A Herbal Column— Linda Kean

Winter salts:

Winter salts are used to help ease cold and sinus issues that we can all face in the winter. Typically, winter salts are made with sea salt and a combination of eucalyptus, camphor, peppermint and wintergreen. These herbs can be added in oil form as well as just mixing the dry herbs directly with the salt. You can use a scoop of each herb or you can mix and match a few to make a successful winter salt.

Most of these salts are used in herbal bags that can be put under your pillow or held and smelled. You can choose to put them in the bath but if you do you just use a little bit.  A little bit goes a long way to clear your sinuses or help relieve head colds. When using the oils instead of the dried herbs you want to use just a pinch in the bath. Oils are much more concentrated and in the bath may irritate the skin if you use too much. So make some of your own winter salts to help keep your head clear.

 

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