How to do a Herbal Spa in Balinese Style at Home

Relaxing in a warm herbal spa…

after full body massage and body scab was my favorite way to get full body skin care and in Ubud. Most people who travel in Bali use to get the bath full of flower petals, but I think herbal bath is far more beneficial and healing.  Now back to Sydney, I start missing badly whole pampering experience.

Here is the simple ways how to indulge a Bali-style herbal spa at home without going too far away.

A good bath herb should be tonic to the skin and relaxing or stimulating to the mind. Aromatic herbs that contain essential oils is way to go, and its what Balinese good spa retreats will offer you.

Bath salts make an everyday bath into a sweet and sensual, delightful hydrotherapy session. Use 3 parts Epsom salt to 2 parts baking soda as a base and add essential oils to customize your bath experience or look my older posts for DIY bath salt tips.

When adding the essential oils to the hot bath, wait until the water has stopped running, so they don’t evaporate. You can dilute the oils in a base oil or honey, or add them neat, using a total of 10 to 14 drops per bath as a general rule. When using fresh herbs, put them in a muslin bag. To soften skin and remove impurities, dissolve 1 cup of Epsom salts in the bath water.

When using dry herbs – use bath bags. They can be as simple as an old nylon sock or a piece of muslin tied up with a string. Any water permeable bag will do – stuff it full of aromatic dried herbs and let it infuse in the warm water.

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BODY HERBAL SPA: Aromatic spa with dry or fresh herbs and essential oils are an important part of finishing the Balinese massage, benefiting both the body and the mind aspects of conditions such as stress, troubled skin, tiredness and arthritis. If using essential oils, use only a few drops to avoid irritation and burning sensations.

  • Relaxing spa are a great sleep aid. For a sedative effect in the bath, use valerian, lemon balm, marjoram, lavender, hop, passion flower, sweet Melissa, sandalwood, or bergamot essential oil. Chamomile is also good for relaxing tired, achy muscles.
  • Rosemary, peppermint, lemon, and mandarin essential oils are good additions for a stimulating HERBAL SPA. Invigorating baths improve the circulation and aid digestion. Try using a herbal salt scrub for added benefits such as smooth skin.Powdered milk may be added to the bath as a moisturizer. Add two tablespoons of olive oil and a few drops of rose or jasmine oil, too. Any fine vegetable or nut oil may be used in the bath. Almond oil, avocado oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, walnut oil, and grapeseed oil are all excellent additions for moisturizing the skin.
  • For dry, flaky skin try scrubbing with an oatmeal sachet. Just tie up a good portion of oatmeal in a clean cloth. Gentle rubbing will get rid of dead skin especially on the elbows, thighs, and hips. Exfoliation is a great way to get a younger looking skin.
  • To stimulate healthy skin growth, add sage, parsley, sandalwood, or thyme essential oil (along with vegetable oil) to a warm bath. These oils have antioxidant properties that help heal and repair the skin.
  • For arthritis or joint soreness, use fresh sage, lavender flowers, and bay leaves. Steep in boiling water for three minutes and then simmer gently for fifteen minutes. Strain into bath and try to relax while taking slow, deep breaths. This technique is a great pain reliever. For added relieve sip willow or oak bark tea immediately before or during bath.
  • For tension headache, panic attacks, or stress related problems try adding frankincense and chamomile essential oil to the bath. Combine with olive or peach kernel oil for added benefits.
  • Use of essential oils in the bath (or in massage) helps improve lymphatic drainage and blood flow. Toxins and cellular debris are more quickly cleared from the body resulting in improved health and vitality.

FOOT HERBAL SPA: The many blood vessels in the feet are able to carry the herbal or aromatic remedy all over the body.  Foot spa are used to treat everything from the flu to varicose veins. Submerge both feet in a deep enough container so that water goes up to the calves. A cold foot bath can relieve headache and insomnia. Alternating hot and cold water helps improve circulation. Try soaking in hot water for two minutes, then cold water for one minute. Repeat 10 times. To ward off colds and flu add strong mustard, freshly grated ginger, or horseradish to foot bath and soak twenty minutes.

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