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The Healing Bath: Ayurvedic Bathing as a Therapeutic Activity

The Healing Bath: Ayurvedic Bathing as a Therapeutic Activity
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We hear this all the time: Listen to your body! We should follow how we feel, right? But what does this really mean? And how do we do it? So now what? To what kinds of feelings am I listening? Maybe physical feelings, like stomach pain and tired feet? Or emotional feelings, like worry, doubt, or indecision? For once, I stopped and listened to my sacred vessel, it desperately asked me to slow down, relax and breathe deep – my body demanded that I pampered it. 

There are TONS of ways to pamper yourself – from taking baths to going to the spa for a nice massage. My golden rule is to treat yourself like royalty but somehow, I allowed myself to get stuck in the rat race totaling discarding it. Pampering is vital to raising your vibration. So today, I encourage you to take that power nap, sleep in, and get your makeup and hair done by a professional. Buy yourself some new lingerie or hire someone to clean your house, etc. There are some many guilty pleasures you long for so make them a reality – remember you are a creator.

Lately, I have been in the process of self-healing by reintegrating traumas that I carry since childhood, I have been exploring different alternatives such as meditation, kundalini, ecstatic dancing, tantra and Ayurveda (just learning about it).

Ayurveda translates to the ‘science of life’ and within that, there is the knowledge that all things are connected. Ayurveda encompasses diet, meditation, breathing techniques, medicinal herbs, beauty practices, and rituals to heal the body, mind and spirit. In Ayurveda inner and outer beauty are intimately related.

Slowly, I have started incorporating some beauty practices into my day. Almost every evening, after I have taken care of my work, my dog, and tasks overall, I indulge in a bath. Taking a bath is the perfect way to have nourishing alone time and create a bit of sanctuary for myself. When we look at bathing, it is not simply an act of cleansing, but one that brings a sense of total true wellbeing.  Baths can enhance physical and mental energy, remove negativity, and relax your body and mind.

In 2020, I am encouraging and doing all things which promote self-love, because I believe that loving the self should come first. Ayurveda has a deep history of empowering self-love in a myriad of beautiful, nurturing, accessible ways and you do not need to book a day at a fancy Ayurvedic spa to access it. All you need is some DIY Ayurvedic beauty rituals to let your inner beauty and love shine. In this blog post I want to bring Ayurveda into your daily rituals. How about taking a bath today?

Bathing is a ritual that fosters more self-love. It connects us with our physical bodies, allows our minds to experience calm and creates ease in our hearts. Today, I am sharing with you the Himalayan Detox Salt Bath Recipe, perfect for late wintertime. This time of the year, our minds feel a little cloudy and uninspired, our bodies may experience stagnation, lethargy and stiffness while our skin may be congested and oily. To remedy this, Ayurveda teaches that now is the time to begin a gentle detoxification process to uplift the mind, body and our senses. When we gently detoxify, we increase circulation, warmth and feel revived.

This Himalayan Detox Salt Bath is an excellent remedy that calms the nervous system and can keep you healthy during cold and flu season. Subtly, the bath will help you let go of any negative self-talk and release whatever emotions or thoughts have been weighing you down, making space for more self-love and acceptance.

This recipe blends magnesium-rich Epsom salt with your choice of Himalayan or dead sea salt. Both are mineral rich and further aid in the detoxification process. Baking soda has a mild exfoliating effect on the skin and has also been known to reduce blemishes. Rose petals will help the body to sweat, cleanse and heal.

PINK HIMALAYAN DETOX SALT BATH RECIPE

Here’s my favorite clearing bath for raising your vibe and bringing love in:

  • A handful of pink Himalayan salt
  • A handful of rose petals
  • A handful of rose quartz crystals
  • 25 drops of rose or lavender essential oil to soothe the nervous system
  • Teaspoon of baking soda
  • Spoon of apple cider vinegar
  • Exfoliating sponge
  • Love spell candle.

 THE SELF-LOVE BATHING RITUAL: 

*this ritual is best to do in the evening

Arrange what you need for your bathing ritual: a favorite towel, bathrobe, slippers, candles and bath salts. This is your time to be open to the deliciousness of the moment and give thanks for the healing that’s just about to occur.

  1. Draw a hot bath and drink a soothing cup of a chamomile tea
  2. Light the candles, play some soothing music & dim or turn off the lights.
  3. Combine salts, baking soda, rose quartz and flower petals to the bathtub.
  4. Combine essential oil into the bathtub.
  5. Soak for 15-30 minutes, reflecting on what you love about you and what is no longer serving you, then let it go.
  6. Surrender to touch by using the exfoliating sponge. Gently massage each part of your body and say aloud “Thank you, I love you.” Put the right hand over your heart and the left hand over hara or womb . Feel the beat of life. Let yourself feel it speaking to you, let it remind you that you are here for a reason. Say aloud that you are loved 😊
  7. Emerge from & drain the bath.
  8. Wrap up in your favorite robe & continue winding down for the evening.

I hope you really enjoyed this recipe. I would like to hear how your body feels after this ritual. Have your senses reawakened?

~D.

 

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