Baths are one of my favorite ways to unwind and relax, and since we've moved to the new house I have spent a lot of time my tub reading. It makes me happy!
I love to add a cup or so of epsom salts with essential oils to the water. A favorite combo is Lavender + Pine. I enjoy the mix of floral and woodsy aromas and regularly diffuse it and add it to our wool dryer balls, but there's more to it than just smelling good! There's a reason I often choose these two for bathtime.
Lavender is well-known as a calming oil. Linalool, one of it's natural chemical constituents, is responsible for this reputation. It has shown to reduce stress levels and create a calming atmosphere. It can totally be used alone, but I like to mix it with a less floral oil to tone it down a bit.
Pine was historically added to baths to revitalize people struggling with mental or emotional fatigue and/or nervous exhaustion. It helps soothe mental stress and relieve occasional anxiety. And BONUS: Pine may also stimulate the adrenal glands and circulatory system.*
Other favorite calming/relaxing blends:
Lavender + Orange
Lavender + Pine + Rosemary
Pine + Frankincense
The next time you find yourself stressed or anxious, grab these Lavender + Pine and get to sniffin'!
*Reference Guide for Essential Oils, Higley