If you have access to a bathtub, you can have a timeout of epic proportions. Here’s how.
Go to your local drugstore and pick up some plain Epsom salts. You may have to hunt for them; the last time I visited a Walgreens, they had “flavored” salts very prominently, erroneously labeled as “aromatherapy bath,” and “lavender aromatherapy.” When you read the ingredients, you will see it’s all coal-tar derivatives, not the real thing. So look for plain epsom salts and make sure it’s pure. If you don’t already have it, grab some baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate. You will need two or three 100% essential oils; my favorites for relaxing are lavender, bergamot, and ylang-ylang.
In a large cup, that holds about 16 fluid ounces, pour 3/4 full of Epsom salts. Then fill the remaining 1/4 with the baking soda. Put no more than ten drops total of the essential oils on top of the salts. I usually do five of lavender, three of bergamot, and two of ylang-ylang, but that’s up to you. Then stir the mixture thoroughly. Note – for some reason, my girl cat LOVES epsom salts and will go bananas for it, so you might want to keep this away from cats if you have them. It won’t hurt them, but it’s annoying to have them digging around the trash bin for the empty salt bag when you’re trying to chill out in the tub.
Once your mixture is thoroughly mixed, start the hot water in the tub. Get it to a temperature you like, stopper the tub, and then pour the salt into the stream of water. Before you get in, swirl around the water and make sure the salt has dissolved. I find that if I don’t do that, the essential oils, which must be used in dilution, will irritate the skin on the back of my calves. Granted, I have very sensitive skin, but do keep in mind that essential oils are highly concentrated. Bathe as you would normally.
It’s a fabulous restorative, particularly for nerves frayed by holiday fuss and bother.
– E.E. Cummings
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