Don't have that special someone to share Valentine's Day with? Don't fret! You have yourself. And as I have been told, "if you don't love you, then no one else will love you"...that as well as, "you have to put the oxygen mask on yourself first, before you can assist others". Sage advice, right?
Here are some ways that you can show yourself some self-love. It all begins with YOU.
When I used to be single, I used to love romancing myself. It's one of the best ways to practice self-care and self-love. This month is the perfect time to start doing that! If you're single this Valentine's Day, don't just sit around moping and crying in your ice cream because you're alone. (I've done it before, and it is not constructive AT ALL.) Wither invite some single friends over for dinner or just enjoy the company of yourself. Light some candles, put some oils in the diffuser (Elevation, or Cheer might be good to try), turn on some Gypsy Kings or Dizzy Gillespie (fun, upbeat, and good to have playing while dance in your kitchen), cook yourself a delicious meal using your 'good China', pour yourself a cocktail, and watch a great movie (not one that makes you feel bad for being single - I took myself to a movie once on Valentine's Day....'My Best Friend's Wedding' is NOT a great movie to watch while single on that day, FYI).
Here's to loving yourself on Valentine's Day!!!
DIY SELF-LOVE RECIPES
Bath for One
3 drops Lavender
2 drops Ylang Ylang
2 drops Sandalwood
2 drops Clary Sage
~Mix in 1-2 cups Epsom Salt and add to bath.
All the Single Ladies Diffuser Blend
2 drops Geranium or Rose
2 drops Sandalwood
2 drops Ylang Ylang or Jasmine
2 drops Wild Orange
Two Cocktails You Will Enjoy
The Cardamom Rose Cocktail
adapted from theviewfromgreatisland.com
2 oz. Hendrick's or your favorite gin
1 oz. ruby red grapefruit juice
1 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. rose syrup
2 dashes Peychaud's Bitters
1 drop Cardamom essential oil
Put the Cardamom pod into a cocktail shaker and gently muddle, or crush it. Give it just enough pressure to crack the pod and a few of the inner seeds. (If you don't have a Cardamom seed just lying around, this is when you pull out your Cardamom essential oil and use just one drop.)
Add the rest of the ingredients and then shake well with ice.
Strain into an Old Fashioned glass and garnish with a rose petal. (Go ahead and buy yourself roses...you're worth it!)
Basil Infused Blood Orange Cocktail
adapted from whatsgabycooking.com
4 oz. premium vodka
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
1 oz. basil simple syrup
8 oz. blood orange juice
1 cup ice
For the Basil Simple Syrup: Combine 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup of water into a sauce pan with 1-2 drops Basil essential oil. Bring to a rolling boil and stir until sugar has dissolved. Remove from stove and let the basil diffuse the syrup for 2 hours while it cools. Store at room temperature.
For the Basil Infused Blood Orange Cocktail: Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shakes for 10 seconds until chilled. Strain our the ice and serve in cocktail glasses.
SINGLE GAL MOVIES
Movies that won't make you feel like crap for being single.