There’s nothing more relaxing than a retreat to the ocean. You float in the water feeling a sense of calm and good vibes. The reason why the ocean is so relaxing is because of the salt! Madisyn Taylor, author of UNMEDICATED, shares how to replicate the ocean in your bath tub for the perfect spa night.
Water is sacred. Entire books have been written about sacred bathing, and the power and energy that water transmits. Water plays a very important part in my life. I grew up in Seattle with a view of the water—I saw it every day. Now that I live in California, I can drive to the ocean in about five minutes, which is bliss for me. For a while, I didn’t live near water, so we installed a saltwater swimming pool and designed it to look like a water feature. Even when it was too cold to swim, it was still nice to gaze upon.
Some of my greatest writing moments have come when I have been in the bathtub; that’s why I always keep a journal next to it. There are shower people and bath people, and I am of the latter, much preferring a soak in a tub of perfectly warm water with a concoction of my favorite essential oils and salts. If I ever feel like I am getting sick with the flu or a cold, I turn to the bathtub immediately, filling it with remedies and the hottest water I can tolerate, giving the virus little chance to take hold.
There is another way bathing can assist in healing us besides chasing away common illness: it cleanses the auric field. The aura, or electric field, is like an energetic blanket surrounding the body. (If you doubt that you have an aura, you should know that the colors of the aura can be detected by a method called Kirlian photography.) It is the aura that first meets with energies from the outside, and it is often where healers can first spot illness or emotional trauma. Auras also get bogged down with the energy we pick up in daily life, especially if we have been out in a crowd or have deep emotional healing work to do.
A simple cleanse I like to do to help clear and balance my electrical field is a bath filled with Epsom salt, sea salt, and apple cider vinegar (the recipe follows). For the sea salt, you don’t need to use an expensive variety infused with oils; in fact, I suggest you use plain sea salt. I like to get my sea salt from the bulk bin at the healthfood store. But if you don’t want to smell too much like a salad, feel free to add some essential oils.
It is important to get your entire body wet, including your head and hair, and while you are soaking for twenty minutes, keep at least your body in the bath while your head remains above water. I like to take this bath at night, not rinsing afterward and showering the next morning. Two pounds of salt may seem like a lot, but Mother Nature knows what she is doing. There is a reason the ocean is so cleansing—all that salt!
Energy-Field Cleansing Bath
1 pound Epsom Salt
1 pound sea salt
1 cup apple cider vinegar
Optional: lavender essential oil or other scent
Add the ingredients to a tub of warm water and soak for twenty minutes or more. (I know people who like to take this bath before they go on retreat so they have a really clean energy field. It is also a great bath if you have been around too much outside energy, such as a crowded festival.)
A variety of bath soaks are also available on the market. If you don’t mind getting your bathtub really dirty, a mud bath can be very detoxifying. This is not like a mud bath at a spa where you slip into gooey mud; at-home mud baths involve putting a small amount of mud into your bath, which doesn’t change the consistency of the water too much. Whichever bath you choose, be sure to use it in conjunction with this entire program and not instead of your program. Needless to say, I am a big fan of baths. I often think (or wish) there isn’t anything a bath and a good cup of tea can’t fix.