Epsom Bath Treats ~ 3 Ways

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Here’s another extremely simple way to treat yourself or others. Epsom salts with your favorite essential oils. Put them in cute jars or bags, make some tags and tie them with ribbon.

I have always loved taking baths. Hot water has some kind of soul quenching relaxing benefits for me that I can’t quite explain. Give me a good book and a bathtub every night and I’m happy. In fact, after making 4 types of cookies doughs and a big batch of pie dough last night, I crawled into an epsom bath with a book at midnight! It just washes all the stress away.

I didn’t really embrace additions to my tub water until I started dealing with chronic illness. I found that epsom baths were a big help with pain and sleeplessness. Later, when I tested positive for Lyme and started doing research, I realized the true benefits and why it’s so helpful for me.

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Epsom salt relaxes the nervous system, can cure skin problems, soothes joint pain, eases muscle strain, heals cuts, treats colds and congestion, and draws toxins from the body. Plus, it just feels really good to soak in a nice tub and relax. That alone is good for the soul.

I think this would be a great kid project too because it involves measuring, counting drops, and doesn’t involve a hot stove. I would highly recommend gloves for the little ones though because essential oils are very, very potent. If your children make these for gifts, I think a recipe card cut out from your child’s hand print would be a special and cute touch. Someday I’ll have grandchildren and we’ll do all kinds of fantastic projects together!

For now, it’s just me and the pups. They can’t make bath products but they are definitely always eager to “help” me in the kitchen and to cuddle when I take a break.

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Sore Muscle Soak

2 Cups of Epsom Salt

1/2 Cup of Baking Soda

1 Tablespoon of Sea Salt

10 Drops of Eucalyptus Globulous

10 Drops of Peppermint

5 Drops of Stress Away

1-2 drops of Natural Green Food Coloring

Measure the epsom salts, baking soda, and sea salt into a large bowl and whisk to combine. Add the essential oils  and whisk until fully incorporated. Pour 1 Cup into a hot bath and soak for 40 minutes. Rinse when finished. 

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Peaceful & Happy ~ 2 Ways

2 Cups of Epsom Salt

1/2 Cup of Baking Soda

1 Tablespoon of Sea Salt

Recipe #1 :

10 Drops of Lavender

15 Drops of Joy

Recipe #2

10 Drops of Lavender

10 Drops of Ylang Ylang

5 Drops of Stress Away

Measure the epsom salts, baking soda, and sea salt into a large bowl and whisk to combine. Add the essential oils  and whisk until fully incorporated. Pour 1 Cup into a hot bath and soak for 40 minutes. Rinse when finished. 

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Cold & Flu Soak

3 Cups of Epsom Salts

1/2 Cup of Baking Soda

1 Tablespoon of Sea Salt

8 Drops of Thyme

20 Drops of Lemon

15 Drops of Eucalyptus Globulous

This recipe has an additional cup of epsom salts because of the strength of the thyme essential oil. Measure the epsom salts, baking soda, and sea salt into a large bowl and whisk to combine. Add the essential oils  and whisk until fully incorporated. Pour 1 Cup into a hot bath and soak for 40 minutes. Rinse when finished. 

Homemade Intensive Organic Night Cream for Face & Neck

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I have a lot of people tell me they aren’t creative or crafty in or out of the kitchen.

I don’t believe that’s true.

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I believe that all of us, no matter who we are, have a little bit of art inside us of us.

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The definition of an artist is: a person skilled at a particular task or occupation,  a person whose work shows creative ability or skill, a person who displays in his work qualities required in art, such as sensibility and imagination.

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That’s all an “artist” is and we all have those skills and abilities in one way or another. 

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I can’t free hand draw, or paint beautiful water colors, or sew well, or sing well, play a sport, or even play an instrument.

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But I can create. And I think creation is art.

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I love to create a beautiful garden, a comfortable home, I love to create recipes, little craft projects, and I also enjoy making healthy face and body products.

Trust me, if any of it was difficult drudgery, I wouldn’t do it.

Art is something you LOVE to do that comes naturally to YOU. 

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Yesterday I focused on  making an organic anti-aging night cream.

It’s simple to make, it’s luxurious, and it’s a special treat for yourself and your loved ones.

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~ Quench ~

Intensive Organic Night Cream for Face & Neck

By Gluten Free Zen

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*Makes about 3 Cups

(Click on each ingredient for brand)

1 1/2 Cups of Organic Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil

1/2 Cup of Organic African Shea Butter

2 Tablespoons of Organic Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil

12 Drops of Frankincense Essential Oil

6 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil

4 Drops of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

6 Drops of Lemon Essential Oil

Measure the coconut oil into a stand mixer and whip the the whisk attachment until light and fluffy. Add the shea butter and continue whipping until full incorporated and airy. Slowly drizzle the olive into the mixture while the mixer is running. Continue to whip until light and fluffy. Turn the mixer to low and add the essential oils. Whip until fully incorporated.

Spoon cream carefully into containers of choice. Tap container after each spoonful to compact and level the cream. Keep away from heat and extreme cold.

Apply a small amount to freshly cleansed face and neck at bed time

(Scroll down for more of my body product recipes!)

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Here are links to more of my Healthy Homemade Body Products! 

Homemade Body Butter

Lip Balm, Sleep Salve, Night Cream, Shower Bomb, Body Lotion, & Hand and Elbow Scrub

Essential Oil Body Cream

Toner & Face Cream