Friday, November 25, 2011

Be the Bath Queen

What does the average day for a modern woman look like today? A full spread sheet of “To Do” items in both her at work and at home calendars. Constantly on the go, chronically exhausted, and always stressed out…  During her evening, it is still nearly impossible to stop, breathe, and simply relax! For me, the best way to regain my sanity, unwind, and gather a few moments to recapture a sense of “ME,” is a bath with essential oils.
Today, I would like to share with you my way of preparing an aromatic and healthy bath, containing essential oils that will give you great pleasure.
 From ancient times, aroma therapy baths have been popular for both cosmetic and health care treatments.  For example, the Egyptian tsarina Cleopatra took baths with essential oils every day, while, rich Greek women added rose oil in order to make their skin smooth and aromatic.
According to present day researchers, it has been stated that essential oils carry high anti-inflammatory functions, are capable of strengthening your immune system, tone up, clear up, and rejuvenate your skin, to help cope with cellulite, and even helps to lose some weight. If all of the above is true, than clearly, taking a warm relaxing bath with fragrant and essential oils would be the simplest way to take care of yourself, and your body.
Obviously, there are a lot of variants of baths with essential oils. Here are few of my favorites.

If you feel weariness and irritation, a bath with 3-5 drops of lavender oil will help to restore your strength and give your body and spirit harmony. In addition, lavender helps to cope with sleeplessness and provides you with a deep sleep. If you feel like you are nervous, and stressed, you can ease this feeling by adding couple drops of the calming oil of a geranium, and the oil of a sandal-wood tree, and the oil of rose, or incense.
If you need to cheer up and refresh yourself, take a bath with essential oils of citrus (like lemon, grapefruit or orange).  Just do not exceed the recommended dosage (3-4 drops) and please be sure to add the necessary base-dissolvent (milk or sea salt), otherwise your skin may become irritated.
Toning effects also can be achieved by using essential oils of rosemary or sage.
 If you can’t relax after an intense work out session, a great stress reliever is the admixture of vervain and ginger oils, melissa and cinnamon or mint and a juniper to your bathtub.
If you feel like you have caught a little cold, and you have a stuffy nose… Take a bath with the oil of eucalyptus, and right away, your congestion will be relieved. Also, aromatic baths with essential oils of lemon and pine help to fight colds.
 Baths with cedar oils are good as an anesthetic, or for arthritis and catarrhal pains.
 The essential oils of sandal tree and ylang-ylang will heighten your mood, while relaxing your body.
 You will certainly wake your sensuality and giving your skin a seductive aroma, by taking a bath with ylang-ylang and patchouli oils.
If you really want to spice things up, you can always prepare an aroma bath with several oils at once!
In order to calm itchy, irritated, dry skin, try the following recipe: use a sea-salt based-dissolvent, 3 drops of patchouli oil, 1 drop of cinnamon oil, and 5 drops of chamomile oil. (I like to add 2 drops of wormwood oil). This bath is a remedy for “winter wind days.”

Bath Queen,

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