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Hot water from a spa or warm water from a bath helps to relax our bodies by warming muscles, allowing them to relax and causing our blood vessels to dilate. Just sitting by a pool or floating peacefully in it can help one to unwind. Theres just something so serene and calming about water.
If you can’t step into a spa for that much needed soak, turn your tub into your own personal spa! Surround the tub with glowing candles, soft background music if you like, a good book, or simply just relax in the peaceful atmosphere as research shows that taking a hot bath an hour before bed can help you to sleep.
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Here are a few ideas to get you started....
· The Milk Bath:
There are many variations of the milk bath. The lactic acid in milk along with its fat and vitamin content is simply unparalleled. It is soothing, nourishing and a gentle exfoliater.
It will leave your skin refreshed and renewed, literally. The lactic acid is a natural exfoliater that gently softens and sloughs off the top layer of dead dry skin cells, and
stimulates new skin cell growth.
Recipe 1 : Milk and Honey spa bath
1 ½ cups dry powdered milk or liquid milk.( Use full fat or lowfat, not skim milk)
¼ cup baking soda (cleans, soothes, softens skin)
¼ cup Epsom salt (magnesium rich, is great for your skin)
¼ cup warmed honey (humectant, anti-inflammatory)
Use: Pour all ingredients under warm running bath water. You can also
make up the dry ingreds in advance and store in airtight container.
Recipe 2 : Rose - Milk spa bath
1 ½ cups – 2 cups milk (dry or liquid) full fatted works best
2 – 3 cups homemade rosewater (simply steep rose petals like tea and strain. Use 1 cup dried petals or 2 cups fresh petals to 2 cups boiling water to steep)
A few drops of rose essential oil (optional for scent)
Drop a few handfuls of fresh petals into the tub for the finishing touch,
This is my personal favorite.
Use: simply pour ingredients under running water.
Recipe 3: Oatmeal and Milk
1 ½ - 2 cups Milk (as above)
½ cup oatmeal finely ground ( grind in coffee grinder or blender)
The finer you grind your oatmeal, the more it will suspend in
your water, (which is what you want) this is called colloidal oatmeal.
Use: Pour milk and ground oatmeal under warm running bath water.
Some will settle on the tub bottom, just stir around a bit. It washes
down the drain just fine. Can be a bit slippery. Colloidal oatmeal is
great for itchy skin, dry skin, acneic, or oily skin. Soothing.
1 ½ cups milk (powdered or liquid)
¼ - ½ cup cornstarch (anti-inflammatory, soothing to skin)
¼ cup baking soda
Essential oil of your choice
Use: Combine dry ingredients
well. Put them in a glass container
with a lid and add essential oil(s), shake to combine well. Use 1 to
2 cups per bath.
An inexpensive way to enjoy spa treatments in your own home.