Since moving over to H-Town I have managed to have one relaxing bath, where I made it super hot, dropped a lavender bath bomb in, candles were flickering and I lay in this beautiful bath for 30 minutes. I have never been so relaxed afterwards. Therefore, in 2015 I’ve decided I’m going to make time for my body and mind to relax and switch off. It’s good to have your ‘quiet’ times with no distractions.
After carrying out some research I had no idea you could add so many natural products, which are in your cupboard that have better end results compared to expensive items you can purchase in the store. I want to share my tips with you all to enjoy :0)
Cinnamon – 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.
Benefits – 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!
Baking Soda – Add 4-5 tablespoons of baking soda to your running bath. Mix baking soda with salts or milk for added benefits!
Benefits – 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 bug bits
Ginger – Add one tablespoon of fresh, chopped ginger to your running bath.
Benefits – 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.
Lemon – 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.
Benefits – 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!
Lavender – Fill a tea bag with dried lavender or put a few drops of lavender essential oil into your running bath. Plus it smells amazing.
Benefits – 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.
Oatmeal – 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.
Benefits – Oatmeal acts as an excellent, all-natural skin softening addition to your bath. It’s a great remedy for itching, irritated skin.
Epsom Salt- Add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to running bath water. Epsom salts can be mixed with olive oil, milk and baking soda for added benefits!
Benefits – Epsom salts have been known for their powerful ability to relieve aches, pains and sore muscles. The nutrients in the salt break down the build up of lactic acid, which causes muscle pain. Soaking in a bath of Epsom salts will also help reduces muscle inflammation.
Olive Oil – Add three tablespoons of olive oil to your bath while it fills.
Benefits – 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.
Milk – 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!
Benefits- 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!
Honey – 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.
Benefits – 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.
Green Tea – Simply drop 5-10 green tea bags into your bath while it’s filling.
Benefits- 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.
Enjoy your relaxing moments 🙂