THE FEMININE AND SACRED BATHING: Bath Salts & Floating Bath Oils
Bathing in water infused with the goodness of herbs, essential oils, and other healthful ingredients is a lovely, healing way to care for yourself or another. These different methods for making an herbal bath are easy to do, allowing you to customize your healing experience. Herbal baths can be extremely therapeutic. I recommend using my herbal bath for cleansing. I also recommend using for three days prior to an in person or distant healing session.
These instructions and recipes are intended as guidelines for your own creation. Try combinations out and find what you love!
Bath salts are the easiest to baths to make and people love to receive them as a gift.
1. Epsom salts contain magnesium which can help to relax and soothe muscles
2. Other Salts, optional. Here the possibilities are endless! Each salt has it’s own properties for enhancing health. One of my favorites is a lovely pink Himalayan salt, it dissolves wonderfully in the bath and I find it to be very relaxing.
3. Baking soda softens the skin and assists in relieving itching
4. Essential Oils – here is a guide for essential oils to use in the bath
· Lavender has a special ability to relax & invigorate at the same time. It is also very cleansing and soothes skin inflammation,
· Lemon & Sweet Orange benefits oily skin and lightens the mood with a happy, uplifting scent.
· Rosemary aids memory and, is refreshing and alleviates fatigue. I love it in the morning with a few drops of lavender.
· Spearmint eases fatigue while also lifting sadness and providing calm. This is a great essential oil to use with children.
· Rose Geranium is a skin tonic that also balances and relaxes the nervous system.
· Ylang Ylang is one of my favorites. It benefits all types of skin, is calming to the nervous system, and acts as an aphrodisiac.
· Sandalwood also benefits all skin types while being grounding and relaxing.
· Cedarwood helps oily skin and is emotionally relaxing and centering.
· Frankincense is amazing. It helps ease and soothe dry mature skin. It also deepens the breath upon inhalation thereby assisting in meditation.
· Bergamot is wonderful for anxiety and stress while benefiting oily skin.
· Jasmine helps dry, sensitive skin and soothes the emotions creating a sense of hopefulness.
· Neroli is another oil that is great for anxiety especially if it is accompanied by depression. It also helps to tone and heal the skin.
· Rose is wonderful for all skin types. Just like the herb, it soothes the heart and is emotionally comforting.
Caution: Essential oils are very powerful. They need to be diluted before use and used in the proper concentrations. Please treat them with respect. Bergamot, lemon and distilled orange are phototoxic so do not use on skin directly before sun exposure. Avoid cedarwood and rosemary during pregnancy.
1. Mix together salts and baking soda to equal 2 cups total.
2. Use 1 đ cup epsom salt and đ cup baking soda to keep things simple yet effective
3. add 2 tablespoons of Flordemayo’s Sacred Bath herbs. You can mix it up however you like.
4. Next add up to 10 drops of essential oil to every 2 cups of your salt/baking soda mixture.
5. Place the essential oils in a small amount of carrier oil and stir well, then add the oil to your salt/baking soda mixture. Mix well to break up any clumping. This makes enough bath salt for one to two baths depending on the size of your tub.
FLOATING BATH OILS
The oil will float on the top of your bath water, moisturize your skin and smell amazing.
The concept is quite simple:
1. Choose a nourishing carrier oil and combine with essential oils for a bath time treat!
2. Carrier oil such as
· nourishing and popular almond
· light-weight apricot great for sensitive skin
· olive which is wonderful for dry skin
· rich avocado full of vitamins and essential fatty acids.
1. For each ounce of carrier oil mix in 10 to 12 drops of the essential oils of your choice.
2. Shake or stir vigorously.
3. Use a teaspoon or two in your bath with two tablespoons of Flordemayo sacred bath and enjoy!
4. Store extra oil in a capped dark glass jar. Be forewarned that bath oils can leave a slippery residue the tub, so be careful getting in and out.
1. Lavender Blossoms: cleansing and relaxing inducing a sense of calm.
2. Rose Petals & Buds: calm and soothe the heart while relieving inflammation and toning the skin.
3. Chamomile Flowers: gently eases the nerves and soothes the skin, great for kids.
4. Calendula Flowers: very skin-soothing and even promotes cell repair making it a great healing herb in the bath.
5. Peppermint & Spearmint Leaf: give a delightful happy scent to the bath while cleansing the skin.
6. Elder Flowers: relieve inflammation while toning and cleansing the skin
7. Lemon Balm Leaf: calming and helps to induce sleep as well as relieve nervous agitation.
8. Rosemary Leaf: relieves fatigue and is a cleansing tonic for the skin.
Method – Here are two ways to make an herbal bath:
1. Method one:
· Put a handful of each herb and a handful of Flordemayo’s sacred bath you are using in a large pot.
· Fill the pot with water and heat to almost boiling, keeping a lid on the pot so the essential oils from the herbs don’t evaporate.
· Take the pot off the heat and let your bath infuse for 20 minutes to a few hours.
· Then strain the liquid directly into your tub, fill the tub the rest of the way with water and your bath is ready.
2. Method two:
· Fill a cloth, muslin bag or even a sock with your herbal mixture.
· Close the top and toss your herb bundle into a tub filled with the hottest water you have.
· Walk away for a while and give your bath time to cool down to a comfortable temperature.
· When you come back your bath will have infused right in the tub!
· This is a great method for making pre-packed baths to have next to your tub or even to give away as gifts.