Who doesn’t need some relaxation these days, particularly around the holidays? I love epsom salt and lavender so this easy, DIY recipe is a win and takes two seconds to put together!
Epsom salt is fantastic for relieving aches as well as detoxifying the body. The active ingredients in epsom salt are magnesium and sulfur, which absorb through your skin when you soak. This healing salt is responsible for reducing inflammation, soothing itchy skin (sulfur), relieving sore muscles and stiff joints, lowering stress (magnesium), exfoliating skin and eliminating toxins from the body.
The stress-reducing benefits of Epsom salt may come from magnesium, which regulates blood pressure and promotes healthy nerve function. (Livestrong)
Lavender is incredibly relaxing for the body and therapeutic-grade oils can be used for skin abrasions, cuts, wounds, etc. “Research has confirmed that lavender produces slight calming, soothing, and sedative effects when its scent is inhaled” (source).
DIY Lavender Bath & Foot Soak Recipe
- Epsom salt – you can find this at Walgreens, Rite Aid or any local store that has a pharmacy. I bought a 6 lb. bag for $5.99
- Course sea salt (optional)
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Dried Lavender Flowers
- Mason Jars (16 oz. for bath soak, half pint size for foot soak)
- Label of your choice
- Baker’s twine
Now comes the easy part. You can mix it all up in a bowl and pour into your jar or layer it.
Layer how-to: Fill your mason jar with epsom salt 1/4th of the way up, then sprinkle a bit of course sea salt on top of the epsom salt, it doesn’t have to be exact. 🙂
Then, drop 3-5 drops of lavender oil on top of the salts, close lid and shake.
Take the lid off, sprinkle in a bit of dried lavender flowers. Close the lid and shake some more.
Repeat this process until you get to the top of the jar. When its full, place a label of your choice on the top of the mason jar lid, write the name of your soak, secure the lid, tie baker’s twine around it and you’re good to go!
I chose half-pint size mason jars shown in the pics for my foot soak. You can make your own labels or choose from a variety of mason jar pre-made labels.
Directions for a bath soak: Fill a bathtub with warm to hot water, pour entire contents of a 16 oz. mason jar/2 cups in the bath, let it dissolve, then soak for a minimum of 15 minutes. Drink 1 full glass of water during the soak to aid in detoxification.
Directions for a foot soak: Fill a foot tub or pan big enough to soak your feet with warm to hot water. Pour a half pint/1 cup of your soak ingredients in the water. Soak for a minimum of 15 minutes. Drink 1 full glass of water during or after the soak to aid in detoxification.
A Word About Essential Oils
Okay, so I am in love with Young Living essential oils. I am. I honestly didn’t know I would be before using them and was a bit of a skeptic. But, understanding the science behind them and how they have helped our family completely changed my mind cue “I’m a Believer.” They truly have changed our family and how we go about ‘treating’ things like cuts, achey heads, sore muscles, the need for deep sleep, etc. If you’ve been wanting to get your hands on organic, pure oils of the highest quality here’s how: YL Essential Oils. I would love to help you along your essential oil journey. You can also request access to my closed FB oily group here where we talk about all things oils and how to use them.
DIY Lavender Bath & Foot Soak Buying Kit
Happy Holidays! Enjoy your relaxing soak!
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Note: The small amount of essential oils in this soak will not prevent detoxification. Leave out the dried lavender buds if you have a plant allergy. YL essential oils do not contain allergens and in fact, lavender essential oil is used FOR allergies during allergy season.
Dried Lavender: You can dry your own in the summer months or they can be found in the bulk section of New Seasons, Whole Foods, Amazon and any local herb shop. I love my local shop Stone Cottage. I know the owners personally and they are awesome, so is their shop, I could spend all day in there…a wall of dried, loose teas, herbs, infused sea salts, spices for your kitchen, green powders…They also have an online store if you are not local @ Herbsspicesteas.com