Run a Healing Bath

A simple sensation like warm water coupled with some herbs and soothing thoughts can transform your demeanour dramatically. From colour to music, aroma oils and more you'll love our ideas for a healing bath experience.
Bathing has some incredible health benefits backed by science; in fact there's a term for the treatment of disease through bathing and it's known as 'balneotherapy'. While a quick shower may be the route of your daily routine, taking time out for a healing bath can go a long way in creating body balance, relaxing the mind and bringing peace to the spirit. Your Time Take time to make your healing bath, not as a means to cleanse your body, but a sacred ritual in which you celebrate yourself completely and allow yourself the space to heal. Make bath-time a nurturing experience, warmly filled with delicious fragrance, soft music and gentle light. Before you think to touch a tap, make sure you've gathered everything you'll need for your soak: a loofah or hemp glove, a towel, another towel to act as a head-rest, sea salt for rubs, Epsom salts or magnesium chloride flakes, as well as the herbs and essential oils you love. Softly Does It
  1. The ideal temperature of a healing bath is lukewarm, not overly hot. Soak up to the neck for 10 to 15 minutes max, and make sure you don't get any of the water in your eyes. After drying off, apply a moisturizer with minimal fragrance or additives.
  2. The right colour palette has the ability to inspire tranquillity. Transform your bathroom into a spa-worthy sanctuary by including the colours cream, teal and light grey. You can include these colours through adding towels, candles, cushions, wall hangings and more.
  3. You'll be able to find many healing bath soundtracks online; music specifically designed for the sacred bath experience; or choose any music that you find soothing and relaxing.
Healing Bath Recipes Apple Cider Vinegar Bath Apple cider vinegar is rising up the ranks of the health world. Now on par with coconut oil and honey, this versatile vinegar can be used as a base for salad dressings, a hot drink to sip on in the mornings and even in your bath. This quick recipe helps relieve sore muscles, itchy skin, and sunburn. Vinegar helps draw pollutants out of the body so it makes for a great detox aid. It is also mildly antiseptic, antifungal and naturally deoderising. While filling your tub with warm to hot water, add 1-2 cups of apple cider vinegar. Soak for 20-30 minutes, make sure to get your hair wet as well and rinse off your face with a washcloth. Follow your healing bath with a cool shower to rinse off the excess vinegar water. Baking Soda Bath This alkalinizing and detoxifying bath can help calm allergic reactions, chicken pox, eczema, hives, itchy skin, insect bites, poison ivy, sunburn, and fungal infections. Fill your bathtub with enough warm water to be able to submerge your body when you sit. Mix four to five tablespoons of baking soda into the water. Use a wooden spoon to help dissolve baking soda. Soak for 10-20 minutes. Gently dry off with a soft towel to avoid further irritation. Cold and Flu Bath Try these bath additions when you want to soothe deep muscle aches that often accompany viral infections. Epsom salts, ginger root, marjoram, mustard seed powder, pine needles, and thyme leaves. This recipe can make you feel tired because it's designed to give your body a detox. Drink a glass of water after your bath and then call it a night. Don't rinse off, you want to retain the minerals and nutrients from the water that is absorbed through your skin. Epsom Salts Bath This is lymphatic cleansing, relaxing for sore muscles, softening to the skin, and detoxifying after bodywork. An Epsom salt bath is known to ease pain and relieve inflammation, making it beneficial in the treatment of sore muscles, bronchial asthma, and migraine headaches. Mix a thick paste of Epsom salt with hot water and apply to get soothing comfort. Epsom salt softens skin and will even neutralize foot odour, so you can use this for a relaxing foot bath too. If you have diabetes, hypertension or heart disease, be sure to rinse off after the bath. Oatmeal Bath This calms irritated skin, poison ivy, dermatitis, high blood pressure, and stress. You'll need 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup finely ground oats. Add these ingredients to your bath water and mix well to distribute throughout. Soak in your tub for 15-20 minutes. Make sure the oats are ground to a very fine powder, otherwise they'll just sink to the bottom of the tub and leave a big mess to clean up. You can also add the whole oats to a small muslin bag or cheesecloth and hang it in the water if you aren't able to grind them. TEA TIME If your healing bath recipe calls for a mix of herbs, here's a neat little life-hack you might want to try. Herbs stick to the bath and to you, and clog up the plug-hole so here's a simple solution: Create a 'tea bag' by sewing up three sides of a 12cm square muslin bag. Put your herbs into it and then close up the last side. You can use these bags again and again, so making a few is worth the investment in time. If you only want to use a collection of herbs once, put a big handful in the middle of a square of muslin cloth and secure it with an elastic band. When you've finished with it you can throw the herbs away, wash the muslin cloth and use it again. TIP When you're done bathing, stay in the tub, visualize the tension draining out of you, as the water runs out of the tub and feel soothed by the warm water and Earth Mother working her magic. PURPOSEFUL HERBS 1. Feel Relaxed Use 1 ' cups of any of these dried herbs on their own, or a mixture of ' cup each of two or three: Camomile, comfrey, hyssop, juniper berries, lavender, lemon balm, mullein, passionflower, peppermint, slippery elm, valerian 2. Feel Invigorated Try any of these plants, or mix together ' cup each of two or three: Calendula, fennel, horseradish root, lavender, marjoram, mint, nettle, pine needles, rosemary, sage, thyme. 3. Ease Aching Muscles Use a mixture of ' cup each of two or three: Agrimony, crushed juniper berries, oregano, sage, strawberry leaves. 4. Bath Tired Feet Try a mixture of ' cup each of two or three herbs in a comfortably hot foot bath: Agrimony, burdock, ginger, lavender, bruised mustard seed, sage, witch hazel. NOTE: IF YOU ARE IN A WATER-SCARCE AREA< BATHING IS NOT RECOMMENDED

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