Soothing DIY Soaks

Immune systems are complicated things—there’s no prevent-all / cure-all trick for battling common colds and flus, but as we get deeper into that season we want to be keeping our own body’s defence systems functioning as well as possible. A nice hot bath can be an effective tool in your health arsenal for a number of reasons. Baths relieve stress, and stress can depress your immune system. A 2002 study actually found that a horizontal position, particularly when submerged, tends to elevate your mood as it triggers feelings of relaxation and vulnerability. A good soak also gives you some time alone to process and reflect on things! A bath can help you sleep better because when your body temperature falls after you get out of the tub, that kickstarts the temperature drop that happens every night when you fall asleep—and the warm water will have soothed any aching muscles that might be bothering you. If you are already afflicted with a cold or flu the steam from a bath will help your lungs and sinuses, and your immune system works more efficiently at a higher body temperature. 

Baths are just generally a really lovely way to consciously practice self care, especially if you enhance the experience a little! We’ve gathered a few of our favourite, DIY, natural bath ‘experiences’ below. What we like about them, is they are all very simple recipes that can be made with completely natural ingredients, many of which are likely already in your house. The how-to’s for all of them are the same, and super simple: mix all ingredients together, add to bath. Also, these are very flexible guidelines—it’s not like baking or cooking—so you should feel totally free to tweak, adjust, and substitute ingredients and amounts used to your heart’s content. (That said, do be aware that some essential oils can be too strong for many people’s skin when used in excess.) And a final note, if you have sensitive plumbing, you’ll want to cover your drain with a thin towel or cheesecloth as you’re emptying the tub, so nothing gets washed down the drain. 

Happy Soaking!


Rose Milk Bath
 

1 1/2 cups powdered milk (if you are vegan or lactose intolerant soy milk powder works just fine for this, but will not have the same skin softening, lactic acid benefits as dairy.)
1/2 cup Epsom salts or pink himalayan salts
5 drops Rose essential oil and/or 15 - 20 drops Rosehip oil
1/2 cup dried rose petals (optional)

 

Honey Vanilla Bubble Bath

1/2 cup light almond oil
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup mild, natural liquid hand or body soap
1 egg white
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
 

Ginger Detox Soak

1/3 cup epsom salt
1/3 cup sea salt
1/3 cup baking soda
3 tbsp ground ginger
1 cup apple cider vinegar


Herbaceous Sea Salt Soak

1/2 cup sea salt
1/2 cup ground oats
1 bunch fresh rosemary or fresh, washed basil