My De-Stressing After-Work Ritual

Actual footage of my bathtub.

Yes, I'm a romance writer, but I also have a day job. And that day job involves teaching high school. And teaching high school, well, is not the most relaxing job in the world, except for during the months of June, July, and some of August. (Yeah, baby!)

So when I get home on weeknights, especially during the winter, my favorite first thing to do is sink into a hot bath. And when I get out, I put on comfy clothes and rub my "Joy and Wellness" combo of essential oils on the soles of my feet. (Why the feet? The soles of your feet are fast to absorb essential oils because of the large pores. Also, your feet are full of acupressure and reflexology points.)

I get my oils from, but you can also buy their essential oils for slightly more on Amazon. I use Young Living because their oils are so high-quality, each bottle lasts for months and months, and because I'm addicted to certain ones of their blends (like Peace & Calm I & II and Valor I & II,) but you have to "sign up" as a distributor to buy them online. I'm not a fan of that business model, but that's how they do it, and just GOTTA have their oils, so oh well. (And by the way, if you do sign up at, please sign up under my member #1410192 since I'm telling you about their awesome products. :))

Basically what I do is shake one drop of each of a set of the five oils into my palm and then rub it on the sole of each foot (one drop per foot.) I always do the oils in a certain order: 

2) Hope
4) DiGize, and then
5) Joy

Then I rub the palms of my hands together and take a few big inhales of the combined, intoxicating fragrance, and smile. (It always makes me smile and go "mmm," no matter what kind of day I've had.) Cypress and DiGize (DiGize kind of stinks on its own) bring the feminine florals of the other three oils down a bit and make the overall scent just a tad more complex and masculine-ized, which to me is very yummy and soothing.

And then...I'm ready to write romance!

The ultimate Caribbean escape awaits. :)

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