I’ve fallen in love with taking baths! I used to enjoy them before as a “once in awhile special treat” but I now that I’ve been actively fighting cancer I realize how medicinal bath soaks truly are. Taking a bath is not only for cleansing your body, but your soul. When I’m feeling tense, pain, anxiety or fatigue, especially going through chemotherapy, getting into a nice hot bath with salts and essential oils always calms my spirit and makes me feel so much better.
With Mother’s day coming quickly I wanted to share one of my favorite bath soak recipes so you can make a batch of soothing & healing bath soak for yourself and the special mom or moms in your life. This “MYO” (make your own) recipe is quick, easy and light on the wallet!
Although the essential oils are the smallest ingredient in the bath soak, there are specific reasons I’ve chosen Sandlewood & Frankincense for this particular soak. After being diagnosed with breast cancer I began to look at essential oils and their properties. Reading into the many uses of essential oils is so enlightening.
Sandlewood is a steam distilled oil that is woodsy in fragrance. The top properties of this oil are:
Besides the fact that I received it as a gift and fell in love with it’s scent, knowing and experiencing it’s properties in a bath soak on days when my pain is raging has solidified my love for sandlewood.
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Frankincense blends well with Sandlewood because their properties are similar. The top properties of this oil are:
Using this oil with Sandlewood makes for a potent soul soothing mix I think you’ll love.
Bath Soak Recipe
Feel free to pre-mix your bath soak, however, it isn’t necessary. But, because I want you to enjoy this for yourself and share with someone else, I’ll give two measurements for mixing.
[wp_ad_camp_5]Individual bath recipe
- 1/2 cup Epsom Salt
- 1/2 cup Baking Soda
- 8 drops Sandlewood Essential Oil
- 8 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
As an individual soak, pour the Epsom salt and baking soda into the running water. Then put the drops of sandlewood and frankincense. Stir the bath as you get in then lie still.
Gift size recipe
- 2 cups Epsom Salt
- 2 cups Baking Soda
- 10 drops Sandlewood Essential Oil
- 10 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
As a gift size be sure to store your bath soak in a glass, air tight jar. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until they are well mixed, then scoop into the glass jar. Be sure to use a ribbon and tag to make it look more festive.
Best Bath Practices
As a bonus to this bath soak recipe I thought I’d share some of the best bath practices that have allowed my bath time to be truly meditative and healing.
Use dim light / candles – Using calming light practices while taking a bath will help set the state for relaxation.
Play soothing music – Use music that doesn’t compel you to sing, but to relax and reflect. I usually tune my phone to my Pandora New Age Station and let the music flow.
Use water as hot as you can stand – One of the important elements of a good soak is the hot water. Don’t burn yourself, just use water hot enough to help you sweat throughout your bath for a healthy exchange of toxins.
[wp_ad_camp_4]Dry brush and/or shower right before – Before you lie in the bath for a healing soak you can do one or both of the following: dry brush, shower. Dry brushing exfoliates your skin and allows for better exchange in the bath. If you can’t dry brush, take a shower and use a washcloth to scrub your skin (what I’ve done so far). Doing either of these things prepares your skin for a nice sweat and exchange opportunity.
Soak for at least 20 minutes – Soaking for at least 20 minutes gives your body the chance to expel and absorb what it needs from the salts and oils in your bath soak.
Lie still – When you’re moving around you don’t give yourself the opportunity to enjoy the soothing nature of your bath. Lie still for the first 20 minutes allowing your body to sweat and release toxins.
I’m sure you have a special bath soak recipe you love, won’t you share? Sharing what’s worked to keep us soothed during trying times is always helpful