With our tight and busy schedules, many of us easily forget to care for ourselves. We are often wrapped around our work and we keep on running around attending to all sorts of things. So our stress builds up.
One can find therapeutic benefits in different types of hydrotherapy such as whirlpools, mineral baths and hot springs. But you don’t need to go far from your home to get such benefits from hydrotherapy. If you have a bath tub, having a simple warm bath can serve as a reminder for us to relax and focus on the now.
After a hard day at work, a warm bath is a heavenly treat. A warm bath, no matter how simple it sounds, actually has relaxation and therapeutic benefits. A warm bath can bring down your levels of stress. It also stimulates blood circulation and improves the nervous system. A warm bath is also helpful in relieving several common aches and pains. Those suffering from arthritis, menstrual cramps, muscle pains as well as spasms, inflammation and hemorrhoids can find relief in a warm bath. Taking a warm bath before going to bed also helps you find sleep easily.
Warm Bath Essentials
Here are a few things you will need for your relaxing and therapeutic warm bath.
- Essential Oils – Essential oils work great in calming the mind. They also add to the therapeutic benefits of a warm bath. If you have colds or if you suffer from sinus problems, adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil into your bath water will help relieve your symptoms. The Argan oil is another great option. Because it has anti-inflammatory properties, the oil will help soothe aching, sore and painful muscles as well as joints. The Argan oil also has potent moisturizing properties which is great for the skin.
- Bath Salts – Bath salts aid in the healing of skin for several skin conditions.
- Herbs – Adding herbs to bathwater had been long practiced. In fact many ancient civilizations have added herbs in their baths believing in its potent healing prowess. Herbs do have medicinal, therapeutic and relaxing benefits. Herbal baths are perfect for soothing tension and a great aid in improving circulation. For a great herbal detox bath, add rosemary and milk thistle in your bath water. For a very relaxing bath, add Roman chamomile and lavender into your bath.
- Mud Bath Mix or Red Clay – Adding mud bath mix or red clay into your bath water helps get rid the body of toxins. Check your local health food store for mud bath mix or red clay.
Old School Warm Bath Remedies
Here are a few old-time remedies that will make your warm bath more relaxing and therapeutic.
- If you are suffering from sore muscles, arthritis, inflammation or painful hemorrhoid, simply add Epsom salt in your warm bath water. Epsom salt is also great if you are detoxifying.
- Adding oatmeal to your bathwater effectively treats skin rashes, poison oak and poison ivy.
- If you’re plagued by dry and itchy skin during the colder months, add baking soda to your bath water.
Treat yourself to a relaxing bath now.
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