It’s true what they say: When it gets down to 50 degrees in LA, it’s the coldest place on the planet. Kidding … kinda. But enough about the desert paradise from which we hail; temps are dropping all over the Western hemisphere, and it’s getting chilly, baby.
We love many things about cooler weather. We can finally make all our favorite soups and stews, we get to wear our thick socks and cozy sweaters, and most importantly? We get to indulge in a luxurious hot bath soak. There’s not much else like it.
Baths are an incredible healing practice. The heat from the bath not only feels cozy and relaxing, but increases our circulation, supplying oxygen and other nutrients to the rest of the body. Hot baths can also burn calories and even increase metabolism. Unfortunately, in the heat of summer, they are more of a tedious task to sweat through rather than sink into. But the deliciousness of a bath soak in fall, winter, and the beginning of spring really brings the “ahhhh” moment to fruition.
It’s a shame that most of our tap water isn’t the best quality soaking water all on its own. To help with that, we’ve outlined some of our favorite additives to toss in the tub prior to jumping in, so you can get maximum self-care benefits from your majestic soaks.
Okay, so this first one isn’t quite a soak — but it is a prerequisite. Tap water typically has a ton of chlorine in it, so filter your bath as you might for your shower since you’ll be soaking it up for the next 20-30 minutes. Ascorbic Acid, aka vitamin C powder, is also a great option for dechlorinating your tub water — you just need a tiny scoop to neutralize all the chlorine.
Himalayan crystal salt and moisturizing oils infused with invigorating grapefruit and lemongrass help us not only shift into a state of relaxation, but help cleanse our energy. This sweet-smelling formula promotes detoxification, a boosted mood, and soft skin.
Crank up the heat on your already-warm bath by adding this warming, spicy bath soak. This is great to use when you have a chill you can’t shake, are fighting an illness, or just want to boost your detoxification processes. It’s considered a heating therapeutic, helping to open up the pores and stimulate sweat for added detoxification. It also helps to oxygenate the skin.
These tablets contain neutral bicarbonate made from naturally carbonated spring water in Japan. Consider this your own natural hot spring of fresh water, giving your circulation an extra boost for sore or fatigued muscles.
Most people are used to snagging a bag of Epsom salts for their bath soak, and both Epsom salts and magnesium flakes contain, ahem, magnesium of course. However, they are in different forms: Epsom salts contain magnesium sulphate, while magnesium flakes are magnesium chloride. (And yes, we just said “magnesium” 5 times in 3 sentences.) We prefer the flakes, because magnesium chloride is much more bioavailable to being absorbed through the skin.
Not just for seasoning our foods, this electrolyte rich salt is also known to detoxify our physical bodies as well as our energetic bodies. This makes it great for a bath soak meant for releasing a relationship, empaths in need of self-soothing, or after a rough night with difficult or energetically exhaustive people. It pulls out our negative energy from the body into the bath water while at the same time allowing our skin to absorb its healing minerals. To get the most out of your detoxification, dissolve 2-4 lbs into a full bath and soak for 20 minutes.