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The Art of the Bath: For Your Health

Today, showers are a necessity, a way to get clean before work and/or bed. You might linger a bit longer than strictly necessary, but conscious of your schedule and trying to avoid wasting water, you force yourself to cut it short.

But when was the last time you had a bath? A real bath. A long, soaking, get-your-toes-pruny loll in the tub? You really should make time. Not only are baths relaxing, a hot bath can also improve blood and lymph circulation, detoxify the body, soothe sore muscles, relieve aches and pains, and help you sleep better. Believe it or not, there’s an art to “a great bath”.

Here are the basics.

Timing

Because of the relaxation effects, you’ll probably want to take a bath in the evening. Set aside an hour if you can. Take the phone off the hook. Make sure you won’t be interrupted (by spouse, kids, pets, etc.).

Ingredients

Hot water. But not too hot. You don’t want to cook, just relax. Water that is scalding will do more harm than good. Do the old-fashioned elbow test they use when bathing babies to gauge whether the temperature is too hot.

Bubble bath. Or bath oil. Fragrance and/or bubbles in the water that brings pleasant memories, or helps with daydreaming. Sage is great for boosting your memory and bergamot helps to relieve stress.

Music. Relaxing classical. Or New Age. Or soft jazz. Your favorite calming music to help you drift away.

Olive or Coconut Oil. Adding a few tablespoons of one of these can help to relieve dry, itchy skin caused by psoriasis. The oil is a form of moisturizer that can make your skin less prone to infection.

Extras

A glass of wine, perhaps? Maybe some candles. Scented, please, your favorite fragrance. And a book, if you like. It can be an e-book, but remember that recent studies have advised against exposure to the blue light of electronic devices near bedtime, as it can cause insomnia.

Feeling Under The Weather

Hot baths are great for when that yearly cold makes its way into your house. In addition to soothing your nasal passages, muscle and body aches, relaxing is known to speed up recovery.

A word of caution

Pregnant women and those suffering chronic medical conditions should get their doctor’s okay before indulging.

 

 

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