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 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
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.
Jennifer Nervo is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Reiki Master Practitioner & teacher, and Aromatherapist. Her focus is on digestive, nervous, and immune system dysfunction and the fields of functional nutrition & psychoneuroimmunology. She works with all conditions and diseases including environmental and food allergies, autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivity, diabetes, eczema, anxiety, weight loss as a symptom of dis-ease, and gut-brain disorders like autism.
When she’s not herding her small troupe of monkeys or seeing clients, her free time is packed with researching and perfecting new wellness techniques (her not-so-secret passion). Jennifer is currently a group leader for the newest class of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners out of Ann Arbor, MI, studying for the national board exam in holistic nutrition, and running a combined distance and brick and mortar practice in metro Detroit. She’s also a homeschooling suburbanite, foodie, and mama to two littles and a schnoodle.