There’s nothing quite like sinking into a hot bath when it’s cold outside, especially when you’re feeling sick. The steam helps open your lungs and sinuses and the heat eases aching muscles. As January’s grey skies and chilling weather take hold, climbing into a steaming hot bath can seem like the perfect remedy for the winter blues. Here I am with some easy winter warming bath recipes:
Sandalwood, sweet orange, ginger and patchouli make a body- and soul-warming bath blend for cold winter nights.
Things you need: 1 cup Epsom salts, 1 cup baking soda, 30 drops sandalwood essential oil, 10 drops sweet orange essential oil, 5 drops ginger essential oil and 3 drops patchouli essential oil.
Method: Combine Epsom salts and baking soda. Add essential oils, mix well and store in a nonporous covered container. To use, fill the bathtub with warm water and add 4 tablespoons of bath salts to the bath water. Mix the salts into the water to dissolve.
This recipe brings vibrant colour and radiant heat back to the body using spices usually found in Japanese and Ayurvedic healing traditions.
Things you need: ½ cup Epsom salt or French grey salt, 1 tbsp ground cinnamon, 2 tbsp Ground ginger, 3 tbsp Ground turmeric, Cedarwood essential oil, Sandalwood essential oil and Cypress essential oil.
Method: Measure out your salt and spices. Combine the salt and spices in a glass or ceramic bowl and whisk together. Add your essential oils to the salt spice mixture. Begin with 10 drops of each oil and let your nose guide you to your perfect combination. Whisk ingredients together. Transfer ingredients to an air-tight container to store your bath for later. To prepare the bath, first make sure to remove all lightly coloured clothing and towels from the area as the spices may stain. Draw the bath, making sure it is consistently hot and add your salt spice mixture and mix together with the water. Soak for at least 20 minutes and rinse off with warm water. You should be nice and toasty when you get out of the bath.