Are you stressed? For many of us, our focus is engrossed on the “stresses” of daily life, but our bodies were not created to handle the amount of stress that we endure in the way that we tolerate it.
By the time the sun sets, your serotonin is naturally decreasing and your melatonin is kicking in so that you can relax; this naturally puts you to sleep after dark – at least that’s Nature’s intention. It is important to relax and start winding down in the evening hours because by 8:00 PM, your body is ready for sleep so it can repair from the day’s activities – healing damaged cells, detoxing, and restoring your body while under deep REM.
If you are a night owl or if you are too active late in the evening, start training yourself to RELAX at night. Here are some spa tips for creating a relaxing bath that will “train” your body to healthfully shut down after dark.
Relaxing Spa Recipes
From Jacquie Lawson E-Cards
Avocado & Oat Facial Mask
The avocado and honey moisturize your dry skin while the oatmeal balances and calms.
- 1 ripe avocado
- 2 tbls raw, organic honey
- 1/4 cup uncooked oatmeal
Mix all three ingredients together. Apply a medium layer to your face. Let sit for 10-15 minutes. Wipe clean and rinse with lukewarm water.
Cucumber Parsley Facial Mask
This will rejuvenate your skin while it moisturizes.
- 1 tbls plain yogurt
- 1 tbls cucumber
- 1 tbls parsley
Puree the cucumber and parsley until fine. Mix in yogurt until smooth. Apply mask and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Wipe clean and rinse with lukewarm water.
Honey Lemon Sugar Scrub
This will gently exfoliate your skin, leaving it soft and smooth.
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup sweet almond oil
- 4 tsp lemon juice
- 4 tbls honey
- 4 drops lemon essential oil
First mix sugar and almond oil. Then add the other ingredients and mix well. Wipe clean and rinse with lukewarm water.
Rose water in the bath relieves fatigue and soothes the skin.
- 1 cup fresh organic rose petals
- 1 cup distilled water
Place fresh petals in a bowl. Steep for 30-60 minutes (at room temperature). Strain petals from liquid. Let cool completely in sealed jar, refrigerate overnight. Add to bath water.
Ah – I’m more relaxed just reading these.