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DIY Relaxing Bath Recipes

I can’t think of anything more relaxing than a hot dreamy bath, candles and a glass of wine after a long day. Soaking in a bath can be relaxing and therapeutic in so many ways, from clearing the mind to easing a sore back and muscle aches. I don’t know about you, but I can use all the stress relief I can get!!!

I love a bath, so much so that I’ll often spend up big on bath products and luxury soaps. But did you know that some of the most healing bath solutions come from simple items we often already have in our pantry? I was surprised too. Today’s post shares 12 relaxing bath recipes using everyday things you can add to your bath, with wonderful healing properties.

Before you begin, gather the following items:

  1. Large thick luxurious bath towels. If you have a heated towel rack don’t forget to turn it on to keep your towels toasty warm while you float in your sea of pleasure. There’s something deliciously decadent about drying yourself off with a warm fluffy towel after stepping out of a hot bubble filled bath.
  2. Bath robe or Kimono, PJ’s, fluffy socks or slippers. If you have a heated towel rack you can opt to sneak your robe or PJ’s onto one of the rungs for the hedonistic pleasure of putting on pre-warmed PJs.
  3. Candles, aromatherapy burner and matches. Your choices are many. You can select just one or a few candles to light the bathroom. Or if you prefer, you can apply a few drops of essential oil to an aromatherapy oil burner.

12 Relaxing Bath Recipes


Green Tea Bath– Simply drop 5-10 green tea bags into your bath while it’s filling. Soak and relax. Benefits of a Green Tea Bath – the minerals in green tea are well known for their powerful anti-ageing benefits, which will replenish and restore balance to your skin. Green tea also has natural antioxidants, which aid in detoxing your body from natural pollutants.

Honey Bath  Pour one cup of honey into your bath while it’s filling.  Honey can be mixed with powdered milk in your bath for added benefits (see milk bath recipe below).  Benefits of a Honey Bath – historians believe that honey has been used topically as a healing agent for over 10,000 years!  Adding honey to your bath will moisturise, soften and sooth dry skin.  The natural antioxidant properties in honey will help detox your body while you soak.

Milk Bath – Milk baths are best with powdered milk.  Add two cups of powdered milk to your bath while it’s filling.  Feel free to add honey, lavender or Epsom salt along with the milk for added benefits! Benefits of a Milk Bath – did you know Cleopatra’s beauty was attributed to her love of milk baths?  Milk contains lactic acid, which is packed with skin softening properties that leave skin feeling smoother and more resilient. The lactic acid in milk acts similarly to the alpha-hydroxy acids found in expensive skin creams, which dissolve proteins that bind dead skin cells together. Milk baths are also great for soothing burns and skin after spending too much time in the sun!

Olive Oil Bath – Add three tablespoons of olive oil to your bath while it fills. Benefits of an Olive Oil Bath – when mixed with water, olive oil has the ability to soak deep into your tissues and rejuvenate them. Olive oil baths aid in building a stronger immunity to viral and bacterial infections. Olive oil will help maintain the collagen in your skin, keeping skin looking supple for longer. This reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Bonus: after giving birth, regular oil baths have been known to help regain strength. The minerals in olive oil can also help your uterus shrink back to its normal size much faster post baby.

Epsom Salt Bath – Add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to running bath water. Epsom salts can be mixed with olive oil, milk and baking soda for added benefits, Benefits of an Epsom Salt Bath – historically, Epsom salts have been known for their powerful ability to relieve aches, pains and sore muscles.  The nutrients in the salt break down the build-up of lactic acid, which causes muscle pain.  Soaking in a bath of Epsom salts will also help reduces muscle inflammation.

Sea Salt Bath – Did you know there’s tons of research about the wonderful health benefits of salt in your bath water? I read that it helps with muscle aches, stress relief, improving circulation, skin hydration, headache relief and more… just Google it! Add 1 cup of Sea Salt or Pink Himalayan Salt to a running bath and add 5 -10 drops of an essential oil of your choice (see below for ideas).

Oatmeal Bath– To avoid turning your bath into a giant bowl of porridge, place oatmeal into a tea ball, in some muslin or other similar enclosure.  Drop into your running bath, soak and relax. Benefits of an Oatmeal Bath – oatmeal acts as an excellent, all-natural skin softening addition to your bath.  You’ll find oatmeal in a myriad of store bought bath products because it’s a great remedy for itching or irritated skin.

 Lavender Bath  Tie some dried lavender in muslin, or put a few drops of lavender essential oil into your running bath. Soak and relax. Benefits of a Lavender Bath – the natural properties in lavender are famous for their ability to relieve stress and tension.  Lavender will also help to reduce inflammation of stiff, tired muscles. Soaking in a relaxing lavender bath will also help relieve tension knots that build up over the course of a long, stressful day.

Lemon Bath – Squeeze and drop 5-6 lemons into your running bath. If you don’t have lemons, 3/4 cup of bottled lemon juice will work just as well. Benefits of a Lemon Bath – lemon baths are especially refreshing in hot weather. The healing agents in lemons will refresh and revive tired skin. Lemons will also cool the skin, and help tighten large pores.

Ginger Bath – Add one tablespoon of fresh, chopped ginger to your running bath. Benefits of a Ginger Bath – bathing in a bath of ginger will ease sore muscles and eliminate toxins from the body. The natural anti-bacterial properties in ginger will help sweat out colds and congestion. Adding ginger to your bath on a cool day will raise the temperature of your skin and make you feel warm and toasty.

Baking Soda Bath – Add 4-5 tablespoons of baking soda (also known as bicarbonate soda) to your running bath.  Mix baking soda with salts or milk for added benefits. Benefits of a Baking of Soda Bath – baking soda acts as a gentle, soothing agent which will calm irritated skin. Baking soda baths are also great for relieving the irritation caused by pesky bug bites. I decided to try Nexium, when I started to experience indigestion, heaviness and discomfort in the epigastria region at the end of the Christmas holidays. I can say that I felt me much easier in 20 minutes after taking Nexium. In total, I was taking it for about a week, and then my stomach completely calmed down,

Cinnamon Bath – Cinnamon sticks are more convenient, but powder will work just as well. Drop 3-4 sticks of cinnamon into your running bath.  If you don’t have sticks, place ¼ cup of ground cinnamon in some muslin and drop it into your bath. Benefits of a Cinnamon Bath – cinnamon baths have been used for centuries as spiritual purification in many cultural traditions. The natural properties in cinnamon will remove toxins from the body (especially after an illness). This powerful spice also acts as a natural disinfectant and astringent, helping to cleanse the body. Cinnamon baths will invigorate the spirit and elevate your mood. Just like ginger, cinnamon baths will help raise your body temperature on a cool day.

Aromatherapy Scents & Benefits

For an extra bath boost, why not experiment by adding a few drops of essential oil.

  • Chamomile – Helps insomnia, anti-depressant, calms nerves and relaxes muscle tightness, anti-inflammatory
  • Clary Sage – Aids insomnia, anti-depressant, calms nerves, eases anxiety
  • Grapefruit – Anti-depressant, eases anxiety, great for PMS and hormonal problems
  • Juniper – Helps insomnia, calms nerves, sharpens memory
  • Lavender – Excellent for balancing the mind, body and spirit. Healing, calming and refreshing. Helps relax and aides sleep
  • Lemon-grass – Helps insomnia, calms nerves, sedative
  • Lemon – Calming and inspires optimism
  • Sandalwood – Aphrodisiac, balances mind, body and spirit
  • Tangerine – Calms nerves, heals pain of emotional transition
  • Thyme – Aids insomnia, anti-depressant, uplifting
  • Ylang-Ylang – Aphrodisiac, anti-depressant, uplifting

Always be careful when using essential oils. Check if they have any contra-indications for health issues. or if you’re pregnant. Never apply them directly to the skin, always dilute a few drops of your chosen essential oils in a carrier base such as almond oil.

Which DIY bath recipe will you try first?  I’m going to combine two recipes and soak in an Oatmeal and Lavender bath!