Lavender is amazing at reducing anxiety and calming the body and mind. From infants to older adults the aroma of lavender brings upon a calmer mental state. Some studies have shown that lavender aids in reducing cortisol for some individuals while other salivary endocrinological stress markers and chromogranin A were reduced instead.
Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) aid in relaxing muscles and reducing joint stiffness. Dissolved in a bath the magnesium and sulphate ions absorb into the skin. After intense exertion, such as a workout, magnesium can be lacking in the body. A bath in Epsom salts provides the body with the mineral. Combining the Epsom salt with lavender essential oil can be incredibly healing to the body and mind.
Lavender Epsom Salts
- 1 cup epsom salt
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 1 tbsp almond oil
- 2 tbsp dried lavender optional
- Pour some warm water in a big bowl which can accommodate your both feet.
- Combine a few drops of pure lavender essential oil with almond oil and Epsom salt or dead sea salt.
- Soak your feet for at least 15-20 minutes.
- The presence of Epsom salt is helpful in aches caused by arthritis and also reduces the swelling caused by sprains as well.
Using Fresh Lavender
Fresh lavender is my favourite, it grows in our garden during the spring and summer and I use it in everything from personal care to drinks and baking the tiny purple flowers into cookies. The steps of fresh lavender for a foot soak, the steps are:
- 3-5 fresh lavender sprigs must be cut, this includes the flowers and leaves, both the parts contain the essential oil of the plant.
- These finely cut leaves and flowers of the fresh lavender sprigs must be poured in a bowl of hot water for 15-20 minutes.
- Later transfer this mixture into a big bowl and add some more water so that your feet a properly covered. In case water is too hot then wait for it to cool down rather than adding cold water. This is because the addition of cold water in excess will infuse the quantity of lavender.
- Soak your feet for 15-20 minutes, till the time water cools.
Amanda Filipowicz is a certified nutritional practitioner (CNP) with a bachelor in environmental studies (BES) from York University. She also has certification in clinical detoxification, prenatal and postnatal care as well as nutrition for mental health. She has been working as a nutritionist since 2013 and is a lifelong proponent of eating healthy.