Stressed out with all the craze of the world lately? Tring to balance working from home while taking care of the kids who are out of school? Trying to manage the stress of being out of work?
First, take a deep breath! We are here for you and one of the best things you can do for your health is to focus on some self-care. Even if its 10 mins!
Have you ever taken an aromatic bath? Holistic Hack…You can use this trick to calm your kids down too!!
Essential oils are a great add in for baths that can provide so much calmness! Here’s how you do it:
- Run the bath water first.
- While your tub is filling, prepare all you need for a relaxing and comfortable bath. Set up your music, a few cushy towels, a head pillow or folded towel, your favorite cup of herbal tea, candles, and (especially for the parents out there) a “do not disturb” sign for your door.
- Once your tub is full, turn the water off, and add your essential oils. (4-8 drops of Chamomile is my favorite relaxing blend)
- Swirl the oils around in the bath with your hands or feet to ensure dispersion.
- Enter the bath and soak for around 10 minutes.
For a stress relief-booster, add one cup of Epsom salts. These magnesium sulfate salts mix well with essential oils and water and the extra magnesium gives the added benefit of a deeper, more relaxed sleep.
Safety Tips for Bathing with Essential Oils:
It can be tempting to want to add more than the recommended daily dose (RDD) or stated dose in the formula, but you must resist—a little bit of essential oil goes a long way. Remember that essential oils should never irritate or burn the skin, and if you have skin sensitivities, be sure to do a skin patch test before adding them to the bath.
Also, the heat and the water of the bath can enhance absorption, so it’s important to be cautious and use less than you think you need. If you absolutely need to add more, add one drop at a time every five minutes.
You may experience slight tingling with essential oils that contain menthol, such as peppermint Mentha ×piperita (L.), but this disappears quickly once you’re out of the bath and dry. The activity of citrus oils in particular can intensify on the skin when mixed with hot bath water, so always remember to use only the stated amount in the formula.
For concerns on safety of essential oils: https://naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/safety