Last night marked the first real snowfall here in Minneapolis. Although there are just a few inches on the ground, the transition to winter is evident. The air is crisper and chillier, and I find myself reaching for gloves every time I go out.
Soon enough, I’ll be well into my first Minnesota winter.
Uh oh 😉 …
Cue the hot tea, cozy sweaters, and of course, some warm soups and stews.
Bundling up and nourishing ourselves with hot foods and drinks is a sure way to stay warm in the winter, but we can also bear the cold by taking an occasional bath. While soaking in hot water is a great way to unwind and relax, adding epsom salts to a bath can provide even more benefits.
Epsom salts are made from magnesium and sulfate, dissolve easily in water, and are readily absorbed through the skin. Soaking in an epsom salt bath is an alternative way to take in magnesium, a mineral that is essential to overall wellness.
Epsom salts are a natural replacement for commercial bath salts that may contain added perfumes and chemicals. They have been used for generations, and can allegedly soothe sore muscles, heal cuts or sores, relax the nervous system, clarify the skin, and draw toxins from the body.
While studies that prove the varied benefits of epsom salts are limited, personal testimonies and affirmations are vast.
If you are interested in trying your luck with epsom salts, consider my favorite epsom salt recipe below. As always, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before giving it a whirl!
The main ingredients of an epsom salt bath include:
- Epsom salts (usually 1-3 cups)
- Baking soda (usually 1/4-1/2 cup)
- Essential oils (10-20 drops)
- A bathtub full of hot water
Lavender & Orange Epsom Salt Bath
Treat yourself to a relaxing bath with epsom salts. Soothe your muscles and nerves, and help purify your skin.
- 2 cups epsom salts
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops sweet orange essential oil
- Bathtub full of warm or hot water
- Draw a warm or hot bath.
- As water is flowing, slowly pour in epsom salts and baking soda. Swirl water with your hands to test temperature and to mix in salts and baking soda.
- Add essential oils, and swirl water with hands.
- Soak in tub for at least 20-30 minutes!
- The hotter the water, the more you will sweat. Be sure to hydrate before the bath, and to replenish yourself with a few glasses of water after the bath. If you feel dizzy at any point, hop out of the tub!
- I always feel better if I refrain from eating right before and right after the bath.
- You may not want to shower or put on any lotions or make-up after the bath, as your pores will be very open.
Ready to give it a try? Light some candles, put on some Christmas music, and enjoy ;)!