Not only does taking a scented warm bath help reset the nervous system for sleep, it can also be deeply healing for unraveling emotional processes, especially when approached consciously.
To turn your next bathing experience into a decadent ritual, start by gathering your ritual objects. A few of my favorite objects are beeswax candles, organic bath salts, sesame oil, and essential oils such as frankincense, myrrh, lavender, honeysuckle, chamomile, neroli, or pure rose.
You can also prepare a “Five Nectars Bath”: Combine 2 tablespoons honey, 1 cup yogurt, 1 banana (mashed), 1/4 cup sesame oil, and 2 cups whole organic milk and mix until consistent throughout. Add to a warm bath and soak for at least 20 minutes. Light candles. Play healing music. Once in the bath, feel free to anoint your body with any of the other essential oils (a few drops on your pulse points will do), and allow any stress from the day to peel away. Tears may come and that’s a good thing! Let it out in the bath.
Katie Silcox is the author of the upcoming book, "Healthy, Happy, Sexy - Ayurveda Wisdom for Modern Women". She's a vinyasa yoga teacher, Ayurvedic practitioner, contributor to Yoga Journal, and a senior teacher within the Sri-Vidya ParaYoga lineage under Yogarupa Rod Stryker.
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