Detox, retox, rinse, repeat!
Changes in barometric pressure, such as the drop we experienced across the east coast over the last few days, can often cause headaches and asymptomatic aches and pains. Not to mention the frenzy of preparing for a trumped up disaster, anticipating and waiting for the worst, tending to our own needs and those of our loved ones, rummaging through wetness and dark in the aftermath, being trapped indoors for longer than we want to be (a luxury for most of the world!). For some of us in NYC, Irene brought a welcomed pause from the rush of our daily lives - even bringing us closer in community to one another whether partying, long phone conversations, old fashioned companionship, good movies and books. For others, Irene charged through flooding homes, taking away lives, turning neighborhoods upside down and destabilizing lines of power and transportation. A few of us are still deflooding our lives or waiting for the power to come back on. Whatever Irene brought you in the interplay of creation and destruction, we all will need some much needed TLC to reset our systems, minds and bodies back to normalcy as the city (and the rest of the east coast) resumes its pace and gets back on two feet.
On Sunday morning, after waking up with a throbbing headache to the discovery that Irene was all play and no action in my corner of the world and after a long night of anxiety, dehydration and exhaustion...trapped in a cycle of drinking water, peeing, talking to friends, texting an old flame and repeating...I decided I needed to do something to shift back into my body and out of the storm clouds. No amount of sleep, hydration, tea, soul food or managing my thoughts was relieving my headache. As someone who is not headache prone and does not take allopathic medicine like pain relievers, I was almost out of ideas until the bathroom tub I had filled the night before annoyed me so much I decided to take a bath in my carefully conserved water. And that’s when I remembered a bath recipe my healing teacher Jill once recommended to me as an invigorating, etheric cleanse that also happens to be amazing for skin:
2 cups sea salt