There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them. Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar.
Not enough has been said about locking a bathroom door, lighting a candle, filling a tub halfway with water and submerging oneself in it. Bathing has a rich history and set of sensibilities inspired by different religions, traditions and cultural practices.
Today, taking a bath is so much more than the iconic Hollywood bath filled with bubbles. Different salts and essential oils can promote vitality or bliss, depending what you are in the mood for but it’s the ancient bathing practices that really inspire me.
Mustard baths have been used for ages in England as a therapeutic remedy. This practice also has been used by ancient Greeks and Romans and is part of the Ayurvedic tradition of India.
The benefits of mustard baths are amazing. The potent and rejuvenating concoction of essential oils and salts in this recipe provides relief for achy muscles, colds, flus and stressful days. It’s perfect for the days when you’re dreaming of a Turkish bath or a hammam in Marrakech…
- 20ml carrier oil (I used grape seed oil)
- 6 drops of wintergreen essential oil
- 6 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
- 6 drops of rosemary essential oil
- 2 Vitamin E Capsules 400 IU (optional)
- 1 cup of Epsom salts
- 1 cup of fine Himalayan pink salt
- 1 cup of baking soda
- 2/3 cup of ground mustard powder
- In a small bowl mix together the oils and set aside.
- Then in a large bowl combine the Epsom salts and the pink salt together.
- Next add the oil mixture to the salts and stir well until all the oil is incorporated.
- Then mix baking soda and ground mustard powder well into the salts. Store in an airtight container.
- Enjoy by adding to cup to hot running bath water.