A Cool Treat on a Hot Summer Day

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After 4th of July yoga class this morning, I walked home in rising temps & humidity. Does anyone else’s body run super-warm anyway (or experience hot flashes) … then you ADD outside temps? Bleck!

So I gathered some essential oils, epsom salts, & coconut oil & started filling the tub.

Here’s what I did: Filled the tub with cool/lukewarm (not cold) water … will save the hot water for winter. Then I added oils based on their “cooling” properties, & hopped in:

— 5-10 drops each of Peppermint, Geranium, & Lavender essential oils — Clary Sage would have been ideal, but I didn’t have any on hand (I use Doterra)

— A couple tablespoons Coconut Oil (I use Banyan Botanicals) — actually, I didn’t measure, so it was probably more!

— 1-2 cups Epsom Salts


Feeling the heat? Give this bath a try. Step in, lay back & enjoy. A little soothing music, some cucumber water to drink — those joys are on my list for next time!


Note: The oils don’t mix fully with the water, so you’ll need to swirl the surface every so often to distribute … Fun in the tub! Also, when you’re ready to hop out, be careful — the coconut oil makes the tub floor slick — rinse the tub with dish soap afterwards. Pat yourself dry (vigorous rubbing creates heat, which you just let go of!) & allow the coconut oil to continue to moisturize/cool your skin.


Such good stuff, I can’t even tell you how good I felt — more light, less heat in body & mind. Figured I’d share on this hot summer day … with more heat to follow. Of course, you may have access to a cool stream, lake, pool or other body of water that calls your soul! Stay cool out there, Yogis!


What do you do to stay cool in the summer? I’d love to try your suggestions too! If you’re feeling frisky, share in the comments below =).

Published by ericaengel42

I practice & share Hatha Yoga for a simple reason -- it works. Hatha Yoga in the Himalayan Tradition is a holistic system of philosophy & practices passed down through an unbroken 5,000 year lineage of Himalayan sages. What Hatha Yoga is not: trendy, bendy or one-&-done. What Hatha Yoga is: a systematic approach to uncovering the real, authentic YOU in body, mind & spirit. Hatha Yoga cultivates well-being, stability, clarity & ease in modern life through traditional, time-tested practices. I also recognize both our shared humanity & our differing privileges & barriers -- I am a cis-gendered white female with a graduate degree, who has dealt with family trauma & an eating disorder. My goals in my own practice include to cultivate awareness of my own privileges & social conditioning, unlearn & re-learn in order to be mindful & take compassionate action toward a more beautiful, just & peaceful world for ALL humans, creatures & our Earth. I'm making mistakes daily, & hopeful that I'm falling forward toward these goals & vision. I hope we can walk our paths & support each other along the way.

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