Right in the middle of the silliest season of the year, and the last thing you are probably thinking about is doing something for yourself.
But with the horrible weather, late nights, running around and overindulging, the silly season might be taking its toll on your body right now. If you are feeling a bit wiped out, or snowed under, maybe its time to take a little time to relax.
Why not draw yourself a huge steaming bath, and soak in it for a good long while, until your fingers and toes are all pruney. Light candles, have a cup of tea or wine, play some soothing music, and maybe read a book or a trashy magazine.
Lock the door and do your very best to ignore all the people on the other side of it who can’t seem to do anything without you. Just relax.
Here is a list of wonderful natural things, many of which you may already have at home, that you can put in your bathtub to make you feel better. Some will revive you or pep you up, others will help to calm you down. You are bound to find something on this list which is just what you need right now.
How to make your bath the bomb
A natural product magnesium sulphate, these granules dissolve in a hot bath to give great healing properties. It helps to replenish the body’s depleted stores of magnesium, which we sorely need, and helps reduce pain and soothe inflammation and general aches and pains. Add a couple of cups to your hot running bath and then have a really good long soak.
Oatmeal is wonderful for your skin, and can soothe all kinds of inflammation from eczema, wind- or sunburn, rashes or other dry skin. It is also an excellent natural cleanser and moisturiser. Look for skin or bath products that contain oatmeal, or make your own from oats. Soak a couple of cups of oats in hot water and honey, then add this to your running bath.
You saw that we added honey to the mix above, that’s because this incredible substance has all sorts of lovely benefits too. It has healing and moisturising powers, helping light abrasions and preventing infection. It is also full of antioxidants, so fights naturally against ageing and may also boost your immune system.
This awesome superfood can really do anything! High in Vitamin E, it is great for your skin, with softening, replenishing and anti-ageing properties. It helps repair the proteins in your tired or weathered complexion. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, so you can never go wrong using a bit of this in the tub really.
You can add it buy microwaving a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil until liquid, and then pour this into your running bath. Or mix coconut oil with raw sugar, and then rub all over yourself for a gorgeous exfoliant before hopping in the tub.
There is a world of essential oils you can try in your bath, which help your body through their scent and when soaked into your skin. Just around six drops of an oil will give you what you need, so don’t go overboard adding everything below. Some oils mix well, but maybe do a little research into which ones blend well together rather than just trying a free-for-all. This website is great for advice: https://www.growingupherbal.com/blending-essential-oils-for-beginners/
Peppermint oil has antioxidant properties and helps your immune system to buck up, as well as may reduce symptoms of PMS, and other types of stress. Peppermint can also settle an upset tummy, although I wouldn’t recommend drinking the bathwater; perhaps try a peppermint tea for this remedy.
The divine scent of lavender has been proven to calm and relax people, and help them to wind down for sleep. If you are feeling a bit stressed out at the moment, then add a few drops of this essential oil to your bathwater. It also soothes skin from itching or irritation, and has been used on acne. It can also soothe mild pain such as body aches or headache.
Rosemary oil increases your blood flow and circulation, great if your body is frozen stiff after being out in the cold. It also helps to lift general spirit and mood.
This one doesn’t have such a gorgeous smell, but it wonderful for your skin and calms acne and inflammation beautifully. It can soothe headache and other types of pain, and may soothe womanly troubles down below as well.
A few drops of eucalyptus oil can help with muscle or joint pain, so maybe good for after a hard day at work or a good session at the gym. It also relieves the symptoms of a cold, including clearing a blocked nose.
A number of different herbal teas can give awesome benefits to your bathtime, both in your soaking in them and inhaling the nourishing smells they create.
Try green tea for its antioxidant properties to relax and detox, or to help soothe your skin. Chamomile tea can relax body and mind, as well as ease pain, and help you get ready for bed. Soaking in jasmine tea however can have refreshing powers, and can lift and rejuvenate your mood.
Choose your tea and add about five teabags or a handful of leaves to your bath, letting it steep for about twenty minutes for full benefits. You can also mix a tea bath with something moisturising like coconut oil, or soothing like Epsom salts; these ingredients go well together.
Rose oil or petals
Adding half a dozen drops of rose oils, or sprinkling rose petals onto your bath aides your complexion, by relaxing, refreshing and softening the skin.
Add about five tablespoons of baking soda to your bath for excellent skin reviving and exfoliating benefits, and to really reduce dry skin all over your body. Great for rough spots like elbows and heels, so again another good reason for a very long soak in the tub.
There’s really no good reason not to indulge yourself a little bit this silly season. Head down to Eric’s to talk to the staff and discover what magical ingredients they may have for you today. You deserve it.