Fibromyalgia syndrome is very frustrating to treat. Some days are worse than others and you may feel like crawling under the covers to never come out. That's when it's time to take a deep breath (even if it hurts) and get a little proactive.
One thing you can do is take a bath. That's right—a bath. The well-known father of medicine, Hippocrates, stated, "The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day."
Nothing To Lose
Centuries after Hippocrates death, folks saw the soothing sense in taking a nice, hot bath when feeling poorly. Some bath devotees have even created certain rituals, added candlelight, or herbs and scents. Sometimes even music has a place in the bathing ritual. Skeptical? Stop scoffing and give our bath recipes a try. You have nothing to lose, and you may even find you feel better after a good, long soak.
*Calming Bath Recipe-The main ingredient in this nerve calming bath is Epsom salts. Epsom salts contain magnesium which is a mineral integral to the workings of your nervous system and adrenal glands. The salts relax your muscles, reduce swelling, and sedate the nervous system.
Add 1 cup of Epsom salts to your bath as it runs. Place some tea lights around the darkened bathroom to give a soft light and play some soothing, tranquil music to accompany your bath. If you like, say this mantra, composed by the Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh:
Breathe in--“I calm my body”
Breathe out--“I smile”
Rid your mind of all urgent errands and thoughts and attempt to stay in and enjoy the moment.
*Sleep Bath Recipe-Chamomile flowers have important homeopathic properties and can encourage restful sleep. Take a handful of fresh chamomile flowers and place them in a bowl of hot water. Steep the flowers in the water for 20 minutes. Place your face over the bowl and cover your head and the bowl with a towel. Inhale the steam for a few minutes.
Strain the tea into your bath and bathe while holding two warm chamomile tea bags over your eyes. Drink a cup of chamomile tea, as well. Even more effective is to purchase homeopathic pellets of chamomile and take the remedy under your tongue along with the tea, the bath, and etc. Concentrate on your breathing and give your body permission to relax into drowsiness.
Cleanse And Detoxify
* Yogic Cleansing Bath- Soak in this bath for 20 minutes every day for a week. This bath is meant to detoxify the body and clean out negative thoughts from your mind. Add to your bath 1 pound of baking soda, and 1 cup of sea salt. Harp music or Tibetan bell music is a good accompaniment to this bath.