I believe less stress is a huge part of the total health equation. One of my very favorite ways to de-stress, relax and unwind is by taking baths. I’ve talked about the importance of Epsom Salts HERE so I was super excited to find this recipe for a homemade relaxing bath soak from Stephanie of Naturally Mindful. Wouldn’t this make such a beautiful gift for the upcoming holidays, too? 🙂
Stephanie’s blog is full of goodies for those that love natural living and real food so I hope you’ll check it out. Her latest recipe for elderberry gummies are so good (kids love ’em!) and perfect for cold and flu prevention. She also has some great recipes for raw energy balls that I especially enjoy (see them HERE).
I hope you enjoy Stephanie’s bath soak recipe as much as I have. I’m making a huge batch, packing it up in glass jars (I totally love THESE jars – aren’t they pretty?!) and giving them out as small gifts this holiday.
If you a regular Primally Inspired reader as I am, I don’t have to tell you that bubble baths or commercial bath soaks may contain synthetic ingredients that do more than harm than good, right? So let’s focus on making a bath soak that is natural and healthy for our skin.
Lavender Eucalyptus Bath Soak
Soaks and bath salts have been used historically for medicinal purposes since the times of Hippocrates, when he used to use salt water to heal many different ailments, and for beauty purposes since the times of Cleopatra when she used to soak in milk baths. Bath soaks offer therapeutic benefits as well cosmetics benefits.
Epsom Salts is the common name for the naturally occurring magnesium sulfate. Magnesium is dubbed by many a miracle mineral. It is responsible for the regulation of over 300 enzymes in our bodies, relives stress, aids in the proper function of muscles, and reduces inflammation.
Sulfate flushes toxins and heavy metals from the cells helping our bodies eliminate harmful substances.
Lavender essential oil as well as the dry flowers are well know for their relaxing properties. A study revealed lavender impacts the autonomic nervous system, hence the reason it is used to treat insomnia (source). Eucalyptus is used to treat respiratory problems, from congestion to asthma. It is also great for relieving muscle pain due to it’s analgesic properties.
All of these ingredients make this recipe the perfect soak after a long day, but particularly during a cold or after strenuous activity.
- 2 cups Epsom Salts (Find them HERE)
- 1/2 cup dry lavender (Find it HERE)
- 5-6 drops pure lavender essential oil (Find it HERE)
- 10 drops pure eucalyptus essential oil (Find it HERE)
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, fill bathtub with very warm water, add the combined ingredients, and soak for about 20 to 30 minutes.
Word of caution: before getting up take a couple deep breaths to allow oxygen back to the brain, and get up slowly. Epson Salts can make you feel a little lightheaded if not used to regular soaks.
Stephanie Heald is a mom, a wife, and a currently a nursing student with a focus on alternative medicine. She writes at Naturally Mindful
where she makes going green and healthy attainable to families getting
started in the wonderful world of eco-consciousness. She believes in
real food and living as natural as possible…and why not, leaving behind a
better planet for our children. Visit her on Facebook or on Pinterest.