I walked into my office last month to find a giant bag of lavender sitting on my desk. Oh, happy day! Remember how I mentioned I’m turmeric obsessed? Well, I’m even more-so lavender obsessed. Lucky for me, one of our clients has a lavender farm and decided to do the best thing ever and gift our entire team with giant, individual bags full of fresh lavender. Oh, happy, HAPPY day!!!
As it usually does, my mind instantly started racing through all of the fun things I could do with my new gift. Lavender is one of my favorite essential oils – I love to put it in my diffuser and let it burn as I fall asleep at night.
I have long suffered from anxiety (thankfully, much less of it these days!) and, for whatever reason, it typically strikes in the evening as I’m trying to wind down for my day. For that reason, I’m always on the hunt for natural ways to de-stress and lavender has yet to let me down.
Combine the bedtime diffuser with a good soak in the tub (… And lots of good smelling bubbles… A candle, perhaps… Definitely a good book… And, dare I say it, maybe even a glass of wine? ) and I’m in my own personal heaven. Sadly, I’ve practically forgotten how much good soaking does for me after a long day (see: California in massive drought) but I wanted to make sure my loved ones had the chance to treat themselves, should they be able to do so.
Which is why I decided to try my hand at making a bath soak… And it came out beautifully. This particular soak is detoxifying, moisturizing and smells oh so yummy! Read on for the benefits and then treat yourself to the recipe… So that you can (hopefully) treat yourself to the bath, too!
You may not know it yet, but oatmeal is good for so much more than curing your morning hunger. Let me start with a little childhood memory of mine: eczema was a constant in my life for many-a-years when I was a kid and I remember my dad’s natural home remedy going something like this: he would cut the foot off of my moms pantyhose, fill it with Quaker Oats, knot it, and drop it in the tub. Once full, I was then permitted to sink into a blissful, warm, soothing bath of relief. The bath was so calming on my itchy skin (see the theme here?) and the smell is one of my favorites. Oatmeal does so much good for your skin:
- Oats relieve itchiness, remove dryness and moisturize skin in the best sort of way. And, on top of that,
- Oats also contain natural cleansers, called saponins, which remove excess dirt and oil from the pores of your skin.
Parents had bath time handled, I had itch relief. Win-win!
Anyways, I decided to kick the oatmeal bath up a notch this Holiday season by adding Epson salt (hello detox!) and some of my fragrant, fresh lavender. As I mentioned, lavender is a natural stress reliever and sleep aide. But there are so many other benefits packed in:
- Lavender is full of antioxidants that will prevent and counteract the irritating effects of pollutants on the skin.
- Lavender acts as an antibacterial and anti-fungal agent and, therefore, is a natural skin cleanser.
- Lavender increases blood circulation and lowers blood pressure, allowing your organs to increase their levels of oxygenation which, in turn, promotes muscle health and brain activity.
And this just scratches the benefit surface of this amazing plant!
Convinced?! Give it a go:
Detoxing Lavender Oatmeal Bath Soak
5 cups oatmeal
5 cups epson salt
4 cups lavender, approx.
- Place oatmeal in a food processor (you may need to process in smaller batches). Grind to a fine powder.
- Add, along with Epson salt and lavender, to a large, seal-able container.
- Stir well.
Voila!! That’s it, my friends. When you’re ready to soak, just place a large scoop (or two) into warm, running water. So simple and your house is guaranteed to smell absolutely fabulous!
I would love to hear how yours turned out, or any variation you come up with.
Cheers to finding some relaxation in this stressful thing called life!
**If you’re considering getting into essential oils, or a diffuser of your own, I would LOVE to help you do so. I rep a wonderful brand, doTerra, and would love to help you get a starter kit and some supplies for a great price. I promise it’s worth it! 🙂