Top 12 DIY Bath Remedies. Whether you’re looking for an easy way to detox your body, some much-needed down time for that overworked mind of yours, or to hit a nice reset button, dipping into a special bath can help you kick things back into gear.
1. EPSOM SALT
Wonderful at easing muscle soreness and relieving tension, Epsom salt can be added to almost any bath recipe. It’s also a good source of magnesium and makes skin soft and smooth. Grate in some cocoa butter for extra rich moisture and your favourite essential oil.
It’s not just for happy hour! Both the anti-aging properties and the polyphenols in alcohol can reduce inflammation and redness. Try adding a glass of red wine bath or a bubbly champagne to running water to reap the benefits. Just make sure to rinse off well when you’re done! Optional extra – enjoy a glass while you soak.
If you’re battling headaches or need a good detox bath, ginger (fresh grated or ground) is just the ingredient you’ll need. It causes toxins to be released through sweat and will leave you feeling cleansed. It also helps you sweat out aches from a cold or flu, and clears up chest and nasal congestion. Note that ginger can cause sensitive skin to react, so test it on your skin first
4. ESSENTIAL OILS
The perfect way to tailor your bath for your needs, with essential oils having not just great scents to make your bath an experience, but also aromatherapy benefits. We like lavender, rose, vetiver, chamomile or sandalwood essential oils to help calm you down after a long day.
If you’re suffering from itchy or irritated skin, oatmeal is very soothing to add to your bath. If anyone in your house gets poison ivy or sunburn, this is a great way to treat it. If you are using a coarse oatmeal scoop it out after rather than washing down the plug hole.
6. COCONUT OIL
One of the best bath ingredients for soft skin! Mix a tablespoon of coconut oil—which has anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic and anti-fungal properties—into running water to moisturize and soften. Add an essential oil like ylang ylang for a truly exotic bathing experience.
Noted as one of the most relaxing herbs, lavender would be the perfect choice to wind down and ensure a good night sleep. Dried lavender or lavender essential oil can be used in your next soak.
The lactic acid in milk is both exfoliating and softening for our skin—it’s even said to be a great remedy for eczema. You could also whisk in a little cocoa for a chocolate milk bath before adding to the tub. Just make sure to rinse off well when you’re done!
Adding a few tea bags to your bath is an easy recipe for reviving skin. Green tea is a perfect tea choice for toning your body, and chamomile is a great before-bed relaxer.
Moisturizing, anti-aging, and antibacterial, honey is a powerhouse for our skin! Blend with a little sweet almond oil and add to the tub.
11. BAKING SODA
Both soothing and detoxifying for your skin, baking soda is a simple ingredient to add to your next bath after a hard workout. It’s also a natural exfoliant, and can help fight acne.
They aren’t just sweet to smell and equally decadent, but rose petals and rose water are also antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and moisturizing. Create a rose milk bath with powdered milk, rose petals and Epsom salts for the ultimate indulgence.
No matter which remedy you choose, light a candle, put on some music, shut out the world and relax!