We couldn’t live without the occasional hot bath to cool-out our over-worked selves. Instead of buying expensive, wonderfully-packaged bath salts, “spa crystals” and oils, we came up with a simple formula for doctoring baths that involves no effort at all, is cheap, and allows us to calibrate really pure fragrances to our mood.
We just dump a couple of cups or so of epsom salts into a hot tub; then we add a few drops of an essential oil distilled from flowers, herbs or other botanicals like lavender or rose geranium: voila, instant aromatherapy.
Epsom salts are an old-fashioned, tried-and-true remedy for stressful living, sore muscles, detoxifying (great at the first sign of a cold). You can buy them in 4-pound cartons at just about any drugstore or supermarket, for three or four dollars. Because they’re heavy to lug home, we often have a few delivered with our groceries, and store them in the closet, as is. (If you can’t stand the homely box, decant into a pretty canister).
We keep a small arsenal of essential oils on hand to dispense according to our mood or need: lavender or rose geranium, our all-purpose favorites…citronella nardus to ward off an threatening cold…eucalyptus for sweating out a fever or cough. We’ve also experimented with the subtle, herbal aromas of rosewood (a little like orange flower water), clary sage or bergamot (the scent of Earl Grey Tea)…to name a few; there’s a world of essential oils. Sometimes we use several kinds to make an impromptu custom blend. We buy them at the health food store or online.
If you can’t find epsom salts in your neighborhood or are just feeling like a lazy dog, you can order them from Amazon here.