Self-Care: The Art of the Bath
For sore muscles, sleeping difficulty or stress relief, a warm (not hot) bath may be just the thing. Enhance the experience by making sure that the room temperature is comfortably warm, lighting a few candles, playing soothing music and adding therapeutic bath salts.
Create homemade bath salts in advance by mixing two cups of Epsom salts and one cup of sea salt in a large bowl. Add just a few drops of essential oil for aromatherapy (such as lavender oil for relaxation, mint oil for energy or eucalyptus oil for cold/flu relief). If the goal is skin softening and conditioning, glycerin may be included. A few drops of food coloring may also be added for color.
Once the ingredients are thoroughly mixed and all clumps have been broken up, add one-half cup of baking soda and mix again. For extra detoxifying properties, double or triple the amount of baking soda (and use warmer water for the bath). Spread the mixture on sheets of wax paper and allow it to dry thoroughly. Store bath salts in an airtight container (preferably glass) to prevent re-clumping. For a standard-sized bathtub, simply dissolve one-half cup of the salts under running water, and enjoy the oasis you’ve created for yourself!
Source: Sollievo Massage and Bodywork, Cambridge. For more information, visit Sollievo.org.