There’s really only one way to take a bath (in a tub with warm water), but there are several ways to make that bath healthy and luxurious, and adding soap isn’t one of them. A good soak in a warm tub can be a great place to take care of our mind and body with a few added ingredients from our refrigerator or pantry. We believe in the power of a good bath to help us feel better and by adding these natural ingredients to our tub, we can look better too. Many of these special ingredients we already ingest as a part of a healthy diet, but we can also use them externally to help ease aches and pains as well as improve the appearance of our skin on the outside.
Here are some natural ingredients you can incorporate into your next soak in the tub. Your skin will thank you for it!
9 Natural Ingredients To Add To Your Next Bath
Hydrate Skin: Milk. Add a few cups to lukewarm bath water to hydrate skin. The lactic acid in milk, along with other nutrients, will help make your skin feel smooth.
Skin Irritations: Oatmeal. We enjoy oatmeal for its dietary benefits, like whole grains and fiber that are good for our digestion. We can also use oatmeal as a skin treatment. You may have made your own oatmeal facial mask, but it can also be used in the bath to help ease a variety of skin irritations.
Reduce Stress: Herbs. Dried herbs, wrapped in a cheesecloth and soaked in the tub, can help ease tension in the mind and body. Rosemary, lavender, and chamomile can help promote sleep and smoother skin.
Fight Cold & Flu: Ginger. We’ve all known ginger as a natural remedy to help ease upset stomachs and as a great way to add a warm spice to our cooking. Ginger has antibacterial properties too and can help to relieve symptoms associated with the cold and flu. Those are the internal benefits, and now we can also use it externally to ease muscle soreness, so adding this to your next bath can improve how you feel on the outside.
Relieve Sunburn: Apple Cider Vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is all the rage these days as a way to improve digestion and fight inflammation. It can also be used to help soothe the skin after a sunburn. Add a cup to warm bath water and enjoy a good soak, about 10 minutes, to help reduce the symptoms of sunburn.
Exfoliate Skin: Baking Soda. Baking soda has so many beneficial uses, from stopping odors in our refrigerator to making our baked goods delicious. Baking soda can be used as a toothpaste and it’s cleaning power has long been regarded as natural and effective. Skin care is another place where we see the remarkable benefits of baking soda. Adding baking soda to a warm bath can help to exfoliate the skin, leaving it feeling smooth.
Relax Muscles: Salts. Bath salts have long been added to our tubs as a way to exfoliate the skin. Adding salt to your bath water is a great way to soothe sore muscles as well. The scrubbing can also stimulate blood flow, which may help with muscle recovery.
Relax the Mind: Essential Oils. A warm bath is a great way to relax any aches and pains we may feel from our daily activities. Adding an essential oil, something soothing like lavender, will help to calm our bodies and our minds. Be careful when adding oils to the tub as you do not want to slip and risk injury.
Reduce Wrinkles: Oils. . Oils are not just for the kitchen. Adding olive or coconut oil to a warm bath may help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Again, be cautious entering and exiting the tub, and be sure to dry off fully as well as wipe out your tub to prevent dangerous slips.
Go ahead and try one of these natural ingredients in your next bath. We’re all for finding natural ways to help us stay healthy in both mind and body.