Looking for a little rest and relaxation at the end of the workday? What better way than to soak all your cares away in a warm, luxurious bath?
From mineral springs to hot baths, ancient Greek, Roman, Celtic and Egyptian cultures all used water for healing purposes. Some scientists believe that using water as therapy is as old as humankind itself.
To get the most out of your soak, bathe in warm, comfortable water (hot water can dry out your skin). Soak no more than 20 minutes to avoid skin irritation. And use the following ingredients—you probably have most of them in your kitchen already.
The best ingredients for a leveled-up bath
If you had an oatmeal bath as a child during a bout of chicken pox, you’ve experienced oatmeal’s well-documented ability to soothe itchy, inflamed skin. Pick up colloidal oatmeal (very finely ground oats not intended for eating) at a health food store or pharmacy, or make your own colloidal oatmeal by grinding plain, uncooked oats.
How to use: Add a handful of your finely ground oats to the bath, and soak for five to 10 minutes.
2. Green tea
Green tea is well known for its antioxidant properties. But along with reaping the health benefits of this much-loved beverage, many people swear by adding green tea to their baths.
How to use: Add about six green tea bags to your bathwater. Let them steep for 15 to 20 minutes, then remove.
Adding honey to bathwater results in a luxuriously fragrant, skin-softening soak. It’s more than just a lovely smell: honey helps skin retain moisture, and it also boasts antibacterial properties.
How to use: Pick up natural honey and add 1/4 cup (60 mL) to your bathwater.
4. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is rich in anti-inflammatory fatty acids. When added to your bath, it can help your skin retain moisture.
How to use: Open your pores by soaking in a warm tub for 10 minutes, and then add 1/4 cup (60 mL) coconut oil to your bathwater.