Summer Self-Care Inspired by Ancient Wisdom

Summer Self-Care Inspired by Ancient Wisdom

 By Kate Downes, LAc TCM Practitioner


Living in harmony with the seasons is essential self-care – and it all starts with understanding how the environment affects your body and mind. Thankfully, ancient wisdom has much to offer when it comes to finding balance and inspiring your seasonal wellness rituals. Read on to learn how different healing systems can help you breathe new (and refreshing) life into your summer self-care. 

Summer Self-Care With Astrology

Water, as a symbol of fluidity, emotional depth, and intuition, can balance the fiery energy of summer and bring a sense of tranquility to our lives. 

Astrologically, the water signs—Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces—offer guidance on how to navigate the intense energies of summer with grace. By connecting with the watery qualities of these signs (or spending some extra time with our water-sign friends), we can tap into our emotional well-being, practice empathy and compassion, and flow easily with the ever-changing tides of life. 

Just as water soothes and refreshes, embracing the water element in astrology encourages us to dive deep within ourselves, finding solace and maintaining a sense of calm amidst the heat and intensity of summer.

Self-Care Habit: Soothe your senses (and your skin) with the water element.

From healthy hydration to calm emotions to skincare that suits your skin’s summer needs, the water element can help you find your balance. 

Along with practicing healthy sun care habits, an astrology-driven skincare ritual can help you keep a healthy summer glow. First, cleanse away redness and irritation with Once in a Pink Moon Cancer Cleanser – Water Element. Then, soothe any lingering irritations and awaken your skin with the Once in a Pink Moon Sagittarius Moisturizer – Fire Element. This ritual balances water and fire while bringing you the best of both elemental states – physically and emotionally.

After your skincare ritual is complete, why not take on a water-based activity to balance out a hot and arid summer? Swim, take a lakeside walk, or simply slip into a restorative bath to feel at ease with summer’s energy.

Summer Self-Care With Aromatherapy 

Aromatherapy offers a powerful tool to balance the fiery energy of summer and promote a sense of harmony. By harnessing the therapeutic properties of plant-based essential oils, we can create an environment that cools and soothes, allowing us to find balance amidst the intense heat of the season.

To balance the fire energy of summer, opt for essential oils with cooling and calming properties. Some excellent choices include lavender, chamomile, peppermint, rose, and sandalwood. These oils have a naturally cooling effect and can help reduce the edgy imbalances associated with summer.

Self-Care Habit: Breathe in bliss with aromatherapy our favorites.

Aromatherapy has the power to calm your mind, relax your body, and help you connect with your inner world. Use these aromatherapy products to find your balance this summer: 

  • Scorpio Essence – Water Element
    Once in a Pink Moon
    Scorpio Essence is designed to nourish and soften your skin (much needed after a day in the sun), as well as tap into your deep intuition. Use this essence any time your skin or mind needs a reset.

  • Moon Aromatherapy Mist
    Species By The Thousands
    Bring yin, water element energy into your meditation practice or pre-sleep routine with Moon Aromatherapy Mist. Lavender, clary sage, and lemon essential oils help you tap into your more intuitive side amidst the hectic vibes of summer.

Traditional Chinese Medicine: Adaptogenic Herbs for a Stress-Free Summer 

In TCM, summer is the Yang season. Physically, yang brings warmth and light, while under the surface it can ignite our passions, encourage growth, and help us take action. 

Unfortunately, all this excess heat and movement can make inflammatory issues more severe. For instance, it’s common to notice more breakouts, rashes, or irritability during summer, especially if you’re a fire type, yourself.

During summer, balance this fiery heat with cooling and calming activities that don’t put out your fire, but help you use its transformative power to grow. 

Self-Care Habit: De-stress with adaptogenic herbs.

Summer can stir up some intense emotions. Instead of turning to another iced latte to “treat yourself,” or an after-work cocktail to release tension, make winding down an act of self-care with Droplet.

Droplet is a refreshing sparkling beverage that contains stress-balancing organic adaptogens, whole fruit purées, and aromatherapeutic superfoods. Plus, two of the main ingredients in Droplet, Reishi and Rhodiola, are well-known adaptogenic TCM herbs that work to reduce stress, improve mood, and balance the body. 

This summer, we’ve joined forces with the AAPI female-owned team at Droplet to offer their Self-Care Sampler with our Pink Moon Lunar Rose Mist and Rose Quartz Gua Sha Tool for a TCM-inspired summer of wellness. Shop the Pink Moon x Droplet Balanced Summer Bundle here, while it lasts!

Whether it’s astrology, aromatherapy, or Traditional Chinese Medicine, many traditional healing systems recognize summer as the season of heat and intensity. For more self-care rituals and inspiration, follow and @_onceinapinkmoon, and sign up for SMS love notes from us – including your monthly horoscope!