Whenever I was ill, hormonal, or stressed, I was always told to just get in the bath. It’s got magical healing powers. Water therapy has always been magical, bathing was popular even as far back as 4,500 BC.
A good bath cures basically everything (or maybe that’s all in my head) and helps you turn off from the 21st century. So if you want to have a relaxing moment and feel a bit like Cleopatra (without the milk!), here are a few expert tips to help you have the best bath ever…
1. Use scented oils
Add a few drops of scented oils to the bath when it’s around half full. The inhalation of oils stimulates the part of the brain that controls emotions, which makes you feel relaxed and calm. Look into different blends that have different benefits. We love Aromatherapy Associates ‘Inner Strength’ oil for stressful times.
It has an uplifting blend of frankincense, cardamom essential oils. and clary sage that’ll boost your confidence, relax your mind and give you that inner peace. Available here.
2. Make sure your bath is the perfect temperature
The ideal temperature for a bath is about two degrees hotter than normal body temperature, about 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit or 39 degrees Celcius. A Japanese study showed that 10 minutes in a warm bath improved cardiovascular health. Check the temperature with your wrist before you jump in, to make sure it’s the perfect temperature.
Warm baths open the pores, release toxins, help you recover from colds, soothe muscles and relieve joints. So it’s all in the temperature!
3. Give yourself a gentle massage
To improve blood flow and remove dead skin cells, you should give yourself a gentle full body massage while you relax. For the ultimate spa treatment choose a body scrub that will moisturize, exfoliate and boost your blood flow.
We love Laura Mercier’s Almond Coconut Milk Scrub gently sloughs away dead skin cells, leaving smooth, polished skin. It smells sweet and sophisticated and was inspired by a French pâtisserie. Available here.
4. Workout before your bath
It might sound strange but schedule your bath to be after your workout if you struggle with muscle cramps. Get your sweat on and then jump in a warm bath, keeping a bottle of water nearby to hydrate.
Herbivore Detox Bath Salts can be dissolved into your bath and contain a blend of lavender and eucalyptus oils plus detoxifying blue clay so you can moisturize your skin and give it a gentle exfoliation treatment while soothing sore muscles! Available here.
5. Keep the relaxation going
When you jump out of the bath, don’t immediately rush to your phone or computer. Keep the relaxation going by putting on your favorite bathrobe, running some oil through your hair and reading a good book. Stay away from technology, have some chamomile tea, journal, and then go to bed. Think about how it’ll make you feel in the morning to have had such a stress-free night time routine!