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The evening bath is a nighttime routine we can fully get behind. Whether you're in need of pure rest and relaxation, an easy detox, or more mental focus, these all-natural herbal formulas are here to offer sweet relief for every mood. We're always looking for ways to build a better mousetrap, so why not unwind with maximum efficiency? We like to think of this as bath time for overachievers. Jump in; the water's fine.
Burnout is prevalent in today's fast-paced business world, so post-work relaxation is key. Essential oils of vetiver and cedar wood have a soothing and stabilizing effect on the body. Calm the mind with floral ylang-ylang, and unwind with pink Himalayan sea salts. Make yourself a cup of dandelion or ginseng tea to gently detoxify while stimulating your first chakra. The combination will leave you feeling grounded.
MSM (short for methylsulfonylmethane) is an organic sulfur compound that accelerates healing and boosts muscle tissue flexibility. After a strenuous workout, I swear by these MSM flakes. Juniper berry is a relaxing essential oil that offers relief from arthritis, joint inflammation, and sore muscles. Add a few drops of the oil to your tub while enjoying a cup of astragalus root tea, a traditional Chinese herbal medicine that boots athletic performance and staves off fatigue. Your sweat sessions will be all the more sweet.
Fragrant sandalwood stimulates your third eye, bringing focus, intuition, and centeredness. Olfactive Studios' ultra-luxurious vanilla, patchouli, and sandalwood fragrance blend is a mental escape in itself. Add a few frops of frankinscence essential oil, which serves to soothe a restless mind.
The highest-quality sea salts hail from the Dead Sea. Herbivore's bath blend pairs fragrant lavender and eucalyptus essential oils with highly detoxifying Cambrian blue clay. If you're feeling fatigued, geranium and ginger both serve to restore adrenals, leveling out your body's capacity to manage stress. Top it off with an alkalizing cup of with hot water with lemon; your liver will thank you.
To get creativity flowing, burn palo santo. A mystical tree indigenous to South America, the name translates to "holy wood" in Spanish. The sacred tree is said to bring about inspiration and mental clarity. To light the stick, hold it at a 45-degree angle toward the flame. Once the tip ignites, let it burn around 30 seconds to one minute; then blow it out. Fragrant lavender also stimulates creative vibes while relaxing your body. If you need a little pick-me-up, sip on jasmine green tea with lemon and a dash of turmeric. The combination stimulates your throat chakra, responsible for communication and tuning into your true voice.
What is your favorite anti-stress ritual?