Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Spa Girl jumps into a home made Seaweed Bath

Another bath blog—what can I say!

Not only a great way to unwind after a busy day but a nice hot bath is so good for your skin as the waters gently soften, revitalize and cleanse. From cupboard to face, your kitchen is a great source of natural ingredients to soften (yogurt), soothe (oatmeal & cucumber), and invigorate (citrus) to name but a few.

It was in Ireland that I first discovered seaweed baths, now they have become very popular and can be found in spas all around the globe. To my delight one of the baths I visited had take-away seaweed for home use.

It is important when having any type of hot bath to drink lots of water and best to jump in when you have an empty stomach. Seaweed baths are widely-known for there therapeutic value as the seaweed is rich in minerals—calcium, potassium, iodine, iron, magnesium, vitamin A & K.

I now buy seaweed at the health food store and add about 3 to 5 ounces to a very hot bath and let it steep until the water has cooled enough to jump in. Depending on the type of seaweed you buy (kelp, dulse, nori or a combination) you might want to put it into a mesh bag (you can also use old stockings) as you don’t want the seaweed to go down the drain when you empty the tub. Then simply soak until the seaweed gel released into the water starts to dissolve from your skin. Sometimes I will also add a mixture of carrier oil and several drops of my favourite essential oil depending on whether I want to relax or rejuvenate. Make sure to put your head into the water as the gel released from the seaweed is also very good for your hair.

Spa Girl Loves Ireland for so many reasons (seaweed baths & products)

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