Although the essential oils are the smallest ingredient in  the bath soak, there are specific reasons I’ve chosen Sandlewood & Frankincense for this particular soak. After being diagnosed with breast cancer I began to look at essential oils and their properties. Reading into the many uses of essential oils is so enlightening.

Sandlewood

Sandlewood is a steam distilled oil that is woodsy in fragrance. The top properties of this oil are:

  • anti-inflammatory
  • anti-carcinoma
  • astringent
  • anti-depressant
  • calming
  • sedative

Besides the fact that I received it as a gift and fell in love with it’s scent, knowing and experiencing it’s properties in a bath soak on days when my pain is raging has solidified my love for sandlewood.

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Frankincense

Frankincense blends well with Sandlewood because their properties are similar. The top properties of this oil are:

  • Immunostimulant
  • anti-carcinoma
  • anti-inflammatory
  • anti-depressant
  • restorative

Using this oil with Sandlewood makes for a potent soul soothing mix I think you’ll love.

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Bath Soak Recipe

Feel free to pre-mix your bath soak, however, it isn’t necessary. But, because I want you to enjoy this for yourself and share with someone else, I’ll give two measurements for mixing.




Individual bath recipe

  • 1/2 cup Epsom Salt
  • 1/2 cup Baking Soda
  • 8 drops Sandlewood Essential Oil
  • 8 drops Frankincense Essential Oil

As an individual soak, pour the Epsom salt and baking soda into the running water. Then put the drops of sandlewood and frankincense. Stir the bath as you get in then lie still.


Gift size recipe

  • 2 cups Epsom Salt
  • 2 cups Baking Soda
  • 10 drops Sandlewood Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Frankincense Essential Oil

As a gift size be sure to store your bath soak in a glass, air tight jar. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until they are well mixed, then scoop into the glass jar. Be sure to use a ribbon and tag to make it look more festive.

Best Bath Practices

As a bonus to this bath soak recipe I thought I’d share some of the best bath practices that have allowed my bath time to be truly meditative and healing.

Use dim light / candles – Using calming light practices while taking a bath will help set the state for relaxation.

Play soothing music – Use music that doesn’t compel you to sing, but to relax and reflect. I usually tune my phone to my Pandora New Age Station and let the music flow.

Use water as hot as you can stand – One of the important elements of a good soak is the hot water. Don’t burn yourself, just use water hot enough to help you sweat throughout your bath for a healthy exchange of toxins.




Dry brush and/or shower right before – Before you lie in the bath for a healing soak you can do one or both of the following: dry brush, shower. Dry brushing exfoliates your skin and allows for better exchange in the bath. If you can’t dry brush, take a shower and use a washcloth to scrub your skin (what I’ve done so far). Doing either of these things prepares your skin for a nice sweat and exchange opportunity.

Soak for at least 20 minutes – Soaking for at least 20 minutes gives your body the chance to expel and absorb what it needs from the salts and oils in your bath soak.

Lie still – When you’re moving around you don’t give yourself the opportunity to enjoy the soothing nature of your bath. Lie still for the first 20 minutes allowing your body to sweat and release toxins.

I’m sure you have a special bath soak recipe you love, won’t you share? Sharing what’s worked to keep us soothed during trying times is always helpful