Bath healing is a long-time tool used by the mothers in my family. I was introduced early to skin brushes, lavish soaps, and exfoliating scrubs. Ever since I was a little girl, taking a bath at my grandmother’s was a moment I couldn’t wait for. She had a large garden tub and on the rim were her bath products that she was so gracious with. She’d even suggest her favorites and show you how they worked. When I would come home to visit from college, I always stopped by to spend time with her, and get my luxury bath. Even now, well into my adulthood I sit in her tub and feel like I’m in an oasis of love, comfort and a true sense of home.
When I have time for spa baths at home, I go all out with incense, CBD scrubs, and many other bath related salts and soaps I’ve collected over time. It’s really my chance to take care of my body and tend to my skin, in candlelight, and with intention. This is when I feel the most gentle and beautiful. Baths are usually my go-to attempt to restore my body and mind. I bathe when I’ve pushed myself too far and need to come back to center.
I also give my two-year-old a spa bath every other night. He requires specific soaps, toys, and a special cup I use to fill with water to rinse him off. Over the past two years, I’ve learned how healing bath water can be. I’ve picked up tips and tricks that I want to share with you. Many of the items you can enhance your bath with are household items or things at your local grocery store.
HYDRATE YOUR SKIN
If you need to give your skin some TLC, try adding milk and honey to your bath. Use the darkest honey you can find, because they store the most antioxidants. A trick I learned is that you can dissolve honey in a warm cup of water before adding it to your bath so that it evenly distributes. The milk is optional but I suggest using both. One cup of milk should do the trick. The fat and protein in the milk provide nutrients and hydration to your skin, while the lactic acid cleans and softens. Again, feel free to use the milk and honey separately. This is something I do while on vacation or before I go swimming and want my skin to be supple, it works wonders! Keep in mind that it’s best to exfoliate before this treatment to remove dead skin cells on the top layer of your skin.
This is one of my favorite things about bath time. Every day when I step into my tub, I put a few drops of eucalyptus oil in my hands and rub them together. I place my nose into my hands and inhale/exhale five to ten times. The mixture of the smell and warmth is such a peaceful way to awaken the senses. You can add just a few drops, which is what most suggest but I am heavy handed on the essential oils. My favorites are lemon, lavender, and eucalyptus. Add these oils to your bath and it relieves so much stress. In my opinion, the activation of your senses and organic properties of the oils release you from mental and emotional tension. I suggest using DOTERRA oils, which are derived from the earth. When I first got into oils, I used whatever oils I could find at the grocery store. The more I got into oils, I realized that they weren’t all pure. When using oils, make sure that you can put them on your skin, and even ingest them as oils have many uses. Check the distributor and make sure it’s safe! Using oils in my baths/showers really has changed my life and makes me more positive about waking up. Even when bathing my son, I add a few drops of lavender to his bath and he sleeps so peacefully.
FOR IRRITATED SKIN
If you ever get a sudden skin rash, oatmeal is the answer. Oatmeal baths have been around for a long time and have become a staple natural remedy for skin irritation. My son was born with sensitive skin. He had baby acne the first few months he was born, which drove me crazy. He is sensitive to the sun and gets heat bumps, he also can get skin irritation from harsh detergent in clothing and a laundry list of other things. I began to give him oatmeal baths when everything else fell through, I’d put an entire cup of steel-cut oatmeal in a half-full tub. The scratching and irritability disappeared altogether after about a week of oatmeal baths. His skin is much stronger and consistent now, but when he does have a flare-up or one too many mosquito bites we turn to oatmeal baths.
Water alone is a healing element. Water is the elixir of life and should be consumed by us consistently. Water cleanses us physically and emotionally. Lastly, it is of the earth, which creates that spiritual connection. Baths can really be a sacred time for my son and I both, whether we are both in the bath or I am just giving him one. Milk, honey, oils, and oatmeal have helped us out a lot in the last two years. It has saved us from unnecessary doctor visits and from spending unnecessary money. Keep these things in mind when trying to take a more holistic approach to heal yourself and your family. What are your favorite bath accessories, pretty birds?
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