A bath tub full of beer? Really? Where is this fountain of debauchery you speak of? Hold ya hop-chomping horses fellas, the beer bath in question isn’t actually a bath brimming with the wild stuff, rather, cue collective sigh, a health bath featuring the ingredients of an organic beer. Cue collective cheer, however, in our recipe we also pour in two bottles of beer.
Here’s what you’ll need
100g hops (from the home brewing websites)
25g Brewer’s yeast
2 bottles of dark German beer
1 Run your bath as you usually would, but lay off adding anything other than the rubber duck. Get your bath nice and warm – the warm water opens your pores, relieving your skin of toxins, which will aid the health benefits of the beer. Once your bath is at your preferred temperature, it’s time to add the ingredients.
2 Add the hops. The enzymes in the hops help to exfoliate skin, ridding you of dead skin cells i.e. dry skin. Hops also help with dandruff and scalp irritation. (People who suffer from hay fever should skip this step).
3 Pour in the barley. Barley will add fragrance to your bath, which will help you relax – if the prospect of swimming in a tub of beer hasn’t eased your worries already.
Beer can also help with baldness as it is rich in amino acids, which increase the number of hair follicles on your head.
4 Whack in the yeast, which contains Vitamin B, known for its power to regenerate skin cells. Yeast can also reduce acne as it slows the production of sebum (the skin’s natural oil); kills off harmful bacteria; and helps to maintain a healthy pH balance.
5 Pour in the beer, remembering to keep a little glassful for yourself once you get in. Dark beers, traditionally the strongest and most aromatic beers, are the best for beer baths. But you can use any organic beer you like. Stay clear of popular vat lagers, however. Other benefits of a beer bath include: strengthening the hair; relieving muscle tension, relaxing joints; boasting the immune system; and blood circulation, specifically in the legs. Beer can also help with baldness as it is rich in amino acids, which increase the number of hair follicles on your head.
6 Get into the bath and soak for about 15 to 20 minutes to maximise the beer effects but not long enough for the yeast to irritate your skin. If you’ve got a Jacuzzi option on your tub, now’s the time to crank it up and let the beer froth up to giant head.
7 To allow the ingredients to truly work their magic, when you step out of the bath don’t be tempted to rinse yourself off. Allow your skin to soak up all the vitamins from the yeasty, hoppy water.
8 One last thing, hops can help with insomnia. An old wives tale says that some women sewed hops to their children’s pillows because they helped them get off to sleep, particularly with babies suffering from colic. Therefore, a beer bath is perfect to take before bedtime… although best let the kids stick with traditional bathroom frolics and bubble bath for the time being.
Words: Gareth May