These bath salts are an inspiring blend of salt & herbs reminiscent of the Himalayas. Infusing your bath with the soothing & grounding essences of Holy Basil & Cedarwood.
This simple blend lends itself to the changing seasons and was formulated to help your mind & body adapt to whatever these changes may bring. Whether it be stress, anxiety, inflammation, joint & muscle pain, or the common cold. Your to be sure your woes & worries will be soothed by this Ayurvedic-inspired blend.
Holy Basil or Tulsi is a renowned Ayurvedic herb and is considered to be a sacred plant of India. With the ability to soothe the soul and balance the mind during times of stress, making it an effective calming adapatgen. It is also considered a valuable oral health aid, respiratory aid, circulatory stimulant, immune stimulant, and digestive tonic.
Cedarwood essential oil is a beloved aroma reminisnt of the cedarwood huts that adorn the Himalayan mountain range. It’s essenece is grounding + calming and it is regarded as a balancer of the mind, lungs, hair, and skin.
Epsom Salt | A highly regarded remedy for a variety of ailments including, muscle tension, pain, & inflammation. Although it is not a true salt, it is a natural mineral compound made out of magnesium & sulfate that is beneficial for the whole body. Assisting the body in reducing inflammation, easing muscle & joint pain, improving absorption of nutrients, and flushing out toxins.
Pink Himalayan Salt | An ancient salt from Pakistan high in minerals. The first appearance of this salt dating back to over 4 million years ago, to when the earth was still being formed. Traditionally it has been used as a nutritional staple, respiratory aid, PH balancer, digestive aid, air purifier, and sleep inducer.
Coconut | A highly nutritious fruit regarded for its meat, juice, milk, and oil. All of which contain high levels of lauric acid. The meat of the coconut is also high in essential fats & oils, especially medium chain fatty acids that are easily assimilated into the body & metabolized into vital energy.
Holy Basil | Ocimum sanctum | A traditional herb of Ayurveda that heightens awareness, enhances mental clarity and has a calming effect on the mind. It is also regarded as an immuno-modulator, an anti-inflammatory aid, a circulatory tonic, a calming adaptogen, and a mild digestive aid.
Cedarwood | Cedrus atantica | A traditional tree medicine of the Himalayas offering a cleansing & clarifying essence that when inhaled grounds the spirit. It is also regarded as an anti-inflammatory aid as well as a regenerative and restorative tonic for the skin & scalp.
Rose | Rosa centifolia | A treasured herb long regarded as a symbol of beauty that is healing to the mind, body & soul. The aroma of rose can awaken the heart and her essence can heal the soul. Rose is regarded as a nervine & blood + energy mover that also contains anti-hypertensive, anti-anxiety, hypnotic, anti-inflammatory, and astringent properties.
Lavender | Lavandula angustifolia | A highly regarded aromatic herb with an affinity for the nervous system with anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, digestive, and vulnerary properties. The aroma of lavender is both calming to the mind and cleansing to the senses.
Himalayan Holy Basil & Cedarwood Bath Salts
- 1 Cup Epsom Salt
- 1/2 Cup Pink Himalayan Salt
- 1/4 Cup Holy Basil Infused EV Coconut Oil or EV Coconut Oil
- 1 to 1/2 Tablespoon Dried Rose Petals
- 1 to 1/2 Tablespoon Dried Lavender Flowers
- 5-10 Drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
To create, begin by combining the epsom salt, pink Himalayan salt, dried rose petals, and dried lavender flowers in a bowl. Mixing them together with a spoon until fully combined.
Then combined the holy basil infused extra virgin coconut oil to the bowl. Mixing them together with a spoon until fully combined.
Then to complete, add 5-10 drops of cedarwood essential oil to the bowl and gently mix until fully combined.
To apply, add a scoop of Himalayan holy basil & cedarwood bath salts to your bath water. If you are running a hot bath, wait 5 minutes until the water has cooled down and then add your bath salts. This is the best way to preserve the aroma of the essential oils.
This recipe calls for an herbal infused oil. Although it may be possible to purchase this oil, I highly recommend that you try making it yourself as it is as easy as it is rewarding. For the purpose of this post though, I wont be discussing the art of formulating herbal oils, however, I will give you a basic formula for making your own herbal infused oil using the folk method. Although, it may not be the quickest way to create your herbal infused oil, I personally find that it is the most effective way to do so.
It is amazing what can transpire from oil & herbs! To create a basic herbal oil all that is needed is a carrier oil & freshly dried or dried plant material. In this instance, we are using extra virgin coconut oil as our carrier oil & dried holy basil leaves as our plant material. In the recipe below you will an ingredient list & detailed instructions on how to craft your own holy basil infused herbal oil using the folk method.
Folk Method | Herbal Infused Oil | Holy Basil & EV Coconut Oil
- 1 Part Dried Plant Material* Dried Holy Basil Leaves
- 1 Part Carrier Oil EV Coconut Oil
- 1 Glass Mason Jar
To create, begin by adding your dried plant material to your clean & dry glass jar.
Continue by filling the remaining space in the jar with your carrier oil. Being sure to cover your plant material by at least 1 inch. If your plant material rises above your oil during this process, simply add more oil until it is fully covered.
Then stir with a spoon to combine your oil & plant material before securing your jar's lid.
Place your jar on a sunny, warm windowsill and shake once or twice a day to redistribute your plant material.
After 2 to 3 weeks, you are ready to strain & store your herbal infused oil! To do so, use a strainer & cheesecloth to separate the plant material from the oil. Then store your herbal infused oil in a clear or amber glass jar.
Keep your jar stored in a cool, dry, & dark place until you are ready to use it. When stored properly, it should last up to a year. This shelf life can be prolonged by adding a drop or two of vitamin e oil to your infused oil.
*Dried plant material versus freshly dried plant material | When creating herbal infused oils, eliminating excess moisture is essential. If you choose to use freshly dried plant material, make sure that it has been dried for at least 12 hours, 24 hours being more desirable. You want to make sure that there is no more moisture in your plant material and that it is dry + crumbly to the touch.
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