#selfcaresunday Bath Rituals

How to prepare the perfect Cleansing Ritual...

Prep your area.

Light a candle. I always have a tea light and a stick of Palo Santo to burn for a full cleansing experience.

Run your water, the water temperature shouldn't too far exceed your own body temperature. While a hot bath feels great, a warm bath is better for your skin and immune system.

You can add oils like rose, lavender, calendula, aloe, oil, or coconut and also oatmeal for your skin. Magnesium salt is great for your muscles and reducing inflammation. For my ultimate calming and absolute favourite, I add a few spoonfuls of an eco-friendly brand, Susanne Kaufmann’s Calming St. John’s Wort Bath to the tub. This one in particular comforts and nourishes skin in the cold weather, while also having a mood-boosting, stress-alleviating effect, Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s wort) extract has anti-inflammatory properties, so relieves muscle ache too. (it is also suitable for children).

Keep part of your body, like your foot, or arms, out of the water to prevent becoming too hot. Soak for 10-15 minutes, breathe, relax, enjoy. Play a piece of your favourite music, or just appreciate the silence.

On stepping out of the bath, have a warm towel or dressing gown ready, wrap yourself in it and head straight to your bed.. and Good Night…

There is always an hour a week I will try to have completely to myself... If I was a prescriber this would be my advice for mental and physical well-being.. When I say completely to myself, I mean, no phones, computers, and no conversation.

A shower may be the regular routine, however, a bath comes with so many therapeutic health benefits. Bathing, I use to combat all kinds of symptoms and is a wonderful combination of isolation, quiet, and comfort.

There’s even a term for the practice: Balneotherapy, the treatment of disease through bathing.

Being mindful of your heart health, taking a warm bath will make your heart beat faster and can give it a healthy workout. This can improve circulation around the body and to the extremities as it makes the blood less viscous and the vessels function better. In people with no prior heart disease and who are otherwise healthy, a warm bath can lower your blood pressure and improve cardiac function, if you have low blood pressure maintain hydration throughout the bath.

Exposure to fluid through bathing and steaming is a great way to ensure hydration of the body in all aspects. The human body is made mostly of water and that is why we are encouraged to drink plenty of it, and soaking in it is also extremely beneficial. We can enhance this by adding certain oils or salts to a bath or bathing in a natural body of water or pool, rich in naturally occurring minerals. Relaxing in a bath can help people who suffer from back pain as the temperature and pressure of the water can gently relieve the spine of pain and discomfort. Heat will also get your blood moving, which is not only great for circulation it will also help sore or tight muscles to relax too. Beyond its skin-healing powers, lavender also has also anti-anxiety effects and decreases emotional symptoms. Submergence in water can reduce pain and inflammation and also calm the nervous system, reducing the levels of stress and anxiety in the body and improving your mood.

There is so much research now showing that essential oils can affect alertness and mood through stimulation of the olfactory nerve, I will often recommend an essential-oil bath to down-regulate and promote relaxation, you can manage stress and improve your mood, maybe lavender or blue chamomile keeping it simple.

The benefits of good quality slumber we all know about, but how to actually get an effective eight hours remains elusive to many. One enduring theory claims that a colder core body temperature will help induce sleep, which is why it is recommended going to sleep in a cooler room. However, a warm bath before bed can bring similar results. At night our body temperatures naturally drop, which signals the production of melatonin, our sleeping hormone. Soaking in a warm bath will raise your body temperature, then on exiting, we will cool down, therefore bringing on the production of melatonin, and better preparing you for sleep.