Part 4 Hygge Beauty Rituals: Soothing Aromatherapy Bath
The beauty ritual in Part 1 an herbal facial steam, Part 2 an aromatherapy foot bath, Part 3 massage softening hand and foot salve. This hygge beauty ritual is a crystal and aromatherapy bath. Healing treatments with water are called hydrotherapy. You can do a simple hydrotherapy treatment at home if you have a bath tub. If you don’t have a bath tub, do a foot bath. Bath’s are the perfect remedy when we need to relax, revive and regenerate but most times we are so tired or stressed we zone out by going on our cell phone or watching TV. Taking a bath is a wonderful experience and the art of bathing has been in every culture. Take the time to schedule a bath; write a note and place it on the counter and include it on your calendar with a reminder. To make it easier, ready all your ingredients in advance or have a bath bin or basket with your healing bath ingredients.
HYDROTHERAPY: HEALING WITH WATER
A bath is one of the best ways to relax, restore and rejuvenate your body. When you soak in a bath, the pores in the skin open and like a sponge soak in the healing properties of the herbs and ingredients you have put in the water. High quality, natural and organic ingredients should be used. Skin is a major and the largest organ; it absorbs and eliminates. Herbs, salts, plant milks, essential oils and plant oils help to nourish, moisturize and soften the skin. They also pull out toxins from the body.
A warm bath relaxes the body and helps to invoke a peaceful night’s sleep. A bath can also be invigorating by using cooler water and invigorating herbs and essential oils. A footbath is the next best thing to a bath. Add flowers to the water for a touch of beauty.
Bath temperature makes a difference on the effect on the body. Take a 20-30 minute bath for the best results. Bath temperature should be around 100F/38C – 102F/39C degrees, 2 – 4 degrees above your body temperature.
92F/33C – 97F/36C degrees: lukewarm bath for rejuvenation, inflammation, poison oak and rashes.
97F/33C – 101F/38C degrees: normal bath for relaxation.
99F/37C – 108F/42C degrees: hot bath to increase circulation, remove toxins from the body and relieve pain and insomnia
SET UP A SANCTUARY
Play Soft Music
Surround Yourself with your Favorite Flowers
CRYSTALS FOR THE BATH
Crystals raise the vibration. Everything is energy. Flowers, herbs, crystals all contain energy. This energy is infused into the bath water. Choose a crystal that you are drawn to and place it in the bath water.
AROMATHERAPY FOR THE BATH
A single essential oil can be used if you don’t have many essential oils. Essential oils are oil soluble, it is best to add them to some plant oil before adding to the bath water. Add 4-10 drops essential oil to 1 tablespoon plant oil (avocado, olive, sunflower, etc.). Depending on the essential oils and you, customize the amount to what suits you. Less is better. Start with 4 drops and increase to 10 drops.
All is Well
4 drops Rose Geranium Essential Oil
3 drops Lavender Essential Oil
3 drops Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil
Relax and Soothe
4 drops Lavender Essential Oil
3 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
2 drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
Plant Milks 1 cup
Coconut Milk 1 cup
Coconut Milk Powder 2 tablespoons
Hemp Milk 1 cup
Almond Milk 1 cup
Macadamia Milk 1 cup
Himalayan Sea Salt 1/4 cup
Pacific or Atlantic Sea Salt 1/4 cup
Dead Sea Salt 1/4 cup
Epsom Salt 1/4 cup
Baking Soda 2 tablespoons
Calendula 1 tablespoon fresh or dried
Chamomile 1 tablespoon fresh or dried
Lavender 1 tablespoon fresh or dried
Roses 2 tablespoons fresh or dried
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