Soothing Bath Salts with a Kick – Add Essential Oils
So now that you know about adding Epsom Salts to your bath, try adding a few drops of Essential Oils to your bath, for a double whammy for aching muscles, skin abrasions and also headaches, insomnia, menstrual cramps, stress and anxiety.
Depending on which Essential Oil you choose, you can be helping in different ways. Here are a few essential oils that I like, and use for myself and in my massage therapy practice:
Lavender Oil – anti-bacterial; anti-viral; and anti-inflammatory properties; assisting in the respiratory system to repair and protect; insomnia; burns; skin conditions; menstrual/PMS problems; high blood pressure; nervous tension
Lemon Oil – great for the circulatory system and blood flow – varicose veins, rheumatism, arthritis, blood pressure and nose bleeds; improves impaired memory, gout, liver and kidney cleansing, urinary tract infections, anxiety, insomnia, hair, acne and skin conditions
Sage Oil – menstrual and PMS problems, liver issues, hair loss, skin conditions – dandruff, asthma, bronchitis, digestion, lymphatic system, night sweats, metabolism
Eucalyptus Oil – a go-to essential oil for the winter! Respiratory and sinus infections; viral infections (herpes family – cold sores), Candida, acne, bronchitis, rheumatism, arthritis, muscle aches and pains, diabetes, migraines, wounds
My personal favourite is to use a blend of Lavender, Lemon and Sage Essential Oils in an Olive Oil base. I use this daily in my Massage Therapy treatments.
When I have a bad sinus infection or pesky cold, I like to have a Steam Tent with Eucalyptus Essential Oil added. It works every time!
So experiment. Add one or a blend of essential oils to your next bath. I’m sure you’ll like it.
By Donita Spencer, RMT