A hot relaxing bath is such a treat.
A chance to take 20 minutes out from life and unwind.
The main principle of self care is to put yourself first in order to be able to then give yourself to others.
Making having a bath something special, just for you is so important. Those 20 minutes are not going to rejuvenate you if you are staring at a mess, sharing the bath with toys and having little ones asking for you every few minutes.
Here are my tips for a perfect Self Care Bath
- Find a time in the evening when the house is quiet and you know you can have some time undisturbed.
- Taking no more than a couple of minutes – quickly tidy the bathroom, putting everything away.
- Start the bath running and instead of opting for normal bubble bath why not try a natural alternative instead – see below for some ideas.
- If you don’t have candles in the bathroom already, find some and light enough to create a calm, soothing mood.
- Enjoy your soak, pull yourself into the moment and stop your head from whirring around by scanning your senses – how does this feel? how does this smell? what do I hear? what do I see?
- As you relax and if you trust yourself to keep your phone dry and safe – this is the perfect time to listen to a relaxing audio book or do a timed meditation.
These are my favourite natural bath products:
- Oats – simply take a clean odd sock, put half a cup of normal oats into it and tie the sock tightly adding some essential oils as required. When running the bath, massage the sock in the water and the bath will gradually turn cloudy. An oat bath works brilliantly to relieve inflammation, moisturise skin and relieve redness. It is great (without the essential oils) for chicken pox and eczema too! A good choice in the summer to relieve sun soaked skin.
- Milk – once the bath has been run add two cups of milk (ideally whole milk) and mix in – you can also add some essential oils or a large spoonful of honey. Milk baths are a great choice to take in the winter to relieve dry skin. Milk can naturally help to remove dead skin cells and like oats is also good at moisturising and removing redness.
- Epsom Salts – Start by adding a large tablespoon of Epsom salts to a hot bath. Gradually over time you can build up to 2 cups. Epsom Salt baths have so many amazing benefits including reducing stress, relaxing the body, improve sleep and concentration, helps sore muscles, sprains and bruises, helps migraines and helps flush toxins out of the body.
- Bath Oils – Use a base oil such as Almond Oil or Jojoba Oil – in a glass jar add 50ml of base oil and then 20 drops of essential oils – store in a dark cupboard. When your bath is ready add 1-2 teaspoons of this to your bath. You can tailor your bath oil to your requirements by changing which essential oils you add.
- Neal’s yard – I love the fact that Neal’s Yard are made using good quality natural products. I ask for these products for my birthday or sometimes purchase them when they are on sale. My favourites are the Aromatic Foaming Bath and the Geranium & Orange Foaming Bath – a little goes a long way so despite being quite expensive they last a very long time.
Good Essential Oils for Homemade Natural Baths:
- Lavender – relaxing and calming – ideal before bed.
- Clary Sage – good to lift your mood.
- Rose – good at calming anxiety.
- Ylang Ylang – to relieve tension in the body.
There are so many more – experiment and have fun creating blends that work for you!
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