Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Chamomile can be a traveller's best friend. It doesn't have caffeine - meaning you can drink it to your heart's content. Your child can drink it to her heart's content. And more than that ... it's soporific. Sleep-inducing. Relaxing.
So when your head's spinning from jetlag or your legs ache from being in the car all day or when (for recent example) you've wandered Scottish castles till your feet feel like bricks - make up some chamomile tea, concoct a few simple spa-like treatments to get your body relaxed, and sleep easy.
(this is Stirling Castle)
Chamomile Foot Soak
Make yourself a big pot of chamomile tea. Pour out a cup for yourself, if you like. The rest? Pour it into a large bowl or tray and dilute it with cool water till it's a comfortably-hot temperature. Sit in the most comfortable chair you can find, with your feet submerged in the hot, chamomile-infused water. Close your eyes and concentrate on relaxing your feet - feeling your stress/tension/day ripple away into the water.
Continue for 15-20 minutes, or until your feet become prunes. Dry them. Maybe give them a little massage (see below) ...
Chamomile-Infused Massage Oil
You don't have to buy special massage oil, you know. You can make it out of just about any mild vegetable oil you have on-hand - like olive oil, coconut oil, or almond oil. (Note* I do not recommend sesame oil. Ewww.)
Simply pour a few Tbs of oil into a small dish, and dump the contents of a torn-open chamomile tea bag into it. Mix and leave for (ideally) at least an hour or two. Then, strain out the flowers/tea (use a colander or tea strainer) and use the oil to give yourself or your partner or your child a relaxing foot and leg massage.