Epsom salts support stress reduction and soothe sore muscles. Epsom salts are a natural emollient that is rich in the essential mineral magnesium, which is the second most abundant element in our cells and the fourth most important positively charged ion in the body. Bathing in and exfoliating with Epsom salts are known to draw toxins from the body, sedate the nervous system, reduce pain and swelling, and relax sore muscles.
Soak for Cold and Flu
This all-natural, therapeutic bath soak helps to relieve symptoms such as congestion, body aches, chills, sore throat, headaches, tension, stiffness, and many other signs of common colds and flu. The spices and the heat of the bath will make you sweat, in a good way! The sweating draws out toxins, pollutants, and impurities from your body. The detoxification process will continue after the bath, so be sure to drink lots of healthy fluids and pure, clean water. This bath will also help relieve dry, itchy skin. This batch is large enough so you can have it on hand for the cold and flu season!
- 4 cups Epsom salts
- 1⁄3 cup ground ginger
- 11⁄2 teaspoons ground cloves
- 11⁄2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1⁄3 cup sweet almond
- 18 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 14 drops peppermint essential oil
How to prepare:
Place the Epsom salts, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon in the mixing bowl and stir together with the spoon. Thoroughly disperse the ground spices throughout the salt. Add the sweet almond oil a little at a time, stirring in between. Next, stir in the essential oils, a little at a time. Break up any oily clumps with the back of the spoon, stirring until you achieve a uniform blend.
How to store:
Put the mixture into your jars, label with an expiration date of 1 year, and cap tightly.
- Sweet Citrus: 8 drops chamomile, 24 drops lemon, 34 drops sweet orange, 20 drops lime
- Sunny Day: 10 drops chamomile, 32 drops sweet orange, 20 drops lemon, 18 drops lavender
- Herbal Morning: 18 drops rosemary, 30 drops lavender, 16 drops tea tree, 18 drops peppermint
- Flower Power: 30 drops sweet orange, 30 drops rose geranium, 20 drops ylang-ylang
- Karma Sharma: 24 drops patchouli, 24 drops lavender, 30 drops sweet orange
- Herbal Luxe: 20 drops rosemary, 10 drops cardamom, 10 drops patchouli, 30 drops lemon
- Freshly: 28 drops peppermint, 20 drops eucalyptus, 30 drops lemon
- Lavender: 90 drops lavender
- Minty: 45 drops spearmint, 30 drops peppermint
How to store:
Store in a sealed jar labeled with contents and expiration date of 6 months.
How to use:
Draw a bath. When the tub is full, add a 1⁄4 cup or the desired amount of bath salts to the water and swish around. Get in the tub and soak for at least 20 minutes, or longer to enjoy maximum therapeutic benefits of the active botanical ingredients. When you are finished soaking, rinse off in the shower to remove the sweat and toxins you released as you bathed. After a bath is also the perfect time to use a body scrub, as your skin is softened and easily exfoliated. Follow with moisturizer if desired.
Detoxifying Seaweed Body Wrap
Seaweed wraps are popular in high-end spas for their advanced body slimming, detoxification, and replenishing effects on the skin and the whole body. This Detoxifying Seaweed Body Wrap is formulated with antioxidant-rich green tea, magnesium-rich Epsom salts, and kaolin clay, which work together to draw out the toxins, impurities, and excess water weight from your system while fortifying and re-mineralizing your cells. The coconut water increases hydration and the skin’s ability to absorb nutrients, and the lavender essential oil brings a touch of relaxing aromatherapy, adding a fresh, natural scent to temper the seaweed. This recipe will help alleviate cellulite, sluggish circulation, sore muscles, and dull or congested skin, and is beneficial for use on face and body for all skin types.
- One tablespoon Epsom salts
- 1⁄2–3⁄4 cup coconut water
- 12 drops lavender essential oil
- 1⁄8 cup kelp powder
- 1⁄8 cup green tea powder
- 1⁄3 cup kaolin clay
How to prepare:
Dissolve the Epsom salts in the coconut water by placing in a mixing bowl and stirring gently. Add the lavender essential oil and stir. Add the kelp and green tea powders and stir gently. Lastly, add the kaolin clay and blend until you have a uniform consistency. If you need to adjust the texture, add more coconut water or kaolin clay a little at a time, as necessary to achieve an easily spreadable paste.
How to store:
This mask is best used fresh. You can mix the powders ahead of time and store them in a tight-sealing jar. Mix the coconut water with the powders just before each use. Store any leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator and use up within a day or two.
How to use:
Apply to clean damp skin in small, upward motions. Start with your body and finish with your face. Once you’ve covered your body, you can wrap yourself in plastic wrap to amplify the effect. This will be easier if you have someone help you, but it is possible to do it yourself.
To get started, step on the end of the plastic and wrap up one leg at a time, wrap your torso, and then wrap one arm at a time. Wrap yourself in towels, a sheet, or blanket that you don’t mind getting some of the masks on. Find a nice place to relax for at least 20 minutes, up to an hour for a maximum benefit.
Apply the mask to your face 15 minutes before you plan to wash off, avoiding the eye area. To remove, get in the shower and rinse well. Remove the mask from your face first and finish with your body. Do not scrub the mask off; rather, thoroughly saturate with water and gently wipe off with a soft cloth. Towel dry and apply your favorite moisturizer to your body. For your face, follow with toner and moisturizer.
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