There are few things I love more than a hot bath. I enjoy mixing different essential oils or playing with new bath bombs. I just find the whole experience so relaxing and calming. My cousin recently called me up and asked me what oils I would suggest to ease her hip pain and help her to relax. That got me thinking, why not make a easy bath time beauty guide for all the fellow bath lovers out there.
Epsom Salts: are perfect for sore muscles. This is my favorite thing to add to my bath the day after a long hike or a new gym routine. You can also add 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oils.
Peppermint & Lavender Essential Oils: are the perfect mix to help ease pain for headache and migraine sufferers. I like to do 1 drop of peppermint to 2 drops of lavender.
Oatmeal: is amazing for itchy or irritated skin. All you need to do is place one cup of raw oats into a blender, food processor or coffee grinder and grind into a fine powder. This will make it possible to drain from the tub without a problem. Just add to warm water and enjoy. If you cant blend the oats, put them in a coffee filter and staple it closed before adding to the bath. This will keep the oats from floating free in the water and clogging the drain. PS oatmeal is also really wonderful for soothing sunburns, just don’t make the water too hot.
Chamomile & Lavender Essential Oils: are perfect if you are having trouble sleeping. These oils help to relax both the body and mind. Start with 1 drop of Lavender to 2 drops of Chamomile. Dim the lights and play some relaxing music. After 20-30 minutes, you will likely be relaxed and ready to sleep.
Coconut Oil: works well to help cure dry, rough skin. Just be aware, it can clog the pores on your face so I would recommend washing your face well afterwards and take care to rinse out the tub so it is not too slippery. All you need to do is add 1 tablespoon to the running, hot water, lay back, and enjoy. If you aren’t a fan of coconut oil, try a tablespoon or two of olive oil. Pro tip: keep baking soda close by and sprinkle it in the tub after you have drained the water to get rid of an slip left by the oils.
Peppermint & Eucalyptus Essential Oils: can be really relaxing and beneficial when you have a cough or other respiratory issue. This mixture can help to soothe body aches, breakup congestion and regulate body temperature. I recommend starting with 1 drop of peppermint to 2 drops Eucalyptus essential oil.
Milk: is another ingredient to help achieve softer skin. Not only does it condition, but the lactic acid within milk acts as a gentle exfoliate. Just add 1 cup of powdered milk to your warm bath. If you are vegan or sensitive cows milk, go ahead and try it with coconut milk. Milk is another ingredient that can be very soothing to a sunburn or skin irritation.
Frankincense & Lavender Essential Oils: work wonders if you are feeling anxious and having a hard time relaxing. Frankincense is know for helping to ease anxiety as well as reduce mental trauma and depression while lavender helps to relax. Start with 2 drops of frankincense to 1 drop of lavender.
Green Tea: is a great energizing and anti aging ingredient. Just add 5-10 green tea bags to warm water while the bath is filling up. Lay back and relax. The natural antioxidants within the tea also help the skin to detox.
These are just a few of my favorite bath time beauty additions. No matter my mood, I find that relaxing in a hot bath with soothing music or a good book just puts me in a state of bliss.
Have you tried any of these combos? Which are you most excited to try?
A final note: Remember, everyone’s skin is different and may react differently to ingredients. Never put undiluted essential oils directly on your skin and always start with only a few drops in you bath and work your way up. If you feel a burning sensation, there is likely too much essential oils and you should drain the tub and rinse off right away. All of these recipes are meant for adults and a doctor should be consulted before using essential oils on children. While these combos may be beneficial, none of them will replace the need for a doctor. Essential oils may help to alleviate symptoms, but will not likely heal ailments or sickness.