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These Beautiful Flower Ice Cubes Are Believed To Have Healing Effects

These Beautiful Flower Ice Cubes Are Believed To Have Healing Effects

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t appreciate a beautiful flower. I’ve loved them since I was little and I’m always interested in what flowers have to offer us.

Melting flower ice cubes, Tigertessy, Instagram

    Growing up in different countries, flowers are just a part of life for me. My mother used to slather my face with rosewater, tuck edible wildflowers in my lunch for a snack, and use rose ice cubes as part of her Sunday evening facial ritual.

    When I heard that flower ice cubes were becoming popular, I wasn’t surprised. I was surprised, however, by how this trend is changing beauty for the better. By allowing people like you and me to experiment with flowers and their benefits, both internally and externally, the flower ice cube trend is proof-positive that beauty in nature is a great way to achieve beautiful skin.

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    The Growing Trend

    Photos of Flower Ice Cubes, Joanna August, Instagram

      DIY beauty is a growing trend, especially as more people realize the amazing natural effects using organic materials. Now trendsetters are using flower ice cubes within their own skincare routines. The most common way that they’re being used is as a facial.

      Ice facials, also known as “face icing”, is a simple method that allows women to close their pores after a deep cleanse. The cold water shrinks pores and seals in moisture, resulting in a flawless complexion that glows.

      Flower Ice Cubes and Effects

      The use of flower ice cubes, whether you’re using them in your drink or on your face, has a lot to do with how fresh the flowers are. The fresher the flower, the more of that flower’s natural antioxidants you will receive.

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      Flower ice cubes and champagne, Reverb_Events, Instagram

        Edible flowers do a lot for your body. Chamomile, for instance, can soothe inflammation and hibiscus can be used as an exfoliator. Lavender, orchid, and jasmine all have special properties, too, that can be enjoyed from the actual flower and not a store-bought cream. The most-used flowers in flower ice cubes are roses. That’s because rosewater can fight dryness and redness while improving the look and feel of mature skin.

        DIY Flower Ice Cubes

        Such a beautiful thing as flower ice cubes must be hard work, right? I don’t think so. I’ve been making flower ice cubes for years, and it’s a simple three-step process which I’ll share with you in a minute.

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        Big flower ice cubes, Nicole Scharer, Instagram

          The best thing about making these yourself is that you have the freedom to make any type of flower ice cube that you want. Use your favorite flowers or take inspiration from these photos. Mix and match smaller blossoms in your ice cubes or stick to a theme. It’s all up to you.

          Step-By-Step Instructions

          How do you make your own flower ice cubes? If you’re making them for drinks, you can follow this simple recipe I’ve been using for years. You can find it here.

          Wedding Planner, Harlow Planning, Instagram

            If you’re using your flower ice cubes for your face you have additional options for your creation. I recommend adding a touch of rose water or aloe vera to the recipe for a truly amazing skin care ritual. This comes with additional steps, but don’t worry. It’s easy to make and to find ingredients.

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            Bell flower ice cubes, Mimi Thorisson via Manger.com

              Flowers are simply breathtaking. I think that finding a way to fit them into your everyday life or as a spa indulgence, will make your day so much better.

              Let us know if you’ve tried making flower ice cubes and share your experiences below! We’re always excited to hear of new and innovative ways to include flowers in our lives.

              Featured photo credit: Mimi Thorisson via Manger via mimithorisson.com

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              Last Updated on January 21, 2020

              The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

              The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

              Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

              your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                Why You Need a Vision

                Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                How to Create Your Life Vision

                Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                What Do You Want?

                The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                Some tips to guide you:

                • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                • Give yourself permission to dream.
                • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                Some questions to start your exploration:

                • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                • What qualities would you like to develop?
                • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                • What would you most like to accomplish?
                • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                A few prompts to get you started:

                • What will you have accomplished already?
                • How will you feel about yourself?
                • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                • What does your ideal day look like?
                • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                • What would you be doing?
                • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                • How are you dressed?
                • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                Plan Backwards

                It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                • What important actions would you have had to take?
                • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

                Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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