Autumn months are a perfect time for an indulgent bath ritual as it is so warming, cozy and comforting. A good bath has the ability to take us to a place of deep relaxation and help to ease muscle aches, tension and cramps. During the colder month I looove to take baths almost every night and experiment with different bath salts and oils to put in it.
Commercial soap products such as bubble baths or shower gels can have a drying effect and can be harmful to our skin. Using natural ingredients such as salts and oils is a great way to make sure that you get beautiful skin and healthy mind without using harsh chemicals.
Epsom salts are different than traditional salts in that it is actually a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. These minerals have very powerful health benefits that can enhance the detoxification capabilities of the body. Epsom salt has beneficial properties that can soothe the body, mind and soul. Some of the countless health benefits include relaxing the nervous system, curing skin problems, soothing back pain and aching limbs, easing muscle strain, healing cuts, treating cold and congestion, and drawing toxins from the body. Sea salt is another ingredient that is a natural detoxifier, as it absorbs the toxins from the body. The sea salt bath give our bodies much needed minerals. When used in the bath, salts can help rid the body of toxins, tone the skin, improve circulation, ease muscular aches and can also offer help to those suffering from skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. When combined with warm water, they help open up the pores while plumping up the skin just a bit, giving you a healthy and youthful glow.
The use of essential oils is totally optional of course, but I personally love essential oils and add different ones , depending on the properties and experience I want to achieve. Bathing with essential oils is a wonderfully synergistic combination. The relaxing properties of hot water compliment the effects of well-chosen essential oils. This recipe uses the calming and grounding patchouli oil together with sedative and antidepressant ylang ylang essential oil. Patchouli essential oil is great at promoting healing and providing antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial properties and can be helpful when treating skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and acne. It is a great combination to use in the evenings, however you can use Sweet Orange , Lavender, Eucalyptus , Cardamom or any other oils that you prefer.
I just love cocoa butter and especially during the winter month as it adds such an indulgent chocolatey aroma to body products. Adding a cocoa butter to this blend will add moisturizing properties to the skin. Because of its natural make-up and its nutrient and fatty acid content, cocoa butter is amazing for dry skin and can actually penetrate further than the top layer of the skin, meaning it moisturizes deep-down and really nourishes the skin.
To make these gorgeous chocolatey salts you will need:
50 g Coarse Sea Salt
50 g Epsom Salt
50 g Cocoa Butter
1 Vanilla Pod
10 drops Patchouli Essential oil (optional)
5 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil (optional)
– Split the vanilla pod lengthways
– Scrape the seeds out into the bowl with the salts
– Finely grate the cocoa butter and mix with the salt and vanilla seeds.
– Add the essential oils and stir really well to blend.
– Transfer the mixture to a jar and leave for a few days to infuse before using.
Chuck a handful into a warm bath and swish the water about to dissolve the salt.