Herbal Bath Salts That Melt Stress
Stress and tension can be part of daily life. Some stress might even be good for us, like a rush of adrenaline. In our busy world it may even be a new normal for many people. However, constant stress can cause many physical problems, and chronic stress releases many toxic reactions in our body. Herbal bath salts can be a wonderful, soothing way to unwind after a stressful situation or simply a hard day.
First let's take a look at three stages our bodies go through in response to stress.
- An alarm reaction (worry, general anxiety)
- A resistance reaction (This stage can start causing physical symptoms such as high blood pressure, headaches and stomach aches.)
- An exhaustive reaction (Continuation of this stage can cause deterioration of normal functions.)
There are many ways to help alleviate stress and tension. Today I am going to discuss how baths and bath salts can ease tension and share a recipe so you can enjoy this at home. Stress drains our bodies of magnesium. Our skin is our largest organ, so it goes without saying that a bath is an extremely efficient way for our body to absorb magnesium and other herbs. You add the warm water and you have a winner! Lets discuss ingredients.
Everyone probably knows and loves lavender. Besides smelling awesome, lavender has many beneficial uses. It is a very gentle herb and a chosen herb for stress relief. It offers strong antibacterial properties, antidepressant properties and is a relaxing nervine . Lavender works well with other herbs and is easy to grow in the garden.
Our next ingredient in our herbal bath is chamomile. It is a very pretty plant with small white flowers and has a wonderful scent of sweet apple. It is considered a nervine relaxant which is why it is a wonderful addition to our bath salt. Chamomile can help bring on restfulness and calmness.
Calendula is the next ingredient. It is that bright yellow/orange flower that is also commonly known as marigold. It is sought after for its anti-inflammatory properties. It's great for any inflammation of the skin.
Lets talk about rose petal. Rose petal has amazing astringent properties and it is used here to help ease nervous tension. In addition, they look beautiful in the jar of herbal bath salts.
Our next ingredient is elder flower. Elder is also probably a very common herb in many households. This is a beautiful flower with anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It also has mildly sedative effects and the flowers are definitely a bit more gentle than the other parts of the plant. It makes a perfect addition to our bath salt. 
Epsom Salt is magnesium sulfate. The chemical compound of it is one part magnesium, one part sulfur, and four parts oxygen. Very interestingly, it got its name from the town of Epsom in Surrey England. Since stress and tension drain our bodies of magnesium, this an easy way to restore it. Magnesium promotes a feeling of calm, helps release tension, and promotes sleep.
How to Make Herbal Bath Salts That Melt Stress
Herbal Bath SaltsIngredients
- 1 Cup Epsom Salts
- 1/2 Cup lavender
- 1/4 cup calendula
- 1/3 Cup rose petals
- 1/4 cup elderflowers
- 1/3 Cup chamomile
- Mix all ingredients together.
- Store in air tight container.
Have you ever made your own herbal bath salts? What are your tips for melting stress? Let me know in the comments!REFERENCES:
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