Stress gets the best of all of us every once in a while. It’s even worse when you haven’t been getting enough sleep because the two often go hand-in-hand. The combination makes it really hard to function at your best. Fortunately there are some great natural stress remedies, including this easy DIY lavender bath salt recipe that I love at the end of a long day.
By the end of the day, I’m ready to escape to my happy place. I’m terrible about staying up way too late just to enjoy some quiet time after the kids go to bed. The problem with that is I stay up mentally going through my to-do list for the next day so by the time I end up in bed I’m stressed out and have trouble falling asleep.
This bath salt recipe solves both problems – the stress and the trouble sleeping. You won’t believe how much better you’ll feel after a soak in the tub with this and it’s so easy to make that it can be thrown together in only a few minutes.
Benefits of Epsom Salt
I became a huge fan of epsom salt during my pregnancy with the twins. I was told that, in theory, the magnesium in the epsom salt could reduce morning sickness symptoms. Unfortunately, that didn’t work for me but epsom salt soaks did wonders for aching muscles and keeping my blood pressure under control. Epsom salt is a great source of magnesium, something that most of us are deficient in.
Epsom salt has some amazing benefits, including:
- Stress relief
- Eases muscle aches and pain
- Decreases insulin resistance
- Eliminates toxins from the body
- Reduces inflammation
Benefits of Lavender
Lavender is the most-used essential oil in my house, primarily because of it’s stress-relieving qualities. We use it in everything from baths to treating burns so I always keep several bottles of lavender oil in my house.
Besides smelling amazing, lavender has some additional benefits:
- Reduces anxiety
- Soothes dry skin
- Treats headaches
- Improves eczema
- Encourages better quality sleep
How to Make DIY Lavender Bath Salts
Gather up your supplies. You can store this in any small glass container. I like the 4 oz. glass canning jars like these ones.
Combine the epsom salt and lavender essential oil. Stir well to blend the oil all through the salt. That’s it. You have everything you need for a relaxing, stress-relieving bath.
To use your bath salts, fill the tub with warm (but not overly hot) water. Mix in 1/2 cup (or more) of your bath salts. Soak for 20-30 minutes.
You’ll feel so much more relaxed after your bath. To get the most out of it, lower the lights, listen to relaxing music (or sit in silence if your nerves are feeling overstimulated), and try to clear your mind.