There’s something so wonderful about the cool air that comes with the first weeks of fall. Like clockwork, those crisp mornings signal some primal rhythm in me. Hunt, gather, slow down. I start to crave citrus, warm tea, hot baths, and five more minutes under the covers.
Autumn also has a way of welcoming inspiration and ideas into my life. This year it means a new little series for Rose & Fig: Wellness Rituals. Each post I’ll highlight the routines that help me to be well, stay stylish, and live verdantly. First up, autumn wellness rituals!
1. Super Tea: Bee Pollen, Spicy Honey, Ginger, Citrus // Steep these in a mug of hot water for a one-two punch against colds, congestion, and fall allergies.
- 1-2 tbsp bee pollen
- 1 tbsp spicy honey (or regular honey with a dash of vinegar and cayenne pepper)
- 2 tbsp shaved ginger
- Juice from 1/2 lemon or lime
Containing every essential amino acid, bee pollen is one of nature’s most nourishing superfoods – and when I buy locally, both pollen and honey seem to help a lot with fall allergies. I use Atlanta Honey Company’s Hotlanta Honey, which clears up congestion and doubles as a nourishing shampoo treatment. Ginger, lemon, and lime round out my go-to tea list as they each strengthen immunity, aid in healthy digestion, and increase alkalinity in the body.
2. Mega Wellness Supplement // At the advice of my local health store I recently switched my drugstore multivitamin to Source Natural’s Wellness Formula. Hands down, this is THE best supplement I’ve ever taken. Take one look at the ingredients list and you’ll be finished with separate products for a daily vitamin, immune support, and cold medicine. I’ve also seen reviews that it can help with problem skin. I take the tablets (top left, above), but if you have a thing with vitamin smells, there’s a lighter capsule version.
3. Activated Charcoal // Everything I use Nature’s Way Activated Charcoal for all kinds of stuff. Its micropores soak up what it touches, so it’s great to use in a deep-cleansing face mask and can help clear up an upset stomach slash food poisoning slash those times you drink a whole bottle of wine by yourself (no judge, right?). It also makes a great natural teeth whitener. I haven’t set foot in a dentist’s office in four (five?) years, but get that same clean feeling when I break open a capsule of activated charcoal, mix in a dot of Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Peppermint Soap (with a million uses in its own right), and brush away. Some day when I’m feeling brave I’ll share a visual of the charcoal-brushing sessions. In the meantime you can ask my fiance about it as I harass him with “the spooky teeth” every single time.
4. Epsom Salts // Those long hot baths I crave as September rolls in are made even better with a big scoop of Dr. Teal’s eucalyptus-spearmint epsom salts. They exfoliate. They eliminate toxins. They regulate enzymes. They relax and soothe aching muscles. Mix a few tablespoons of them into a gallon of water and they’ll even nourish your houseplants.
5. Nurturing Farmaesthetics // I recently discovered Rhode Island’s Farmaesthetics and am so in love with this company, from the hand-written labels and cobalt apothecary bottles to the soft herbal elixirs in each glass jar. I cover my face in the deep lavender rub every morning now, and spray my legs with the aloe mist at night.
6. Rescue Remedy Spray // I stumbled across Bach’s Rescue Remedy Spray by way of Alexis Smart’s (pricier) dropper version. Made of star of Bethlehem, rock rose, cherry plum, impatiens, clematis, and grape-based brandy, both are a great substitute for coffee on a stressful afternoon. You can also use it to calm a nervous pet during thunderstorms and car trips.
7. Pine Tar Soap // If you’ve dropped by my Instagram lately, you already know about my obsession with Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap. The very sight of this soap warms my bones. It smells like a campfire and costs $6.
8. Tiger Balm // At the first sign of a cough I like to rub Extra Strength Tiger Balm on my chest and the soles of my feet. It’s like an arctic awakening for your sinuses and leaves your feet with the coolest fresh tingle at bedtime.
9. Soak It Up // If your skin is anything like mine, cold weather hits it hard. Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse is my lightweight daily defense, supplemented by coconut oil when I need an extra dose of moisture. For perfume, I’m that same Diptyque Figuier loyalist as last year, and on the face, it’s the same old routine of Thayer’s in the morning and coconut oil every few nights.
10. Natural Deodorant // If you’ve ever thought of switching to an aluminum-free deodorant, fall is a great time to try it out. You’re not yet in heavy sweaters but you’re past the summer swelter. Just be prepared to give your body a few weeks to detox as you go aluminum-free, and be open to trying out a few different formulas to get it right. I sampled a couple brands from Fig & Flower before choosing Piperwai’s Natural Deodorant, which smells ever-so-faintly of cola and works well with my body chemistry. 2017 update: I switched to Weleda Citrus Deodorant a couple seasons after this post – it’s a spray that lasts forever, is 100% natural, and reeeally works for me.
What seasonal routines do you swear by?