Saturday, 13 June 2015

Green Beauty: Relax Bath + Playlist

Some days my job is extremely stressful, so I need to find different ways to relax. Me and my colleagues have begun making short mindfulness meditations at work, which somewhat helps with our stress levels. At home I try to relax with yoga, nature walks, herbal teas, books, music (see below!) and a drop of lavender oil on my pillow. Since I am lucky to have an apartment with a bath tub I also enjoy relaxing baths from time to time. My bath favourites are either natural and organic rose or lavender scented foam baths, or home made bath products.

This relaxing bath recipe takes no time to prepare, and it's kind for your body and the environment.
Oats are calming and moisturising. Perfect for eczema, sunburn or itching skin.
Baking soda is cleansing, softening and exfoliating.
Sea salt or Himalayan salt is cleansing and detoxifying.
Lavender is calming, balancing and healing.

How do you relax? Please share!

Realx Bath

1 bath

1/2 cup rolled oats
2 tbsp dried lavender
1/4 cup baking soda
2 tbsp sea salt or Himalayan salt
Wash cloth or other small cloth in a thin material, e.g muslin
Lavender essential oil (optional)

Put all the ingredients except for the lavender oil in the middle of the cloth. Fold together the ends to make a small bag. Tie together tightly with a rubber band. Put the little bag in the bath tub and begin to run warm water. Squeeze the bag a few times whilst the water is running (this will make the water cloudy and slightly white). If you wish for a stronger lavender scent, then add about 10 drops of lavender oil directly to the water. Enjoy!

What would life be without music? I have play lists on Spotify for every occasion, and below follows the best from my play list "Bath Time" (I know, I'm kind of weird). These are some of my favourite calm songs:

Calm Bath Music

I'm Not There - Bob Dylan
Spirit Bird - Xavier Rudd
Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Anthony & The Johnsons
Hope There's Someone - Anthony & The Johnsons
Into My Arms - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin
Wind Of Change - Scorpions
Silencer - Susanne Sundfør
The Silicone Veil - Susanne Sundfør
Oh Love (Piano Version) - Ane Brun
Halo - Ane Brun, Linnea Olsson
Eat For Free - Haley Bonar
One of Us Cannot Be Wrong - Leonard Cohen
Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye - Leonard Cohen
Scarborough Fair/Canticle - Simon & Garfunkel
Harbour - Sinead O'Connor, Moby
Songbird - Fleetwood Mac
Soldier Of Fortune - Deep Purple
Video Games - Lana Del Rey
Ride - Lana Del Rey
Cruel World - Lana Del Rey
When I Grow Up - First Aid Kit
Cedar Lane - First Aid Kit
No Light, No Light (MTV Unplugged) - Florence + The Machine
Breathless - Cat Power
Kill And Run - Sia
Made Of Glass - KT Tunstall
Buzzcut Season - Lorde
Girl fron the North Country - Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash
Some Velvet Morning - Nancy Sinatra, Lee Hazlewwod
November Rain - Guns N' Roses
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue - Joan Baez
Long Way Down - Tom Odell
Flowers In December - Mazzy Star
Broken - Jake Bugg
Walk Unafraid  - R.E.M
Everybody Hurts - R.E.M

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