5 Key Ways to Add Relaxation to Your Bath Time Routine

Sometimes, nothing could possibly feel better than a warm, relaxing bath after a hard day. While it’s enough for some people to simply sink into the tub and lie there, there are many ways to make a bath extra relaxing and even memorable. Here are five of them:

Have the Right Accessories

They include:

  • Bath sponges: Bath sponges come in many sizes, textures and shapes. They support circulation while giving those parts of the body not underwater a good, healthy drenching.
  • Scrubbers: These can include loofahs which both scrub the skin and relaxes tight muscles. Loofahs are natural scrubbers made out of gourds.
  • Brushes: Brushes exfoliate the skin, which means they take away the very top layer of dead, dry skin cells and stimulate the growth of new, fresh skin.
  • Bath trays: A bath tray that fits across the width of the tub can hold accessories and necessities such as rubber ducks and books.

Make the Bath Smell Delicious

There are so many ways to make the bath fragrant. Consider making an enfleurage, which is a concoction made from fragrant flower petals. Flowers include rose and violet, but also lilac, lily of the valley and gardenias. To make an enfleurage, the petals are placed on glass plates that have been coated with fat that eventually absorbs the scent of the petals. Then, the fat is dissolved and mixed with other ingredients. Only a bit of it needs to be placed in the bathwater at a time. Floral sachets made for the bath also add fragrance, as do scented oils and salt and sugar scrubs.

Bathe at Sunrise

Once in a while, set the alarm clock early, and take a bath just as the sun is rising. Use the bath tray to hold a very light breakfast of some fruit and tea. A heavy breakfast combined with bathwater will only make the bather want to go back to bed. Some people take their morning exercise then settle into the tub. In this case, the water should be a bit cooler than normal, about 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Some bath experts recommend a nice scrub with a sponge soaked in cold water from the spigot just before the bather leaves the tub. This closes up the pores and protects against chills.

Baths to Soothe the Skin

If a person has been out in the summer sun a little too long and winds up bit cooked, there are ingredients to add to the bath that can soothe. They include about a ounce of black tea steeped in two cups of water then added to the bath, a half a cup of apple cider vinegar, a half a cup or more of baking soda or some chamomile flower water. This is made by boiling 4 ounces of dried chamomile flowers in a quart of water for about an hour, cooling it, straining it and adding it to the bath water.

Ingredients that both calm down a sunburn and keep the bather cool on a blazing hot summer afternoon include mint and lemon mint added to the bathwater. Crush about 2 ounces of mint leaves, put them in a sachet, and place it under warm running water. With the lemon mint bath, steep the mint leaves in a cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice in the fridge overnight. Strain it in the morning, add almond oil, and add the concoction to the bathwater as it’s pouring out of the spigot.

Add Art

Some people are fortunate enough to have a window to gaze out of while they soak in the tub. But a lot of folks, especially those in apartments, have bathrooms with no windows at all or those tiny windows with frosted glass. One way to break up the monotony is to add artwork. It can be a painting, a collage, a collection of old signs from a country store or a mobile. If the bather is worried about humidity, they don’t need to have the artwork stay in the room permanently. Prints and paintings that are to stay in the bath should be protected by special glass.

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