Summer Bath Recipes

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There are so many fun and beneficial plants, flowers, and oils you can use in the summertime that are great for your skin. I cannot wait for my cucumber plant to grow! It only has a few leaves right now. You don’t have to grow your own, you can order dried plants online or get them at your local health food store.

Summer Bath Ingredient Ideas

Aloe Vera – Soothes and cools the skin, perfect for sunburn relief. Aloe vera can be used in many ways and is perfect for the summertime as it is cooling.

Baking Soda – Baking soda is amazing for cleansing and detoxifying your whole body, boosting your immune system and eliminating any toxin build-up.  It helps soothe eczema, works with Epsom salts to help sore muscles and helps to eliminate odor.

Citrus Slices or Essential Oils – Citrus such as lemon, orange, or grapefruit create a refreshing and invigorating bath.

Coconut Milk Powder – I like to use coconut milk powder.  It has a lovely smell and feels so nice.  It is moisturizing and nourishing and can help prevent dryness and wrinkles.

Cucumber – Cucumber is refreshing and hydrates the skin. 

Epsom Salts – Soaking in a warm bath with Epsom salts can help improve blood circulation. Epsom salts, or magnesium sulfate is absorbed through the skin in a bath. They are made of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen.

Magnesium is significant in muscle function and relaxation and a deficiency can mean cramps, twitches, and tremors. Soaking in Epsom salts in a warm bath can help. Epsom salts also have anti-inflammatory properties to help with the swelling and inflammation.

Flowers

Chamomile: Chamomile has long been used for both physical and mental well-being. Chamomile tea is calming, which makes it a great choice for a tea to unwind with after a long day. Use it to help you reduce stress and anxiety and restore your tranquility.

Chamomile tea helps you sleep which in turn helps your skin.  It can help reduce puffiness when applied to your eye area. 

It contains antioxidants and is good for red irritated skin. It a great natural remedy for promoting healthy hair and scalp. Regular use of a chamomile hair rinse can help soften hair, add shine, and soothe the scalp. You could also use chamomile infused oil on your ends.

Lavender – Lavender is soothing and its aroma may help with relaxation and improved sleep.

Rose Water/Rose Petals/Rose Tea – Rose water is beneficial for both skin and hair. It hydrates and has a light floral scent. Rose water is great for dry or dehydrated skin as it is very hydrating and moisturizing. See my post about rosewater.

Herbs

Lemon Balm – Lemon balm is known for its calming effects and potential immune-boosting properties.

Peppermint – Peppermint and peppermint oil is a great summer ingredient as it gives a cooling sensation and is very invigorating. However, you must be very careful not to add too much as it can be numbing.

Rosemary – Rosemary is analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, digestive, diuretic, stimulant, and tonic. You can use rosemary leaf to stimulate blood circulation in the bath. Adding more rosemary to your diet might help also. A bath in rosemary is also good for backache and sore muscles. To warm and loosen muscles, infuse lavandin, rosemary, and ginger in a massage oil.

Rosemary is also a good addition to your skincare. In a face cleanser it is invigorating and antiseptic and can boost circulation and give you a deep clean.

Do not use rosemary essential oil if you are pregnant or have epilepsy as it contains a high level of camphor which could cause seizures.

Other

Green Tea

Green tea contains polyphenols which are anti-aging and protect against inflammation caused by sun damage.

Honey

Honey is a natural humectant, and it helps to keep the skin hydrated.

Recipes

‍Citrus Herb Summer Bath Soak

Ingredients:

1 cup Epsom salts

1/2 cup sea salt

1/2 cup baking soda

a few dried citrus peels

1/4 cup of your favorite dried herbs like mint, lemon balm, or rosemary. (You can also use teabags – just cut them open and pour them into your mix.)

20 drops citrus essential oil (lime, orange, grapefruit, bergamot)

1 teaspoon carrier oil (like almond oil or jojoba oil)

Directions:

Mix the Dry Ingredients – In a large bowl, mix the Epsom salts, sea salt, baking soda, and dried citrus peels. In a small bowl, mix the essential oils with the carrier oil so the essential oils are dispersed evenly to prevent the skin from being irritated.

Combine – Combine the wet and dry ingredients and stir thoroughly to combine, so the oils are evenly distributed.

Storing – Put your bath salts in a clean, airtight jar or container. Store in a cool, dry place.

Using – To use, add 1/2 to 1 cup to warm running bath water. Soak in the bath for 20-30 minutes.

Aloe Vera and Cucumber Bath Soak

Ingredients:

1/2 cup aloe vera gel

1/2 cup cucumber juice (blend a cucumber and strain)

1/4 cup Epsom salts

1/4 cup baking soda

Directions:

Make the Cucumber Juice – Blend a cucumber in a blender or food processor and strain the juice.

Mix Ingredients – In a bowl, mix the aloe vera gel, cucumber juice, Epsom salts, and baking soda.

To Use – Add the bath soak to the bath water and soak for 20-30 minutes.

Aloe Vera Ice Cubes

Directions:

Prepare Aloe Vera – Pour aloe vera gel into an ice cube tray and freeze until solid.

To Use – Add a few aloe vera ice cubes to your bath water. As they melt, they will provide a cooling effect perfect for hot summer days. Or just rub them over your skin on a hot day.

If you enjoyed these recipes, you might enjoy my new book Rose Infused Radiance

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