In our busy lives, it is important to take time to relax. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s hard to slow down from the frenetic pace at which we often move through our days. Our minds and bodies may desperately want a respite, but the tension that has built up must be diffused first. Sleeping pills and relaxants may do the trick, but with the risk of side effects and even dependence, many people choose not to rely on medication to help them relax.
I have discovered the potent benefits of the essential oil lavender and the calming herb chamomile for helping me ease the tension and rest. Both of these natural elements are known for its gentle and effective healing properties. Plus, they are really easy to use. Here are my favorite ways to add these relaxing ingredients to my day.
- If I’m having an especially stressful day or feel a headache coming on, I can add a few drops of lavender essential oil to my oil diffuser in my office. This infuses the room with a pleasant and calming scent that helps me combat the stress.
- Adding drops of lavender to a natural lotion or body oil (such as almond oil) is a great way to soften my skin and relax my body. Plus, wearing the scent keeps it with me throughout the day and lets the lavender absorb into my skin.
- A warm bath with 5-6 drops of lavender in the bathwater eases tired muscles and washes away the cares of the day. The soothing scent of the lavender invites relaxation and heals the skin.
- Couple the warm bath with a hot cup of chamomile tea to calm a nervous stomach and release tension from the muscles. Even if you don’t have time for a bath, drink chamomile tea before bedtime to help you sleep. Chamomile is a mild tasting herb that is gentle and effective. It is even used to calm teething babies.
- Put a few drops of lavender in as fabric softener when you wash your sheets. In addition to being relaxing, lavender is a natural germ killer. Adding lavender to the laundry will make your sheets cleaner and give them a fresh, soothing smell to help you relax as you sleep.
Share your ideas for relaxation in the comments. What helps you relax?