Some days I feel like a CSI detective, a Sherlock Holmes and Watson…nah, more like Monk or Matlock.
A few nights ago my youngest son presented a mysterious rash right before bed. Aw nuts. If you Google rashes before going to bed, you will itch all night.
I’ll spare you all the details, but let’s just say that after some serious investigative research and memory recalling, we ruled out every possible highly contagious virus and determined that the culprit was indeed just nasty ol’ chiggers. I’ll spare you the mental image. But if you want to start itching, go and Google them.
In the midst of my investigative research, I was also writing up a health and recovery protocol for us to put in place should our family be dealing with a contagious virus and begin spreading it amongst ourselves. It was quite impressive if I say so myself! But alas, it won’t be necessary for us right now.
Well, at least I have a protocol written up in case we ever need something for viral rashes.
But lucky for you, I have this super easy salt bath recipe to share. I had my son bathe with this more than once to help calm his irritated skin as well as calm the body and mind.
Lavender Salt Bath
- 1 cup epsom salt
- 5-10 drops of therapeutic grade essential oil
I used both lavender and roman chamomile essential oils. You could use whatever oil or oil combination you would like. Both of these essential oils are relaxing. What I wanted to achieve was not only to calm itchy spots on the skin, but also to just overall calm the body and mind.
Other oil suggestions would be the restful blend (lavender blend), grounding blend, aloe/sandalwoods, or vetiver. The lavender has a floral aroma of course, roman chamomile has an aroma like tea, and the other oils are more woodsy or musky, so good options for boys/men.
If you were going for a detoxing bath, you would pour the entire 1 cup of salt into the bath with water at the hottest that you could tolerate, and soak for 10-15 minutes. If you’re just looking to calm the body before resting, about 1/3 cup should be enough in the normal temperature of water you prefer. You can of course use as much or as little as you would like. Another good option would be to add 1-2 tablespoons to a pan of water and do a foot soak. The final option would be to have a spoon or scoop in the jar and you could scoop some into your hand and exfoliate your skin before adding it to the water.
Enjoy this therapeutic bath! Send me a message if you’d like to know more about safely using essential oils. Oh, and enjoy not having any rashes.