2nd December

I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. - Charles Dickens

Hibiscus Bath Salts Recipe

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I am such a believer in detox baths that they really deserve a blog post all of their own (it’s on my to-do list for the New Year!)

 

Why you may ask? Well, they are a great way to draw toxins out, and a way to add extra good stuff back in. According to Dr. Hazel Parcells, 65% of body cleansing is achieved via the skin! And as I write in the “Don’t Just Eat Food” chapter in my book,

 

“Your skin is the largest organ of your body and since it is porous, it absorbs whatever you put on it… Use the fact that skin is so absorbent to your advantage. The healing benefits of many foods can be gained by simply applying it to the skin: for example, onions or garlic in your little one’s socks at night will help fights colds and flu, as will oreganum oil; and, a few drops of aromatherapy oils in the bath can be used for a wide variety of complaints.” I should have added in there that the nutritional benefits of certain foods (that your little one may not want to eat), can be gained simply by adding them to his/her bath – seaweed for example 🙂

 

Using baths to detoxify the body is a practice that has been used since ancient times. Hippocrates often used “bath therapy,” also called “balneotherapy,” for healing because he believed detoxification was the primary way to heal
the body.



Detox baths are also a healthy serving of Soul Food! For those of you who have read my book, you will know that my holistic health philosophy is that “no amount of good food can nourish a starving soul”.

 

So take some “me time”, run yourself a delicious bath, let go of the bad stuff, and welcome in the good stuff. (And what a great gift to give to others too – permission to pamper!)

Mila's Meals Hibisucs Bsth Salts Recipe

Key: gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, grain-free, egg-free, paleo, vegetarian, for adults too 🙂

Makes 3 x 500ml jars (with a little extra for yourself if you are giving these as gifts)

INGREDIENTS

(t. = teaspoon; T. = tablespoon, C. = cup)

 

INGREDIENTS

 

  • 4 C. Epsom Salts
  • 1 C. Bicarbonate of Soda* (optional – see note below)
  • 1/2 C.  Himalayan Salt
  • 1/2 C. Hibiscus Dried Flowers / Hibiscus Tea Leaves
  • 40 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, or Rose Essential Oil**
  • 8 drops Neroli Essential Oil**
  • 3 x 500ml glass jars for packaging

METHOD

 

  1. Pour the Epsom salts, bicarbonate of soda (if using) and salt into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Drop in the essential oils.
  3. Stir well to combine.
  4. Add the hibiscus leaves and stir gently so they don’t break into pieces. (Mila does not like “bits” in her food or bath 🙂 )
  5. Scoop the salts into clean glass jars and seal tightly.
  6. Tie a spoon, a homemade card, a bunch of flowers or other decorations on with some twine.

*Optional Bicarbonate of Soda

 

The hibiscus flowers will turn the bath water pink/red BUT including bicarbonate of soda in the mix will turn the water blue/purple 🙂 So which will it be? Pink or Blue?

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Why not play magician with your kids? Make the bath salts without the bicarb, then once they are in the bath and the water has turned red, sprinkle in some bicarb, say “Abra Cadabra” and watch the water turn blue 🙂

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(If you choose not to add the bicarb in this recipe, add another cup of Epsom salts so you can still fill 3 jars.)

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**A note about essential oils

 

Essential oils are powerful! Essential oils in the bath are not recommended for babies under 3 months. A single drop is enough for an older baby or toddler’s bath and two or three drops can be added to the bath of a child 2 to 5 years in a full-size bathtub. No more than 4 drops for children 5-12 years. The amount of oils used in this recipe is for adult bath salts. If you would like to make some for you little ones, make a batch with only 12 drops of oil in total.

 

Some oils are not considered safe for use on children. The oils used in this recipe are all safe. Remember to keep your oils out of reach of curious toddlers!

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Health benefits

 

For those of you who have my book and have seen the glossary, you will know that I am fascinated by the “what” and “why” of ingredients – what they do for you and why you should use them.

 

 

EPSOM SALTS

 

Epsom salts are a combination of minerals, primary of which is magnesium sulfate. Magnesium is essential for multiple body functions but many (if not most) of us are deficient due to poor farming practices and soil quality – meaning we are getting less of it from our food. Bathing in Epsom salts allows the body to absorb magnesium through the skin.

 

There is a long list of benefits of (and need for) magnesium.

 

Magnesium:

 

  • Plays a role in more than 300 enzyme reactions within your body,
  • Vital for the growth and maintenance of teeth and bones,
  • Maintains healthy blood sugar levels,
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Eases muscle pain (and growing pains)
  • Promotes development and functioning of a healthy heart and nervous system.
  • Magnesium sulfate strengthens the body’s own detoxification methods and opens up primary detoxification pathways
  • Helps eliminate heavy metals from the body
  • Increases the body’s ability to eliminate toxins through the digestive tract
  • Increases the production of digestive enzymes
  • Magnesium is the anti-anxiety mineral and promotes peaceful sleep

 

 

 

HIBISCUS FLOWERS

 

Recognized in many cultures as a medicinal plant and so very beautiful!

 

Hibiscus flowers (as a tea or in the bath):

 

  • Balance blood pressure and blood sugar,
  • Control cholesterol,
  • Boost immunity,
  • Nourish the skin:
    • Hibiscus is rich in vitamin C and very nourishing for the skin, which is why it has been used for centuries as a natural beauty product),
    • Hibiscus is both moisturising and astringent, and this combination makes it suitable for treating skin conditions like eczema and rashes,
  • Help to normalise the menstruation cycle (For this reason, it is advisable to avoid hibiscus tea during pregnancy, as there is a risk that it could cause miscarriage.)
  • Relieve constipation,
  • Detoxify and protect the liver
  • Calm the nerves
  • Relieves fatigue

 

 

BICARBONATE OF SODA / BAKING SODA

 

Baking soda is a very alkalizing product, so soaking in a bath containing it can help alkalize an overly acidic body system. It is also helpful for reversing the toxicity of radiation absorbed from cell phones, pad devices, computers, microwaves, televisions, x-rays and other medical scans, etc. Baking soda also softens the skin.

 

 

SALT

 

Himalayan pink crystal salt, cleanses toxins from your body and helps to release the heavy metals stored in your body’s tissues. It also soothes dry or irritated skin, and eases sore or stiff joints.

 

 

ROSE OIL

 

Rose Oil boosts self esteem, confidence, and mental strength and relieves anxiety.

 

 

YLANG YLANG OIL

 

Ylang Ylang oil helps balance hormones, promotes healthy skin and hair, lifts mood, relives anxiety, aids digestion.

 

 

NEROLI OIL

 

Neroli oil eases emotional tension and promotes beautiful skin.

 

 

There are so many amazing oils to choose from, each with their own benefits.

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Ta da!

Be sure to come back to our advent calendar tomorrow to open another surprise 🙂

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