Embracing the Radiant Season of Summer
As the warmth of the sun envelopes us and nature awakens in vibrant hues, summer rituals help us align our well-being with the rhythm of the season.
Summer is the season of full expression, joy, connection, laughter and exaltation. Encouraged by the full blooms, bright sun, long days and short nights, Summer is the season when we are most open. It’s about the full expression of our most authentic heart -centred selves. We desire to present ourselves in our full beauty and vitality aligning ourselves with the natural world. We are drawn to make genuine human connections or deepen the ones we have. Summer is represented as the Fire Element. Fire Element is the transformative energy that brings maturation in physical, psychological, and spiritual ways.
This summer we invite you to embark on a journey of self-care with these rejuvenating summer rituals:
Continue on to discover how to nourish your body and soul while embracing the beauty of the summer season.
Morning Mindfulness Meditation
Begin your summer days with a sense of calm and clarity by incorporating a brief mindfulness meditation into your routine. Find a peaceful spot, sit comfortably, and focus on your breath, inhaling and exhaling for the count of four. Meditating for as little as a few minutes can beneficially support your nervous system. As well as this, this ritual sets a positive tone for the day, helping you manage stress and enhance mental well-being. This practice also invite you to explore other breathing techniques throughout the day.
For many of us, simply sitting and focussing on breathing can be difficult. As such, easing into the process with the support of an external focal point can be a gateway to meditation. Two beautiful methods can be contemplative cup of ceremonial cacao, or a candle gazing for example with one of our mindful candle ritual sets.
Hydration Habits for Wellness
Stay cool and nourished by making hydration a priority this summer. Proper hydration supports digestion, boosts energy levels, and contributes to radiant skin – essential elements for a summer of wellness. It is suggested to drink at least 2L of fluid per day. This can include purified/ spring or filtered water, herbal teas, diluted fresh fruit & vegetable juices, and fresh home-made clear soups & broths. You can also infuse your water with slices of fresh fruits or herbs for a burst of flavour and added health benefits.
Home-made fresh vegetable juices provide a rich source of enzymes, minerals & vitamins. In addition, they are easy to digest and support the digestive & immune systems. It’s helpful to choose from a variety of fruits and vegetables. However, the most beneficial are those that are also alkalising and anti-inflammatory, such as dark green leafy vegetables. One of our favourite recipes is cucumber, celery, spinach, green apple, lemon and ginger (you may also like to add turmeric).
Staying hydrated is also an opportunity to bring mindfulness into your day. Enjoying your chosen drink consciously and with gratitude is a wonderful addition to your summer rituals.
Choose organic produce where possible
As advocates of certified organic and biodynamic produce and practices we encourage you choose organic produce where possible. Try to always purchase organic animal products: meats, eggs, dairy etc. If you are unable to purchase organic fruit and vegetables 100% of the time, we recommend you refer to the Environmental Working Groups list of Clean Fifteen™ and Dirty Dozen™. To rinse non-organic fruit and vegetables we recommend adding 1 cup of apple cider vinegar to a sink of water soaking for about 30 minutes. Embracing the joy of cooking with organic produce that not only supports your well-being but also contributes to a sustainable long term food system.
Synchronise your diet with the energetic elements of the Season
Summer is the season where the proportion of raw to cooked fruit and vegetables can move towards 75:25. This is because the external elements and warmth of the season support the internal energetics of cool raw diet. It’s easy to embrace the abundance of summer fruits and vegetables and incorporate a variety of colorful, nutrient-rich, whole, unprocessed options into your meals. Not all fruit and vegetables can and should be eaten raw, but where possible, consume at least 25-75% of your daily fruit and vegetable intake as raw such as salads and vegetable juices. Raw food will also add to the enzyme pool in the stomach, thereby reducing the work of the pancreas and aiding digestion. Synchronise your diet with the seasons, 50:50 raw: cooked in spring and autumn, 25:75 raw: cooked in winter and 75:25 raw: cooked in summer, is a simple way to incorporate this.
Find your Outdoor Summer Sanctuary
Summer is the perfect time to immerse yourself in the serenity of the natural world while prioritizing your well-being. With its longer days and pleasant weather its easy to incorporate outdoors activities into your day. For instance, try a morning bush walk, yoga in the park, an ocean swim or a sunset bike ride. Combining corporeal activities with the beauty of nature enhances both physical and mental health while lifting your spirits. Connecting with nature is invaluable all year round, and it’s especially powerful and inviting component of summer rituals for wellbeing.
Radiant Summer Skin: improving skin integrity with Dry Skin brushing
Dry Skin Brushing is a wonderful practice to incorporate as a summer ritual. Dry skin brushing has a rich history dating back centuries, rooted in ancient wellness practices such as Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine. It has been embraced for its therapeutic benefits in promoting skin health, stimulating the lymphatic system, and enhancing overall well-being.
Rhythmically brushing on dry skin towards the heart for 5-10 min once or twice a week before your shower routine may enhance skin integrity and promote a healthy radiant glow. This technique is known for exfoliating dead skin cells, stimulating circulation, plumping skin, increasing the effectiveness of moisturizer and supporting the overall well-being of your skin.
Moisturise from the inside out: Quality essential fatty acids
As mentioned above, hydration is super important, especially in the hot summer season. While it is important to replace fluids, and use a natural body moisturiser, it is equally important to consume quality EFAs. These help to maintain our skin integrity and lock in this moisture from the inside out.
Quality Essential Fatty Acids such as omega 3, 6 and 9 can be found in:
Cold pressed oils such as flaxseed oil, linseed oil, olive oil, sesame oil, almond oil, walnut oil, evening primrose oil. It is best not to use vegetable oils for cooking, good quality oils can be added to food after removing from the heat.
Activated nuts and seeds such as almonds, walnuts, macadamias, sunflower seeds, pepitas, sesame seeds, freshly ground LSA and tahini paste,
Deep sea fish including: Herring, cod, sardines, halibut, salmon, lake trout, pink salmon, albacore, tuna, mackerel (Be mindful that smaller fish contain less heavy metals).
There are also small amounts of EFAs in foods like eggs, spinach and sprouts. A combination of these foods should support overall skin health.
Restorative Evening Ritual
As the season of the social light, this natural outward-bound energy can be exciting and expressive. However, it important to build in summer rituals to restore and revitalise, so that that you can sustain this vibrant energy all summer long.
Herbs to support maintain and support energy are called Adaptogens. Adaptogenic herbs have been used in traditional Chinese medicine and the Indian healing practice of Ayurveda, for thousands of years. Adaptogenic plants used in holistic treatments include Withania, Liquorice, Siberian Ginseng, Shatavari and Holy Basil, to name a few.
Other activities to help you unwind from the day’s activities include Abhyanga or Ayurvedic self-massage, a restorative evening yin yoga session or immersing yourself in one of our magnesium-rich Bath Soaks. All these support relaxing your body, inviting soothing movements to ease tension and promote better sleep. It might not be possible every night, but once a week try to make this one of these practices a ritual to rejuvenate physical and mental well-being.
This summer, immerse yourself in the vibrancy of the season, with the support of some of these summer rituals for self-care. From sunrise to sunset, let these practices enhance your well-being, connecting you with the beauty of the season in a sustainable and conscious manner, and may you have a harmonious and radiant summer.