This herbal bath is like floating on a bed of clouds. This time is all about you, the water, soaking up the herbie-goodness, and some relaxing tunes to sooth the soul. For this recipe you can pick an essential oil depending on your needs and what you have available. Here’s some of my favorites:
Lavender: Calming and relaxing
Eucalyptus: Clears the airways and aids in deep breathing
The rosemary infusion is simply a matter of placing a cup of rosemary sprigs in a pan on the stove with enough water to cover them. Boil for about 10 minutes then allow to sit and infuse for another 10 minutes. You can always make a big batch up the night prior and keep a jar in the fridge (it makes a great hair rinse!). We grow a lot of rosemary at home as it’s one of the hardiest herbs and thrives in dry conditions. It’s very therapeutic; increasing blood flow, boosting your immune system and acting as an anti-inflammatory. So I’m always on the lookout for new ways to use it!
Epsom Salt (aka magnesium sulfate) baths are a great way to help aid muscle relaxation, reduce inflammation and improve your body’s nerve function. Magnesium is critical for our health as it aids in calcium absorption, improves oxygen use and is an important electrolyte. The sulfates help to flush toxins and improve the absorption of nutrients. After many years of intensive agriculture, our soils are being leeched of these important trace minerals. Magnesium is one such example as our diets are increasingly deficient and many people find supplementation is necessary. An easy way to extract the benefits of magnesium is through an Epsom salt bath; both relaxing and detoxifying for the body.
- Drink plenty of water before, during and after the Epsom Salt bath. It’s a detoxifying process so sip on some coconut water to add a touch of exotic pampering.
- Keep your hair tied up and out of the water. The baking soda can be very harsh on the hair if left to soak in it.
- Play some relaxing music, light some candles and close your eyes in heavenly relaxation.
- I like to scrub my body with a dry brush (like this one) to help remove dead skin cells before I get in the bath. This helps to activate the lymphatic system and stimulate blood flow.
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