Bathtime Cold & Flu Remedies

bathtime remedies

OK, I’ll admit it’s a bit of a stretch calling bath oils and unguents remedies, but I have to say that these will make you feel a hell of a lot better if you’re under the weather. They’re a bit like posh versions of Vick’s Vaporub – except that you bathe in/with them – and the fact that you’re taking this particular dose of medicine with a big old steamy bath of water only serves to help the cause.

I haven’t currently got a cough or a cold, but I do have Mastitis (look it up, it’s gross) which comes with its own particular set of flu-like symptoms. The newly-discovered bath heroes pictured above have lifted my spirits and cleared my head…

Moa Fortifying Green Bath Potion: £27.50 at Cult Beauty. I had instant love for this potent little gem. The bottle looks like something you’d find in a Hogwarts classroom, the potion inside is powerful with fennel and mint and fir. The effects are instant and noticeable: it’s like a total mind-and-body-unblock.

Restorative Winter Clarifying Bath Oil: £30 from Not on the High Street. This actually calls itself a “cold and flu bath oil” so that’s good! And bloody hell is it powerful – you only need a sprinkling to make your entire house – neighbourhood – the world – smell reassuringly of eucalyptus and rosemary and peppermint. This stuff should be available on prescription.

Aromachologie Rebalancing Black Soap: £16 from l’Occitane. Not soap as you know it, but a kind of gelatinous cleansing paste with the most amazing, brain-clearing scent. A good option if you’re bathless; seal yourself into the shower, get the steam going and massage the black soap over your skin. Avoiding the more – er – sensitive bits. Designed to remove impurities and refine the skin, you’ll also find that the eucalyptus oil will do wonders for your bunged-up head.

And breathe.

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  1. October 8, 2015 / 11:13 pm

    There is nothing like a good bath to make you feel better! I will make sure I try some of these out next time I feel under the weather!

    Lauren x

  2. October 8, 2015 / 11:54 pm

    Great tips!! Praying for no flu this year;)

  3. October 9, 2015 / 10:02 am

    Uh, mastitis isn’t fun. I hope you feel better soon.

  4. October 9, 2015 / 11:05 am

    Moa fortigying green bath potion sounds so amazing!! I really love the packaging and the sound of it!! :))

  5. Kiki
    October 9, 2015 / 12:02 pm

    Oh poor you, mastitis is nasty. Be sure to check out kellymom for some usual advice, if you havent already!

  6. October 9, 2015 / 1:03 pm

    Having a bath when you’re down with a cold is a life saver. I love using the Aromatherapy Associates bath oil called Support Breathe, which has eucalyptus in it.

    Inma x

  7. October 9, 2015 / 2:17 pm

    Get well soon! These all sound amaze. Nothing beats the scent of eucalyptus. A cheaper version of these is the Vicks Bath Remedy which is a eucalptus/mint bubble bath! You can pick it up in most pharmacies.

  8. ei
    October 9, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    Wibergs Pine Bath essence is brilliant for this. It looks like a bath thingy from 1970 as it’s lurid flourescent green in quite old fashioned retro packaging. The scent is so strong though it’s like having a bath in Pine Toilet duck which I am a bit partial to!! Brilliant if you’ve got a cold or feel a bit “meh”. I think I paid around £7 or £8 and I picked it up in an old fashioned chemist somewhere but it would last ages. Makes your bathroom smell really fresh and clean for hours!

  9. Jessica
    October 9, 2015 / 5:45 pm

    So sorry you’re feeling so terrible. These sound like great remedies! Now I can’t get off of the Not on the High Street website. Have you seen all of the Baby’s First Christmas things? So cute!! Loved your last vlog :)

  10. October 9, 2015 / 8:38 pm

    Dr.Haushka used to make a Spruce Bath oil that I loved when I was sick. I don’t think they offer it in the USA anymore but they may still have it in the UK.

  11. SophBolts
    October 9, 2015 / 10:28 pm

    Olbas Oil also make bath stuff – It’s so good. I bought a bottle thinking it would last all winter and got through half the bottle in less than a month – got through a recent 3 week cold which was so grim. Hope you feel better soon, I also had mastitis a couple of months ago and felt awful. Bed is the only thing. x

  12. October 10, 2015 / 1:05 pm

    How I miss having a bathtub…
    Get well soon, Ruth! :)

  13. October 12, 2015 / 6:43 pm

    Mm i am a tempted to get the green bath potion!! I really need this bath routine at the moment!

    Daisy Candle

  14. October 14, 2015 / 11:41 pm

    Thanks for the post and hope you feel better soon. Always love taking baths when I am suffering from a cold so these product recommendations are very welcome!


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