Seasonal soaks are profoundly healing. Hot water opens our pores and causes us to sweat, which detoxifies the body, as well as the mind and spirit. These soaks are incredibly simple to make and are prepared directly into a freshly drawn bath.
Begin by setting a relaxing mood for yourself. Dim the lights and add some candles for ambience, play some relaxing music, a spoken meditation, or maybe even a recording of poetry.
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Run the water to a temperature of your liking. As the water is running, evenly disperse an 8-pound bag of magnesium chloride flakes (I like the Ancient Minerals brand). These flakes are great for a host of issues, including reducing symptoms of fatigue, insomnia, and chronic pain; relieving mental and physical tension; as well as alleviating skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema. I use the entire contents of an 8-pound bag per bath to maximize the benefits of the magnesium.
I use magnesium chloride flakes all year long, and an essential oil specific to a season:
Winter: 3 to 4 drops of lemongrass essential oil
Spring: 3 to 4 drops of rose essential oil
Summer: 3 to 4 drops of holy basil essential oil Fall: 3 to 4 drops of orange essential oil
After you’ve added the essential oil, swish your hand through the water to further disperse the oils. Soak for 20 to 30 minutes. During the winter and fall seasons, you can use the seasonal scrub on your body while lying in the bath; in the spring and summer months you can use the dry exfoliating powder prior to immersing yourself in the bath.
When you finish the bath, pat yourself dry with a towel and apply the appropriate seasonal oil to lock in moisture, spritz your face with a seasonal mist, and receive a powerful combination of nourishing benefits to your skin, mind, and spirit.