A nice soak in the bath can do wonders for one’s stress level, and can even prompt inspiration—I recently read the bathtub is where Einstein pondered his theories.
I personally find my spirits feeling lifted and my body feeling like “butter” after a good bath.
Maybe it’s because the bath is the one place technology dare not venture; maybe its because you feel timeless in your own little bathtub oasis; maybe its the cool way the world is silent when you dip your ears underwater—
or perhaps its the soothing relief of the epsom salt on tense muscles, but—
this bath does the body, mind and soul good. I should make it clear that this bath will make you sleepy…especially if you dry brush…I’m talking asleep-before-you-hit-the-pillow-sleepy.
Epsom salt reduces inflammation and makes achy muscles feel new again, it also gives a dose of magnesium to the body—which is the most common nutritional deficiency.
As with everything, the physical impacts the subtle, so physical detoxing also impacts our energetic and emotional aspects.
Let this bath relax your body, clear your mind, and gently soothe your emotions in times of overwhelm.
The chaos that is modern life might tell you :
“you don’t have time for this” or “you don’t deserve this”, but I’m here to tell you: you sure as heck do.
- Epsom Salts (I prefer to get the plain kind and add my own lavender oil, they do, however sell ones with lavender or eucalyptus mixed in*)
- Lavender Essential Oil (or, see above)
- 1 Large Glass Bowl + 1 Handtowel + Ice
- Natural Bristle Body Brush
- This awesome tub stopper my mom got me (not pictured)
- Notepad + Pen
*these usually contain “parfum” which can be code for “chemicals”.
Putting it Together:
1. Start pouring your hot bath; toss in several handfuls of Epsom salt under the running water.
2. While the bath is filling, grab your large bowl and fill it with ice water. Add your towel to the bowl. If you haven’t guessed, this is for when the bath gets super hot…grab the icey towel and put it on your face or body. Best. Thing. Ever.
3. Dry-brush your body to get that lymph system movin’ and the body relaxin’ (details & instructions here)
4. Light your candles. Add drops of lavender to your water, until it smells pleasant
5. Hop in and soak!
~30 minutes is a good max amount of soak time, so that you absorb magnesium from the epsom salt, but don’t overdue it.
Something life-changing may come to mind, so have your notepad handy.
Be sure to drink lots of water after your bath!