Renew and re-energize with a bath, a shower and pampering afterwards
In one of my previous blog posts, I looked at what to eat and drink to give you a boost. I am sure we all enjoy a warm bath or shower at the end of a long day, or a session at the gym. Adding scented bath salts or oils to your bath, is magical and, luckily for those who love to shower, there are many different shower gels with added herbs or oils infused in.
When you bath or shower using herbs, your pores open and your whole skin can absorb the healing essences of the herbs. Lavender, for example, is wonderful to use when you need to unwind, relax and sleep better. Peppermint and mint help to re-energize the body and refreshes the senses. Eucalyptus oil can help to relieve a cold, is anti-inflammatory and relieves pain. Epson salts are wonderful for sore, stiff muscles. The list is endless when it comes to which salts and shower gels there are on the market, today. Here is an easy recipe that you can use, if you want to re-energize and give yourself a boost, when taking a bath or shower:
Mix 3 parts peppermint, 2 parts calendula, 1 part rosemary, 1 part bay leaf or eucalyptus and 1 part sage. Put a handful or more into a muslin bag or facecloth and tie it to the tap. Turn on the tap and let the water pour through the bag to let the mixture run into your bath.
Another lovely mix is mixing 2 parts peppermint, 2 parts rosemary and 6 – 8 drops of pine essential oil. Put it in a muslin bag or facecloth and let the warm water run over it. If the muslin bag or facecloth is not working, make a strong tea with all the ingredients and pour that into your bath (if you are taking a shower, rinse your body with it).
Some people don’t like the idea to use some or all of the ingredients in a bath or shower. Luckily, there are many varieties of body lotions to choose from today! Soothing, mood-elevating body lotions (body butters) with added lavender, rosemary or rose water, will help relieve stress. Massaging lavender oil into the temples does wonders for relieving stress and/or headaches. Inhaling peppermint or mint, as well as eucalyptus, does wonders for a cold, sinus or blocked nose.
“If music be the food of love play on…” Music can do wonders to uplift one’s mood, help you to relax and can even give you a boost of energy! Classical and light music are wonderful to listen to when you are in traffic, when you need to relax and unwind, and when you struggle to “tune out” the chatter in your mind. Baroque-music like Mozart, for example, is wonderful for brain-activity and studying for exams. Some people like to listen to music where nature is prominent, for example ocean waves, dolphin- and whale sounds, birds chirping, and so on. Whatever your taste, know that the music you listen to plays a much bigger role on you mentally, emotionally and psychologically, than you think, so be careful what you choose to listen to!
Lastly, making sure that you eat healthy, laugh and get out into nature, are just as important as taking a nice long, hot bath or shower to unwind or re-energize. Taking time out for yourself is vital if you want to keep up with today’s fast pace. Doctor Phil once said that, if you don’t take care of yourself first, then who will?
So go on, light a candle, turn off your phone and take the plunge!