Whether you need to calm your mind, detox your body or simply indulge in some much-needed R&R, there’s no better feeling than drawing a warm bath and sinking into the tub. There are numerous health benefits associated with taking a bath — including relaxing muscles, joints and bones; balancing your hormones; and improving your heart’s health — and these benefits can be further boosted by coupling your at-home spa session with an easy-to-make bath soak.
Read on for three easy DIY bath soak recipes that’ll help you feel relaxed and rejuvenated.
To Detox: Use Epsom Salts
Epsom salts are among one of the most versatile natural products; they’re great for our skin, they balance magnesium levels in our body, and they can even help us to sleep better.
50g coarse sea salt
50g Epsom salt
50g cocoa butter
1 vanilla pod
30 drops patchouli essential oil
10 drops ylang ylang essential oil
To create your own bath soak, split the vanilla pod in half length-wise, and place the seeds into a bowl along with the sea salt and the Epsom salt. Grate in the cocoa butter and mix before adding in the essential oils. Stir until blended well, then transfer into a jar. Leave the bath soak for a few days before using, so that it can infuse well.
For a DIY remedy that doesn’t require a few days’ wait time, try soaking in a tub that has been prepared with either fresh grated ginger or ginger powder. Using ginger in a bath has a similar effect as going to a sauna, as ginger promotes sweating. Ginger helps rid the body of excess toxins, soothes muscles and boosts your immune system.
For Ailments: Use Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal has long been used to treat ailments, from bloating and cramping to high cholesterol and even poisoning. Activated charcoal works by collecting particles and gasses in the body and drawing them out via a process called adsorption.
1 cup Epsom salt
1 cup finely ground sea salt
1/4 cup baking soda
1/2 teaspoon activated charcoal
12 drops lemon essential oil (feel free to swap for your favourite fragrance)
To create your own activated charcoal bath soak, combine the Epsom salt, sea salt, baking soda and activated charcoal into a bowl. Then draw your bath and stir in the mixture before adding in the essential oil.
For Skin Care: Use Green Tea
As an antioxidant, green tea is widely known as being beneficial to our skin and for keeping our organs healthy, and we can reap its benefits in more ways than just drinking it. And a green tea bath soak is among one of the easiest to make — the only ingredient you’ll need are green tea bags.
To enjoy the benefits of a green tea bath, all you need to do is add between five to 10 green tea bags into the tub while it’s filling up with hot water. After that, just hop in and enjoy the natural goodness.
Images courtesy of Healthline (Epsom salt bath); Hello Glow (activated charcoal). DIY recipes courtesy of Yogi Approved (Epsom salt, ginger, green tea); Schmidts (activated charcoal).