"The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day."
-Hippocrates, Father of Western Medicine
I absolutely love my daily ritual of a hot aromatic sea salt bath! I credit my bath to helping me resolve numerous health concerns, as well as an excellent preventative measure.
One of the questions I'm often asked, "How can I use essential oils internally?"
Well, of course, many essential oils are approved for use as food flavors and generally regarded as safe (GRAS) by the FDA in the United States. I do recommend using them as food flavors. As a matter of fact, there's an entire section about Cooking with Essential Oils in my new award-winning book, The Essential Oils Complete Reference Guide. I've included numerous food and beverage recipes for you, as well as how to make your own culinary wellness oils.
One of my favorite ways to use essential oils internally is in the time honored hot bath!
The hot water will cause the oils to be rapidly absorbed through the dermis - your skin. After which, they will immediately enter your blood stream, muscles, tissues, organs and systems.
As well, the aromatic vapors trigger an an electro-chemical response in your hormonal system.
Here's one of my favorite Healing Bath recipes for you to try to help get you started right away. Enjoy!
To a 5ml (100 drops) euro-dropper bottle add (approximately 150 drops):
Grapefruit - 25 drops
Lemon - 25
Palma rosa - 50
Back Spruce - 1-2 drops
Rosemary - 1-2 drops
Cap bottle tightly and shake vigorously to blend oils thoroughly. Suggest allowing the oils to synergize for 8 hours, or longer before using.
Dispense 8 - 15 drops of your essential oil blend in one tablespoon of liquid Castile or other soap (acts as a dispersant). Add scented soap to 1 - 2 cups of sea salt and mix thoroughly together.
Remember oils do not mix in water and will float on the surface without a carrier, like liquid soap that helps them disperse in the water.
Add the aromatic salts to your bath water. Relax and soak for 20 minutes or longer in your bath. Remember to drink plenty of pure, fresh water during and after your bath.
I love to soak in an essential oil bath. My favorite “recipe” is :
1/2 cup Epsom salts
1/4 cup baking soda
3 drops lavender EO
3 drops eucalyptus EO
3 drops peppermint EO
It relaxes, softens skin, and helps with achy muscles.
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