In colder months we often don’t think about using water therapy or hydrotherapy, but it is an excellent time to utilize water for healing and improving immunity. Here are some three easy treatments you can use at home.
- Winter mineral bath: adding salts to hot bath is a comforting therapy on a cold winter night. If you feel cold symptoms come on, your cold and achy, or you want to fall asleep easily this is the right treatment for you! Add 2-4 cups of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) depending on the size of your tub. Soak for 20 minutes, rinse off with cool water, dry off and then lay down for at least 30 minutes. Sea salts can also be effective and can be mixed with the magnesium salts. Try adding wintergreen essential oil to a bath.
- Hot foot soak: fill up a basin with hot water, add Epson salts 4-6 tablespoons and a few drops of lavender oil. Immerse both feet into the hot tub, wrap a warm blanket around yourself and soak for 20 minutes. When done dip feet into a cool basin of water for 30 seconds, dry off and rest. Use the treatment for tired feet, a congested stuffy head cold, of symptoms of flu.
Both of these old time remedies allow the body to rest, become warm or even sweat which allows a gentle detox release to occur. These treatments can be done daily if necessary.
3. Steam Inhalation:Inhaled steam is so helpful for irritation and inflammation of the nasal passage, sore throat, coughs and bronchitis. Place a large pot of water on the stove filled with water. Bring to a boil.
Remove the pot off the stove to a hot pad on a table. Add 3-4 drops of essential oil such as eucalyptus or pine oil. Sit in a chair at the table with your face over the steaming pot. Place a towel over your head and steaming pot to trap in the steam. Slowly inhale and exhale the steam . Enjoy the warming sensation of the steam as it opens up passage ways. The essential oil vapor can have healing effects as well.
Hydrotherapy is centuries old. The treatments take some time, but when we are tired, overworked or sick, these therapies can shorten the illness or improve our body’s immune work. Try it out – it is worth the time.