We live in Alberta so the weather here is DRY. So incredibly dry, I don’t think my body will ever get use to it. We even turned the humidity up in our house to help ease the dryness, which it did. But it also gave us crazy condensation on the windows so we had to take it down a notch and not pretend like we live in the tropics. So, because of the said dryness I am constantly moisturizing. My skin, the kids skin, my lips, even at night I put paw paw ointment up my nose! TMI? Anyway, on top of our skin feeling dry it makes the coughs the kids inevitably get in the winter last even longer. So we have humidifiers, vaporizers and defusers spread all throughout our rooms.
Which is how this Coconut milk bath soak came about. I like to experiment and make different body and bath products, mostly because it’s fun but they also have proven to be quite beneficial. Along with my coconut milk bath soak I have blogged some other recipes like my coconut sugar scrub and coffee scrub. I am not sure if I have made it clear enough yet, but I LOVE coconut!
My recipe is very simple. A base of two ingredients; Epsom salts and Coconut milk powder. It is up to you if you would like to add more!
The benefits of Epsom salts
Epsom salts are great to put in your bath, something I have been doing for years. When I actually get the chance, which is very rare these days! Epsom salts help flush toxins and heavy metals from your body. Because the skin is so porous adding these salts triggers a process called reverse osmosis, it pulls salt and harmful toxins out of your body. Ideally you should add 1-2 cups of epsom salts to your bath.
Epsom salts dissolved in warm water is absorbed through the skin and replenishes the level of magnesium in the body. The magnesium helps to produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation. Research shows that magnesium also increases energy and stamina by encouraging the production of adenosine triphosphate, the energy packets made in the cells. Magnesium ions also help you relax and reduce irritability by lowering the effects of adrenaline. They create a relaxed feeling, improve sleep and concentration, and help muscles and nerves to function properly.
The benefits of Coconut milk
Coconut milk is full of Vitamin E and has a rich, emollient consistency content which helps to soften skin while reducing dryness. Copper and zinc content in the milk help to keep skin elasticity.
Anti-inflamatory and Antioxidant
Coconut contains polyphenols such as ferulic acid and caffeic acid, both effective anti-oxidants, more powerful than Vitamin E. They can help to prevent skin aging, reduce age spots and help to repair sun damaged skin. The anti-inflammatory properties of coconut help to soothe chapped and sunburned skin and reduce itching and inflammation.
I made this bath soak specifically for the kids. Neither of them have particularly problematic skin besides a little dryness here and there but they love baths and we love the bath bombs from Lush. But this weekend I wanted to try something different. The two ingredients alone smell amazing, a delicious coconutty tropical scent (the epsom salts have no scent) so for myself I would leave it as is or I would add in a vanilla pod or dried lavender or rose buds into the jar.
As I said. I LOVE COCONUT! If you do too then you need to try it!
COCONUT MILK BATH SOAK
- 1 Cup Epsom Salts
- 1 Cup Coconut milk powder
- 10 drops of your favourite essential oil. I used Aroma fairy from Saje for the kids
I sprinkle 2-4 tablespoons per bath for the kids but for myself I would definitely add more.
An alternative recipe (if you wanted to gain more benefits from the epsom salts) would be to throw in 1-2 cups of epsom salts, a few tablespoons or coconut milk powder and sprinkle in your favourite essential oils or even dried rose or lavender!