When you think of winter, you may think of cuddling up in front of a cozy fire, making snow angels in the snow and spending your days snowshoeing, skiing and having impromptu snow ball fights. Ever the pessimist (I prefer realist), I think of driving in crappy conditions and spending way too many weeks with the inevitable sinus cold.
For me, relief can be found neck deep in a steaming bathtub that has been heavily laced with some bathsalts and a mixture of Essential Oils. Internally, I may be laced with straight rum (not recommended) so, to be honest, I’m not sure if the bath salts make me feel better or I’m just too drunk to feel my pesky sinuses.
As always, whenever you’re using Essential Oils, make sure you read up on the oil of your choice. There are certain oils that should not be used by pregnant or nursing women. Some E.O.’s have a stimulating effect on the urinary system and uterus and any product used while nursing can be transfered to the infant.
- 4 cups of Epsom salt
- 2 cups of baking soda
- 8 – 250 ml. Mason Jars or airtight container
- Peppermint essential oils
- Eucalyptus essential oils
- Lemon essential oils (can be irritating to skin, so use in moderation)
- Mix the baking soda and Epsom salt together. Once it’s mixed, add 20 drops of peppermint oil and 30 drops of eucalyptus oil and 10 drops of lemon oil.
- Mix it all up, and put it in jars (makes great gifts).
When the need arises, add a few scoops to your bathwater. Make sure all windows and doors are closed for full benefit from the steam.
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Aromatherapy Uses: Calming; mood uplifting, reviving, helps to relieve a fatigued state
Aromatherapy Uses: Cooling; the vapors open breathing and sinus passages; mood uplifting, refreshing, reviving, aphrodisiac; stimulates the brain, neves, and metabolism; improves mental clarity, alertness, the ability to concentrate, and memory, sharpens the senses; encourages communication; helps to revive a person from a fainting spell or shock; increases physical strength and endurance; improves digestion, increases the appetite, relieves flatulence and nausea, sweetens the intestines, freshens bad breath; relieves pain, inflammation, menstual pain, and cramps; reduces lactation; repels insects, kills parasites; soothes itching skin.
Precaution: Peppermint oil can irritate the skin and should either be avoided or used with extra care by people who have sensitive skin. It is best to avoid using the oil before bedtime due to the stimulating effect on the nervous system.
Aromatherapy Uses: Cooling; calming, relaxing, reduces stress; promotes a restful sleep; mood uplifting, refreshing, reviving; improves mental clarity, alertness, and memory; sharpens the senses; purifying, cleanses the tissues, reduces cellulite and obesity; disinfectant; soothes insect bites.
Precaution: Lemon oil can irritate the skin and should be used with extra care by people with sensitive skin.”
Schiller, Carol and Schiller, David. Aromatherapy Basics. Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. 1998