I was listening to my mentor the other day and she explained how HER mentor had to encourage her to slow down a bit.
You know, sometimes we get so involved in helping others and doing what we do, that we forget to take time and care for ourselves. The question she was asked and I’m asking you today is, “When’s the last time you took a bath?!”
Don’t get me wrong. This is NOT a hygiene question. Basically, I’m asking, “When’s the last time you took some time to relax and DO YOU?” Bath time is considered a ‘luxury’ and/or waste of time to some people, but history shows bathing is very necessary and healing.
The following bath formula is one I like to use on a weekly basis. I’d love to bathe daily, but like some of you, I get so busy with LIFE!
Let’s resolve together to give ourselves, at least, one day (That’s Saturday for Me.) to recoup from the stressors of life. It will prove beneficial to our focus and performance for the upcoming work week. ENJOY! 😉
Dionna’s Simple Detoxifying and Relaxing Bath Formula
(An About.com & Healthy Living adaptation)
This simple soak does wonders for the skin, relaxes muscles, draws toxins from the body, and contains a natural sedative to help your nervous system relax and unwind. It is also a natural emollient and exfoliant–and it reduces swelling.
2 cups Powdered Milk (goat, cow or buttermilk)
1 cup Epsom Salt
1 cup Sea Salt
½ cup Baking Soda
½ ounce Lavender Essential Oil
2 Tbsp Sweet Almond Oil
- Measure out the milk and salts.
- Mix everything together well, making sure to break up any clumps.
- Add the Lavender Essential Oil or any essential oil blend you like.
- Mix everything together well.
- Scoop the mixture into jars or other air-tight containers.
- Add ½ cup or so to briskly running bath water.
- Add 1-2 Tablespoons Sweet Almond Oil or oil of choice (more if very dry skin/less if oily).
- Relax and soak about 15-20 minutes.
FYI: Although the salts and essential oil are optional, I use everything listed above for optimal health benefits.
*According to David Fisher, from About.com, Cleopatra, and other sophisticated ladies have bathed in milk for centuries. The lactic acid in milk is an alpha-hydroxy acid, which helps cleanse the skin and release dead skin cells.
*Dr. Heather of Healthy Living says minerals & salts make the bath water feel silky and leave your skin cleansed and soft.