Place 1 cup of salt in a glass, metal, or ceramic bowl. Using a whisk, stir in 1/2 teaspoon of your favorite relaxing essential oil until it is thoroughly blended. For salt, you have many therapeutic options like Epsom salt, Dead Sea salt, Himalayan salt, or sea salt. Easy to find, affordable, relaxing essential oils that are also sleep enhancers include: lavender, clary sage, orange, bergamot, and cedarwood.
"These salts draw out the impurities, replenish nutrients, and relax muscles while they remove dead skin and open your pores so that you absorb the essential oils deeper into the layers of your dermis -- sugar is just sugar; there's no therapeutic effect," says Hope Gillerman, author of Essential Oils Every Day and founder of H. Gillerman Organics luxury essential oils remedies. Add 1/2 cup of the salt scrub to a drawn bath, and swish with your hands to dissolve. Soak your feet for 5-15 minutes, then use the salt to scrub calluses on feet. "This is the absolute best ritual to do before bed if you have trouble sleeping or unwinding after a particularly challenging day!"
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