At one time or another, you may have found yourself having to change your healthcare provider due to different factors. Perhaps leaving your provider was a necessity due to moving to a new city. Or, perhaps your health insurance plan changed which made your rates go up, causing you to choose a new provider. In case you are considering leaving your healthcare firm for non-essential reasons, you need to take time and weigh all of the options. Consider what you are getting at your current provider, versus what you expect to get elsewhere and then do a cost-benefit analysis. If the advantages of leaving are not that compelling, then you would be better off staying where you are. To help you make a rational decision, here are the top 4 things to consider before leaving your healthcare firm.
1. The quality of service
Before you leave your healthcare firm, consider the quality of care that they give you. As a rule, go for a healthcare firm that offers you a comparatively higher quality of service. For instance, if your healthcare firm is in Melbourne Australia, you should consider comparing it with Mitcham dental clinic. Mitcham is famed for its high quality of service, and state-of-the-art equipment. If you find Mitcham dental clinic better, which is highly likely, then make the shift. You won’t regret it. To help you learn more about this firm, check them out at http://www.mitchamdental.com.au/.
2. The distance from your location
Before you leave your healthcare firm, consider the distance from your residence. Your healthcare provider should be at a convenient distance from your home. For instance, there would be no point in driving for hours on end, just to see a dentist. If you are moving to a far-off location from where you currently reside, then it would make sense to find another one close by.
3. The opening and closing hours
If your workday doesn’t give you lots of free time, then you should consider flexibility before you leave your healthcare firm. For instance, if your healthcare firm offers 24-hour service, then it would make sense to stay with them. On the flipside, if they only operate during normal working hours, it would be practical to leave them, and find one that you can easily access at any time. This convenience can make all the difference in the quality of service that you get for what you pay your healthcare provider.
4. The small stuff, such as parking and public transport
These may seem trivial, but it is important to put them into consideration when looking to leave your healthcare provider. For instance, if your current provider has amazing parking, and is easily accessible via public transport, then it would make sense to stick with them. On the other hand, if they don’t have it, then you should consider leaving for one that fits this description. That’s because, the ability to access a healthcare facility easily can make a lot of difference in the quality of service you receive, especially if you work under a tight work schedule. They may seem trivial, but in reality, these factors are important.
Last week I made some Eczema Soothing Bath Salts, I loved them so much I decided to get fancy and made these cute Eczema Soothing Bath Bombs! I mean seriously eczema can be such a nasty drag so finding fun ways to soothe the itchiness helps boost my moral.
I made these Eczema Soothing Bath Bombs in a couple of different shapes and sizes. I made large rose shaped and small heart shaped bath bombs. Fun!
Not only can these Eczema Soothing Bath Bombs help calm and soothe your eczema as part of your daily eczema routine, they make great gifts to friends and family suffering with the same conditions! Just make sure your or anyone you gift them too are not allergic to any of the ingredients. Pair them with a jar of the salts and you’ve got a the beginings of a great gift basket or Eczema SOS kit!
In my post with instructions on how to make the bath salts I included basic information on the essential oils I used to make the Eczema Soothing Bath Salts. I used a couple of the same oils for the bath bombs along with some other oils. So if you want to information about Neroli and Helichrysum oils I used in making these Eczema Soothing Bath Bombs or if you just want to know how to make the salts click here! Then read on for more information on the other essential oils I used to make the bath bombs as well as instructions on how to make them at home.
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For tips about using essential oils and how to use them in your eczema routine click here!
Here are the rest of the essential oils used in making Eczema Soothing Bath Bombs.
Eucalyptus Oil is made from the leaves of certain Eucaluptus trees from Myrtaceae family and native to Australia. There are over 500 species of the tree and several including Eucalyptus odorata, Eucalyptus salucifolia, and Eucalyptus globulus are used to make the oil. The oil has antimicrobial, antibactirial and antifungal properties and is an anti inflammatory. It is used to soothe cold congestion and skin irritations from allergies and other causes. It also has a pleasing minty aroma.
These are qualities that make it a perfect ingredient for my bath bombs.
Peppermint Oil comes from the leaves of the peppermint plant scientifically known as Menta Aquatica. It is a hybrid mix of spearmint and watermint. It is cultivated everywhere but is most commonly found in the Brazilian rainforest, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East.
Peppermint oil is very popular is widely used as flavoring, think candy canes, and as medicines, think sports rubs and cold remedies! Its medicinal properties have been valued for centuries with well documented evidence of its use dated as far back as 1000 BC. Evidence of its use has also been found in many Egyptian pyramids!
Among its many healing and soothing qualities such as relieving headaches and sore muscles, easing chest and nasal congestion, and alleviating bad breath, it also helps relieve itchiness making it an ideal herb to use in my Eczema Soothing Bath Bombs.
Tea Tree Oil is made from the leaves and branches of the Tea (Ti) Tree known as Melaleuca alternifolia found in Australia. Its medicinal qualities have been widely known throughout Australia for over a hundred years. It is an antibacterial and antiseptic making it a great oil to treat wounds and skin infections. Its antifungal properties make it ideal for treating nail fungus, ringworm, and athlete’s foot all caused by types of fungi. It also helps relieve itchiness and can reduce swelling, qualities which make it another perfect ingredient for my Eczema Soothing Bath Bombs.
The other oils I used to make these bath bombs are Neroli and Helichrysum, more info on these oils can be found here!
Let’s make some Eczema Soothing Bath Bombs!
By the way I used 5 oils to make my bath bombs, you don’t have to use all of them. You can use a combination of 2 or 3, but if you must you should be sure to include the Neroli Oil, aside from it’s healing qualities it smells divine!
2 Lbs. Baking Soda
10 drops Neroli Oil
5 drops Helichysum Oil
5 Drops Eucalyptus Oil
5 Drops Peppermint Oil
5 Drops Tea Tree Oil
8 – 12 Tbs water
Place baking soda in a large metal bowl.
Add oils and stir well.
Add 6 tbl of water and mix, if it’s too dry add water 2 tbl at a time until you get the right consistency. The powder should feel like fine sand and hold a shape if formed into a ball.
Press into silcone molds I used large rose molds and smaller heart ones.
Place molds in the freezer for at least 1 hour.
Gently release each bath bomb from the mold.
Store in air tight containers until ready to use.
Drop 1-2 Eczema Soothing Bath Bombs into your lukewarm or room temp bath water. Soak and relax!
Eczema, I hate it! Eczema has been something I have had to live with off and on forever until last year when I had a huge flare-up. Up until then my eczema came and went with small spots that were barely noticeable. Last year something we can’t quite figure out (we went down the usual list of – did I change soap, shampoo, detergents, etc. and all answers were no, nothing in my dailing life changed as far as soaps, lotions, etc.) triggered the flare-up and I embarked an itchy eczema odyssey with my dermatologist. That’s how I came up with these Eczema Soothing Bath Salts.
After trying all sorts of prescription lotions, ointments, and even several courses of high dosages of cortisone pills in effort to stop the inflammation, relieve the itching, and heal the sometimes oozing rash and scratch wounds we were pretty much stumped because nothing seemed to work. After months of trying and hundreds of dollars spent on prescription meds only to find the eczema worse than when we started we had to step back and test for allergies. And what did we find? We found out that I was allergic to Propylene Glycol, Methylisothiazolinone (MCI) and Lanolin. The first 2 are widely used as preservatives in everything from soaps to lotions, and more. And Lanolin is used in creams and lotions to help treat dry itchy skin. Most importantly all the prescription ointments and creams I tried contained at least one of these ingredients; in short instead of treating or easing the eczema we were unwittingly making it worse! So in the end it’s possible that the trigger for the initial flare-up was one of the items I’ve used for years and were already in my home. And yes it’s possible to become allergic to things you’ve used for years! Now pinning down the culprit in my case proved difficult because almost everything we used contained at least one of the items I’m allergic to, specially the Propylene Glycol which is in laundry and dish washing detergents, soaps, shampoo, conditioner, hair color, hand wipes, hand sanitizer, and the list goes on and on! Now I can’t cut out using many of the items on the list but I had to find alternatives that didn’t contain the allergens I react to, that’s why these homemade Eczema Soothing Bath Salts are perfect, I control what goes in!
My doctor and I both agreed that baths containing salt and baking soda would be beneficial in soothing the itchy eczema. The salt would help prevent scratch wounds from infection and the soda would hopefully help with the itch.
So short baths it was, but then it was boring, who wants to sit in a tub of lukewarm unscented water? In my opinion baths are supposed to be soothing and relaxing. My baths did soothe the itching but it wasn’t very relaxing. So I looked into various essential oils, most importantly I tested very small dabs of the oils I was interested in on my skin; no sense using them if I was allergic to them and they cause even more harm. Luckily I wasn’t allergic to any of them and I’ve been using them in my eczema routine ever since.
I find that mixing up batches of bath salts is the best way to include them, it’s much easier to toss in a handful or two of pre-made salts than to haul out all the ingredients and drop them one by one in your bath water. That’s just too tedious! It only takes a few minutes to mix up a batch of Eczema Soothing Bath Salts which I keep in mason jars by my bathtub.
Not only are Eczema Soothing Bath Salts easy and quick to make they’re fairly inexpensive too! Your biggest expense would be the purchase of essential oils if you don’t already have them. But a small bottle of oil lasts a very long time and have multiple uses. I use them in oil diffusers, shower melts, bath bombs, candles, creams, and more. Other than the oils the only other ingredients you’ll need are a bag of epsom salts and a box of baking soda, both of which can be purchases for around $10 to $12 (large size bag and box) at Walmart or other store.
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Now let me tell you about the oils I use and why I use them for my Eczema Soothing Bath Salts.
Made from the flowers of the Bitter Orange Tree, Citrus Aurantium, grown in India, Eastern Africa, and the Himalayas, Neroli Oil is known to lower inflammation and pain and reduce stress. It contains anitmicrobial and antibacterial properties (kills or stops the growth of micoorganisms), and contains antioxidants (compounds that inhibit oxidation which is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals, thereby leading to chain reactions that may damage the cells of organisms). Neroli oil repairs skin, heals scars and inflamed skin, and soothes itchiness.
All of these qualities are great for eczema, and the skin in general. The added stress reducing quality makes Neroli Oil a great component of my Eczema Soothing Bath Salts. Oh and did I mention it smells amazing! That along would make me add it to my bathwater!
Bergamot Oil is made from the peel of the fruit of the Bergamot Orange Tree a citrus plant from Italy and the Mediterranean region. The fruit is the size and shape of an orange but is green or yellow in color. Tea drinkers are familiar with the citrus aroma of Bergamot Oil as it is used to flavor the very popular Earl Gray tea, I love Earl Gray tea! Bergamot oil is known to reduce stress and anxiety, probably why a nice cup of tea seems to always be called for in stressful situations. It contains antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic qualities and is an anti inflammatory as well. It also relieves muscle pains and headaches.
Like Neroli Oil this oil is a perfect ingredient for my Eczema Soothing Bath Salts. It also smells pretty good, real fresh and citrusy!
Helichrysum Oil comes from the yellow flowers of the Helichrysum Italicum Plantm (it’s in the same family as sunflowers) found in the Mediterranean area. The oil is made from the steam distillation of the flower making this oil a bit pricier and less commonly used than other essential oils. But it’s healing qualities should make it part of everyone’s essential oil stock as it’s been used for it’s medicinal qualities for years.
Helichrysum Oil is one of the most gentle oils making it a great oil for almost everyone to use. It’s aroma is difficult to pin down, somewhat earthy, sweet, and a bit fruity. It’s gentle nature and mild scent make it blend well with other oils. It has antimicrobial, antibactirial, and antifungal qualities. It is an anti inflammatory and antioxidant. Among its medicinal qualities it is said to help skin recover quickly. All of these qualities make it a wonderful addition to my Eczema Soothing Bath Salts.
Lavender Oil is made from the flower of the Lavender Plant scientifically known as Lavandula angustifolia. It has been used for its medicinal properties for over 5,000 years. It is known and used for its calming, soothing, and stress relieving qualities. It contains antibacterial and antioxidant qualities as well. It also helps heal cuts and burns, eases headaches and joint pains, and soothes skin irritations. Lavender Oil is the most commonly used and least expensive essential oil today. It can be found as an ingredient in detergent, baby soaps, candles, lotions, and many other things.
It’s also one of the mildest and most aromatic oils out there which makes it very popular. I added it to my Eczema Soothing Bath Salts because it complements the other oils in both soothing qualities and aroma.
Now that we know what oils are in my Eczema Soothing Bath Salts here are a few tips before you start making and using it.
First before you use any oil topically do a skin test by dabbing a small amount of diluted oil (mix it in either water or a carrier oil) on a small area of skin, wait a day or so to see if you react. If the you start to itch or develop a rash wash skin thoroughly and do not use the oil.
Never ingest any essential oil without first consulting your doctor or health care professional.
Never apply oil directly on to your skin. Always dilute it in water or use a carrier oil such as Jojoba, Avocado, Coconut, or other oil. The choice carrier oil will mostly depend on which scents are pleasing to you. (In the case of bath salts, shower melts, or bath bombs you are using the salts and/or baking soda as your carrier and diluting the oils in water)
Do not use essential oils on babies and children without first consulting your pediatrician.
Remember home remedies are meant to help soothe skin irritations, ease pain, and reduce stress. They are by no means cures for any ailments you may have. If your symptoms persist or you develop other symptoms you must consult your doctor or health care professional for medical or mental health care. Only medical professionals can test for, diagnose, treat, and prescribe for your medical conditions. Home remedies are not meant to replace or interfere with what your health care professional. Consult your doctor or health care professional before using any home remedies and essential oils to make sure they are safe for you to use and that they will not interact with any medications you have been prescribed; also tell your doctor about any home remedies and essential oils you are using before any medical procedures.
In my Eczema Soothing Bath Salts I used a combination of 4 oils; you don’t have to use all of them. But at least use Neroli Oil and if you can also either Helichrysum or Lavender Oils. If you aren’t going to be using all 4 oils then increase the amounts of the oils you are using.
When working with Essential Oils use either metal or glass bowls and metal implements. Plastics retain smells and you may not be able to wash them out. You don’t want your next project to have the scents from the previous projects!
For these bath salts I left them white, their natural color. I did not want to add color as I do with other salts I make like my soothing bath salts which have a lovely lavender color. The idea is to soothe Eczema or for that matter any contact dermatitis, color may cause allergic reactions in some people thus defeating the skin soothing effect I’m striving for. However if you want to make your salts pretty and you’re sure you’re not allergic to color you can color your salts by adding some food color in the color you want. I prefer to use either soap colorant or gel based food color.
Use lukewarm or room temp water in your bath if you are bathing to ease eczema itchiness. Don’t use very hot water as it will make you itchier. Spend not more than 15 minutes soaking in the tub. Take no more than 3-4 baths a week.
After your bath pat not rub skin dry. Apply any cream or ointment prescribed by your doctor immediately after bathing. Apply a moisturizing lotion or cream over prescription ointment. I use only Cerave products as it is the only creams, lotions, washes, etc. I know of for sure that does not contain Propylene Glycol, MCI, and Lanolin. It was created by dermatologists and is stamped with the National Eczema Association seal of approval.
It is important to have an eczema routine (bath/shower, ointment- if any are prescribed, moisturizer) twice a day to help stop flare ups and hopefully prevent them from happening again.
I know dealing with eczema is exhausting, but a having a routine, communicating with your dermatologist, and incorporating a healthy diet and exercise regimen in your life will definitely help.
Having said that if you’re ready and able to let’s make some Eczema Soothing Bath Salts! Here’s what you’ll need and how to make it!
2 Lbs. Epsom Salts
1 Lb. Baking Soda
10 Drops Neroli Oil
5 Drops Bergamot Oil
5 Drops Helichrysum Oil
5 Drops Lavender Oil
Place Epsom Salts in a large metal bowl.
Add your oils and mix very well to distribute the oil well.
Add baking soda and mix well until it is distributed throughout the entire mixture.
Move to airtight containers until ready to use.
To use toss a handful or two into your lukewarm or room temp bath water. Soak and enjoy!
Have a cold? Try my cold soothing bath salts and vaporizing shower melts!
Nothing is more relaxing than a hot bath at the end of a long day. So why not make your bath more enjoyable by adding a handful of these Relaxing Bath Salts to the tub?
These Relaxing Bath Salts are made with lavender essential oil and have a wonderful soothing aroma when released into the warm bath water. Lavender is said to have soothing qualities that help people who suffer from anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other ailments.
Now you can buy bath salts from most anywhere that sells beauty supplies, but why pay more for commercially packaged bath salts when you can make these wonderfully scented Relaxing Bath Salts easily and inexpensively? These bath salts have just 4 ingredients, epsom salt, 2 types of essential oils, and coloring.
Making it is easy peasy, just combine all the ingredients in a big bowl, mix well, then store in airtight containers like mason jars, and you’re done! They make a great addition to your nightly routine and also make awesome gifts and party favors.
Before you start here are a couple of things you should know about using and working with essential oils:
Never apply essential oils directly on to your skin – always use a carrier oil like coconut, almond, avocado, or whatever you prefer – your choice will mostly be to the scent or scents you like
You can also dilute essential oils in water – this works well for mists and steams as oils mix better when the water is hot – in the case of bath salts the salts will be your carrier, oils dilute so much better when mixed into the salt
Never ingest essential oils without first consulting your doctor or health care professional
Test oils on a small patch of skin before you use it to make sure you aren’t allergic to them
Use metal or glass bowls when making things like salts, melts, soaps, etc. with essential oils. Plastics absorb the scents which you may never be able to wash off.
So if you’ve got a little time, say about 15 minutes let’s go make some Relaxing Bath Salts!
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2 Lbs. Epsom Salt
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
4 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
Coloring – soap or food coloring whichever one you have will work
Place epsom salt in dry large metal or glass bowl
Add essential oils and mix very well
Add color you want and mix very well
Place Relaxing Bath Salts in airtight containers like mason jars and store in a dry place until ready to use.
Love soaking in a nicely scented bathtub after a long day at work but can never seem to find the time for it? In today’s busy world it’s sometimes difficult to find time, even just a half hour, to just stop and pamper yourself. That’s where these Calming Shower Melts come in handy!
Calming Shower Melts are scented with lavender essential oil which seem to have a calming effect on many people. Lavender essential oil is said to also help with insomnia, depression, and other conditions. I use it primarily because I just love the smell.
(As with many essential oils do your research and test it out if you’re not familiar with it because along with their beneficial effects there are not so beneficial ones for some. Also never apply these oils directly on to your skin or ingest them without first consulting your doctor or health care professional.)
Lavender essential oil as well as any other oil must never be applied directly to the skin. Oils must be diluted in a carrier such as coconut, avocado, jojoba and other oils; you can even dilute in water. Calming Shower Melts are actually combined with a powder and diluted in water, the same water you use when you shower.
The hot water you shower with releases the aroma from the Calming Shower Melts making this a great way to get some calming and relaxing alone time every day. I mean you’re going to take a shower anyway so why not sneak a bit of relaxation in. It’s particularly helpful if you shower just before bedtime as lavender is known to help send one off into slumber land.
Not only do these Calming Shower Melts smell heavenly they are so easy and inexpensive to make at home. Your biggest investment would be the essential oils and silicone molds if you don’t already have some. If you don’t have silicone molds no worries, you can use ice cube trays! Other than that it uses supplies you more than likely already have at home. Oh and of course you’ll need airtight containers to store your shower melts, I use Mason Jars. By the way these melts make awesome hostess gifts and party favors! So let’s make some shower melts!
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2 Cups Baking Soda
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
4 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
8-10 Tbs Water
Food Color (I use Wilton Gel based colors)
Silicone mold or ice cube tray
Place baking soda in a large metal or glass bowl (don’t use plastic as it absorbs the smells which may never wash out)
Add essential oils and mix well
Add 4-6 tbs spoons water and continue mixing. If mixture is too thick add water 2 tbs at a time until you get the consistency you want. I ended up using all 10 tbs. Mixture should be like fine sand to the touch but should be pasty and be able to hold its shape if you form a small ball.
Add your food color and mix well to distribute color evenly in the mixture. You can add more color until you get the color you want, but if you’re using liquid color you don’t want to add t much as it will make your mixture wet. That’s why I prefer the gel based coloring. When you’ve achieved the color you want you’re ready to mold your melts.
Press mixture into your mold or ice tray. The amount you need will depend on the size of your mold or tray. I got 5 large roses out of one batch. You don’t want to double the batch as it becomes harder to mix. If you need lots of melts make one batch at a time.
Place in the freezer to dry for at least one hour. Then unmold and store in airtight containers.
Like I mentioned I store them in large mason jars which are the perfect containers specially if you’re gifting them!
Have a stuffy nose? Try making my Vaporizing Shower Melts, they really will clear your sinuses!
Yup! Cold and Flu Season is definitely upon us. We’ve been battling winter colds at my house since December! We’ve all had our flu shots but they don’t exactly protect you from cold viruses, so we suffer with stuffy noses, scratchy throats, and in some cases fevers and chills. That’s why I’ve made jars of these Soothing Bath Salts; they’re a great alternative or even addition to the Vaporizing Shower Melts I make.
Like the shower melts these Soothing Bath Salts help clear your sinuses. They are great way to relieve stuffy noses caused by colds and allergies. Just toss a hand full or two of these Soothing Bath Salts into your hot bath, sit back, relax, and breathe in the soothing aroma of mints and eucalyptus. Trust me your stuffy nose will clear up pretty quickly.
Soothing Bath Salts are so easy and inexpensive to make; the most expensive ingredients would be the essential oils, but a small vial of these oils go a very long way! If you don’t already have essential oils you may want to consider investing in a small bottle of basic oils such as lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, and lemongrass. By the way treat oils as you would medication and keep them out of reach of children and pets; some oils are harmful to them; so do your homework before you use any oil. Also never apply essential oils directly on to your skin; always use a carrier such as coconut, jojoba, or avocado oils, or dilute them in water.
I like to color my salts so that they coordinate with the shower melts and bath bombs I make. I use gel based food coloring but you can use soap coloring or any kind of food coloring you have. Or you can just leave them white.
Once you make these Soothing Bath Salts store them in airtight containers until ready to use. They last for a pretty long time, but I wouldn’t keep them longer than 6 months to be sure the scents haven’t faded. I like to store my salts in mason jars.
These bath salts also make great hostess gifts, holiday gifts, and party favors!
Another tip use metal or glass bowls when mixing your bath salts. Plastic bowls and utencils will hold smells which may not wash out.
So having said all that here’s how to make these Soothing Bath Salts!
2 Lbs. Epsom Salts
8 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
8 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
4 drops Spearmint Essential Oil
4 drops Lavender Essential Oil
Food or soap coloring
Place Epsom Salts in a large metal or glass bowl.
Add essential oils and mix very well.
Add food color
Place in airtight containers and enjoy!