The term “dirty hippie” has little to no grip on reality. It didn’t have much of an effect on the hygiene approach of the 60s flower-children, those who switched back from post-war oils and SLS filled body-care/beauty products to organic and natural skin remedies and treatment infused with herbs and essential oils harnessing the gifts of mother earth.
A modern healthy hippie shouldn’t just focus on what to eat or what you wear. If you’re looking to clean up your wellness for a positive change in your life, these organic and natural remedies are exactly what you’re looking for!
1. At-Home Spa
Bringing a spa-inspired experience at home calls for a quality, natural facial mask. Treat yourself to a day of relaxation- light a scented candle and get into some cozy clothes to set the mood. There are plenty of herbs and organic ingredients to create your own DIY face mask, activated charcoal and bentonite clay do a great job.
Mix 4 capsules activated charcoal, ½ cup bentonite clay, 1 tablespoon oatmeal, 1 tablespoon green tea, 1 tablespoon hibiscus and 1 tablespoon rosehips in a glass or wooden bowl and using a non-metal utensil. Apply on your skin for 15-20 minutes for best results.
For a ready-made, just add water mask with all the benefits, try the Sea Goddess Face Mask to naturally exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin to get rid of any and all toxins and impurities.
2. Skin Drink
As a hippie, you’re always conscious of what products you use on a daily basis. You always "on the hunt" for Cruelty-free, high-quality ingredients that cause the least amount of harm to animals and the environment is a must.
To make your own body-loving lotion- combine 1/2 cup almond oil or jojoba oil, 1/4 cup coconut oil, 1/4 cup organic raw shea butter, and 1 tsp vitamin E oil in a glass bowl and melt it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Allow it to cool and apply on your skin. Store it in a small mason jar.
If you wish to save the hassle, get our deeply skin nourishing, infused with butter and oils Rosemary and Lavender Body Lotion it’ll prevent dry patches for hydrated skin. It seriously smells like a spring meadow, perfect skin treat after a long day before bedtime + Happy skin is always a bonus!
To concoct your own homemade soap from scratch, take:
1/2 cup castile soap liquid,
1/2 cup distilled water,
1 tsp vitamin E oil,
1 tsp sweet almond oil,
15 drops tea tree essential oil
5-10 drops lavender essential oil
Mix the ingredients together and store in a liquid soap dispenser. Please keep in mind that handmade soap takes 4-6 weeks to dry.
Alternatively, if you don’t want to wait that long try to induce peace of mind and integrate energy, using Patchouli connects your mind with your body. The rejuvenating aroma of the Artisan Soap will keep your skin healed and cleansed while your mood is uplifted.
The oil cleansing method is a simpler and quicker way to penetrate through the epidermis and into the dermis layer of our skin, leaving it hydrated and smooth. Massage pure avocado oil onto your skin and hold a hot washcloth over your face for a couple minutes to open up your pores. This will reduce signs of aging, extremely dry skin, eczema, sun damage, and blemishes.
Add to that routine the Honey + Hemp organic face wash. Infused with organic ingredients that will absorb into the skin to keep it healthy, fresh and balanced.
Add to that our nourishing Rose + Sea Buckthorn under eye cream enriched with skin regenerative ingredients will help your skin stay wrinkle-free. These beneficial oils and butters will smooth away any fine lines and wrinkles, you’ll never look a day older!
These simple tips and tricks for a healthy wellness lifestyle are all about using safe and effective organic products. With ingredients that are locally sourced and free from toxins, our bodies don’t deserve anything less!
Cover image @Fa Barboza
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Welcome to our collective favourite season, witchy folk! Perhaps that’s a generalization, but the Autumnal vibes are an absolute mood in the spiritual community, and for so many reasons. This season we have two Sabbats to celebrate; the first of those is Mabon, otherwise known as the Autumn Equinox, and the hemispherical counterpart to Ostara, in which we celebrate the Spring Equinox.
Not only is Autumn the season of flavoured lattes and pumpkins, it is the season of the colours of the Earth – oranges and reds and browns, greens and glorious yellows. We have beautiful harvest vegetables and burgeoning berries; a veritable feast of offerings from our beautiful Mother Earth to celebrate.
For Mabon, we focus on the beginning of the end of the harvest season and the descent into wintery darkness. Spiritually, we are reaching the closing-down portion of the year – as the days get shorter and the evenings are longer, we assess the outcomes of our labour (physical, financial, emotional, spiritual) across the past twelve months. Summer is celebration, and Autumn is when we reap what we’ve sown. So, as we draw towards the end of this summertime haze and commence the darkening and hibernation periods, we’re beginning to wind down business and take stock of what we’ve achieved.
Seasonal altars are a great way to focus our attentions and intentions towards that for which we are grateful, and the things that we want to manifest in our lives. Not only does the season dictate our physical activities, it also directs our spiritual lives, and the altar is the witch’s way of centring that energy.
With so much to love and celebrate about Autumn, let’s take a look at some traditional (and not-so-traditional) items to feature on our altars during this time.