Self-care is big business.
According to one estimate, the self-care market is currently worth around $450 billion.
People are taking a holistic approach to their health, prioritising natural products and experiences that will have the best possible outcome for their mental and physical wellbeing.
And CBD oil appears to fit perfectly within this category.
Self-care is about more than just stocking up on products. It’s about choosing natural products that won’t damage the earth or your wellbeing.
It’s also about taking a mindful approach to wellness.
It’s about knowing what you need to do in order to support your mental and physical wellbeing and not being afraid to prioritise it.
Self-care may be an act as much as a product. For example, saying “no” to a night out when you’re exhausted or making time in your schedule for daily yoga practice.
Adding CBD to your routine is also an excellent self-care practice.
The process of taking CBD – letting the drops warm under your tongue and waiting – is the perfect example of a simple act of self-care.
What's in this Guide?
What Are The Benefits Of CBD?
CBD is not a medicine, and nor is it intended to treat or cure any condition. Instead, it should be seen as a stepping stone to wellness and balance.
Balance can mean very different things to different people. For example, it could mean better sleep, more movement or an improved diet.
Balance can also be physiological.
The body needs to maintain a state of homeostasis in order for key processes to function correctly.
CBD helps to maintain this balance by supporting the endocannabinoid system. This system is involved with cell signalling throughout the body.
The endocannabinoid system is thought to be involved with everything from sleep patterns and appetite to pain response and mood.
We don’t yet fully understand how CBD products help to support the endocannabinoid system, but one popular theory could explain the interaction.
CBD is thought to inhibit the release of an enzyme that is responsible for breaking down anandamide (an endocannabinoid produced in the body) when the body is finished with it.
If the body breaks this down too quickly, it won’t have enough to complete essential functions.
By preventing this endocannabinoid from breaking down, the body will have more at its disposal.
This is one theory of how CBD might help to support a deficient endocannabinoid system.
This would also explain why CBD works for some people while others have no response.
If individuals have a poorly functioning endocannabinoid system, they may see some benefit from taking CBD oil.
In an individual with a healthy endocannabinoid system, there may be no noticeable changes after taking CBD products.
More research is needed before we can say for certain if an endocannabinoid deficiency has any impact on the body.
Is CBD Good For The Skin?
The skin does contain endocannabinoid receptors, so CBD certainly isn’t wasted when used topically.
However, there is limited research available on the topic.
We know that some customers turn to CBD to address skin concerns such as eczema, psoriasis, dry skin and acne.
There have been limited studies into the use of CBD to treat these conditions, but the early results are promising.
In 2014, a study found that CBD helped to inhibit the production of sebum. Excessive sebum production is often one of the factors that contribute to acne.
A review conducted in 2016 also found that CBD has antibacterial and antifungal properties.
This means it could help to reduce secondary skin infections that happen as a result of irritated and inflamed skin.
However, it’s worth noting that these trials were not carried out in humans, so we will have to wait a little longer until we know if CBD is a possible treatment for skin conditions.
CBD For Self-Care
Adding CBD to your self-care routine couldn’t be simpler. It’s all about choosing the products that help you feel more relaxed and pampered.
This could mean adding CBD to your skincare routine and taking the time to cleanse, tone and moisturise your skin every night.
Or it could mean introducing CBD to your bath with a fragrant, homemade bath bomb.
Self-care is supposed to be a meditative and indulgent practice, so this is not about quick fixes before rushing onto the next thing.
Instead, you’ll enjoy the most benefit if you make time in your busy schedule for your CBD self-care.
The Basic Components Of A CBD Bath Bomb
Making your own bath bombs is an enjoyable activity, whether you are making them for yourself or as a gift for others.
As with any homemade beauty recipe, you’ll get better results if you choose the best possible ingredients.
The basic ingredients for a CBD bath bomb are:
- Baking soda
- Citric acid
- Essential oils
- CBD isolate
You can also enhance your CBD bath bombs with soothing ingredients such as Epsom salts and shea butter.
Here’s how each of the ingredients will work together to make the ideal self-care treat.
Choosing The Ingredients For Your Bath Bomb
The baking soda and citric acid work together to create the fizzing when the bath bomb hits the surface of the water.
This is a basic chemical reaction that produces carbon dioxide.
The cornstarch provides bulk to the bath bomb and ensures it remains stable until you’re ready to use it.
The essential oils you select will add an aromatherapy element to your bath bomb experience.
For example, you could choose relaxing scents like lavender and chamomile or bright and bold scents like grapefruit and ylang-ylang.
Always choose high-quality, therapeutic grade A essential oils. These will offer the best scents and ensure your bath bombs are free from contaminants and chemicals.
Epsom salts are ideal for bath bombs as they contain magnesium.
This is commonly used to help reduce inflammation and relax aching muscles.
CBD bath bombs will also often contain shea butter, cocoa butter or coconut oil to help leave your skin feeling soft and silky.
However, you should be aware that this will leave a residue on your bath and make it more slippery.
When adding CBD to your bath bombs, it’s easiest to use CBD isolate rather than CBD oil. This is because the additional ingredients in CBD oil won’t add any additional benefits.
Instead of wasting carrier oil, terpenes and flavonoids, you can use a CBD isolate to avoid wastage.
In addition, CBD isolate is available in crystalline form, making it easy to weigh and add to the bath bomb.
However, if CBD oil is all you have, our broad-spectrum CBD oil should do the trick.
CBD Oil Bath Bomb Recipe
This is our tried-and-tested recipe for creating the most indulgent and relaxing CBD bath bomb to complete your self-care routine.
It’s the ideal way to wind down at the end of a long week.
The ingredients included in this bath bomb will soothe aching muscles while also indulging your senses.
They’re also packed with moisturising ingredients to leave your skin feeling soft and supple.
This recipe is enough for two bath bombs, so you can use one for yourself and give another to a friend.
- 120g baking soda
- 60 g citric acid
- 60g cornflour
- 60g Epsom salt
- 10 drops of essential oils (we’ve included our favourite combinations below)
- 1 tbsp shea butter
- 200mg Evopure CBD
- 1 tsp water
You’ll also need two mixing bowls and a bath bomb press or mould.
- Start by mixing the dry ingredients.
- Melt the shea butter and then mix this with the wet ingredients.
- Next, slowly add the dry to the wet ingredients. The mixture should resemble wet sand and clump together when you squeeze it.
- Press the mixture into the four halves of the bath bomb moulds so that it is slightly overflowing.
- Then, press the two halves together firmly.
- You then need to take the bath bomb out of the press and allow it to dry out overnight.
- Then, the next day, you’ll be ready to indulge in your own CBD bath.
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