The Daily Telegraph - Saturday - - BODY MIND -

Have read­ing ma­te­rial, a can­dle, a towel and py­ja­mas at the ready. Choose your bath ad­di­tive – salts, muds or oils – ac­cord­ing to mood and need.


Salts calm the ner­vous sys­tem and boost our bod­ies from the out­side in. In their nat­u­ral form, they can con­tain many min­er­als, in­clud­ing mag­ne­sium, potas­sium, sodium and cal­cium. Dur­ing a bath, warm wa­ter opens pores, al­low­ing th­ese nu­tri­ents to be ab­sorbed, and draw­ing out pol­lu­tion, im­pu­ri­ties, tox­ins and dirt.

If money is no ob­ject, splash out on Ilapothe­cary Mag­ne­sium & Amethyst Deep Re­lax Bath

Soak, (£55, ilapothe­

West­lab Re­viv­ing Ep­som Salts (£14.99 for a 5kg bag, west­lab­salts. is also great; I al­ways add es­sen­tial oils.


Im­muno­colo­gie Vi­tal Clay (£110, cult­, with raw French green clay, is so good you’ll look like you’ve had a fa­cial.


A bath of­fers oil a dou­ble route into the body – via steam in­hala­tion and skin ab­sorp­tion – but al­ways use pure es­sen­tial oils. Orange is a great mood lifter, while laven­der is the scent of choice for sleep. Cedar­wood is also known for its com­fort­ing, ground­ing and warm scent.

Add five drops of pure es­sen­tial oil to a run bath (don’t add oils to run­ning wa­ter as they are volatile and will van­ish into the steam) and soak for 20 min­utes.

Zesty es­sen­tial oils, such as grape­fruit, will awaken your senses; add 8-10 drops of al­mond oil, run a warm bath and a 10- to 15-minute soak will feel like you’ve pressed re­set.

My favourite pre-blended oils are from Aro­mather­apy As­so­ciates. Deep Re­lax (£59, aro­mather­apy as­so­ is my ver­sion of Val­ium.

Bathe for 15-20 min­utes to let the in­gre­di­ents do their magic and then slather the prici­est body oil you can af­ford on to damp skin. I like Dry Oil


Prodigieuse Mul­tiPur­pose Dry

Oil (£18, uk.

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