I love a good bath, but as a mom of two very young children, I rarely take the time to fill up the tub and relax a bit. In the last few months of my pregnancy, though, I found them to be absolutely essential. And this super easy, calming DIY bath soak will take your bathing experience to the next level.
When I was about 6 months pregnant, my brother and his girlfriend gave me an essential oil diffuser and a starter set of essential oils. I had recently mentioned that I had been wanting to get some oils, but had just not spent the money yet. A few days later, the diffuser and oils were sitting in my lap. How awesome is that?! It was a wonderful surprise, and I immediately started putting it all to good use.
Earlier in the year, I made an essential oil bath soak with one of the mom groups that I am a part of. I don’t remember the exact recipe we used in the group, so I just made this one as simple as possible. Since I was pregnant at the time, I had to be careful about which essential oils I chose to use. Lavender is one of the safest oils, and is generally considered fine during the second half of pregnancy. It is known for it’s calming and relaxing effects.
I also decided to use epsom salt for my soaks. Epsom salts are known to help relieve aches and pains, which was something that I definitely needed during third trimester, as well as postpartum.
- 1 c. Epsom salt
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 2 drops food coloring (optional)
Take a large ziploc bag, and dump 1 c. of epsom salt into it.
Add 10 drops of lavender essential oil, and 2-4 drops of food coloring. (The food coloring is totally optional. It will turn your bath water a lovely color, though. It also makes this bath soak an easy and pretty gift.) Seal the bag, and work all of the ingredients together with your hands.
Once the color and essential oil is thoroughly mixed in, transfer to an airtight container, and you’re done.
It is a great way to unwind at the end of the day, ease your sore muscles, or just simply pamper yourself a bit, whether you are pregnant or not. And, as I just said, it would make a wonderful gift, and could be customized for just about anyone.
This makes it easy to pamper yourself and someone else. Enjoy!