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The Food Bath

April 4, 2016

In this world there are two groups of people. There are bath taking people: those who bring their books, candles, bath bombs, etc. looking for their solid hour of delicious repose, and there are non-bath taking people: those who find bathing a repulsive occasion to swim and soak in their own primordial human soup. Perhaps we can’t whittle the world down to these two groups, but just know that I’m DEFINITELY in the former group. Oh, yeah, baby. Totally. Soak it up. Primordial soup doesn’t scare me, but not many things do in the “soaking it up” arena. After all, I’m the girl who is planning the hot springs road trip to beat all hot springs road trips. And right out of the gates I’ll be stopping at my old reliable Ogden Canyon hot springs. It’s seedy and something weird happens every time, but therein lies the beauty! Okay, anyway, my name is Charlotte and I LOVE taking baths.

 

Let’s chat about food baths. They are probably at the top of the list of non-human things that I love lately.

 

Last week I had a pizza party at bath time. I’m talking a, get take-out, put the pizza box on the side of the tub and go to town, pizza party. I’m a moderately messy eater (a trait I inherited from my dear ol’ Dad), and by the end of my bath I had arugula greens (which I’m totally okay with) and chunks of sausage (which I’m not not not okay with) bobbing around in the water. Ha! Sounds disgusting actually, and this isn’t quite what I mean by a food bath though eating in the tub is something I fully encourage.

(Apparently we can do saline laxatives with this stuff too. Nice:)

 

 

What I mean is, rather than bathing with yucky sodium lauryl sulfates and other hard to pronounce chemical infused bubbles, I say go straight for real skin nourishing foods. Here are my favorites: honey, coconut oil, oats, apple cider vinegar, epsom salt (I don’t know if you can actually eat this stuff, but it’s real and pronounceable), citric fruits, coffee grounds… I’m sure I’m missing a bunch, but these are my favorites and here is what they do for you:

 

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV): Balances the pH of your skin. Reduces blemishes and inflammation.

Honey: Antioxidant rich for skin repair. Natural moisturizer.

Oats: Anti inflammatory properties soothe itchy, irritated skin. Natural moisturizer. Balances pH of skin.

Epsom Salt: Relieves muscle and nerve pain and soreness. Reduces inflammation. Draws out toxins from the skin.

Coconut Oil: Moisturizer! When used consistently it can reduce the appearance of cellulite, varicose veins and age spots. Possible antibacterial/antifungal properties.

Citric Fruit: Antioxidant rich!  Citric acid removes dirt and oil from skin.

Coffee Grounds: High in antioxidants. Reduces inflammation. Mega-ultra-amazing exfoliating power.

 

(Food baths are a murky situation.)

Oh, food baths… I love you. You make me feel like Cleopatra as I plaster myself and then soak in this heavenly mélange of epidermal nourishing magic.

Just a few thoughts before closing…

The key components for a successful food bath are ingredients that exfoliate, repair and moisturize. Lots of these ingredients are multipurpose. If you can get all three then your skin will be oh, so happy with you.

I said I’m cool with soaking with myself, but I will say that I always do a quick rinsey-roo of certain…areas…in the shower before I dive in.  I just feel better about it.

Alrighty then! That’s it! Enjoy and know that you’re loved by me! XOXO

 

Juicy Jam Session: I don’t know what is going on, but I just feel so happy lately.  I mean, I’m a pretty happy girl, but these days I just feel so blessed and SO freaking happy.  I was talking to Mom about this and in my ramblings in her patient ear concluded that it’s because I’m doing better at not allowing outside circumstances to be so darn controlling. Sigh of relief… Leather and Lace by Stevie Nicks and Don Henley. Be happy!

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