I love to end the day with a relaxing bath and a good book. It’s a wonderful way to warm up, wind down, and spend some time alone with your thoughts. Baths have always been my go to relaxation ritual; something that nourished my mind and my spirit. However, there was a time when baths were also a completely unhealthy ritual. Before my health-esteem journey I bathed in a disgusting overload of bubble baths, soaps, oils, fragrances and more. Imagine how horrified I was when I discovered all of the unhealthy chemicals that I had been soaking in for hours at a time.
According to the EWG, on average, women use approximately 12 products per day, containing around 168 unique ingredients. Some of these ingredients might not be the best options for your health. In fact, 1 out of every 24 women are exposed to potential reproductive and developmental toxins through our personal care products. Definitely not something I want to add to my relaxing bath routine.
I was initially perplexed. How could I turn my favourite self-care ritual into something that also nourished my body? That’s when I discovered that I could create my own bath products, and have complete control over what I’d be soaking in for hours.
Here are 3 of my favourite relaxing bath recipes.
A bath is a great opportunity to unwind and care for your beautiful body! Baths can help support and soften your sexy skin, and make you feel more relaxed. Quiet time in the tub is therapeutic, romantic, and the perfect time to give back to your wonderful self. Here are a few recipes for a relaxing bath extravaganza:
Lavender Relaxation Bath
1-2 Cups of Epsom Salt
5-10 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender Essential oil is known to be calming and relaxing. It’s great to use before bed. Epsom salt provide your body with some wonderful magnesium, eases stress and relaxes the muscles. This bath will leave you feeling comfortable and relaxed.
1 Cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Cup of Baking Soda
Apple cider vinegar is wonderful for your skin and hair and has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Baking soda can also help soothe irritated skin and dissolves oil and sweat build up. The acid and base reacting together will create some bubbles in the beginning and a buzzing sound, hence it’s catchy name.
1 Cup of Epsom Salt
1 Cup of Baking Soda
5 Drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus oil provides a relaxing scent and helps you breathe clearer. It’s a great addition when you’re feeling stuffed up.
Soak for about 30 minutes and, as always, make sure you hydrate. Hot baths, salts and increased sweating can all lead to dehydration. It is always important to make sure that you’re drinking enough water.
If you suffer from dry skin or want to give your skin cells a little extra love you can moisturize afterwards. This is a great time to moisturize your skin. My favourite after bath moisturizer is Beauty Barlour Body Mousse. 100% healthy ingredients, vegan, gluten free, cruelty free, direct trade.
If you thought it couldn’t get any better, the almond oil and shea butter provide a natural UV protection (Source 1, Source 2), and the ingredients work together to reduce the appearance of fine lines, aid in cellular regeneration, firm skin and boost collagen production.
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Give there relaxing bath recipes a try and let me know what you think. We all deserve a little relaxing downtime at the end of the day.
Health and love,
Do you have any relaxing bath recipes to share?
Thought of the day: My mind, body and Spirit are all worthy of relaxation, nourishment and love.