Sleep Peacefully with Aromatic Bath Blends
Buckle up, it’s going to be a bumpy holiday season. Our friends in Midwest and East Coast of the United States are experiencing record snow fall, and shopping centers and malls are opening even earlier than usual this year (some even on Thanksgiving Day itself). The stress of holiday shopping (a self imposed stress which we avoid, but one which can be hard for others to break) and entertaining visitors is going to be more difficult. You’re going to need a good night’s sleep before, during, and after Thanksgiving and Christmas, and here are Aromatic Bath Blends which will help you get it.
Taking a long, hot bath is a cure-all for just about any stressful situation, particularly if you invest just a few minutes to make it a spa break, which is easily done by setting the scene, dimming the lights, turning off any nearby televisions and mobile devices, pouring a glass of wine or herb infused sparking water, and using a custom aromatic blends designed to aid in a good night’s sleep.
There are several aromatherapy blends which aid in relaxation and rest, but these are the most common for rest and sleep. You can make your own blends by combining these scents with soothing Epsom salts and good quality essential oils, plus dried and crushed botanicals, purchase your favorite blends ready to go, or try the recipes shown at the bottom of this page.
Lavender: This botanical is the most often used for relaxation and promoting sleep. This is why so many “linen sprays” are lavender infused, with the idea being your pillow and sheets should smell of the an aroma which avoids stimulation and promotes sleep. Lavender has dark floral, musky, and woody herbal notes, and has historically been used by botanists and apothecaries for treating insomnia, PMS, anxiety, tension, headaches, and more.
Look for lavender in fresh buds, bath salts blends, essential oils, linen sprays, body powders, and scented candles. Lavender is not recommended during pregnancy so you may want to check with your health care provider before direct lavender products on your skin.
Chamomile: Although this botanical is most commonly used as an herbal tea, it’s also a terrific hair rinse for brightening blonde hair and is a nice bath blend. In addition to its relaxing properties, chamomile soothes skin.
Look for Chamomile buds, or good quality chamomile tea bags for use in the bath tub. Chamomile is not recommended for ingestion during pregnancy so you may want to check with your health care provider about drinking Chamomile tea or using products on your skin.
Rose: It’s possible there is no floral fragrance so immediately identifiable as the rose. It has a heady, deep scent, and its properties, from rose petals to its essential oils, have been used to cure ills for centuries, including soothing skin, treating headaches, and resting tired eyes.
Look for dried rose buds, petals, distilled rose water and essential oils to blend with salts, float in the bath, or use as a bath tea. A spritz of rose water on linens before sleep is doubly wonderful.
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