Bath time is one of my favorite times of the day. It’s a time when I can wash away all my stress from the day and enjoy time to myself (besides the occasional knock on the door from my kids). While a warm bath on its own is definitely relaxing, there are more ways to make it better and more stress relieving. Keep scrolling for 5 ways to take bath time up a relaxing notch.
Epson salt is great soothing sore muscles and even helps to reduce swelling too. Dissolve 2 cups of Epsom salt per 1 gallon of warm water. To help soak in all the salt has to offer, sit in your warm bath for at least 15 minutes. According to many, the Epsom salts magnesium enters the body through the skin which aids in reducing swelling and relieving aches. It’s also said that Epsom salts helps you to achieve smoother skin and reduces irritations.
I don’t know about you but I personally can’t take a relaxing bath without having candles lit. I love candles in general — but candles surrounding me while I soak in a warm bath takes my relaxation to a whole other level. Be sure to find candles that are in your favorite scents — the more candles, the better! Be careful not to have a burning candle too close to your bath or anything that they can catch fire to such as towels, clothes, exc. Lights out and candles lit (a glass of wine is optional — and highly recommended).
In my household, music is always playing on blast. Music has a way of making me feel good throughout my day, so naturally, having music playing during bath time makes sense. However, the music that I blast through my day is different than the music I listen to while trying to soak away all my stress from the day. Instrumental music, sounds of nature, or whatever brings you the ultimate relaxation will be the perfect addition to your bath time experience. If you’re looking for some great bath time tunes, check out the many different bath time music options on YouTube.
When it comes to relaxing, essential oils can do wonders when added to a warm bath. If you want to transform your soak session, try adding an essential oil that targets your needs. Is it recommended to always mix essential oils with a carrier oil first so your essential oil doesn’t sit on top of your water (because water and oil doesn’t mix). Coconut, olive, or jojoba are great carrier oils to mix in your essential oils. Add three to 10 drops of essential oil mixed in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil. Not just any essential oil will do, Lavender, chamomile, frankincense, lemongrass, and rose are all great bath relaxing oils. Be sure to run your full bath before adding in your essential oil and be careful because the oil will cause your bath to be slippery.
Milk is not just good for drinking. Milk baths have been used for centuries, the ancient queen of Egypt, Cleopatra was known to have the most beautiful, flawless skin. Cleopatra was well-known for taking her milk baths, which she would often add honey to for an even more skin benefiting bath experience. A milk bath is not only moisturizing and exfoliating, it is also a great way to amp your bath time soak up. Besides, whats more better than stepping out of your bath with silky soft skin and a beautiful glow? now that’s relaxing! Add 1 to 2 cups of milk with ½ cup honey to your warm bath to bathe like a queen.