a few pointers to stand you in good stead
A Few Short Words before You Dive in…
As you read through our YOGI TIMES takeover of Mary Muryn’s Water Magic, a compilation of bath recipes from around the world, you may find yourself in need of some exotic ingredients. We have collected resources that will make even a rock from Antarctica available for you – but fortunately, most of what you’ll need is obtainable in your nearest health-food market.
How to Use the Ingredients in Your Bath Recipes
Oil: For the baths containing essential oils you may either use the essence alone, or mix it with a carrier oil (vegetable or nut), honey, or cream. A honey-and-cream bath will have the added benefit of nourishing the skin and giving it a silky feeling. Essential oils do not always dissolve easily in water so mixing them with vegetable oil, honey, or cream will allow them to disperse in the water and be properly absorbed by your skin.
We recommend pouring the oils into the bath after you have been in it long enough to adjust to the temperature. If you pour the oils directly into running tap water, they tend to quickly evaporate.
Bach Flower Remedies: These are natural preparations made from the healing essences of flowering plants and trees. These remedies were discovered, researched, and written about sixty years ago by noted English scientist and physician Dr. Edward Bach. They dissolve easily in water, which makes them delightful to use for baths.
As with the oils, put the drops of Bach Flower Remedies into the water after the tub is filled, gently stirring the water with your hands to disperse the essence into the bath.
Homeopathic Remedies: The form of homeopathic remedy recommended by Mary Muryn is a pellet. They dissolve quickly in warm water.
Herbs, Spices, and Flowers: Whenever an ingredient calls for “steeping” we suggest bringing a pot of water to a boil on the stove and allowing the ingredients to gently simmer for twenty minutes, making sure the water doesn’t boil again. Then add the steeped contents to your tub.
One word of caution: don’t steep herbs, spices, or flowers in aluminium. Use only ceramic, glass, or metal containers, to avoid altering the therapeutic value of the essence.
We hope you thoroughly enjoy our rendition of Mary Muryn’s Water Magic and hope it leads you further down the mystical path of bathing experiences.
Stay tuned for further recipes, and follow the link for more of Mary’s alchemy!