Gemstone baths are some of the most healing and luxurious baths, as they combine all the essential ingredients for a great bath with the depth and the healing benefits of gemstones and precious minerals.
These beautiful, artisanal baths are the perfect treat to help rebalance, heal, detox, calm, ground, and are a great way to meditate and connect.
You can either place gemstones into bath water, or add a pre made gemstone elixir (making sure you are stones that are non toxic and water soluble, quartz are usually a safe bet – read our post “how to make a gemstone elixir” for more details). The warm running water helps to capture a “cellular blueprint” of the crystal which can help change or alter the energy of the water, thus creating sensations of calming, grounding, peace, etc. Additionally, try using stones on chakras such as your third eye or brow, heart, solar plexus, or any area you feel could use some TLC (stomach, kidneys, etc.).
Here's our favorite for the month of February:
For when you're feeling under the weather
This bath works like a magnet to help pull toxins out of the body - the negative charge of the bentonite clay actually bonds with the positive ions in toxins. Also, the restorative minerals found in clay and sea salt, as well as the alkalizing effects of baking soda, help purify the body. Using black sea salt, which is optional, has an added benefit: the activated charcoal from which it's made assists in releasing impurities. This bath stimulates the lymphatic system and is great for anyone who feels toxic or sluggish or is regularly exposed to heavy metals or EMFs from cell phones, iPads, computers, microwaves, televisions, X-rays, and so forth. You may feel tired after this bath, so do it in the evening before bed no more than once a week. Drink at least one glass of cold water during and immediately after the bath to stay hydrated.
What you'll need:
- Suggested stone(s) or 1/2 cup gem elixir: clear quartz, green moss agate, and/or amethyst
- 1 cup bentonite clay
- 1/2 cup sea salt or Hawaiian black sea salt
- 1/4 cup baking soda
*Power ingredient! Bentonite Clay is composed of volcanic ash and has been used as a detoxifier for centuries. When one comes into contact with a toxin, chemical, or heavy metal, the clay absorbs the toxin and releases its minerals for the body to use. In addition to being able to extract toxins, the clay contains nutrients including calcium, magnesium, silica, copper, iron, and potassium.
Begin filling the tub with lukewarm water and add your stones. Once the stone is fully submerged, you can increase the water temperature to moderately hot if you'd like. (If you're using a gem elixir instead of a stone, add it once the tub is about a quarter full.) When the tub is a quarter full, add the clay, followed by the salt and baking soda, and mix them into the water using your hand. Feel free to add more and adapt any amounts to suit your needs. (To avoid lumps, mix the clay in a separate container with warm water before adding it to the bath.) Once the tub is three-quarters full, stop running the water and carefully get into the tub. Use any excess bentonite floating in the water as a body mask by gently rubbing it on your arms and legs. Soak for no more than 20 minutes, redistributing any sediment that settles on the bottom of the tub with your hand. Once you are finished with your bath, take a cool shower to rinse of any debris and any toxins that may have been pulled out of your body. Drain the tub, remove your stones, and dry them with a soft cloth.
For more recipes, check out Elemental Energy: Crystals and Gemstones for a Beautiful Life, available at sjalskincare.comIf you have a heart condition, have high blood pressure, are taking prescription medicine, or are pregnant, skip this bath. The Detoxifier bath uses bentonite clay, which may flush some minerals, vitamins, or electrolytes from the body along with the toxins. Therefore, do not take this bath after a heavy meal.