Three Amazing Recipes For Your Next Bath!Barry Smith
Everyone enjoys being clean, but do you prefer a bath or a shower? We did the research to find out which is better when it comes to your health! There are some very good reasons for taking a relaxing and luxurious bath. The problem is, most of us feel we just don’t have the time to slip into the tub and enjoy a nice leisurely bath everyday and many people think that a shower is more hygienic, so it becomes our default go to when it comes time to wash ourselves.
It is very true that a shower is faster and even more convenient. If you’re in a rush, or just need a quick freshening up after the gym or before going a date, then a shower is often the best choice. Bathing does take some planning and an investment of time to fully enjoy it and do it right. But in the end, the relaxation a warm bath can bring to your life is an experience so worth the investment in time and planning!
The idea that a bath is less hygienic than a shower isn’t at all true. It’s more a myth that has become a fact because people have forgotten how to bathe themselves properly and don’t see all the advantages that taking a bath offers to them.
So how do you take a bath?
Step One: A bathtub should be cleaned right after a bath, as that is the best time to remove anything left behind before it can grow and become an issue. If it has been awhile since you have taken a bath, be sure to clean it before you fill your tub so you won’t be bathing with any dirt or mildew. It’s a good idea to spray your tub with a mixture of 1/2 warm water and 1/2 white vinegar, let it sit for 15 minutes and then wipe it down with warm water. If you’re still worried, give yourself a quick rinse with the shower head before you get out and you will be good to go!
Step Two: You don’t want your bath to be too hot or too cold, so adjust the water temperature accordingly. You want your bath to be a relaxing soothing experience, not a shock to your system! The ideal temperature to shoot for is 100°F (38°C). Many people might want to do it a bit warmer and find the scalding to be a more relaxing feeling, but that is actually counterproductive to your health as a whole! A bath that is too hot actually ends up bothering your nervous system and can cause a drop in your blood pressure. This will cause the heart to pump faster and can lead to you feeling dizzy or sick. And remember, always test the water with your wrist and not your hand, as the wrist will give you a much better indicator of how the water will feel across your whole body than your hand will.
Step Three: Bring a cool washcloth and something cold to drink with you, as a warm bath can lead to overheating if you’re not careful. The cool drink will replenish any water you sweat out to keep you hydrated and the cool wash cloth, will not only feel good, but will help to keep you from overheating.
Drink lemon or cucumber water and avoid things like soda and coffee. The lemon or cucumber water will hydrate you better and be much more refreshing!
If you find that after your bath you are getting a headache, be sure to drink plenty of fluids and try a cool cloth on your head to help your body keep from overheating.
Life can be crazy and we always seem to be on the run! But try to find some time to plan out for a nice bath to help relax and unwind from your busy life. Doing yourself this favor will make you happier and healthier in the long room.
Why not make bath time spa time?
Getting clean and enjoying the relaxing feeling of the warm water over your body isn’t the only thing that a bath can give you. A bath can also add a bit of physically therapeutic body care and recharge you emotionally or even spiritually.
Bubble baths aren’t just for little kids! A bubble bath can help you stay even cleaner than a normal bath does. When you’re in a bubble bath, the long soak in the soapy water is more efficient in the way it breaks down the oil and dirt that builds up on your skin than a shower is. Taking a bath will also help your skin by softening and loosening dead skin which will lead to exfoliation because your skin will be in contact with the water for a much longer time. Bubble baths and bath soaps are more diluted and less harsh on your skin than many body washes and scrubs would be, had you taken a shower.
Plus bubbles are just more fun! Why waste them by just letting them run down the drain in a shower!
If a bubble bath hasn’t fully sold you on why you should be taking a bath instead of a shower, we went a step further and looked into ways to take that warm luxurious bubble bath to the next level! Collected below are three recipes that are sure to turn any bath into the spa you wish you had the money and time to go to and enjoy…
Peppermint & Orange Bath Soap Bag
- 1/4 cup dried peppermint leaf
- 1/4 cup dried lavender flowers
- 1/2 cup natural soap flakes (or simply grate a bar of soap)
- 24 drops peppermint essential oil
- 24 drops sweet orange essential oil
- Small muslin drawstring bag
Directions: Combine herbs and soap flakes in large bowl. Sprinkle with oils and toss mixture until well-incorporated. Place 1/4 cup mixture in bag and then drop the bag into your bath. It will foam up the bath and release the oils and soap into the water, letting it slowly mix with the water for a relaxing bath that is sure to help bring some clarity to your mind as you relax and enjoy yourself.
Work physically demanding? Yard work getting to you? Body just sore after the gym or athletics? Well, a bath can help with all that! And adding the right things to it can help to ease your body and aid in its recovery as well. Having a bath that is built around using things like oat flour, milk, honey, even rose petals, will help to better take care of your skin, add in some essential oils like chamomile, helichrysum, lavender, and sweet marjoram and your baths soothing ability is going to be taken to the next level. These ingredients mixed with the natural benefits of soaking are just impossible to fully integrate into your shower.
Soothing Therapy Lavender, Rose, Milk & Oat Bath
- 1/2 cup oat flour
- 1/2 cup milk powder
- 1 cup sea salt
- 1 cup Epsom salt
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup dried lavender flowers
- 1 teaspoon lavender oil
- 1 teaspoon Aura Cacia Rose Otto or Rose Absolute Precious Essential oil
Directions: Mix dry ingredients in large bowl. Sprinkle with oils and toss until well-incorporated. Use 1/4 cup per bath. Sprinkle bath with rose petals for added luxury.
An immersion bath is a great way to handle stress or anxiety. Think of it as a meditative relaxation or a spiritual recharge right in your own bathtub! With a shower it is hard to find this blissful state because it’s so rushed and focused on getting in, washing up and getting out. It lacks the time and relaxation to allow you to drift and let the negative drift away.
There’s nothing quite like a full body immersion in a warm, aroma filled bath to melt away your cares and worries away and let your mind surrender to blissful calmness. There are some great essential oils such as frankincense, sandalwood, myrrh, jasmine, and neroli that can be added to boost the centering effects and help your body shed some of that stress. You can take this zen-like state a bit further by adding minerals or bath salts to the mix as they will make the water softer and create more buoyancy, which will lead to a more weightless feeling as you relax.
Sandalwood & Frankincense Bath Oil
- 1 cup grapeseed oil
- 1 cup sweet almond or apricot kernel oil
- 1/2 teaspoon Aura Cacia Frankincense Precious Essential oil
- 1/2 teaspoon Aura Cacia Sandalwood Precious Essential oil
Directions: Blend oils thoroughly. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons per bath and enjoy!
As you can see bath time can be a great time, even as an adult! It’s healthy, hygienic, and can help you bring aspects of a high-end spa right to your home! Don’t cheat yourself, improve your life by adding a simple bath every few days and treat yourself every few weeks with the full spa treatment.