I love a bath and I love bath products! In fact, I think I have an addiction to them and truth be told, they can get expensive! But did you know that you can enjoy a good soak in the tub and even make it enjoyable and relaxing with products you have on hand at home? The other thing I like about using household products is not only the cost factor, but also that they do not contain chemical additives like so many bath products on the market today.
So, check out this list and consider getting some items together for a DIY bath that may just be what the doctor ordered!
- Milk and Honey – Pour 1 to 2 cups of milk fo 1/2 cup of powdered milk and 1/2 cup of honey under warm, running water. Mix into bath water. The lactic acid in milk is a great way to exfoliate and honey is a softening agent.
- Castor Oil – You can restore natural oils to your skin by adding a few drops of Castor Oil to your bath water.
- Champagne or Red Wine – Never again throw out flat champagne or wine. Add a glass to your bath water and soak. The polyphenols in wine act as an antioxidant (for anti aging) and the tartaric acid in champagne lightens skin to help reduce discoloration and fine lines.
- French’s Mustard and Epsom Salt – Add 6 tablespoons of the mustard and a handful of Epsom Salts to a full tub of water. This combination eases stiffness and kinks in your muscles.
- Oatmeal – Fill a nylon stocking or thin sock with 1/2 to 1 cup of regular long cooking oats (not instant). Tie a knot in the stocking. Place it in a warm bath and squeeze gently. Oatmeal is great for oily and aging skin and it is soothing – great for rashes/itching/sunburn or just soothing your skin.
- Green Tea – Drop 5-10 Green Tea bags into your bath while it is filling up. Soak and relax. Green tea is powerful for anti aging and it will will aid in detoxing your body from harmful pollutants.
- Orange Juice – Add one cup of OJ to a warm bath to help rejuvenate dull skin.
- Sugar Free Jello – Add 1/2 box of your favorite smelling flavor of Jello to a warm bath. It helps with dry skin and the fragrance is a mood enhancer.
- Cinnamon – Drop 3 or 4 Cinnamon sticks into a warm bath or place 1/4 ground cinnamon in a cheesecloth and drop it into your bath water. Cinnamon acts as a natural disinfectant and astringent and will help cleanse the body of toxins. Cinnamon will also help elevate your mood!
- Essential Oils – I love Essential Oil baths! Lavender and Rose are my favorite but chamomile and sandalwood are nice too! They all have health benefits as well as being great for lifting your mood.
Homemade Muffin Tin Bath Bomb Fizzers:
Sift 1 3/4 cup baking soda, 1 cup citric acid, and 2 cups cornstarch through a sieve to remove chunks. To make different tints, fill small spritzer bottles with water and add about 6 drops of food coloring to each.
Pour 1 cup of powdered mixture into a glass bowl. Lightly spritz, stirring after each spritz, until powder is desired color. Add water slowly, so mixture does not fizz. If mixing two tints, alternate colors as you spritz. Check the consistency of powder with your fingers; when it can be tightly packed or shaped, stop spritzing (this may take a little while).
Select an essential oil. Add 5 drops if it’s one of the stronger scents (peppermint, lavender), 6 if it’s a weaker one (lemon, grapefruit). Mix well. Firmly pack mixture into small baking molds. We used 1/4 cup for each fizzy, which is good for one bath. Allow mixture to set for 2 hours, then pop out carefully. Repeat with different tints for remaining powder.
Now, choose one of these bath recipes and slip into your warm bath, lay your head back and start feeling the stress melt away.
Remember, if you try any of these combinations and have a negative reaction, get out of the bath immediately and shower off and discontinue use of that particular recipe.
Which recipe would you like to try first? I think I will try the Jello!
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