Oils were such an empowering part of my birth experience as my 18 hours of labor and 6 hours of hard pushing almost kept me from having another.. I was so grateful for my oils to support my bathing process and to also support my recovery and m new baby. Here is what every mama needs in their birth bag. I got most of my research and information from The Essential Midwife, Stephanie Fritz, she wrote a solid book called, Pregnancy, Birth and Babies, that I highly recommend purchasing from amazon.
+ Balance was the blend I used to keep myself grounded and breathing through my contractions. This powerful blend is calming and grounding and my husband applied to the bottoms of my feet and along my spine, and down across my lower back it was HUGE. I also used this diluted along the new babies spine and bottoms of her feet and has been a staple at our house ever since. I also recommend having Lavender and Wild Orange on hand as they are great addition to balance.
+ Diffusing Wild Orange & Peppermint were going the whole time during both of my births. These combo was invigorating, fresh and really helped me to focus and stay positive... My first birth was no joke and having these little tools helped so much really supported my grit. :)
+ Back labor is seriously no joke and I labored hours on a boss ball in the shower. The hot water cut the pain down in a huge way. My husband layered Balance, Deep Blue, Peppermint, Marjoram and Frankincense on my lower back and hips. I know everyone is different but this seriously was a life savor... I would ask him to reapply about every hour and a half.. I had made a roller ball up of these 5 oils pre labor and did 15 drops of each and filled the rest with FCO. It was my pain reliever.
+ After baby is born, things are super tender and need a lot of healing in the peri area. I took a 10 ml bottle of Immortelle, which has the most healing oils, such as Frankincense, Hawaiian Sandalwood, Lavender, Myrrh, Helichrysum, and Rose. This blend supports tissue repair. I put 25 drops of Immortelle into a 2 oz spray bottle and then filled the rest with either Fractionated coconut oil or Water and a teaspoon of witch Hazel, your choice. After each bathroom use with a regular peri spray bottle. I would pat dry with a dry cloth and then I used this peri spray and I promise the healing time was so much faster then it would have been.
+ Roman Chamomile, Lavender, and Frankincense were the 3 oils I used the most topically on baby and appropriately diluted. They are so gentle, calming and I used them if there were tummy upsets, and after baths to support their skin, and cellular health. I would apply on Selah's bottom after each diaper change and then along spine or bottoms of feet to support their new systems, as well as on tummy if there was some discomfort.
+ Arborvitae is red cedar and has powerful purifying and cleansing properties, but is grounding and gentle. I diffused this often with Lemon, and frankincense in our home with new baby to support little lungs and purify the air. Simply add 2 drops of each to your petal or Lumo diffuser. I can't say enough good things about this oil and or the blend.
+ I also love to have Doterra's Peace blend in the 10 ml diluted touch roller. Its a blend of Vetiver, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, and Marjoram, and Spearmint. I found that its very supportive to a new mama's hormones and emotions and also for our newest little one. Its already diluted and I love to swipe once on the bottoms of their feet if they are just cranky and needing some extra support to stay calm.
+ Other Oils I would have on hand include: The Onguard Hand Sanitizer is great for keeping things clean without toxins, such as wiping the handles to your carseat, or your changing pad, or your own hands when on the go. The Aromatouch blend to soothe sore muscles in your neck and shoulders from breastfeeding and to support tension in your back and hips after birth. I also love Doterra's Stronger blend for kids. Its a blend of Cedarwood, Litsea, Rose and Frankincense. These oils are both powerful and gentle and perfectly diluted for an easy swipe down the spine or bottoms of the feet to keep your littlest one and yourself humming and protect agains environmental threats.
If you are ready to get started with oils and have questions or want to jump in with your own wholesale account and get a FREE DEEP BLUE RUB and DEEP BLUE Oil this month I would love to help you get going and support you. Here is the link.
Also I love to hear what others use in their birth bag, feel free to comment and share with me.
Before I had babies, I worked full time as an RN and did 3 x 12 hour shifts and picked up extra work here and there and then on my days off I slept in as long as I needed to, and did whatever I wanted based on how I felt.. There is something beautiful about giving yourself the time that you need to enjoy whatever you need in the moment.
However, now that I have had kids, I do not have that kind of time. In fact, time has become my most precious commodity and I have had to learn how to be very intentional with my time and be productive with the time I give my business and blogging.
I have found that creating an automated morning routine sets up my entire day for success, no matter what plans I have to alter. So here goes, the 6 things that I do first thing in the morning set the tone for an awesome day of mom life.
Upon awakening I put a drop of Peppermint in my palm and rub my hands together and inhale.. Its the most amazing way to awaken your senses. I keep my oils in places that I will use them, so I have Peppermint, Lavender, Wild Orange, Cedarwood, and Vetiver all at my bedside table. I usually lay there for a few minutes and think about my day and set my intentions for the day. I think I forgot to mention that my kids get up at 5:45-6:30 am so i have learned that I have to get up before them to get my own quiet time. So usually my alarm goes off at 5:15 am. I get up and start my oral care, brush my teeth, wash my face and with cold water and apply moisturizer. I then go downstairs and drink at least one tall glass of water with a couple drops of lemon essential oil and take a Terrazyme, aka (digestive enzyme).
Connecting with my Higher Power is imperative and the most important action I take to set up my whole day for success. It looks different for everyone, but my Higher Power is Jesus, and God the Father. So I have my devotionals that I read out of daily, and I get cozy in my Big Chair with my glass of water and I begin by praying a prayer of gratitude and inviting God into lead me and to direct my day and put people, places and things in my path. I ask Him to guide me and ask for Peace, Love and Faith to lead my day. I often read a Psalms out of the Bible, and pray for people, and or situations that are on my heart. This really sets the tone for everything. I also love to do a Head Space guided mediation for 10 minutes after this. This whole process can take anywhere from 10-20 minutes.
Sipping a hot drink is something that has become a ritual that I crave. I am currently caffeine free due to adrenal rehabilitation. I start the tea kettle and will either have Decaf Organic Coffee, because I love the taste and then I make it bullet proof, or I will drink Organic Peppermint Tea. I love to create a cozy atmosphere for my family, so I usually put on some therapeutic music and get my essential oil diffusers going. I love to diffuse Wild Orange and White Fir, or Wild Orange and Peppermint. These oils are super uplifting to mood.
Dry skin brushing is something that I took up about a year and a half ago and I love it. Dry skin brushing has many benefits, and one of the most important ones is that it stimulates your lymphatic system, which helps the body to detoxify naturally. It also feels great, softens and exfoliates my skin, clears my pores, and just gives me an energetic boost. Now let me be honest, if my kids are up... I have to get them fed first and situated and then i can head up to dry brush and hop in the shower.. this does not always happen seamlessly, however if I get my prayer and mediation in with water and lemon, and get my warm drink started I am having an excellent start to my day.
Laying out my clothes the night before has been awesome, because then i don't waste time on figuring out what to wear, I usually wear black yoga pants and a comfy lululemon tank top with a button up shirt or cotton long sleeve shirt. Then I put my hair up in a messy bun or clip.. Apply my favorite face oil, and then my makeup routine takes a whopping 3 minutes... usually powder, bronzer, mascara and lip gloss or tinted chapstick. My favorite thing to apply is my essential oils, such as Rose Touch, Jasmine, or Neroli, I put the oil in the tips of my hair and back of my neck and feel and smell amazing.
Smoothies have become my am breakfast and I look forward to every morning. I love to blend up my homemade almond milk as a base,
add a cup of organic spinach,
2 scoops of organic chocolate protein powder
1 scoop of collagen peptides
1/2 a frozen banana
1/2 cup of ice.
This usually keeps me full and satiated until 10 am and paired with my supplements, I am having a great day!
I love to move first thing in the am, but have learned that I want to connect with my kids and usually don't get my work out in until later in the am or in the afternoon. But my kids and I love to stretch and do some yoga poses together and do mini workouts.. Stretching and moving is invigorating and gets my body going. I enjoy a guided Yoga routine and or just stretching with my kids and chatting with them about our day. If its light out in AK we get outside for a walk for thing in the am and that is my most precious time with them. Its such a beautiful way to connect and meet them where they are at.
First I would like to thank the talented Miss Holly Luiken, who took these lovely pictures with my littles and I. She is ridiculously talented and you can follow her IG @hollyluik.
There are so many oils that I use all the time but I am often asked, "What's your favorite? What oils do you use the most? What are your mama go-to oils".... there are a lot of oils I use on a regular basis... But if I had to narrow it to just 5 of my most used... These would be it.. They are supportive to both me and my littles. So here goes.
Balalnce: This is my most used mood blend that supports me and my babies both physiologically and emotionally. The warm and woody aroma of the Grounding Balance blend creates a sense of calm and well- being. This is a blend of Spruce, Ho Wood, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, and Blue Chamomile with Fractionated Coconut Oil make this warm woody fragrance a favorite. The Spruce wood has emotional profiles that promotes tranquility and relaxation. Ho Wood, Blue Tansy, and Blue Chamomile can ease anxious feelings, while Frankincense provides a grounding, balancing effect on emotions.
Frankincense: This is one of my favorites!!! Known as the "King of the Oils", its one of the most prized and precious essential oils, Frankincense has extraordinary health benefits. Used for centuries for its healing benefits, the Wiseman brought baby Jesus Frankincense and Myrrh. The ancient Egyptians used Frankincense resin for everything from perfume to salves for soothing skin. This centuries-old knowledge contributes to the modern uses of Frankincense today. It's amazing calming properties to the central nervous system, healing benefits to the skin, and support of cellular health to promote your overall wellness are just some of a few reasons as to why its such an amazing oil. I love to put a drop under my tongue in the am for immune boosting, and add a drop to my moisturizer.
Lavender: This is known as the "swiss army knife" of oils for most mamas.
Lavender has been used and cherished for centuries for its unmistakable aroma and myriad benefits. In ancient times, the Egyptians and Romans used Lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as a perfume. Its calming and relaxing qualities, when taken internally, continue to be Lavender’s most notable attributes. Applied topically, Lavender is frequently used to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections. Add to bath water to soak away stress or apply to the temples and the back of the neck. Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet to relax and prepare for a restful night’s sleep. Due to Lavender’s versatile properties, it is considered the must-have oil to have on hand at all times.
Onguard: This guy is probably one of the most popular blends of all. I often hear people mention this oil if they have limited knowledge of oils. doTERRA On Guard protects against environmental and seasonal threats with essential oils known for their positive effects on the immune system when ingested. This powerhouse blend of Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, and Cinnamon Leaf make it super effective and supportive. doTERRA On Guard can be taken internally on a daily basis to maintain healthy immune function and support healthy cardiovascular function. It can also be used on surfaces throughout the home as a non-toxic cleaner. When diffused, doTERRA On Guard helps purify the air, and can be very energizing and uplifting.
Note: Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product.
Peppermint: this is the oil that grabbed my attention and I fell in love with for so many reasons and I enjoy using all the time. . Its so supportive to mood, alleviates tension headaches... aides in stomach digestion, and is perfect before a hard workout. It is frequently used in toothpaste and chewing gum for oral hygiene. Peppermint also helps alleviate occasional stomach upset and promotes healthy respiratory function when taken internally. I use Peppermint every single day multiple times for a variety of things..
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.
Note: Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
I often get asked where people should start when embarking on their oil journey... I get it, it can feel very overwhelming... There are numerous kits that are amazing for taking the plunge and having some powerful tools to revolutionize how your family does health. Here is one of my favorite kits, The Family Wellness Kit. This kit has everything you need for mama and the littles in supporting a healthy immune system, uplift mood, support sleep, and foundational supplements to support a healthy gut. This enrollment kit is $275 and will be the best spent money for starting school and keeping their immune system's in check.
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So here is the deal, there are all sorts of kids colliding with lots of germs flying and kids are kept inside most of the day. It's super important to keep their guts healthy, and therefore keep their immune system's in tip top shape and make sure that you are healthy. Yes, mama, you need to put your oxygen mask on first, before you can save your babies... so make sure you are drinking plenty of water, getting good sleep, and taking pure, solid, and foundational supplements.
The Lifelong Vitality Pack is a total game changer and has supported my immune system, so much so, that I use to be the Nurse who "caught" every germ at the hospital and was chronically sick for 5 years... to the Nurse, mama of two and busy entrepreneur who rarely, if ever gets sick and has a thriving gut. Try it for 30 days and if your not digging it, send it back for a full refund..
The PB Assist, is the best probiotic for your littles that will leave them asking for more, with a fabulous a2z chewable, packed full of al vitamins and minerals necessary for your littles.
Then we have my favorite 2 mood blends!!! CHEER & PEACE!!!!
Cheer is an amazing blend that promotes feelings of optimism, cheerfulness, and happiness.. Its already perfectly diluted so you can apply to the bottoms of the feet and back of the spine.
Peace is a beautiful blend that supports healthy rest and sleep, as well as calming nerves.. Apply during the evening before bed after baths to promote calm and relaxation as your littles prepare to sleep restfully.
Both of these mood blends are perfectly diluted and smell amazing and are great for your kids and you.
The Top 9 Diluted oils are fabulous for on the go to swipe the bottoms of the feet and back of the spine or any point of interest. These will be used more than you ever thought possible. Here are a few basic ways to use to support your kids as they start school.
Immune support: Onguard & Frankincense: Apply to the bottoms of the feet and back of the spine in the am before school and in the pm before bed.
Tummy Tamer: Digestzen over the navel area and bottoms of the feet to support any discomfort.
Little Lungs: Frankincense, Onguard, and Breathe over the back of the Lungs.
Owie Love: Lavender & Melaleuca & Frankincense over their little cuts and scrapes.
Sleepy Time Love: Peace over their hearts and bottoms of their feet with a little Frankincense to boost immune system as they sleep.
Good Morning Mama: Cheer on the back of their necks or bottoms of their feet as your getting ready for school.
" When it comes to growth and success, immediate gratification is almost always the enemy of growth. We can chose to please ourselves and plateau, or we can delay our gratification and grow. It's our choice. " ~ John Maxwell,
I have been thinking a lot lately about personal growth and reading a lot of books that I have loved. However, I am tired... the journey can seem long and I find myself questioning growth... I am really tired and I need to make some shifts in how I perceive things and how I do life. My mindset and head chatter has needed to change and shift for a long time... I have made huge progress.... but I am somebody who always wants to rush the process and "be fixed".... I have learned that life does not work that way.... It is not about the destination, it is about being present one day at a time, one moment at a time in the JOURNEY.....
Learning to be aware of what is going on inside of me and how that effects my actions and how I do life. Wanting to keep the commitments that I make to myself and really learn to honor my dreams and desires and take the actions needed to move forward and grow. There is an old saying that I love: "champions don't become champions in the ring- they are merely recognized there." It's so true, if you want to see where somebody becomes a champion, then you need to look at there daily life.... when they are in the spotlight of winning a race, or a boxing match... that is just the place where they are getting found out and seen, but the real making of a champion is in the day to day life where nobody is watching.....
Cheers to the daily grind of life where we make shifts in the small things that become habits and lead to the big wins in life...
This morning I am winning at mom life... being present, loving well, reading books and connecting....
My Mission is Greater than my Fear has been my "mantra" for the past two years.... or maybe even longer.... You see, I have battled fear most of my life but in the last five years, I have learned how to welcome fear, acknowledge that its in my life and learn to do life with it there and slowly the powerful grip that it had on me dissipates in various areas... as I continue to walk my journey knowing that I am afraid. Embracing the things that cause fear and validating my discomfort, has allowed me to be able to overcome things that use to cripple me. It has been quite a journey but I have received more gifts than I had ever imagined.
Fear is powerful, it can take over and really fuel our lives, for the good or for the negative, depending on how we handle it. We all feel fear, we all know it's there... we all manage it in various ways and we can either welcome it and get use to it or we run from it, until it overwhelms our lives.
One of my favorite therapists and authors, Chip Dodd, is quoted as saying, "Fear brings us strength. It is the feeling that allows us to experience risk, trust, dependency, collaboration, and ultimately, wisdom because it helps us realize our need for help."
I love this quote because I have been learning how to use my fear as my strength, to lead out of my vulnerability and to not have to be "perfect"... My desire to really live fully, and be fully alive and present is far greater than my fear of failure or doing it "wrong".... I feel most alive when I am trying new things, conquering heights, risking in relationships, loving fiercely, speaking my truth, being bold, and also letting myself be seen.
I love this picture because I am fully embracing this bump, and the excitement of becoming a mother for the second time. You see, I had a long journey with fertility. My husband and I lost 4 precious babies and then I couldn't get pregnant for a long time. The fears that I experienced during my journey in becoming a mother were gripping, debilitating at times and caused me so much anxiety and pain. I grieved and I grieved and I grieved.. I feared I would never be a mama... I feared I wouldn't be enough... I feared that I would always get pregnant and then lose another baby.... I feared that the depression wouldn't leave me... I feared that I was broken.... Through this heartache I learned how to grieve, how to face my fears and validate them but continue to walk through difficult situations with grace and dignity. I learned how to be vulnerable, which I am still working on today. I learned how to love myself. I learned that I am capable of way more than I had ever thought possible. Most of all I learned that I have a passionate and HUGE heart and I love hard and I grieve hard, and I can fight for what I want. I can grow, I can laugh and I can cry.... and I will live.... I won't die and I am loved. Through the losses and challenges I do not take it for granted for one minute that I get to be a mother. It has been the greatest privilege. My daughter was one of the most precious gifts I ever received and then my son was the most precious unexpected gift that I ever received.
Life is full of peaks and valleys, and its the valleys that give me deep gratitude for the peaks. Through it all, My mission of living fully and being fully present, and loving deeply is far BIGGER than the fears that use to hold me back. Life is too short and I have too many things to live for and to experience and to love.
Blend for Courage and Growth:
1 drop of Wild Orange
1 drop of Sandal Wood
1 drop of Grapefruit
1 drop of White Fir
Note: this amazing photo was taken by Marilyn Jeffers.
So I have been thinking a lot lately about what my purpose is and where do I find joy..... I have made some big changes in my life that have shifted my thinking... it has been super scary but very exciting at the same time. One of the things is quitting my nursing job for this season in life. I want focus on being a mama and on my AK Essential Wellness business.... this was SO hard for me to do...
I have never quit anything in my life... all the previous jobs I have had either came to an end because they were seasonal and I was in High School and College or I just transitioned to a new department or position....
I have learned so much these past 10 years working as an RN at Alaska Native Medical Center, and really I grew up there.... so many huge life events and shifts from when I started as a new grad RN at 24 yrs. young. :)
I will keep my license current and will work with patients again but for now I feel that I had to chose my priorities and do them well..
It has been difficult though... I have found myself questioning my decision when I am feeling exhausted, haven't showered, have had no adult conversations in 12 hours.... and changed one too many poopy diapers...
I started writing gratitude lists first thing in the morning a couple months ago and have quickly found how many blessings I have and my whole mindset shifts when I focus on all the good in my life and look at even the most difficult of situations as opportunities to grow and learn.
HERE IS WHERE I FIND JOY and ABUNDANCE!!!!
I LOVE the BEACH!!!! I love to smell the salty sea air, and to beach comb at low tied in Southeast Alaska. I grew up on the ocean, and its my most favorite place.... I grew up walking the beaches at every low tide I could as a little girl with my two brothers... looking for treasures.... glass balls are the epitome of OCEAN TREASURES!!!! I love to find unique shells that have been vacated by beautiful sea creatures... I love the salty sea air on my face, and watching the waves crash, while seals and sea lions splash... I like to refer to these memories as my "Eden Memories".... its where everything is well, and I find so much serenity and joy.
I LOVE watching my babies play and giggle together... My heart nearly skips a beat when they hug each other, or when Selah says, "it's ok Gray, we can do this together"..... there is no better place I would rather be than with them.
I LOVE having my first cup of coffee in the morning and reading some news or turning on my favorite podcast and waking up in peace and quiet by myself... I look forward to that every morning...
I LOVE hiking mountains with my girlfriends or my handsome husband... I love being outside more than anything and love the fresh air and great conversations..
I LOVE splashing in mud puddles with my two littles and or blowing bubbles outside and watching them chase the bubbles and laugh.
I LOVE bedtime. For one, I know that I will soon get to have my own downtime in a matter of minutes... but more than that I LOVE to review the day with them, read books, talk about what we are grateful for and pray. Its such a gift to hear what an unfiltered, raw and so honest 3 year old has to say about what she feels, loves, is sad about and wants to pray for.
I LOVE having tea with my husband and chatting about life, goals, and dreams on the coach... Yes, we have more coach dates these days, but I love them.
I LOVE driving in the car and rocking out to country music with my kids and singing our hearts out... best time ever... or I often ask Selah, "do you want to chat or would you rather sing?" she always tells me what she prefers, and I tell you what this little peanut loves to chat just like her mama and I get more out of her in the car than anywhere else...
Yesterday in the car she said, "mama, do you miss your friend Amy?"
Me: "Yes, I miss her very much."
Selah: " She is in heaven and I think that she is having a good time... we can see her some day mom."
Me: " Yes, we will see her"...
This about made me run off the road... my eyes welled up with tears at her rawness and also I just miss my friend...
I am so grateful for all these little moments that create a full life. These are just a fraction of what brings me joy. My life is full and abundant and I get to live it well. I get frustrated at times, feel insecure, question decisions I have made, compare myself, and then I get to pause, breathe deep and connect to myself and I know that I am right where I need to be. This is what brings me joy.
Blend for Joy!
2 drops of Clary Sage
2 drops of Lavender
2 drops of Lime
Diffuse and enjoy,
Note: Both of these beautiful picture was taken by my talented friend and artist, Savannah Plank!
How do you start your day? What are your morning rituals? What do you do to really jumpstart your day and pave the way for a great day, no matter what obstacles or challenges you may face?
These are questions that I was asked 7 years ago when I was in a tough spot really having to reevaluate my perception of my life and how I showed up in life. I was sitting across the room from someone I really trusted and had shared much of my story with and was asked by this person some great questions that would altar the course of my life. There were hours and hours of deep conversation and connection, however I remember being asked about my morning routine... " I have no morning routine... I just get up and do whatever I feel like doing and see where the day takes me...." Oh boy have the times changed for me...
I now find it imperative that I have a morning routine, have a quiet time with my Higher Power, and am able to meditate, pray, and set my intentions for the day. The days that I don't do this go completely sideways.... I need to get up before my kids, have my time to get coffee going, wake up and just be still and quiet.
A big part of my morning routine has been the Serenity Prayer, it has really helped me with seeing what I can do in difficult situations and what I can let go of and trust my Higher Power with... I have learned to pause, and to be quiet and wait and that I don't need to have an immediate answer or react... I get to respond when the time is right... this was super hard at first because I was so use to getting instant results, and feeling in control , and felt the need to figure things out... I have now learned that most things are not that big of a deal and will sort themselves out.
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference;
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
April Shower Blend is excellent to put in your diffuser when you are getting going in the morning and getting centered for the day.
2 drops of Lemon
2 drops of Sandalwood
2 drops of Patchouli
Epsom Salt Bath
I have been incorporating Epsom Salt Baths, otherwise known as "detox baths", in my weekly rhythms for the past 5 years and they have definitely supported my body in managing stress, decreasing muscle and tissue soreness, gently detoxing my body, and supporting healthy magnesium levels. I try to take two to three Epsom Salt Baths a week. I consider this time, “My Mama Wind Down Time”.
1 ½ cup of Raw unscented Epsom salts.
5-8 drops of Essential Oil
1-2 Tablespoons of bath oil, or vegetable oil.
Pour your bath add in the Epsom salts and your bath oil to bind to the essential oils. Then add in your favorite essential oil or combination of essential oils. Then jump in with your favorite book or listen to a podcast and sip your favorite beverage and soak for a good 30 minutes. The Epsom Salts are an excellent source of Magnesium, which most of us our deficient in. You will feel amazing and sleep so soundly.
I also give my kids "detox/epsom salt baths" a couple times a week. I use 1/2 a cup of epsom salts and then just add in 3-4 drops of essential oil with some bath oil. They love them they sleep so well.
Here are some of my favorite combinations of essential oils for the bath:
1. Lavender & Breathe: 3 drops each
2. Frankincense & Lavender : 3 drops each
3. Aromatouch & Lime: 3 drops each
4. Rosemary & Lime: 3 drops each
5. Serenity & Aromatouch: 3 drops each
For more science behind how epsom salts support the body, cleanse the body of toxins, and balance magnesium levels, check out Dr. Axe's article on epsom salt baths.
Enjoy yourself some great " mama time".
My name is Holly Boyer and I am a life long Alaskan, mama of two of the most precious babies, and wife to my soulmate.