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A nurse’s favorite sleep and stress relief remedy


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Taking a long, warm bath is an excellent way to relieve the stresses and strains of being on your feet all day.

Try a homemade lavender and marjoram bath oil mixture, which has the added bonus of moisturizing the skin while it gently soothes away all your worries.

The essential oils will be sure to induce a nice, deep sleep right when you need it.


2 tablespoons almond oil

7 drops lavender oil

3 drops marjoram oil

Follow these three simple steps to add the therapeutic mixture to your bath:

1. Measure the above ingredients into a small dish or bowl.
2. Mix them together thoroughly, then pour the resulting mixture into your bath while the water is running.
3. Relax and enjoy a long, soothing and refreshing soak.

If you would like to enhance the effect, consider adding a bath bag containing fresh lavender and marjoram to the water. Or hang the bath bag over the faucet as you run your bath, so that the water runs through the bag.

Aromatherapy and essential oil products can be picked up at your local health food store such as Whole Foods, or can be purchased online at Mountain Rose Herbs.

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Diane Carbo

Diane Carbo is a licensed registered nurse with more than 35 years of experience practicing in a variety of organizations and community settings, and is an advocate for older adults and their families. She has developed two websites that grew out of her nursing and caregiving experience and her love of tea: and Diane and her sister-in-law, Connie Bednar, have found a tremendous amount of happiness and joy in sharing their knowledge and expertise with others, including their passion for tea.

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