There’s nothing quite like sinking into a hot bath when it’s cold outside, especially when you’re feeling sick. The steam helps open your lungs and sinuses and the heat eases aching muscles. It’s a glorious thing when you can take a bath and then crawl into a bed with soft heavy covers and sleep a cold away.
One of my favorite things is coming up with different bath blends that will enhance my bathing experience whether it be for relaxation or to ease my body when it’s not feeling well. After I started up my new exercise routine this year, I came down with a nasty cold and was looking for a blend that would help clear mucus, comfort aching muscles, and allow me to relax. Did you know that catching a cold after exercise is actually a thing? If this has happened to you, then this warming bath blend is just what you need.
I got to experimenting and this is what I came up with; a warming, mucus cutting winter bath blend that allows for quick recovery and relief.
Winter Bath Blend Recipe
Here’s what you’re going to need to make this recipe:
• 2 cups Epsom salts – great for relieving aches and pains
• A pinch of flower petals (optional… I used cornflower petals but you can also use rose, lavender, or chamomile but be sure to add the salts to a bath pouch (I just use a nut milk bag) or you’ll end up cleaning flower petals while you’re sick which is no fun let me tell you)
• 1-2 tsp sweet almond oil or the oil of your choice (i.e. coconut, jojoba, avocado, grape seed, etc!)
• 5 drops lemon essential oil – for uplifting the mood and clearing the sinuses
• 10 drops pine essential oil – cuts through mucus and helps reduce body aches
• 2 drops copaiba essential oil – amplifies the properties of other essential oils
• 4 drops each of pine, marjoram, eucalyptus, lavender, black spruce, and peppermint) – a blend for colds and flu that cuts through mucus, eases chills and soothes aches
• A mason jar
• A mixing bowl
I will tell you that this blend isn’t made with fragrance in mind but formulated for effectiveness. Copaiba essential oil isn’t the loveliest smelling oil, but it has an amazing ability to amplify the effects of other oils.
Loving Preparation – Winter Bath Blend
• Add the almond oil to the mixing bowl
• Next, add the essential oils and mix well
• Add the salt to the mixture and stir well to combine
• Add the flower petals and stir to combine
• Store the winter bath blend in a mason jar for easy use
Add ½ cup of winter bath blend to the tub as you fill it. Sink in and enjoy the clarifying steam!
I like to make sure the bathroom is nice a closed up to create my own sauna experience. Be sure to breathe deeply through the nose and slowly exhale out the mouth. Soak for at least 20 minutes for best results.
The Epsom salts will soothe and relax tight aching muscles while the essential oils open up the lungs and sinuses, a perfect combo when you’re not feeling well! Afterward, bundle up and climb into bed for deeply restful sleep.
[yumprint-recipe id=’22’]What have been your favorite bath blends this winter?
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