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FEBRUARY SELF CARE SERIES - THE ESSENTIAL BATH

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 self care is soul care

Taking time to nurture our body, mind, and spirit is essential to our well-being and long term health. Sometimes we hear the phrase “take time...” and immediately start thinking that time is exactly what we don’t have!

I promise you that this month's self care ritual doesn't require hours in the bath (although that would be lovely too) or a time commitment that feels like “one more thing to do.”

Claiming your time to nourish yourself with this joyful, relaxing beauty ritual will positively influence your mood, mental state, and physical being.

Make it a regular practice to show yourself! Experience blissful harmony when you give yourself moments to connect to the wholeness of your being.

 

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FEBRUARY'S RITUAL - THE ESSENTIAL BATH

Sinking into a hot bath for twenty minutes can feel transporting and transformative. Especially soothing in the winter, baths provide the perfect canvas for healing and uplifting by adding an array of therapeutic salts, clays, and botanicals. A foot bath is an equal, if not simpler, way to relax and recharge while enjoying these therapeutic benefits.

Did you know that bathing is great way to also cleanse your aura? Whether or not you feel it, your energy field is constantly taking in and putting out vibrations from people and the environment. Not all of these frequencies are a positive influence. Some of these vibrations (including your own thoughts) are lower and will bring you down if left unchecked. Your energy body is constantly readjusting itself to bring your energy back into harmony, but those negative energies can linger and build up over time. A monthly salt bath is a simple, relaxing, and effective way to cleanse your aura and restore energetic harmony.

My favorite Sunday bathing ritual incorporates a generous amount of natural sea salt, herbs, and a few amethyst crystals. I hope you enjoy this bathing ritual at home this weekend and anytime you need to relax, renew, and bring your body, mind, and spirit into alignment.

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CRYSTAL & HERB BATHING RITUAL

1. To your warm-hot bath add 2 handfuls of unrefined salt such as sea salt or pink Himalayan crystal salt.

2. When I have dried herbs on hand, my favorite combination is lavender, chamomile, and rose. Add a tablespoon of each to a small drawstring muslin pouch (a sock will even do), tie it up tight and hang from your bath’s water spout or float it right in the water. If you don’t have dried herbs, herbal tea bags work wonderfully!

3. Rinse your amethyst crystal under warm water for a gentle cleanse, then add to your bath as you slip into the warm, serene water. It’s important to note that some crystals are not safe for use in water. For this bathing ritual amethyst is not only safe, but also has a beautiful balancing and calming vibration. My favorite stone to bathe with!

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As you enjoy the aromatheraphy of your herbs, take a moment to set an intention for whatever it is you feel you need the most. Is it healing, patience, stress-relief? For me it’s usually for all three!

Elevate your bathing experience with candlelight, incense, and music if you feel inspired to do so. A quick shower before your bath ensures that you can transition right to bed if you’re soaking at night. It’s always wonderful to have your favorite body oil waiting for you as you exit the tub; in the evening I reach for my lavender and blue tansy infused body oil to soften my skin and send me off to a peaceful slumber.

I suggest a minimum soak of twenty minutes, though I’ve been known to stay in the bath for up to an hour – it’s that amazing! For a footbath, adjust your salt amount to 1 handful.

Thanks for reading and I wish you a soulful self care Sunday!

With love & light,
Marissa
Founder & Botanical Alchemist

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