How I use essential oil bath salts to create the ultimate soothing bath
Sometimes it's amazing how much you benefit from little things like essential oil bath salts. Taking a nice soak in a hot bath is one of these things. Soaking in hot water is more powerful than one might think.
Hot water relaxes the body and better prepares us for falling asleep. When a tense body enters a warm bath, the hot water increases the body temperature and relaxes the muscles. Relaxing the muscles not only soothes us physically, but also mentally, and many of us need that peace of mind at the end of the day. That said, be attentive to your body - don't fall asleep in the bath and limit your stay to no more than 20 minutes.
While it is true that a shower is cleaner than a bath, a good soak in hot water after a shower can open up the pores in our skin, and if the water is clean then it can come in and wash some of the dirt and toxins from our skin. The result is fresher and cleaner skin.
Over-stretched Muscles can be relieved with a (clean) hot bath, which is the perfect ending to physical activity.
I like to mix up my own bath salts using essential oils and Epsom salt to experience the benefits of the magnesium rich epsom salts
If you aren't the bath type, you can easily reap the benefits of epsom salts by soaking your feet!!
Add 4-8 drops of essential oils to 1-2 cups of epsom salts.
You can also add sea salt, Baking soda or coconut oil
Some different blends of oils I've tried in the bath are:
- 4 drops Lavender and 4 drops Frankincense
- 4 drops Lavender and 4 drops Cedarwood
- 2 drops Lavender 2 drops Orange and 4 drops Cedarwood
- 4 drops Cedarwood and 4 drops Vetiver
- 4-8 drops Stress Away
- 2 drops Ylang Ylang and 4 drops Stress Away
- 4-8 drops Gentle Baby
- 4-8 drops Peace and Calming II
- 4-8 drops Lavender
- 4 drops Roman Chamomile, 2 drops Lavender and 3 drops Cedarwood
- 4 drops Peace and Calming II and 2 drops Lavender
- 2 drops Ylang Ylang 4 drops Lavender and 2 drops Orange
- 4 drops Stress Away and 4 drops Frankincense
- 4 drops Roman Chamomile and 4 drops Frankincense
- 4 drops Frankincense and 4 drops Sandalwood
- 4 drops Sandalwood and 4 drops Lavender
- 4 drops Lavender, 2 drops Geranium and 2 drops Roman Chamomile
Then I add 1 drop of Rose or Neroli to any of these combos if you are lucky enough to have a bottle.
As you can see the possibilities are endless!
The warm water also leaves the skin moist for longer, I love rubbing coconut oil on my skin when I get out of the bath.
Despite all the advantages, a regular soak in a hot bath is not recommended for everyone, so make sure that.
* You don't soak for more than 15-20 minutes each time.
* If you have a heart condition, consult with your doctor about taking hot baths.
* That you take something cold to drink with you, because we tend to sweat in a hot bath and can get dehydrated.
What is your favorite combination for a relaxing epsom salt bath? Please share in the comments!