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8 Great Reasons to add a Bath to your Self Care Routine

Updated: Feb 24, 2023

Bathing rituals are becoming increasingly popular and for good reason. They go back centuries, and their benefits include much more than just cleansing the body.

Here are 8 reasons you should add Baths to your Self Care Routine.

1. Baths Can Elevate Your Mood

Settling into warm water feels good and is a pleasure that lasts. Bathing can diminish feelings of depression and pessimism because baths give you a wonderful combination of isolation, quiet, and comfort. Bathing can also increase levels of serotonin, which is the chemical produced by the brain associated with happiness and wellbeing. Add citrus essential oils as an added bonus. Their mood enhancing properties will also uplift your mood as you breathe them in while relaxing in your bath. I often refer to Citrus essential oils as the "Happy Oils" because they bring a smile to anyone who smells them.

2. Baths Can Relieve Stress and Calm Your Nervous System

The feelings of closeness we receive from being submerged in warm liquid gives us that familiar and comforting feeling of being in the womb. Overall, bathing induces feelings of comfort and easiness, and that kind of security allows your mind, and subsequently your nervous system, to relax. By adding essential oils like lavender or cedarwood, which have a calming aromatherapeutic effect on the mind and body, you can wash away a stressful day in a matter of minutes.

3. Bathing Can Help You Sleep Better

The benefits of quality sleep are widely recognized, but it can be very challenging to actually get an effective eight hours a night. A warm bath before bed can help. At night our body temperatures naturally drop, which signals the production of melatonin—or the sleeping hormone. Soaking in a warm bath will raise your body temperature, and getting out of the bath will more rapidly cool it down, thus instigating the production of melatonin, and better preparing you for sleep.

By adding magnesium salts and relaxing essential oils to your bath, your mind and body will be in even better shape for a deep sleep. Magnesium is a vital “anti-stress mineral” that relaxes your muscles and helps calm the nervous system. It also supports the production of melatonin.

Relaxing essential oils like Ylang Ylang, Chamomile, Sandalwood and Bergamot contain calming properties that we inhale and are also absorbed into the body and bloodstream through the skin, similar to magnesium.

4. A Warm Bath Can Help Relieve Muscle Pain

Warmth from a bath will get your blood moving, which is not only great for circulation but can also help sore or tight muscles to relax. The addition of magnesium salts in your warm bath has been proven to help reduce inflammation in your joints caused by strenuous activity, arthritis or other muscular problems. Adding certain essential oils like peppermint and lavender also help reduce muscle pain.

5. Baths Can Support Heart Health

Although bathing in high temperatures can put unnecessary strain on your heart, especially if you have a pre-existing heart condition, taking a warm bath will make your heart beat faster and can give it a healthy work out. It helps to induce better blood flow and circulation, therefore strengthening the heart.

6. Baths Can Relieve Cold And Flu Symptoms

Steam from a warm bath works wonders for stuffy noses and bad coughs. Congestion is caused by inflammation in your nasal passages, and steam gets the blood vessels in your face and nose moving, thus loosening mucus blockage. Using essential oils like Eucalyptus and Peppermint also help open your airways and clear congestion due to the high levels of menthol in Peppermint and a chemical component in Eucalyptus called cineole which helps clear airways of mucus and is a natural cough suppressant.

7. Baths Can Soothe Irritated Skin

While hot baths can make your skin more irritated, a warm bath—in combination with certain essential oils like lavender and chamomile and other botanical ingredients like coconut oil or oatmeal—can better hydrate and heal dry or irritated skin. Plus, aromatherapy is great for regulating your mood and reducing stress.

8. Bathing Cleanses and Moisturizes the Skin & Hair

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. But soaking in it is also extremely beneficial. We can enhance this by adding certain oils or salts to a bath which provide proper minerals and hydration to the body.

How To Draw The Ultimate Healing Bath

The water temperature of your bath shouldn't exceed your own body temperature. While some people enjoy a hot bath, a warm bath is better for your skin and immune system. If you are adding essential oils, always add them to salt so they disperse properly in the water. Move the water around with your hands to make sure the salts have fully dissolved.

Soak to the neck, keeping your face out of the water, for 15-20 minutes, take some deep breaths and allow the bath to do the rest. You can also dim the lights, light some candles, turn on some relaxing music, drink some chamomile tea or even meditate. Make your bath time a ritual of your very own, adding what you enjoy most to provide your mind and body exactly what it needs.

SAVA Products make it simple for you to enjoy your bath time to the fullest. Choose from our Luxurious Bath Salts and Bath Bombs. We also have Body Scrubs and Body Oils that you can use to compliment your bath time.

In creating our products, we combine Aromatherapy with the best quality Natural Ingredients that not only support your body, but also your mood and emotions.

The ingredients we use in creating our luxurious bath products include:

· Salt from the Dead Sea, Magnesium salts and Pink Himalayan salts, all of which are a natural source of vital minerals for the body which many are often deficient in. They are absorbed through the skin and into the body and bloodstream while soaking in the bath.

· Botanical oils like Sweet Almond, Grapeseed and Coconut which are nourishing and moisturizing for the skin.

· Pure therapeutic grade essential oils that provide Aromatherapeutic benefits for your mind, body and soul.

So give yourself permission to do something good for yourself and carve out 20-30 minutes of your day to create your own bath ritual. You will quickly see the positive results from a simple routine that will benefit you long after you finish your bath.

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