I have been reading Seven Times the Sun, by Shea Darlan. It is full of simple ideas to assist parents in creating a rhythmical home life for children - tips for making everyday, that little bit more meaningful. After reading the section on 'healing', I was inspired to create a healing basket with Abbie.
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A healing basket filled with all the magic remedies that you probably all ready have in your cupboard - a wonderful thing to help us acknowledge our children's pain - rather than moving quickly past it. When your child is hurt, maybe it is a really itchy mozzie bite, a splinter or a scrapped knee, go together to where you keep your basket. Take a moment to find the right remedy (together) - it may simply be the (apparent) magic of a bandaid/ plaster, a spray of rose "healing" water or tending to a more serious scrape. A simple verse sung - "healing healing healing water for my little little daughter" (optional of course). A simple ritual that brings stillness, acknowledgement and rhythm to our children.
In our basket:
:: Lavender Oil - we like to rub a drop onto bites
:: Homemade Rose healing spray - filtered water and about 20 drops of Rose Geranium essential oil
:: A homemade beeswax balm
:: Suvana Paw Paw & Honey Balm
:: Mozzie FO
:: Arnica - wonderful for bruises
:: Rescue Remedy
:: a few homeopathic remedies - including Camomilla (wonderful for teething babies)
:: Tea tree antiseptic spray
:: plasters (bandaids), cotton balls and tips
For those with young children interested in bring some rhythm to your day, have a look at the lovely rhythm guides my gorgeous (and ready to pop) friend Meg has created over at Whole Family Rhythm.