We all know that stress is a major health and wellness no-no, and that relaxation is a crucial component to maintaining a healthy balance in our lives. Fortunately, there are many ways to counterbalance the harmful effects of harboring too much stress, such as meditating, practicing yoga and finding time take care of yourself through rest and relaxation.
There's nothing quite like a nice hot soak in the tub after a long day, but sometimes the run-of-the-mill bubble bath falls short of washing away all the stress and making you feel like you just stepped out of a 5 star spa. Here are some super cheap and easy ways to turn an ordinary bath in to an extraordinary experience that will leave you feeling relaxed and replenished!
All you'll need is:
- 2-5 bags of your favorite tea
- 2 tablespoons coconut or olive oil
- 2 tablespoons salt or sugar
- mellow music of your choice
First, bring a large pot of water to boil and let the tea bags steep for a good 5-10 minutes. Alternatively, you can use loose leaf tea or simply cut the tea bags open and pour the leaves straight in to the bath water (I choose the bags in an effort to reduce clean-up afterwards).
Then, stir the oil in with the sugar or salt. This acts as an emulsifier, helping the oil to mix with the water more evenly.
Next, set the mood by dimming the lights and lighting any candles you might have. Pick your favorite tunes to relax to; I like Billie Holiday and Modern Classical Piano Pandora Radio stations.
Lastly, add the tea and oil mixture to the bath water and soak it all up for at least 20 minutes. I used chamomile tea with coconut oil and it was AMAZING! Not only did I step out of the tub feeling completely blissed-out, but my skin was strikingly soft from head to toe - no moisturizing afterwards required!
- if you're acne prone, avoid getting the oily water on your face
- use a clean wash cloth to rinse with fresh, cold water and place on your face
- keep a cool glass of lemon water handy
- unplug - silence your phone and leave the laptop in the other room
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