Regardless of the season, hydrating with clean spring water is always important. It not only lubricates our organs, but also plumps up our cells, resulting in better thinking, more energy and clearer skin.
There is a simple test to see if you have enough water in your body. Simply pinch the back of your hand. If the skin takes its sweet time to fall back into place when you let go, rather than snap back, there’s a good chance you need a top up your water intake. But that doesn’t mean chug back a whole jug of water in one sitting — the best way to hydrate is slowly. Take regular sips.
Another great way to up your water levels is via your skin. One of my favorite carry-with-me-everywhere essentials is a hydrating mist. I have one on my desk and in my purse. I use it when I’m feeling sluggish and need a pick-me-up or to give me a sweet-smelling wake up when I’ve spent too long on the computer, or if I’m on a long haul flight.
A scent, such as rose or lavender, also helps to calm frazzled nerves. In Eastern traditions, the aroma of the thousand-petaled rose is said to promote strength and vitality, while enhancing harmony and balance.
You can make your own or buy a certified organic brand. Here is a recipe if you’re keen to get busy in the kitchen. Otherwise, I have a treat for one lucky reader below.
Homemade rose hydrating mist
- ½ cup distilled water
- 4 tbsp orange flower water
- 4 tbsp rose flower water
- 4 tbsp aloe vera gel (I prefer to use the gel that comes straight from the organic plant. If you’re buying a product off the shelf, be sure to check the label for nasties such as uric acid).
Combine the distilled water, orange flower water and rose flower water in a saucepan. Heat on low for about 2 to 3 minutes or until warm.
Remove saucepan from heat and combine the aloe vera gel. Stir to with a wooden spoon.
Once combined thoroughly, transfer the hydrating face mist to a sterilized glass bottle with spray pump.
Store the mist in the refrigerator for 24 hours before you use it. When it is time to use it, be sure to shake gently before spraying.
Win your own hydrating mist
If this all seems too much work, you could always win one that’s ready made. I’m giving one reader the chance to win a certified organic Miessence Rose Monsoon Hydrating Mist (below). All you need to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org and include Rose Monsoon in the subject line. The winner will be announced on Facebook. Good luck!
Update: And the winner is… Nichola des Lauriers. Congrats Nichola!