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 and when you combine the power of epsom salt with the power of herbs, you’ve got yourself a wonderful healing, nourishing and soothing remedy that’s good for the body and soul.
I’m such a believer in herbal epsom salt baths, that I’m known to carry jars of my herbal epsom salts in my car to give as gifts to whoever I think may need an extra boost 🙂
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 Salt 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.