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Cedar Citrus Bath Salts Help You Sleep when You Have a Cold

by Andrea Butje on January 04, 2016

For those of you feeling under the weather or if you have a cold, it can be tough to feel rejuvenated and inspired for new beginnings. Do you have some favorite "feel better" practices for that?

I often suggest taking a warm bath with comforting, decongesting essential oils. The warm water helps sore, achy muscles release tension, so your body feels more relaxed, and the essential oils help open your sinuses, so it’s easier to sleep when you have a cold.

Using essential oils in baths is so popular. I think that’s because it’s simple—and so luxurious! There are a lot of ways to use essential oils in your bath, which we talk about in Aromahead’s free class, the Introduction to Essential Oils.

Blending the oils into bath salt is one of my personal favorites. I’d like to share a great recipe for helping you sleep when you have a cold.

I use very relaxing oils for this recipe. Cedarwood and Sweet Orange fit the bill! Cedarwood is very calming, perfect for bedtime, and Sweet Orange has a comforting, uplifting aroma. Together, they give you that “I feel so happy and sleepy” feeling.

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Make your blend in a 2 oz (60 ml) PET plastic jar. I actually prefer glass jars, but if I’m going to use my blend around the bathtub, I’ll use PET plastic. It won’t shatter if my hands are slippery and I accidentally drop it. (PET plastic is known as a non-reactive plastic that doesn’t leach. In cases where glass isn't ideal, PET plastic is a good choice.)

  • 2 oz (56 gm) pink Himalayan salts
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) castile soap 
  • 3 drops Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)
  • 2 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)

There are different grains of Himalayan salt available. I like to use the medium grain, but any kind will work.

Pour your pink salts and castile soap into the jar. Then all you have to do is drop the essential oils into the blend. Stir gently with a glass stirring rod or the flat end of a spoon to distribute the oils more evenly through the salt.

This is just enough for one bath, so you can see how well you like it before you make enough for several uses. If you do want to make more, I recommend only making enough to keep around for a few weeks and then making a new, fresh jar.

Now lay back, relax, and enjoy!

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Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

Topics: Recipes and Blends, bath salts, orange essential oil, cedarwood essential oil

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