The Art Of Bathing

Nourishing Mama Mission Three ~

How have you been?  Feeling a bit more centered and relaxed?  I hope so!  A few weeks of claiming sacred time for myself and practicing conscious thoughts of gratitude upon waking have done so much for me.

This third pursuit of the Nourishing Mama Mission promises to be my favorite so far, the art of bathing.

I love baths.  I love water and how it has the power to wash away everything, absolutely everything.  Stress, dirt, illness, concerns and on and on…  One of my teacher’s at herb school told us that water is very accepting and healing.  He said that when sitting by a stream you can ask the water to take away your worries, and it will.  Having tried this, I can attest that water will do this for you, even when you are in the tub.  As the water drains from the tub ask it to take away your pain, your cares and give thanks to the water.

All the Elements are present in the bath ~


Surrounding, cleansing and supporting, it is truly magical and healing.


It is Fire that heats the water and the soul.


Our plant allies become part of the bath whether in the form of herbs or essential oils, they add their special properties and healing.


A deep breath is instigated by the deep warmth of water and by the fragrance of the plants.

Breathing deeply centers and calms the spirit.


This is you, this is me, bringing ourselves to the moment.  To be healed and nourished.

V Candle

Most of the mammas I know would agree that taking time for a bath is really taking out some time for yourself.  It means a lot to close that door on the world, slip into a warm fragrant tub and rest there undisturbed.  Can you find sometime to do this for yourself?  At least once a week?  Give it a try and see how you feel.

Here is my favorite no fuss recipe for making a healing, relaxing bath ~

Fill your tub with warm to hot water and add:

  • 1 to 2 cups of relaxing Epsom salts, depending on the size of your tub
  • 6 to 10 drops of beautiful cleansing lavender essential oil

Have a big glass of cool water nearby to sip and bring a good book with you to read, if you so wish.  Get in and relax, let go and know the water will wash away anything you no longer need or want.

More essential oil blends for the bath ~

  • Awakens the brain while also providing relaxation: 4 drops each rosemary and lavender 
  • Great for easing stress and fatigue at the start of menstruation:  5 drops of clary sage and 3 of lavender
  • Soothes mental fatigue and anger, plus smells divine: 4 drops cardamom and 4 drops ylang ylang
  • For easing stress and when you need a bit of happiness: 5 drops rose geranium, 3 drops orange  & 3 drops lavender

Note:  Whenever possible add a big handful of Epsom salts to your bath which help to relax muscles and draw out toxins plus so much more, they are magical!

Look for more delicious bath recipes in the coming days.  I know it will be hard for me, but I will research and try every recipe to give us all more wonderful ways to enjoy the art of bathing.

Blessings and Love!

Bath Blends To Try: 

Minty Mint Bath

Soothing Herbal Bath For Irritated Muscles & Nerves

Rosy Oatmeal Bath

Candy Cane Bath Salts

More Nourishing Mama Mission…

Mama On A Mission ~ Introduction

Nourishing Mama Mission One ~ Cultivating Sacred Space 

Nourishing Mama Mission Two ~ Attitude of Gratitude ~ The Start of the Day

Nourishing Mama Mission Four ~ Herbal Infusions, Healthful Simplicity

Shared On:  Time For A Party!, Wildcrafting Wednesday, Wednesday Wonderings

Image Credit: Morgue File (photos 1 -5)

Categories: Bathing, Mama Care And Empowerment, Natural Family Care, Nourishing Mama Mission, Parenting, Practices For Intentional Living | Tags: , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

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12 thoughts on “The Art Of Bathing

  1. I love taking baths but we only have one bathtub and it is in the boys’ bathroom. I feel I have to clean the bathroom some so I can stand it and scoop out all their bath toys before relaxing and sometimes it is just too much work. I do, however, love long hot showers and find myself inspired and relaxed under the flow of that water. Some of my best ideas for writing come from taking a shower. 🙂

    • Oh boy, I love showers too! I can totally understand that having to do all the prep work for a bath can take the fun out of it! Happily the shower is a lovely place too! Thanks for visiting!

  2. What a lovely topic for a blog post. I’m right there…. 😉 Rose

  3. Kathleen

    I Love taking Baths. Not only does it help me to de-stress and relax but also detoxifies. I wouldn’t be able to go without a bath for me time!

  4. Sustain, Create and Flow

    You inspire me to take a sweet Saturday afternoon bath! Thanks for sharing this on Wildcrafting Wednesday and we hope to see you back next week 🙂

  5. I haven’t tried the oils but the Epsom salts does work on tired muscles. Thanks for some interesting information to add to my next bath. We have a tub, but I take showers usually. Okay tub, here goes!

  6. I love this ! I need to get some Epsom salts and essential oils! I love the “recipes”!

    Thank you so much for sharing this on Wednesday Wanderings!

  7. Thanks for linking up at the Wednesday Wanderings link-up! Makes me want to jump into a warm bath and relax!

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