I’m a firm believer that baths are one of the best things you can do with your clothes off (wink wink, nudge nudge). They make everything better, warm you up, and send you away feeling all soporific and lovely. Like a massage, but not quite as good, though much cheaper.

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After hot yoga, a hot bath is exactly what I want. Epsom salts make it awesome, but I wanted to make it far more awesome. So I made a big batch of beautiful post-yoga bath salts. They’re predominantly Epsom salts, to help with soothing your muscles, with added baking soda to soften your skin.

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Ground ginger and a bit of cinnamon warms you up, and lavender, tea tree, and eucalyptus essential oils calm you down and help clear out your sinuses. Dead sea salts add a fancy factor (oooooh… they’re optional).

I should warn you, though: these are definitely a just-before-you-clean-the-tub thing, not a just-after-you-cleaned-the-tub thing. You will not be thinking nice things about me if you use these right after cleaning the tub, and now that I’ve warned you, I can safely say it’s not my fault, right?

Winter Bath Salts

7½ cups Epsom salts
1½ cups baking soda
1½ cups rock salt
1½ cups dead sea salts (optional, just use sea salt or more Epsom salts)
2 tbsp instant green tea, or ground green tea leaves
2 tbsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon

40 drops lavender essential oil
30 drops eucalyptus essential oil
15 drops tea tree essential oil

Start by putting the baking soda (or as much as will fit) in a coffee grinder, with your essential oils. Blend until the oils are all incorporated. Then mix everything together in a big bowl. Add two or three cups to your bath water and enjoy!

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