Sunday, 18 January 2015

"There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them." - Sylvia Plath

I've been fighting strep throat since Friday. Knowingly, anyway, probably. But likely since Wednesday. And I'm sorry to those I've accidentally put in peril with my proximity and hope you didn't immediately put your fingers in your mouth/eyes/ears/nose after coming into contact with me. I can only say that I was also a hapless victim of someone who should have stayed home when they were sick.

I can't complain too much, though. I've binge watched Friends and second-rate horror movies since Thursday night. Today, I finally had the energy to bathe myself. But I was feeling brave - why not actually take a bath?

About a month ago I came across this formula for a detox bath:

2 cups of Epsom salt, 1/2 cup baking soda and 10 drops of lavender oil

This is called the "UltraDetox Bath" as prescribed by a Dr. Hyman (not a joke). I read about him and his entire detox plan on Dr. Oz's website (whom I usually dislike). You can find the rest of those details here. (I attempted his detox and successfully completed one day, book-ending it with double Suzy Q doughnuts)

Despite the failed detox attempt, I did manage to spend all the money on the ingredients for the superfood breakfast smoothie, a new blender (which I actually just over-heated today), and the bath ingredients.

So I set the scene:
- Bath and Body Works Peach Bellini 3-wick candle lit
- a "calm / relaxing / quiet / winter / love" playlist on 8tracks called "cold love" that I am obsessed with
- a couple of magazines and a book set on the toilet, and my phone in another room

I drew the shower curtain, started the water (from the shower head - this is key and you will see why), and poured in my ingredients. As a personal preference, I sometimes put coconut oil in my hair and let it sit for 30 minutes before washing out, I thought this would be a good time to do that. 

Then I  got in. It was the nicest feeling I have ever experienced. It wasn't that "it's-so-hot-it-hurts-and-feels-good-at-the-same-time-feeling" (which I also love) that you can get from a hot tub or a bath faucet (that will quickly dissipate). It was like steam room that doesn't suffocate or blind you. It smelled lovely and was warm all over, not just where the water was running. And because the shower head doesn't fill the water as quickly as from the faucet, I didn't feel guilty about having it on as long as it was. It also felt fun. Like a grown-up relaxing in a private spa and a kid playing in the tub combined. I didn't even read, I just enjoyed the water and the music.

Not too sound too hippy-dippy, but I actually felt like I was giving myself a really great gift. That I can use many times, for under $20.

- essential oil: this is what will set you back the most, it's about $13 for a small bottle (I bought mine in the vegan section of the Real Canadian Superstore but the bottle will last a while
- epsom salts are not very expensive
- nor is baking soda.
- Bath and Body Works candle (optional): if you're smart, you will wait to get the  when they have 3 for $33. But any candle will do.

After about a half-hour or so I drained the tub and went about my regular showering procedure. I feel as rejuvenated as one can for being on antibiotics. And my skin has never been so soft. Someone seriously needs to come here and touch my face.


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