Heaven at home - aromatic bath blend ideas.
Although each of our circumstances are differing in these times, I feel as a collective many of us are feeling a little out of balance and not quite ourselves. Some of us may be stretched to our capacity whilst juggling a range of tasks and roles. Or we may be feeling low, despondent and unmotivated not knowing what the future may hold with regards to work and finances.
My only advice, speaking from heart, is to take each day as it comes, and try and be as present as you can in each moment. Gratitude is my go to, reminding myself of all I have, and how lucky I am to live here.
As I am unable to treat you face to face at the moment, I have created some home care ideas to keep you balanced. The first is the use of essential oils in your bath in order to rebalance and destress.
Aromatic baths can be used to uplift, revive, soothe and comfort throughout these times. A morning soak will revitalise and refresh you for the day ahead, by using refreshing and stimulating oils such as grapefruit and basil. Whereas bathing before bedtime can help give a restful and deep nights sleep by using relaxing and sedative oils such as lavender and frankincense. Baths are also extremely useful to treat both muscular pain and tension, I often turn to a blend of rosemary, lavender and marjoram in times when my body aches and to alleviate worry.
When a bath is not available, a warming footbath can be used as an alternative.
The benefits of Epsom salts in aromatic baths
I like to add Epsom salts to my bath, as I find them to be incredibly relaxing, soothing for tired muscles and easing stress.
Adding Epsom salts to your bath help restore your magnesium.
According to studies, stress can decrease your magnesium levels Epsom salt baths can help that and thus it promotes relaxation, good health, and even helps improve your mood.
Taking an Epsom salt bath is a great addition to your detox regimen or just as a general detox. The sulphates in Epsom salt help draw the toxins and heavy metals out of your body which can also help improve health and promote a general feeling of wellness.
Make your skin softer and smoother.
The exfoliating qualities in Epsom salt makes it a great home remedy for rough, dry skin. This is especially useful for people who have skin conditions like eczema. Much like everything else about these wonderful salts, it can promote wellness and help improve conditions.
Reduce pain caused by inflammation.
Between Epsom salt and the warm water of the bath itself, you can help reduce pain caused by inflammation. Whether it’s a strain or a sprain, a bruise, or other minor injuries that are caused by inflammation. It can also help with general muscle soreness caused by things like exercise or other extraneous exertions.
Improve your sulphate levels.
As we mentioned earlier, Epsom salt has sulphates. Not only do these help extract toxins from your body but they can also help promote wellness. When absorbed through the skin, sulphates can promote good skin, joint and nervous system tissue.
A guide to usage:
If you weigh:
Between 27 and 45 kg, 1 cup
Between 45 and 68 kg, 1 ½ cup
Over 68 kg, 2 cups
Aromatic bath blend ideas
The relaxing and soothing effects of essential oils are a wonderful supporter in these challenging times.
Add up to 6 to 8 drops of essential oils (in total) to the water and agitate vigorously to disperse the droplets evenly before getting in. Enjoy...
An uplifting warming bath on cold winter days...
Ginger, orange and mandarin.
A beautiful blend to uplift and warm the body and emotions on a chilly lockdown evening. Orange to uplift mood and disperse gloomy thoughts and fear of the unknown, ginger to warm the body and emotions and mandarin to inspire and strengthen.
A bath to brighten mood, nurture and comfort...
Lemon, marjoram and patchouli.
Lemon to bring joy, alleviate worry and dispel sluggishness, marjoram to dispel loneliness, warming the emotions and soothing all forms of agitation, and patchouli to nurture, nourish, comfort and ground.
A bath to soothe frazzled nerves, comfort and reassure...
Mandarin, lavender, frankincense.
Mandarin for joy and ease, lavender to soothe, rebalance and relax. Its balancing effects calms stormy states by bringing feelings under control. Frankincense to slow mind ensuring comfort and strengthening in times of challenge.
Aromatic baths to uplift mood, inspire, energise and awaken...
Orange, grapefruit and rosemary.
Orange to dispel depression and sadness and bring force joy, grapefruit, wonderfully uplifting, brightening up dark moods and rosemary, inspiring and clarifying with its fresh, keen scent. It is wonderful to increase creativity by lifting exhaustion and awakening the heart.
Lime, mandarin and basil.
Lime, beautifully refreshing , revitalizing and uplifting to a tired mind, mandarin to inspire and basil, wonderful to relieve mental fatigue and sharpen the mind.
A bath to ease muscular aches and tensions...
Marjoram, lavender and rosemary.
Marjoram especially useful for tired and stiff muscles and promoting restful sleep. Lavender wonderful for muscular and rheumatic aches and pains. Rosemary. Very good for rheumatic and muscular pain, especially tired, stiff and over worked muscles. It warms cold limbs, especially during the winter.
A rebalancing bath to deeply relax and let go...
Bergamot, geranium and frankincense.
Bergamot, wonderfully uplifting and balancing, helping us to open up and let go. Geranium, calming and refreshing, balancing the secretion of hormones and great when we feel depleted and blue. Frankincense, great to reduce stress by slowing the mind, bringing calm and comfort. I do hope you enjoy these aromatic bathing ideas. My next article will feature aromatherapy body scrubs that you can make and use at home.