Ask any woman what they do to relax and we’ll all give you a different answer.
When I finish working after a long day, all I want to do is take my bra off and soak in the tub for some R&R. In reality this doesn’t happen as often as I’d like. So when I do get the chance, I really want to make it count (the bath not the bra removal). My quick and easy way to enhance my soak is with Aromatherapy because it takes less time to mix up a blend than it does to actually draw the bath.
I used to make a point of taking a nice relaxing bath once a month, it was one of my non-negotiable items; however, babies happen so now I’m happy to getting any soaks in. One evening, pre-pandemic, I was running late getting home, bath night of course, so I wasn’t going to get the full amount of time I tried to give myself since I had to be up and at the airport early the next morning.
While I drew the bath I ran around flinging clothes into my suitcase, heating up a freezer meal (and I feel no shame in telling you this) ate it in the bathtub, #SorryNotSorry. At the last minute I decided to add a little Lavender essential oil into the bath to give it a little extra something to help me relax since I felt like I was running around with my head cut off all day.
Slice of Heaven in the Bath
It. Was. Awesome. Not only did it really elevate my de-stress and pampering time but when I went to bed I still smelled lightly like Lavender. These days it’s commonly accepted in modern medicine that psychological issues, e.g. Stress, can affect your physical health. So aside from just having a nice relaxing night in the tub, I’m taking care of both my mental & physical well being. Who can argue with an hour or even a half hour periodically with a reason like that? 1Research: The effects of clinical aromatherapy for anxiety and depression in the high risk postpartum woman – a pilot study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22789792/
Here is one of my go-to recipes that will take less than a minute to whip up and you’ll feel like you’re hanging at a spa in your own tub.
- 1 tablespoon Carrier oil, ex. olive oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, etc.
- 2 drops Lavender essential oil
- 2 drops Cedarwood essential oil
- 1 drop Vanilla absolute
- 1 oz Pink himalayan sale, optional
- Mix all ingredients in a small glass jar.
To Use: After mixing all ingredients together, dump into your baths warm water and mix.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g
To save on initial costs of essential oils if you are just starting out, use 5 drops of Lavender essential oil instead of buying 3 different bottles. Not sure where to buy quality essential oils, check out my post about where I buy quality essential oils without joining an MLM.
Now you’re ready to draw a bath, light some unscented candles, turn on your favorite tunes and pour your magical little potion in the tub. I like Loreena McKennitt’s music personally. Now time to enjoy some quiet R&R.
Maybe while you wait for the bath to fill, try making a simple and calming herbal tea to really indulge in a stress relieving evening.
- 1Research: The effects of clinical aromatherapy for anxiety and depression in the high risk postpartum woman – a pilot study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22789792/