The Endometriosis Bath

THE ENDOMETRIOSIS BATH

There is nothing better than a hot, soothing bath to relieve the aches and pains of endometriosis. Most of us have pain relievers on hand – mild analgesics to serious, pain kickers like Tylenol #3 to Percocet. But these take, on average, 15-30 minutes to work! What do you while these meds get going in your system? Sit on your couch/bed with a heating pad? Cry? Curse the fact that you are female? Next time your period comes, or you find yourself experiencing endometriosis pain – or any pain, that makes your muscles tense up, try this recipe for a relaxing and healing aromatherapy Endometriosis bath.

1) First thing you need to do is take that pain medicine. Get it down and then start gathering the needed things for your needed time of healing.

2) Begin by lighting some candles around your bathroom. Purchase some high quality lavendar or eucalyptus candles. You can do both. Lavender has relaxing and sedative properties. Eucalyptus relieves cramps – and as a side note, helps with migraines and headaches when applied to headache.

3) Now, begin filling your tub with as-hot-as-you-can-stand-it water. This is important because it helps your body to relax. If you have any lavender or eucalyptus oil, add some drops to your water for maximum healing power. This will penetrate your pelvis and really help to relax your tightening muscles.

4) Now – I shouldn’t have to tell you this, but undress. 🙂 Turn your bathroom lights off, and slip into the tub. You may still be in pain at this point as the pain meds may not have taken into affect. Slip into the bath anyway.

5) Begin some deep breathing. Whatever deep breathing works for you, as long as it focuses you off the pain and on your breathing and heart beat. Take the focus OFF your pain.

6) Try and find a comfortable position – whether this is floating submerged in the tub, sitting up, whatever. Just find what’s comfy. And stay there for at least 30 minutes so that medicine has time to work.

7) Now be CAREFUL when you get out of the tub because you will be weak!! Hold onto something and take it s-l-o-w. Sit down and dry off, don’t push it. Slather on some Johnson & Johnson’s Aromatherapy Nightime baby lotion, then cuddle up with your favorite pillow, blanket, and heating pad if you need it. Turn on your favorite TV show or movie, and sit back and try to relax.

I’ve used this method millions of times and it’s been highly effective! Let me know if you use it and how you like it. You can tailor the aromatherapy to your specific likings, of course. Or use regular candles. Whatever you like!

MARCH BLOGGING MADNESS FOR ENDOMETRIOSIS AWARENESS!!!!

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6 responses to “The Endometriosis Bath

  1. i adore having a bath, but here in australia we’re on pretty tight water restrictions, so my baths have become about a once every 6 months kind of affair. Great idea though, especially the lavendar. A couple of drops of lavendar essential oil in the bath is brilliant too.

    • Wow – I have a friend in Australia and I wasn’t aware of the water situation over there. Thanks for informing me, Fen. Lavendar essential oil rubbed into your pressure points with some slow, rhythmic breathing would work in a pinch (i.e. office, car, water shortage). It’s all about getting the body to relax, and being in warmth.

  2. Endochick,

    A good hot bath really can works wonders!!! What a great idea for a post… I would never have thought of it. There’s nothing wrong with trying “basics” like this to assist in coping with pain and other symptoms.

    🙂

    Jeanne

  3. ahhhhhh…. sounds heavenly!

  4. Wow! I didn’t know about the water restrictions being so tight in Australia either!

    By the way, Fenz, I hope your recovery is going smoothly! 🙂

    Jeanne

  5. I am pretty sure that putting lavender oil in the bath or on your body is very counter productive! The aroma is calming but in your body it is an endocrine disruptor and mimics estrogen. (tea tree oil also) High levels of estrogen are believed to cause endometriosis.

    All of that said, I speak from experience. Was using lavender and tea tree products all of the time (all natural and or organic), thinking I was helping. Then I bought a bedtime tea that contains lavender and noticed every time I would drink it, I got terrible abdominal pains. I found the above information and quit using lavender and tea tree oil and anything that contains them for about a year and my symptoms GREATLY improved! This winter I have tried a few things that contain these ingredients and am again regretting it! I am now a firm believer that it is truly making it worse 😦 A real bummer because I love them both. From now on, I will only use them for aromatherapy (and short term medicinal uses if the benefits outweigh the pain). Hope this helps!

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