10 Incredible Bath Soak Recipes, You’ve Been Missing!
I’ve been making bath and body products for years and from my experience I can say, homemade bath soak recipes are one the most rewarding to make! Just thinking about a long soak in a hot bath can get me through the day. Well, that and a little chai tea or mocha can get me through just about any day. Long events, short writing deadlines, or a whiny toddler can all be overcome with anyone of these bath soak recipes!
Never mind the fact that bath soak recipes are beyond easy to make! There’s no boiling, simmering, melting, or chilling. Plus, you don’t even need to wait for anything to set either.
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Did you know a bath soak burns calories??
Yep, you’re still on the same page! And that’s not a typo either…
In a recent study on metabolic diseases or in other terms diseases linked obesity, heat exposure in the form of a hot bath is shown to have the same effect as exercising (Faulkner, S.H. 2017). The study indicates passive heating decreases inflammation and boosts metabolism exactly like exercising. And one hour spent in a hot bath burns as many calories as a half-hour walk! Who’s taking a bath tonight? And when you include nourishing ingredients to these bath soak recipes below you’ll be doing a wealth for your health! (Did you like that rhyme?)
Nourishing Must-Have Ingredients for Homemade Bath Soak Recipes
Thanks to Epsom salts, bath soaks do much more for our bodies than moisturizing the skin. Named after a small town in England where it is was discovered in 1618, Epsom salts are known for their powerful ability to relieve aches and pains. They break down the build-up of lactic acid which causes muscle pain. Add a ½ cup of Epsom salt to your next bath or try them in one of the bath soak recipes below.
Natural carrier oils can make a big impact on the health and condition of your skin. They are packed with vitamins and antioxidants essential for healthy skin. There are a variety of carrier oils available such as apricot kernel oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, and the list goes on! Find the right carrier oil for your skin type here. Keep in mind I don’t recommend adding carrier oils straight to the bath. This could make for a dangerous slippery environment. Instead, include a small amount in bath soak recipes to moisturize the skin without too much slipperiness!
Old fashioned rolled oats, whole oats, or quinoa make a great all-natural skin softening addition to the bath. Oats are a commonly known remedy for itchy, irritated dry skin. Find both oats and quinoa in the bath soak recipes below.
Fresh And Dried Herbs
I love having fresh herbs within in reach to use in bath soak recipes. Even if you don’t have a green thumb you certainly keep the plant alive long enough to get your money worth or opt for dried herbs. Herbs not only make our homemade bath soak recipes smell heavenly, but they also have a multitude of benefits. Chamomile, eucalyptus leaves, lavender, and lemon balm are some of my favorites to use.
For thousands of years, pink Himalayan salt has been known for its many benefits. Packed with numerous minerals that are important for health – including calcium, iron, copper, iodine, zinc, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and selenium. No wonder, it is a favorite choice by many to soak in! Pink Himalayan salt is so mineral rich, soaking in a bath of it helps our skin and bodies to absorb minerals. In fact, it’s called dermal absorption when the skin soaks up minerals. Indulge in enriching mineral bath soak recipes below made with pink Himalayan salt.
Essential oils not only provide a wonderful natural fragrance to homemade bath soak recipes but also contain many skin loving properties. Learn more about how to get started with essential oils and don’t miss my 10 must have essential oils for home and beauty here.
10 Incredible Bath Soak Recipes You Don’t Want to Miss Out On
Try this green beauty recipe for citrus mint homemade bath salts made with some of my favorite herbs and essential oils. You can use these citrus mint bath salts immediately, but I’ve found after storing them overnight the scents really combine well too for an invigorating, relaxing experience.
Lavender essential oil can help you relax — which makes it a great ingredient for a little sachet to drop in the water when you’re drawing a bath. Brought you by Martha Stewart, this lavender tub tea includes the soothing benefits of whole oats as well. She points out these sweet pouches of “tub tea” make wonderful hostess gifts too.
Brittany founder of the Pistachio Project says, “I love a good bath, don’t you? I rarely will leave the house for “alone time” but I do enjoy taking a bath and getting “away” even if it’s only one door separating me from my kids and chores.” I am sure many of us can relate to! So, skip yet another Plain Jane bath and instead reach for these rose cardamom bath salts to kick it up a notch!
I don’t know about you? But, when the temperatures cool down and the leaves start to burst with color, I begin to crave everything pumpkin spice! This DIY bath soak recipe is autumn all bottled up and ready to soak in. And it not only smells like pumpkin spice – it is made with real pumpkin seed oil and quinoa for youthful skin. (Watch for this recipe in the upcoming Autumn Issue of Willow and Sage Magazine!!)
This bath soak recipe helps relax tense, sore muscles yet don’t leave you smelling of a medicinal vapor rub. The aroma will soothe frayed nerves, but won’t lull you to sleep which makes it a great pick me to the begin the day if you wake up with sore muscles! Jan the Nerdy Farm Wife recommends to use it the next time you feel a little achy.
Detox your skin with all natural harvest moon DIY soaking salts with incredible activated charcoal! Combining activated charcoals’ unmatched ability to remove toxins from the body with essential oils in this homemade bath soak recipe. (You’ll find this recipe in the upcoming Autumn Issue of Willow and Sage Magazine too!!)
Indulge in an enriching mint lavender mineral bath. I make it with coarse pink Himalayan salt and ingredients picked right from my herb garden. I like to create an at-home spa retreat for a relaxing evening of self-care. It really is one of my favorite bath soak recipes!
Wind down and clear your head with this eucalyptus and mint foot soak you can make yourself. Andrea at Personally Andrea says, “Bath salts and essential oils make a pretty, scented and therapeutic soak for your feet at the end of a long day”. She recommends using a night-time foot soak for tired feet and legs.
If you’ve got a case of the “Mondays” turn your week around with a DIY Bubbling Lemon Vanilla Bath Soak. It’s difficult to stay in a sour mood with the cheerful fresh scent of lemon essential oil combined with creamy sweet vanilla extract. This bubbling bath soak has more than a heavenly scent, it’s loaded with benefits and a few surprises!
Make a big batch of these jasmine orange bath salts to have them on hand whenever you need a long soak. The natural skin care experts at Hello Glow says the orange-jasmine scent is amazing! Wouldn’t it look pretty stored in a big glass jar on your bathroom counter?
Is it the skin benefits you’re after or the chance to skip the gym? Which of these bath soak recipes are you gonna make first? P.S. Don’t miss my 3 Step Herbal Infused Pedicure at the Herbal Academy (pictured to the left). Whether you’re treading barefoot this summer or just need to take a little time for yourself, it’s the perfect way to get your feet soft, beautiful, and “summer ready”!
S. H. Faulkner, S. Jackson, G. Fatania & C. A. Leicht (2017) The effect of passive heating on heat shock protein 70 and interleukin-6: A possible treatment tool for metabolic diseases?, Temperature, 4:3, 292-304, DOI: 10.1080/23328940.2017.1288688
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