Treat yourself to a healing detox bath with recipes to soften skin, fight tiredness, treat colds, soothe muscles and secure a peaceful night’s sleep
One of the easiest self-care rituals to master is the art of bathing. The healing properties of baths have been well documented – and there’s evidence to show that, depending on what you put in them, a bath can do much more than just soothe your soul. Light some candles to create a calm comfort zone and immerse yourself with our all-natural healing detox recipes. Simply fill the bath, add the ingredients and soak.
- 1 glass of milk
- a handful of oats tied up in a muslin bag, a coffee filter or pair of tights
- half a cup of honey
If you’re suffering from eczema, you’ll want a soothing remedy that won’t aggravate angry skin further. Oats are ideal for skin ailments - when mixed with water, oats release enzymes that help to treat dry skin and relieve itching. Milk gently moisturises the body whilst the anti-bacterial properties of honey protect cracked, broken skin from infection.
- dried chamomile leaves
- 1 cup of baking soda
- 2 tsp of lavender oil
A warm bath before bedtime is ideal for inducing sleep as it raises your temperature before letting your body cool down, allowing your natural sleep process to kick in. Take your bath an hour before bed to allow yourself time to wind down slowly. Baking soda is a powerful natural sleep aid as it supplements the body with extra CO2, which promotes sleep and counteracts stress. Lavender encourages slow-wave sleep (which is when the heartbeat slows and the muscles relax) for a truly peaceful slumber.
- juice from 3 lemons
- 2-3 cups of epsom salts
- either sliced up ginger root or ginger oil
After a gruelling sports session, you’ll be crying out for a bath that rewards your hard work. Epsom salts are made of magnesium sulphate, which is a natural muscle relaxant. Their magnesium also helps to regulate blood sugar levels by enabling cells to produce energy from glucose, which is ideal if you’ve devoured a post-workout meal. Ginger – either in root or oil form - will not only gently warm up the body, it will relieve aching muscles and soothe painful joints. While lemon is a natural anti-inflammatory, perfect if you’ve over-exerted yourself.
- 1 tsp of eucalyptus oil
- 1 tsp of tea tree oil
- handful of dried liquorice root
If cold and flu has you beat, a scented steam bath will help you on your way to wellness. Eucalyptus oil contains cineole, an ingredient that reduces inflammation and cuts mucus production, allowing you to breathe more easily. Tea tree oil has antiseptic properties that will help your body fight off infection while liquorice is an antioxidant that kills bacteria and lessens congestion.
- 1 tsp of peppermint oil
- 1 tsp of peppermint oil
- handful of dried ginseng root
If you’re on the brink of exhaustion, make time for a mood-boosting bath to recharge your batteries. Peppermint oil refreshes and uplifts while rosemary helps to increase alertness and aid concentration. Meanwhile ginseng promotes positivity, so will help lift any mental fog. It also lowers blood pressure and helps to stimulate adrenal function – kicking your cortisol levels into touch to keep you on an even keel.