Chief has been out of town most of this month so I have been faced with my usual dilemma…what to do with the bottles of red wine that I can’t finish before they start to turn. This bath is the perfect way to enjoy a glass and not feel compelled to finish the rest of the bottle by oneself! If you want an excuse to throw it back, just forget you ever read this post. 😉 This is also a good opportunity to use up leftover wine after a party.
- 20 drops of jasmine essential oil (it usually comes blended in jojoba oil)
- 1/4 cup grape seed oil
- 1 cup of Epsom salt or sea salt or a combination
- 1/2 bottle red wine
The antioxidants in the wine and grape seed oil help to heal damaged skin. The jasmine provides a sensual scent. The grape seed, jojoba and jasmine oils moisturize and nourish the skin.
I am addicted to Epsom salts for the way in which they soothe aches and pains in muscles and joints and reduce inflammation as a result of overuse, injury or arthritis. It seriously feels like you have had a massage after soaking in Epsom salts – pretty fantastic for a fraction of the cost!
Epsom salts are basically just magnesium sulfate named after a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England. By soaking in them, your body absorbs these nutrients through the porous membrane of the skin organ. The magnesium helps regulate enzyme activity for biochemical reactions in the body, maintain muscle and nerve function, and regulate blood pressure. Sulfate helps to flush toxins and other salts from the body by the process of reverse osmosis.
The sea salt has the same theory. It contains mostly sodium chloride, but also has macro-minerals (including magnesium) and nearly 80 trace minerals that are beneficial for our bodies.
I like to keep both my Epsom salts and sea salt that I buy in bulk in glass jars near the bathtub. It’s sexier looking than the Walgreen’s Epsom salt bag!
The red wine won’t stain your tub, but sparkling wine also works. It might be nice for the morning after a celebration with some citrus oils like grapefruit, tangerine, or bergamot.
Soak for 20 minutes. Maybe for once soaking yourself in wine WILL solve your troubles!