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​Why Bathing is a Healing Art

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Whether submerged in a natural hot spring, floating in a high mountain lake, or luxuriating in the warm lapping ocean, water is an essential element for physical and emotional wellbeing. Taking time to bathe in the ancient healing power that water offers can be transformative, and sometimes this simple pleasure is the perfect medicine for whatever ails us. The sensuous comfort water provides connects us back to both our bodies and the Earth’s beauty.

Creating an oasis is not far out of reach in our daily lives, and can be done easily at home. Rather than rushing through another quick shower, try lighting a fewnatural beeswax or soy candles, putting on some soothing music, and draw a warm bath infused with fragrant oils, relaxing salts, or therapeutic herbs. Making this a regular ritual, even just once a month, can improve your health in many ways. Bathing helps relax tense muscles, opens skin pores, encourages digestion, softens the skin, assists in detoxification, boosts the immune system, reduces stress, and promotes restful sleep.

You can take your bath from simply cleaning to healing with the use of medicinal plants. You can choose from a variety of leaves and flowers to customize your experience based on your specific needs and preferences. Some classic herbs to use as a bath tea, salt soak, or for aromatherapy include lavender, rose, chamomile, peppermint, rosemary, geranium, grapefruit, orange, fir, cleavers, oat tops, ginger, jasmine, and ylang ylang. Other fun ingredients to have on hand in your home spa include coarse sea salt, Epsom salt, Himalayan pink salt,French green clay, and bath oils. After a good soak, apply a natural rich lotion to your skin, we recommend you try Softness Bliss Body Lotion. With just a few of these supplies conveniently stocked by your tub, you’ll be ready to pamper yourself whenever the inspiration flows.

Here is a recipe to make your own Bath Salts:

Bath Salt Soak

Ingredients:

2/3 cup salt of your choice: (Himalayan Pink Salt, Epsom Salt, or Coarse Sea Salt)

1/4 cupbaking soda

10-25 drops organic essential oil of your choice: (Lavender, Spruce, Rosemary, Geranium, Peppermint, Sweet Orange, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Rose, Ylang Ylang)

Directions:

Mix salt and baking soda together until combined. Drip in the essential oil and stir well. Sprinkle 1/4 to 1/2 cup into your bath as hot water fills the tub. Once dissolved, get in and soak your troubles away.