Baths vs Showers - Plus make your own natural bath bombs!
In today's busy world, when we're rushing to get out the door in the morning, there's nothing better than a hot shower; it's fast and it does the job! But is it relaxing?
Despite the popularity of the shower it's interesting to see how many bathroom renovations or new builds incorporate a bathtub. Whereas a shower might be great get clean in a hurry, the tub is a place of serenity, relaxation and healing.
When you're tired and sore, struggling with cold or flu or simply need to unwind in a nurturing environment, there's nothing better than a warm bath. In fact, there is even scientific evidence to prove that taking a bath is better for your health.
Did you know that taking baths can reduce ageing and help with skin conditions such as acne? According to dermatologists, a regular warm bath can lower your levels of cortisol, the stress hormone that induces premature ageing and can cause acne.
Many people avoid baths because they think it will dry out their skin. The fact is, both baths and showers can strip your skin of natural oils. The difference, however, is that you can add natural moisturisers to your bath, including essential oils and natural bath bombs.
Easy Bath Bomb
Be sure to check out our easy recipe for home-made bath bombs at the end of this blog!
A warm bath is also the best way to reduce sore and inflamed muscles, especially if you add Epsom Salt. The beneficial effects of submerging yourself in warm water have been medically proven. And that's not the only proven medicinal benefit.
If you have an issue with high blood sugar levels, a hot bath is a great natural medicine. Taking a bath can reduce those levels, to keep your blood sugar down and improve your health. Always check with your doctor first.
Stressed? Take a Bath
To help reduce stress and improve your sleep, a warm bath is hard to beat. As the soothing water gently increases your body temperature, it will improve your circulation, release endorphins, calm your nervous system and detox your body.
Some studies suggest that taking regular baths can improve cardiovascular health by lowering blood pressure. However, avoid making the bath water too hot as this can increase your heart rate - and check with your doctor first if you have an existing heart condition.
Make Your Own Bath Bomb
There's nothing more relaxing than soaking in a beautifully scented, therapeutic bath. The problem is, many commercial bath products contain nasty chemicals and artificial fragrances. Now you can make your own healthy bath bombs with our easy recipe.
1 cup Bicarb Soda
1/2 cup Citric Acid
1/2 cup Epsom Salt
3/4 cup Cornstarch
2 tablespoons Coconut Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 teaspoons of water (or more if required)
20-30 drops of Essential Oils of your choice
Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
In a smaller bowl, mix the oil, water and essential oils.
Add the liquid to the dry ingredients a few drops at a time and mix well with your hands.
The consistency is correct once you can squeeze the mixture into a ball. At this stage, you can either leave your bath bombs as balls or press the mixture into a muffin tin or mould. Allow them to dry for 24-48 hours then store in an air-tight container for up to two weeks.
To use, simply drop one bath bomb into your warm bath water, climb in and relax.