Like the wise Hippocrates rightly said, “The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day”. I often propagate the benefits of aromatic baths in my classes and lectures. Whether it is an achy body, creaking joints, stuffy nose or a heavy head, a warm and comforting dip can boost your circulation and relax your muscles almost instantly. Aromatic baths can also heal respiratory problems, skin disorders and dryness.Not only do these baths release toxins from your body, they also cleanse your mind and soul.
Aromatic baths have been found to be very helpful in inducing a restful sleep and alleviating symptoms of chronic depression.
Not long ago, during winter, I caught a cold that just refused to go away. The essential oils that I used would provide momentary relief from the congestion but I would wake up coughing again at night. My physician thought it was a virus and advised me to let things take their own course.
Four weeks had passed and I could feel no improvement in my condition – that’s when I realized that I had been so focused on treating my symptoms that I completely missed looking at the problem from a holistic angle!
I remembered the words of Dr Kurt Schnaubelt: “Aromatherapy is not directed exclusively at bacteria, which are not even the cause of the problem, but addresses the circumstances that led to a depressed immune system.”
That evening, I trusted my intuition and chose Frankincense, Jasmine and Palo Santo. I mixed 4 drops of each one with 2 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons of lime juice, both of which are natural cleansers. I immersed myself in the bath, took deep breaths and let the oils work on me, inside out. The combined scent of the three oils was divine and I could feel their healing powers gently embracing me. I slept beautifully that night and the next morning, my chest was clear and the cough was gone – for good!
Why do I think this blend worked?Frankincense Essential Oil: A natural healer, Frankincense heals both physical and emotional wounds. It uplifts the spirit and acts as a tonic for stressed nerves. In case of congestion, the oil helps open up the chest and facilitate deeper breathing.
Jasmine Essential Oil: An all-round soul-soother, Jasmine heals the heart, calms the nerves, alleviates anxiety and combats depression. It stimulates the senses and acts as an effective remedy for coughs and chest infections.
Palo Santo Essential Oil: With its deep and strong aroma, Palo Santo is used in some South American cultures to cleanse the aura and purify the spirit. It clears the mind and is also a potent antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent. While essential oils can provide instant relief from symptoms, do not overlook the underlying causes of your illness deep within your soul. A “ritual bath” is often the answer to intrinsic problems that need holistic healing.