Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Lavender Bath Salts

There are so many things you can do with essential oils!   This particular recipe can benefit the entire household.   The power of lavender and Epsom Salts combined can have a very natural relaxing effect.

Let's talk first about the benefits of Epsom Salts:

1. Epsom Salt helps kids (& Adults) sleep:

Through the stresses in life, magnesium is drained from the body. The average person is already deficient in magnesium, so this draining removes even the small amount a person has in store. Magnesium helps to produce that calming effect we get from seretonian. The result of bathing in Epsom Salt and absorbing the magnesium are: improved sleep, concentration, and relaxed muscles.

2. Espom salt boosts the immune system:

It's cough, cold and flu season! Epsom Salt can help boost the immune system. Bathing in Epsom Salt helps stimulate the lymphnode system and circulate oxygen through the body. In turn it keeps toxins at bay in the body which can naturally drain the body and decrease immunity.

Lavender has amazing benefits! The health benefits of lavender essential oil include its ability to eliminate nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin, manage insomnia, enhance blood circulation and treat respiratory problems. The Latin name of lavender is Lavare, which means “to wash”, due to its aroma which has a particularly clean aroma.

Combine the benefits of lavender and Epsom salts and you have one powerful relaxing bath!  

This recipe is good for not just adults but good for kids too who may need a little extra help relaxing before bedtime.

Feel free to experiment with the recipe a bit.   Crushing up dried lavender and adding it to the salts would add some charm to the salts, or adding a drop of color:) 

What you will need:

  • 1 cup Epsom Salt
  • 1/2 cup Real Salt, Sea Salt, or a high-quality mineral-rich salt 
  • 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 1/4 cup crushed lavender  optional (helps give the calming lavender smell and effect and it is pretty! )
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil (this is not mixed in the salt formula, but added at time of bath) 

How To:

If using dried lavender, simply crush it. You can use a morter and pestle 

In a storage container, glass is best because essential oils can react to most plastic containers,  add the Epsom Salt, Real Salt, and crushed dried lavender. Mix the ingredients together. 

Once combined, add the lavender essential oil. Mix the oil throughout the salts.

Seal the container and use 1/3 cup per bath. While the warm water is drawn, I also add 1 Tablespoon coconut oil. You can also add apple cider vinegar to help with immune-boosting, particularly while fighting a cold.

If adding color you do this to the Epsom salts separately.  A little goes a long way... 1 or two drops I the salt and stir until salts are colored.

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