When was the last time you took a bath? In the busy and stressful everyday life, we often forget to relax and indulge our senses. Our excuse is that taking a bath is more time-consuming than taking a shower. Bathing has been practiced for centuries, from ancient Rome where it was a social activity to Egypt, where the royalty was exploring the benefits of different ingredients in their bath rituals, such as milk and honey. Yet, you don’t need to be a pharaoh or a roman nobleman to enjoy it. Here are a few ways, in which bathing can make your day better.
A warm bath before bed is known to relax the body and mind. The steamy air, warm water and relaxing atmosphere soothe you and help you leave behind the worries of the day, while preparing you to drift off into peaceful sleep in the evening. The warm water, preferably 33C-36C, relaxes the muscles and relieves tension. The length of the bath also plays an important part in the healing properties – try to keep it between 15 and 30 minutes. For full benefit, you can add some lavender essential oil, which stimulates relaxation and improves sleep.
Easing a cold
Having a cold or flu can be physically draining and exhausting. Your nose runs, you throat and sinuses get inflamed and this can cause pain and irritation. The steam in the air while taking a bath can soothe the itchy feeling, as well as providing moisture to the dry nasal cavities. Some natural intgredients that help with a cold are eucalyptus or mint oil. They free the sinuses and make breathing easier. However, do not take a warm bath when you have a fever – this might make the symptoms worse!
Taking a warm bath with an optimal temperature has many benefits for the skin. It opens the pores and activates sweating, so the toxins can leave your body. If you have dry skin, adding some oils and moisturising ingredients to your bath, like coconut oil, honey or milk, can leave your skin glowing and hydrated. The warm water softens the skin and allows the care elements to be absorbed easily, so when you get out, your skin will be nourished, soft and gentle.
A bath for the heart
With all the health benefits and pluses of bathing, let´s not forget the most important thing – taking a bath feels so good! You can add your favourite scents, colourful bath bombs, dried flowers, cosy candles and all the good stuff you can imagine. Make your bath a relaxing, indulging experience and see how your mood improves.
Bathing has many benefits for your body and mind. When the weather is cold, there is nothing more relaxing than showing some love to yourself and enjoying a warm bath. Don’t forget to nourish afterwards for softer skin – IONIQ Body can make this even easier for you. Read further on our blog to learn more amazing facts about skincare and relaxation.