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.