In Ayurveda, the world’s most ancient holistic healing system, bathing is viewed as an essential and sacred therapeutic activity. The morning bath is therefore an important part of the ayurvedic daily routine.
A leisurely bath relaxes tense muscles, irons out a creased brow, opens clogged pores, restores moisture to the tissues, and adds a healing dimension to your day. It is traditionally done first thing in the mornings.
Cleansing the skin with natural soaps that contain natural oils is a vital part of the bathing ritual.
Ayurveda honors these natural substances to possess intelligence — the use of them brings the skin "alive" and enhances the skin’s own intelligence. Our cleansing products should not aggravate any of our natural skin’s functions, especially the coordination between Prana Vata and Vyana Vata, which is the connection between the tactile nerves and the whole nervous system.
The ideal cleansing formulation helps the process of rehydrating the skin so that during the bath or cleansing process the skin can absorb adequate molecules of water into the cells.
Charaka, the ancient ayurvedic healer, calls the outermost layer of the skin udakdhara: udakmeans "water" and dhara is "that which holds." This layer is also called awabhasini — "that which reflects the inner radiance." Harsh cleansers that strip moisture from the skin damage the delicate wisdom that facilitates the reflection of the inner glow, called prabhain ayurveda.
Taking time each day or at least a few times each week is about more than just relaxing and unwinding. Baths help increase lymphatic flow, relax the muscles, remineralize the body, and cleanse the body of emotional energy. To create a sacred bath all you need is a bath tub, epsom salt and 15-20 minutes of your time.
Before your bath is a great time to gently dry brush your skin. If you have sensitive skin, look for silk dry brushes.
Oil your body with coconut or sesame oil before your bath to protect the skin from dehydration. Perform self massage to relieve tension + move lymph.
Add 1 cup of epsom salt to warm bath water along with your favorite essential oils. You can light a candle, put on ambient music and even bring your crystals in with you!
If you don’t have filtered water it is helpful to use a Bath Ball Dechlorinator. We like the ones from Splish Splash.
Enjoy this time to yourself by lighting fragrance-free candles. You can add your own oils to the melted wax, and they will naturally diffuse. This is a great time to practice deep breathing, utilizing the pleasant scents to melt all your worries away.