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Relax Already: Lavender Bath

Lavender is an incredibly soothing scent and there is now research to prove it. Evidence suggests that the scent of lavender may help slow the activity of the nervous system and promote relaxation. One way to reap the benefits of lavender is using lavender oil as a massage oil. If you don't have the bucks to spring for a massage, you can always take a lavender-scented bath. Soak your muscles and soothe your nerves at the same time.

To turn your bath into an aromatherapy session, the magazine Body+Soul has a great suggestion. Instead of putting lavender oil in your tub, try making a body tea by steeping 4 oz. of dried lavender flowers in 2 cups hot water for 20 minutes. Then simply pour your aromatic tea into bath water and steep yourself for as long as you like!


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