New Yorkers will be quick to agree that the weather is incredibly temperamental. One day it can be intoxicatingly sunny, while the morning after will be grey, cold and sour, then humid the next. This happens way too often for us to completely praise our weather, but we're lucky to find compromise in the city that never sleeps.

The finicky, unpredictable weather is perhaps the worst of it, especially when the drastic temperature changes have an impact with your immune system. I got sick this past weekend and could not leave my apartment. Major bummer. A head cold is not cool when the weather plateaus at a nice 72 degrees outside.

Fortunately I was able to finish up on books I had started, see movies and TV shows in my DVR que and have an excuse to eat all the chocolate that I did.

When I'm sick, I load up on Complex C, drink plenty of Smart Water (for the electrolytes) and take hot salt baths for detoxifying. This time around, I thought I would skip the salts and do something totally different. I opted to try a tub full of Pevonia's Aromatic Seaweed Bath ($26.50).

Pevonia Botanica is a nice line that can be found in top spas around the world. The products strive to be natural and cruelty-free, and the packaging is fully recyclable and biodegradable. I was actually quite impressed with the range of organic extracts offered from a major spa brand.

I drew a bath and poured one ounce as directed. Then I sank into the hot bath. I do have to admit, it's kind of nice having something other than epson salts. The scent was refreshing, quite aromatic, thanks to the pine needle essential oil. The fact its an antioxidant gives it more bang for the buck. It's known to strengthen the immune system.

Combined with laminaria digtata (algae) extract, it's all good for the body. This seaweed (from the Brittany Sea) contains amino acids and vitamins (A,E, C and B), helping to also strengthen the immune system, increase vitality and protect against damage from free radicals. Laminaria also increases blood ciruclation and stimulates lymph production to eliminate toxins (it's also known to treat cellulite and obesity).

So not only is it mineralizing and detoxifying, it's quite nourishing and de-stressing. I felt great after getting out of the bath but knowing that there was some action going on behind the scenes to my body helped me sleep at night. I would definitely use this again, whether I was sick or not, as it's such a nice alternative to salts.
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Ingredients:

Water, laminaria digitata (algae) extract, glycerin, sorbitol, polysorbate 20, pinus sylvestris (pine) needle extract, ultramarine green, hydroxyethly cellulose, methylparaben, propylparaben