Saturday, August 4, 2012

5 Ingredients To Turn Your Bath Into a Spa

"There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them." ~Sylvia Plath

Home Spa Tips:   Add these to your bath:

1) 1-2 Cups of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Contains potassium and other important enzymes to relax and tone muscles.   Detoxifies skin and may be helpful in clearing acne and eczema.   More Apple Cider Bath Benefits

2) 1 Cup Epsom salts

Relieves muscle soreness; detoxifies; some people have had success using salts to fight migraine headaches and also constipation.   Improves circulation.   (This is good stuff!)

3) 1/4 c of dried or fresh Rosemary. (A few drops of an essential oil is also nice!)  Rosemary is good for soothing muscle aches.   It is high in vitamin E so benefits the skin.   It is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.   I was surprised to learn how beneficial this herb is.  One of my favorites for culinary use (surprisingly good with apple and pear desserts).   The medicinal benefits are also countless.   More Rosemary Benefits 

4) 1/4 c of Oatmeal

Oatmeal is great for softening and lubricating the skin.  It can aid in curing itchy skin resulting from eczema, chicken pox, shingles etc..soothes sunburns and can reduce acne.   It is antioxidant and is thought to also have anti-fungal properties.   More Oatmeal Benefits

5) Seaweed.

I am fairly confident this is not something you just have laying about, but I wanted to add it to the list because it is so beneficial.   You can purchase sea weed from your local natural health store, or on line.  Seaweed has a multitude of benefits for your skin, from moisturizing to detoxifying; from firming and toning to helping to relax your nervous system.    More Seaweed Benefits

A few more tips: 

Be mindful of water temperature.  If you are trying to absorb beneficial nutrients, ensure the water temperature in your bath is not so hot that it causes you to perspire.   If you are detoxifying your skin, a hotter bath is recommended. 

Remember that herbs and natural treatments used medicinally do affect you physically.   Moderation in Everything!  If you have high blood pressure, epilepsy or other medical conditions- it is best that you consult a doctor and understand what effects these ingredients can have on YOU personally.

Add a few candles, a little soft music, a comfortable bath pillow, fluffy towels to create a complete spa experience; find ways to engage all your sense.   Follow with a good moisturizer...a cup of tea...a good sleep.


Self Care Girl

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