20 Healing Bath Recipes to Relax and Recover


A woman soaks in a bath with candles on the edges


In the past few years, I’ve spent hours honing the best bath recipes with the very best bath ingredients to add to your tub. 

Whether you want to relax, get energized, relieve muscle pain, stop itchy skin from driving you mad, or make your skin glow, there is a bath recipe for you.

In this post, I share my favorites! Remember to soak for 20 minutes to let the goodness penetrate your skin and soothe your soul!

 

1. Himalayan Salt Soak with Rose Oil

Bathtub with Himalayan salt in dish on rim and lit candles

If you are looking for a simple but effective method to soak away your cares at the end of a long day while at the same time removing harmful toxins from your skin and tissues, then this is the ideal bath soak recipe for you!

Adding Himalayan salts to your tub water and soaking for 20 minutes will exfoliate your skin while detoxifying your body.  

And did you know that essential oils have healing properties and are used to treat certain ailments? Rose oil, in particular, is a great addition to your bath soak recipe as it rejuvenates tired skin.

Find out how to use Himalayan salts and all the benefits of adding a few choice ingredients like rose oil (my favorite) to your bath soak – you won’t be disappointed!

2. Chocolate Bath Recipe to Soften Skin

photo of chocolate bubble bath with hand holding chocolate bar above the bath

 

How does your skin feel after a long, relaxing soak in the tub? It should feel soft, silky, and smooth. If it doesn’t, you might want to switch up the ingredients in your tub of water.

While many bath recipes require the addition of wonderful lotions and potions, all it really takes for soft skin is milk and cocoa!

Ask Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt around 51 BCE, renowned for her beauty and for bathing in milk. She preferred sour donkey milk, but if that’s not to your liking, feel free to use any type of milk you’d like. 

Add a few tablespoons of cocoa powder to the tub, add your favorite scent, and soak away your rough skin!

Still not sure adding milk to your bathtub water is a great solution to dry skin? Try these chocolate bath recipes, including recipes for a dark chocolate soak and a chocolate milk pampering bath soak.

3. Spiritual Bath for Anxiety

In our modern day and age, most of us experience anxiety at some time or another, causing disturbances to our inner peace. Learning how to cope with the stresses and strains of daily life can be tiring, and often, a good long soak at the end of the day is soothing for the soul.

Epsom salts are a well-known ingredient in bath recipes, generally used to soothe cramps and aching muscles, but did you know that adding this wonderful ingredient to your bathtub water will also absorb negative energy and vibrations?

Adding Epsom salts to your tub of water will draw toxins out of your pores while adding essential oils allows your skin to benefit from their healing properties. 

To find out how you can calm your nerves, revitalize your soul and relieve anxiety simply by soaking in your tub, click the button below.

 

4. Bath Recipe for a New Moon

How does a moon bath sound to you? Romantic? Spiritual? 

A moon bath is designed to revive your spirit, so if you’re feeling irritable for no reason, check the lunar cycle and treat yourself to this healing ritual bath!

Click the button below to read how to tune in to nature’s cycle and the rhythm of the universe! We provide moon bath recipes for each moon phase.

 

5. Milk Bath Soak for Sunburn

Sunburn and Milk Bath

Don’t head to the pharmacy for a medical treatment for sunburn relief, when you can head over to your refrigerator instead. That’s right! Milk is a great way to soothe sunburned skin. 

Milk contains all the nutrients required to restore lost moisture, nourish irritated and inflamed skin, and remove dead cells from the top layer of skin.

To find out how a milk soak will soothe your sunburn and how to customize your milk bath recipe for additional sunburn relief, click the button below. You’ll get a step-by-step guide to treating sunburn with a milk bath.

 

6. Champagne Bath for Fun!

champagne bath

A fun time in the tub should always include bubbles! Champagne is the ultimate bubbly, so why not add a cup or two to your bath soak?

A champagne bath will help to cleanse your pores and provide a sense of well-being!

Marilyn Monroe reportedly filled her tub with 350 bottles of the glittery gold liquid, but all it really takes to create the experience is one cup added to your bathtub water, along with your favorite relaxing bath ingredients.

So, if you simply feel like indulging your senses and your body, try out this bath recipe.

 

7. Bentonite Clay Bath with Coconut Oil

Bentonite clay is the ultimate bath soak ingredient to get rid of the toxins in your body. Used for centuries in hydrotherapy, bentonite clay treats different ailments, including skin rashes, body aches and pains, fatigue, and headaches.

A detox clay bath works to remove the toxins from your body while at the same time, you absorb minerals and nutrients back into your skin through the water.

Adding ingredients like coconut oil to the bath soak recipe adds different elements to your soak designed to nourish, detox, or exfoliate your skin while you soak.

 

8. Healing Detox Bath with Turmeric

A detox bath is designed to provide the same feel-good, amazing sensation you would feel after a great, intense workout. The only difference is you are soaking in your tub instead of sweating it out at the gym! 

While a detox bath does have many amazing health benefits, there are a few important steps to take before you detox.

We have a great detox bath recipe for you that uses turmeric, an anti-inflammatory spice with anti-bacterial properties, known for its healing powers.  

9. Bath Soak for Romance

lit candles, towels and two glasses of wine on the bathroom ledge

 

A couple’s bath soak can be a deep bonding experience, allowing you to rejuvenate a tired routine and simply heal. A spiritual bath can leave you and your partner feeling rested and at peace.

For great ideas on how to create a romantic, spiritual bath soak to rekindle your spark and intimacy, read. Your partner will surely appreciate the effort and enjoy the experience!

 

10. Skin Brightening Milk and Honey Bath

pouring milk into the tub

Why would you add milk and honey to your tub? Relaxing in a tub of milk and honey is pure decadence, that’s why! And both of these ingredients are extremely healthy and good for you!

While milk is a skin exfoliant, honey is a natural emollient. Working together while you soak in the tub, these two ingredients will leave your skin feeling soft, smooth, and rejuvenated after a 20-minute soak.

No one type of milk is better than the next. The beauty of adding milk to your tub of water is that you can use any type that you like, which caters to all people, even those with allergies to lactose or special dietary requirements.

There are over 300 different varieties of honey but try and use raw or unpasteurized honey in your soak recipe for the best results. Click below for a Basic Milk and Honey Bath Recipe.

11. Basic Epsom Salt Bath for Sore Muscles

woman in bath with mug of tea

 

This bath soak recipe is for anyone who has sore, achy muscles or any type of body pain. When added to your bathtub water, Epsom salts release magnesium, which can help reduce inflammation, ease pain, and relieve stress. 

Add a few drops of essential oils to an Epsom bath soak. Essential oils contain healing properties and promote a sense of well-being for your soul while you relax in the hot water. 

Always use hot water in the tub to reap the full benefits of an Epsom salt bath! Hot water works like a heat pack, reaching your entire body and not only the painful or stiff area.

Knowing the correct way to soak your tired and aching body is the first step to reducing stress!

12. Fertility Bath Soak Recipe

Wood Bathtub

When trying to get pregnant, one of the most critical elements is relaxation. A spiritual bath is a great way to prepare your body and soul for the miracle of new life. 

If you are preparing your body to conceive, a Fertility Bath Soak is a great way to cleanse and detox your body while restoring your soul. 

Our bath soak recipe is ideal for pregnant and breastfeeding moms to relax and restore their energy.

13. Soothing Oatmeal Bath for Irritated Skin

oatmeal

Do you suffer from Eczema or simply inflamed and irritated skin? Then an oatmeal bath is for you!

Oatmeal was used by the ancient Romans to soothe irritated skin. In modern times, bathing in oatmeal is recommended by doctors and the National Eczema Association. 

Click the button below to get a great recipe to soothe itchy skin.

 

14. Stress Relief Soak Recipe

A woman meditates in the bath

Sometimes all we need is a good long soak in a tub full of warm water, Epsom salts, and our favorite essential oils to relieve the stresses, tension, and anxieties of a long hard day! 

A nightly stress-relieving soak in the tub trains our brain to rest and relax. A soak in warm water allows our nervous system to come into balance, decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and improving our circulation and cognitive functions. 

My favorite stress-relief bath uses lavender essential oil and vanilla extract. In fact, each ingredient in this anxiety-reducing recipe has a soothing effect on the nervous system. Click the button below to make this soak yourself.

15. Rose Milk Bath for Youthful Skin

Rose essential oil is used for treating dry, inflamed, or sensitive skin, but it really shines as an anti-aging oil!

To live like a Queen, add a few drops of rose essential oil to your milk bath soak recipe. The milk restores and nourishes skin, exfoliates dead skin, and moisturizes irritated skin. 

The regenerative properties of rose essential oil will keep your skin looking and feeling supple and youthful. Sounds like the bath recipe I want to make tonight!

16. Vicks Bath for Congestion

woman in candlelit bath inhales Vicks menthol

Vicks has to be one of the best treatments for a cough or cold, since it’s made with the powerful decongesting ingredients menthol and camphor. 

In fact, Vicks has been around since 1905, when it was called “Vicks Magic Croup Salve.” And truth be told, adding Vicks to your tub water certainly brings the magic to your soaking experience! 

But you need to know how to safely add Vicks to the tub so that it disperses and doesn’t burn and irritate your skin. Click the button below to learn about great ways to use Vicks in the bathtub.

 

17. Baking Soda Soak for Good Health

Baking soda can be used to clean the bathtub

 

Adding a few cups of baking soda to your warm tub of water can soothe a number of ailments. Baking soda works well as a detox solution for your body and soul – and it can soothe aching muscles and help you relax.

A simple baking soda bath soak is ideal for a relaxing soak at the end of a stressful day, but adding some extra ingredients to the tub water can greatly enhance the experience. Click the button below to get the recipe for my favorite baking soda soak.

 

18. The Bathtubber’s Favorite Milk and Honey Bath

my milk and honey bath

 

A milk and a honey bath sounds decadent and luxurious, and it surely is! Adding milk and honey to your tub water will leave your skin feeling soft, smooth, and rejuvenated after a delicious 20-minute soak in the tub.

But you don’t have to stick with the basics. I’ve played around and landed on my favorite milk and honey bath recipe. It contains orange peel ribbons and manuka honey.

Curious? Click the button below to check it out.

 

19. Bath with Essential Oils for Menstrual Cramps

Can a bath help cramps?

Feeling crampy? First, I’m so sorry. Second, what are you waiting for? Head for a hot bath! 

The hot water will help your pelvic muscles relax, decreasing the pain.

Certain essential oils can significantly decrease pain during menstruation. Simply add a few drops to your warm tub water and relax!

To find out which miracle-working essential oils you should use, and how to safely add them to the tub, click the button below. 

 

20. Lavender Milk Bath for Relaxation

Studies find lavender oil relieves menstrual cramps

Adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to your milk bath recipe offers the best of both worlds. Lavender is a powerful antioxidant with antimicrobial, calming, and antidepressant properties.

Warm milk nourishes and soothes your skin, while the fragrance of lavender calms your mind and soul, offering the ultimate bathing and relaxing experience. 

Since lavender is known to promote balance and relaxation, you may want to take a lavender milk bath before you go to bed for a more restful sleep. 

 

Bath Recipes to Relax and Heal

To me, there’s nothing better than a long soak in a hot tub any time of day.

By simply adding a few ingredients to my tub water, I can soothe my irritated skin, relieve my stress, or brighten my skin. 

I hope you’ve found some great bath recipes here that can deliver whatever it is your body needs today. 

And one last helpful hint: If you keep carrier oil, essential oils, and a variety of your favorite additives on hand, you’ll be ready to soak at a moment’s notice!

 

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Shana

Shana Burg is a bath enthusiast, content strategist, and award-winning writer. She is the founder of bathtubber.com.

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