Liking baths has been a new thing for me.
I never really “got it”, you know?
I didn’t understand what was so relaxing about laying in warm water in your boring old bathroom. It didn’t appeal to me. And though my last memories of taking baths go back to my younger days, I was reminded by my boyfriend that sometimes a bath can do the trick to resting those sore muscles (and my ever active mind).
So I got into baths again. And really, I’m quite happy about it.
I still don’t do them very often, but when I do I make sure I upgrade the usual “hot water and porcelain” combo to something that is a bit more relaxing and whole lot more fun.
As a former Kin student, I’m very aware that Epsom salts have huge benefits for tired and aching muscles. The benefits are actually much more than just that, and extend to help with insomnia, stress, sunburns, arthritis, and migraines! It’s supposed benefits come from an uptake of magnesium absorbed into the body and hey, even if it only helps to relax my muscles I’m pretty happy. Epsom salts can be purchased in a boat load of places, but I found some Eucalyptus scented ones from the good ol’ dollar store.
If you don’t find your Epsom salts coming with a scent, another way to get the relaxing benefits of a good smell is through essential oils. These can be added to the hot bath water to let your nostrils (and mind) relax into beautifully relaxing scents like lavender, eucalyptus, and lemongrass.
I use baths to not only release the unbelievable tension in my muscles, but to overall give myself an hour to relax and destress. Using a face mask (or in many cases a sheet mask) is a way I can double up on my skin care while I lay in beautifully hot and relaxing water.
Scrub it off
And on the topic of taking care of skin, I will sometimes add a homemade scrub to the mix to make sure my skin is full-on loving this bath time I’ve given it. An easy homemade scrub that I’ve made many times is combining:
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 4 drops of essential oil (I like mint or orange to help “wake up” my skin)
Mix all ingredients into a glass jar and keep close to your bathtub to scrub away all of your problems (if only it were that easy…)
A bath is an easy way to give yourself a hour of relaxation (sans electronics, because those and water do not mix well) and some skin pampering all in one.
What are your favourite ways to “upgrade” your bath?