I can’t think of anything more relaxing than a hot dreamy bath and a glass (read: bottle) of wine after a long day. Baths can be therapeutic in so many ways, from clearing the mind to curing muscle aches. We love our baths so much that many of us will spend a pretty penny on fancy bath products, but did you know that some of the most healing bath solutions come from basic products we already have? I was shocked too…
Green Tea: The minerals in green tea are well known for their powerful anti-aging benefits, which will replenish & restore balance to your skin. Green tea also has natural antioxidants, which aid in detoxing your body from natural pollutants.
Recipe: Simply drop 5-10 green tea bags into your bath while it’s filling. Soak & relax.
Honey: Historians believe that honey has been used topically as a healing agent for over 10,000 years! Adding honey to your bath will moisturize, soften and sooth dry skin. The natural antioxidant properties in honey will help detox your body while you soak.
Recipe: Pour one cup of honey into your bath while it’s filling. Honey can be mixed with powdered milk in your bath for added benefits (see milk bath recipe below). Soak & relax.
JELL-O: Soaking in Jello will not only make your skin smell delicious, it can work miracles on dry skin. Jello comes in various flavors (and scents), which are known to affect the mood. According to research, our mood can be lifted when we inhale fruity scents like watermelon and cherries, this is due to a endorphin-dopamine reaction. Since scent reactions are personal, have fun experimenting with different flavors to find your mood elevating scent!
Recipe: Select your favorite flavor of sugar free Jello, add ½ box to your running bath. Enjoy the sweet scents, soak & relax.
Olive Oil: When mixed with water, olive oil has the ability to soak deep into your tissues and rejuvenate them. Olive oil baths aid in building a stronger immunity to viral and bacterial infections. Olive oil will help maintain the collagen in your skin, keeping skin looking supple for longer. This reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Bonus: After giving birth, regular oil baths have been known to help regain strength. The minerals in olive oil can also help your uterus shrink back to its normal size much faster post baby.
Recipe: Add three tablespoons of olive oil to your bath while it fills. Soak & relax.
Milk: Did you know Cleopatra’s beauty was attributed to her love of milk baths? Milk contains lactic acid, which is packed with skin softening properties that leave skin feeling smoother and more resilient. The lactic acid in milk acts similarly to the alpha hydroxyl acids found in expensive skin creams, which dissolve proteins that bind dead skin cells together. Milk baths are also great for soothing burns and skin after spending too much time in the sun!
Recipe: Milk baths are best with powdered milk. Add two cups of powdered milk to your bath while it’s filling. Feel free to add honey, lavender or Epsom salt along with the milk for added benefits! Soak & relax.
Oatmeal: Oatmeal acts as an excellent, all-natural skin softening addition to your bath. You’ll find oatmeal in a myriad of store bought bath products because it’s a great remedy for itching, irritated skin.
Recipe: To avoid turning your bath into a giant bowl of porridge, place oatmeal into a tea ball or similar enclosure. Drop into your running bath, soak & relax.
Lavender: The natural properties in lavender are famous for their ability to relieve stress & tension. Lavender will also help to reduce inflammation of stiff, tired muscles. Soaking in a relaxing lavender bath will help relieve tension knots that build up over the course of a long, stressful day.
Recipe: Fill a tea bag with dried lavender or put a few drops of lavender essential oil into your running bath. Soak & relax.
Lemon: Lemon baths are especially refreshing in hot weather. The healing agents in lemons will refresh & revive tired skin. Lemons will also cool the skin, and help tighten large pores!
Recipe: Squeeze and drop 5-6 lemons into your running bath. If you don’t have lemons, 3/4 cup of bottled lemon juice will work just as well. Soak & relax.
Ginger: Bathing in a bath of ginger will ease sore muscles, eliminate toxins from the body. The natural anti bacterial properties in ginger will help sweat out colds, flues, and congestion. Adding ginger to your bath on a cool day will raise the temperature of your skin and make you feel warm & toasty.
Recipe: Add one tablespoon of fresh, chopped ginger to your running bath. Soak & relax.
Baking Soda: Baking soda acts as a gentle, soothing agent which will sooth & calm irritated skin. Baking soda baths are great for relieving the irritation caused by pesky bug bits.
Recipe- Add 4-5 tablespoons of baking soda to your running bath. Mix baking soda with salts or milk for added benefits! Soak & relax.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon baths have been used for centuries as spiritual purification in many cultural traditions. The natural properties in cinnamon will remove toxins from the body (especially after an illness). This powerful spice also acts as a natural disinfectant & astringent, helping to cleanse the body. Cinnamon baths will invigorate the spirit and elevate your mood. Just like ginger, cinnamon baths will help raise your body temperature on a cool day!
Recipe- Cinnamon sticks are more convenient, but powder will work just as well. Drop 3-4 sticks of cinnamon into your running bath. If you don’t have sticks, place ¼ cup of ground cinnamon in a cheesecloth and drop it into your bath.