De-Stress In The Perfect Healing Bath
By Christine Dion
You’re on all day so take a little time off for your self. These stress relief bath recipes and body tips will help. Botanical bathing recipes have been around since ancient times. A bath is the best way to keep your immune system strong and your body feeling great! Botanicals are herbs that can influence the health of your body. Here is a list of wonderful herbs to look for in your favorite products. Try making your own by mixing 10-12 drops of concentrated, scented essential oils, into a neutral oil like almond or avocado, then pour into your bath.
If you are mixing scents and botanicals for healing, be sure to test a drop of each mixed together to see if the combination smells nice. For the best aroma, it’s best to mix just a few scents together. If you don’t have a tub try these botanicals in a shower gel.
These tips will help you know how hot, what to put in and the time needed to soak it up.
Muscle warm-up: try a 10 minute long warm bath (95 F-105 F) to increase the internal temperature of the muscles. This makes them more flexible and pliable to reduce the chance of injury.
Frazzled nerves: try a 10-20 minute long bath in hot water (102-104 F) which dilates your blood vessels and increases a sense of calm. For nerves try bath soaks containing geranium, vanilla, jasmine, peppermint, lavender, and seaweed.
Aching Muscles: try a 10-15 minute warm bath (92-102) so muscles relax slowly. For muscle relaxation try bath products containing peppermint, primrose, lemon, bergamot, rosemary, and cypress.
For Exhaustion: try a warm bath for 10-15 minutes. To ease sleep try bath products with lavender, chamomile, rose, and neroli.
To Energize: soak in a bubble bath with citrus such as lemon, orange, or grapefruit. Other botanicals to lift your spirits are peppermint, bergamot, patchouli, rosemary or eucalyptus.
For a stiff back: try a 5-10 minute long hot bath (102-104 F). Dip a small towel in diluted soothing oils of menthol, eucalyptus, juniper, peppermint, and lavender. Wrap it around your neck or place it behind your back.
Remember to limit your bath to a maximum of 20 minutes. Water that’s too hot can dry you out, irritate skin and even rupture capillaries. The hotter the bath the shorter the time in it.
After a bath allow yourself ten minutes or so to lie down and relax. Make your transition back into the real world as gentle as possible.
If you caught a Cold
Wrap these herbs in cheese cloth, tie to close and soak with them in your tub.
4 tablespoons dried lavender. 2 tablespoons dried ginger powder.
4 tablespoons dried rosemary. 2 tablespoons dried eucalyptus leaves.
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