Soak your Stress Away

By Liz W

Relaxing bath

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Living in an age of high- speed everything, we are used to moving to the rhythm of alarm clocks and up to the minute calendar reminders on our computers and cell phones.  But if an early grave is not your goal, give yourself a break and relax in a bath with a purpose.  Here are some easy ways to spice up your bath with simple ingredients that relax, exhilarate, and moisturize.

If you are looking for a way to wind down and free your mind of every day stress, add a few drops of lavender and frankincense oils. To really set the mood, light some candles and play some serene music before you settle into the fragrant, relaxing water.  Lavender is well known for its relaxing scent, but many people don’t know that the essential oil is also very soothing, and effective at treating burns or irritated skin. Frankincense’s main purpose is to be used in perfumes and aromatherapy. The fresh, woody scent has been used in religious ceremonies for centuries, and it is coming back in style with the rise of the aromatherapy trend in ayurvedic spas.

Some people, like me, find the idea of relaxation stressful in its self, so if you prefer an exhilarating bath to refresh your energy levels, a mineral saline bath, could be just what you are looking for. Adding salt to your bath can provide a number of effects, the main one being a circulation aide. Taking this bath in a whirlpool tub will stimulate circulation further.

For a moisturizing soak, take a tip from Cleopatra and Queen Elizabeth I. They were big fans of milk baths, and for good reason. Being high in Lactic acid, milk is really effective at dissolving dead, chapped skin bringing the healthier skin underneath to the surface. To step it up and really bathe like a queen sprinkle some rose petals in the water, or drop in a sweetly scented Milk and Honey bath bomb, before you lay back and let the milk works it’s magic.

It is important to take care of yourself emotionally as well as physically. Even the healthiest diet, when paired with a high stress lifestyle, can lead to problems later on. So take some time out for yourself and relax in the tub, your body will thank you.

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2 Responses to “Soak your Stress Away”

  1. Tony says:

    Very nice article. Taking a bath was always the norm, to bad we as a society have moved away from it.

  2. terri says:

    how does one take a milk bath: some milk added to the water (so, how much per gallon of water) or a whole tub full of milk? (accck, i need a cow!)

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