What happens when you invite your friends on Facebook to have a bath with you?
Last night I invited my Facebook friends to experience TheMineralSpa bath at the comfort of your own home. A simple but effective tip to look after your skin in between visiting (of course) the geothermal spa retreats, which I am passionate about and can talk for ages.
Well, I found today that everyone is interested to find out more and loves a soak and a spa. Soaking in the bath for approximately 20 minutes in water between 34- 36 degrees Celsius is beneficial for tired muscles, and you can lose some calories too.
I decided to write a bit more about it, share the golden nuggets, essence if you like.
Epsom Salts are full of magnesium sulphate, which helps us to relax, remove toxins, stimulate circulation, reduces anxiety. Magnesium is very much involved in the appropriate functioning of the myocardium (our heart muscle) therefore, our cardiovascular system. The magnesium salts warm and soothe the body, so the joints and muscles relax; consequently, you assist your body recovery.
The freebies preferably fresh from your organic garden or your fridge such as Basil, Sage, Rosemary, are gorgeous. Most of us have them in our fridge as we cook with them, but you can also use them in the bath and rip the benefits of these plants, vitamins, minerals within them. They are revitalising and reviving for your mind and body. Have a large handful of each, and simply put them in your hot bath. If you don’t want them to float freely, then get yourself a muslin, wrap them up gently and loosely in it and use a bit of string, voila.
Pleasant aroma of Basil will leave you stimulated and energised. Because Basil is a good source of vitamin K, A and C and minerals and trace elements such as manganese, iron calcium, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids, it is great to speed up healing of cuts or wounds.
Rosemary’s herbaceous scent will boost your immune system as when you are feeling under the weather or congested with a cold a rosemary bath is excellent for that and making aches and pains melt away. Again, there are hidden powerful minerals such as iron, calcium, and vitamin B-6, a water-soluble vitamin that your body needs to perform several functions such as protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism, creation of red blood cells. Your body cannot produce vitamin B6, but we can obtain it from our environment, foods. Romans and Greeks loved Rosemary and believed that it strengthens your memory.
Sage that I picked fresh from my garden has an invigorating and stimulating effect on your body when added to a bath. It has quite a strong scent, so start using it in a smaller amount, until you get used to it. The essential oils within sage are reputed to eliminate toxins, diminish the appearance of blemishes and soothe dry and irritated skin calming skin conditions such as dermatitis and Athlete’s foot due to its antibacterial properties.
I complimented my bath with mineral Epsom salts by Westlab Recover range. I love their range: Recover, Sleep, Cleanse as they infuse their salts with essential oils. Arnica (herb) that these salts are infused with is absolutely great for those tired muscles, aches and pains. Arnica is potent for aching, bruising and strains. Imbued with this soak brings relief for your tired body and spirit.
White Willow Bark is also a great ingredient in the Westlab Recover salts as this tree bark is packed with flavonoids; they act as pain relief and are anti-inflammatory. Another high chemical compound of the plant is a chemical called salicin (acetylsalicylic acid), ought to be a powerful pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory herb. Other claimed health benefits are: reduction of headache, alleviates Acne, eases Arthritis and Osteoarthritis pain, soothes menstrual cramps.
The essential oil from Eucalyptus tree, also part of the Westlab Recover not only smells refreshing, but Eucalyptus essential oil, when used in the bath supports your respiratory system, clears congestion, eases sinus pain, great if you have a cold or flu or allergies, as it is essential in clearing these.
I also added a bath bomb by AromaWorks called Nurture packed with Himalayan salt and many essential oils such as sandalwood, lavender, Amyris oil, May-Chang fruit oil and calamine powder. I love these bombs, they smell amazing, come in a beautiful box, all-natural and vegan, not tested on animals.
Rosemary which I mentioned earlier it’s part of Salvia’s herbaceous family, invigorating and stimulating for your body, especially if you have weak hair. Cook with it and eat it, but also bathe.
So, my little tip and a recipe for weak hair which I read about and used a few years back when my hair was falling out and found it helpful. Are you with me and ready for this? Make sure you save this one on your phone and share with friends and family.
- Step 1
Get a glass jar with a lid, preferably one that is tinted, if you have one.
- Step 2
Add 10 drops of essential rosemary oil, 10 drops of lavender essential oil, 5 drops of Sandalwood to 50 ml (2fl oz) of carrier massage oil, for example, neutral carrier oil, such as jojoba oil.
- Step 3
Close the jar, shake it, mix it well, dance with it if you like, and massage into your scalp. Leave it for few hours or overnight before washing off and hey presto, you have got yourself organic aromatherapy hair growth stimulant. For dry, damaged and brittle hair add 10 drops of rosewood.
- Step 4
To ensure that the oil lasts you well, keep it out of direct sunlight, in a dark bottle, don’t leave it in places like on a window shelf, as this will speed up the process of oxidation (deterioration) due to them continually heating up and cooling down. A cool, dark place in a box, temperature between 5 – 10 degrees is perfect for keeping them safe, away from heat and children.
Sandalwood is impressive, and it is used in traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda as a medicinal plant because it is claimed that it is excellent to relieve cold, clearing urinary tract infections, detox of the liver and with gallbladder problems, haemorrhoids.
Lean back, relax and let recovery soak into you as the steam of the warm bath wraps around your body and skin, inhale the goodness, absorb the minerals and step out refreshed, calm, rejuvenated—all under £8 and repurposing some of the ingredients that you already have readily available.
Quad box of AromaWorks bath bombs on special offers is about £20. A kg of Westlab Recover, dependent where you buy between £3.00 to £7.00, and you only need 3 handfuls of that in your bath, so last you for about 3 -4 soaks, bargain for a mineral spa at home.
A word of caution: Make sure that you drink plenty of water, have a jug of water with you ready, add some mint and lemon, for a refreshing drink, as when you in a hot bath, you sweat much quicker, as your body rids of toxins through the sweat glands, your skin. Keeps seeping it throughout your 20 minutes bliss to avoid dehydration and to cool you down. When you are submerging into the water, take your time, and If you have any kind of heart problem, you should make sure that you do not cover your chest with it, due to the fluid pressure that the water exerts on your chest, instead bathe in water up to your navel (belly button). If you are still worried whether you should or not, you can always take advice from your GP and shorten your time in the bath, have a bit cooler bath and still enjoy, inhale, unwind at the end of the day.
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Let me know your experiences if you decided to have one of these, share it, would love to hear more. X
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