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5 soothing things you can add to your bath after a rough day

You’ve just gotten home from a long and stressful day. There’s nothing you look forward to more than a calm and serene soak in the sanctuary that is the tub in your bathroom. You know the steamy hot water will soothe you, but you’re wondering what you can add to enhance the effect?

Fortunately, you are in luck! There are tons of natural products that you might already have in your home that can be added to your bath to enhance its healing and regenerative qualities. In fact, once you realize how good this feels, you might never go back to regular bathing again!

Welcome to the world of nature-enhanced bathing. Once you try these ideas out, we can promise you many more energized days and peaceful nights. OK, let’s jump right into it. Without any further ado, here are five refreshingly wonderful things to add to your bath water today.

Supercharge your bath water with mineral power

Woman taking a bath with lit candles on a tray
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Earth is covered with a variety of different life forms. Of course, you’re familiar with plants and animals; but, did you know that in their own little way minerals are also living and evolving?

Without getting all metaphysical on you, you might be excited to learn that adding minerals to your bath can supercharge the healing power of your waters.

Perhaps, you’ve already tried this without even realizing it. Epsom salts, a combination of magnesium and sulfate, is one old-school bath addition that is still popular for all the right reasons. Magnesium is depleted when we go through rigorous workouts and stressful situations. Replenishing it leads to a refreshed mind, body, and spirit.

If you haven’t tried Epsom salt, definitely get on that! But, there are many other minerals that can be beneficially added to your bathwater. Bentonite clay, Himalayan sea salt, and quartz are some very common minerals you might have around the house that would go wonderfully in a bath. If you haven’t tried supercharging your bathwater with mineral essences, you are truly missing out on a lot of healing potential.

Double down on comfort with essential oils

Essential oils such as lavender, chamomile, rose, peppermint, frankincense, and lemongrass are just a few restorative essential oils that you can add to your bathwater. To prepare your dreamy and steamy bath infusion, add some drops of your selected botanical to a carrier oil of your choice: Flaxseed, olive, coconut, and castor oil are some options here.

Putting these in a bath will make it smell divine plus allow your skin to soak up many of the healing benefits associated with essential oils. You can mix and match essential oils to create your own sensuously healing aromatic concoctions.

We recommend you do a bit of research before diving into these calming waters, though. Some essential oils are not appropriate for use on the skin in this way. but generally most products will be safe to add to your bath.

Create a savory porridge of healing replenishment

If you haven’t tried a good old-fashioned oatmeal soak, you are really missing out on a powerful opportunity. Oatmeal not only makes a delicious breakfast with your favorite protein powder, it’s also a top choice for adding to your heated bath water. This simple, everyday ingredient will soothe your skin, leaving you feeling soft and supple. This is a great choice if you’ve just gotten home from a yoga or gym session and want to help support the recovery of your skin and muscles.

You deserve flowers every day

Woman bathing with flowers draped on her

Though some might consider this a spinoff of the essential-oil idea, adding fresh flowers to your bath can be another great way to reap the benefits of aromatic floral essences. You can literally shower yourself with roses, jasmine, orchid, and many other natural flowers.

One of the best things about these methods is that you can literally see the soothing effect just by taking a gander at your bath all decked out with flowers. The effect is calming for many different parts of your body. Again, we recommend doing some research before picking any old flower and tossing it in your bath.

Don’t forget the buddy system

Most of the time, being by yourself is all you need to savor the enjoyment of a bath. Occasionally though, bath time is even better with friends. Whether romantic or platonic, it doesn’t really matter; just soaking with people you trust is a great way to build and enhance the intimacy you already enjoy.

If your bath simply will not accommodate all your friends, consider scheduling a special playdate at a sauna or spa center near you. Once a secret of Europe, spa culture continues to spread and bring friends together for the enjoyment of a nice warm soak.

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