A warm bath can provide so many big benefits that there’s actually a scientific name for it — Balneotherapy. Specifically, balneotherapy is a type of water therapy that’s been used for centuries to combat everything from inflammation to immune system issues. During one of these baths, your skin absorbs the minerals in the water, which in turn, help you feel and look better. The warm water not only cleanses your body and mind, but also refreshes and relaxes. It acts as a liquid suspension, meaning that you can literally stop feeling like the world is dragging you down.
But what does all of this have to do with aromatherapy?
I like to say that balneotherapy is aromatherapy’s best friend. Mix the two together, and you end up with some amazing results!
I like to combine some essential oils and some salt (Epsom, sea salt, or Himalayan — your choice) in my aroma baths. That way, you can get benefits from the oils and the minerals in the salt, in addition to just the water.
Aromatherapy baths are incredibly powerful because they allow you to interact with essential oils in two ways — they get absorbed through your skin while you inhale the powerful scent. In fact, science has shown that essential oils can penetrate the skin very quickly, even faster than the ions of sodium and chloride in the salt. As a result, you don’t have to spend hours in the tub. Even if you only have 10 minutes to spare, you’ll notice a difference!
But my favorite thing about an aroma bath is its versatility. There are a number of essential oils you can use — although, I don’t recommend using essential oils that can be irritating, like basil, cinnamon, black pepper, ginger, lemongrass, orange, fennel, and peppermint. Whether you use one oil or several, you can customize your aromatherapy bath to meet your exact needs and desires. Simply fill the tub with warm water, and then add your favorite essential oils right (diluted first in salts or one of the carriers mentioned below) before you get in. You’ll only need 8-10 drops of oil (any more than that is simply a waste!).
If you want to give your skin some added moisture, mix your essential oils with vegetable oil first. (As an added benefit, that will also reduce your chance of the oils irritating your sensitive skin.) For best results, gently move around in the tub so that your entire body can soak up the oils. You won’t need to rinse off after you’re finished. Just slip into a comfy robe, and let the oils continue to work their magic.
In addition to essential oils, you can also include things like apple cider vinegar, honey, and milk in your aroma bath. Each will give your skin an even bigger boost. Or, if you’re dealing with a specific skin issue, there are special recipes that can relieve it.
But your skin isn’t the only thing that will benefit from combining aromatherapy and balneotherapy. Depending on the oils you use, you can fight muscle pain, insomnia, PMS, fluid retention, colds, anxiety, circulatory problems, headaches, and rheumatism. And, depending on the oils you use, your bath can be relaxing, stimulating, warming, cooling, or even an aphrodisiac. The possibilities are endless!
Here are some of my favorite recipes:
Give it a try, and you’re sure to fall in love with balneotherapy as much as I have!
It’s easy to combine the power of balneotherapy and aromatherapy when you’ve got expert advice and high-quality essential oils from Aromandina!
© 2015, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC
This treatment detoxifies, assists with circulation and lymph flow, and pushes toxins out, allowing for a healthier body. It’s excellent for both sedentary and athletic individuals since it will allow for more movement in the knees, hip joints, and ankles, and it will also assist with edema.
Set up your room with:
– A crock-pot filled with warm water and 10 drops of lemon Oil
– A hand towel soaking in the crock-pot
– A dry brush
Have 2 tablespoons of Detoxing Body Oil ready
Here are some of the ingredients in the Detoxing Body Oil and why they work:
Fractionated coconut oil is a moisturizer, so it’s a great way to soothe skin that’s been blasted by cold air all winter.
Fennel Oil is a natural diuretic and lymphatic decongestant, so it will help eliminate toxins, stagnant fluids, and fats.
Orange Oil is both uplifting and calming, and it also eliminates excessive fluids and toxins. Cedarwood Oil counteracts both water and lipid retention, which are common causes of weight gain.
1. Do your consultation.
2. Start your guest face down. Dry brush starting at the foot, using swift, upward strokes, and end at the buttock. Then, repeat the process on the other leg.
3. Wring out the hand towel and compress onto the back of the leg and buttock.
4. Apply the massage oil onto the leg and buttock, and proceed to massage. Start your strokes at the feet and move upward. Then, repeat on the other leg.
5. Turn your guest onto her back and undrape her leg. Then, repeat the procedure.
6. Wrap both legs in plastic and cover with top sheet.
7. Undrape the torso (make sure to breast drape if guest is a woman) and repeat the procedure.
8. Compress the torso, massage oil, and wrap.
9. Leave her in the wrap for 15 minutes. During that time, massage her scalp and face.
For this treatment, you’ll need to mix a special Spring Mist. Simply fill a 1 oz spray bottle with distilled water and add:
– 2 drops of German Chamomile
– 2 drops of Helichrysum Oil
– 5 drops of Lavender
Both the German Chamomile and the Lavender have natural anti-inflammatory properties and are suitable for all skin types. Helichrysum Oil has cicatrisant and cytophilactic properties and is also great for all skin types.
You’ll also need to mix a special facial oil for this treatment. Fill a 1 oz amber glass bottle with jojoba oil and add:
– 2 drops of German Chamomile
– 2 drops of Rose absolute
– 2 drops of Orange
Jojoba is an anti-aging, skin-revitalizing unscented facial oil.
Rose absolute is toning, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and rejuvenating, and it’s particularly good for dry, sensitive and mature skin.
Orange is slightly astringent and used for general skin care. It has a very refreshing and stimulating effect on the skin, while the German Chamomile will help accelerate the skin’s healing process.
1. Hold the bottle of Spring Mist 2 – 3 feet from your guest, with the nozzle facing toward the ceiling, and spray the mist upward. Ask your guest to close her eyes and breathe deeply.
2. Put one drop of Bergamot Essential Oil onto a corner of a warm towel. Place the warm towel around your guest’s neck and décolletage.
3. Perform your facial treatment as usual. You can use the facial oil to perform a hand and arm massage while your guest has her mask on, or you can use this oil to do your facial massage.
4. At the end of the treatment, use the Spring Mist to gently wake up your guest. Again, hold the bottle 2 – 3 feet away, with the nozzle facing toward the ceiling, and spray the mist upward. Ask your guest to close her eyes and breathe deeply.
– Combine 1 cup of Epsom salts with 3 drops of Spearmint Oil and 5 drops of Grapefruit Oil, and add this mixture to the foot bath water.
– Combine 1 tablespoon of your preferred foot massage lotion with 2 drops of Spearmint Oil and 2 drops of Grapefruit Oil and massage.
Spearmint’s aroma is milder than Peppermint, so it will rejuvenate your guest without overwhelming her. It will stimulate her senses, which makes it the perfect oil to help her feel refreshed on a sunny Spring day. The clean, fresh scent of the Grapefruit Oil is also an instant stimulant, and it will push away any anxious thoughts. It also has antiseptic properties that will make your guest’s feet clean and ready to show off in those Springtime sandals.
Aside from the emotional and physical benefits we’ve already talked about, the best part about using essential oil blends is the ease. It’s easy to make them a part of your spa’s regular treatment routine. In the end, you’ll wind up with guests who are more satisfied — without having to put in a ton of extra time, money, and training. It simply doesn’t get any better than that!
You probably take a bath everyday without giving it much deliberation. But did you know that those few moments you spend by yourself in the company of water can transform you in unimaginable ways? A “ritual bath” has been a part of my life for many years and it has helped me out of many emotional problems. It is the reason I am able to stay positive through challenging situations and be more giving in my relationships. The process has helped me grow and improve as a person and I believe it is now time to share this secret tool with you wonderful readers.
From a subtle standpoint, a bath can have two connotations – it may signify “cleansing” or denote inner transformation. Immersing the body in water is also believed to calm the mind and inspire spiritual awakening. However, a “ritual bath” need not have any religious or spiritual significance. It is just a personal experience and you may even think of it as a spa therapy.