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Weekend DIY: The Perfect Bubble Bath

Baths aren’t the most eco-friendly thing in the world, but when used sparingly, they are a godsend. Feeling overworked, anxious, stressed… or even sick? Taking a bath can be an economic and therapeutic fix. There are a few ingredients that can make a bubble bath positively blissful, as it should be… and the great part is that how you mix and match is totally up to you and your mood.

  1. Epsom Salts
    Benefits
    : draw out toxins; increase magnesium in the body which leads to a boost in serotonin, elevating your mood
    How to use: add 1-2 cups to your warm bath. Sea salt is a decent alternative.
  2. Bubble Bath
    Benefits:
     depends on the kind you choose, but most will soothe and soften your skin
    How to use: I always add it to the bath as it’s running, right near the faucet so that the bubbles foam up immediately and I can gauge how much I want. Shower gel can be a good alternative, though it might not foam up as much. Pamper yourself! I just splurged on this the other day: It was amazing. I’m definitely on a budget, so I usually just grab my liquid shower soap and use that, but this proved that it is definitely worth it.
  3. Temperature
    Benefits: depending on how hot you make it, warm temperatures are soothing while hot temperatures are detoxifying
    How to use: this sounds like an inane detail but it can actually make or break the experience. It really falls to personal preference- do you want a loooong, relaxing time to read a book? Then keep the temperature on the warm-hot side. A shorter, detoxifying experience? Make the bath super hot (but not scalding- think a hot jacuzzi; you don’t want to burn yourself!) and sweat it out for 15-20 minutes or so.
  4. Essential Oils
    Benefits: Here are some of my favorites:
    lavender: lowers heart rate and blood pressure for anti-anxiety; helps insomnia; soothes inflamed skin
    eucalyptus: decongestant; soothing for sore throat and cough; soothes muscle pain; rejuvenating and de-stresser
    jasmine: anti-depressant; relieves muscle spasm (including coughing); de-stresser.
    rose: anti-depressant; soothes coughing and muscle pain
    bergamot: anti-anxiety; relieves soreness
    patchouli: anti-anxiety; antidepressant; soothes skin; helps fluid retention
    There are soooo many more. I almost want to do a post with a more complete guide… maybe I will eventually. Just have fun experimenting and even do a little research on what the benefits might be.
    How to use: mix and match your favorites- most will compliment each other pretty well, as long as you keep it to two or three, tops. Just add a couple of drops of each to the bath as its running. Use sparingly- essential oils are expensive, and they’re strong. You don’t want to feel high from the fumes!
  5. Ambiance
    Light some scented candles, dim the lights, pour yourself a glass of wine, have a few magazines or a good book at the ready, and turn on some Bon Iver. Oh, and for the love of God, turn off your phone.
  6. And extras
    Do whatever you want! I like to smother my hair in coconut oil and pile it on top of my head to soak. I also have this amazing lemon sugar scrub that I rub all over my legs to slough off dead skin and it makes them soooo smooth. Whatever floats your boat.

Happy relaxing!

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