For the doldrums:
Grind some Oats in a blender or a coffee grinder.
Add powdered milk to the ground oats (a ratio of 1:1)
Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender to relax you, peppermint to help with your sinuses, or whatever is your choice!)…
AND/OR grind some herbs (I recommend your choice of lavender, peppermint, orange peel, bay leaves, rosemary, eucalyptus, and rose petals) and add the ground herbs to the milk-oat mixture.
Place the above milk-oat-herbal mixture in a pretty jar with a lid to keep in your bathroom. When you take a bath, put about 1/4 cup of the mixture scattered around the hot water.
Here’s the fun part. On a glum day give yourself the gift of a bath. It is often hard to admit that you really can make the time for something as luxurious as a bath, but you really do have the time! You will find that when you take time out for yourself, you’ll be more productive (or a nicer person to be around!) afterward.
Make the time for this getaway. Schedule the time into your calendar, if necessary. Tell your dh (dear husband) that you have to be somewhere from precisely 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. so he’ll have to put the babies to bed tonight.
When you arrive at 7 p.m., go promptly to the bathroom with a steaming
mug of cocoa or herbal tea. Bring something inspirational to read.
Bring a radio or CD player. You’ll also need your cozy bathrobe and
some lingerie that makes you feel beautiful. Don’t forget the
candles! Spend the whole hour in relaxation while your milk-oat-
herbal bath mixture softens your skin.
I’m going to guess that after this bath hour, you will go back to your
family in a more loving spirit.
by Lori Seaborg