I never appreciated my bathtub until I was pregnant and on my feet most of the day. During the third trimester, many of my late evenings were spent in a warm (not hot) bath with the wonderful smell of lavender essential oils in the air. And now that I’m no longer pregnant, I can add a glass of red wine and make bath time even more relaxing!
Since the weather has finally turned cold here in Winston-Salem, I’ve been struggling with dry skin after my hot baths and showers. I try to avoid putting any unnatural lotions and beauty products on my skin (for this reason), so I’ve found a fantastic, un-greasy way to moisturize my skin during my long baths.
Fractionated coconut oil is coconut oil that has been processed so that it is liquid at room temperature and does not smell like coconut. It makes a great moisturizer because it absorbs well and does not leave your skin feeling greasy. I use it as a carrier oil to dilute my essential oils, and I also rub it on my skin before getting out of the shower. Basically, this product is amazing!
Making your own moisturizing bath salts could not be easier! I’m never paying for scented bath salts again. As long as you keep these ingredients on hand (they last a while), you can keep refilling your container — or give it as a gift! Trust me, your pregnant friends will love you for it!
What you need:
- 1 8-oz. container (I bought a 6-pack off of Amazon)
- Plain, unscented Epsom salts (should be in your grocery store, but is also sold online)
- 1 T. fractionated coconut oil
- ~10 drops lavender essential oil
- ~ 4 drops eucalyptus essential oil (if you have it)
- Optional: lavender flowers
Pour Epsom salts into empty container until almost full. In a small cup or jar, combine coconut oil with essential oils. Pour oils over salts and stir to distribute oils evenly. Add lavender flowers if desired.
Add about 1/4 cup to each bath, and relax!
Note: Some essential oils — for example, rosemary and clary sage — may cause uterine contractions and should not be used during pregnancy. Always do your research before trying new oils!
Lavender oil is commonly used for relaxation due to its clean floral scent. Eucalyptus oil is great for pregnant women, as many of them are seeking relief from congestion. It may also help protect the immune system from colds and the flu, which is a nice bonus. Always make sure you use pure, organic oils — especially if you are pregnant — and do not put oils on your skin undiluted (use a carrier oil).
Have a healthy and relaxing weekend, everyone! 🙂