Why Bathing Is More Than A Body Care?

 

What does taking a bath mean to you?

Bathing is not just the place where we clean ourselves. It is also where many of us relax. And one of the best ways to relax is to take a Bubble Bath.

However, if you want to really be assured of taking a soothing, healthful bath and one where no harmful ingredients have crept into the water that can cause problems with your skin or body.

One of the best things you can do is to create a homemade bubble bath.

This will not only help enhance your skin, but it will also create a soothing and uplifting feeling of calm and relaxation that is helpful to your mind as well.

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When you create your own bubble bath you know that you are taking better care of your body because you are not using the chemicals that can be found in other bubble baths.

Additionally, you know that your concoction is fresh, that it hasn’t sat for who knows how long on some shelf somewhere.

And when you create your own bubble bath, you naturally learn about the different essential oils and products that can help you better care for your body in and out of the bath.

One of the main ingredients in a homemade bubble bath is an essential oil of some sort. There are many oils that have many different purposes.

There is no need to add more than a few drops to your bubble bath, as all oils are rather potent. Allowing your body to relax is part of taking proper care of the body.

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Soothing relaxation helps the nervous system and has many other health benefits as well, including stress reduction and the control of stress-related conditions like acid reflux.

The bath is a perfect time to do this, and many women bring books with them to better help them relax during bath time. The right essential oils can contribute to this.

Or you might select oils for the way they smell. You can choose a scent that you like best from among oils like lavender, rosewood, sandalwood, chamomile, and myrrh, all considered soothing.

Be sure to avoid ingesting oils orally, and avoid marjoram during pregnancy. Check with the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy to find out what other oils should be avoided during pregnancy.

It is also important that your body feel energized at times and uplifted. This contributes to mental health and wellbeing as well. It is very difficult to take proper care of the body when the mind is unhappy.

Bath is calming way to relax in today’s fast paced stressful life. It is a soothing way to start a new day and blissful send-off to bed.

Herbs and its essential oils soothe aching muscles, tense nerves, skin irritations, softens skin and ensures peaches and roses complexion.

Set the stage for your bath with a clean fresh bathroom. Keep clean towels, bath gels, herbs, loofah, and other things you need handy.

Choose relaxing music, light aromatic candles around you. All in all, make sure that everything you need for your luxury is within arm’s reach.

While filling the tub with warm water, create a bag of your favorite herbs to be used in bathing. It is ideal that you give your skin a quick loofah brush head to toe before you start.

To create an herb bag, fill muslin cloth or even an old stocking with your favorite herbs. Dip it in your bath, letting the herbs gently soak in the water.

Bath salts, citrus leaves, dried rose petals, dried lavender flowers to name a few to create an herb bag. If you don’t have the fondness of creating your own bag of herbs, you can definitely buy ready-made herb bags.

Not more than 5 drops of essential oils should be used in a bath. Dilute it with milk or carrier oil.

Common herbs and its essential oils used in the bath for calming properties.

Black Pepper – relief for aching muscles

Clary Sage – as a perk me up and premenstrual tension

Eucalyptus – for respiratory problems

Geranium – for very dry or itchy skin, eczema, and PMS

Jasmine – when you wish to feel luxurious

Lavender – dry skin, eczema, sprains, hot flashes, headaches, overwork, insomnia

Orange – to pep you up

Rosemary – to get you going in the morning, a quick pick-me-up in the evening. It is also good for aches and sore muscles.

Chamomile, Lavender or Roses are good for dry, delicate or irritated skin.

Rosemary, Calendula and Thyme for oily skin

Lemon Balm – good for hyperactive children

Citrus & Lavender – soothing and therapeutic properties

Ylang Ylang – exfoliates and moisturizes the skin

Apricot and Amber – moisturizes, restores softness and suppleness to skin.

Chamomile – aids in relief of aching muscles and nervousness

Eucalyptus – opens the pores and the vapors from the bath help to clear the breathing passages.

 

Some of the essential oils that can help you with this care of the body are eucalyptus, spearmint, peppermint, and lemon oil.

Additionally, eucalyptus can help your body fight cold symptoms, as it reduces congestion.

Many people who create their own bubble baths actually make one for relaxing and one for revitalizing, in order to have what the body needs on hand.

Other oils are especially good at softening the skin. The skin is the largest organ in the body, and taking care of the skin is necessary to the proper care of the body.

Almond oil and coconut oil are both excellent skin care choices. Almond oil has almost no smell to it, so it does not conflict with any oil you add for scenting purposes.

Coconut oil has a nutty and floral fragrance which can help you feel as though you are in an exotic garden.

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However, it is possible to find scents that complement the coconut oil and provide other effects. In fact, many homemade bubble bath recipes call for the combination of different oils for better effect.

In addition to oils, there are other ingredients that are necessary to make a homemade bubble bath.

Many of these are found easily and relatively inexpensively at any Bath or Beauty stores, such as distilled water, Castille soap, and liquid glycerin.

They are necessary to help create the bubbles, add a liquid form to the bubble bath and to provide a solution for mixing.

None of these substances is generally harmful, and they add a great deal to the bubble bath mixture, as they are clean and can be used to clean the body as well as to create bubbles to sit in.

Make sure that your bath time is a time of solitude. Just let yourself luxuriate in the watery haven.

It is easy to improve the care your body gets during a bath when you create your own bubble bath to help you better cope with the general stresses and vagaries of life.

Here are more bath recipes that you can try:

Easy Milk Bath

 

You will need:

2 cups dry milk powder

1 cup cornstarch

1/8 tsp. fragrance oil of your choice

 

You have to:

1. Blend together all the ingredients in a blender.

2. Add 1/2 cup mixture to hot bath water.

 

Milk and Honey Bath Soak

 

You will need:

1/2 cup of milk powder

1/2 cup of honey

1/4 cup of vegetable oil or 8 drops of  essential oil of your choice

 

You have to:

1. Combine all the ingredients in a small mixing bowl.

2. And when thoroughly combined, place the mixture under the warm running water of your bath and enjoy.

 

 Minty Fresh Herb Bath

 

You will need:

1 cup fresh or 1/4 cup dried mint (chop up finely if it’s fresh)

1 cup fresh bay leaves, finely chopped

1 tsp. coconut oil

1 tsp. almond extract

 

You have to:

1. Mix the ingredients together then place in a mesh bag such as cheesecloth.

2. Place under hot running bath water. Sit back and enjoy.

 

Basic Bubble Bath

 

You will need:

5 drops fragrant oil or essential oil (your choice)

1 quart distilled water

1 bar castile soap (grated or flaked)

1 1/2 ounces glycerin

 

You have to:

1. Mix all the ingredients together.

2. Store the bubble bath in a container.

3. Pour in running water.

 

 

Simple Bubble Bath

 

You will need:

4 tbsp. herbs (pick your favorite!)

2 tsp. essential oil (corresponding with dried herbs chosen)

1/2 pt. distilled water

1/2 pt. liquid organic cleanser

You have to:

1. Bring water and herbs to a boil and then simmer for about 30 minutes.

2. Squeeze the herbs and strain off.

3. Let the water cool for a little bit and then mix it with cleanser and essential oil.

4. Pour into a bottle or container of your choice.

 

 

Relaxing Epsom Salt Bath

 

You will need:

 2 tbsp. Epsom Salt

1 tbsp. Sea Salt

3 tbsp. Baking Soda

8 drops Essential Oils

4 oz. Jar

 

You have to:

1. Choose 3 or 4 oils from these essential oils: Cedarwood, Chamomile Roman,

Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Mandarin, Marjoram, Melissa,

Myrtle, Neroli, Orange, Petitgrain, Rose, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Valerian,

Vanilla, Vetiver, and Ylang Ylang

 

2. Add sea salt, baking soda, Epsom salts and oils to a jar.

3. Gently shake to mix. Make sure to mix well.

4. Add to a tub of running water.

 

Bathing to Detoxify your Body

Dealing with all of the environmental toxins today can be quite a load on the body.

A simple way to help combat these toxins is to take a detoxification bath. In spas today, the use of water therapy is very popular.

Bathing in waters contains various healing ingredients can help to release toxins, promote energy, circulation, and well-being.

This bath can be done in your very own bathtub and does not require special equipment. Hot water helps draw toxins out of the body to the skin’s surface.

When the water cools, it pulls toxins from the skin. The ocean, mineral, hot springs and herbal baths have been used for centuries worldwide, for their therapeutic effects.

 

This is the simple recipe that  to help combat toxins and detoxify your body:

1 cup Epsom salts

1/2 cup Baking Soda

about 1/2 cup Powdered Ginger

Pour Epsom salt or Baking Soda, and ginger into a warm bath and soak for 15 to 20 minutes.

After soaking, scrub the skin gently with a natural fiber like a cotton washcloth or a loofah sponge for 5 minutes.

Do not remain in the tub for more than 30 minutes. Note the “murky” appearance of the water, this is due to the toxins released into your bath water.

Wrap yourself in a large towel or bathrobe and then cover up with a warm blanket.

You will sweat for about an hour. The next morning you will feel fantastic!

 

Here are other recipes you can try for a detoxifying bath:

 

Toxin Eliminator Bath Recipe

You will need:

Place in the bath:

2 handfuls of Epsom salts

1 handful of Rock salt

Add 8 drops of this blend:

8 drops of Basil Oil

10 drops of Grapefruit Oil

6 drops of Juniper Oil

10 drops of Lemon Oil

6 drops of Oregano Oil

You have to:

Blend the ingredients together.

Place it in warm tub of water.

Massage the cellulite areas while they are under the water.

 

Detox Bath

You will need:

2 handfuls of Epsom salts

1 handful of Organic sea salt

2 teaspoons of Sweet Almond Oil

4 drops of Rosemary Oil

4 drops of Violet Leaf Oil

You have to:

Blend the ingredients together.

Place in warm tub of water:

 

You can take a detoxification bath often, or at least once a month. In addition to detoxifying the body, this bath also helps relieve pain.

Hence, bathing is indeed more than a body care or to keep you clean and refresh.

Bathing is relaxing and uplifts your well-being and spirit at the same time.
It gives you a fresh start to perk up your day or a serene retreat to end the day and enter into the haven of rest.

Through bathing, you can find yourself again or you can be simply be yourself at the comfort of your own home.

 

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