“I got up early and bathed in the pond; that was a religious exercise, and one of the best things which I did. They say that characters were engraved on the bathing tub of King Tching-Thang to this effect: ‘Renew thyself completely each day; do it again and again, and again and forever again.’ I can understand that.” –Henry David Thoreau
If you want a woodsy mineral soak that leaves the rich smell of sandalwood on your skin, and the feeling that you have just bathed in the forest, try this bath.
Sandalwood Health Benefits
Sandalwood essential oil comes from a tree of the same name grown in Mysore, India. The oil has a sweet and woodsy scent that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to heal a variety of health conditions. Using sandalwood oil for a massage or in the bath can help to create a balancing and meditative atmosphere, reduce anxiety, restlessness, nervousness, irritability, nervous tension, insomnia and agitation. Its smell is intoxicating, and for many men, sandalwood is believed to boost libido.
Sandalwood has been used to near extinction and the essential oil is prohibitively expensive when sold in its pure form (and it’s even more expensive when it comes from India). For this reason, a similar type of sandalwood from Australia is mixed with either grapeseed or jojoba oils. But using a blended oil is a-ok in the bath, as the jojoba oil will lightly moisturize your skin.
Health Benefits of Aromatic Baths
Aromatic baths have been enjoyed for thousands of years for their ability to promote health, beauty and well being. According to Maribeth Riggs, in her book The Scented Bath, “In the magnificent bathhouses of ancient Rome, costly oils and fragrant unguents were applied before, during, and after the bath; and in parts of the world where bathing with water was not always practical, aromatics alone were employed to cleanse, condition and perfume the skin…Aromatic bathing can affect you in many exquisite ways. Fragrances that are pleasing to the nose can also alter the mood.”
Adding Epsom salts into bathing water can help to relax tired and overworked muscles, de-bloat a puffy belly, and even reduce inflammation in the body.
How to Make the Sandalwood Salt Bath
- 1-2 cups Epsom salts
- 20 drops sandalwood blended with jojoba oil
- 1-2 drops other essential oils (lavender or geranium to wind down; bergamot or peppermint to wind up)
- In a bowl, mix sandalwood oil into the Epsom salt. If Add one to two drops of another essential oil if desired.
- Pour into a hot bath and swirl to mix.
- Hop in and enjoy for at least 10 minutes.
Wishing you magical bathing rituals. xo Andrea