De-stressing with home-made bath products

Nothing is more de-stressing than sinking into a hot bath and if that bath happens to be scented with salts and oils, it can create a spa-like experience. Bath products can easily be made with regular household ingredients. They can make for a good gift package.

Over the centuries, many cultures have turned to purifying baths to cleanse both body and spirit. The ancient physicians also spoke of bathing’s healing properties, and many modern doctors agree. Hot baths initially raise heart rate and temperature, so to dispel the heat, you perspire—which lets your body rid itself of toxins. Then your blood vessels dilate and increase circulation, removing lactic acid from muscles, lowering blood pressure, and easing the pain.

For bath and body products, scents like tangerine, lavender, rose, ylang-ylang, cedar, jasmine, grapefruit, sandalwood, cinnamon, and mint works the best.

Epsom salt bath soak is detoxifying and can alleviate stress. Use scents like lavender, jasmine, and cedar for a calming bath, or citrus scents like grapefruit, orange, tangerine, or lemon to detox. To make the bath product, use: Three cups epsom salt Two cups sea salt Two tbsp essential oil 1/2 cup baking soda Mix the salts together in a large bowl, then sprinkle in the oil. Mix well with a fork to break up any clumps. Add baking soda and mix well.

BATH MILK TO MOISTURIZE YOUR SKIN

To make a basic bath milk, take: 1/2 cups powdered milk 1/2 cup epsom salts

Oil of your choice 1/2 cup flower petals Mix the powdered milk and epsom salts together. Add five-eight drops of essential oil. If you’re creating a floral bath milk, you can mix in about 1/2 a cup of flower petals. Store it in a bottle.

HAVE FUN WITH BUBBLE BATH

To make a bubble bath take: One cup clear, unscented, liquid castile soap and 2/3 cup liquid vegetable glycerin 1/4 cup water Three-four drops essential oil of your choice Mix the liquid soap, glycerin, water, and essential oil together in a measuring cup that has a spout on it. Decant into a decorative bottle or mason jar.

KILL STRESS WITH BATH BOMBS

To make a bath bomb, take: Two cups baking soda One cup citric acid One cup cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon essential oil One-three teaspoons olive oil Mix your dry ingredients and add oils. Spray water on the mixture so that it starts to come together. Once mixed and damp, pack into molds tightly and then pop them out and let them rest for two to three days to dry out.

EXFOLIATE YOUR BODY WITH ROSE PETAL SCRUB

To make a rose petal scrub, take 1/2 cup of brown (turbinado) sugar One cup of coconut oil One tablespoon of sweet almond or jojoba oil Petals from one rose (pink or red) Pour the coconut oil into the jar and then put rose petals. Add the sugar and finish off with the almond or jojoba oil.

Tips on how to create the perfect, de-stressing bath:de-stressing home made bath tips

Candles

Bright bathroom lights tell your body its go-time — not bath time. Instead, light a few candles and place them around the room and on the edge of the tub.

Bath Temperature

A warm bath is best for relaxing the body.  Ideal water temperature for a warm bath is 92 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to use your wrist, not your hand to test the water since your wrist is a better gauge of how the water will feel once your entire body is submerged.

Cold Water

If you’ve set your water temp right (somewhere between steamy and very warm), you should be feeling quite toasty in the tub.  A warm bath raises your body’s core temperature, so you’ll start sweating. Before getting into the tub, set a bowl of ice water and a washcloth next to you and use it as a cold compress on your forehead or the nape of your neck to help keep you refreshed throughout the bath time.

Use Scented Bath Oil

Choose scented bath oil; floral scents like lavender, jasmine, iris and rose are associated with relaxation and can help to ease you into a relaxing state quicker. Add oils to the tub when the bath is halfway full so they disperse evenly throughout the water.

Body Scrub

Most people are used to being active all the time, so when they get in the tub their minds start racing and they become unable to relax. Gently massaging your body with a sponge and body scrub will help engage your mind as the scrub buffs away dryness and leaves your skin supple and moist.

Bath Salts

Tough workout? Bath salts are like external muscle relaxants. If you have soreness, pain or swelling, bath salts reduce inflammation and stiffness. They also help detoxify skin and increase circulation, which helps to ease tension and revitalize the body.

Multitask

Make the most of your bath by using the time to also give yourself a face and hair treatment. Both the skin and hair respond very favorably to the moist environment created by a steamy bath.  To cleanse your face, apply a clay mask to the skin. Need to soften and hydrate your hair? Apply conditioner or a hair mask to wet hair and then cover it with a plastic cap and hot towel.

Bath Robe/ Nice Bath Sheets

Nothing jolts you  like going from a warm bath to a measly, threadbare robe or old dingy towel. Get a plush terry cloth robe or fluffy towels that allow you to feel warm and comfortable.

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