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Quick Tip #79~ Soothing baths for cold days, aches and pains... share your tips!

Monday, March 11, 2013

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:
* coconut,
* emu,
* argan
*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!
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    I love epsom salt baths! Definitely helps my scoliosis.
    1882 days ago
    thx everyone for your comments and for sharing your stories!
    Glad that many of you are taking advantage of this marvelous, non-caloric way to relax.

    : )
    1898 days ago
    i rarely have a leisurely soak these days, but I'll take your suggestions on board for when I do. Thank you
    1898 days ago
    You are my kind of girl. Love saoking in epsom salts.
    Must try the oats in the stocking. Also love the lavemder
    oil. I will try a few of the other things you pointed out.
    Thanks for a great blog. emoticon
    1902 days ago
    Thanks! I also use Epsom salts and oatmeal in stocking... and whatever essential oils I am in the mood for that evening... Will try some of the other ideas.
    1902 days ago
    After the bath, I like lavender in my pillow for a relaxing, refreshing sleep.
    1902 days ago
    I love hot baths. It's my thing. My hubby and son complain that I take baths so hot it will boil your flesh off but I like hot baths.

    I had a giggle when I saw that you also like epson salts. My hubby complains that I have 80 pounds of it here. Total exaggeration! I probably do have 20 pounds as I do keep several bags on hand because I like it. I also have some colloidal oatmeal bath salts. They don't have any other ingredients in them. I have very sensitive skin but can use these two things without fear.
    1902 days ago
    Sounds great! I used to love baths until my knees & back wouldn't let me get up and down in the tub! emoticon
    I love Shea butter & lavender! Thanks for all the tips, I am sure others will benefit by them. Maybe one day, I will modify my tub when I have the money to do it. Even with knee replacements down the road, don't know it I could even do it. emoticon emoticon
    1903 days ago
  • BERRY4
    I'm guessing you don't have teens in the house!?! -- I usually have to leave home to get a break!
    I LOVE lavender. I have a spray for my room if I'm feeling "needy" at night.

    Here are a couple of book resources to go w/ your previous blog re. back pain. I have one and will probably pick up the other.


    Hope your day is a great one!
    1903 days ago
    Whoa! Girl, you have taken my soaks to a new level!

    I have skin sensitivities (food preservatives as well), so I like to use oatmeal for its soothing properties. I put regular dry oatmeal in my food processor and pulse until its fine like flour. This works as well as the Aveeno packets and is much cheaper.

    I will have to try fresh rosemary...I use lavender when its growing in my pots in the summer. I have made a nice scrub with olive oil and sugar.

    This is a great subject because it offers a calorie-free way to treat ourselves!
    1903 days ago
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