Updated: Apr 22, 2021
Part of having a healthy body and mind is doing things to help us slow down and relax. It is not a luxury to relax, but a necessity.
You don't need to go to a spa to experience naturopathic healing. All you need are a few ingredients, water, and a bathtub!
We all know water can be therapeutic. Getting into a cool pool on a hot day, a warm hot tub after a workout, or bathing the salty ocean can relieve aches and pains and boost our mood.
Naturopaths use water in the treatment of injuries to relieve pain, to reduce fever, as a stimulant, as a relaxant, and even as an anaesthetic.
Here are some ideas for a DIY Naturopathic Water Therapy!
1. Salt Massage Bath
If you are feeling low or have low energy, this is a great way to get back "up". It helps circulation, is useful in easing rheumatic pain ,and will also get rid of dead skin, leaving your body sikly smooth. Its very simple to do. Some say it is possible to stop a cold from coming on. CAUTION: do not do this if you have cuts or broken skin (OUCH!) . Also- do not try this if you have high blood pressure or a heart condition.
- Make a slushy paste with salt and warm water. (use sea salt if you can...loads of good minerals in it).
-Apply it all over your body, using circular motions.
-Get into a bath filled with warm water to hot water and soak for about 20 minutes
2. Apple Cider Vinegar Bath
This is a great thing to do if you're feeling tired, and its a wonderful detoxifier. If you have a sunburn or have itchy skin it can relieve the pain and discomfort. CAUTION: do not try this if you have high blood pressure or a heart condition.
-Pour a little apple cider vinegar onto your hands and splash it all over your body
-Add a cupful of the vinegar to a warm-to-hot (but not scalding) bath and soak for awhile.
3. Moor Bath
This mud preparatin from Austria contains hundreds of minerals and phytonutrients. It's a popular choice among naturopaths because it promtes deep relaxation and sound sleep. It has also been used medicinally for rheumatic conditions with very good results. I have not tried this one but it looks promising!
-Pour the suggested amount into a warm bath but not hot bath. Allow yourself to soak for 20 minutes.
-Pat yourself gently dry and wrap yourself in a towel. Lie down and relax for at least an hour
4. Body Pack
You will need a friend to help you with this treatment! Body packs work like a kind of sauna or steam- eliminating toxic waste through sweating.
-Immerse a cotton sheet totally in cold water, then wring it out, leaving it slightly damp. The sheet should not drip any water, yet it needs to be cold to the touch.
-Spread the stir over a bed or couch (protect with a plastic sheet underneath) and lie down on it.
-Place three hot water bottles inside the sheet- one by your feet, one at your waist, and one near your chest.
-Have your friend wrap the ends of the sheet firmly around you and the hot water bottles so that you are covered from your new down to your feet. You are in your own private "steam room"!
-Relax like this for three hours (I know...who has time for three hours of rest...plan ahead so that you do!). You will start to sweat profusely within 10-15 minus, but the treatment should be very relaxing and you will probably take a nice nap. Guess what? By the end, the sheet will be almost dry and my be discolored from the eliminated toxins! Cool huh? Just make sure you wash that sheet when you are done.
5. Epsom Salt Bath
This is my go to! Have this bath just before bed. Epsom salts induce prodigious perspiration which helps iliminate toxins. This bath is also useful for rheumatic conditions and can help fend off infections, colds, and flu. CAUTION- avoid if you have heart trouble, if you are diabetic, or if you are feeling tired or weak.
-Dissolve about a pound of Epsom salts in a warm bath (I order in bulk from Amazon) https://www.amazon.com/Epsoak-Epsom-Magnesium-Sulfate-Resealable/dp/B004N7DQHA/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?crid=2AQ11NHK742KI&dchild=1&keywords=epsom+salt+bulk&qid=1619028639&sprefix=epsom+salt+%2Caps%2C195&sr=8-2-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFaSFdMSElQN1JETkImZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTA5NjE0NjI4UkdVTTBHTEFJNzUmZW5jcnlwdGVkQWRJZD1BMDQ2MDI1OVdSTkFGMzFZVEVPNSZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=
If you would like, you can work up to this amount slowly.
-Soak for 20 minutes. Drink some herbal tea while you are soaking to replace lost fluids from sweating.
-When you leave the tub, do so slowly, as you may feel lightheaded.
-Do not rub yourself dry. Wrap up in several large towels and go to bed. Wrap your feet up warmly
-In the morning, sponge yourself down with warm water. Rub your body vigorously dry,
Let me know if you try any of these and how you felt afterwards.
-Tasha Mixon, IHP
Tasha Mixon is an Integrative Health Practitioner in Cleveland, OH helping overworked, stressed out people get their gut issues rebalanced. Hobbies: interpreting Functional Medicine Labs for clients (kind of nerdy), playing tennis, and chasing after her 6 month old French Bulldog puppy.
*information given is not interned to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease or illness and is used for educational purposes only.
**remedies from The Mindfulness Book, from Future PLC