Day Six, Part Two: Twenty Days Toward Being A More Mindful Mother

Part of the routine of sleep and rest could include a wonderful warm bath.  I would like to talk today about creating essential oil baths, which are mentioned in both “Awakening Beauty:  The Hauschka Way” and in the book “You’re Not The Boss of Me!  Understanding The Six/Seven Year Transformation”.

These are not oil dispersion baths, which are typically prescribed by doctors trained in athroposophic medicine and used to overcome illness.  In the book, “You’re Not The Boss of Me!” there are several descriptions of the use of essential oil baths by a class teacher for children who were needed protection (ie, the bath as a balm to a very rushed and stressful family life), those needing softening (those children who are so logical who have really little inkling of childhood in them), and those needing protection because they are so very sensitive.  Essential oil baths promote the sense of warmth, and engage the physical body in warming.

Even though this is an article about mindful mothering, I am going to veer into preparing baths for children for a moment because I am certain there is interest in that here. Louise deForest writes in an article regarding children and essential oil baths in the book, “You’re Not The Boss Of Me!  Understanding the Six/Seven Transformation” on page 71:  “In the past, most illnesses were inflammatory in nature, illnesses having to do with warmth, while today, ninety percent of all illnesses are sclerotic in nature.  Even our body temperatures are slightly lower than in the past.  We see this cooling in many other ways too – children in nurseries and kindergartens are thin, pale, talkative and anxious.  Their lower senses are underdeveloped while their upper senses seem to predominate with cold logic and little social understanding.  The physical body is often listless or chaotic, there is little stamina and the will-to-do has not yet been developed.”

An essential oil bath for children could be one part essential oil to nine parts of a fatty oil such as olive oil, mixed in a jar.  Again, Louise deForest writes on page 71:  “I cannot prescribe, nor would I know how to ascertain, what is the exact oil for each child, as a doctor would with an oil dispersion bath.  Instead, I suggest they {the parents she is working with} use what is likely to be on hand:  olive oil for the fatty oil and a rose or lavender essence for the essential oil.  I choose olive oil because most people have it on hand and because it has a long history of service to humanity. The rose or lavender essences are often used for protection and warmth: just what children need today.”

So, you would want a warm bathroom,  and for children Louise deForest recommends suspending a thermometer in the bath and what temperature the bath should be depending upon if the child is having cardiovascular and nervous disorders or metabolic problems.  Draw the bath whilst you are in a quiet and contemplative mood, and then place the oil in a mason jar and fill jar one-quarter to one-half full with warm water and shake the jar for ten to fifteen minutes to suspend the oil in the water, and pour it into the water.  Several resources suggest potentiating the water by making a lemniscate shape in the water with your hands before the oil is added but not after.  The person should lie in the water up to their neck; a child would need a story told to them. There should be as little movement as possible and after the bath being wrapped up in a warm towel but not rubbed dry is important.

The first bath may be only three to five minutes and eventually working up to twenty minutes for children;  many adults will start with a twenty minute bath.  Doing a bath like this twice a week for six or seven weeks on the same day and at the same time is an important for the establishment for rhythm.

From the book, “Awakening Beauty The Dr. Hauschka Way”, there are five types of essential oils for adults (only one essential oil per bath) would include:

  • Lavender:  relaxing, cools inflammatory conditions, soothes nerves.  Good for the hot summer season.
  • Lemon Oil:  Good for those suffering from physical exhaustion.  Good for spring and summer seasons.
  • Rosemary Oil:  Promotes circulation, warming.  Traditionally used for cooling conditions. Ideal in fall or winter or when beginning a day.
  • Sage Oil:  Cleanses negativity, sadness, anger.
  • Spruce Oil:  Ideal for later winter or early spring in combating congestion, emotions that need to be freed.

Looking forward to hearing the results of your healing baths!

Many blessings,

Carrie

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One thought on “Day Six, Part Two: Twenty Days Toward Being A More Mindful Mother

  1. This is a lovely inspiring post Carrie, Thank you so much, I have been thinking about baths for a while and that I should have them again regularly, a shower is so easy and quick, can hop in a couple of times a day, be clean, refreshed and ready to GO again, but a bath has so much more mindfulness and intention involved doesn’t it? I always love to add candles into the bath time treat and sometimes crystals too. We use herbal tea bags in the bath too – licorice tea bags when someone is sick, chamomile tea bags or even the dried flowers for calming. Definitely time for a bath now before bed! Good night!

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