I've mentioned this in team posts, but felt its too good not to share in a blog.
My "secret weapon" at the end of the day, especially after a heavy workout, is to take a steaming hot bath loaded with beneficials. They're especially fab in the winter months, when the cold tends to creep into one's bones.
I make it as hot as I can stand it and soak until its lukewarm.
My Base Ingredients are:
* 2.5 cups of Epson Salts (about $3 at Walmart for a 4 pound bag), for its relaxing magnesium
* an ounce or two of glycerin to lock moisture in ( at your pharmacy, you may have to get it from behind the pharmacist's cage, as some "geniuses" figured out it can be used to make nitroglycerine.. which in turn DOUBLED the price),
* a tablespoon of crystalline vitamin C as the water is running into the tub (to remove chlorine and chloramines).
* a quarter teaspoon of essential lavender oil to make you smell purdy and to reduce cortisol (something you want to have happen before bed... cortisol is what wakes you up in the morning and gets your day started, tapers off as the day progresses).
Other add ins:
*Triphala used first as a scrub, then as "tea" in the bath water... it WILL turn your bathwater brown! This goes down the drain just fine. Triphala is hands down the best body scrub I have ever used. I can't say enuf good things about it! That said, if you do decide to use it, its best to do an allergy test on your arm, before scrubbing and soaking in it. Just wet some, put it on the inner upper arm, cover with a bandaid before bed. Wash off the following morning. If the area is swollen or sore, triphala is NOT for you!
* an old nylon stocking cut off at the "ankle", filled with rolled oats that I've powdered in my mortar to soothe skin. Stocking is good cuz it keeps the oats from clogging the drain.
* a pot of rosemary water, that boiled that morning and allowed to soak all day, strained and added to the bath before getting in.
* a couple of tablespoons of bentonite clay... don't do this one too often, or you'll have plumbing problems
* a cup of apple cider vinegar
I angle the TV, so I can see it from my bath and soak for about an hour or so before bed.
Apres bath, there are a number of options to seal in the moisture.
Adding the glycerine to the bath goes a long way, but you're still going to need to "seal" in the water and its beneficials.
My choices are oils which I mix with a wee bit of castor oil to increase penetration:
*Extra Virgin Olive, if you don't mind smelling like a salad!
Shea butter... which is more like a wax... on top of these for feet, knees and elbows, forearms. Rose Mountain Herbs has a fabulous 100% shea butter.
Here's a link to their body butters:
Occasionally I will rub in a bit of C powder to wet skin.
IMO organic food grade oils are the best choice for your skin after an intense soaking bath, being as your water softened skin will absorb whatever you put on it far more readily than if your skin was dry.
All commercial lotions (mixes of oil, water and actives) need to be formulated with preservatives... good for preventing bacteria growth while lotion is marketed, sold and awaits use by the consumer. These preservatives can be a source of irritation for some, and are just one more man made chemical your body can do without.
That pretty much concludes my sharing... now's your turn!
Or better yet, write your own bath blog... I'll post a link to it here.
Here's to living in good health!