We all work hard and few of us take time for ourselves, which is why I’m starting a new self-care routine in my life and as such, I thought I would share it with you in a new blog series titled Self-Care Sunday. I invite you all to join me in taking a few minutes for ourselves, nothing major… just a warm bath to soothe sore muscles, an un-rushed pot of herbal tea, or time outdoors to collect herbs and reconnect with nature.
The articles in this series will be mostly DIY and recipes such as soap recipes, herbal health and body care but I do intend to include some mindset and self-love articles as well, something that many of us struggle with. If you’d like to immerse yourself in more Herbal Self-Care then The Herbal Academy’s new course Herbal Self-Care for Stress Management is for you. Follow my link to learn more about this great little short course, which is packed full of herbal recipes, remedies and lifestyle tips to de-stress and restore balance in your life. Learn more here
So to start things off simple, today I’m sharing my Self-Care Sunday: DIY Rustic Bath & Foot Soak. This is such a simple recipe it, only takes a few minutes to mix up and is ready to use right away.
This is an Epsom salts based bath soak, Epsom salts are cheap and easy to find and they are great for soothing sore muscles. And while Epsom salts are safe for children and pregnant women, I have included some essential oils in the recipe such as lavender, which are not recommended for pregnant women; so please check with your healthcare provider before using essential oils in your bath.
For this recipe I used a ready-made blend of oils that I purchased from one of my favourite local shops Om Natural the blend is called Mellow Meadow and contains oil of Orange, Peppermint, Lavender, Geranium and Tea Tree; this blend smells amazing and I try to fund any excuse to use it around the house.
The other key essential oil in this recipe is Cedar oil. Cedar or Cedarwood oil has been used topically to treat all kinds of minor skin and body conditions, including sore muscles and arthritis, eczema and minor scars and scrapes. Cedar oil has a warm, rustic, woodsy scent and is known to help with relaxation and sleep.
So let’s get in to the recipe:
DIY Rustic Bath & Foot Soak
- 4 cups Epsom Salts
- 1/4 cup Aluminum-free baking soda
- Essential oils:
- 3 drops Orange Oil
- 3 drops Peppermint Oil
- 3 drops Lavender Oil
- 3 drops Geranium Oil
- 3 drops Tea Tree Oil
- 10 drops Cedar Oil
Thoroughly blend all the ingredients in a stainless steel or glass bowl and transfer to a large mason jar with a lid for storage.
Run a warm bath and add 1/2 – 1 cup of bath soak and swish until thoroughly dissolved, soak for 20-30 minutes.
I really hope you find the time to have a soak and maybe do some journaling. If you try my recipe, please feel free to comment below and share your thoughts. Do you have a self-care routine?