Thursday, July 20, 2017

THE GUIDE: 4 EASY TIPS FOR LUXURIOUS SLEEP


T H E   G U I D E |   4  E A S Y  T I P S   F O R   L U X U R I O U S   S L E E P
A guide to turning your bedroom into a lush sanctuary, from a high-vibe nighttime routine to between the laundered sheets . . .



Frothy Nightcap Tea Latté
Having a cup of this creamy tonic rather than dessert to cap off dinner will allow your body to quietly ease into eventual rest. It's main ingredient is passionflower, which is an herbal equivalent of a billet-doux to your brain. It induces a sense of tranquility, heightens compassion, and eases nervous tension. It's coupled with the power & earthy tones of rhodiola, another tension-taming adaptogen or herb that allows our body to adapt to daily stresses.

D I R E C T I O N S | To make, simply blend in a high-speed blender hot but not boiling ½ cup of brewed passionflower tea with ½ cup of coconut milk, a teaspoon of pink salt grass-fed ghee, ¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon of rhodiola, and stevia to taste! For extra creamy frothiness and indulgence, add a tablespoon of Tocos. This extraction of stabilised rice bran is high in vitamin E for an anti-aging and glowing skin boost.

Meditative Skincare
While I apply my nightly facial oil, I always make sure to perform a lymph drainage or simple face massage on my face, even if it's a few quick swipes. Here's a quick guide on how to perform it. I then put a second layer of lotion or oil on my lower legs, intentionally massaging from my toes up to my thighs. This is not only helpful in inducing sleep through skin contact and biofeedback but increases blood flow to allow the muscles to relax. This is especially essential for athletes such as myself or people who are on their feet all day.

Herbal Aid
There are some great natural sleep-aids that are sure to replace the toxic + dependance-forming generics out on the market. Most people do tout melatonin supplements, but melatonin is a hormone and, over time, can cause unwanted irregularities in some people. Some safer options that I take instead are valerian, skullcap, passionflower, and rhodiola.

 Laundered Linens
The easiest yet most impactful secret to creating an indulgent bedtime for me has been investing in linens and scents. We sleep in French linen sheets, often light up our favourite candles as we unplug, and enjoy decadent scents such as the dusky sensuality of this biodegradable & nontoxic Le Labo x Laundress detergent.