Less than a week from now we will be celebrating the official arrival of spring.  It’s time to release any burdens and hesitation, and spring into the newness that awaits us.  In the winter, our skin can become dry, dull, itchy or even irritated.  Warm water tea baths can help restore the suppleness to our skin and provide much needed nutrients and minerals.  I believe that if we really, truly understood the fact that skin is our largest organ, and all of the ways that it protects us as our first line of defense, we’d work overtime to ensure that we use only the best and most beneficial products and ingredients on our precious shells.

1 cup mineral-rich salts (I like Himalayan salts, but there are also dead sea salts, grey salts, and others)

1/4 cup baking soda

1-2 teaspoons each of organic herbs, flowers: patchouli (skin rejuvenating), lavender (calming; healing), chamomile (calming, soothing), calendula (restorative, skin healer), slippery elm bark (its mucilage sooths and protects), roses (healing, moisturizing), jasmine (sedative, calming).  You can also use other herbs and flowers as you prefer, such as hibiscus, marshmallow root, comfrey, lemongrass, neem, basil, chrysanthemum, rosemary…

Mix together, place in a large piece of cheesecloth (tie tightly with string or use a rubber band) or use an extra large muslin bag.  Drop this in running bath water and enjoy.  Sometimes I like just letting the herbs flow freely in the tub.  It’s a mess to clean up, but for 20-30 minutes I don’t worry about that.  I just lay back, breathe deeply, and release…

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