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The Ancient Healing Power of the Bath


Water has been a valuable therapeutic aid as far back as recorded history. Ancient Vedic literature in India has many references to the use of water in treatment of disease. Modern history saw therapeutic use of water with the famous Roman Baths, Father Sebastian Kneipp, and Vincent Priessnitz, to name a few.

A bath is one of the easiest ways of taking a few moments for yourself after a hectic day, even if only for 15 minutes. Not only is it an enjoyable way to wash yourself while reducing tension, it can be fine-tuned to be a cleanser or provide specific enhancements for many conditions, according to your selection of bath additions.

Aiding Lymphatic Drainage and Fighting Infection

For influencing the lymphatic system, baking soda and Epsom are used in fairly high quantities. Generally, one pound of each is recommended and this can gradually be increased to as much as three pounds each.

Epsom salt is said to be a “natural anti-inflammatory”. This long-time remedy is useful for everything from aching limbs and back pain to healing cuts, muscle strain, over-activity, colds and congestion, or soreness from childbirth. The magnesium sulfate of Epsom salt acts as a muscle relaxant and also induces perspiration. The high saline concentration makes the water denser than the body’s interstitial fluids, so osmotic pressure pulls toxin-laden fluids out of the body.

For healing purposes other than lymphatic drainage, Epsom salt is combined with a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide (never combine baking soda with peroxide at the same time). The Epsom-peroxide combination is used for physical body cleansing, detoxification and infections. For infections, a higher quantity of peroxide would be added, usually one 16-oz bottle, which can be purchased at a pharmacy.

Therapeutic Bath Recipes

Epsom Salt Bath: One cup to one pound or more is suggested, taken comfortably hot for 12 to 15 minutes. Quantity depends on therapeutic aim. Keep a glass of water nearby to sip, replacing lost fluids. A cool towel around your neck adds comfort and is a “must” for anyone having heart conditions, in a weakened state, pregnant or over age 55. It’s best to take this bath just before bedtime.

Caution: Pregnant women would not take overly warm baths or more than ½ cup Epsom until completion of the third month, or as advised by their doctor. Always use a bathmat for safety.

Milk bath salt soak: 1 cup Epsom salt, 3 oz. Powdered milk, 3 oz. Baking soda, 2 oz .fine sea salt, 2 oz. Dead Sea salt or your preferred mineral salt, 1 ½ tsp. Glycerin, 1 tsp essential oil.

Herbal baths: place dried herbs in cheesecloth and steep in a bowl of boiled water while preparing your bath, then pour into the tub. Many health food stores sell dried herbs.

Stress relief: Mix equal parts of dried herbs Kava Kava, Lemon Balm & Chamomile for a total of ½ to ¾ cup of herb mixture.

Colds and Flu mix: Eucalyptus, Thyme and 5 to 6 slices of fresh ginger root . Steep and mix into1 to 2 cups of Epsom Salt. If using essential oil, you can add it to the Epsom prior to bathing, or to the water as you are ready to get into the
tub.

Essential Oils: there shouldn’t usually be more than 7 drops of essential oil per ½ cup bath salt.

Insomnia Milk Bath: 4 drops lavendar oil, 3 drops marjoram oil and 1 cup powdered milk. Pour oils into a small bowl and mix. Stir in one cup powdered milk. Add to bath, with up to one tablespoon of almond oil, if preferred for dry skin.

Milk bath salt soak: 1 cup Epsom salt, 3 oz. Powdered milk, 3 oz. Baking soda, 2 oz .fine sea salt, 2 oz. Dead Sea salt or your preferred mineral salt, 1 ½ tsp. Glycerin, 1 teaspoon of essential oil.

Sinus Headache Bath Salts: 2 - 3 cups Epsom salt, 1/3 cup peppermint leaves and 1/3 cup spearment leaves steeped, 15 drops peppermint essential oil and 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil.


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