Tip: Have an Epsom salts bath before bed.
How: All pharmacies stock bog-standard Epsom salts and you can get a large bucket for about a fiver. Try and buy the pure variety as this is kindest; commercially prepared salt bath mixes can cause irritation to skin and eyes. Add two cups to a bath of warm water along with a few drops of fresh lavender oil. If you really want to feel indulgent, add this Ayurvedic skin remedy and cover yourself top to toe in castor oil, really massaging every part of you (it’s amazing for softening hair but needs to be shampooed out twice), soak in the bath for up to 15 minutes, dimming the lights and playing some Bach or Mozart (this is shown to help stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system and relaxation) gently in the background. If candles are your thing, light a few.
Why: These salts contain the rich detoxifying and tension-reducing minerals magnesium and sulphur, which can penetrate the skin and help relax the mind and the muscles. Honestly, if you want to reduce stress before bed, this is better than Valium. We all have those day where our minds won’t seem to shut off and the Epsom Salts bath is the best switch-off mechanism we know – ‘a revelation’, as one of Charlotte’s clients said.
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