There's something very sacred about creating a perfect space to spend time alone in. Have you noticed that when we decide to run ourselves a bath, it instantly lifts our mood? We’ve consciously made the decision to spend time relaxing and taking a moment for ourselves.
We can also easily make this a more uplifting experience by introducing elements that will be kind to the skin, relax muscles, enhance the quality of our sleep and improve our blood circulation.
We’ve put together our top tips for levelling up your bath experience.
The Benefits of Bath Salts
Bath salts create a different type of bathing experience from your normal bubble bath product, which more often than not contain SLS’s and a foaming ingredient which can be a skin irritant.
Bath salts such as Dead Sea salts, Epsom salts or Himalayan salts contain a multitude of minerals (Himalayan salt contains over 80!). When diluted in water our body absorbs the minerals it needs through our skin and as a bonus makes us feel luxuriously soft! These minerals include magnesium, which is amazing for the skin whilst also helping to reduce tiredness, alleviate headaches and soothe muscle cramps.
What’s the right amount of bath salts to use?
For a standard filled bath, the optimum amount of bath salts to use is one cup. As a rule of thumb, if you’re using bath salts to soothe skin complaints, reduce this amount by half. A good handful sprinkled across warm water is perfect for headaches, anxiety or muscle tension to make sure you get the maximum absorption of amazing minerals and infused scent.
Why is scent important?
As one of our most powerful senses, smell plays a huge role in emotive responses. A specific smell can trigger vivid memories because of how it’s received and read by the signifiers in our minds. This is important as we can select scents that evoke the feeling of calmness and serenity.
What to add to boost to your bathing ritual:
A great addition to bath salts is essential oils. Not only does it have therapeutic benefits but also helps to open sinuses with the added heat from the water. 15 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil is great for soothing the common cold symptoms, but this is where you can make a bath uniquely individual by the specific oils you choose. If you want to relax go for soothing oils such as lavender or frankincense.
With this relaxation time being more indulgent than others periods, it’s also an opportunity not to be disturbed by other people or our phones. This makes it the perfect time to meditate or just consider where our gratitudes currently are. We recommend some calming music like Indian flute or Tibetan singing bowl music. Pick whatever music you like to get you in a zen state.
If you really want to enhance your bathing ritual, why not switch off the lights and burn some candles. There is something incredibly relaxing about candle light. Just watching the gentle flicker of the flame can be part of a mindfulness practice and a bath is the perfect time out to do so. If you go for a natural wax candle, even better! We have five scents to choose from that will compliment any bath.
Another great way to get all the benefits of the perfect bath without having to combine ingredients is to use a bath salt blended to balance all these elements for you. Our Eucalyptus Rosemary Bath Salt Blend has the perfect balance for the seasonal change. With the Eucalyptus keeping our sinuses open and clear and the rosemary helping to soothe aches and pains. It also has a warming scent, including lavender for the extra home spa feeling.The relaxation we feel in ourselves, associated with taking a bath, is a subconscious reminder from how we’ve felt previously. Baths are known for elevating our mood because being in warm water makes our bodies feel good. Balance this with the elements above and you can’t go wrong.