A bath is one of the easiest ways to squeeze in some much-deserved pampering time for your skin and your mood. Relaxing in a tub full of warm, sweet-smelling goodness can seem like the ultimate indulgence but it is anything but frivolous—baths nourish winter-worn skin, ease achy muscles, and even inspire creativity.
You can create a great soak of your own with just a few ingredients from your pantry or local market and a few drops of essential oil. Here is a recipe for a citrus bath that is a favorite of mine and is a great perk to winter blah skin and mood.
Skin-Soothing Citrus Bath
1 navel orange
1 c. whole cloves, divided
1 c. pulp-free orange juice
1/2 c. soy milk
2 tsp. Young Living lavender essential oil
How To Make It: Cut orange into even slices; insert 1/2 cup cloves into slices. Fill tub with 90°–95° water (you can use a cooking thermometer to test the water temperature) add oranges, remaining 1/2 cup cloves, orange juice, soy milk, and a few drops of Young Living lavender essential oil.
Why It’s Good For You: Rich in antioxidants and vitamins A and C, citrus-fruit acids are natural exfoliants. They soften skin and can prevent free-radical damage. You can circle a sponge or washcloth over your skin as you soak to help slough off dead skin cells loosened by the fruit acid. The cloves blended with the citrus heighten the sensory experience.
You can adapt this recipe with your favorite essential oils. You can also add them to Young Living’s Bath & Shower Gel Base to create a shower/bath pampering solution of your very own. Following up with Lavender Hand & Body Lotion is the perfect end to your pampering experience.
So take some time and get in the tub! You are bound to get a mood lift and your skin will love you for it!