100 ways to slightly improve your life without really trying

The list of simple ways to live a better life from The Guardian​, has 100 ways help you lead a better life, but no 20: `Can’t sleep? Try a relaxing soak with lavender bath oil before bed' caught my eye.

Why can a lavender bath help you sleep?

Not only does a warm bath offer relaxation benefits, but when combined with the right essential oils and supercharged with magnesium rich salts it becomes a powerful tool for promoting restful sleep and overall well-being. Let's dive into the science behind why a lavender bath can be your secret weapon for relaxation and help you get a peaceful night's sleep.

The benefits of salt baths for relaxation

There's something inherently therapeutic about soaking in a warm bath, and science backs it up. Taking a bath (rather than a shower) has been shown to have numerous health benefits, from improving circulation and relieving muscle tension to reducing stress and anxiety. But add salts to your bath will elevate its benefits as the high mineral content, particularly magnesium, plays a crucial role in promoting relaxation and sleep.

Choosing the right salt for your bath

When it comes to salt baths, not all salts are created equal. Epsom salt, Himalayan pink salt, and Dead Sea salt are among the best options for relaxation before sleep. These salts are rich in minerals like magnesium, potassium, and calcium, which have been proved to be absorbed through the skin during a bath, helping to relax muscles, soothe dry skin, and promote a sense of calm.

Unlocking the power of magnesium

Magnesium is a vital mineral that plays a key role in numerous bodily functions, including muscle function, energy production, and mood regulation. When absorbed through the skin during a bath, magnesium can help relax muscles, reduce stress, and promote restful sleep, making it an essential component of any relaxation routine.

Harnessing the calming effects of lavender

To take your bath to the next level, the article directs the addition of lavender essential oil. Why use lavender oil in the bath? Lavender is renowned for its calming fragrance and therapeutic properties, including its ability to reduce anxiety, ease tension, and promote restful sleep. And lavender essential oil has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it ideal for soothing skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

To make your own lavender bath you can add the essential oil to the bath water yourself, but be mindful that oil and water don't mix, so if you add the oil directly to the bath it will sit on the surface of the bath water and won't disperse. Try adding a few drops to half a cup of milk then pour it all in your bath (the fat content of the milk will help it mix in) or salt, or choose a pre-made bath soak with magnesium salts which contains lavender, and may well include other relaxing essential oils too.

Experience the Bliss of a Lavender Bath

So The Guardian is right - if you're looking for a natural way to relax, unwind, and promote restful sleep, a lavender bath is the perfect solution. By combining the calming effects of lavender essential oil with the relaxation benefits of salt baths, you can create a luxurious and rejuvenating experience that nourishes both body and mind. So why not treat yourself to a lavender bath tonight and experience the blissful tranquility for yourself.

Just be careful not to drop your phone in if you're reading the online version of the paper.