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Stress Relief for the Winter Blues

Mmmmm…for your tummy? No, for your tired aching body! Last night I hit the wall. Hours upon hours on the computer, the stress of the cold, plus all the things that life throws at us made me throw in the towel. I needed something quick to bring me back to life. All I could think about was a nice, hot bath.



If you want to turn your bath into a muscle soothing, stress relieving sanctuary, you can go out and spend a bunch of money on bath salts or, you can make your own. They are very inexpensive and as far as I am concerned, superior to anything you can buy. All you need are some Epsom Salts, sea salt and a few of your favorite essential oils.

Epsom Salts are the mineral compound,  magnesium sulfate. When put in your bath, Epsom salts relax muscles and draw out toxins. They have a wonderfully soothing effect on your nervous system and smooth your skin! Epsom Salts can even reduce stress by raising your serotonin levels. One more benefit? They help increase your energy levels. You can read more about Epsom Salts on the Epsom Salt Council’s website, HERE.

All I know is that I mixed up this these wonderful bath salts and as I slid into the water, I met bliss. My aches and pains floated away as did all the stresses of the day. I got a great night’s sleep and woke up feeling ready to face the day. Do something special for yourself and relax with this wonderful soak.


Lavender, Eucalyptus, and Peppermint Bath Salts

  • 4 cups Epsom Salts
  • 2 cups Coarse Sea Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lavender Essential Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  1. Mix Epsom Salt and sea salt together. Blend in essential oils. Use 1-2 cups in your bath and enjoy!

*You can order these essential oil ingredients here:  Peppermint, Lavender and Eucalyptus

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  1. Anne Foster Angelou wrote on December 19, 2013

    Hi, Susan: I watch for Epsom Salts sales and consider it a bargain when it’s 50 cents a pound. Costco used to sell a 6-pound bag. I keep it around for soaking baths for fibromyalgia or aching feet. I have several bottles of beautifully smelling essential oils. Thanks for the reminder that we can make this ourselves and save money. Any ideas for natural shampoos that don’t remove the oils from your hair but still clean it? Just wondering. Thanks again for the recipes! Happy, bless-ed holy-days. I like the idea of adding baking soda or other sea salts to the mix.

  2. Lou Whitcomb wrote on December 19, 2013

    I love to use bath salt, I can’t wait to try this one.

  3. Beth wrote on November 28, 2013

    Just found this, made it and used it. One word ~divine~

  4. Ludia wrote on November 7, 2010

    You know, Susan, you are something else. Do I appreciate you, or what! I have been following your blog since the beginning of the year and I have come to see that your generosity knows no bounds. What else can I say but thank you!
    I have just ran the 15K Stockade-athon in Schenectady, NY this morning, and for these aching, 59-year-old muscles this bath salt mix is just the thing. So thank you. It is exactly what I needed, so thank you, again.


  5. Helen wrote on November 7, 2010

    I also add baking soda to my epsom salts…awesome bath!!!!

  6. Dia wrote on July 21, 2010

    YEA!!! I love epsom salts!! My mom would put some in a dishpan, & we’d soak our feet when I was growing up – I also mix essential oils into my epsom salts (several drops of lavender, clary sage & geranium) & put a handful or two into my bath. When my granddaughters visit, the 5 year old often requests a foot bath (in my fancy footbath which vibrates or has bubbles), with epsom salts & the candles . . . bliss!
    I often sprinkle some on a washcloth, & put that on my shoulders (also have a small tub)
    Re nursing – shouldn’t be at all a problem – esp if you have a fussy baby, you may NEED more magnesium, both external & internal!
    In my massage practice, when I encounter clients with ‘rock hard’ shoulders, I often suggest they look into supplemental magnesium, women in the US tend to get ~ 1/2 the RDA, & men ~ 2/3 (RDA is 500 mg; another formula is 2/5-4/5 mg per # of ‘ideal weight’)
    Fun to add some lavender flowers!

  7. Stacey wrote on June 21, 2010

    looks like the flowers from a lavender plant. very relaxing stuff!

  8. Dot D. wrote on February 13, 2010

    Susan, What are the dark seeds on the salt? Looks inviting….as your pictures always do.

  9. Luz wrote on February 12, 2010

    I always pour a pound of Epsom Salts, some salt, and about a pound of baking soda into my bath water. I keep essential oil bottles in my bathroom just for my speacial baths.

    When I’m in the mood I’ll rub in a sugar scrub that I made. I mixed a bag of course dark sugar with coconut oil and then mixed it with all with a few essential oils. It’s delicious and useful as a body scrub.

  10. Dina wrote on February 11, 2010

    thanks for the “recipe” — I can’t wait to try it


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