Melt the winter blues away with this detoxifying bath…
As January’s grey skies and chilling weather take hold, climbing into a steaming hot bath can seem like the perfect remedy for the winter blues. This recipe brings vibrant color and radiant heat back to the body using spices usually found in Japanese and Ayurvedic healing traditions. French gray sea salt, rich in trace minerals, helps remineralize irritated and parched winter skin. Cinnamon invigorates the skin, enhances blood circulation and deeply warms the body. Ginger deeply detoxifies the body and helps sore muscles, body aches, and even cold symptoms. But, the real star of this bath is turmeric. Known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, herbalists have been using turmeric for centuries to detoxify the body and heal many skin conditions thanks to its active ingredient, curcumin. These energizing spices are combined with grounding essential oils of sandalwood, cypress and Texas Cedarwood to help center the mind while the spices deeply stimulate the body.
Warming Winter Bath
(Makes enough for one bath. To make in bulk, simply double or triple the recipe.)
Materials (per bath):
⅓ cup French gray sea salt
1 tbsp Ground ceylon cinnamon
2 tbsp Ground ginger
3 tbsp Ground turmeric
Texas Cedarwood essential oil
Sandalwood essential oil
Cypress essential oil
Glass or ceramic bowl
1. Measure out your salt and spices.
2. Combine the salt and spices in a glass or ceramic bowl and whisk together.
3. Add your essential oils to the salt spice mixture. Begin with 10 drops of each oil and let your nose guide you to your perfect combination. Whisk ingredients together.
4. Transfer ingredients to an air-tight container to store your bath for later.
Directions for Bath:
To prepare the bath, first make sure to remove all lightly colored clothing and towels from the area as the spices may stain. Draw the bath, making sure it is consistently hot and add your salt spice mixture and mix together with the water. Soak for at least 20 minutes and rinse off with warm water. You should be nice and toasty when you get out of the bath. Wrap yourself in a blanket and rest. Because of the ginger and turmeric, you may perspire after your bath as your body continues to expel toxins and warm you from the inside out.