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10 Baths That Heal

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10 Baths That Heal

I lived for two and a half years without running water (while living in a tipi on a commune where I bathed daily in an ice cold creek). I still marvel the blessings of hot running water for its calming and healing effects, and am careful to not be wasteful.

Soaking in a warm fragrant tub can be a sensual delight, offering time to retreat, reflect and refresh. A bath right when you come home from work can make you more pleasant to be around. If you take a bath in the middle of the day and expect to get any work done, make it cooler and shorter, or you might be too relaxed to accomplish much else. It is best to bathe at least a couple of hours after a big meal, to avoid interfering with digestion. Baths before bed aid sleep as they elevate the body’s temperature; the body will compensate by lowering its temperature, thus making one ready for sleep.

We don’t want to waste resources, so it’s not necessary to fill the tub too high. Placing a warm wet washcloth on the chest area can help infuse warmth through your body. If you use natural products, you could even collect some of the “grey water” to water the garden.

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Brigitte Mars

Brigitte Mars, a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild, is a nutritional consultant who has been working with Natural Medicine for over 40 years. She teaches Herbal Medicine at Naropa University, Boulder College of Massage, and Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts and has a private practice. Brigitte is the author of 12 books, including Rawsome!. Find more healthy living articles, raw food recipes, videos, workshops, books, and more at Also check out her international model yogini daughter, Rainbeau at


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10:29PM PDT on Aug 21, 2014

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2:30PM PST on Jan 28, 2014

I like to take an auric cleansing bath once a week or fortnightly. I like to use 1kg of salt to 250g bicarb soda (baking soda)..thou one could use less. Coffee is also very auric cleansing and can be used instead of the baking soda

good article. thanks

10:14AM PST on Jan 28, 2014

I want to do the Epsom salt with lavender and eucalyptus.

9:30AM PDT on Oct 18, 2013

Also for sore muscles, in addition to the Epsom Salt add 8 drops of Witch Hazel & Rosemary Oil. And I also add moisturizing foaming Bubble Bath. The one I have right now has Lavender & Chamomile in it. Don't remember where I bought the Bubble Bath. I don't remember the number of drops for the Rosemary Oil. It wasn't very much. But I can't see the drops falling from the bottle. When I smell the Rosemary I know I've added enough!

4:24AM PDT on Jun 1, 2013

It's the easiest form of curing

8:13PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

I think I will do just that. Right now! Thanks for the reminder!

8:21AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Delightful and a tranquil time to spend lingering in the tub and enjoying the lovely scents from many of these ingredients. Yes, I know we are not supposed to linger for too long, but it is pleasant anyway!

6:28AM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

Thanks for the info.

5:34AM PDT on Aug 14, 2011

i will keep these good ideas in mind. i have never bought or used essential oils before and have been thinking about starting to use them

6:31PM PDT on Jul 13, 2011

I'm definitely going to try the apple cider vinegar bath, mostly because it's something you can almost certainly find in your cupboards.

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