After deciding I needed to give up bottled bath soaks from the store, I went on a mission to find a replacement which would be cost effective and still smell good! For about 6 months I have been using this recipe and with a little extra “oomph” in the form of burlap bows, even prepare this as Christmas gifts.
Here’s my recipe!
1 cup Epsom Salt
10 drops Young Living Oil of your choice
It’s that simple!
I use a handful or ¼ cup of oil each bath
So, what does it cost?
About .05 per drop/10 drops per cup epsom salt = .50 per cup of soaking salts/cost of salt will vary depending on how much and what brand you purchase.
I have calculated that each bath soak costs me approx .20 cents. Seriously, can you beat that!!! The money that I would have previously spent on a product that I enjoyed, but which was placing a toxic load on my body has been transferred to a product that I love and which provides healing for my body! WIN!!!
Benefits of Cedarwood and Epsom Salts
I use Cedarwood Oil most often because it helps me sleep better! Here a few quick bits of information on Cedarwood and Epsom Salts
Cedarwood – one of the components of Cedarwood is cedrol. A sesquiterpene, cedrol is believed to stimulate the limbic system of the brain and promote the release of melatonin. In 2007 the Journal of Physiological Anthropology it was reported that cedrol produces a relaxing and sedating effect by influencing the autonomic nervous system. The relaxing effect of melatonin has been found to help keep cortisol levels in check to reduce stress.
Epsom Salts – not a true salt, epsom salts are a natural compound of magnesium and sulfate. Since they are easily absorbed through the skin, epsom salts can be used in baths to experience their tremendous benefits. Magnesium has been shown to reduce inflammation, aid in proper muscle and nerve function, flush toxins, ease headaches, and prevent hardening of arteries. Furthermore, magnesium is siphoned from the body during times of stress and needs to be replenished. Proper magnesium levels help produce the “feel good” chemical of serotonin according to research studies. These are only a few of the benefits of epsom salts.
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