Bedtime Bath Recipe

Do you struggle to wind down at night? Does it take you a while to get comfortable in bed, or to feel relaxed and ready for sleep? Are the muscles in your shoulders and back feeling tight and tense by the end of the day?

How does a nice, hot bath sound to remedy all that? Uh, yeah. My guess is it’s been a while since your last bath time, right?

A bedtime bath is by far one of the most therapeutic tools you can have in establishing healthy sleep patterns. Taking time to yourself to relax in warm, soothing water is great as it is, but if you really want to turn your bath into a sleep-boosting, stress-busting, muscle-relaxing miracle worker of a sleep remedy, this is how it’s done.

(Oh, and YES—this works for calming the kids down at night, too!)

You’ll need just two simple key ingredients: epsom salts and baking soda.

Epsom salts, made of magnesium sulphate, are an old-fashioned remedy for soothing tired, aching muscles.

Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant; it accomplishes this by moving calcium out of the muscles, and back into the bloodstream where it can be mobilized elsewhere. It’s also a critical nutrient to your body’s glucose metabolism—magnesium helps to regulate blood sugar by assisting cells in producing energy from glucose.

What does that all have to do with sleep? Well, releasing muscle tension is a key element in allowing the body to initiate the relaxation response (think, the opposite of the stress response), which is necessary for sleep. And because the metabolism-supportive benefits of magnesium help to produce cellular energy, your blood sugar can be better stabilized—this is essential for maintaining balanced hormonal levels that help you sleep.

Your body can absorb this magnesium from epsom salts quite efficiently, so epsom salt baths are an excellent way to supplement the calmative mineral. And epsom salts also serve to provide a gentle, effective detox bath. 

Sleep benefits of baking soda
Baking soda added to an epsom salt bath is another powerful sleep aid. That’s because it supplements the body with extra CO2 to be absorbed. Did you know that C02 is one of the most important chemicals in your body? It supports healthy cellular energy production—which in turn promotes healthy sleep and keeps stress hormones at bay.

Your sleep cycles are designed to maintain CO2 levels during the night. In REM sleep, breathing is shallow and inhibited, and CO2 levels rise. The naturally-restful deep sleep stages allow for a greater production of CO2, which allows for cellular repairs to take place as stem cells multiply and mitochondrial energy is supported with lots of that good CO2.

So here’s a recipe for the ultimate in bedtime relaxation:

Bath Recipe it’s to be used in a regular-sized full bath tub filled.

Ingredients
2-4 cups (or more) epsom salts
1 cup baking soda
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For aromatherapy:
Essential oils or dried herbs of your choosing. Chamomile (oil; dried) and lavender (oil;dried) are excellent sleep-promoting choices.

If you aren’t noticing a muscle-relaxing effect from the epsom salts, increase the amount until you do. Some people need as much as 4 pounds of epsom salts in their bath! As your body’s magnesium stores become replenished, you will find that you’ll need less epsom salt as time goes on. Generally, a good maintenance dose is about 2 cups of epsom salts, when used in a full bath for at least 20-40 minutes.  
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Organic Chocolate-Honey Facial

I’ll admit to having a bit of a sweet tooth. Two of my favorite sweet flavors are chocolate and honey. What’s not to love? They are both a glimpse of heaven when you taste them. With Valentine’s Day coming up, chocolate is kind of a big deal. So I thought it be fun to come up with a unique facial treatment with some of my favorite ingredients. My goal for your skin after I give you this delicious facial to provide powerful protein filled anti-oxidants, soften, reduce wrinkles, nourish & hydrate your skin, along with gently removing dead skin cells for a more rejuvenated tone. The two main recipes of this facial is the exfoliant and the masque, I will gladly share those recipes with you after my facial special. For now, I will go over a few of the ingredients in my mixtures, why I chose them, and what they do for your skin.

Chocolate:chocolate

Cocoa is very nourishing to the skin. It contains calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, vitamins A1, B1, B2, C, D, E, phosphorous & chromium. In addition to this, it also contains a polyphenol called epicatechin which is a natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory & anti-oxidant that helps to guard cells from free radical damage which causes skin to age.
Basically – the higher the cocoa content the more polyphenol, the healthier it is for you on the inside and out. (This is why I am using an organic cocoa) Some people believe that chocolate causes acne but according to dermatologists acne is caused to those people who consume chocolate which has milk in it and not the chocolate itself.

Honey:honey

Honey has antibacterial and antiseptic properties, which helps in fighting acne and pimples. It reduces infection and is very effective home remedy to treat acne. When honey is diluted with water, it produces hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is an antimicrobial agent and is used as a mild antiseptic; therefore it’s useful in treating cuts, wounds, and abrasions. Used in facials, it hydrates as it cleanses, because it soak ups impurities from the pores of the skin, leaving your skin clear, clean, and radiantly moisturized. Since honey is enriched with antioxidants, it’s a natural remedy to prevent wrinkles and fight skin aging and damage.

Baking Soda: bakingsoda

Baking soda is great for breakouts; it can loosen tough skin around blackheads and soothe inflammation around pimples. Baking soda also “calms” the skin. In the very topmost layers of cells in the epidermis, the tough outer layer of the skin, small amounts of bicarbonate from the baking soda can enter the skin. The bicarbonate encourages the transportation of sodium into these cells. Their metabolisms slow down so they go into their normal life cycle, dying about 21 days after they are formed in the basal layers of the skin. As the top layers of skin flake away, newer and healthier skin cells can come to the surface. They add more natural color to the skin, and they loosen the skin around tight pores.

Oatmeal:oatmeal

Oatmeal is one of the best natural treatments for dry skin. It can be used to make a gentle and very effective natural skin cleanser, facial scrub, and soothing facial mask. Oatmeal helps to relieve dryness, restoring natural moisture balance to aid in healing minor irritations due to the many causes and sources of skin sensitivities. Oatmeal actually absorbs and removes surface dirt and impurities while providing very gentle exfoliation, leaving skin smooth, soft, and clean, without irritating and drying out skin. The best thing about oatmeal in my opinion is it effectively removes dead skin cells, to reveal smoother looking skin and provides the bonus of a natural, healthy glow. So now that you know what all the ingredients used in my organic chocolate honey facial do, let’s get you into my warm spa bed and have you enjoy all these yummy goodies! Spa la la

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<3April M. Monterrosa is the Owner of  The Lil Spa Room , PCA Skin Certified, a Nuskin Skin Care Distributor, Founder of  Wonderfully Wise Women, & a Writer for SAXtreme Magazine. Just a simple &  Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Marine Corps wife, Mama of a Dachshund, & a licensed Cosmetologist of 17+ years, blogging about things I love most…Beauty, Love, Life, Spa, Wine, and everything else in between! Check out my other Blog at: wonderfullywisewomen.me