Can you think of anything more relaxing than a hot bath after a long day?
Taking a bath is an enjoyable, relaxing and and important self-care tool that provides many healing benefits. Taking a bath can help to calm the mind, lift your spirits, reduce stress, relax sore muscles, increase circulation, promote mental clarity and help your body to release toxins. Soaking in a warm tub can be a delight to your senses, offering time to retreat, reflect and refresh. Baths are a wonderful way to to be engaged in self-care and wellness. This can also be an opportunity to merge with herbs and oils, or remedies of your choice.
Many of us have noticed, we are entering into new wave of energies. This year has been a journey with constant shifting energies. You can really see and feel changes taking place. But this can be hard on our systems, especially if you aren’t making time to take care of yourself.
Did you know that an hour in the tub can actually influence your mood? By creating a specific atmosphere for your bath, you can stimulate all of your senses, emerging from the water feeling energized and calm.
If you are feeling the stress of the back to school bustle, or just need to make some time for yourself, the following are some suggestions of baths that can help you feel better, get grounded, and show your body some love:
Before you get started, be sure to set the tone by dimming the lights or lighting candles. Some may prefer total silence in their relaxing bath. But if you like, soft music, it can also be a wonderful addition to your time.
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar: Added to the detox bath helps draw toxins out of the body. It is an antifungal and antiseptic. Helps relieve sore muscles, itchy skin, and sunburn.
Baking Soda Bath: This alkalizing and detoxifying bath can help calm allergic reactions, chicken pox, eczema, hives, itchy skin, insect bites, poison ivy, sunburn, and fungal infections. Use one pound per bath.
Peppermint Oil: This should be diluted in a detox bath to treat chronic diseases of the nervous system, respiratory system, skin problems, muscle pains, and for increasing focus and concentration.
Epsom Salts Bath: This method is lymphatic cleansing, relaxing for sore muscles, softening to the skin, and detoxifying after bodywork. Epsom salts help to get drugs, chemicals and pollutants out of body. Those with diabetes, hypertension or heart disease should rinse off after the bath.
Crystal Bath: Baths are a great way to benefit from crystal energy, because the water enhances the vibration of the stones and help amplify your sensitivity and ability to connect and harmonize your energy and awareness. Calming stones like Lepidolite, Larimar, or Kunzite to your bath water will help calm and relax you. Chose any of the black stones, like Black Tourmaline, Obsidian, Black Onyx to help pull out harmful toxins from your body. Get creative with your baths and invite some of your favorite gemstones in with you and receive their healing energy.
Oatmeal Bath: This calms irritated skin, poison ivy, dermatitis, high blood pressure, and stress, It is very simple to whiz plain uncooked oatmeal in the blender to make a bath powder. Or tie 1/2 cup into a bath bag (or an old white sock).
Honey Bath– honey has been used topically as a healing agent for over 10,000 years! Adding honey to your bath will moisturize, soften and sooth dry skin. The natural antioxidant properties in honey will help detox your body while you soak.
It is easy to create your own Bath Salts by mixing together 1 cup each of sea salt, baking soda and Epsom salts. Add 1 teaspoon of any combination of essential oils. Mix well and store in a glass jar. Add 1 handful per bath.
When you are done, stay in the tub, and visualize all of the tension and negative energy draining as the water runs out of the tub.
Do you have any favorite bath additives I forgot to list? Please share.