Most people know taking a bath can be relaxing – you close the door, are by yourself, and you can choose the ambiance you prefer – music, scents, lights, etc. However, you can begin the relaxation process while drawing the bath – set the perfect backdrop and enjoy the process of doing so.
Take a few moments to plan the perfectly relaxing bath before you jump in the tub. Allow your mind to focus on you, what you like and then set yourself up to do just that.
Try this – take a deep breath, close your eyes and think of the perfect bath. How deep is the water? How dim are the lights? Is there music? Then, make it happen and enjoy the process. While all baths should consider lights, music, reading material, bubbles or not, here are some ideas for various types of baths:
Relaxation – Lavender has soothing and calming properties and has been proven to help alleviate anxiety and enhance sleep. Salts, oils, or bubble bath can be used in the tub. Combine that with a cup of lavender tea and a lavender eye compress and stress relief is assured.
Muscle Stress Relief – Good, old fashioned Epsom Salts can be combined with Juniper Berry for muscle pain or Arnica oil to reduce inflammation which can greatly reduce discomfort. The brand Kneipp makes some excellent bath blends.
Relief from Cold and Sinus Symptom – Eucalyptus bath salts or oil can bring tremendous relief to that stuffy and achy head.
Detoxification – Mustard is the age-old home remedy. Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath has been used in England for 40 years and is a combination of Mustard Seed Powder, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Wintergreen and Thyme to eliminate acid waste and balance pH. Excellent for cold symptoms as well.
Deep Cleansing – Find your favorite scent of salt scrub – lavender, citrus, berry, etc. and lightly scrub all over using an exfoliating mitt or loofa – soak for a while more for amazingly soft skin.
Valentine Romance – Bubbles, of course! Rose petals, sparkling wine, candlelight, a small plate of chocolates, and you have all the components of a sensuous, relaxing evening.