Want to sweat out some toxins? Soothe your tired yoga stretched muscles? Clear your sniffles?
Mustard, one of the oldest and most widely used spices is your go-to zest. Mustard baths are a traditional remedy in England– used for the treatment of colds, stress, fatigued and achy muscles, fever and congestion. Mustard has been known to stimulate the sweat glands, opening the pores and helping the body rid itself of toxins. When this happens, circulation is improved, congestion is relieved and pain is eased.
In Ayurvedic Medicine, according to Dr. Singha, “Mustard Baths have been traditionally used for detoxification and purification. In many parts of the world Mustard is well-known for its therapeutic value when used in a bath, helping to increase circulation, oxygenation and the elimination of toxins. The outward application contributes to general well-being by activating the largest organ of elimination in the body: THE SKIN and helping to reduce the toxic load stored in tissues throughout the body”.
In addition to mustard powder is the use of essential oils. The essential oils of wintergreen or peppermint, eucalyptus, and rosemary are used for their therapeutic benefits to help reduce nerve pain, assist breathing and provide general antiseptic properties.
Ingredients to make 4 baths:
• 1 cup salt
• 1 cup baking soda
• 1/4 cup mustard powder
• 6 drops wintergreen or peppermint essential oil
• 6 drops rosemary essential oil
• 6 drops eucalyptus essential oil
Place all of the ingredients in a storage jar and whisk together. I love using the weck canning jars in either the mold jars or the tulip style jars. I used the 1/5 liter mold jars because I like making smaller batches of this mustard bath and this storage jar works well. Add 4 Tablespoons to a running bath and swish around to disperse the powder. For a foot soak, use 1-2 Tablespoons.
Warning: Mustard baths are definitely an early to bed potion! Avoid taking one before you host a big dinner party…
In a large non-reactive bowl combine the salts, mustard powder, powdered milk and baking soda. Use a whisk to get rid of any clumps and ensure that the ingredients are well incorporated. Add essential oils. Start with 12 drops of each scent, then whisk. Continue adding the oils (a few drops at a time then whisking) until the bath salts reach the desired level of scent.
Store salts in an air-proof container and use within three months. Add 1/4 cup (or more, if desired) to your bath while running the water and combine.”
While the bath water is running add approximately 1/4 cup of my mustard bath mixture. Make sure that the temperature is warm, not scorching. As the tub is filling and before getting in, I recommend using a natural bristle brush to dry brush your body. Dry brushing helps exfoliate skin, eliminate toxins and open your pores. With gentle strokes brush your entire body, always in the direction of your heart (which follows lymphatic flow). Light a few candles, grab a glass of water or herbal tea, play some music and enjoy! Soak for 15-20 minutes. After bathing take a brief cool shower to rinse your body. Dry off, moisturize skin (coconut oil is great for this) and put on some comfy clothes. Do not soak longer than 20 min in a hot tub, could be dangerous for the heart.
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