I know the Holidays can be stressful, but somehow I’ve managed to avoid it over the years until this year. It’s been a pretty overwhelming month with good stuff, bad stuff and everything in between.
Having just ended the Nutcracker, finalized my Christmas menu and figuring out a table arrangement for my 15 dinner guests for Saturday, I found something that’s been beneficial in de-stressing me this week and I want to share it with you.
It’s my sister’s detox bath. I call it hers because she introduced me to it. I don’t know where it actually originated, but it’s wonderful!
Admittedly I am a fan of baths, but I usually like more elaborate ones with bubbles and nice smelling scents. This one has none of that, but I did go for dim candle light and kept it at only two candles. Although its goal is purely to detox the body, I found many more benefits.
1. Relieve tight muscles, aches and pains – After a grueling rehearsal schedule, I actually experienced a tremendous difference the day after I took the bath. There was no aches or soreness in my muscles, and noticed a lovely increase in my flexibility. It felt quite freeing.
2. Relax the mind and body – Although I love my daily meditation, I found this bath to be a wonderful addition to deeply relaxing my mind and body especially since I just couldn’t seem to unwind… it just wasn’t happening.
3. Induce a great night of sleep – Since I’ve been entangled with a nasty flu bug my interruptive coughing had been keeping me up at night, but after the bath I was able to sleep for six hours straight and felt wonderfully refreshed in the morning. Next time I’m feeling like I can’t sleep, I’m taking this bath to knock me out.
4. Rejuvenate your skin – All I can say is my skin looked great the day after the bath. I’m not sure how or why, but it had a lovely effect.
5. Detox ? – I can’t prove whether or not it actually detoxifies the body, but that’s what it claims to do. It certainly feels great and energizes me the following day.
It’s quite simple, just set up a bath with the warmest water you can handle and add the following:
2-cups Baking Soda A&h Baking Soda 16oz
1-cup Sea Salt Sea Salt, 1 lb.
…and for moisture I added a few drops of jojoba oil since I tend to have dry skin and need extra moisturizer.
As suggested above, I do recommend turning off the lights and just having candle light.
No need to become a raisin, set a timer for 20 to 25 minutes and just enjoy your bath.
It’s simple, affordable and doesn’t take much time. All of the ingredients can be found in most grocery stores, drug stores, and health food stores and it makes it easy to find.
If you are feeling the Holiday stress and you want a reprieve, I recommend the detox bath.
It’s recommended that those who are pregnant or have heart trouble, high blood pressure, or are diabetic, should take precautions and check with their doctor before taking a hot salt bath.