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Hydrotherapy – Healing Baths

Hydrotherapy - Healing Baths

Greetings friends. In my work each day as a remedial therapist I am dealing with people’s bodily aches and pains that result from conditions such as arthritis, overwork, stress, toxic exposure and so on. As well as using my manual skills and the tools I have at my disposal in my clinic, I often recommend the use of Hydrotherapy or Healing Baths. This is a very simple technique that has wonderful beneficial therapeutic effects for almost everyone. Healing baths have been in use by health practitioners from many and varied backgrounds throughout the centuries in places such as Germany and Egypt. Creating a healing bath for yourself is both one of the most nurturing things you can do for yourself and one of the simplest, all you need is a bath tub and some hot water along with a few natural ingredients that are easily available and you’re all set. Healing baths may help with a number of well being problems such as; sore aching muscles from overwork or sport, arthritis and joint problems, stress and tension, problems relating to environmental toxins to name just a few. Many people unknowingly accumulate a fair share of heavy metal deposits in their tissues as well as other environmental toxins which can have a draining effect on the immune system and the constitution in general and are often behind chronic disease and conditions of chronic inflammation.

Types of Baths

There are a few different kinds of basic healing baths.

  1. Hot Baths – These are best for helping rid the body of poisonous dirt, fungi and reduces stiffness to the joints.
  2. Cold Baths – These help raise energy levels and stimulate heart and general metabolism. Also useful for reducing inflammations following sports activities.
  3. Warm Baths – For relaxation and assisting in weight reduction.


Because baths can sometimes be experienced as temporarily draining, they are best taken at night before bedtime. Drinking extra fluids is recommended especially if you are sweating a lot after taking your bath. If you are ill or in a state of weakened constitution it is recommended that you are paying attention to getting plenty of vitamins and minerals in your diet as some of these may leach out during the bathing process. Whilst most people experience healing baths as very relaxing, sometimes some people will feel uncomfortable, irritable or even edgy after bathing. This is a natural reaction to the healing process and is a sign the baths are having a positive effect. However if you feel light headed or experience irregularities in heart or breathing, discontinue immediately and seek medical advice.

Healing Bath Recipes


When taking the following baths the water should be filled to the top of the bath so that you can immerse everything except the face and hair. You should experiment to find the right water temperature for you, it is recommended to start of cooler and increase heat if needed.

  • Sea-salt and Baking Soda Bath

Purpose: Primarily to clear radiation, cleanse the auric fields, clear lymph congestion

Dosage: 1/2 – 1 kilo of each in a full bath. Soak for around 20-30 minutes. Hotter water results in a stronger action from the bath. Shower off afterwards.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar Bath

Purpose: Good for infections, particularly bacterial and for certain skin conditions. Helps with female vaginal or bladder infections.

Dosage: 1 Litre in a full tub and soak for 30 minutes in hot water. Shower afterwards to rinse clear.

  • Clay Bath

Purpose: Clears the energy field, clear some radiation from things like computers, mobile phones, microwaves etc and aids the skin.

Dosage: One cup of Green Clay or Mud (Many types exist) soak for 30 minutes and shower off to rinse clean afterwards.

  • Lemon Lime and Turmeric Bath

Purpose: Helps to clear old stuck mental patterns. Spiritual cleanser, also helps to clear metallic, radiation and drug residues.

Dosage: 2 Lemons, 2 Limes and two teaspoons of Turmeric powder in a hot bath for 15  minutes. Average of 6 per week is recommended.

How To Clean Off The Yellow Tumeric Stain –
The yellow bath tub stain is easily removed using a paste of white vinegar and sodium bicarbonate (Baking Soda). You should also shower afterwards and use baking soda and a light body scrub to remove the stain from your skin to avoid it getting onto clothing.
  • Epsom Salts Bath

Purpose: These are often recommended to draw out uric acid and other toxins through the skin pores. Epsom salts baths are also extremely beneficial as an adjunct therapy for:

  • Arthritis
  • Rheumatism
  • Neuritis
  • Paralysis
  • Sciatica
  • Injuries
  • Muscles/Tendons/Ligaments

Dosage: Use the type you can buy from supermarkets or pharmacies. Use approximately 1 kg in a full bath of warm to hot water. Start with a duration of 10 minutes and increase sub sequentially to 20minutes. Take around 3-4 baths per week. It is recommended that you take these at night before retiring as these aid in sleep.

In all of these baths soap should not be used as it may inhibit the therapeutic actions intended by these baths. You may of course mix and match these recipes and add in extra ingredients such as herbs. In natural therapies such as herbalism, baths are an essential part of the treatment by osmosis, and one which often is considered the most effective of all. The main chemical constituents of the herb that contain the healing qualities of the herb quickly penetrate the skin and sometimes reach the affected areas more quickly than if the same ingredient were taking internally. So put that bath tub to good use and start aiding your well being today using the therapeutic effects of healing baths.

Until next time, be well, naturally 🙂

Craig Hitchens – Natural Health Practitioner.



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The information contained in this article is accurate at the time of posting but may change thereafter. The information provided on the various natural health subjects from this website of  is for informational purposes only and should not be considered as any form of medical advice. The information in the article this disclaimer is linked from is not meant to treat, diagnose, prescribe or cure any ailment. Always check with your health professional before taking any products or following any advice that you believe may conflict with other forms of health care. Always consult your health care professional before you start, stop or change anything that has been previously prescribed. Certain herbs and holistic remedies are unsuitable to take if you are pregnant or nursing and must always be cleared by your health professional before use.

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