MARIE ANTOINETTE, Kirsten Dunst, 2006, ©Sony Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection

MARIE ANTOINETTE, Kirsten Dunst, 2006, ©Sony Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection

The year I fell in love with epsom salt baths. Yes, this is how I will remember the winter of 2016!

It will be one of my highlights (though I know there will be LOTS of other good stuff happening during the rest of this year).

Why do I have this deep, burning affection for salt baths?

I originally went down this road to help heal my achilles injury and I noticed an immediate change in my body when I started making salt baths a priority in my ankle and some of my other muscles that tend toward soreness. I have been known to deal with various aches and pains because of issues with my scoliosis and these baths have helped calm that inflammation in a BIG WAY.

The second major benefit that I noticed right away was intense relaxation. When I step out of a tub after a stressful day sometimes I feel almost drunk I’m so relaxed. I also tend to have an AWESOME nights sleep.

Here are a few more reasons why I think you should love epsom salt baths too:

  • Boosting the body’s natural elimination of toxins
  • Essential oil and herbal baths are fantastically easy to execute and “up” a regular old tub to a indulgent self-care ritual. (I am excited to be teaching about both of these methods in my upcoming workshops this spring and summer).
  • The spiritual side of salt baths: Gaia’s article “3 Ritual Baths to Cleanse Your Aura” explains: “Ritual bathing cleanses you from physical grime and negative spiritual grime, thus purifying both your body and your aura.”
  • The history of bathing as a beauty ritual is SUPER interesting. Marie Antoinette was known for taking herbal baths, while Cleopatra had more of a milk bath routine.

Helpful links: 12 Ingredients for a Better Bath, DIY Bath Tea

What I buy:

from EyeLikeDesign.com

from EyeLikeDesign.com

  • Whole Foods Market Premium Dead Sea Salt (pictured above) is my current go-to
  • I’ve also seen this epsom salt recommended in a few places, especially for those buying in bulk
  • Sometimes as a bonus I add Magnesium Flakes too

My favorite bath based book: Water Magic 

For those who are NOT into baths or without a tub: I liked this article from Free People, “Turning Your Shower Into a Sanctuary.”

 

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