Health Benefits of Epsom Salt and Essential Oils Bath

Most of us take baths once in a while because we find it relaxing and soothing. Little do we know the benefits of Epsom salts that go beyond it’s ability to relieve pain and relax muscles. It’s not only a powerful muscle relaxant, but it also improves our body’s ability to absorb nutrients. It flushes the toxins and harmful heavy metals out of the body and eases muscle pain.

I take warm epsom salt baths every now and then with a few drops of a few handful essential oils. My favourites are Lavender, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus oils (More on the oils a little bit later). When I am looking for extra aroma, I add green herbs, such as thyme, Rosemary or mint which are good for the skin.
Lately, epsom salt bath pods or tanks have become quite trendy. It is said that spending 45 minutes in those pods just floating with your eyes closed is equivalent to 6 hours of sleep. I have mentioned many a time in my previous blogs that I am insomniac. And after doing further research and reading on sympathetic dominance, I’ve found out that my body never really fully relaxes as its always in in-flight or in-fight response mode. Hence the various health problems along with insomnia that I have experienced and lived with for many years. I find epsom salt bath especially important for me as it’s another way for me to get the magnesium that my body needs.
Magnesium is one of the most powerful elements in our body. It has so many health benefits that it is absolutely vital to include that in our daily diet. So many of us are in deficient in Magnesium and don’t realise how important it is for our health. It is not only good for the prevention of hearth diseases, joint pains, stress and digestive problems but is necessary for the absorption of vitamin D and calcium by our body. And that is why Epsom salt which is rich in magnesium and sulfate is a great way to acquire this essential element. I mentioned in my previous post that skin is the biggest organ in our body and absorbs everything a lot easier than any other organ in our bodies could do. Taking bath in epsom salt allows the body to absorb magnesium directly through the skin. Also to truly enjoy its benefits it is important to add enough epsom salt in your bath. I normally add 1 medium size cup worth of salt in the warm water.
Almost always, I add a few drops of Lavender, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus oil as well in my bath. That is not only calming but each type of essential oil has healing properties.
Lavender is good for dry skin and soothing for the irritated skin. It’s also said to be good for insomniacs due to its calming abilities.
Eucalyptus is good for respiratory problems and for clearing the nasal cavity.
Tee Tree oil is good for infections, scars and itchy/irritated skin
As always, do a skin patch test first to ensure you are not allergic to any of the oils you put in the bath.
Make it a habit of taking warm baths once or twice a week and you will feel the difference and always use certified organic oils. Let me know how you go. If any questions, email me on Look forward to hearing great stories.
Much Love

What you put on your skin matters

There are so many cosmetics and skincare products in the market that have carcinogenic ingredients in them that it boggles my mind how they were even allowed to exist in the first place let alone making it to the shelves of supermarkets, beauty salons and skincare/cosmetic stores. These products should always be avoided because they have the potential to cause some serious long term health problems.


Remember our skin is the biggest organ in our body and anything that you put on your body goes in you body; it is directly absorbed into your blood stream, 60% of which can go into the organs. That is why it is even more important to use the cleanest skincare products for the vitality of our health because healthy immune system shows through healthy and radiating skin.

Below are some of the preservatives and chemicals that I particularly watch out for when buying cosmetics and any skincare product e.g. shampo, hair sprays, hand wash, body lotion, face cream, essential oils etc. (Literally anything that I would put on my skin!).



Many companies resorted to use of preservatives after the Parabens controversy. But these preservatives can be just as bad depending on their quantity in the product. The baddest of them all are:

  • Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • DEA
Other harmful chemicals to avoid all together are:
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)
  • Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES)
  • Synthetic Fragrances and Parfarm
  • Animal derivatives
  • Other ionic Harsh Detergents such as ammonium lauryl sulfate and ammonium laureth sulfate
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Artificial colours
  • Triethanolamine
  • Mineral Oils
  • EDTA
  • Paraben
  • Phthalate
  • Coal Tar dyes
  • PEGs
  • Petrolatum
  • Triclosan
  • Chemical Sunscreens (with Retinyl Palmitate, Oxybenzone and Octyl Methoxycinnamate
  • Aluminum
  • Heavy Metals: Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Arsenic, Nickel and More
  • Talc


Below are some of the things that I look for when buying a face cream for a healthy, supple skin.

These ingredients should only be taken at minimum or mixed with other ingredients:
  • Retinol (Vitamin A): Most products will have it less than 1% mixed with other ingredients. It must be used with caution as it thins the skin. Products containing Retinol should not be used on and around eye area where the skin is delicate and the thinnest.
  • Shea Butter: It is great for keeping the skin moisture retained especially through night time and any “Shea butter” creams should only be used on Body not face as it clogs pores and is a big NO NO for oily skin types
  • Pure Vitamin E oil: Should not be used by itself on the face as it clogs pores. Use a cream that contains it with other vitamins and antioxidants OR mix it with other essential oils before application to face.
    • Tip: I usually mix a drop of Vitamin E oil with Chamomile and Rose hip oil during the day when I am  not going outside. The mixture thins the Vitamin E oil and instead of rubbing the mixture vigorously into the skin I use my fingers on my face as if I was dabbing it.

Hydrating Matcha Tea Face Mask

Drinking any herbal Tea is good for the health and good for the soul. Drinking herbal tea every day provides antioxidants in abundance (most herbal teas are packed with them). There is however, one herbal tea that delivers antioxidants in 10 folds compared to any other herbal tea. And that is Matcha tea. Where green tea, when brewed can only provide antioxidants that are extracted from the leaf, Matcha is an actual green tea leaf and what you get with it is not just what is extracted from the leaf but also what is inside the leaf. It is a powerhouse of antioxidants. In fact some researches have shown that consuming 1 cup of match tea delivers health benefits of drinking 10 cups of green tea.

There are so many other health benefits of Matcha. This just one powerhouse ingredient can lower your cholesterol and blood sugar levels, provide with vitamin C, selenium, magnesium and zinc, boost your energy levels, detoxify and get rid of chemicals in your body, promote healthy iron levels in your body, relax your muscles, and it’s known to reduce cravings resulting in high metabolism and calories burn rate…. my goodness I can go on and on about the health benefits of this little wonder called matcha!.

Above all Matcha is vibrant green in colour. Green means chlorophyll and I mean it literally! chlorophyll actual means “Green leaf” in Greek. It is a green pigment with amazing healing benefits. If consumed, it is known to reduce inflammation in immune system and digestive problems and aid in gut health. And know with absolute belief that “Healthy Gut means Healthy body” (My favourite topic!) and Matcha tea is packed with chlorophyll!

Did you know chlorophyll if applied topically on a scar or bruise is known to reduce redness and swelling? Think about it. It is crucial for every plant to absorb energy from the sun and to stay “alive”. The suppleness and the vibrant green colour in plants is because of chlorophyll.

So given Matcha is packed with chlorophyll along with antioxidants which play big part in improving health overall, I’ve found another use of it that will result in immediate soft and youthful looking skin; And that is to apply it topically!

Now that you’re equipped with the knowledge of Matcha tea benefits, here is the  method to apply it topically on your face and it could not be any simpler. All you need is match tea powder (please get organic certified one so you know that it doesn’t have any nasty chemicals!) and a few drops of hot water.


Take one 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoon of match tea powder and add 1/2 teaspoon boiling water (or until the consistency is like a paste). Let the mask cool a little (it literally takes a few seconds for it to cool down as the idea is to apply the mask on the face when it’s warm – Not boiling hot. Not cold). Apply it on clean face with a soft brush and leave it for 10-15 minutes or until the mask is feels hard on your face. Then remove it with luke warm water and moisturize your face.


The immediate benefits are that your face would feel smooth and soft. If you apply this mask at least once a week, after 2-3 weeks you will notice that your skin looks radiant and would feel more supple. I apply it as close to the under eyes area as possible as the antioxidants get sealed in your skin when you apply the mask while it’s warm resulting in depuffing of the dark circles. I have noticed that overall this mask hydrates my skin more than any other DIY mask.

It takes only 10-15 of your time ONCE a week. So enjoy. Look after yourself and while you got the mask on, drink a cup of hot matcha tea 🙂

With any skin regime and DIY remedies, it is always important to do patch test on your skin to ensure, that you’re not allergic to any ingredient and I will highly recommend you do that before applying this mask to the whole face.

I look forward to hearing about your results.

Much Love x