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Cedarwood and Sage Winter Bath Soak Recipe

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This recipe is perfect for wintertime! Use this cedarwood and sage bath soak recipe to relax your mind, body, and spirit while also providing your body with a rejuvinating detox.. Cedar and pine have natural antiseptic properties that will help fight off germs, while the warm water and salt soothes sore muscles. The herbs in this mix are also great for relieving stress or anxiety. This recipe will have you feeling relaxed in no time at all!

What are the Benefits of Taking a Bath?

Taking a therapeutic bath with bath salts can provide a host of benefits.

It’s no secret that bathing has scientifically proven health benefits with water being long revered for its therapeutic properties.

For centuries, people have realized the beneficial properties of water, like its healing and disease-protecting effects. Due to its importance, water was seen as magic and considered a gift of divinity. Egyptians and Israelites used to plunge themselves in the sacral water of Niles and Jordan, Hindus in the Ganges river for healing their soul and body.

Today, it’s not customary to plunge into rivers, although you certainly could if you wanted. Instead, modern convenience has afforded us the luxury of bathtubs. There’s nothing like a nice long soak in the tub as part of your self-care practice, especially when the day’s stresses get to be too much. As you settle into that warm water, you can feel the demands of the day slip away. 

To elevate your bathing experience even further, try soaking in a mineral-rich bath with therapeutic salts, herbs, and essential oils. Using the power of salts, herbs, oils, and soothing warm water, you can absorb the minerals and supportive plant constituents through the largest organ in your body: your skin.

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What are Bath Salts Good For?

There are many benefits to bathing in mineral-rich water, but one of the most important ones is how it can help balance your skin, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain. 
 
Salts containing minerals such as magnesium, calcium, sulfur, bromide, iodine, sodium, zinc, and potassium will infuse the bathwater with these vital minerals which have been known for centuries as natural painkillers, anti-inflammatories, and antioxidants!

Other Benefits:

  • Moisturizes the skin
  •  Hydrates the skin
  • Soothes pain
  • Helps to replenish the body’s electrolytes
  • Helps to improve our overall immunity and balance our alkaline / acid levels.
  •  Remove toxins from the bloodstream
  • Can help to relieve muscle spasms and menstrual cramps as well.
  •  Help to increase overall circulation throughout the body
  • Detoxifies skin.
  • SoothessStressed skin.
  •  Reduces inflammation
  • Improves psoriasis
  • Helps treat and prevent  acne and aids in the healing of other skin conditions
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How Do You Make Bath Salts?

In general, you’ll mix 3 cups of Epsom salt,  with about 1.5 cups of coarse sea salt, 1/2 cup baking soda, and a small amount of dendritic salt.  Then add 15-20 drops of essential oils to 2 tablespoons of carrier oil and mix. 

Since this bath soak recipe has added fresh and dried plant material, you’ll want to add all of your ingredients to an unbleached muslin bag and hang it on your tub nozzle instead of adding the mixture directly to your bathwater. You don’t want to clog your drain!

Simply turn your water on hot and let it run over your bag of herbs and salts until your tub is half full.  Then adjust your temperature to fill the tub the rest of the way and toss your bag into the water as you soak. 

Common Bath Salts Ingredients

  • Epsom Salts – are full of magnesium that helps to relieve pain and relax muscles.  Simply add two cups to your next soak to reap the benefits.
  • Pink Himalayan Salt – consists mostly of sodium chloride and has up to 84 other minerals and trace elements like potassium, calcium, and iron. It can help to improve respiratory diseases, balance your body’s pH, reduce signs of aging, improve sleep quality, regulate blood sugar, and increase libido.
  • Dead Sea salt – can help soften the skin and relieve sore muscles. The high magnesium content in Dead Sea salt also helps the skin to absorb and bind moisture better.
  • Baking Soda – can soothe the inflamed skin and reduce irritation and itching.
  • Dendritic Salt – is used in bath salt blends for its absorptive capacity.  A relatively small amount can be a great addition to bath salt blends. It helps maintain fragrance, holds essential oils stronger and for longer, and reduces clumping. It’s a wonderful natural preservative for sea salt bath blends.
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Cedarwood and Sage Bath Soak Recipe

This pine forest bath salt is my very favorite bath soak recipe for winter.  Luxurious Dead Sea salt is combined with other therapeutic salts along with the grounding and antimicrobial nature of pine needles, cedar, juniper, and sage for a relaxing bath.

*Fir or spruce needles can be added or substituted. 

Ingredients 

Directions 

  1. Combine saltbaking soda, pine needles, dried cedar leaf, dried sage, and juniper berries in a medium-sized bowl and mix thoroughly. 
  2. Combine essential oils with a base oil (sweet almond, grapeseed, etc.) and stir to combine.
  3. Add the oil mixture to the salt mixture. Stir thoroughly. 
  4. Place mixture into a glass jar, label, and store in a cool, dark place for 6-12 months. 

Use 1-2 handfuls of salt per bath and soak for 15- 20 minutes in water that is not too hot.  

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We hope you found this blog post helpful and informative. If it’s still wintertime where you are, we recommend trying out our cedarwood and sage bath soak recipe to relax your mind, body, and spirit.

Cedar has natural antiseptic properties that will help fight off germs, while the warm water and salt soothes sore muscles.

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    Barbi Gardiner is a bioregional herbalist, gardener, forager, modern naturalist and creator from the “quiet corner” of Connecticut in what is known as The Last Green Valley - the largest stretch of dark night sky in the Northeast megalopolis corridor. She is of Chaubunagungamaug Nipmuck, Polish, and Scandinavian descent and is committed to reviving the plant knowledge of her ancestors. The Outdoor Apothecary aims to inspire people to return to their roots, rewild themselves with nature, and rediscover the joy of living a simple life.

2 thoughts on “Cedarwood and Sage Winter Bath Soak Recipe”

  1. I love this! Thank you for sharing! I plan to make this for gifts this year…are dried pine needles from Amazon ok or should I just cut straight from the live tree 😂😂 Same thing for juniper berries…dried like in the spice aisle? Thank you!

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