Self-Care: How Baths Can Be Beneficial

Turning your bath time into a self-care ritual

There is something about a nice warm bath that implies self-love and care. The mix of warmth, pleasant smells, and know that this is your time (no matter how brief it may end up being).

Are there really any benefits to soaking in a bath?

ARK bath with Essential oils

Baths are a great way to set your running mind to rest. Turn the phone to Do Not Disturb, put on some music or no sound at all, and just enjoy a few moments without having to do anything. If you live with other people, you may want to let them know that you are going to take a bath and for how long. That way the disturbances can be kept to a minimum.

Bath Temperature

Choosing the temperature of a bath is up to personally preference. Some like the water to be tepid, other want it almost uncomfortably hot. Just be careful not to burn yourself in the water. Test the temperature, before you get in, with your elbow or a quick run through with your hand. Using your foot might be easy but the skin on the top of your foot is very thin and sensitive.  You can also have a thermometer for your water. 

Cold Bath Benefits

A cold bath may not be ideal if you are wanting to relax and enjoy your "alone time." But cold temperature baths do have their benefits.

Ice Baths (baths under 59°F (15°C)) are used by athletes to help reduce inflammation of injuries, and to speed up training recovery. These ice baths also show to decrease muscle soreness from workouts.  

Interestingly, a cold bath may also help with the symptoms of depression. Being in cold water stimulates the production of noradrenaline and beta-endorphins. These chemical reactions can have an antidepressant effect!  (Always talk with your doctor before adding something to your daily routine.)

Hot Bath Benefits

Want to sleep better at night? Take hot bath! One major benefit from taking a warm-to-hot bath is that as you get out of the tub, your body cools. This cooling starts your body’s relaxation response. Some studies have shown that taking a hot bath 90 minutes before bed can help you to sleep more quickly.

Want another health bonus of a hot bath? You could be burning extra calories while doing nothing. One study showed that taking a hot bath (104°F ) for an hour burned as many calories as walking for half of an hour.  The same study also should a lowering of blood sugar because of the hot baths. 

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Detox with Clay and Salts

Try adding clay or salts to your bath for extra self-care. Clay can help draw out dirt and oils from your body for an added detox effect. Salt, in various forms, can add minerals to your skin, help with water retention, help with muscle soreness, decrease stress, and even help you sleep. Epsom salt specifically is used by athletes to help with sore muscles and sprains.

Essential Oils

Looking for even more benefits from your bath? Add essential oils.

ARK crystal dark tile essential oils

Add essential oils in the bath with salts and clay soaks or have a diffuser so that you can enjoy the scent while you relax. Be mindful of which oils you place in the water as some can irritate or even burn the skin. 

Incorporate lavender, eucalyptus, and chamomile in your bath soaks for their calming and soothing benefits.

Including ARK crystals

As a special touch you can use the ARK crystal to “charge” your essential oils before adding them to your bath.  You can do this the same as you would use the ARK crystal to potentiate a glass of water by allowing the oils to be exposed to the ARK crystal at least 30 minutes before using them.

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If you don’t want to put essential oils in your bath and do not have a diffuser you can add essential oils to lotion or carrier oils and then use these after your bath.

Never put your ARK crystal directly into the water or into the oils. This may cause parts of the ARK crystal to rust.

ARK crystal with bath bubbles

Do you take baths regularly? Have you noticed a difference in how you feel after a bath versus taking a shower? 

 

 

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