Lavender baths are a wonderful way to relax, cleanse and rejuvenate the body and spirit. I'm going to share with you some bath recipes I tried so you can relax and pamper yourself. Here are some ways to change the normal bath into a luxurious experience. Go ahead and spoil yourself, you deserve it.
Lavender baths have healing qualities. Lavender can be used on any type of skin and is a anti-inflammatory, skin-regenerator, antifungal, anti- bacterial, deodorizer, analgesic, relaxing, helps prevent scars, helps boost the immunity system and it smells fabulous.
Aromatherapy baths works twice as well because the oil is absorbed into your skin, and you inhale the delicious scent. Lavender also acts as a enhancer, making other oils work better. It's been called the universal and mother of essential oils because it's so great and works for so many problems. Lavender is also the safest oil.
I'm usually a shower person, but I like lavender baths when I don't feel well or when I'm extra stressed and need pampering. Normally I just mix the oils, or drop them into the bath without following a recipe. (Kind of like I cook.) I just intuitively know what I need at the time. I'm now actually counting and trying to do recipes to share with you in this website. I hope you find them helpful. But feel free to make your own.
Try this delightful recipe for lavender
Once you have an idea of what essential oils do, you can be as creative as you want. I recommend getting a good essential oil book so you know the benefits and cautions of the essential oils you choose to have on hand. If you don't want to go into it very much, you're safe with just lavender. It is the greatest oil! There isn't a day that goes by that I don't use it in some form or way.
Lavender bath oils are wonderful for relaxing and they go far to soften the skin. It nourishes and protects the skin and just feels so good. Just be careful you don't slip.
The quickest and easiest way of using essential oils in a bath is to add 5 to 10 drops of essential oil to the water after you fill the tub and mix it with your hand before you get in the tub.
Here are some lavender bath salt recipes that are sure to please. They're made with sea salt and are great for detoxifying and for cleansing.
Try some of these baking soda baths. They leave the skin soft and smooth.
Lavender bath salt scrubs are a great way to bring that youthful glow back to your skin. Add some oil to it and your skin feels like a baby again.
Scrubs can be salt, sugar, brown sugar, or even oatmeal. Add some lavender oil for a nice lavender bath scrub. Don't use salt on the face, it's to harsh on delicate face skin. I like to add some oil to my scrubs. I love how nice and soft my skin feels after.
A combination of salt, baking soda and epsom salt is great for baths. They help you detox and help cleanse your aura.
Sea salts is said to be best and is usually used in bath salts. Table salt or kosher salt will do if you don't have sea salt.
Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) help soothe achy overworked muscles, and pulls toxins out of the body. It can even be used to help decrease colds or flu symptoms. Use one or two handfuls of epsom salt to your bath water. Epsom salt baths have been used successfully for people with arthritis. With arthritis you should take the bath every day for a week, then every other day until you feel better. Then decrease to once a week or as tolerated. Make sure you rest for a couple of hours after, and stay nice and warm. After it's important to move your joints to prevent congestion in your joints. I was introduced to this type of bath by my allergy doctor for chemical allergies. It does help, but start slowly with only a small amount of epsom salt in your bath and increase as tolerated. When I tried it the first time I felt like a wet dish rag after. You need to rest after and drink plenty of water. Avoid epsom salt baths if you have high blood pressure. Epsom salts helps soften hard water, softens your skin but can drying, so use oil or lotion after.
Milk mixed with your essential oil helps it disperse into the water better. Milk helps to hydrate, soften and makes your skin feel soft and silky. It's high in vitamins, proteins, and calcium and is absorbed into the skin. Milk has been used for centuries as a beauty aide. It's soothing on the skin, and is a great addition to any kind of lavender bath.
Borax is the same as desert salt and is a wonderful cleansing agent, and emulsifier. It helps water and oils blend together. You'll see this listed in expensive bath crystals. They make it sound so fancy! You can get it at any grocery store. Make your own bath products with borax and save money.
Oatmeal is great for itchy, rashy, or sunburned skin. It's very soothing. Lavender bath teas are another way to pamper yourself.
Skin brushing is very beneficial and helps get rid of dry skin and toxins. Brush towards the heart. Example, start at you hands and go up your arms.
After a nice soak in the bath is a good time to use a pumice stone on those rough areas on your heels and toes.
Trim your toenails after soaking them, because your nails will be softer and easier to cut.
Always cut straight across so you don't get ingrown toenails. Extra care must be taken with your feet if you're diabetic, feet are harder to heal. If needed have a doctor trim your toenails.
Tepid or lukewarm baths helps bring down a fever.
Bath temperatures can affect the results of your bath. Cooler baths will generally energize and wake you up. A cool bath also just feels better on sunburns. Baths at your body temperature is good, a cooler bath is good in summer to help cool you down.
A hot bath (about 100 degrees) shouldn't be used on sunburns and can be more drying on the skin. It does helps the body detox quicker by helping you sweat out toxins, flu and colds. Just make sure you drink plenty of fluid to help flush out the toxins or they can circulate in your system and actually make you feel worse. Plan on going to bed after. If taken often a hot bath can loosen the skin and cause your skin to age faster.
A hot bath also causes blood capillaries to expand and may increase the heart rate. Don't take a real hot bath if you're pregnant, have high blood pressure, have hemorrhoids, or varicose veins.
Medium warm baths help you relax and loosens up the sore muscles and joints.
Toxins build up in our bodies from all the chemicals in our environment, radiations, pesticides, ect. Baths with epsom salts, baking soda, and salt, help your body detox. Soak about 20 minutes. If you start feeling ill when you're taking this kind of bath, leave the bath right away. The bath is doing it's job on releasing the poisons. You may feel nauseous, dizzy, weak and have some flu like symptoms. Rest and drink fluids. Next time decrease the amount of bath salts you put in the water, then slowly build up as you tolerate it. The first time I took a detox bath I could only tolerate it for 5 minutes. The bath works and will help you get healthier. I can do 20 minutes now!
I hope you enjoy lavender baths as much as I do. It's like an oasis in the desert.