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.
Cedar Citrus Bath Salts
- 2 oz (56 gm) pink Himalayan salts
- 1 tbsp (15 ml) jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
- 3 drops Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)
- 2 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
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.)
There are different grains of Himalayan salt available. I like to use the medium grain, but any kind will work.
Pour your pink salts into the jar.
Add the essential oils to the jojoba, then stir gently into the salt with a glass stirring rod or the handle of a stainless steel spoon to distribute evenly through the salt.
Note: Carrier oils can make the bathtub slippery. Another option is to use Castile soap to disperse the essential oils in the bath water.
If you prefer to use Castile soap, simply add the essential oils to 1 tablespoon of Castile soap. Castile soap can sometimes cause the salt to harden, so we recommend adding the salt directly to the bath water.
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!