• Rebecca Casciano

My Sacred Beauty Rituals: Part 1

When I began my wellness journey almost 20 years ago, my initial motivation was to clear up my skin issues. Once I had the realization that outer beauty is actually a reflection of inner health, I started seeking ways to improve my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness. Thanks to my research and work with holistic practitioners, I discovered many paths to healing that were natural, safe and effective. For one, I learned about the vast, therapeutic benefits of plants and how they can support beauty and wellness, from the inside out.

Whether you eat them, use them for teas, tinctures or topical applications, plants are powerful medicine from the Earth. Not only have they helped me heal my skin, but transform my lifestyle and ultimately, my health. The knowledge, tools and practices I adopted on my journey inspired me to start The Sacred Beauty Movement, a mission to empower women to make the connection between inner and outer beauty. An important aspect of Sacred Beauty is creating rituals, intentional acts of self-care, that nourish us mind, body and spirit.

That’s why I’m so thrilled to partner up with Mountain Rose Herbs to share some of the Sacred Beauty Rituals with you this in 4-part series! One of the many things I love about the company is their ethos-- “people, plants, and planet are more important than profit.” Mountain Rose Herbs has been offering high-quality organically grown herbs, spices, teas, essential oils, DIY ingredients, and botanical goods since 1987. They are well known for their uncompromising commitment to organic agriculture, fair trade standards and sustainable business practices.

I wanted to start with one of the most simple, ancient healing rituals you can create-- having a cup of herbal tea. When I was dealing with my acne, I discovered that certain herbs were helpful for balancing the hormones, purifying the blood, delivering antioxidants and nutrients to the body and so much more. I found it comforting to know that cultures throughout the world have been using herbal tea to soothe, comfort and heal the mind and body for centuries.

I also found that the steps to make tea-- boiling the water, pouring it over the herbs and steeping it-- helped me to slow down and be present. It allowed me to feel that I was an active participant in my healing, rather than just popping a pill, which would have certainly been easier and faster. There is something special about seeing and smelling the flowers and herbs, preparing your tea and then slowly sipping on it. This has easily become a Sacred Beauty Ritual that I truly savor and keep coming back to.