Taking a bath is a blissful, relaxing experience, unequaled by anything else. The purpose of a bath is to get clean, but the pleasure of a bath is found in the sensation of the hot water, the aroma of well-chosen bath oil, and the calm that be found in the pause a bath offers, a seemingly limitless amount of time shut off from the rest of the world. The simple pleasure of taking a bath can relieve stress, which in turn aids your personal health and wellbeing.
Hot water and a well-chosen bath oil are all that you really need, but there are some slightly more unusual ingredients that you may want to consider introducing to your tub, for an even more sensual, restorative, natural bathing experience.
In Ancient Egypt, Queen Cleopatra was known to bathe in milk and honey and the tradition is long established with good reason. One glass of milk (with optional honey) can help to: Soften and Moisturise Skin, Prevent Dryness, Calm Sunburn, Relieve Eczema and Psoriasis
Bicarbonate of Soda
More commonly found in the kitchen cupboard, consider introducing bicarbonate of soda into your bathroom cupboard too. This can help: Neutralize Skin Acidity and Restore PH Balance, Sooth Irritated Skin, Relieve Yeast Infections.
The properties found in oats that make it such a healthy food choice also make it a natural, healthy choice on your skin. Soak whole oats in the bathwater, and also use oatmeal as a natural exfoliator for Exfoliating Dry Skin, Sooth and Moisturise Dry Skin and Skin Rashes, Relieve Symptoms of Poison Ivy, Relieve Swelling as a Natural Anti-Inflammatory.
If you feel refreshed and reinvigorated after a lovely hot cup of tea, you will be delighted to learn that it can actually be as good for you on the outside, as it is on the inside! Add a handful of pure green tea to: Restore PH Balance, Improve Circulation, Restore Energy Levels, Treat Acne, Speed up Healing of Skin conditions, Treat Dandruff.
Ginger not only creates an intoxicating, invigorating aroma that will help you feel energised, it also has health benefits too and is used frequently as a ‘detox’ ingredient. Peel and roughly chop the ginger and add a cube or two at a time. Use ginger to: Promote Opening of Pores and Sweating to Relieve some Illnesses, Ease Tension Headaches, Boost the Immune System, Relieve Cold and Flu Symptoms.
As well as tasting fantastic, coconut has a lot of health and beauty uses. By adding a small scoop whilst running your bath, you can expect it to: Soften Rough Skin, Hydrate Dry Hair, Relieve Sunburn, Treat Fungal Infections.
Whether you use a handful of fresh leaves or a few drops of pure peppermint oil, you are in for a sublime bathing experience with mint. Rich in vitamins (especially A and C) as well as minerals such as potassium, magnesium and calcium, mint can be used every day or treat specific health needs. Mint can Relieve Muscle Pains, Relieve Cold and Flu Symptoms, Clear Respiration, Treats Headaches, Energises, Cools and Relieves Burns, Treat Acne and Skin Blemishes
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