Do you take time in your busy week for soaking in a bath, or is that a luxury that you can not squeeze into your program? You might make time if you understood the numerous self-care advantages of a botanical bathroom–a bath upgraded inexpensively with organic Epsom salt and herbs. Or with Epsom salt and aromatherapy with essential oils from fragrant plants. This article gives you seven important ways that botanical bathing can boost your health from the outside in.
Internal Cleanse. Both bathrooms and showers can clean your body out, but a natural aromatherapy bath with Epsom salt helps cleanse your body inside. The warmth of the water increases circulation of the blood. The Epsom salt help draw out wastes trapped in tissues under the skin. Essential oils can be added which help tone and accelerate the internal cleansing work of the body’s lymph system.
Nutrients. As the Epsom salt dissolve in the bath, magnesium and sulfates are discharged into the water. These organic elements are absorbed through your skin and can be used by the body in hundreds of internal enzymatic reactions, benefiting your skin, circulation, digestion, nerves, muscles and joints.
Stress Relief. A natural botanical bath boosts your ability to deal with stress. A twenty minute soak in a botanical bathroom with organic essential oils and Epsom salt can be a holiday for your senses. The touch of the water, its soothing temperature, odor, and buoyancy work together to refresh your sensory input, assisting you to get a new perspective about the issues of the day.
Self-regulation. God made our bodies to self-regulate for internal equilibrium, using natural internal procedures. When that happens, take action to assist your body’s natural healing processes get back into equilibrium with a botanical bath.
Mobile care. Neglecting to listen to our bodies can lead to chronically tight muscles, postural distortions, and inefficient breathing, to name just a few of the ways we suffer when we always try to power through life without stopping to take care of our bodies. Unremitting stress can lead to undetectable changes in your blood chemistry, with damaging consequences at a cellular level. The simple pleasure of an aromatherapy bath can be one of the best counter-measures.
In the quiet of your bathroom, take time to notice your self-talk. Remind yourself that time spent nurturing your own health does not need to be selfish. Rather, it can be an exercise in gratitude and humility. Nourishing self-care is necessary if you are to be your best for the people you love.
Deep relaxation. My experience and training as a massage therapist have convinced me that intentional relaxation is one of our strongest allies for healing. The ancient poet David knew that God, as a good Shepherd, “makes me lie down in green pastures”. Hurry is a part of the restorative process for both body and soul. Chronic, low-level inflammation markers-linked to a lot of systemic disorder conditions-increase when people don’t obtain sufficient restful sleep. The comfort of a warm, aromatic bath is a fantastic way to let go, relax, and get ready for a fantastic night’s sleep.
Now you’ve seen just 7 of the ways that organic botanical bathrooms boost your health, I hope you’ll carve out time for therapeutic soaking. Make aromatic botanical baths part of your routine at least two or three times weekly. This is a terrific time to rest in the Lord, talk to Him from your heart, and listen for the Shepherd’s voice to your own soul.
Katie Christine Rhodes is a Licensed Massage Therapist who loves to help her clients turn stresses into stepping stone to greater health. She’s a mother of four, and grandmother of two, who loves finding and sharing successful applications of aromatherapy and other health tips. Find out more about botanical bathrooms and get free botanical bath recipes in her website, http://www.revivalmassage.com