We’re here—the thick of winter’s chill. And nothing takes the edge off like a luxurious and super warm (okay, hot as heck) bath. So, turn the phone off, light the candles, and take a little winter respite with these all-natural DIY bath soak ideas—straight from the kitchen.
- Baking soda + salt: Perfect for rejuvenating tired, stressed, and sensitive winter skin, add ¼ cup baking soda and ¼ cup sea salt to reduce inflammation and promote relaxation. Optional: a few drops lavender or geranium essential oils to boost the mellow.
- Green tea: Don’t ditch those used tea bags—add them to your bath instead! Green tea may help to balance discomfited winter skin while also mildly aiding the body in detoxing—a bonus if you’ve spending the winter indoors where pollution can be five times as high as outdoors. Use a ¼ cup loose leaf green tea or six tea bags. Optional: boost your tea bag soak with a few drops of lemon balm essential oil.
- Honey: Drip a generous amount of pure, raw honey into your bath to boost the hydration factor for dry, scaly skin. Like green tea, it can also aid in the detoxification process ever so gently. To a full bath, gently pour in 1/2 cup honey. Optional: a few drops of rose essential oil for a heavenly soak.
- Olive oil: Not only does olive oil bring much-needed hydration to tired winter skin, but it may also help to maintain collagen, which keeps skin looking soft and supple. Soft and safe enough for babies, as well. Add ¼ cup olive oil to a full bath. Optional: Drip in a few drops of sweet orange essential oil for a relaxing addition.
- Oats: Adding oatmeal to your bath helps to bring softer skin and relief from itchiness. It’s especially helpful if you’re suffering from eczema, psoriasis, or bouts of seasonal dryness. Add a full cup of rolled oats to a warm bath before soaking. Optional: Drop in a few splashes of frankincense for a relaxing, otherworldly soak.
Be sure to finish your bath with a good moisturizing treatment. We recommend: