Updated: Mar 3, 2019
When Jakob and I were driving through Taos, New Mexico a couple months ago we stopped by Ojo Caliente, a Holistic Resort, for my birthday. The resort was amazing and offered essential oil steam saunas, 10 different hot spring pools for mineral soaking, and even had a mud bath using local red clay! I fell in love with the full body mud bath. It evened my skin tone, made me glowing and baby soft. So now that we are in Florida for a year or so, I have decided to make mud baths on the beach a part of my weekly skin routine!
I have chose to have mud soaks at the beach instead of my bathroom because of the many benefits of taking regular trips to the beach. First of all, the sunshine is a much needed source of vitamin D and helps to regulate our body's sleep schedules. The salt water acts as natures saline in washing/cleaning any skin abrasions and also clearing out the sinuses. The mineral and salt content is very healthy for the skin while the cool of the water provides cold water therapy, helping the body’s circulation. Not to mention the tranquility of the beach helps to deeply relax and reach a meditative mind set.
I had my first mud / sun / salt water soak on Saturday - 02/23/19. We took our canoe across a very cold and choppy water channel and followed it up to Caladesi Island, FL. We had the island all to ourselves, it was 85 degrees and the sun was and setting casting the most beautiful spectrum of colors into the sky. We got to the beach, stretched out and got comfortable. At this point I was mentally releasing all of my anxiety and depression that has been accumulating these past weeks. I was soaking in the sun, the salty breeze and deeply entranced by my surroundings. We then got a big bowl to put in clay and spring water so we could mix together our mud for our mud bath.
The mud we chose to use was made from Moroccan Rhassoul Clay, more commonly referred to as Moroccan Red Clay. This clay is very good at drawing out toxins from the body while evening complexion and reducing redness and imperfections. We chose this particular clay for our mud to pull out not only physical toxins but also our spiritual toxins. We allowed the natural properties of this mud to break through the physical barrier and pull out any toxic energies from our aura as well .
The mud was a brilliant red color, cool to the touch and had an earthy smell. The red color of the clay helped release my root chakra, I felt deeply rooted where I was; safe, at home, peaceful... I had a strong urge to fall asleep on the beach, the once warm and salty breeze now now felt cool to my skin, because the mud blocks out UV rays and drops your core body temperature. I was so comfortable in the present moment, listening to the seagulls while the mud hardened on my skin. Looking up at the breathtaking sunset that has illuminated the entire sky in its beauty.
The sun was setting faster than I would have liked. Next time we do this we will get there earlier so we can sit for hours in our mud or reapply as much as we want. Just as the sun was hitting the waters horizon, casting sparkles over the entire surface of the ocean as far as the eye can see, we decided to go in the water and wash off. It was this point I had realized deciding to do this mud soak at the beach was the right decision. It was a very magical and grounding experience. Splashing the mineral rich salt water all over my body and watching mud drip off and disappear into the vast ocean really helped me visualize the water washing away my toxins and negativity. The density of the salt water made me feel light as a feather and alleviated any joint pain I may have had at that point. I felt spiritually renewed and my skin had zero imperfections even though i was so close to starting my feminine flow.. We stayed on the beach until the sun dipped below the fluid horizon and decided it was time to boat back across the choppy water channel.
By the time we boated back to the car my skin was dry from sea water and felt a little dehydrated. I decided to drink 2 liters of water and not to apply any lotion and decided not to take a bath until the next morning, so i can allow the minerals to form a protective barrier on my skin overnight. When I woke up sunday morning, my skin felt hydrated and soft and my complexion was still flawless, so I am happy I didn't shower or moisturize saturday night. I dreamt of lots of color and water all night long and felt ready to take on the world Sunday, revitalized and feeling fresh.
I highly recommend beach mud soaks - and if you’re local to Central - Western florida maybe we can go together!
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