Few activities are as soothing and relaxing as taking a warm bath; soaking seems to ease not only sore muscles but emotional tension as well. A warm bath makes everything better.With winter right around the corner, colds may try to sneak in and wreck havoc in our homes and families.
Adding essential oils can truly turn the experience into a healing bath. Warmed by the bath water, the skin is more permeable to the oils, which can then enter the bloodstream in a faster manner, releasing their therapeutic effects.
Here is a recipe for essential oil bath salts.
1 1/2 cups Epsom Salt
1/2 cup Coarse Salt
1/2 Baking Soda
15 - 20 drops Essential Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Lavender
green food coloring (if desired)
Combine baking soda, salt/epsom salt and mix well until combined.
Drop small amounts water into the mix and stir until you get the consistency of slightly wet sand.
Mixture should hold together when squeezed without crumbling but should not appear wet at all. You may need to add slightly more water if it hasn’t achieved this consistency yet.
Here are some tips on how to use bath salts:
~Bathe for no longer than 20 minutes, staying in the tub longer dries out the skin.
~ Never take a bath on a full stomach; it irritates the digestive system.
~ Use a bath pillow or rolled hand towel to support your head; it will allow you to relax more easily.
~ Add oils to the bath water just before you get in, so they don't evaporate and lose their therapeutic value to soon. You want their full benefit while you are in the tub.
This simple recipe can be made in minutes, but go ahead and make some up to have ready, you won't feel like mixing it up when a cold hits! Then you'll be prepared to soak and feel better!