*I’ve been in a major writing funk (I think it’s the new anti-depressant I’m on) but the pilot light to my brain is finally starting to switch back on. My kitchen has turned into a skin care testing lab for the skin care line I’m working on. While my brain reboots, here’s something that’s almost better than Xanax. Oatmeal Cookie Bath Soak. It’s so relaxing.
After a long day with my daughter, I love to have a nice, hot bath (which doesn’t happen often enough) and this bath soak is a great addition. Oatmeal is soothing and softens the skin. Epsom Salt is magnesium and sulfate which helps reduce inflammation, soothes sore muscles, and relaxes the body. Cinnamon is a natural antiseptic that helps kill bacteria and prevents infection. Here’s what you’ll need:
1 cup rolled oats
½ cup of Epsom salts
½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
(note: this makes enough for approx. 3 baths)
Put all of the ingredients in a food processor until the mixture is smooth.
Put 4 tablespoons in a small muslin bag or cheesecloth which you can cut into a smaller size and you can re-use both. I didn’t have either on hand so I used the large Teavana tea filters.
I tied some thread in a double knot (tie really tight) around the top of the tea filter. Throw it in the bath under the running water and soak all your problems away for 10-20 minutes with a glass of wine.
After the bath soak, make sure to moisturize really well. I like using Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion. Enjoy!