Bourbon Beauty: Happy Summer Solstice - Morning Ritual


I can't begin to explain how much I love when spring & summer come around. While I don't care much for being outside in the physical wilderness (I don't like bugs or heat - true story...), I really do not enjoy long winters. The short days, the cold, it triggers me and unfortunately seasonal depression hits me hard.

This past winter was particularly difficult on me, and its refreshing to feel like I'm finally coming out of my shell. (Huge thank you to my mom for always being supportive and encouraging me to get a little bit of TLC. Side note: Never be ashamed to take care of your mental health as well as physical health. As women we tend to wear many hats - our health is important).

To celebrate, I thought it would be fun to write something up on enjoying and bringing in the sunshine, fresh air, & some self love.

Celebrating Summer Solstice - Morning Routine
  • In the morning - Steep some herbal tea | I prefer iced | & meditate/stretch (before kids are awake).
  • Enjoy iced tea while sitting outside - hearing the birds and enjoying the scent of the morning dew.
  • Ground bare feet on the earth- praying and thanking God (or maybe just reflecting) on everything I'm thankful for.
  • Make a point to go near or in water outdoors. 
  • Start and maintain a morning skincare routine - Do a facial massage after bathing.
  • Replenish your skin! Drink lots of water & fresh fruit. (Incorporate collagen into a fresh smoothie).
  • Begin the day with a happy soul and set great intentions for the day.

My Favorite way to make Jasmine Iced Tea
  • Dragon Pearl Jasmine (My favorite brand is by Harney & Sons)
  • Boiling Water
  • Mexican Raw Sugar Cane Crystals
  • 2 ice cubes + enough to fill a tall tumbler
Before Teavana shut down their local store, I could never make a good cup of tea! I loved my Jasmine tea from restaurants, but mine always tasted burnt. One day I asked the woman how she made it, and it was life altering (and my bank was happier lol). The trick was the ice cubes so I wouldn't burn my tea - otherwise making it bitter.
Method- Bring water to a rolling boil. Carefully, pour boiling water over tea sachet in a deep cup, quickly adding to ice cubes, and stirring in sugar to taste. Let steep for 2 minutes. Fill tumbler with ice, and pour over tea.

Do you do anything to ease stress? What's on your bucket list this summer?

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