Written by Dr. Taz Bhatia, MD
Escaping to a mineral-rich Epsom salt bath is a blissful way to end the day. And here’s an idea that may take your experience to a whole new level. Try spiking your salty soak with a few drops of essential oils.
Essential Oils 101
Essential oils are extracted from a wide variety of therapeutic plants. Depending on the chemical composition, they can be uplifting, relaxing, grounding or invigorating. With corresponding oils for virtually every health condition, they can also be used as a complementary healing therapy.
Essential Oils in Epsom Salt Baths
When used in Epsom salt baths, essential oils work in two ways–inhalation and direct contact with the skin.
Many people like to add their own custom oil blends to regular Epsom salt. Dr. Teal’s also conveniently offers Epsom salt varieties that are blended with some of the world’s most popular therapeutic oils.
1. Eucalyptus & Spearmint
An ancient Aboriginal remedy, eucalyptus is one of the best known oils worldwide for cough and congestion. Its effects are warming and cooling, stimulating and soothing all at once.
Eucalyptus may help:
- alleviate muscle aches and pains from illness or overexertion
- cleanse and disinfect the skin
Importantly, you shouldn’t use eucalyptus oils if you have a history of asthma since it has been found to cause asthma attacks in some individuals.
Spearmint is a pleasantly fresh and sweet-smelling herb similar to peppermint, but without the heavy dose of menthol.
Spearmint may help:
- relieve nausea and other digestive issues
Another member of the same family of flowering plants as mint, lavender imparts a fresh, sweet and floral scent that is both relaxing and enlightening. Highly versatile, it is one of the most widely used essential oils.
- have a calming effect on the mind and body, as a gentle sleep aid
- help reduce mild acute pain from certain causes
Remember never to consume these oils without the advice of a professional. While they’re nontoxic when applied to the skin, some can be be poisonous when consumed.
I hope you are already planning your aromatic getaway! Breathe deep. It is well deserved.