Time to relax

It is getting to the stressful time of year when you don’t seem to have enough hours in your day to get everything done. You are always on the go and don’t seem to have a moment for yourself. You need to be sure though that you take care of yourself, because the last thing you want is to get sick right when the holidays begin and you can’t enjoy yourself. All of the planning and buying and prepping will be enjoyed by everyone else while you are sick in bed or at the party feeling like you just got run over by a reindeer.

It is important to make yourself take the time to relax. Giving yourself a little “me” time will go along way to making yourself feel great through to the end of the year and beyond.

One easy way to “get away” and relax is to soak in a hot bath. This gives you a chance to unwind and force yourself to take a step back and away from technology for at least a couple of minutes. The next time you need a break, try this relaxing bath salt recipe:

Mint Lavender Bath Salts

Ingredients:
2 cups Epsom salts
1/2 cup baking soda
1/4 cup Sea Salt (optional)
25 drops Young Living Lavender Essential Oil
15 drops Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil

To do:
Mix the ingredients in a medium bowl until well blended. Pour into air-tight glass jar until use. Add 1/4 cup bath salts to a hot bath. Relax and unwind.

Using Lavender essential oil is a great way to help relax. The oil acts to calm the nerves and has a sedative effect, which helps the body relax. In Canada, Young Living’s Lavender Essential Oil is an NHP – a natural health product. This means it is considered a naturally occurring substance that is used to restore or maintain good health.

I recommend using Young Living’s Lavender and Peppermint essential oils because steam is used in the distillation process. For example, Young Living distills its Lavender for 1 hour and 15 minutes at zero pounds of pressure. Cheaper commercial Lavender is often distilled for 15 to 20 minutes at 155 pounds of pressure, which removes most of the therapeutic qualities. Young Living’s processes ensure that their essential oils include all the therapeutic qualities possible.

Uses for Lavender

In addition to calming the nerves and helping you relax, Lavender can be used for the following:

  • reduce symptoms of cough and cold when used aromatically
  • helps relieve joint or muscle pain associated with sprains, strains and rheumatoid arthritis
  • help soothe cuts, scraps, burns and bruises when applied topically
  • improve skin’s appearance by adding it to beauty and skincare products
  • improve sleep by adding a few drops to the bottoms of feet before bedtime

Lavender – a must have!

If you don’t already have Lavender essential oil in your home, do yourself a favour and get some. Make it an early holiday present for yourself. You will be happy that you did. I recommend Young Living’s essential oils because they are distilled in a way to keep the therapeutic qualities in the oils. You can purchase Lavender at the grocery store or through other companies, but you won’t get a higher quality essential oil than through Young Living.

To order the oils, click here . It will lead you to the Young Living website where you can purchase the Lavender or Peppermint essential oils as a retail customer. There are no obligations to buy anything again.

Or, you can purchase a Premium Starter Kit which has Lavender and Peppermint as well as 9 other oils. It also includes a diffuser and other goodies. By purchasing the kit, you become a wholesale customer and get 24% off all oils you purchase in the future. That doesn’t mean you are required to buy anything ever again if you don’t want. Purchasing oils and other products through Young Living is up to you. You are never required to purchase more products.

Let me know if you have any questions. I’d love to hear from you. Happy relaxing!

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