This post inspired by Joybilee Farms
We are in the thick of the winter, you know where you're patiently waiting for the warmer days of spring. You know those mid afternoon moments when the house is quiet and the window is cracked? Here in Chicago, when you can smell the dewy air and hear the famous Black Capped Chickadee call, you know Spring is coming. There is nothing is better than a steamy hot shower or a nice tepid bath to welcome in this new weather. Matter a factly, this is a perfect time for a detox.
A detox helps prep your body and spirit for a new season especially if you've been eating a lot of hearty meals, it may be time to get light.
In honor of using more sustainable practices to align ourselves with nature, below is a recipe for a detox bath using local Fir or other Pine resources. I've tweaked mine slightly however Joybilee Farms has a wonderful write up on the science behind why using Fir over other needles may be the best.
You can use Fir, Spruce, Juniper or Pine Needles for this fresh detox. My only recommendation is to make sure you get it from a clean source, like the forest and not a tree farm.
This detox bath is packed with Vitamin C, Anti-Fungal, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Viral and a host of other health properties. So have a nice soak or make a nice foot bath and enjoy the transition from hibernation to rebirth.
Winter Blues Detox Bath
1 cup of fresh Fir or Pine needles
6 cups of Dead Sea Salt
2 Tablespoons of Olive oil
15 drops of Pine essential Oil (your choice)
15 drops of Citrus essential Oil (your choice)
Food processor or Blender
Cut your needles into small pieces, and take half of them and a cup of Dead Sea Salt and blend them in the food processor or blender. You want the needles to be in similar size to the salt.
Repeat the process with the other half of the needles and 1 cup of salt. Then add the mixture to a large bowl.
Add the remaining salt and your olive oil. Mix well.
Finally add your essential oils and place the bath salt into a mason jar with a tight lid.
When you're ready to use, add about a 1/2 cup to 2 cups to your warm/hot bath. Enjoy!