There's nothing more relaxing after a long day - especially on a cold winter's night - than a soothing soak in the tub. A warm bath can help promote circulation, relax our muscles for a better nights sleep and even help clear up congestion from that lingering cough from a cold or allergies.
The key to maximizing and reaping the benefits lies in using the right ingredients. Before you go grabbing the first bath soak off the counter with ingredients we can even pronounce let's set the record straight. Here are the most rejuvenating and healing ingredients you can use raw or whole direct from your pantry.
OATMEAL ( 1 cup )
“Oatmeal helps provide soothing relief for dry skin, rashes, sunburn, and other everyday skin irritation due to its healthy fat content,” “Oats also contain natural cleansers that help keep pores free of impurities and proteins that help skin maintain its natural moisture barrier.”
HONEY ( 2 Tablespoons )
“It’s an antibacterial substance that helps prevent infection and heal minor skin abrasions,” . “It’s also full of polyphenols—natural antioxidants that help boost the immune system and defend against signs of aging.” Okay, we’re listening.
LAVENDER ( 10 Drops )
“Lavender is probably the first thing you think of when you imagine a relaxing bath, and that’s all owed to its ability to calm, soothe, and relieve stress,” “In ancient times, it was used to treat acne, itching, and irritation, since it works to purify and detoxify skin.”
PEPPERMINT, EUCALYPTUS, AND OTHER ESSENTIAL OILS ( 4-5 Drops )
“Rosemary increases circulation and lifts spirits, peppermint has anti-inflammatory benefits and can relieve PMS symptoms, eucalyptus relieves muscle and joint pain and is soothing for a cold, ylang ylang fights depression, and any citrus offers antioxidant properties.”
COCONUT OIL ( 1/4 Cup )
“Not only does it encourage soft, supple skin, but it also offers antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti fungal benefits,” “This is because it contains saturated fats that keep skin smooth and moisturized.” It’s also a natural source of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant commonly found in anti-aging skincare. “Its proteins repair and keep skin looking firm, healthy, and youthful,”
EPSOM SALT ( 1-2 Cups )
“When dissolved in warm water and absorbed into the skin, Epsom helps to replenish magnesium levels in the body, which often get depleted when we’re feeling stressed,”Shoveling in some Epsom into your bath at the end of the day can also ease pain and inflammation to relieve sore muscles.
RECIPE: Mix it all together in a warm bath and enjoy!!
Hint: Add a glass of your favorite red wine to really put this soak over the top !!
"inserts courtesy women's health magazine"