It used to be called ‘time out’. These days it’s ‘time in’. With the extra hours in your day, it’s the perfect opportunity to indulge in a do-it-yourself aromatherapy bath.

Irene Thompson is the Principal Clinician at Ellenis Day Spa and says that a long soak in the bath is a great way to escape without going anywhere.

Irene’s tips for a DIY aromatherapy bath:

  1. Turn off your phone.
    • This is not the time to be connected, and chances are you’ll have a little slip with the phone ending up at the bottom of the tub.
  1. Make sure your bathroom is warm.
    • As you leave your bath, you don’t want freeze and sprint around in the cold, losing the benefits of your relaxing soak.
  1. Set up some soft music, gentle lights and maybe even a few scented candles.
    • You’re worth this extra attention. Take the time to set the mood.
  1. Ensure the water is not too hot (you can gradually add more warm water during your soak).
    • Some like it hot, but this is not the time to place your body under undue stress and turn into a red lobster. As you ease into the bath, add water to keep the temperature warm but not too hot.
  1. Never use detergent based bath bombs, just some natural, fragrant oils.
    • Detergents might be great for washing up, but they dry your skin and some detergents have chemicals that can leave your skin feeling itchy. Salt-based bath bombs are fine, but if you have dry skin these should be avoided.
    • Find fragrant oils that are plant based and in their purest form. Pure essential oils do not contain any diluents and will be absorbed into your skin at a faster rate and can be used to treat physical and mental conditions. If you are feeling anxious, then lavender may be all you need to calm down and help with a better night’s sleep.  Depending on your condition, take some time to explore our favourites – rose, geranium, lavender, frankincense, patchouli, ylang ylang and sandalwood.
  1. For a touch of luxury, grab some petals, sprigs of mint or lavender from your garden, and sprinkle them into the bath before you hop in.
    • Aside from looking like a scene out of a romantic movie, a little bit of nature will enhance mood and skin. Some natural ingredients, like chamomile, shea and calendula, are known to soothe irritated skin, brighten your complexion and tighten your pores, and
  1. Don’t forget a book or magazine.
    • Read what you love. Take this time to escape into another world or learn something that will equip you with new skills.

HOT TIP – Keep a drink of water on the side of the bath to help reduce dehydration.

A long soak in the bath is an excellent form of self-care. Some confuse self-care for self-indulgence, but in actual fact, it is a sign of self-respect, and the less overwhelmed you feel, the more adept you will be to tackle life.

Final tip: Irene suggests arranging your partner or another member of the household to bring you a fluffy warm towel out of the clothes dryer just before you’re ready to get out!