Six special bath recipes for sleep and healing

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Rest and rejuvenate with an aromatic bath and a bunch of aromatic candles

The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day

 — Hippocrates, Father Of Medicine

You deserve to add a dash of magic and a good dose of therapeutic healing to your bath water.  Bath recipes have been prescribed for thousands of years to detox, relax and nourish the body, mind, and soul.  There are even bath recipes for manifesting, hangover cures and for steaming up your love life.

In the meantime, I’m sharing with you the following bath recipes to rejuvenate your physical, mental or emotional wellbeing.

  1. Calm your nerves bath recipe
  2. Sleep like a baby bath recipe
  3. Removing other people’s negativity bath recipe
  4. A yogic cleansing bath recipe
  5. Love yourself more bath recipe
  6. Stop rushing bath recipe

Treat yourself tonight to a bath infused with herbs, oils, crystals, essences and ancient potions. It’s time to make a date with your body right now.

Six special bath recipes for sleep, relaxation and healing:

Over time, I’ve gathered bath recipes from my women’s rejuvenation retreats, energy healers, from workshops around the world and books. Back in the years when I taught Feng Shui, I’d often prescribe a bath recipe to my students to help cleanse and strengthen their energy fields.

I believe all ingredients  need to be as organic and natural as possible to support the healing process.

1 – Calm Your Nerves Bath Recipe

Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) sedates your nervous system.  It relaxes your muscles, releases toxins and is probably best known for reducing swelling. Magnesium is a mineral your nervous system and adrenals need in order to relax.

  • 1 cup of epsom salts
  • 4 tea light candles

Repeat this wonderful mantra from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh while lying in your bath:

Breathe in, “I calm my body” , Breathe out,  “I smile”.

As my yoga teacher is always saying in class, there is no where to go and no where to be except here, now, in the present moment. Enjoy.

Optional extras: Soft, soothing music. My favourite music at the moment for calming my home and relaxing myself and the boys is The Essence by Deva Premal. Yes, my boys actually request that I play this as they drift off to sleep.

Note: A foot bath of epsom salts is great for tired, aching feet and after sport.

2 – Sleep Like A Baby Bath Recipe:

This recipe is from Mary Muryn’s book Water Magic which I talk about below.

  • A handful of chamomile flowers
  • 2 warm chamomile tea bags for your eyes
  • 1 cup of chamomile tea

Optional extra: homeopathy remedy of chamomile

Soak your fresh chamomile flowers in a bowl of hot water for 20 minutes. Place your face over the bowl with a towel over your head. Enjoy inhaling the calming qualities of the chamomile for a few minutes.

Scoop off the flowers and pour the water into your bath. Place two warm chamomile tea bags over your eyes.  Make yourself a cup of chamomile tea.  If you really want to evoke the healing qualities of chamomile you can add a few pellets (or drops) of the homeopathic remedy chamomile.

Focus on your breath and allow your body to surrender.

* 12 great reasons to start alternate nostril breathing:

3 – Removing Other Peoples Negativity bath recipe:

Sometimes we are affected by the negativity of other people, places or situations.

  • A piece of black tourmaline crystal. Transmutes negative energies.
  • A good handful of sea salt

Note: Place one piece of black tourmaline and labrodrite (also a crystal) under your pillow for a good night’s sleep. Labrodrite prevents energy leaks and seals your auric field.

4 — Yogic Aura Cleansing bath recipe

Cleanses negativity from your aura and removes chemicals from your physical body. Mary suggests soaking for 20 minutes and repeating each day for 7 days.  If you start to feel dizzy or weird leave bath immediately as you have successfully loosened and removed some negativity from your physical and energetic bodies. I personally have not done this one for 7 days but a few of my friends have and all rave about how awesome it is.

  • 1 lb Baking soda
  • 1 cup Sea salt

Optional extra: Mary suggests playing harp music or Tibetan bells while soaking in your bath.

5 — Love Yourself More bath recipe:

When things aren’t going your way, some days all you need is love. Open your heart chakra and invite more love into your body. This bath will encourage you to think less from the head and more from the heart.

  • A good piece of rose quartz crystal
  • 6-8 drops of rose essential oil
  • Rose water to spray onto your face

Mantra for you to repeat while soaking in the bath:  “Every cell in my body is loved and healthy.”

Optional extras: Organic dark chocolate, fresh rose petals if you happen to have a rose bush or treat yourself to a bunch. Love songs on your iPod

6 – Can’t Stop Rushing bath recipe:

Brings your scattered energies back into your body. Grounds and centres you.

  • 6 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 4 drops Vetiver is great for burnout and depression. Has a grounding and tranquil effect
  • Yoga eye pillow

Optional extras: Any black crystals like obsidian or black tourmaline have a very grounding effect.  Place a piece in your bath.

Water Magic

If you happen to be a bath lover like me, then I know you will absolutely love a book I discovered about 7 years ago called Water Magic: Healing Bath Recipes for the Body, Spirit, and Soul written by Mary Muryn.  I’ve included a few of Mary’s bath recipes above. Thank you Mary, wherever you are in the world.

Water Magic: Healing Bath Recipes for the Body, Spirit, and Soul

Great tips for getting the most from your bath recipe:

  • Keep bathroom darkish with only a few candles.
  • Baths shouldn’t be too hot otherwise they will tire you out.
  • Self massage before your bath. It is one of the most healing and soothing rituals you can give your body. I personally do it daily.
  • Wear ear plugs to block out any household noise or listen to your iPod.
  • Add an oil burner to your bathroom. Choose essential oils that you feel drawn to.  Jennifer Jefferies’ serenity blend of frankincense, germanium, lavender and ylang ylang I can highly recommend for creating a calmer enviornment. Here’s the link to her site
  • If your eyes are particularly tired, place a yoga eye pillow over them while lying in the bath.

This article is reprinted on Midlifexpress with Carole’s kind permission. Here’s a link to her wonderful blog:

Carole Fogarty

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