I can’t recommend a weekly relaxation bath highly enough – it’s the perfect way to unwind while the warm water naturally relaxes tension and aches throughout your body. But what I love most about a bath is that it’s like a blank canvas; there are so many things you can add to the water to turn it into a powerful treatment for your body and spirit. By simply sprinkling a few ingredients into the tub, your bath can become a cleansing and detoxifying, moisturizing, healing, stress-reducing, energizing or uplifting treatment.
Here are some ideas for getting the most out of your bath, using simple and widely available ingredients like essential oils, dried herbs and sea salts.
One important note: it’s a good idea to place a fine mesh strainer to your drain before using any of the below, as they can be problematic for pipes!
Dry brush the skin before hopping into the water in order to get the best results from your bath – plus, it’s a nice way to use those five or ten minutes as the bath fills. Dry brushing wakes up the skin by exfoliating dead skin cells, stimulating circulation and encouraging healthy lymphatic drainage, to help the body efficiently rid itself of toxins. By helping to un-clog pores and clearing congestion on the surface, dry brushing fights body breakouts and helps ensure that you get the most out of your body skincare products. So, scrub away!
We love this brush by Aromatherapy Associates, and this one by Mio, which includes little rubber massage nodules for a nice massaging effect. Our Smoothing Body Scrub is a wonderful thing to use on dry skin just before getting into the bath as well; its blend of five exfoliating particles leaves skin super-soft.
Infuse your bath with dried herbs and florals for a nourishing, restorative treatment. In hot water, these herbs release their “powers” – well, of course not powers per se, but their healing, healthful properties that are locked up in each dried petal. In addition to simply dropping a handful of the flowers directly into your bath, you can put some into a cloth muslin bag and let it soak in the bath like a tea.
For soothing and relaxation, we’d recommend adding calendula, lavender, rose petals, comfrey leaf, lemon balm, thyme leaf, rosemary leaf, jasmine flowers or lemon balm to your bath. Or, all of them at once! You can find dried herbs in the bulk section of your local health food store, or, online in pre-made blends from trusted vendors like Mountain Rose Herbs. Be sure to linger in the bath for at least 15-20 minutes to enjoy the full benefits of these beautiful herbs.
Dissolving salts into your bath releases minerals into the water that are beneficial and restorative to the body, like calcium and magnesium. Some of my favorite relaxing salts to include in my baths are Pursoma’s Digital Detox Bath, Resurrection Bath and Hot Tub Bath, which contain clays and algaes in addition to salts in order to further eliminate toxin buildup from the body. Aura Cacia makes wonderful aromatherapeutic bath salts as well – their Lavender Bath blend is an office favorite.
And last but not least, pure essential oils are the cherry on top for a totally healthful soak. Adding 5-12 drops of your favorite oil, or combination of oils, is an amazing way to directly receive the therapeutic, healing, balancing effects of essential oils. Here are a few ideas for special blends, from a book called 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy which is like a bible in our office.
For stress relief:
For muscle and soreness relief:
- sweet basil
For mood-lifting benefits:
For respiratory health:
About 3 drops of each of the above would do the trick.
One last tip: after you’ve drained your bath, a quick 5-second blast under a cold water shower works miracles to quickly revitalize blood flow and normalize body temperature, leaving you feeling glowing and absolutely refreshed.
We hope you love these ideas – if you have any of your own, please leave them in a comment below!
Author: Tata Harper Team
The team at Tata Harper Skincare is passionate about promoting a modern, health-conscious natural beauty lifestyle that’s committed to safety, honesty and sustainability.