A couple weeks ago, I sprained my wrist and the pain was beginning to go up my arm, into my neck and down my back. Part of it was the sprain and I think stress also was contributing to the effects. In the past, my first thought may have been to call a chiropractor or doctor. This time, I sent my massage therapist a message to see what she suggested. In addition to a massage, she recommended an Epsom salt soak. Trust me, I had NO problem with a day of pampering! There is nothing worse than a mom with pain and stress! So a couple days later, after volunteering at Bountiful Baskets, I enjoyed a 90 minute massage. After a date with my hubby, I enjoyed an Epsom salt soak with drops of doTERRA lavender oil, accompanied by Nicholas Sparks Safe Haven and a few Dove Chocolates. Seriously the best Saturday ever that I think needs repeating monthly and, a at the very least a 20 minute bath weekly.
The healing effects of relaxation time, Epsom Salt and lavender essential oil are medically documented. My wrist had been causing me major pain for a couple weeks and after this Saturday of pampering, I was completely fine! Talk about quick results! Epsom Salt acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and can help with joints among many other health benefits. Epsom helps to reduce pain, stiffness and swelling.
Lavender Essential Oil is considered the Swiss army knife of essential oils and has countless benefits. Lavender is a universal oil that has traditionally been known to balance the body and to work wherever there is a need. In our home, we use it most frequently for relaxation at bedtime in particular. Few things help my 2 year old son unwind and go to bed, but a little foot massage from mom with lavender usually will do the trick.
For more information about lavender, click on this link: LAVENDER Information Sheet.
Prescription for Happy Healthy Mom: 1 or more Lavender Epsom Bath Soaks/Week
1) Tub full of hot water
2) 1/4 cup – 2 cups Epsom Salt (use more if you have aches or soreness)
3) 3 drops doTERRA Lavender oil (Add the oil to the salts before putting into water to allow the salts to absorb the oil)
4) 1 mom (no kids!)
5) Optional: soothing music, favorite book