Being a mom is probably the most awesome job in the world. It's also one of the most tiring and, at times, one of the most frustrating. You're always on call, there aren't any days off, and chances are you might get puked on a time or five.
How many times have you wondered, "Is it wine o'clock?" Or, even better, "How soon can I get to the spa?" The answer to the second question may be not anytime soon...or maybe it is!
This is where I come in to help. As a RI children's photographer, I've seen my share of moms who need a little trip to the spa. I also know some great, easy recipes for relaxing at-home spa baths that will make you think you took a little trip to heaven. All you need is a bathtub, some essential oils (I use doTERRA brand; feel free to use whatever brand you like. If you don't have any and want to relax NOW, Belmont Market in Wakefield has a selection of essential oils), and a handful of epsom salt.
Get your bathwater running and get your epsom salt ready!
You will be adding 4-6 drops of each oil and a handful of epsom salt to your bath.
AND NOW FOR THE RECIPES....
1. Rosemary, lavender, and lemon
This is a very calming blend, and I've found it also works very well for muscle aches and headaches. Despite the lemon and rosemary in it, I promise you will NOT end up smelling like a roasted chicken.
2. Cedarwood and Frankincense
Cedarwood oil has a warm, woody smell that is reminiscent of being inside a Swedish-style sauna. Frankincense just smells amazing first of all and it is basically the mac daddy of all oils. One sniff of Frank in your bath and you'll feel niiiiice and peaceful. Also, it does amazing things to your skin so don't be surprised at what a nice glow you'll have after your bath.
3. Serenity and vetiver
For those who use YL oils, Serenity's equivalent is Peace & Calming. Anyhow, no matter which brand you use, just the names of the oils alone tell you what they do. I used this blend in my diffuser a lot last spring when I was really sick and couldn't sleep well. Serenity makes you breathe out and say "ahhhhhhh". And vetiver...well, it just smells good. Some people love it and some people hate it. I'm a lover, and I would add it to ANYTHING. It's earthy smell just sucks me in and makes for a happy bath, and I hope it does for you, too.
So run a bath, grab a book, get in, and take some time for you to just relax. You'll emerge feeling like a new version of yourself.
Got any other oil combos you love in your bath? Let me know in the comments!