The holiday season is upon us! And the year is near to its end. This means that the month of December might be the most hectic time for most of us. Whether it is school work or actual work, this most wonderful time of the year could also be the most stressful one. It could be overwhelming but there is always a way to help us destress ourselves. The most common way of destressing is, of course, taking a bath. So, we have listed a few bath soak recipes that would remind you of the holidays and help you unwind. You could use it, or you could maybe make a few for your friends and family as a gift! Let’s start.
Holiday bath soak that is perfect for gift giving.
- 2 cups Epsom Salt. Epsom salts make the water feel better. Silkier, smoother and even…. floatier. The extra buoyancy makes your aching body feel supported, totally relaxed.
- 5 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil. Sweet Orange Essential Oil: has an uplifting effect, often used for stress and depression. It lightens the mood and softens the edges
- 3 drops Palo Santo Essential Oil. Palo Santo is considered a sacred wood, used in ceremonies to dispel negativity. Breathing in the aromatherapy, has a grounding and calming effect. Palo Santo is high in monoterpenes which studies show help the body to manage stress and inflammation, and build resilience.
- 2 drops Ginger Essential Oil. Ginger is a warming, oil, it promotes circulation in the body. This is so good when the body feels stiff, when its cold outside when you feel like you need to move through stuck energy. You’ll sleep so well after a ginger bath, totally relaxed and renewed.
- 1/2 tsp sunflower oil, or any neutral smelling oil. When adding essential oils to the bath, always dilute it in a carrier oil before adding it to the salt. Otherwise, the oils will separate in the bath water and touch your skin directly, which is not advised.
- Blend the essential oil and oil together
- Pour the oil into the Epsom salt, mix well
- Pour the scented salt into jar, tucking in several orange slices throughout.
Peppermint bath salt:
- 1-1/2 cups Epsom salt.
- 1/4 cup baking soda. The mild exfoliating property of baking soda makes it a wonderful ingredient to help banish acne and pimples from your skin. It is safe to be used on the face as well after it is diluted with water. Baking soda helps dry out the pimple and its anti-bacterial property helps prevent further breakouts on your skin.
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted. Other than being a good base, coconut oil has a few skin benefits. Coconut oil and its components may help reduce inflammation in the body, it may also aid in the treatment of acne. Coconut oil can be an effective moisturizer and aid in the treatment of dry skin and eczema.
- 20 drops Peppermint essential oil. Peppermint oil is often used in cosmetic products. But there’s a limited amount of research into the potential benefits of peppermint when applied to the skin. Adding peppermint essential oil will help reduce skin irritation.
- 5 drops Tea tree essential oil. Tea tree oil is a popular choice for treating acne because of its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It's thought to calm redness, swelling, and inflammation. It may even help to prevent and reduce acne scars, leaving you with smooth, clear skin.
- 5-10 drops natural red food coloring. This part is optional but if you want to be a little more festive during the holidays, there is no reason to not add a little color to your bath soak.
- Let’s start making these holiday bath salts! In a large bowl, thoroughly combine Epsom salt and baking soda.
- Melt your coconut oil, but make sure it’s not hot – warm is ok. I used a coffee mug and heated it up in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds. Next, add the drops of Peppermint essential oil and Tea tree essential oil to the coconut oil liquid and stir.
- Add the melted coconut oil mixture to the salt and stir to coat the salt mixture completely.