I love bedtime. For me it means taking some quiet moments for myself before drifting off to sleep to read a few pages in a favorite cookbook or aromatherapy text, jot down thoughts about the day or simply unwind. Ritual is a big part of bedtime for me, and it begins in the bathroom where I cleanse, tone and moisturize among other less interesting tasks (where’s the delight in flossing?).
Once I’m done with my evening cleansing ritual, I typically brew a small cup of herbal tea and mosey up to the bedroom. I try to keep it tidy because there’s nothing like getting into a well-made bed in a clean bedroom at the end of a long day. Setting a peaceful tone in the room does wonders, and I love the small dim lamps on either side of my bed for their cozy light. I also keep plants and usually a vase of flowers or fresh eucalyptus and other herbs in my bedroom. They help keep the air fresh and make me happy in general.
There are always a handful of products within reach on my nightstand that help prepare me for sleep and are fun to use. These vary with the seasons as well as what I need at the time to keep my body and mind in balance. Right now, with the dry indoor heat going and the cold winter temps outside, I have extra protective and healing products in the mix as well as therapeutic products to help me relax.
Here’s what’s on my nightstand this winter…
One of the very first things I reach for on my nightstand is a small lavender linen spray that I made from lavender essential oil and distilled water. I spritz this on the bed, pillows and around the room before turning back the blankets. I also keep a jar of Osmia Organics Rosemary Body Mousse on hand to massage into my feet and legs. Self-massage is an incredible wellness tool! Try giving yourself a quick rub down using your favorite botanical moisturizer, and if it has an aromatherapy component to it like the Osmia Body Mousse does, all the better.
The mini Lotus Wei Quiet Mind Energy Mist, which came with the Lotus Wei Mini Mist Collection, is another bedtime treat I love. This cooling spray will add hydration to your face and has a geranium, lemon and coriander aroma that dispels tension, endless mind chatter and promotes sound sleep. I love spraying this on my face and neck.
For the lips, de Mamiel’s precious black pot of Rosey Lip Balm is what I’ve been carrying to bed each night (I also keep it on hand during the day, so it just visits my nightstand). Kahina Lip and Face Balm is also on hand (more geranium, neroli and blue tansy, too!). It’s super healing and I love to massage it into my cuticles in addition to lips while I’m reading.
Other knickknacks on my nightstand include a sleep mask I’ve never actually used, bobby pins, and a handful of aromatherapy treatments I’ve made for myself. Books on my nightstand include Eat Pretty by Jolene Hart, Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore and Essence and Alchemy by Mandy Aftel. These are books I like to dig through for little jewels of inspiration.
What’s on your nightstand this winter?