With the many stressors that we women face throughout the day, it is now more important than ever before to make yourself a priority. Part of making yourself a priority means putting your wants, needs, cravings, and desires ahead of the typical mundane tasks of your daily grind. Perhaps you’ve been longing for a hot bath lately (and if you haven’t, let this be your sign that you, too, should consider it), but haven’t found the justification to put everything else aside while you soak. Let this very article be the sign you’ve been looking for. Read on to find out why you need a bath, followed by a few sensual and beneficial ingredients to add to your bathwater.
Baths Aren’t Just For Hygiene
As we grow up, we replace baths with showers and end up with the very limited idea that baths are merely a method of hygiene. This isn’t the case; drawing yourself a bath after a long day (or week, or month) is a great way to unwind by inducing your body into a relaxed state while even increasing your focus. Beyond its tranquil benefits, taking the time so soak has many internal and external health benefits. Don’t believe us? Middle Eastern and Japanese societies have drawn baths to spiritually cleanse themselves for centuries now. Ancient Romans called on baths to wash away the stress of a troubled day. According to modern science, soaking in the bath for just ten minutes improves the body’s autonomic response to physical and mental stress! Further, slipping into a warm bath encourages your body to rid itself of toxins, increase blood circulation, lower blood pressure, and soothe sore muscles. Convinced yet? Read through the list of our favorite bath time ingredients to get the most out of your next soak!
Green Tea and Lemon
This duo is perfect for rejuvenating and polishing your skin; the green tea has amazing anti-aging properties while also encouraging the detox of unwanted substances and even balancing the bacterium on your skin. Additionally, the acids in the lemon juice work to exfoliate and brighten your skin. Oh, and did we mention how incredible the two smell?! After you’ve filled the tub with warm-to-hot bathwater, add in four or five green tea bags along with the juice of one lemon (about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of juice).
Apple Cider Vinegar
People everywhere have been raving about the benefits of consuming ACV, but did you know that there are also benefits of adding it to your soak? According to endless amounts testimonials, adding just one to two cups of ACV to your bath can reduce the pain related symptoms associated with arthritis, tendentious, and even gout. In addition, when added to a bath ACV’s been shown to reduce excess acid in the body which aids in the mobility of otherwise tight joints.
This root has been phrased for its healing properties for centuries—many of the benefits (e.g., alieving nausea; soothing headaches; calming inflammation) attained be eating or sucking on the ginger. However, adding 1/3 to 1/2 cup of ground ginger powder to a bath allows your body to detox the lymphatic and circulatory systems. Further, such detox properties are especially helpful when fighting a virus or even after a hard workout.