Sleep aid tips and bath salts recipes Sleep aid tips about aromatherapy bath salts recipes and herbal bath sleep remedy for visitors when using this site to search for information, aromatherapy herb recipes and remedies for your better sleep which may also cure any mild sleep disorder you may want natural bath salts recipe and herbal bath sleep aid remedies for. Being immersed in warm water is one of the most comforting sensations you can experience. For an antidote to a busy day, simply run a bedtime bath and enjoy the tranquillizing effects of water. Many cultures throughout history have recognized the healing and health giving properties of water, and spa resorts have been built around natural springs from ancient times to the present day. But you need not be near a spa to enjoy water – a pampering and relaxing treat is only as far away as your own bathroom. Soothing waves of relaxation: It is essential to find time to switch off from cares and worries. By reserving half an hour for yourself and locking the bathroom door, you can ensure a little oasis of peace while you read, listen to music or a play, or just lose yourself in pleasant contemplation – whatever you find most calming. The ideal time for an evening bath is about an hour before going to sleep. This gives your body a chance to cool down slightly before you get into bed. A few drops of essential oil mixed with skin softening almond oil can be added to the bath water, to help create a relaxing aromatic bath. A few drops of lavender oil added to your bath will direct you towards slumber in a sumptuous cloud of scent. Have big, fluffy towels on hand and a moisturizing cream or body oil, or silky talcum powder ready to round off the sensual experience. Bathtime scenery: You can enhance your bathing pleasure by creating a room that cossets all your senses. • Think of the bath as a place to relax and unwind as much as a place to get clean. • Make bath time special with soft candlelight and fragrant oils • Paint the room a watery colour; such as sea green or azure blue. Avoid bright prime colors that are stimulating and irritating to the senses • If you like plants, surround the tub with moisture loving ferns and scented plants such as jasmine or stephanotis. • Soften lighting by fitting flattering amber, peach or pink lightbulbs, or use lanterns and candles. • Make sure the room is warm in winter and well ventilated in summer. • Roll up a towel to place behind your neck and head for comfort. Aromatherapy Bath oil blends: Refer to the previous chapter for aromatherapy treatment Bath Salt Recipe Ingredients: - 3 parts Epsom salts - 2 parts baking soda - 1 part table salt (Dead Sea Salts or borax) - Essential Oils Mix thoroughly using your hands to stir the ingredients. This is now the base from which you can create a wide variety of bath salts. Now add the essential oils drop by drop, one ingredient at a time, until the scent seems right. Using your hands and fingertips, mix it until all salt particles are moistened. To use, add from 2 tablespoons to one-half cup of the bath salts to a full tub. Mix with your hands into the water. Relax and enjoy. Dead Sea Salts Rich in mineral salts found along the shore of the Dead Sea they are unique in character and famous for their healing and therapeutic properties. The therapeutic powers of Dead Sea Natural Mineral Salt Crystals help to relieve aches and pains, prevent stiffness after exercising, relaxing the muscles. Epsom Salts Epsom Salt is a natural magnesium sulfate. The therapeutic values of Epsom Salts are well known including aiding the well-being of the skin, detoxification and the soothing of swollen body parts. Combined with our pure essential oils this bath salt is truly wonderful. Sedative Herbal Bath bags: Cloth bags filled with herb blossoms make a subtle and gentle addition to your evening bath – the sedative properties of these therapeutic plants will help to soothe you to sleep. A sleep inducing mixture of lime, chamomile and hop flowers is a perfect wind down to an early night. Herb bath bags recipe: (makes 8) Eight 30 x 10com / 12” x 4” rectangles of loosely woven fabric like cheesecloth or muslin. Needle and thread 50gr / 2oz chamomile flowers 50gr / 2oz lime blossom 25gr / 1oz hop flowers 50gr / 2 oz coarse oatmeal 8 - 10”lengths of ribbon or string Fold the fabric rectangles in half 15 x 10cm) and sew up the two sides. Turn the bag the right side out so the sown seam is on the inside. Mix the herbs and oats and fill the bags with the mixture To finish, tie a large loop in a length of ribbon or sting before tying it to close the top of the bag and hold the herbs inside the sachet. The loop can then be hung around the hot tap so that the running water flows through the bag. “No sewing” version of herbal bath bags: Simply purchase a pack of 8 inexpensive handkerchiefs. Open them up and lay them flat on the table. Place herb ingredients in the centre of the handkerchief. Gather up the sides of the handkerchief and tie with loop & string so that the herb contents are contained inside the centre pouch. Note: it is essential that the herb/oatmeal mixture is placed inside a securely closed bag, not simply sprinkled directly into the bath, as the oatmeal will “cook” and coagulate in the bath, and the herbs will become irritating as flakes of plants leaves and petals stick to you when you dry yourself off after the bath. They will also coagulate in your bath drain hole and plumbing. Herb Bath Sachet Recipe #2: For 6 bags / sachets: ½ cup rolled oats 2 tablespoons Marjoram 2 tablespoons Spearmint / mint 2 tablespoons Lemon Balm** 2 tablespoons Lem0n Verbena** 2 tablespoons Chamomile (**substitute a strip of lemon peel if required) Mix together herbs and place into little bags with ribbon threaded at top to make a loop. Hang this bag from the tap as bath fills up and let the sachet float in the bath water. Relaxing herbal bath salts recipe: A concoction of salts and aromatic flowers, herbs or oils can be added to the bath for a wonderful soak at bedtime. Although many salts are suitable, simple sea salt is used for this mixture Chamomile is widely recognized sedative; for the following bath is has been combined with sweet marjoram, which is an effective treatment for insomnia. These bath salts should be used only if you are planning to go straight to sleep after your bath: sweet marjoram is thought to be an anaphordisiac, which means that is has the opposite effect of an aphrodisiac!’ As well as having a sedative effect, the bath salts will heal and stimulate the skin. Chamomile bath salts recipe: 500 grams / 1 and a quarter lb / 2 and a half cups of: coarse sea salt 10 drops chamomile essential oil 10 drops sweet marjoram essential oil 1-3 drops green or blue food coloring (optional) Combine all the ingredients, mixing well with a wooden spoon, and pour into a glass jar with a lid. Place the lid on firmly and store in a cool place. Add two heaped tablespoons of salts to the bath, pouring them under the hot tap as the water runs. Mandarin Orange Bath Salts, Lavender Bath Salts, Sugar and Spice Bath Salts, Bath Salts from the Sea, and Patchouli Bath Salts. What You Will Need: For the Bath Salts Recipes – • epsom salts or sea salt, or both, and baking soda • essential oils - mandarin orange, lavender, sandlewood, and patchouli or • 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ginger and 1/4 tsp cloves for each cup of sugar and spice bath salts • food coloring • 1 or 2 teaspoons of glycerin per jar - optional, but glycerin is an effective skin moisturizer and a nice addition For the Decorative Glass Jars – • four glass jars and one glass sugar shaker jar • printable jar labels • scissors and glue to cut out and stick on labels • assorted embellishments, including several yards of orange or peach colored ribbon, small amount of lavender or mauve ribbon, ecru or white doily, raffia, tacky glue and household twine Instructions: 1. Collect your jars, remove labels, then wash and dry thoroughly. 2. For most bath salts recipes you can use your choice of epsom salts or sea salt, with baking soda, if desired, or a combination of all three. One good mix is one cup of epsom salts, with 1/4 cup of sea salt, and two or three tablespoons of baking soda. A little more or less of each ingredient is fine for most bath salts. Epsom salts and sea salt are soothing for tired muscles, while both will gently soften the water for a luxurious bath experience. You could also add a tablespoon or two of finely ground regular oatmeal (not quick cooking) for silky, skin-softening water. 3. Fill each jar to the top with the combination of bath salts that you plan to use. Empty the salts into a mixing jar and add a drop or two of glycerin, if using. Add your choice of essential oil - how many drops you use is a personal preference, but start with two or three drops and see if you like the fragrance. The same goes for the liquid food coloring; sometimes I use quite a few drops of food color to get the strong hue that I like, but so far it hasn't stained the bath tub or anyone's skin. Remember that the color and fragrance will be much diluted in the bath water. Stir the salts vigorously until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. • Mandarin Orange Bath Salts recipe: Use a small canning jar for this project, with a screw top one piece lid. I also used only epsom salts, adding about six drops of mandarin essential oil and about six drops of orange food color. The lid is decorated with 1/2" orange ribbon, cut in strips to cover the top. Coat the lid with tacky glue and lay the first strip going across the middle of the lid and extending over the rim just a little on both sides. Add ribbon strips on either side, each one overlapping just a little, until the top of the lid is covered. Take another strip and glue it around the lid rim, covering the edges of the top ribbons. Overlap the ends of the lid rim strip and glue down firmly. Cover these ends by making a small bow, then gluing it in place. Screw the ribbon lid in place securely. • Lavender Bath Salts: 1 cup of epsom salts, half a cup of sea salt, and a few tablespoons of baking soda for this recipe, adding 8 drops of lavender. Adjust the fragrance, just adding one or two drops at a time until you're happy with it. Lavender is a difficult color to achieve with food coloring, but I managed to get a lavender color that I liked by using far more red than blue. To decorate the jar, thread lavender ribbon through the openings in an ecru doily, tie in place and make a bow. If this isn't possible, use a rubber band to secure the doily in place, then tie the ribbon over it. • Sugar and Spice Bath Salts: Use half epsom salts and half sea salts to almost fill a glass sugar shaker jar, then add approximately 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ginger, 1/4 tsp cloves and two heaped teaspoons of brown or white sugar for each cup of the salts. Empty into a mixing bowl and, if you like, thoroughly stir in a few drops of red and green food coloring to enhance the golden brown color. Tie a few lengths of raffia around the neck of the jar, and remember to seal it with the inner plastic cap before screwing on the metal lid with holes in it. • Bath Salts from the Sea: Use only sea salt - either fine or coarse, or a combination of both, for this recipe. Add an essential oil that reminds you of the sea eg: sandalwood. A drop of eucalyptus might enhance this mixture. Jasmine would also work well. Add drops of blue food coloring, if desired, either to all the mixture, or just half, so you can funnel white and blue layers into the jar. For the nautical rope decoration, take 3 lengths of household twine, each about 3 feet long and braid them together. Coat the jar lid with tacky glue and, in the middle of the lid, start twisting the braid around itself in a spiral, pushing the flat side of the braid firmly into the glue. Go right over the lid edge and around the rim, adding extra glue to secure the end. Make another braid to decorate the bottom of the jar in similar fashion. Take this braid up the jar about an inch or so, then secure the end at the back of the jar. Take a single strand of twine and glue it around the front label. Tie another single strand of twine in a bow around the neck of the bottle. • Patchouli Bath Salts Recipe: Patchouli oil has a sensual woodsy aroma, valued for its tranquil calming effect and long-lasting intense fragrance. Add sparingly to epsom salts, sea salt, or a combination of both. Color the bath salts green with food coloring, add glycerin, if using, and bottle. The rope decoration is simple. Just coat the jar lid with tacky glue and begin to spiral a single strand of household twine around the top and down the sides of the lid. Do the same at the bottom of the jar, bringing the twine up the jar to a depth of about an inch. You can use extra glue on top of the twine if it is necessary to make it secure; the twine absorbs the glue, which then dries clear. Fashion the handle by tying a double strand of twine tightly around the neck of the jar, then twist the strands loosely together, looping them over the lid top, and back to the other side to knot in place.