What is better after a long day of work than soaking in a bath and indulging in homeopathic bedtime rituals. If you have a long day ahead of you, and an open schedule tonight, try incorporating at least one of these rituals into your routine. I’ve put together some glorious home remedies to get you on your way to enjoying your nights at home. Clear your calendar for an evening dedicated to holistic beauty, wellness, and silencing the mind chatter.
The Morning Of
Once you’ve made your list of what you’ll need, prepare your remedies and rituals the morning of. This way you won’t be spending time looking for ingredients after work and getting frustrated. Have your journal ready, as well as music and candles set up for your detox bath.
My Favorite Bedtime Rituals
- Start off by nourishing your cells with a green smoothie and serve in a beautiful crystal glass. There are hundreds of combinations but one of the easiest is to start with a cup of soy, almond or coconut milk then add two cups of your favorite fruits along with a cup of torn up fresh greens, and blend. If you like yours icy cold then use frozen fruit. Enjoy while you are TURNING OFF all your communication with the outside world. That means TV, cellphone, iPad and laptop. This is a great time to write in your journal or review your vision board.
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- Take a 10 minute meditation: If anyone knows how hard it can be to sit in silence, it’s me. The mind chatter is relentless! Although, everything I’ve read about meditation says it’s well worth the effort. Practitioners say meditation helps us live in the here and now, so there’s no room for dwelling on the past or planning the future. By eliminating those useless thoughts and concentrating on the here and now, we can reduce our anxiety and stress. I seem to find that meditating as part of my bedtime ritual is a lot easier than meditating in the morning. Try inhaling the wonderful aromas of an essential oil while meditating. Boil a cup of water, add 4 to 6 drops of your fave essential oil and place near you while meditating. A few go-to combinations are: lemon/eucalyptus or tangerine/lavender/chamomile.
- Dry Brush Your Skin: Dry body brushing has many benefits including it’s ability to rev up the lymphatic system and help eliminate the body’s toxins, as well as exfoliating to keep your skin smooth. This can be done right before your detox bath soak. If you want to really get into a body brush frenzy, you can do this morning and night.
(More: Dry Body Brushing How-To Guide )
- Immerse In A Detox Bath: One of my favorite ways to enrich my bedtime rituals and detox my day away is with an epsom salt bath. This salt helps replenish the body’s magnesium level and soaking in hot water is just darn relaxing! I add a cup of epsom salt to my bathwater and soak for forty minutes. The hot water helps sweat out the body’s toxins. I also add an essential oil like lavender or eucalyptus based on my mood, or the wonderful combination of bergamot/coriander/patchouli added to a lavender oil base.
- Or Make Your Own Bath Bomb: Another way to enjoy a detox bath is to make your own bath biscuits or “bombs”. These can be made ahead of time and stored for your spa bath. I’ve made my own by using Himalayan salt as a base. Here’s the quick recipe that makes about two dozen. I toss three in my bathwater to detox and calm the mind and body.
Detoxing Rosemary Bath Bombs
What You’ll Need:
- 2 cups sea salt ( I love using Himalayan pink salt!)
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2 broken capsules of Vitamin E (or 1 tsp. bottled oil) Option: Replace with Grapeseed oil
- 2 chia eggs (see how to make a chia egg in our Chia Seed post!)
- One-half cup EACH: cornstarch and baking soda;
- 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary, removed from stem and chopped
- 5 to 6 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350;
- Mix together all of the bath bomb ingredients
- Take a tablespoon of the dough, drop on baking sheet and form a mound. Place all on a baking sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes until firm.
- Cool and store!
NOTE* It’s always a good idea to have water to sip on while you are doing your detox soak. I keep a pitcher of cold water by my tub, flavored with slices of lemon or cucumber.
- Hand Lotion Scrub: We all have a few half-full bottles of hand lotion in our bathroom that we totally forgot about. Find them and make your own hand scrub! Add enough granulated sugar or sea salt to a few tablespoons of hand lotion to make a mild abrasive. As you’re taking your detox bath, you can rub the scrub mixture all over your hands for a minute to exfoliate and soften.Then rinse.
- Vinegar Hair Rinse: Vinegar is one of those pantry staples that has hundreds of uses. It’s been said that vinegar helps prevent an itchy scalp and will restore the hair’s pH balance. As your rinsing off and shampooing after your detox soak, apply a mixture of 2 cups water and 1 tsp. of vinegar to your hair and massage into scalp. You can rinse off after ten minutes or leave on (optional and great for detangling).
- Round Off Your Night With An Oatmeal Almond Facial Cleanser: To end your bedtime rituals with a bang, try this quick and easy homemade facial cleanser:
- Oatmeal Soy Facial Cleanser:
- Mix together one-half cup of oats (rolled, uncooked)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 cup of almond milk.
- Massage into skin for five minutes and rinse.
- Oatmeal Soy Facial Cleanser:
Next time you have a night off to yourself, try these relaxing and rejuvenating bedtime rituals to promote healthy sleep cycles and calm your mind. Have special rituals of your own? Share them with us in the comments!