During the winter, I may have up to five epsom salt baths each week. A couple of years ago I had learned that this was an excellent way to draw toxins out of your system and for the past few winters, I have made it through without a cold or, knock on wood, the flu. Regardless of the time of year, these baths have become my go to self-care ritual, especially for the New and Full Moons each month.
With the help of the Emotions & Essential Oils guide, I make a unique blend depending on my current mood, whether it needs improvement or I simply need to chill out. Since giving up drinking almost five years ago, this is a surprisingly good substitute for the mixology of cocktails I loved to create. There’s a little bit of mad scientist inside me and playing with these oils not only offers me a positive distraction from whatever is going on in my mind, these botanical extracts offer support on so many levels of my emotional and physical state.
There were many times that I hopped in the tub, enveloped by the beautiful bespoke blend only to have forgotten all of the ingredients once my bath had ended. A few months ago, it occured to me to start a journal specifically for my essential oil blends crafted for each bath that I take. The process of choosing the oils is very serious business and sometimes I laugh at myself when I realize the bath is filled and I’m still choosing oils.
In this journal, I include the date and any significant information from the day that may correlate to my current state of mind. This has become super helpful as I can now simply scan the journal and grab one of my existing recipes when I don’t have the time or motivation to concoct something new.
Below is the recipe of my most recent blend to feel nourished, grounded, in-tune, rested and strengthened. I was not excited by this blend as I do it specifically by emotions rather than scent. I’m not a fan of Pachouli and I thought Basil was weird. When I slipped into this bath it felt like I was having dessert. It was delicious.
1 cup baking soda
1 cup Epsom Salts
1 TBSP Sunflower oil
3 drops Grapefruit
3 drops Pachouli
3 drops Fennel
3 drops Basil
After filling the bathtub, add the baking soda to the water. In a tall container with a lid, add the epsom salts followed by the sunflower oil. Add the essential oils by dropping them on top of the sunflower oil. Put lid on and shake vigorously until blended well. Take a few deep breaths from the container and then add to the bathwater. Put on your favorite chill music, light a candle and set the timer for 20 minutes. You’re welcome.
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What are your best self-care rituals? Please share in the comments!