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From the desk of Lauren Palmer

Good morning and Happiest of Fridays to you!

Today I want to give you a few simple tips about relaxing…this is especially if you are a bath person. If you think baths are disgusting or boring, this post isn’t for you. See you Monday!

I typically take a bath every night bc I think it’s a good excuse for no one to bother me. Working, conference calls, lying on my closet floor in the fetal position…none of those are good enough reasons to give mom some solitude, but the bath typically works. So here are a few ideas.

1.) Soak in Epsom Salt bath for 15 minutes-the magnesium in the salt compound is good for reducing stress, and this is true both mentally and physically. Epsom salt is good for tired shoulders and a tired mind. It is also excellent for soothing skin and exfoliating. Buy Epsom Salt from a reputable source like Whole Foods, and check the label for measurement amounts. (Epsom Salt shouldn’t be ingested. Consult with a doctor before soaking in Epsom Salt if you have a sunburn, skin condition, or open wound.)

2.) Add Essential Oils to the bath water-my favorites are Eucalyptus, Clary Sage, and Lavender…or a combination of all three. Each essential oil has benefits of their own such as peace, clarity of mind, relaxation etc…, which I appreciate, but honestly, I just really like the ambiance of the smell. The entire room smells wonderful and zen…almost like a spa at home! I use Young Living oils and can only attest to their potency and safety, and can’t speak for any other brand. Please don’t use essential oils if you are unfamiliar with you how to use them safely. If you have questions about essential oils, definitely reach out!

3.) Mood Music-At our house, Brian’s and my favorite Pandora station is Spanish Guitar Radio. It truly transports us to Europe or wherever and makes being home more of an adventure. Music is so powerful to me. I like listening to Spanish Guitar music when I’m cooking, when we’re getting ready to go out to dinner, (you know, back when we could do that,) when we are hanging out on the patio or even in the pool. Spanish Guitar music is our jam. I like having music on in the background when I’m decompressing. It allows the thoughts in my head to fade quietly into the background instead of blare in the silence of my bathroom. Do you have a favorite playlist or Pandora station?

4.) Candles-y’all, I’m going to be honest, I’m not one to light all these candles around myself when I’m in the tub. There’s nothing wrong with this, mind you, I just don’t really take the time to do it. BUT, if you are a candle person, I really do think they can add to the ambiance of relaxing. My current favorite candle is from Capri Blue in the Volcano scent. SOOOO GOOD! You can purchase them locally from Karadise Boutique, and they deliver! I also love Santorini scent from Brooklyn Candle Studio. I buy them when in Ashland, OR visiting my sister at my favorite store there called Prize. The scent is Mediterranean Fig, Red Currant, Amber, and Sandalwood.

5.) Bath Sheet-Soooooo…Brian and I differ in opinions about towels. He likes really thin ones that are almost threadbare because he says they are more absorbent. And I agree, for my hair. For my body, I like really big, thick ones that are white and heavy. Always white. I LOVE WHITE TOWELS, probably because they make me think we are on vacation or actually at a spa. We got these from my parents for Christmas from Pottery Barn. We only have 2 because Brian won’t use them, but I sure do. What’s better than a really good towel? Okay, I’m sure a lot of things are better than a towel, but if you are trying to relax and “be somewhere else” for a little bit, why not love every part of the experience. Plus the towels at Pottery Barn are on sale right now! Plus use the code EARTHDAY for free shipping!! I think now is a good time to up your towel game. 🙂

So that’s it. Those are a few examples of how to make your bath relaxing. Happy Friday my friends.


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