Just 15 minutes can nurture your Body and your Spirit
We seem to have time to pamper everyone but ourselves. Maybe we shouldn’t think of this as pampering but rather as nourishment or better yet as “no side effect medicine”. For additional enhancement, light a few candles in the bathroom — candles make everything more magical.
Your bath is a place of quiet, a private world where you can gently put aside the demands of your everyday life. Once you are alone, let the burdens of the day lift and empty your mind of all your concerns. Let your body become weightless, your arms float to the surface and your thoughts drift. Have a nice thick towel or robe handy to wrap around yourself when you leave the bath.
I will be blogging on 8 quick & easy recipes for transforming a bath into a Spa experience. Today’s post is about Milk Baths
Bathing in Milk leaves the skin feeling conditioned and moisturized. Use one cup of powdered milk in the water, and as you are drawing your bath, slowly add it, swirling the powder around to help it dissolve. Or you can warm fresh milk up in a saucepan and add a little honey. Take if off the heat and if you have a favorite essential oil , you should add 6 drops to the milk. Then pour the milk immediately into a warm bath.
ADD A NATURAL FRAGRANCE : Not everyone enjoys the smell of milk in the bath, so either add a few drops of your favorite essential oil or throw some fresh or dried herbs and flowers such as chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, lemon verbena or rose petals into your bath. Just be sure they weren’t sprayed !
WATER TEMPERATURE MATTERS : Make sure the water isn’t too hot or cold for you. This should be a very pleasant experience not a trial. A warm bath (92 – 100 degrees) has a sedative and relaxing effect. A tepid bath ( 80 – 92 degrees ) is rejuvenating, cooling and anti-inflammatory. I prefer the warm bath since I always take mine in the evening. But if I ever had enough time to take a bath in the morning, it might be nice to have it be a rejuvenating one.
for when you are very good (or very bad)
2 cups powdered milk
1/4 cup cocoa
2 tablespoons cornstarch (same as corn flour)
optional: 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix together all ingredients and place in a glass jar. Use 1/2 – 1 cup per bath.
Hmmm I love soaking in chocolate. Enjoy !