Sunday, May 3, 2009

Recipe for a Nourishing Bath

For the times when it seems the world has gone astray, or just after a tough day, a bath is a wonderful nourishing space to retreat.

When my shower head broke this winter, I was forced to take baths daily for a bit. This "problem" ended up being a wonderful blessing in disguise.

Taking a bath in the morning, even if 10 minutes long, feels great!

When we pause and submerge in water, it a provides a feel-great and clear space to connect all around. The best thing is that most of us already have one in our homes.

Here are some tips for creating a bath retreat that relaxes and renews:
  1. Add a box of baking soda. The minerals in it condition the water to make it softer and naturally more cleansing.
  2. Play with temperature. Sometimes a hot bath feels like it hits the spot, sometimes a cool one does.
  3. Add some flower petals to dress up the bath while making it feel rich and sensual. You can grab some from outside and rinse them off.
  4. Add a few drops of essential oils after the bath is drawn for aromatherapy.
  5. Light some incense in the bathroom if desired to invoke relaxation and connection.
  6. Add some candles and play with the lighting.
  7. Play some light music, listen to what feels right.
  8. Have some bath crayons near to capture your insights.
So give it a try when you feel like having a moment to yourself. Once a week is an easy start. Sundays or days "off" are usually ideal.

I would love to hear your favorites.

Danielle Marie Crume
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