The soothing fragrance and calming effect of lavender makes these bath bombs ideal for stress relief. A good soak in a lavender bath will help you relieve stress and hassle after a long day at work.
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Stress, go away
Whether you feel overloaded and struggle to cope with demand. Or you go through some acute stressful situation and suffer from an upset stomach, tension or headache. These are all symptoms of stress that have physical and emotional effects on our bodies. Whatever the cause of stress, one should always find ways to deal with it. Sometimes just some small adjustments make a difference and can change the view of how a person sees certain situations.
How to deal with stress
Proven breathing techniques, listening to calming or classical music all might do the trick. It will help you relax and reduce tension.
Herbal tea is a great way to reduce stress, says Dr. Eric Yarnell, a professor at Bastyr University in Washington. In stressful situations, he especially recommends herbal teas, such as lavender, lemon balm, passionflower, chamomile or St.Johnwort (1). If you are not a fan of herbal teas, popular green tea also helps to calm down.
One of the best elixirs to deal with stress and reduce anxiety used in ancient cultures was soaking in warm water after a long day. Public baths known as”sento” were a way in Japan to cleanse the body and mind.
A warm bath for stress relief
The soothing warm water forces skin to release endorphins – hormones of happiness. A warm bath can stimulate blood circulation, improving breathing and calming the nervous system.
And for this occasion, I made these fabulous relaxing natural bath bombs with lavender, Epsom salt, and coconut oil.
Having said that, I refuse to use the bath bombs sold in shops that look great, but smell horrible and are full of chemicals and toxins. These can harm your senses and skin too so be attentive to carefully read all the ingredients they contain. Or make your own by using all natural ingredients for a fraction of the price.
These bath bombs with lavender and lavender essential oil are the most relaxing and suitable for a good nights bath before you go to sleep.
Lavender for stress relief
A powerful antioxidant, lavender with its calming and antidepressive properties is one of the most used herbs in cosmetics as well as therapeutics.
Lavender has been used for centuries for migraines, stress and anxiety treatment. Nowadays there are studies to prove its benefits for sleep disturbance, depression and anxiety (2) Lavender oil helps decrease depression, sleep disturbance and moodiness in people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (3). Lavender also reduces symptoms of postnatal depression (4).
To improve sleep and/or relieve stress put lavender oil into your bath or in the form of bath bombs. You can also diffuse the oil in the room.
Other ingredients in the Natural bath bombs recipe
baking soda (sodium bicarbonate, bicarbonate of soda) – is a mineral that is commercially mined in various locations around the world. Except for its excellent cleaning properties baking soda has many health benefits for your skin. It softens and soothes your skin and provides relief against itchiness.
When you apply citric acid (fruit acid from citrus fruits) to skin it can speed up new cell turnover and slough off dead skin. It can also reduce the visibility of age spots or small wrinkles.
Epsom salt relieves tension and eases muscle soreness, it also makes your skin soft and smooth and supplies it with magnesium. Wonderful at easing muscle soreness and relieving tension, Epsom salt can be added to almost any bath recipe. It’s also a good source of magnesium and makes skin soft and smooth.
Cornstarch, made from corn, can be used as a DIY soother for irritations of the skin, including sunburn and skin allergies.
Coconut oil significantly hydrates and moisturizes your skin. If you suffer from seriously dry skin, coconut oil works like a charm. It also works on the driest spots on your body like elbows or knees. Why is this natural ingredient so successful with dry skin? Coconut oil contains saturated fats that prevent moisture loss (5)
Coconut oil is also very effective in eliminating toxins from your body and allowing the body and mind to unwind.
To enhance the relaxing effect and lavender scent add a few drops of lavender infusion oil into the mixture or directly into the bathtub.
If you don’t have lavender or you don’t like its smell try these rose scented bath bombs enhanced with roses and rose essential oil. They have the same moisturizing effect.
How to make these homemade lavender bath bombs
1. Mix all dry ingredients – Epsom salt, Cornstarch, baking soda, and citric acid first.
2. Add coconut oil, lavender essential oil and dry lavender
3. Mix it well and do this test (see attached video)
4. Fill the mixture into the bath bomb molds and allow them to set for about one hour