Thursday, November 26, 2009
Spa Girl says a rosemary infused bath fixes almost everything!
One of my all time favourite plants for cooking and bathing is rosemary, and as I have said many times, in many different ways, a good bath fixes almost everything. Now if only someone would renovate my bathroom with a jetted soaker tub (preferably copper) I would be in heaven.
On the mend from H1N1 and having some regained energy I decided to dig into that wonderful pail of spa goodies from my friend Indigo and have a decadent rosemary oil body scrub and a hot bath. Oh yes!
Rosemary is known for revival powers, it helps clear the mind and helps with nasal congestion, all good things on the path to recovery. It is known as the herb of remembrance. The plant produces an almost colorless essential oil with a strong, fresh, camphor aroma.
Like a good massage, lightly scrubbing your body in a circular motion with a loofah or textured sponge improves circulation as it cleanses and exfoliates the skin. I always start with my feet and work my way up to hands, arms, shoulders, down the back—you may want help for this area—and then to my tummy towards the heart.
I use one cup of medium Dead Sea salts (not to fine, not to coarse) and 1/2 cup of rosemary oil and mix together in a bowl. Alternatively you can dip your loofah or sponge in the oil then the salts and go from there. I generally stand in the tub because it can be messy. Once I have revitalized my entire body I fill the tub and sink into the hot heavenly smells of the rosemary oil. I also have a few fresh sprigs floating about. The salt will make your skin feel like silk. I then rinse off under the shower and pat dry and use my favourite organic moisturizer—a new woman is born.
Posted by Jann LM Bailey