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Stress Relief For The Body & Mind
So you've been having a rough day....or maybe a few.I have just the thing you need!A quick 20 minute stress relieving soak.All of the stress from the day or evening will melt away! Refreshing and calmer mood will be achieved from this warm bath .Trust me ...It's a regular practice for me :)Water is soothing and very healing to the mind,body & spirit.Once you add some delicious smelling fragrances to soothing warm water..Its a match made in heaven!
Things you'll need:
- 2 cups of Epsom salt
- 2 to 4 Tbsp. Lavender oil
- Bubble bath
- 2 to 4 scented candles (Depends on tub size)
- Large bath towel
- Timer clock
- Spa pillow
- Sound spa machine
- Pour Epsom salt and lavender oil into bath tub.
- Run warm water so that the Epsom salt & lavender oil start to melt and blend together.
- Add your choice of bubble bath to half filled tub.
- Position scented candles close enough around bath tub so you may enjoy the aroma of them.
- Finally, light scented candles and submerge into total bliss!
Everything is in perfect order to start and melt that stress away! Set the timer clock to 20 mins.As you relax in the warm aromatic filled tub, close your eyes. Take 10 to 20 deep relaxing breaths. Start by inhaling through your nose counting for 3 to 5 seconds. Then exhale blowing air slowly out of the mouth. Repeat this cycle for 10 to 20 breaths or the entire duration of the timer clock. While taking these relaxing deep breaths, focus only on each breath as the air enters and exit your body. Feel the warmth of the water on your body, focus on each part of your body that has tension. Use the sense of smell and, enjoy the lavender aroma and scented candles :)
According to the University of Maryland medical center. Lavender produces a sense of calmness and sedative effects when inhaled. The aroma of lavender also is used as a remedy for; insomnia and depression. These are just some of the reasons to use lavender to relax and melt that stress away! The National Academy of Sciences reports that Epsom salt is a great source of magnesium and sulfates. Most Americans lack both magnesium and sulfates in the body. This deficiency causes a wide range of health issues: heart disease ,joint pain and stress! As the Epsom salt absorbs into the skin, both magnesium and sulfates go to work inside your body. Relieving your body of various ailments and, balancing magnesium & sulfates levels in the body. Both lavender oil and Epsom salt combined together ,is a perfect way to produce great health & relaxation.
Its very important to take a moment out of that busy schedule. Just to let go & relax! Do it for yourself, family & friends :)A relaxed version of yourself is, beneficial to you and those around you. I personally take one of these relaxing baths, at least twice a week! Sometimes a change in scented oil and candles makes a big difference. I've tried almond oil & coconut oil which both smell great. As far as scented candles the list goes on forever:)There are endless scents I've experienced; vanilla, sandalwood ,jasmine ,rose and more! You will definitely enjoy playing around with the different varieties.Well, happy relaxing & remember this takes 20 mins. out of your day/evening.
- Soundspa/nature portable sound machine
Nature sounds by use of apps
The soundspa/nature portable machine can be purchased at an local department or drug store.There are various nature sound apps provided on your cell phone/tablet (must download for use)
What is your favorite way to relieve stress?
- Bath tub may be slippery due to lavender oil
- Some may be allergic to lavender
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using lavender
- Ask a doctor/physician before using lavender with other sedatives