Balneotherapy – what is it?
It encompasses many aspects of bathing including soaking in mineral enriched waters in natural springs (either hot or cold or both); it may also include massage while in a bath and may also have added extras like clays and essential oils. The water may be hot or cold or both.
While it is not hydrotherapy, the title balneotherapy is basically about bathing in water, and all its variations.
There are many amazing natural springs all over the world, including the incredible pools in Rotorua, New Zealand which have a very high sulphur content, and a very high sulphuric scent too. Nature is a wonderful thing, but if we can’t get to a hot spring once a week, I’ve decided that we can create our own balneotherapy treatment schedule. If you don’t have a bath use a bucket and soak your feet and legs instead. It wont be as fabulous but you’ll be amazed at how much difference it can make.
This regime will:
* relax your muscles
* help your body unwind
* soften and improve the look of your skin
* hydrate your body
* increase flow in your lymphatic system to help rid your body of a build up of toxins
* cleanse and balance your energetic body
* allow your mind to release stress
* allow space for change and creation
Don’t make the bath too hot. It’s better to add more hot water if necessary. Soak for 15 minutes minimum.
Sometimes essential oils can sting the skin when mixed with a hot bath. If you find you feel a bit prickly, then smooth a carrier oil like almond, all over your skin (when you get out of the bath) to disperse the essential oil.
3 Week Balneotherapy Course (In Your own Home)
Week 1 “DETOX” – 2 baths
Try and have the baths a few days apart but if that wont work just do it whenever you can.
To a bath add 2 cups of sea salt either Dead Sea Salt or Celtic Sea Salt
Lavender 6 drops
Juniper 4 drops (add the oils to the salt first)
To a foot bath add 3/4 cup of Dead Sea Salt or Celtic Sea Salt
Lavender 3 drop
Juniper 2 drop
To a bath add 2 cups of magnesium sulphate (Epsom salts)
Eucalyptus 4 drops
Rosewood 6 drops (add the oils to the salt first)
To a foot bath add 3/4 cup of magnesium sulphate
Eucalyptus 2 drop
Rosewood 3 drop
Week 2 “NURTURE” – 2 baths
To a bath add 1 cup of white clay
Rose 3 % 18 drops
Bergamot 4 drops (add the oils to the clay first)
To a foot bath add 1/4 cup of white clay
Rose 3% 9 drops
Bergamot 2 drops
To a bath add 1 can of coconut milk (high fat)
Geranium 6 drops
Marjoram 4 drops (add the oils to the milk first)
To a foot bath add 1/2 can coconut milk
Geranium 3 drops
Marjoram 2 drops
Week 3 “CREATE” – 2 baths
To a bath add a bunch of fresh mixed herbs including coriander, basil, marjoram and thyme. You wont need any essential oils as the oils from the herbs will make an infusion.
To a foot bath add the same bunch, but just a bit less.
** This may be quite stimulating so try not to do it right before bed
To a bath add a 4 or 5 herbal tea bags. It could be plain chamomile, or a relaxing blended tea. If you have loose leaf tea that’s even better, just put it in a stocking, a piece of fine material or a larger infuser.
To a foot bath add the same as above, but just a bit less (2 teabags should be enough)
3 weeks of balneotherapy to nurture your body, open your mind and connect with your spirit.
I’m going to do this course and report on my findings. If you’d like to try it I’d love to hear from you.