Make Your Own Hydrotherapy/Thalassotherapy Bath With Just Two Ingredients

The Hydrotherapy Bath

Preparing your own hydrotherapy bath is as easy as putting together two ingredients - seaweed powder and aloe gel. This particular type of hydrotherapy treatment is also known as thalassotherapy, or sea water therapy treatment, because it uses seaweed - a product from the ocean. The seaweed used is in a powdered form and the treatment helps put minerals back into the body.

The hydrotherapy bath also offers other healthy benefits. Listed below is the recipe, the benefits and bathing tips.

But first, what is hydrotherapy?

Once known as hydropathy, hydrotherapy uses water to help relieve pain, treat illnesses and to maintain good health. It is often used in combination with herbs, diet and/or exercise to treat a wide range of ailments. The benefits have been known and used for thousands of years

Recipe For a Hydrotherapy Bath:

1/2 cup freeze dried seaweed powder - Digitata laminaria (kelp)

1/4 cup aloe gel

Separately, add the two ingredients to your warm bathwater. Soak for about 20 minutes. After, pat dry and this is the best time to moisturize your skin - while it is still damp. Because this type of bath treatment has detoxifying properties it can leave you feeling a bit drained. So allow yourself time to relax after bathing. Additionally, the temperature should not be too hot for this type of bath. See bath temperatures in Bathing Tips below.

Note: Be sure it is powdered seaweed, as it is available in a dried form that is not powdered.

What are the benefits?

Seaweed is very high in iodine and protein and these two nutrients are directly absorbed through your pores. As a result it affects your body on a cellular level. This hydrotherapy bath will detoxify, replenish minerals, revive and overall stimulate your body. The aloe is complementary to the seaweed and will help regenerate and soothe irritated and dry skin.

Bathing tips:

Replenish fluids - after bathing remember to replenish your fluids by drinking lots of water or enjoying an herbal tea. See link below for a variety of herbal teas.

Apply moisturizer - after a bath is the best time to apply moisturizer. I always use Shea butter because of its many healthy benefits. See link below.

The morning bath temperature - a morning bath should be considered a tonic bath - the type of bath that will stimulate your body, eliminate toxins and wake you up. The temperature should be about 96.8°F (36 degrees C).

The evening bath temperature - an evening bath on the other hand is meant to be relaxing, to help relieve stress and get you ready for a good night's sleep. The temperature should be about between 98.6°F (37 degrees C) and 102°F (39 degrees C).

Bath temperature after a workout or stressful day - Bath temperature after an intense physical workout or a truly stressful day is the hottest temperature of all and usually ranges between 104°F (40 degrees C) and 107°F (42 degrees C).

Note: A too hot bath can leave you exhausted - yet I love my hot baths in the evening. A tip I came across is to add sea salt to the bath water and that will help reduce some of the light headedness that I often feel. it takes about a 1/2 cup of sea salt to make a difference.

Another method I tried to prevent exhaustion is to bathe in warm water for about 15 minutes and then for the next 5 minutes, I run very hot water and enjoy. It seems a 5 minute very hot soak keeps me from feeling exhausted as opposed to a full 20 minute super hot soak.

See links below for more pampering ideas with 2 ingredients, about herbal teas, about shea butter, and a list of mineral springs/spas in the US.

dried and powdered seaweed
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Coolmon2009 4 years ago from Texas, USA

Interesting, I never thought about making my own hydrotherapy bath; thanks for sharing this idea.


leann2800 4 years ago

I always love to take time to enjoy a hot bath over the holidays and to detox a bit. While I am off work for a few days, resting and recovering is the plan. Thanks for the tips. This will be useful for my annual home made spa.


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're welcome Coolmon2009 - we can probably make and do everything at home. I must try more recipes.

I can't live without my hot baths leann2800. They're addictive - I think. Enjoy your luxurious spa time.


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Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York

I do love my bath. This gives me some ideas, and thank you!


PWalker281 4 years ago

I love to take hot baths, although now I don't have access to a tub (sigh). So I will have to bookmark this hub as a reminder when I do get one. Excellent hydrotherapy tips, BKC - rated up and useful!!


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VioletSun 4 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

BK, I didn't know the recipe for a hydrotherapy bath. Sounds very healthy. Thanks for the information!

Voted up! :)


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I'm with you Paradise 7 - I must have my bath, a shower won't do.

In S. Korea I had a shower room PWalker281 - lovely in that the water just drained down through the floor, but no tub. So I went out and bought the largest type of plastic/rubber type tub I could find. I just had to be able to sit and soak. Thanks for the rating.

The hydrotherapy bath is just so lovely VioletSun. And thanks for the vote.


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India

@BkCreative I think it is Digitata Laminaria and not Digita Laminaria.


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India

Very effective one as 'Kelp' has got important minerals, vitamins, organic iodine and amino acid which is helpful in maintenance of nervous system, thyroid gland, weight gain ....... thanks for sharing how to take hydrotherapy and for the tips.


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pmccray 4 years ago from Utah

I love these ideas. Thank you for sharing, voted up, marked useful, interesting and book marked.


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thank you so much dinkan53 for that spelling!!! Using a book from England about kelp - they spelled it Digita, I just went back and checked - but doing a search all over the internet - there is no other spelling but yours. I have made the correction. And thanks too for coming back and offering more information about kelp. It is appreciated. I am already your fan and enjoy your great informative hubs.

You're welcome pmccray and thanks for the votes and more.


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

Sounds like a great way to relax and pamper the body. I'll give this hydrotherapy bath recipe a try for sure! :)


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I think you will enjoy it Om Paramapoonya! Thanks for commenting!


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TheListLady 4 years ago from New York City

This would be great just about right now. I will really do this - thanks a lot!


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CountryCityWoman 4 years ago from From New York City to North Carolina

I can do this. Thanks so much for a very simple recipe. I'm going totally natural because it all works.

Rated up and more!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 4 years ago

BKCreative, Wonderful idea! Nice ancient secret... This is great! I so LUV a nice relaxing bath! I look forward to trying this! Thank you as always for sharing such marvelous, creative, informative and helpful healthy tips! Peace & Blessings!


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

TheListLady - hope you had a chance to try the bath and enjoy its benefits.

You're welcome CountryCityWoman and thanks for the ratings.

You're welcome! Hope you've had a chance Deborrah K. Ogans to relax and enjoy a lovely bath.


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imatellmuva 4 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

I am definitely going to try this! I just found an herbal store nearby, I hope I can find the seaweed powder there. I usually have aloe gel on hand. I find that the older I get the more dry my skin gets, and maintaining and replenishing moisture has become quite the challenge.

Hopefully I can get this tomorrow...I can't wait!! BOOKMARKED!


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Love your enthusiasm imatellmuva (and your fun name, makes me think of Etta James and her "Tell Mama") Hope you find that powder right away so you can relax and pamper yourself. Good to meet you too!


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imatellmuva 4 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

I'm soak'n tonight...ooooh...I can't wait!!

Either name, imatellmuva or Tell Mama...I did both! I grew up with four brothers, and I was always tell'n, and I'm still tell'n!!!


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Good for you imatellmuva. I love knowing people that just go ahead and do it - get right on top of what it is they want to do! Enjoy!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

I love making my own hydrotherapy bath.I use to make this bath when I am at home in Germany. Seaweed bath is really good for my skin and it is very relaxing. I came to know about seaweed bath when I was working in a spa in Ireland. Thanks for sharing as it reminds me on my wonderful job and the friendly clients I had in Ireland.


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I'm glad you shared that Thelma Alberts - there is nothing like a personal experience. Thanks for commenting!


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mvaivata 4 years ago

This is a very useful hub. I do love a good bath, so I am going to have to try this soon!


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

So glad you liked the tip mvaivata! Hope you genuinely enjoy

your pampering time!

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