Make-It-Monday: The Antioxidant Baths

When I was a kid, I thought baths were for babies.   BIG kids take SHOWERS.  Now that I’m an adult – baths, like sleep, are a real treat!

This week we will be focusing on how we can make our bath all the more luxurious.  Since our monthly motto is multi-purpose antioxidants that we can either eat or wear, prepare yourself for some unique and fun recipes.  But first I suggest reading this article on the physiological and psychological effects of bathing and why you may want to incorporate an occasional bath in your busy lifestyle.

DIY Vinotherapy.  Yep, that’s right – for those rare occasions when you have a bottle of red that maybe sat too long – add it to the bath.  Technically, true vinotherapy involves soaking in the remnants of wine production.  Basically the sludge that has all the goodies in it: skins, pulp, seeds that are loaded with resveratrol, an antioxidant that is commonly used in skincare.   That being said, you won’t  be getting as much of those goodies using a bottle of oxidized wine.  And who knows if your skin is really absorbing what IS in the wine, but  at least your water will be pink and you can feel like a rockstar.  OK, ok, this is more of a novelty mention than anything else – on to the real recipes.

Ginger Detox Body Scrub.  Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory and loaded with antioxidants.   If you haven’t used it in your kitchen make it a goal this week to find a new recipe to make for dinner.  Ginger is a staple in my house.  It goes in our smoothies, on our salmon, in our kombucha and even in our homemade dog food! And here is your recipe for a Ginger Detox Body Scrub compliments of Hello Glow blog.

Epsom Salt Milk Bath. It’s no secret how amazing epsom salts can be in your bath.  This recipe from Homespun Seasonal Living kicks it up a notch with the addition of milk powder which is super nourishing for your skin and your hair. Not everyone will have this powder in their kitchen, but it is something we tend to keep on hand for our backpacking trips or those occasions we forget to buy milk and don’t want to drink black coffee.

Floral Bath Salts. Who hasn’t wanted to take a rose petal bath?  I have yet to do it because I don’t have access to fresh rose petals.  But I do have dried rose buds so making this Floral Bath Salt recipe from Married to the Earth is a go-to.   Not only will you get the benefits of epsom salt, but you’ll also get plenty of antioxidants in the rose petals and other other dried flowers you choose to add. And it makes your bath PRETTY.

What about the edible aspect you ask?   Roses petals and rose water are used quite often in a variety of dishes.  I love eating pretty food, so adding flowers in my salads is not a foreign concept and I’ve even been able to pick up an edible floral mix at our local farmers market.  You can get very creative with it, but here is a recipe to get you started if this is all a foreign concept to your palate: a simple Rose Petal Fruit Salad from sunset.com.

A quick word of caution however.  While roses are edible you will want to avoid any that have been exposed to pesticides and chemicals.  This means that those picture perfect long stem roses someone gave you wouldn’t be the best source for rose petals.

I hope you have fun experimenting this week and that maybe you’ve even been inspired to search for new creative ways to use what you have in your kitchen!

Disclaimer:  The recipes & benefits provided are for general reference only and should not be taken as medical advice. Wild Radish Studio does not guarantee the accuracy of information provided on referenced blogs & websites. Products and/or information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Please do your research & make decisions in partnership with your healthcare provider. If you are pregnant, nursing, have a medical condition or are taking any medication please consult with your physician.

 

 

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