Revitalizing Essential Oil Soak for Moms

Revitalizing Essential Oil Soak for Moms

Sometimes, motherhood is Pinterest-worthy crafts in a clean(ish) home with enthralled and well-behaved children…and then, we have the other 355 days of the year.

Motherhood is hard. It’s the most amazing and rewarding experience I have ever had, but it’s really hard.

Those unshowered days that come with piles of dirty dishes, Mt. Washmore, and children bent on destruction? Yeah, this bath is for those days.

When you finally get them to sleep and do a victory tip toe down the hall, head to the tub and allow all the tension from the day to melt away.

It’s time for a Calgon moment.



Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) soothes and quiets the mind, is excellent for relaxing muscles, and is grounding to help relieve nervous energy. It’s also wonderful for aging skin.

Copaiba (Copaifera reticulata) soothes nervous tension and minor physical discomforts, also supports the body’s natural detoxification process (lymphatic system).

Elemi (Canarium luzonicum) soothes and harmonizes the spirit bringing it into balance, is deeply calming to reduce tension, and, like, frankincense, is very nourishing to the skin.

Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) uplifts and expands the mood allowing you to focus your energy on others again, supports the body’s natural detoxification process (liver and lymphatic system), and helps to clear negative emotions like irritability, self-blame, and anger.


I loved my nutritional therapy program but getting certified in aromatherapy is definitely more fun. Sniffing, opening, closing, shuffling around tiny bottles while I hid in the bathroom was a tiny moment of heaven last week.

I handed both kids to the hubs and stole away for a moment of peace. It was one of those days.

After slipping into a hot bath filled with Epsom salt, the revitalizing blend, and the sweet smell of victory, I floated in peaceful thoughts and blissful silence for an entire six minutes before someone needed me.


It was totally worth it.

The Recipe

The rule of thumb is 3-4 drops of essential oils per bath. I find this recipe to be perfect for one bath with 4 cups of Epsom salt.

Feel free to experiment.

2 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
2 drops Copaiba (Copaifera reticulata)
1 drop Elemi (Canarium luzonicum)
5-7 drops Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)
2 cups Epsom salt for mixing
2-3 additional cups Epsom salt

[buy the oils here]

1.  Mix all ingredients into non-reactive container. Glass would be perfect.

2.  Either separate the mixture into 2 servings or add entire batch to bath water. Add an additional 2-3 cups of plain Epsom salt to make 4 cups total.

3.  Relax, inhale, and enjoy your moment of heaven.

Note: Drink 12-16 ounces of water just after the bath to prevent dehydration.

Revitalizing Essential Oil Soak for Moms

Jennifer Nervo is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Reiki Master Practitioner & teacher, and Aromatherapist. She specializes in digestive, nervous, and immune system dysfunction with a focus on psychoneuroimmunology. Associated conditions are environmental and food allergies, autism, autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivity, eczema, anxiety and panic attacks, addictions, and cognitive disorders to name a few.

When she’s not nerding out on researching and perfecting new wellness techniques, she’s packing all of her free time with researching and perfecting new wellness techniques (her not-so-secret passion). Jennifer is currently a group leader for the newest class of NTPs out of Ann Arbor, MI, studying for the national board exam in holistic nutrition, researching naturopathy schools, and running a combined distance and brick and mortar practice in metro Detroit. She’s also a homeschooling suburbanite, foodie, rocks a pixiehawk to make her seem taller than 5’1″, and is a mama to two littles and a schnoodle.

2 thoughts on “Revitalizing Essential Oil Soak for Moms”

    • I think it would be wonderful. I have thought of making a blend up in a bottle with a roller ball, so I can apply it whenever I need to. Just be sure to keep the dilution of grapefruit under 4% or only use it on areas that won’t be exposed to direct sunlight within 12 hours to avoid a potentially dangerous burn or deep skin discoloration called phototoxicity. Small amounts of sun from the car to work and back home shouldn’t be a concern.

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