Essential Bath Bomb Ingredients for relaxation.
You know the feeling.
Been on your feet all day. A tough day at work. A full-on workout at the gym. Family day out and walked miles.
All of that activity has taken its toll on your muscles and you are feeling the effects. Legs aching. Back straining. Your neck and sh
Shoulders are tight. You need to relax and recover.
What better way to get everything back to normal that a nice long soak in a deep warm bath with your favourite bath bomb.
But are there any ingredients and essential oils that are better than others for returning the equilibrium and taking away the effects of the strain of the day?
15 Best Bath Bomb Ingredients for Muscle and Mind Relief.
There certainly are and they are delivered in your bath bomb through the essential oils contained within its ingredients. Here I run through 15 ingredients that will help with total relaxation and muscle recovery. All whilst laying in the bath!
I will run through each and the general benefits in turn.
Also, there will be a link to the best bath bombs containing each of the ingredients, so you know what to look for.
It is possible to make some sublime combinations of these, aromatherapy information will help if you would like to get a bit more scientific with this process
Ginger is awesome, especially in winter. Known for its ‘warming effect’ coming in from the cold and grabbing the benefits of Ginger in your bat
h will help with your mind and body.
It will re-energize you, focus the mind and can improve your libido!! It is great for achy joints, invigorating your muscles so you are ready to roll again.
Best Ginger Bath Bomb
Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Magnesium Sulfate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower/Carthame) Seed Oil Citrus Paradisi (Pink Grapefruit/Pamplemousse Rose) Peel Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger/Gingembre) Oil, Maltodextrin.
If your bath bomb contains ginger you can expect to get a hint in the aroma and taking this in will lift you from your lethargy and if you are feeling down give you a lift in spirits too
Now. I am not personally a fan of the smell of Lavender but if you are there is so much more to gain.
Certainly not new as an additive to a bath, its properties have benefitted the Persians, Greeks, Egyptians for centuries, and even The Romans had a penchant for adding the flowers to their baths.
Best Lavender Bath Bomb
Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower/Carthame) Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender/ Lavande) Oil, Maltodextrin.
It is a skin healer for one. Helping blood circulation it will soothe any razor bumps you may have, scratches or grazes.
Add to this headache relief, anxiety relief and positive effects on respiratory led congestion issues and you’ll be wondering if you need anything more than just lavender!
Clinically proven to provide pain relief for things like aching muscles, lumbago, sprain and backache, its a real all rounder.
If you are a restless sleeper, with all of these positive properties lavender essential oil will also increase the quality of your sleep, its effects, therefore, continuing throughout the next day as you feel more energised and alert following a restful night.
I don’t know if you are a Chanel No5 Fan, but if you are, you have certainly felt the effects of Ylang Ylang previously as it is used in the product.
As well as the floral fragrance which in itself is uplifting Ylang Ylang also has healing properties which include relieving inflammation and regulating heartbeat.
Best Ylang-Ylang Bath Bomb.
This has to go to the LUSH Ylang Song Bombshell
Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fine Sea Salt, Cornflour, Peony Petals, Ylang Ylang Oil, Rosewood Oil, Neroli Oil, Rose Absolute, Yellow Rose Petals, Purple Everlasting Flowers, Carissa edulis, Water (Aqua), Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Perfume, Colour 45350, Colour 42090
What better way of recovering from a rough day that with a great smelling soak that you know will calm you down and get to work on those muscles coursing with lactic acid.
Some report aphrodisiacal properties too.
Rosemary Oil has an impressive list of benefits, beginning with relieving stress. Perfect!
Used in a huge range fo skin care products your rosemary oil bath bomb is going to leave you feeling relaxed whilst you know your skin is being looked after whilst you soak.
Not only does it look after your body but Rosemary is great for the brain too.
If you feel bored, distracted or generally sluggish, the release from the essential oil will stimulate mental activity, create positivity and concentration. This in turn relieves stress and helps combat depressive mindsets.
Used extensively in treating headaches, muscle pains and even arthritis.
Its a pretty strong oil and is rather volatile, so whilst many people will get huge benefits from its properties in bath bombs, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding it is worthwhile avoiding.
Birch or ‘Sweet Birch’
Known as a great skin tightener, Birch Oil has a freshness that is both uplifting but can also support relief for sore muscles.
Promoting comfort and relaxation ask an elder if they remember the smell when a doctor used to call at the house. The second the doctors bag was opened it was almost certainly Birch Oil scent that would escape.
It relives sadness, fear and lethargy. Goodbye anxiety!
If you have ever had a cup of Earl Grey tea, you may or may not know that the flavouring and therefore, distinct aroma, is that of Bergamot. A citrus fruit from which oil is extracted from the rind.
I suffer from shocking insomnia and swear by Early Grey in the afternoon as the beginning of my preparation to take on the sleep demons.
Combine bergamot and Ylang-Ylang and I’m out like a light!
Anyway, reducing nervous tension, promoting relaxation as well as a range of skin benefits bergamot is more than just a great flavour in tea.
Do you get ‘restless legs’?
Cypress has antispasmodic qualities so will work to provide relief when those legs ache, when you get those horrible pains and if you have pulled a muscle.
Cypress is a diuretic it therefore stimulates circulation by increasing blood flow and also helps remove excess water and salts from the body.
Did you know cellulite is partially caused by poor blood flow, using Cypress essential oil in your bath bomb is not going to rid you of it, but it will form part of your battle!
With antiseptic properties it is great for your skin too, helping to help heal cuts and grazes.
Asthmatics may also give Cypress a thumbs up thanks to those antispasmodic qualities it will help with respiratory issues too.
A great anti-stress, anti-anxiety aromatherapy treatment.
Clary Sage is also used for the alleviation of menopausal issues including hot flushes.
Want to give your skin some love and attention. Rose essential oil is great for dry, sensitive and I add with caution, mature skin!
The one problem with Rose oil is that just an ounce of Rose oil is produced from ten of thousands of rose blossoms. It’s very expensive.
Luckily, it is also very concentrated and effective so only the tiniest amount is needed to get great effects.
With skin texture benefits, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties it calms and soothes.
Working well with lavender the pairing make the ultimate anti-anxiety treatment
Most people will recognise eucalyptus from is scent immediately and be aware of its presence in cold and flu over the counter treatments.
Great as a decongestant, coming home from a cold, wet, hard day. Feeling damp and sniffing, it can relieve that feeling you only get with a cold.
With natural stress and fatigue relieving properties too, eucalyptus in your bath bomb is going to be your winter friend!
Bath bomb time is all about relaxation so you want something that will help melt away the stress of the day.
Lemon Balm is certainly going to help there and in turn promote good sleep thanks to its calming effects.
Just awesome to treat the effects of inflammation and joint pain.
Whether your stress is caused physically, emotionally or even chemically, Holy Basil can counteract and provide super relief.
Scientific studies have shown that people feel more ‘social’ after using holy basil. Although I have to say I feel more sociable after a bath than I do prior anyway.
But if you’ve an evening appointment you just don’t feel up for, give Holy basil a go.