3 healing bath recipes that can treat anything from bug bites to muscle pain
Water has a history of bringing rejuvenation and restoration to the body and soul. ‘The Fountain of Youth’ is an age old story, telling of magical waters that would make all those who bathed in them young again. Throughout history, people have turned to water and bathing to re-energize, perhaps not to the mythical extremes of the Fountain of Youth, but nevertheless baths are an essential tool for de-stressing and unwinding at the end of a long summer’s day.
Here are a few healing bath recipes you can treat yourself to, to focus the mind and relax the body and soul. While we can’t promise eternal youth, they are super easy to put together, and they all use natural ingredients you’ll find at home, so you can start soaking straight away.
Summer Skin Soother
With summer comes bugs, and if you’ve just returned from a weekend of camping in the wilderness, you might be finding more and more itchy bites across your skin driving you mad! An oatmeal and chamomile bath with help soothe itchy skin and reduce any redness or pain, though it should be said that anyone with a sensitivity to ragweed should avoid using the chamomile in this recipe.
To create this soothing bath, you’ll need:
- Some cheesecloth (a sock or nylon stocking will do)
- Dried chamomile and oatmeal (equal parts)
- To the cheesecloth (sock or nylon) add dried chamomile and oatmeal in equal parts, until you have a ball that fits comfortably in your hand. Be sure to tie this up tightly as you don’t want the oatmeal falling out and clogging your drain.
- Fill your tub with warm water, making sure the temperature isn’t too high, and gently squeeze your oatmeal ball as you run your hand through the bath waters. Once soaking in the water, gently massage your skin in any particularly inflamed areas you wish to soothe.
Cucumber is well known for its cooling, rejuvenating effects when used on the skin thanks to the abundance of antioxidants found in it alongside vitamins C and K. You can absorb all of these through your skin, so add cucumber to your bath if you want to aid your tired body after a day in the sun, or help cool sun burnt skin.
- 1 large cucumber
- Cheesecloth (sock or nylon will work)
- 2 cups of Epsom salt
- 3 or 4 bags of peppermint tea
- Blend or finely chop the cucumber (perhaps saving a couple of slices for your eyes for the full spa experience).
- Strain the cucumber through a cheesecloth into a bath of warm or cool water, depending on your preference.
- Add to the bath Epsom salt and peppermint tea bags to infuse the waters with a refreshing mint scent.
The combination of mint and cucumber produces a cooling sensation, which works wonders if you’ve been sweating in the heat of the day, plus it leaves the skin smelling fabulous and fresh.
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Achy Muscle Bath
If a cooling bath isn’t really your thing, and you’d prefer to relax in a hot bath, then this next recipe might be more your style. If you’re planning on spending your summer hiking through forests, dancing from dusk ‘til dawn, or playing sports in the park with friends, this bath will not only help loosen tension and knots in your muscles but can bring healing minerals to them, absorbed through the skin.
- 1/4 cup sea salt
- 1/4 cup Epsom salt
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1 tablespoon rosemary
- 1 tablespoon thyme
- Take the sea salt, Epsom salt, and baking soda, and combine with rosemary and thyme.
- Pour the mix into a hot bath and stir well before climbing in and allowing your skin to soak up the sodium and magnesium in the various salts dissolved in the water.
Magnesium is widely considered as a natural stress reliever, so combined with the heat of the water you’ll find this bath to be particularly restorative and relaxing. In addition, the herbs provide a relaxing scent to make this bath even more pleasurable.
These three simple recipes are a fantastic starting point for anyone who wants to dip their toe into the world of restorative, relaxing baths. Have you tried any of them yourself, or have you found your own favorite combination of ingredients to make your own summer soaks? Let us know!
If you enjoyed those relaxing bath recipes, try these 8 DIY Facial Masks to complete your spa day!
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