Posted on January 17, 2012 in Uncategorized
Tips from Aprylisa Healing Arts: Cool Stuff for a Warm Bath: 10 Ways to Relieve Pain
A bath of warm water on it’s own is very healing and can help reduce pain. Warm water temporarily increases blood flow and can help ease stress as well. Here are ten things you can add for added relief!
Epson Salts: Epsom salt is a combination of magnesium and sulfates. There are many benefits of Epsom salt baths. Soaking in a bath of Epsom salt can relax your muscles, reduce inflammation, minimize pain, fade bruising, aid digestion, relieve stress and tension, and detoxify your body.
Lavender: This is one of the most common herbs used in herbal baths. It is used to fight depression and relieve tension and stress. Lavender’s name is derived from the Latin verb “to wash.” Romans and Greeks used the herb for its fresh aroma which has both an uplifting and balancing effect.
Turmeric Bath: This antioxidant, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory spice is not just popular in India. In Japan, they’ve learned that turmeric helps with arthritis by soothing joints and it’s even been shown to promote weight loss. Just add a half-cup of turmeric to a warm bath.
Baking Soda: This alkalinizing and detoxifying bath can help calm allergic reactions, chicken pox, eczema, hives, itchy skin, insect bites, poison ivy, sunburn, and fungal infections. A: If you are using just baking soda then start running the hot water first then after a couple of minutes add about 3 pounds worth of baking soda to the water. This dilutes into the water best. The alternative is to mix about 2 pounds of sea salt with 2 pounds of baking soda, again adding the water first.
Oatmeal: Because oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties, it can soothe the inflammation that results from your body’s reaction to allergens. Itchy, dry skin often has a high pH level, but oatmeal can help normalize your skin’s pH, which can relieve itchy, uncomfortable skin. Oatmeal baths also soften and moisturize your skin, which helps lock in moisture and protect skin from exterior irritants
Apple Cider Vinegar: This helps relieve sore muscles, itchy skin, and sunburn. Vinegar helps draw pollutants out of the body. It is an acid medium and contains alpha hydroxy acids. It is also mildly antiseptic, antifungal and naturally deodorizing.
Yam: Oriental wild yam is a natural pain reliever used in herbal baths to relieve stress and prevent health problems in women.
Eucalyptus Oil: Known to give relief from sinus infections, blocked nose, common cold, bronchitis, flu and other respiratory diseases. Apply a few drops of eucalyptus oil on the handkerchief and inhale it at regular time intervals or put a few eucalyptus oil drops in the bath water. Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to other massage oils to have a calming effect on the mind and body.
Rose: Rose oil is effective in treating depression, insomnia, impotence and for maintaining healthy skin.
Peppermint oil: Diluted in a bath peppermint oil can assist in,and is dramatically effective in stimulating the mind and focusing concentration, for treating the respiratory tract, muscular aches and pains and for some skin problems.