In 30 min­utes… up your en­ergy or find sleep

Prima (UK) - - Your Wellbeing -

Show­ers are okay, but baths are best – espe­cially a ther­a­peu­tic ver­sion at the start of the day or at the end of a fes­tively fraz­zled one.

BREEZY MORN­ING BATH

Brace your­self! Glenda Tay­lor’s zesty bath will set you up for a day of Christ­mas prep­ping or shop­ping.

FILL THE BATH ‘With not too hot wa­ter – just hot enough to soothe away any aches and pains from sleep/mat­tress/pil­low is­sues.’

MIX IN A CUP OF EPSOM SALTS, three drops each of eu­ca­lyp­tus and rose­mary es­sen­tial oils and two drops each of laven­der and pep­per­mint.

SWISH IT ALL AROUND ‘Right through the bath. This is a real pick-me-up and go-go recipe, so only use it the morn­ing!’ says Glenda.

SOAK FOR A WHILE ‘At least 10 min­utes, then stand in the bath and shower your whole body with cold wa­ter. Stick with it for 30 sec­onds. You will feel amaz­ing after you’ve dried off with a big, fluffy towel.’ WIND-DOWN EVENING BATH

Mmmm… this gor­geous, ache-re­liev­ing, re­lax­ing bath is cre­ated by aro­mather­apy ex­pert Ines Wil­lis (ex­an­imo-aro­mather­apy. com). It’s a sooth­ing opener to a fan­tas­tic night’s sleep.

MIX INTO TWO TA­BLE­SPOONS OF EPSOM SALTS, two drops each of ve­tiver, laven­der and man­darin es­sen­tial oils. ‘Ve­tiver is highly seda­tive and calm­ing, and also good for treat­ing stiff mus­cles,’ says Ines. ‘Laven­der is calm­ing, and man­darin is good for ner­vous ten­sion and in­som­nia.’ You can find es­sen­tial oils at neal­syardreme­dies.com

LIGHT CAN­DLES, swish to mix oils through the wa­ter, slide in and re­lax.

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