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Relaxing Respite Retreat – Essential to our own Wellbeing
Frank and I are just back from our second Relaxing Respite Retreat! And we have decided that they are absolutely essential to our own health and wellness as caregivers! Respite is so important to help prevent caregiver burnout! We need time to relax, rest and retreat from our responsibilities. Our little Relaxing Respite Retreats are “all about us” time – specifically designed as time to relax, rest, retreat, recharge, rejuvenate and reconnect! Enough “R” words? 🙂
Epsom Salts are magnesium sulphate based and are touted as being amazing for the body. There are some many reason to buy a bag and start adding them to your bath! But during our Relaxing Respite Retreats, my number one reason is help us relax and sooth our weary, tired bodies! And how can you go wrong with a hot bath in epsom salts! When I was working as a Registered Nurse, I would come home after a long shift, run ragged off my feet. I would draw a hot epsom salt bath and soak the stress of my shift away!
So when we go away, it is always a bonus to be able to book a hotel with a lovely soaker tub! This trip was no different. And over the course of just 3 days and 2 nights away, I enjoyed 4 relaxing soaks! You can read more about our little Relaxing Respite Retreat here. But I wanted to share some ideas for mixing aromatherapy into your respite time! And even into your regular routines, as able.
I am a huge fan of essential oils and aromatherapy. Some people claim that essential oils have lots of healing properties. I am more of the mind that it’s the essential oils that you enjoy most that are the best for you!
So into a hot bath with 3 cups of epsom salts, I add 5-10 drops of my favourite essential oil of choice.
Below is a list of some of my favourites for bathing. Together with each are a few of their aroma benefits. Although the most important benefit in my opinion, is how they leave me feeling personally. Given them a try and see how you like them!
Eucalyptus Oil helps to clear the mind, promote feelings of relaxation and clear breathing.
Lavender Oil can help reduce anxious feelings, promote peaceful sleep, and help ease feelings of tension.
Rosemary Oil helps reduce nervous tension and fatigue.
Wild Orange Oil is a powerful cleanser and purifying agent and is uplifting to the mind and body.
Cheer® Uplifting Blend promotes feelings of optimism, cheerfulness, and happiness. It can counteract negative emotions and provide a boost of happiness and positivity when you are feeling down. It features Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Star Anise Fruit/Seed, Lemon Myrtle Leaf, Nutmeg Kernel, Vanilla Bean Extract, Ginger Rhizome, Cinnamon Bark, Zdravetz Herb.
Console® Comforting Blend promotes feelings of comfort and hope and counteracts negative emotions of grief, sadness, and hopelessness. It uses sweet floral and tree essential oils to promote feelings of comfort, putting you on a hopeful path of emotional healing. It features Frankincense Resin, Patchouli Leaf, Ylang Ylang Flower, Labdanum Leaf/Stalk, Amyris Bark, Sandalwood Wood, Rose Flower, Osmanthus Flower.
Balance® Grounding Blend promotes a whole body sense of relaxation and may help ease anxious feelings bringing balance to the emotions. The warm, woody aroma of Balance® is a perfect blend of Spruce, Ho Wood, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, and Blue Chamomile with Fractionated Coconut Oil to offer an enticing fragrance that promotes tranquility and relaxation.
Serenity® Restful Blend promotes relaxation and a restful sleeping environment while lessening feelings of tension and calming the emotions. The addition of Cedarwood, Ho Wood, and Vetiver essential oils gives dōTERRA Serenity® a grounding aroma that calms the mind and soothes the senses.