Cedar Citrus Bath Salts Help You Sleep when You Have a Cold
For many of us, feeling unwell or under the weather often brings with it an unsettling feeling of being "stuck".
This can make it challenging to embrace new beginnings or to find rejuvenation in our daily routines. When dealing with a cold, the discomfort can add an additional layer of distress, making it hard to find joy in the things we usually love. However, there are simple practices that can serve as a soothing balm during these difficult times. Among my favorites is taking a warm, therapeutic bath infused with essential oils.
When you submerge yourself in warm water, it offers more than just physical relief. Yes, it does help soothe your aching muscles and release tension, but it also provides a sense of calm and relaxation. This warmth coupled with the therapeutic properties of essential oils creates a peaceful and healing environment for your mind and body.
Essential oils have been celebrated for centuries for their ability to support health and well-being. The aromatic compounds can help clear blocked sinuses, making it easier to breathe and ultimately sleep when suffering from a cold. This holistic approach to wellness combines the power of aromatherapy with the healing nature of warm water.
Their popularity stems not only from their therapeutic benefits but also from the luxurious experience they provide. Using essential oils is a practice that marries simplicity with opulence. Our Aromahead beginner course, Aromatherapy 101, dives deeper into various ways you can incorporate these potent botanical extracts into your bathing routine.
One personal favorite method is blending essential oils into bath salts. For this, I often turn to the calming Cedarwood and the uplifting Sweet Orange. These oils complement each other beautifully, promoting relaxation and a sense of happiness, setting the stage for a good night's sleep.
Here is a simple recipe:
Cedar Citrus Bath Salts:
2 oz (56 gm) pink Himalayan salts
1 tbsp (15 ml) Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis)
3 drops Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)
2 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
Choose a 2 oz (60 ml) PET plastic jar for your blend. While glass jars are generally preferred, PET plastic jars are safer to use around the bathtub as they won't shatter if accidentally dropped. They are also non-reactive and do not leach.
Pour the pink salts into the jar. Any grain of Himalayan salt would work, although medium grain is usually my preference.
Add the essential oils to the jojoba oil, then gently stir this mixture into the salt. You can use a glass stirring rod or the handle of a stainless steel spoon to evenly distribute the oils throughout the salt.
Remember, oils can make your bathtub slippery. As an alternative, you can use Castile soap to disperse the essential oils in the bathwater. Just add the essential oils to 1 tablespoon of Castile soap and pour the salt directly into the bathwater.
This recipe is perfect for one bath, allowing you to test it out before committing to larger quantities. If you love it, feel free to make more, but I recommend only making enough to last for a few weeks at a time. This way, you always have a fresh jar ready for your next calming bath.
When you're feeling down, this bath could be the pick-me-up you need. Just lay back, inhale the comforting scents of Cedarwood and Sweet Orange, and let the warm bathwater and the therapeutic essential oils work their magic. Soon, you'll find yourself feeling more relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready to welcome whatever new beginnings come your way.