I’m a big fan of soaking in the tub but I’m so over plain baths and ready for some new and refreshing bath recipes! There’s nothing as comforting as stepping into a warm and fragrant bath so if you agree, take note of these relaxing bath recipes and try them for yourself!
1. Epsom Salts
Let’s start this list of bath recipes with the most common addition to the bath-Epsom salts. Using Epsom salts along with wine vinegar and powdered milk makes for a really relaxing and soothing treat for your mind and body.
One cup of wine vinegar
One cup of powdered milk
One cup of Epsom salts
Add one cup of wine vinegar, one cup of powdered milk and one cup of Epsom salts to warm bath water. The milk helps to moisturize the skin, while the vinegar works to soothe dry skin....
2. Milk & Honey
Bring out your inner Egyptian goddess with this soothing bath soak recipe! It’s been said that Cleopatra bathed in decadent milk and honey baths so why shouldn’t we treat ourselves like queens too?
1-2 cups of milk (or 1/2 c. full-fat powdered milk)
1/2 c. honey
Pour 1-2 cups of milk (or 1/2 c. full-fat powdered milk) and 1/2 c. honey under running, warm water. Swish around to mix, and hop in. Close your eyes and imagine 5 beautiful servant men fanning you with palm leaves. Repeat as necessary.
For full effect, brush your skin lightly and in circular motions with a dry brush or a washcloth before getting in the bathtub.
3. Bath Oil Blend
Another easy bath recipe to try out for soft and silky skin is this bath oil blend. You’ll need a variety of oils but there are so many health and beauty uses for these oils and you can also apply them directly on your skin as a moisturizer!
1 1/2 oz. olive oil
3 oz. almond oil
1 oz. sesame oil
1 oz. canola oil
1/2 oz. wheat germ oil
Pour oils in a jar, cap with a tight fitting lid and shake well. Add 1 oz. oil per bath. Makes 7 oz.
4. Oatmeal Bath
Now that the fall is in full swing, there isn’t a better time for this next bath recipe! Bathing in oats will soothe irritated skin but it’s also fab for just about any skin type because it restores the natural moisture balance in your skin.
1 cup of oatmeal
1 knee-high nylon or sock
Fill a knee-high nylon or thin sock without holes with 1/2 to 1 c. of oatmeal (not quick cooking or instant). Tie tightly at the top. Place it in your warm bath, with you, and squeeze it softly every so often to release the oatmeal “water.” Before leaving the bathtub, scrub your entire body lightly with the sock. To clean: Over a trash can, turn the sock inside out and scrape all of the oatmeal off the outside, then rinse well with warm water. Wash as normal.
5. Foaming Vanilla Honey Bath
Bath recipes don’t have to be all business; they can be foamy and fun too! Try this sweet-smelling bath recipe the next time you’re getting ready to go out or just for fun!
1 cup oil
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup liquid soap
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Mix together all the ingredients and pour into a clean bottle with a tight fitting stopper or lid. To use, shake before using. Pour 1/4 cup into the bath under running water. Yields 16 ounces - enough for 8 baths.
6. Red Wine & Honey Bath
The next time you’re enjoying a nice glass of vino and have some leftover, use it as one of your bath recipes! Wine makes a great bath additive due to its antioxidant content and tartaric acid to exfoliate skin. Honey is a humectant that will moisturize and add a nice scent to your bath.
Ingredients and Directions:
One to two glasses in the bathwater is sufficient. And don't worry about your tub; at these levels you won't stain the porcelain.
7. Tea Time Bath
Tea is probably a really odd thing to add to your bath but it does wonders for your skin! Tea is chock full of antioxidants and minerals and you’ll be relaxed beyond belief!
Assorted tea bags
Drop 4-6 tea bags into your hot bath water. Allow them to steep for five minutes for optimal "tea water" bath. Any tea bags can be used: green, black, herb or even chai!
8. Lemon and Rosemary Bath Salts
This bath soak recipe will revitalize you inside and out! Lemon zests, rosemary essential oils and sea salt are all you need to turn that frown upside down and get you going again!
1/4 cup sea or Himalayan salt
2 drops rosemary essential oil
1 tsp of lemon zest
Run the water at your desired temperature, add ingredients and soften the skin and relax the muscles.
9. Whine Buster
Bath recipes aren’t just for adults so I had to include one for the kiddos too! This blend of Epsom salts and essential oils is said to calm and relax cranky kiddies.
1/4 cup Epsom salt or magnesium chloride (magnesium chloride is a form of magnesium more easily retained by the body)
1-3 drops lavender essential oil*; for very small children, diffuse a couple drops in a bowl of warm water and place near tub instead of in the water; essential oils should never be ingested
Add the salts (and essential oil if you choose to use it) in running water.
Try out some of these easy bath recipes to soothe your skin and calm your mind. Take time out to treat yourself to a relaxing bath every now and then to recharge your batteries and have some much needed “me” time! What do you like to add to your bath?
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