It wasn’t until my health challenges started in 2010 that my love affair with epsom salt baths began. Now, I literally can’t imagine life without a tub. I moved recently and one of the most important features when apartment shopping was a larger tub for soaking. #TrueStory
At this point, I’m in deep and push a good soak on EVERYONE. Whether you suffer from physical health or mental health issues, are looking to support your detoxification pathways, you embrace every opportunity to up your self-care game (get it, girl!) or are looking to make good use of your tub, I hope you will give these soak recipes a try.
(Fear not! I’ve curated my bath soak essentials for you over in the “FOR THE BODY” section of My Faves.)
The basic process
- The water temperature is ideally as warm as you can stand it. Please do not use this as an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most scalding hot water ever tolerated. Second degree burns will ruin this experience so check the bath temperature every so often as the bath fills up and adjust accordingly. My bath water gets VERY HOT so at about the half-way point, I have to turn the water to cool or even cold to arrive at a warm bath.
- Epsom salts (a mineral compound consisting of magnesium and sulfate) and baking soda are the key base ingredients to every good soak. For an average size tub, add 2 cups of epsom salt per bath and for a garden tub I use closer to 3 cups per bath. For an average size tub, I’d use 1 cup of baking soda per bath and for a garden tub I use 1.5 cups per bath.
- Plan to spend at least 20 minutes soaking in the tub. Please keep in mind that if you are more comfortable with simply doing a foot soak, you will still reap the health benefits from the epsom salt. Soak your whole body or just soak your feet. It’s ALL good!
- Dim those lights, girl. Don’t be afraid to set the mood. I turn my bathroom lights off completely and either light a candle or turn on my little salt rock night light. The soft lighting really enhances the experience.
- If you don’t own a waterproof Bluetooth speaker, you may want to consider getting one. While enjoying a soak, I like to listen to audiobooks or Kirtan chanting or chakra healing music or some good old classic R&B depending on my mood. You may notice that the goal is to engage all of the senses in the most relaxing and nurturing way based on your needs that day.
- Keep something yummy to sip on. You are going to sweat quite a bit and it is important to stay hydrated. My go-to bath time bevvies are lime La Croix, Tazo passion tea and good old fashioned lemon water. They are really my go-to bevvies at any time of day but I find them refreshing in a hot bath.
- This last tip is a recent addition for me and I can’t believe that I didn’t think of it sooner. I absolutely ADORE the sheet face masks made by Andalou Naturals. They have been incorporated into my soaking regimen on the reg and I just plop one of those babies on my face every time I soak. Be sure to save the extra serum that’s in the pouch. After the bath and removing the mask, I rub the extra serum into my face, neck and décolleté. Don’t waste that goodness.
Okay, so that gives you a pretty good foundation for rocking a soak but let’s take it a bit further. These additions are totally optional but they certainly enhance the experience.
Feeling frazzled or anxious?
Add 10 drops each of lavender oil and Frankincense essential oil to help calm and ground you
Feeling sore or achy?
Add 10 drops each of peppermint and eucalyptus essential oil to soothe the pain and relax your muscles
Feeling tired or sluggish?
Add 10 drops of lemon and 3-5 drops of thyme essential oil to awaken the mind and increase circulation
Feeling like you need some extra detoxification support?
Add 1-2 cups of apple cider vinegar and 1/2 cup of Bentonite clay to help draw out impurities
Feeling like your skin is dry?
Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or olive oil for a loving dose of moisture that will nourish your dry skin
Now that you have all of my life changing soak wisdom, it’s time to jump in and embrace your inner mermaid. Give one (or more) of these recipes a whirl and let me know what you think in the comments below.
With love and gratitude,