Tips for a Relaxing Bath for your mind, body and spirit
A relaxing bath after a long day can be a little piece of heaven right at home. Even if it’s just for 15 minutes, treat yourself and create a physiological calm that can improve your health in may ways.
Add the following:
- 1 cup Epsom Salt
- 1 cup Baking Soda
- 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
When added to water, Epsom Salt breaks down into magnesium and sulfate which are absorbable through the skin. It will help relax muscles, ease pain and sooth stiff joints by naturally reducing inflammation and detoxifying toxins through your skin.
Adding baking soda to your bath will give you silky skin and leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed. It can also help soothe skin conditions that cause hives or itchiness. It will also gently clean your hair.
Lavender has a light, fresh aroma. There are many health benefits of incorporating Lavender aromatherapy into your daily life. When adding oil to the bath, the smell permeates and relaxes your body and mind. It’s excellent for tired muscles and stress relief.
Aromatherapy With Essential Oils for Relaxation
Using essential oils in a diffuser is a wonderful way to experience aromatherapy in your home. Through air diffusion, a few drops of essential oil can deliver therapeutic aromatherapy while clearing the air and creating a pleasant fragrant environment. It’s very easy- all you need is a good diffuser and some essential oils.
Research has shown that the usage of essential oils before bedtime can decrease anxiety (a common cause of sleep deprivation) and even lower blood pressure. Certain essential oils are better for sleep than others. Lavender, ylang ylang, roman chamomile, neroli, and vetiver are some classic sleepytime oils.
You can use one or multiple oils in the diffuser at a time. Here are some great combination scents:
- 2 drops ylang ylang, 1 drop bergamot, 1 drop lavender, 1 drop sweet marjoram, 1 drop roman chamomile and 1 drop valerian
- 2 drops lavender, 1 drop clary sage, 1 drop of ylang ylang and 1 drop vanilla
- 2 drops geranium, 1 drop sweet marjoram, 1 drop of patchouli and 1 drop sweet orange
- 2 drops roman chamomile, 1 drop rose and 1 drop palmarosa
Make an easy sleep pillow:
Create a combination of your favorite, most relaxing oils and herbs and stuff them into a pouch that you can place inside your pillowcase. Here’s an example:
- 1 part dried roses
- 1 part dried lavender
- 1-2 drops roman chamomile essential oil
- 1-2 drops ylang ylang essential oil