When your week gets busy as you take care of others, all your daily tasks and responsibilities in life there is one more I want you to addd to your list. . .YOU! Don’t forget to show yourself some love too.
One of my favorite ways to practice self-love is by relaxing in a nice hot, soothing bath with some homemade healing bath salts. This is an excellent way to nourish and revitalize your body from the outside in. I like to blend Epsom salt, Sea salt, baking soda and mix in some essential oils to create a healing and relaxing home spa experience by just laying back relaxing and soaking in all the goodness that these ingredients have to offer.
All it takes is a 15 minute soak 2-3 times a week to restore vital minerals that are essential for many body functions.
Epsom salt was originally discovered at a bitter saline spring named Epsom in Surrey, England. It is a natural exfoliate and an anti-inflammatory remedy and also boasts many other benefits including; relieving sore and painful muscles, improving circulation, aiding in detoxification, moisturizing dry skin, combating constipation and helping the body to relax and let go of stress.
Epsom salt is actually not really a salt at all. It is a natural occurring pure mineral compound consisting of magnesium and sulfate. More than half of all Americans have a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is important for regulating enzyme activity and enzymes are responsible for all body functions. Sulfate plays a role in the formation of brain tissue, joint proteins and also helps to strengthen the walls of the digestive tract.
Because magnesium and sulfate are both absorbed through the skin, soaking in an Epsom salt bath for at least 15 minutes helps to restore these vital minerals to your body.
Sea salt will exfoliate as well as provide a rich moisturizing effect for your skin, other benefits include; increased circulation, antiseptic effects, reduced fluid retention, aids the skin in releasing toxins, and it helps restore a protective barrier to the skin.
Baking soda is soothing to the skin and will help your skin be less irritated by the healing salts in your bath. It also neutralizes the acids on your skin and helps to promote the elimination of toxins. Baking soda can help refresh, renew and soften dry irritated skin.
Essential oils offer a wide range of health benefits and can be used individually or combined for a synergistic affect. Here are some of my favorite oil blends to add into healing bath salts.
Lavender + Bergamot = Relaxation
Eucalyptus + Peppermint = Clear Sinuses
Lemon + Rosemary = A Clear Mind
Geranium + lavender = Calming & Grounding
Orange + Clove = Uplifting & Strengthening
Now just turn on some of your favorite music, light some candles and sit back and relax. You deserve it!Print
Healing Bath Salts
1 cup Sea Salt (Himalayan pink salt or Real Salt™)
1 cup Epsom Salt
1/2 cup Baking Soda
10–20 drops of your favorite essential oil blend*
In a mixing bowl add all the ingredients together and stir until combined. Store in an airtight glass container.
Run a bath at the desired temperature, pour in 1/4 – 1/2 cup Healing Bath Salts and swirl around until it dissolves.
Soak in the tub for at least 15 minutes. For optimal benefits soak 2 – 3 times per week.
*Favorite oil blends:
Relaxing Blend: Lavender + Bergamot, add 10 drops of each oil
Clearing Congestion: Eucalyptus + Peppermint, add 10 drops of each oil
Clear Mind: Lemon + Rosemary, add 10 drops of each oil
Calming and grounding: Geranium + Lavender , add 5 drops geranium and 10 drops lavender.
Uplifting: Orange + Clove, add 5 drops of each oil.