For me, there is no better way to unwind after a long day than a relaxing bath filled with my favorite aromas.
Essential oil baths are nourishing not just for your body, but also your mind and your soul. Plus, the combinations of oils can be endless and suitable to just about anything that is going on in your life that particular day.  From the obvious like sore muscles or tension, to the not-so-obvious like immunity support or even easing menstrual symptoms essential oils elevate your bath time from a daily necessity to something almost ethereal.
So, if you want to take your bath to the next level follow these tips and get the most out of your next soak!
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To begin, I always have my Himalayan sat lamp on instead of any other lights.  I love my candles, but sometimes they intermix too much with the scent of essential oils, which I am going to talk about in a moment.  The Himalayan salt lamp has a soft, comforting glow and has been said to improve the air around it.  It is a perfect addition to the calming atmosphere I aim to create.
Second, I almost always use epsom salts in my bath for a detox as well as to add to my relaxation and aid in soothing sore muscles or tension.  Remember, the goal is ultimate relaxation!
Added to my epsom salts are almost always some kind of essential oils.  For the ultimate in relaxing baths, when your sore muscles are practically screaming at you, I like to add 2 cups of epsom salts along with 10 drops of eucalyptus, 10 drops of peppermint and 10 drops of cinnamon essential oils, diluted in a carrier oil. 

These EO’s have a relaxing effect while helping to soothe tired muscles and energize your body even when you feel totally zapped.

Classic lavender essential oil is the perfect addition to a bath before bedtime. But there are a few other essential oils that might help you get into sleepy zone alongside some beeswax candles. Roman chamomile, vetiver, marjoram, sandalwood and ylang ylang and valerian all help to induce relaxation.  My favorite combination is lavender with lemongrass before dinner so you can feel relaxed and refreshed for the evening ahead.
A note on adding essential oils to your bath.  Adding your essential oils directly to the bath doesn’t allow them to spread out effectively, and often speeds the evaporation process.
When you put your essential oils in a tablespoon of milk (I know it sounds strange!), it acts as a carrier oil and helps distribute the delightful scents, helping them last longer.  Anyone who is a little bit older (like me!) might remember their mothers telling them about milk baths for creamy, smoothe skin.  So, a tablespoon isn’t enough for that effect, but this isn’t the first time someone has put milk in a bath!
You can also use a simple carrier oil such as jojoba, olive oil or sweet almond oil for to give your skin some extra moisture.
After a nice hot bath, when your pores are open, give yourself a nice massage. Add a few drops of the relaxing oils listed above to some sweet almond or coconut oil and rub all over your skin for a nice treat. The scents will stick with you for awhile and keep that post bath calm happening for hours.
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