The words bath and body conjure up a relaxing, luxurious experience we can all relate to. What better way to end your day than sinking in to an aromatic bath to sooth your tired, worn-out body.
Aromatherapy bath and body rituals can be extremely therapeutic, on a physical, mental, and spiritual level. In the bath, the therapeutic action of aromatherapy essential oils is two-fold. The essential oils are absorbed into the skin and enter the circulatory system. At the same time, their aromas are inhaled from the steam, stimulating your brain and increasing your sense of well-being.
Soaking in an aromatic bath can play an important part in relaxing muscles, helping with joint stiffness, increasing suppleness and reducing aches and pains. A bath can tone and condition your skin, detoxify your body, and relieve anxiety and tension.
The healing power of water has been known for thousands of years. Early civilizations created the art of bathing and enjoyed the stimulating, relaxing, purifying and healing effects of water. The famous bathing routine of Cleopatra was a most important part of her daily health and beauty regimen. Regular bathing was also practiced by the ancient Greeks and Romans who knew too well the wonderful effects of the bath and body experience.
A bath can be relaxing or stimulating, depending on the temperature of the water and your chosen essential oil blend. Do not have your bath water too hot as this may damage the delicate blood vessels and sebaceous glands. Below is a guide to the effects of different bath temperatures:
If you find it too difficult to get into a bath this hot, pour the bath to the temperature you are comfortable with then gradually add hot water as you become accustomed to it.
After your hot bath, put on some warm cotton pajamas or night gown and slip into bed ensuring you have plenty of blankets to promote sweating.
Note: Do not have bath water this temperature if you are pregnant, have varicose veins, hemorrhoids, or high blood pressure.
Temperature: 80-90° F / 27-34° C
A warm bath can be very soothing and calming to the mind. This is due to the equality of the body temperature which gives gentle encouragement to the natural functions of the body.
Temperature: 70-80 ° F / 21-27 ° C
A cold bath can activate and tone the skin. This temperature will help with respiration and increase the tone and elasticity of muscles. It decreases fatigue making it an ideal bath for the morning (the Stimulating bath oil recipe is the perfect blend for a cold bath).