The Perfect Bath

Stress causes all kinds of uncomfortable health problems. Letting yourself carry too much stress is one of the quickest ways to getting sick or shortening your life.

Finding a good way to relieve some of that stress is essential to good health. One of my favorite ways is to take the time to have a hot bath every week. Of course, bath and beauty products can be tricky. I know, once you start reading labels you start playing a game called “now what can’t I have?”

Instead of expensive bubble baths loaded with perfumes, colorants, and detergents, try Epsom Salts. Magnesium Sulfate, also known as Epsom Salts are a great option for soaking in the bath. It’s often used in foot baths and other soaking treatments to sooth sore muscles and reduce inflammation. Pour a half a cup in the bath and use your favorite bar soap to make some suds.

You don’t have to give up a refreshing scent either. To your half cup of salts you can add 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil. Lavender is, of course, the classic for relaxation. If you’re feeling like you have cold coming on, Eucalyptus is a good option for opening up your sinuses. If a bath to wake you up is your goal, Peppermint will have a cool, tingling effect that’s welcome on hot summer days. Patchouli, Neroli, Rosewood, and others are beautiful soothing scents that you can choose from.

Just be sure that the oil you’re using can be used directly on skin or is properly diluted and as always, not all oils are appropriate for women who are nursing or pregnant.

With a few simple additions such as a cup of herbal tea or glass of wine, a good novel, and some music, you can have a hour that’s all for you. And you can do it naturally.

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