How to Make a Healing Bath from Whatever You Have in Your Kitchen
The other day I was tired, my muscles were sore, my breasts were tender, and I needed to release some tension. So I took a bath. Who doesn't love a good bath? As beings who gestate in a sack of fluid, it makes sense that we would find comfort in returning to that state, floating in warmth. One way to make a bath even better, though, is to add oils and botanicals for extra healing properties.
You can buy bath blends from tons of different places, or you can make your own blends to target specific needs, like moisturizing your skin or soothing your muscles. But for those days when you don't have a pre-made blend on hand or don't have the time or patience to make your own, all you have to do is head to your kitchen to find a few things to toss in your bath.
When I decided to have a bath the other day, I seriously did not have the wherewithal to make a specific blend to target my needs, but I still wanted a little extra oomph to my bath. So I opened the pantry. I ended up with avocado oil to moisturize my skin, Himalayan bath salts to soothe my muscles, tea tree oil to heal my hundreds of bug bites (thanks, Florida), lavender oil to calm my mind, and sweet orange oil because I love the smell of citrus.
It was the best bath ever.
Now, I have a lot of essential oils in my pantry because I make a lot of homemade beauty products. If you're the same way, do the same thing I did. A few drops of this, a few drops of that, and bam: super bath. If you don't have a ton of essential oils, you probably at least have some herbs and oils in your kitchen. Yes, the same things you cook with can also heal you. Olive oil is great for moisturizing skin, and who doesn't cook with olive oil? Rosemary can help relieve stress and soothe sore muscles. Thyme's antibacterial properties can help with skin problems. Baking soda softens your skin and relives itching. Mint stimulates and heals your skin. There's no end the herbal options. All you have to do look in your spice rack.
You can add as much or as little carrier oils (olive, coconut, avocado, etc.) as you like. If you're using essential oils, 2-5 drops will do the trick. Essential oils are highly concentrated, so a little goes a long way. If you're adding herbs to your bath, there are a few different ways you can go about it. You can add them directly to the water and have them float around you as you relax. You can put them in a porous fabric, like cheesecloth or pantyhose (yep, pantyhose), tie off the top, and let the bag of herbs infuse the bathwater. Or, if you don't want anything floating in your bath, you can put your herbs in the fabric of your choice, but rather than tie off the top, you tie the bag to the bath faucet and let the herbs infuse as the bath fills up.
Pretty much any herb you add to your bath will help you in one way or another, or, usually, in many different ways, so you really can add whatever you have available. Use just one herb or oil or mix and match. It's up to you. The more you experiment with different ingredients and combinations, the more you'll figure out which herbs and oils you like best. Soon you won't even have to think about it; you'll know exactly what to reach for when you fill up the tub.
Do you have favorite bath blends? Let me know in the comments!