“There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them.”
— Sylvia Plath
There's nothing quite like a good ol' fashion soak — especially after a long work week. A bath allows you to relax, letting the worries of the day melt away. While you're benefiting from total relaxation, why not elevate these beneficial effects even further?
A handmade bath soak allows you to pinpoint what your body needs. After all, skin is your largest organ — and although it's great at keeping harmful stuff out, it will also happily absorb substances that are beneficial.
This DIY bath soak combination has it all — activated charcoal, lavender buds, oatmeal and Himalayan salt, as well as lavender and tea tree essential oil.
Not convinced that it's worth your trouble? Here's what these ingredients can do for you:
- Activated charcoal — When it comes to detoxing your body, cleanses aren't your only option. Activated charcoal offers so many beneficial properties, including its ability to purify, detoxify, deodorize, and even fight bacteria. By removing impurities, activated charcoal can help you recharge and fight fatigue.
- Lavender buds and lavender essential oil — Lavender essential oil is highly versatile, commonly known for its relaxing effects. It can also be used to cleanse skin irritations and cuts.
- Oatmeal — Oatmeal offers all kinds of health benefits when consumed internally, but did you know that it can also benefit your skin? By cleansing your skin and locking in moisture, it helps remove dead skin cells and treat acne, while soothing sensitive skin.
- Himalayan salt — When soaking in a salt bath, beneficial minerals are absorbed through the skin. Magnesium, for example, helps to relax sore muscles and heal soft tissue.
- Tea tree essential oil — Offering both anti-fungal and anti-viral benefits, tea tree oil has the ability to heal. All you need, is around 6 drops per bath. You can add this to your DIY bath soak or directly to your bath.
Make Your Own Batch of Soothing Bath Soak
In order to reduce mess in your tub, it's best to finely grind your oatmeal — you can either grind them up in a blender or food processor. If you have a large mortar and pestle, that will work wonders as well. You can leave a few larger pieces, just be mindful of your tub and drainage.
The increments are up to you, throw in a dash of this and a dash of that. An equal ratio of oatmeal to activated charcoal is ideal. You can add whatever else you like, depending on your own personal needs or skin type. Here is an example recipe for you to follow:
- 1 cup activated charcoal
- 1 cup ground oatmeal
- ½ cup Himalayan salt
- 24 drops of tea tree essential oil (or 6 directly added to bath water)
- 24 drops of lavender essential oil (or 6 directly added to bath water)
- ¼ lavender buds (optional)
Once you've made your soothing DIY soak, add ¼ cup to your bath water. Relax for 20 minutes, then rinse off in the shower. Happy soaking!