Both lavender and Earl Grey have long been touted for their relaxing, calming, and rejuvenating effects. Lavender oil, especially, is used in aromatherapy for relaxation, and aiding with sleep. It's perfect for a pre-bedtime soak. And Earl Grey tea, which contains Bergamot oil, helps calm and relax as well as clearing and cleansing skin for a healthy glow.
For this, you just need a few simple ingredients to get you started:
- Mild hand or body soap
- Lavender essential oil
- a couple Earl Grey tea bags
- dried lavender leaves (optional)
- bottles or containers for storage
- something to mix it in and something to stir
1// If you decide to add some dried lavender leaves or buds, add them into the cup first. If they're longer, like mine were, crush or crumble them up first so they don't cause your drain any trouble.
2// Then, carefully rip or cut open the tea bags and empty the contents into the mixture. I started with two tea bags, and it may have been a bit much - this step is sort of trial and error, depending on how much you're making and your personal preference.
3// Add the soap. I started with just one cup, but it wasn't quite enough, so I went for two. It filled up three and a half of my little bottles in the end, so now I have enough to use and share with friends! It all depends on your container sizes and how much you want.
4// Add a few drops of lavender essential oil. Remember, a little goes a long way with this stuff! Since my soap already had natural lavender scent added, I only put a couple small drops into the mixture. If you chose unscented soap, you may want to add more. Remember to experiment - you can always add more, but if it gets too concentrated too fast, it's hard to remedy the situation.
5// Mix it all together! It looks kind of gnarly, I know (hey, it's organic, that's what happens) but harness your inner Hermione Granger potions skills and stir it all up so it's evenly mixed.
6// Bottle it up. If your bottles or containers have smaller openings, you might want to use a funnel for this bit. Since the measuring cup I mixed it in had a spout, I decided to wing it, and surprisingly, did not make a huge mess.
7// Get sudsy! All that's left now is to enjoy it. Light a few candles, grab a glass of wine (or some Earl Grey!) and relax. Note: there will be tea bits floating about in your bath. That's what's supposed to happen. Take a deep breath and chill.
What do you do to relax after a long day? Would you give this a try?