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Home Treatments from our Alchemy Bar: Part 2

Especially for #AtHomeWithSixSenses, Six Senses Director of Training (Spas) Tammy Dent shares her hero bathing rituals.

Some of the earliest descriptions of Western bathing practices came from Greece. In Greek mythology it was specified that certain natural springs and tidal pools were blessed by the Gods to cure disease.

On her travels as an International Trainer, Tammy has experienced everything from traditional Turkish Hammams to the Japanese Onsen, hot springs in New Zealand and traditional bathhouses in Germany. One of her favorites is the Russian Banya. We may not have all these sophisticated facilities at home, but we can all create beautiful bathing rituals. If you don’t have a bathtub at home, even a cold shower in the morning is well known as an effective bio hack that not only wakes us up and stimulates our blood circulation, but also strengthens our immune and nervous systems.

Let’s begin with a bath salt recipe that can be used in both the bath and the shower. Our hero ingredients for bath salts are 1) Epsom salts, which are rich in magnesium easing muscle tension and arthritic pain, aiding sleep and leaving the skin soft and smooth. 2) Baking soda is wonderful for easing skin irritation, such as eczema, psoriasis and even nappy rash. It also offers a gentle detoxification and boosts the immune system.

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Basic bath salts

  • 1 cup Dead Sea Salt
  • ¼ cup Epsom Salts
  • ¼ cup Baking Soda
  • 1 tbsp Pink French Clay
  • 15 drops Blend of Sweet Orange, Ylang Ylang, Neroli or Damask Rose
  • Dried flowers of Chamomile, Lavender, Lemon Verbena or Linden Blossom

Feel free to substitute ingredients with those you have in your pantry.

Mix all ingredients together. If using in the shower, dampen skin with warm water before using the salts as a body scrub. If used in the bath, scrub skin with the salts using small, circular movements before lying back and soaking in the tub. For best results, indulge for at least 20 minutes to allow maximum penetration of all the beneficial minerals.

Bath tea bags

Green tea (5 – 10 tea bags) is known for its powerful antioxidants, promising a great detox. Chamomile tea is also a good option to calm and soothe before bedtime. Sliced ginger added to warm water also offers a stimulating, detoxifying bath. It encourages sweating thereby achieving a similar benefit to that of a sauna.

We can also make our own bath tea bags. This is a great gift idea and makes the cleaning of our bath very easy! We use raw oats, which is another good base for bath soaks. It is a wonderful addition for dry or itchy skin. Oats help to soothe eczema, psoriasis and acne, and they lighten and brighten the skin. In this recipe we use fractionated coconut oil, which is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-parasitic and anti-fungal … a superb addition that can be used regularly as a soak on its own.

  • 1 cup Raw Oats
  • 1 cup Dried Rose Petals
  • ½ cup Himalayan Salt Crystals
  • 25ml Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 5 drops Calming Essential Oil

Mix the oats and rose petals together. Add the Himalayan Salts for the added mineral content if desired. This recipe is best suited for somebody with a dry, sensitive skin. We therefore add a conservative amount of essential oil to the coconut oil and choose safe, calming options, such as Lavender, Chamomile, Rose or Bergamot. Mix all ingredients thoroughly and spoon into a cotton or organza bag. Allow yourself to drift into bliss as these beautiful ingredients seep into the warm water …

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Bathe like Cleopatra

Saving my best until last, here’s a decadent recipe using milk powder as a luxurious base. It’s no surprise that Cleopatra prized a milk bath as her famed beauty secret. Milk is rich in lactic acid that gently exfoliates the skin, leaving it soft and silky.

  • 1 cup Coconut Milk Powder
  • ¼ cup Epsom Salts
  • ¼ cup Baking Soda
  • 25 ml Jojoba Oil
  • 5 drops Oud Essential Oil
  • 3 drops Jasmine Essential Oil
  • 3 drops Rose Essential Oil
  • Generous sprinkling of flower petals

Mix the dry ingredients together. Blend the essential oils in the carrier oil before adding it to the elixir. Include beautiful flower petals as the final touch!

When we create a nurturing bathing ritual at home we can complement with the following vital ingredients:

  • Candles – it’s a good idea to light a candle with an intention for your bath, be it for relaxation, visualization or meditation. Also pay attention to the color and aroma of your candle ensuring it matches your intention. For example, you may choose a white candle for purification or a pink candle for self-care.
  • Crystals – these can be intentionally placed in the bath water or around your bath once again complementing your intention.
  • Sound – you may be craving silence, or you could opt for a guided meditation or healing binaural beats to bring about deep relaxation.
  • Refreshments – To stay hydrated, sip on cool, infused water. Other situations may call for herbal tea or glass of bubbly!

Try to deny your computer or mobile phone entry into the bathroom to enjoy the full benefits of the experience (Cleopatra never took Insta shots from her bath). Detox from your digital but feel free to keep a journal close by as many people say they have the best ideas in the bath!

When you’re ready to let the water out, imagine any negative energy leaving your body and going down the drain along with the bath water. Taking the time for a healing bathing ritual will serve to relax your body, still your mind, uplift the emotions and delight your spirit.

Before you leave our Alchemy Bar, check out Tammy’s home hair and face masks.

And you can join Tammy Dent every Friday @SixSensesSpas (for the foreseeable future) for the latest Alchemy Bar tips on Facebook Live at 8:00 am New York time, 1:00 pm UK time and 7:00 pm Bangkok time.

Follow @SixSensesHotelsReportsSpas @SixSensesSpas #AtHomeWithSixSenses for the full schedule.


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