It’s hard to believe we are once again at the end of the year. It’s a time to go inward, reflect, count our many blessings and set our intentions for 2017. It is also a hectic time as we celebrate the holiday season.
I would like to use this month’s blog entry to say thank-you to our readers and our community by sharing a recipe for aromatic bath salts to help you relax and rejuvenate during the hustle and bustle of December’s many festivities.
You will need Epsom salts, Bathing Salts (my favorite is Dead Sea Salts), Dendritic Salts or Baking Soda, and approximately 25 drops of essential oil.
Epsom salts help tired muscles, soothe the nervous system, reduce swelling and eliminate toxins. Soaking for twenty minutes in an Epsom salts bath will significantly raise one’s magnesium levels, aiding in the absorption of calcium.
Dead Sea Salts are a great source of potassium, magnesium and bromide. Potassium and bromide are especially helpful in recovering from intense workouts. Potassium helps improve oxidation as well. Potassium is key to the absorption of nourishment as well as aiding in the elimination of toxins. Bromide also helps gently cleanse and detoxify.
Dendritic Salt is a very fine-grained salt whose crystals are shaped like stars. The greater surface area in dendritic salt helps extend the shelf life of your bath salts by helping to retain the fragrance for a longer period of time.
Baking Soda soothes the skin while also gently cleaning. It can also help to retain the fragrance, but not as well as Dendritic salt.
A safety note when using essential oils: These powerful oils can eat through plastic utensils and will penetrate wood. When working with essential oils, always use glass bowls and metal utensils. Do not get essential oils directly on skin as most can burn unless mixed with a carrier oil.
How to make Aromatic Bath Salts:
In a GLASS bowl, mix one tablespoon of either Dendritic Salt or Baking soda and one quarter cup of Epsom Salt with 25 drops of essential oil. You can use 25 drops of one essential oil - for instance, Lavender - or a combination of essential oils for a fun blend.
Use a metal fork to thoroughly mix the essential oils with the Dendritic salts or baking soda. Either cover the bowl with a towel or put in an airtight jar (a covered mason jar works well) and let sit overnight. This “breathing period” allows the essential oils to fully permeate the salts/baking soda. The next day, mix one-half cup of the Dead Sea Salts with the essential oil/salt mixture. Store in an airtight glass jar. This yields a little over three quarters of a cup of Aromatic Bath Salts. You can use as much as you’d like in your tub or footbath and it generally lasts for several months.
I shared this basic recipe in a demo at this year’s Wintergreen Market. Special thanks to those participants who attended that talk as together we came up with a beautiful formula for a relaxing and rejuvenating aromatherapy blend. I offer that blend here, in case anyone would like to use a combination of essential oils rather than just one fragrance.
Relaxing/Rejuvenating Bath Salt blend:
8 drops of Lavender essential oil
5 drops of Spearmint essential oil
5 drops of Litsea Cubeba essential oil
7 drops of Tangerine (Mandarin) essential oil
Lavender is calming, soothing and balancing. Spearmint is gently uplifting and rejuvenating. Tangerine is excellent for stress and calming to the nervous system. Litsea Cubeba has an uplifting citrus aroma that helps to gently energize and refresh.
There are many sources for good quality essential oils. Among my favorites are Aromatherapy International and Floracopeia.
As always, thank you for your continued support of Herbstalk and reading the blog. I personally feel quite blessed to be part of this herbal community. Wishing you a blessed holiday season and a healthy and Happy New Year!
Patrice Green is an Herbal Educator, Certified Aromatherapist, Energy Medicine and Reiki Practitioner and founder of Green Aromatics. She is also the Assistant Director at the Boston School of Herbal Studies. She received her herbal training at the Boston School of Herbal Studies, and shamanic training from Isa Gucciardi, Ph. D. at the Sacred Stream in Berkley, CA. Inspired by time spent among the coastal Redwoods of Muir Woods and its beach, Green Aromatics strives to imbue its products and services with the same resilience, joy and equanimity of these majestic beings. Patrice may be reached through the Green Aromatics website.