This post comes from our contributor FP Naomi.
Irritated or itchy skin, injured muscles, mental breakdowns, migraines – it’s amazing how many ailments can be relieved with these healing cubes. I like them in the summer when I’m full of bug bites. I tend to get a lot on my ankles. If I rub these ice cubes on my ankles, it helps get rid of the itching and speeds up the overall healing of my scabs so they stop irritating me as much. Outside of summer, they’re ultra-calming and great to have around in case of anxiety or a pounding headache. Load up a towel with them and ice sore muscles, or simply hold them to your neck for a cool down.
How are they so amazing? Here’s a little breakdown on how they work ingredient by ingredient:
Lavender: The scent of lavender has been proven to calm nerves, curb anxiety, and have an overall relaxing effect on the human psyche. It also has antibacterial properties and has been shown to reduce inflammation – making it a good treatment for open wounds.
Rose Water: My favorite fact about rose water is that in ancient Chinese medicine it’s said to balance the energies of yin and yang. When people or environments need a rebalance, apply some rose water to the situation and it will bring you back to equilibrium. This makes sense to me when I consider its ability to reduce redness and relieve irritated skin. It takes all that fiery heat out of the situation (yang), and gives your skin a bit of relaxation (yin).
Ice: If you’ve ever sprained your ankle, been stung by a bee, or so on, you know that ice helps bring down swelling. It’s also great at reducing pain, and once removed, your body will speed nutrients to the afflicted area, speeding up the healing process.
And now, here’s how to make them…
You’ll Need (fills a 2-cup tray):
20 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
½ Cup Rose Water (learn how to make your own Rose Water!)
1 ½ Cup Filter Water
Combine your ingredients in a pitcher using a whisk.
Fill tray, and stick in the refrigerator to freeze.
Remove & use as needed!
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