Soothing mineral baths for an inner and outer glow

By Kay Wagner LMP, CPT | Feb 02, 2011

Are you feeling the need for some TLC and rejuvenation?  We often forget how simple and yet blissful a good soak can be.  Here are quick ways to create a luxurious, pampering spa at home.

Winter Salvation Bath Salts:

Three cups Epsom salt, two cups each baking soda and sea salt.  Mix together with 10 drops oil of peppermint and 15 drops eucalyptus oil.  Store in an airtight container.  Scoop two cups into your bath.

This blend eases sore muscles, nourishes your body with minerals and leaves your skin silky smooth. 

You can also make the salt blend unscented and then add essential oils directly to your tub.

Experiment with aromatherapy! 

Choose one or two of the following therapeutic oils:      

• For relaxation:  Lavender, rosemary, orange blossom (neroli), ylang-ylang.
• To lift the spirits:  Lemongrass, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, lavender.
• To energize:  Peppermint, eucalyptus, lime, lemon, grapefruit.
• For sore muscles and cold symptoms:  Eucalyptus, rosemary, sage, peppermint.
• For toning and slimming; Grapefruit, lemongrass, juniper, sage.

• Deep forest fragrance:  Pine needle, spruce, juniper, rosemary.

When you introduce a new herbal oil, start with three drops in the tub to see how your skin tolerates it.  The next time add six to 10 drops, according to your personal taste.

These are my favorite blends: peppermint and eucalyptus.  Orange with grapefruit or lemon.  Lavender and rosemary.  Rosemary and Pine needle.  Rose.

Now light your candles, and draw a very warm bath that’s not so hot that it saps your energy.  Cover your chest or knees with a towel to keep warm if your tub is small.  

Salt Glow Scrub:

Pour a tablespoon of sea salt onto your washcloth and massage in circular motions. For suds, try adding a squirt of bath gel.  Leaves you shining clean and invigorated.  

Massage your face and neck with honey, aloe gel or moisture mask with light patting and smooth upward strokes.  

Bath time Yoga Facelift:

Eye circles lift and firm the muscles around your eyes and energize computer-weary eyes. Let your eyes follow three large, slow circles made with your index finger.  Blink a few times and repeat to the opposite direction. Breathe deeply and repeat.

Blow a kiss Marilyn Monroe style!

Light up your eyes while softly blowing kisses to help create firmer lips and chin, and to lift your spirits.  Picture your loved ones as you’re sending love out into the world.

Inner Beauty Meditation:

Breathe deeply and visualize the most beautiful scene you can imagine.   Perhaps a place in nature, inspiring art or an imaginary paradise.  Observe sensory details such as sight, taste, smell, touch and sound. Look in wonder at your beautiful surroundings.  

Now imagine that this beauty is being reflected out from your eyes.  Let your face radiate out this beauty.  Inhale the clean natural fragrance.  Draw in deep breaths of this incredible beauty.  Exhale sending your beauty back out into the world.

Drink two glasses of filtered water or herbal tea during your luxurious soak.

When you leave the bath, massage your body with lotion or body oil to which you’ve added a few drops of your desired essential oils.  

Dry skin?  Use a moist washcloth to massage jojoba or massage oil into your skin.  Then massage hands and feet with vitamin E and protective cream. Then seal in moisture by sleeping in cotton gloves and socks.

Afterwards, warm, fragrant and relaxed, you can enjoy your evening or fall into bed and have pleasant dreams.

Kay Wagner LMP & NASM Certified Personal Trainer, specializes in BABYBOOMERS, leading Yoga, Pilates, Free weights & Fit-ball.  Her popular classes are held at Rosehill Community Center and in her studio overlooking the mountains and water, at 828 2nd St. in Mukilteo. Please call 425-353-4545. Learn more at


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