How to Make Bath Salts with Essential Oils

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Need a little R & R? Bath salts made with essential oils combine the best of both worlds–Relaxation and Regeneration.

Relaxation–Therapeutic grade essential oils are known for their relaxing benefits because the “sense of smell is directly linked to the limbic lobe of the brain where anxiety, depression, fear, anger, and joy all emanate.”1.  Smelling an essential oil has profound physiological and psychological effects because the “limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance.”2. So adding essential oils to your bath salts lowers your stress levels which brings about relaxation.

Regeneration-Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, discovered the therapeutic qualities of seawater by noticing the healing affects it had on the injured hands of fishermen. Epsom Salts and Sea Salts contain magnesium sulfate which “can be absorbed into the skin, reducing inflammation” and improving circulation. Bath salts reduce back pain, muscle tension or spasms, and minor sports injuries. They’re great for easing the tension in stiff, sore, muscles and aching feet and legs. They are “the right thing to give back the energy that we lost”. Maintaining magnesium levels helps our body to regenerate.

So let’s get started making our own bath salts with Young Living essential oils.

You will need:
Air tight glass jar or bottle
Epsom Salts or Sea Salts
Your favorite essential oil (the oil used in the video is the blend called Joy)
funnel
1/3 measuring cup

Upliftment–Citrus Oils including Geranium
Grounding–Sacred Mountain (men like this one)
Invigorating–Peppermint, Cedarwood (another one for men) and Eucalyptus
Sore or achy muscles–Idaho Balsam Fir (men like this one), Pine, Spruce
Relaxation–Lavender

Instructions: Just keep layering 1/3 cups of epsom salt or sea salt with five drops of essential oil into your bottle. Shake it, then layer some more until the bottle is full. Don’t shake it too much or the salts will become too impacted and they won’t come out of your bottle when you need them.

Bath Time: Plug your tub as you normally would and let the hot water begin to flow at the temperature you like. Portion out 1/3 cup (about a fist full) of your essential oil infused Bath Salts and shake it under your stream of hot water into your bath tub. Bathe for 20 minutes and then rinse. Enjoy your R & R (Relaxation and Regeneration).

Bonus: Go here to print the label I used on the bottle in the video.

References:
1. “Sense of smell is directly linked to the limbic lobe of the brain where anxiety, depression, fear, anger, and joy all emanate”. Third Edition Essential Oils Desk Reference, Chapter 2, Page 12.
2.”Limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance.” Third Edition Essential Oils Desk Reference, Chapter 2, Page 12.

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  1. [...] Take a salt bath…there are a few types of different salts and ways to combine them.  Here are several articles relating to how salt baths can be WONDERFUL for you, plus you can add Essential Oils. My favorite is just getting 2 lbs of Sea Salt from the grocery store and pouring them all in the bath at once, soaking for 20-30min, then wash and rinse off as usual. I also have used Epsom Salts and sometimes added baking soda as well. All great ways to detox and relieve stress naturally. http://www.ehow.com/about_5522760_healing-properties-rock-salt.html,  http://tiffanyrowan.com/essentialoils/crafts/how-to-make-bath-salts-with-essential-oils/,  http://www.naturalingredient.org/Articles/salt.htm,  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bath_salts,  [...]

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