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Stress Relief for the Winter Blues

Mmmmm…for your tummy? No, for your tired aching body! Last night I hit the wall. Hours upon hours on the computer, the stress of the cold, plus all the things that life throws at us made me throw in the towel. I needed something quick to bring me back to life. All I could think about was a nice, hot bath.



If you want to turn your bath into a muscle soothing, stress relieving sanctuary, you can go out and spend a bunch of money on bath salts or, you can make your own. They are very inexpensive and as far as I am concerned, superior to anything you can buy. All you need are some Epsom Salts, sea salt and a few of your favorite essential oils.

Epsom Salts are the mineral compound,  magnesium sulfate. When put in your bath, Epsom salts relax muscles and draw out toxins. They have a wonderfully soothing effect on your nervous system and smooth your skin! Epsom Salts can even reduce stress by raising your serotonin levels. One more benefit? They help increase your energy levels. You can read more about Epsom Salts on the Epsom Salt Council’s website, HERE.

All I know is that I mixed up this these wonderful bath salts and as I slid into the water, I met bliss. My aches and pains floated away as did all the stresses of the day. I got a great night’s sleep and woke up feeling ready to face the day. Do something special for yourself and relax with this wonderful soak.


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  1. Marcia wrote on February 11, 2010

    I just bought a big package of Epsom Salt!!!!
    But i did not know all this benefits – great Susan! Thanks you a lot!
    Love and Blessings

  2. Cyndee Greene wrote on February 11, 2010

    GREAT post!
    I recommend Epsom Salt Baths to my massage clients all the time. But I had no idea about the Epsom Salt website. I love it! Thank you so much for sharing that! I learned so much more about Epsom Salt there.
    AND it also reminded me to soak. I have a great tub. But I hate my bathroom. It is definitely time to change that ;))

    • Susan wrote on February 11, 2010

      Lol…My bathroom is one of my most favorite rooms. Doesn’t cost that much to paint, etc!

  3. Ronni wrote on February 11, 2010

    Great idea, but what if you’re still nursing your child?

    • Susan wrote on February 11, 2010

      I would ask your physician. 🙂

  4. Sarah wrote on February 11, 2010

    Great idea! I have a jacuzzi tub and never use it… I need to take some time for myself and enjoy a nice hot bath 🙂

  5. Dawn Hutchins wrote on February 11, 2010

    Thank you for the idea! I love a nice hot bath (when I get a free minute to indulge) and this mixture sounds so heavenly.

  6. Maurie Kirschner wrote on February 10, 2010

    My favorite Naturopathic doctor recommended epsom salt baths to me many years back to help with pain related to auto-immune issues and to help draw toxins out since my body has a harder time than most dealing with them. He was right, it helped a lot. And any doctor who recommends a hot bath is a keeper. (As are fellow bloggers that do the same thing.) My only wish is to someday have my own claw foot or Japanese soaking tub – oh bliss. Shallow tubs are the pits.

    I like your combination of essential oils – I’ll have to try that blend next time I mix a batch up.

  7. bitt wrote on February 10, 2010

    nothing like a soothing bath. ahhhhh.

  8. Erin @ Living and Loving In L.A. wrote on February 10, 2010

    Oh my goodness! This is such a great post! While marathon training I took Epsom salt baths frequently, but not recently! Thanks for reminding me of one of my favorite pastimes! And with a recipe, no less!


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