Confession: I am a bath junkie...totally addicted. I'm in the tub at least 3 times a week, and I don't do just plain ol' warm water baths, either. Specific salts, scents, and scrubs definitely complete the ritual, and are - in my opinion - my dear friend, what make a bath worth taking.
Sometimes, I can tell if I've accidentally eaten something with gluten in it because I won't be able to sleep for 2 or 3 nights in a row. Completely miserable! (You can read more about my gluten-free journey here.) So for me, a relaxing night time routine can be super beneficial. I am a big fan of essential oils, and lavender is my go-to for relaxation. Now before you throw your red flags up, let me just say this. Lots of people right now are "into" essential oils. I used to think it was all just a bunch of hippie hype, but I tried some, and you know what? They actually worked. And because I'm weird and I just have to find out stuff I get curious about, I did a lot of research on their clinical benefits. Journals of neurology, psychiatry, internal medicine, pharma, and countless organizations have conducted and published research on the health benefits of every oil under the sun. Their benefits are clinically proven and real, and in fact, tons of our pharmaceuticals are derived from the very plants we extract essential oils from - essential oils just haven't been messed with and don't have other chemicals added with them. My philosophy is to always try to do things nature's way if possible, rather than pumping myself full of chemicals, hence my oil usage schpiel. Aside from clinical benefits, they are a great way to get good smellin' without dies, synthetic fragrances, and carcinogen-laden perfumes. Now. Back to my bath euphoria.
My relaxing baths consist of rediculously hot water. I'm talking, detox-sauna-sweat-it-all-out hot. Lavender. Epsom salt. Some kind of bath oil. Exfoliation. Low lights. No phone, no wine (it interferes with your ability to sleep if you have it too close to bed time!) and a glass of water or some chamomile tea. It takes way too much prep to measure out the salt and oil for every bath, plus I like to exfoliate with the salt, so I made a scrub to keep on the window sill by my tub. It's ready and easy to use whenever I want to relax. I've also made this as a gift - seems like it could be a good one for Mother's Day or end of the year teacher appreciation!
Whether you're ready for a little self- indulgent treat, prepping for a great night of sleep, or looking for a DIY gift idea, here's what you'll need to make yours!
- I tightly sealing glass jar
- 1/4 cup organic coconut oil (the solid kind - but soften it by running hot water over the jar before you measure it out)
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup Epsom salt
- 2 Tablespoons dried lavender petals (you can find this in the bulk spice section at grocery stores, or dry your own lavender blooms at home. If you don't have this part, it's okay, just skip it)
- 15 drops lavender essential oil, 20 if you don't use dried lavender too
- 5 drops lemon essential oil
In a mixing bowl, combine the softened coconut oil and baking soda. It will be a whipped cream-like consistency. Add the salt and essential oils. At this point, assess how it's shaping up. Do you like the consistency? If it's feeling too chunky, add in another spoonful of coconut oil. If it's too creamy, add another 1/4 cup of Epsom salt. Finally, mix in the lavender petals gently.
If you are gifting this or want to make it look nice to keep out, you can wrap the jar with some twine and tuck a sprig of lavender into it. And boom...relaxation in a jar!
I enjoy plopping a scoop of it into the tub and letting it dissolve while the water is running, and slathering it on my arms and legs during the bath. The baking soda really softens your skin! I'd love to hear your bathtub relaxation recipes. Enjoy!