With hectic lifestyles being the new normal, sometimes we can let stress interfere with our enjoyment in life. One thing that I think is so vital to my well being is to simply slow down. Even if only for 5 minutes. I even try to walk slower when I am feeling rushed. One of my favorite things to do is sit in my rocking chair in front of our fireplace with a cup of hot coffee (or wine in the evening) and simply rock slowly and enjoy my moment.
Another great way to enjoy your slow down moment is soaking in a warm bath with lavender bath salts. (bubbles optional) This is a triple dose of stress reducing tactics that will have you stopping to smell the roses all day long. Or give you an incredible nights sleep.
**Please understand that I am not an expert on lavender, Epsom salt and sea salt. The following information is here to explain why I chose the ingredients for my bath salt recipe. It is not intended to be medical advice or make claims. If you have a medical condition such as diabetes, consult with a doctor before using.
Why lavender? Lavender is an incredible plant. The essential oils derived from lavender has an abundance of benefits. Aromatherapists say, when you inhale the scent of lavender, it reaches into the amygdala gland which is the part of the brain that controls our emotions, creating a calming effect on the mind. As an added bonus, lavender is good for your skin. It helps with dryness, eczema and dermatitis. Make sure to purchase lavender essential oil and not an artificial product. Artificial lavender could cause irritation of your skin.
Why Epsom salt AND sea salt. I think the first thing is to explain is that Epsom salt isn’t actually salt. Surprise! Epsom salt is actually magnesium sulfate in crystal form. Sea salt or sodium chloride is the only real salt you will find in this recipe.
The benefits of an Epsom salt bath is amazing. It is said to lower blood pressure, and reduce stress, flush toxins, ease inflammation and muscle pain, improve heart and circulatory health, improve oxygen use and even eases migraine headaches. Magnesium deficiency in the body has been associated with arthritis, joint pain, digestion issues, heart disease and stress. Magnesium is easily absorbed through the skin, making an Epsom salt bath a great way to give your body a magnesium boost.
Sea salt has some similar benefits to Epsom salt. It also reduce stress, enhances circulation. It also detoxifies and cleanses your skin. Sea salt also softens the water and makes a bit silkier bath. I have also read that it creates negative ions into the air when mixed with warm water. Negative ions are said to create serotonin which in turn reduces stress and creates feelings of well being. So envision walking on the beach and breathing in that amazing salt air. Enjoy your bath!
Lavender Bath Salts Recipe
- 2 cups Epsom salt
- 1/2 cup sea salt
- 2 teaspoons grapeseed oil – You can use almond, jojoba or any other carrier oil
- 5-10 drops lavender essential oil (important** do not use artificial lavender)
- a few drops of purple (or red and blue) food coloring to desired hue. (optional)
- In a medium sized bowl, combine all ingredients until completely combined. I use the food coloring as my guide. Once the color is evenly distributed I know I have mixed the ingredients thoroughly.
- Store in a decorative clear glass jar. Make extra to give as gifts.
- Use 1/2 cup per bath .