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Ahhh THAT FEELS BETTER!

Sore achy muscles or joints? Too much of a weekend warrior? Work is stressing you to the max? Can't stop itching since your hike in the woods? Feeling sluggish and just not up to par? I have a simple and inexpensive solution.

Take a bath. But not just any bath. A BETTER BATH! Enjoy the benefits of a healing bath right in your own home with some simple additions that can benefit your body, mind and soul. EPSOM SALTS: Grandmother knew best when she suggested this time tested solution to sore muscles. The salts are chocked full of magnesium and sulfates, all of which have muscle relaxing and detoxifying properties. This makes them a great addition to your bath after an especially physical workout in the gym, outdoors or around the house. AROMATHERAPY: Adding seven to ten drops of a high quality essential oil to a tablespoon of olive or almond oil and dispensing it into your bath water can work amazing results on different levels depending on the oil. For suggestions and pre-caustions visit http://diybathrecipes.com/warning.php. All oils are not for everyone....especially pregnant or nursing women, people with high blood pressure or epilepsy. GINGER: This natural root is warming, detoxifying and soothing for the entire body, and especially the joints, as well as your mood. In a pint jar, steep a handful of grated or thinly sliced fresh peeled ginger root in boiling water for at least 10 minutes. Add this mixture directly to your bath water. MILK: Following in the footsteps of Cleopatra, try a milk bath. This is particularly beneficial for anyone with dry itchy skin or skin issues. Why milk? It is the lactic acid and the alpha hydroxy acids in the milk that smooths and soothes the skin by act as an exfoliating agent. So warm up 1/2 gallon of whole milk and add it to your bath. However, the smell may put you off so think chocolate. No not to eat, but add cocoa to the milk while it heats and you have a chocolate dream bath. Note...be sure to shower off after this bath so you don't smell like rancid milk. OATMEAL: Not only will it "stick to your ribs" but it can be used to treat itchy skin. From insect bites and poison ivy, to eczema and psoriasis, adding a little ordinary rolled oats, that have been ground into a fine powder, into your daily bath can bring quick relief to your irritated skin. After using a blender or food processor to make the powder, measure out 2 cups and add to your bathwater. This bath can be taken up to 3 times a day if needed. With each of these baths you want a nice warm temperature, but not hot, and to soak for a minimum of 20 - 30 minutes. So get comfy. Bring along a bottle of water, an inflatable waterproof pillow and maybe a good book. Afterwards, pat the skin dry rather than rubbing it. There now, doesn't that feel better?

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