Ingredients for Calming & Healing Baths

Are You Ready to Take Your Soak to The Next Level?
a woman taking a calming bath with milk and herbs

Slipping into a warm tub feels wonderful. If you are blessed with a bathtub (and doubly blessed with a deep one), try taking your soak to another level by adding one of these various healing and nutrifying elements.

Ingredients for Therapeutic Baths

  • Essential Oils

    Perhaps the easiest way to add a benefit to your bath, aromatherapy doesn’t just smell good; studies show it can influence how you feel. Organic pure essential oils can be purchased at natural products stores, and one bottle will last a long time.

    Be sure to mix the oils into the bath water before stepping in, as undiluted essential oils can irritate the skin.

    • Add lavender, chamomile or clary sage for a calming bath.
    • Add peppermint or rosemary to energize.
    • Eucalyptus and tea tree will offer purifying benefits.
  • Sea Salt and Minerals

    To relieve stress, add sea salt to a bath to turn an ordinary bathtub into a mineral pool. The trick is to add quality sea salt that contains naturally existing minerals.

    Sea salt has a purifying and healing effect. How much salt to add to a tub depends on the condition of your skin; start with a small handful and increase until you are comfortable.

    We recommend Natural Vitality’s Calm Bath, which is a blend of the anti-stress mineral magnesium and Redmond Real Salt, which is rich in trace minerals.

  • Oatmeal

    Fill an old sock with about 1 cup of oats and then tie the end. Toss this into the water and squeeze occasionally. The sock will release cloudy “oat” water that is rich in amazingly calming and healing natural emollients.

    • Try not to make the water too hot, as that dries the skin.
    • If you have dried lavender, you can add that to the oatmeal.
    • Discard when done.
  • Tea

    Tea bags or loose tea work in the tub. Use four to six teabags or a large tea ball and add at the beginning, running just-hot water.

    • For a relaxing bath, add chamomile tea bags. Sip a cup of chamomile tea at the same time for extra relaxation.
    • Green tea has many antioxidants that benefit the skin.
    • A citrus tea will create a refreshing soak.
  • Milk and Honey

    The lactic acid in milk is a gentle exfoliator that will remove dead skin. The higher the fat of the milk you use, the more moisturizing it will be. Honey is moisturizing and softening, and it smells great.

    To a warm tub, add 2 to 4 cups of milk and ½ cup of honey. Mix with your hand.


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