Sometimes the best way to get centered is to treat yourself to a fine evening at home. Whether it’s a long bubble bath or a relaxing DIY project, a good night in helps you clear your mind and get in a positive mood. Check out our recipe for a soothing evening with our favorite herbal products and other treats to calm the soul!

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When you want to get serious about at-home relaxation, do what our grandmas’ grandmas’ grandmas did and reach for the herbs. No matter how far science takes us, we always seem to come back to the same naturally soothing plant ingredients we’ve been turning to since hunter-gatherer times. Just thinking about the history of herb medicine, mythology and magic gets me feeling all warm and dreamy.

Herbal Products for Home Relaxation

Rosemary: This Avalon Organics Volumizing Rosemary Shampoo is cruelty-free and infused with rosemary, aloe, and other goodies to leave your hair clean, soft and full, while the natural fragrance will turn your shower into a gentle aromatherapy session. $10-18.

Verbena: For fragrant soap that puts you in a pretty mood, you can’t go wrong with L’Occitane En Provence. Add this Extra-Gentle Verbena Soap to your herbal regimen and soak up that fair trade shea butter. $7-12. 

Sage: Smudge Sticks are often billed as a Native American spiritual tradition, but are better thought of as “based on” or “drawn from” actual indigenous practices. North American tribes have their own specific, sacred uses for sage and other aromatics, which do not include (or sanction) the white sage bundles you find at health and New Age stores. Sage smoke, though, has been valued for its purifying qualities by countless cultures around the world since time immemorial. To try it for yourself, light it up and visualize the smoke as a cleansing agent, clearing negativity from your living space. $4-6. 

Chamomile: When it’s time for bed, count on chamomile to take you to dream land. If you’re the type who’s never been able to get into the herbal tea habit, maybe a pretty tin from Harney & Sons will put you in the zone. This Yellow & Blue Caffeine-Free Chamomile & Lavender Tea will give you sweet dreams and a prettier kitchen. $6.

Linden: It’s actually a flower, but we make our own rules. How delightful is the packaging on Library of Flowers products? We’re in love. Slather on some of this Linden Handcreme and try to resist those happy thoughts. $24.

Lavender: Time for the big guns. Ask the average person which herb is most reliable for relaxation, and chances are they’ll name lavender. Not for nothing. Lavender is the queen of bedtime herbs, so get your bedroom in the zone with a lavender candle from P.T. Candle Company ($18) and a soothing spritz of The Body Shop’s Lavender Chamomile Pillow Mist ($10). 

Feel-Good Film Time

Want to add some eye candy to the mix? Brew a cup of chamomile tea, light that lavender candle, settle down with your linden hand creme and turn on something steeped in herbal romance. “Like what?” you ask. Oh, you better believe we have suggestions.

herbal products practical magic

Practical Magic didn’t make a lasting mark on pop culture, but bring it up with women who’ve seen it and watch their eyes light up. Billed as an offbeat romantic comedy, this film is really something weirder and so much better. Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock play two sisters from a family of witches, which includes two fabulous, zany, wise and witchy aunts played by Stockard Channing and Dianne West. They live in a quaint, quiet little beach town where Bullock’s character runs her own artisanal herbal bath and body shop. When her rebellious sister’s bad boy lover turns abusive, the sisters get serious.

This hits all our sweet spots. Beautiful old beach house with a sun room full of herbs? Check. Pretty long skirts and fringed shawls? Check. A dreamy detective and a sisterhood-centric storyline? A soundtrack including Steve Nicks and Joni Mitchell? Wacky midnight margarita parties with Stockard Channing and Dianne West? How does this movie have a one star rating on Rotten Tomatoes? Haters to the left.

herbal products outlander

Outlander. Outlander! What are you doing to us? This new Starz series, based on Diana Gabaldon’s massively popular historical adventure/romance books from the 1990s, has been flooring audiences and critics since it debuted this fall. If you haven’t started watching yet, start now while the first season is still in swing! Outlander begins in Scotland just after World War II, where the combat nurse Claire Beauchamp is taking a late honeymoon with her hunky husband Frank, an MI6 agent and an amateur historian.

An early morning walk to a local Stonehenge-esque spot finds her tumbling back in time to 1743, where she uses her medical know-how to secure herself a job as a healer in the watchful custody of Clan Mackenzie. She also draw the attention of the gallant young Highlander Jaime Fraser, who’s hiding out with the Mackenzies after getting on the wrong side of the Redcoats. Tartan skirts, knit shawls, dreamy Scottish rebels, and morning walks through the herb gardens of Castle Leoch? Yes, please. All of that. Watch Outlander on Starz Saturdays at 9PM Eastern Time.

Sweet Dreams

Ready for bed? Cast a sleepy-time spell over your pillows with a few spritzes of lavender and chamomile pillow spray and then put on on some bedtime tunes to finish off your evening of herbal romance. You can’t go wrong with gentle folk music, and Simon and Garfunkel are two steps ahead of you with this whole herbal thing.

Parsley, sage, rosemary and time… Lullaby and goodnight.

What are you doing to unwind this Sunday? Tell us in the comments!

 

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