• amyk

The Bliss of a Good Soak

Updated: Aug 29, 2019

There is something sweet about getting to soak in a hot tub with a good book and lots of sudsy bubbles. There’s something special about going to a beautiful spa and getting to sit in the steam room or even a bubbling hot tub to melt away for a few luxurious moments. Whether your melt away soak is in a ornate high end spa with soft mesmerizing sounds or just your own bathtub that is surrounded by the kid’s bath toys and their laughter from another room we can be transformed by hot water.

Just the thought of a good soak can encourage us to move in that direction of getting to some hot water. Once in that water, our minds instantly relax, our muscles ease and we are freed from what is holding us tightly in our lives even just for a few brief moments. We have a “ah” release after a nice deep breath of steamy water that is floating in the air. That time to yourself is not only good for your mental health but can also be a wonderful relaxing detox for your body. It is a bliss we cannot easily capture but that we can thoroughly make the most of when we make the time.

When we get to dip ourselves in hot water and enjoy that blissful moment we can actually include things that will further enhance that experience.. Doing so provides for longer lasting effects that will influence our health and deliver support where we need it outside the tub.

Salts

Bath salts, specifically epsom and dead sea salt, are incredible for our skin. Soaking in salts provides that much needed softening of skin that supports sloughing off dead skin that can result in softer skin, healing from dryness and provide much needed detoxification to prevent and control breakouts.

When we soak in salts we also are giving our bodies a way to draw out toxins from deeper in our bodies. A 20 minute or longer soak in epsom or dead sea salt water for instance helps with muscle aches, joint pain as well as detoxing our adrenals. All of that can be associated from stress we were holding onto. That “ah” feeling when we get in the hot water and are relaxing is our adrenals sighing and being able to let go of gas pedal in the production of cortisol that was helping us manage stress.

When we enhance our bath salts with essential oils such as Frankincense, Lavender, Rosemary and Basil we are giving our adrenal system further support to heal and rest. Each of these oils support our ability to release stress, find alternative solutions and think clearly to make decisions. We feel renewed and strengthened so we can take those strengths with us out of the tub.

Basil is known as the oil of renewal supporting us recapturing our energy, focus and control the stresses that are making us feel overwhelmed.

Rosemary is the oil of knowledge and transition. This oil helps us dig deep into ourselves to learn and support changes we need to make in our lives.

Frankincense is the king of the oils and for good reason. This oil helps us connect with our higher power and feel aligned to know which path is right for us.

Lavender is the oil of communication and calmness. When we are calm we are more open to receiving communication and expressing our own thoughts clearly.

A bath filled with salts and any or all of these oils takes that soak to another level of healing for our bodies and minds!

Sugars

When we are pursing a healthier lifestyle we often try to avoid sugar but in this case sugar can be our best friend.

Using plain the plain white sugar in a bath scrub deeply cleanses our pores all over our body and leaves our skin feeling incredibly soft. Removing all those dead skin cells can support healthy production of glowing skin. Our skin being our largest organ requires regular scrubs like this to detox and cleanse deeply to prevent breakouts and control oil and dirt.

When you take a simple sugar scrub and add in fractionated coconut oil and essential oils you immediately expand the benefits of that scrub to do more than just support your skin. For instance when you add in Eucalyptus essential oil you further clarify your skin pores but also support your respiratory system by opening nasals and finding relief from congestion and stress. Adding in Ylang Ylang eases our minds and helps us extend feelings of confidence, beauty and self-expression.

Interested in more?

Enjoying a good hot soak is healthy! You can enhance that experience by including some key essential oils to target specific areas you are focusing on and extend that experience into your life after the soak.

For questions about the oils described in this post please reach out! I’m happy to help you and explore other oils that would work best for you in a soak.

amyk@dragonspitapothecary.com

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