Happy holidays and Merry Christmas.
Imagine immersing into your bathtub filled with calming, warm (to mildly hot) water with mineral salts and essential oils. Breathe in. MMMM. Breathe out. Do it again. One more time. Yes. Much better. Your stress begins to dissolve. Like magic. Only, it’s science.
My favorite is a relaxing bath. I’m not talking about bathing. The shampooing and soaping – that’s a shower. I am talking about cleansing and rejuvenating. Soothing the mind, body, and emotions. Soaking in a pool of bath salts and essential oils is a surefire way to help your, well everything, CHILL OUT.
This is self care time on a whole other level. The benefits of the bath salts themselves are worth the 20 minutes, and all you have to do is lay there. How beautiful is that?! Add essential oils targeted to a specific issue and you’ve got yourself a power spa of wellness, Baby! (Blends coming up!)
So, here’s a brief breakdown of the benefits of bath salts. For an adult, you only need 1 cup of these in your bath.
- Improved magnesium absorption
- Reduces pain and swelling in muscles and joints
- Promotes sleep
- Reduces stress
- Increases hydration
- Detoxifies the body
- Reduces muscle cramps
Pretty spectacular, right?!
This recipe uses a 1:1 ratio of the two bath salts, and I am laying it out 1 cup at a time. Please, feel free to put more together and store it in a large mason jar. I just find it much more manageable to get the oils and salts as one when this is done one cup at a time.
You will need:
- Bath salts (Epsom, Himalayan)
- Essential Oils (List below)
- Bowl for mixing
- 1 Cup measuring cup (dry ingredients)
- Mason jar(s)
Step 1: Sterilize your jar(s). To do this, wash them by hand in hot soapy water. Rinse them in scalding water. Set jars on a rack in a deep pot and cover with hot water (not boiling). Bring water to a boil, cover and boil the jars for 15 minutes, beginning when steam starts coming out of the pot. Turn off the heat, leaving the jars in the hot water for 10-15 min. Pull the jars out and let dry, inverted, on a towel. The goal is to fill them while they are still hot. While you wait for the jars to dry, throw the lids in the pot and boil for 5 minutes.
Step 2: Measure your bath salts into a bowl. Give them a little stir, then…
Step 3: Add your essential oils (20 drops MAX for every cup of bath salts). Don’t just let the drops collect in one spot. Let them fall all over the surface. This helps when you begin to stir. Which is what you do next!
Step 4: Stir it like you’re beating an egg. And by that I mean vigorously, without flinging salt everywhere. The idea is to get every grain of salt in contact with the essential oils so they’re blended.
Step 5: Pour/spoon salt blend into the jar, and screw on the lid.
Now LABEL your bath salts. Know what’s in there, and let others know what’s in there too.
NOTE: These make really great gifts (wink wink). For example, you can decorate your jar with fabric, twine, or ribbon. It truly is the kind of gift a person can soak up the goodness from.
OK, the two blends we’re making today are for stress and sleep. Enjoy!
Sleep Soundly Bath Salt Blend
1/2 Cup Epsom salts
1/2 Cup Himalayan Bath Salts
6 drops Bergamot oil
12 drops Lavender oil
2 drops Chamomile oil
Stress Melt Bath Salt Blend
1/2 cup Epsom salts
1/2 cup Himalayan Bath Salts
10 drops Margoram oil
5 drops Juniper oil
5 drops Clary Sage oil
Note: If any of these oils irritate you, here are other oils good for….
NOTE: Remember only 20 drops of essential oils per 1 cup of salts. More is not better!
You know, when you think about it, it seems that a good number of the oils that are helpful for relieving stress, also promote good sleep. Coincidence? Nope! Coincidences aren’t real.
Anywho, there are a number of possibilities for your bath. You can customize the oils you put into your bath salts for whatever ailments you want: overworked muscles, a cold or flu, a headache, depression, anxiety; to name a few. Nearly endless I tell you!
For more great bath salt blends we created for you click here.
OK, I hope you have enjoyed this DIY as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing it with you.
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