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The Greatest, Easiest Stress Buster

Updated on March 12, 2011

BEAT STRESS THE BUBBLY WAY, Create a bath time oasis to beat stress.

In normal circumstances stress can be good for you. It helps to build character, physical endurance and mental awareness. But all woman know when we have experienced high levels of stress, it can also become unhealthy. Many cultures throughout history have been using essential oils and herbs, plant and fruit extracts added with varying temperatures of water to help aid the body to beat stress, and cure ailments.

In fact, it is widely known that the Romans, Greeks and Turks practiced hydrotherapy, the use of water for therapeutic bathing.

Some of the signs of stress are restlessness, depression, lack of energy, muscle tension, insomnia, hair loss and changes in temperament. Mental, emotional and physical relaxation are the main preventative measures to avoid stress. All of these can be stimulated with the use of hydrotherapy.

Soft music, the use of lighting, along with breathing exercises and aromatherapy can be an aid to relaxing whilst suffering with stress. Water temperatures play a vital role in creating a tranquil haven in which to relax. Hot water temperatures of between 96F degrees and 102F degrees are ideal for soothing nerves, relaxing muscles and increasing circulation.

Breathing exercises are a form of meditation and you should create your own peaceful rhythmic breathing pattern. Breathing in and out slowly releasing the tension from over worked muscles. Soft lighting helps to create a mood, darkness and candle light can increase the secretion of the hormone melatoin. The pineal gland produces melatoin, as the daylight hours reduce the gland reacts to the diminishing light and releases melatoin into the blood stream to make us drowsy.

Whilst being carried in our mother's womb, the rhythm of our mother's heart beat made us feel safe, relaxed and protected. Scientists believe that is why, soft, gentle music helps to relieve stress.

Essential oils added to the bath water, along with the heat, helps the oil to penetrate the skin, and inhaling the oils aromatic molecules through the nose. These aromatic essential oils are known to influence the brain's chemistry, hormone production and stress levels. If using essential oils in the bath, do not use soap as the use of soap can hinder the molecules of the oils penetrating the skin. We are all familiar with lavender oil and know it releases a calming effect and boosts the brain's production of Serotonin, whilst the exhilarating fragrance from grapefruit stimulates the brain to produce natural pain killers. Chamomile, hops, dandelion, burdock root, sage, eucalyptus, peppermint, ginger, basil, rosemary and juniper are just some of approximately 40 different oils which can be used to treat stress, invigorate the body, and for promoting well being. Below are some suggestions for adding to your bath to soak the stress of the day away and they wont break the bank. Enjoy.

For my good friend Mrs J.B

1. Tea Bag Bath - add a couple of your favourite herbal tea bags to your bath.

2. Wine Bath - Add 4 cups of red wine (the cheapest you can buy) to 1 cup of honey, mix well and add to running bath water.

3. Vanilla Bath - Add 1 cup of baby oil and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract (not essence) mix well and add to running water.

4. Citrus Bath - Very invigorating, Add sliced oranges, grapefruit and red grapes to your bath, lye back and relax and if you are hungry don't eat the fruit!!

5. Milk and Lemon Soak - Add 1 quart of whole milk and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice to a very warm bath.

add a generous drop of baby bubble bath and enjoy.


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      Mrs. J. B. 7 years ago from Southern California

      OH HMMM I thought a stress reliever was a vodka straight up and a cigarette...LOL... Very true about baths helping the stress melt away...

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      Annette Donaldson 7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hi Motown, thank you for stopping by. Stress is such a problem for us all and really, could be avoided with taking just a little bit more 'me' time.

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      Motown2Chitown 7 years ago

      Very interesting hub. Useful, of course, but also a reminder of the fact that we NEED to take time out and do things that not only refresh our bodies, but our spirits as well. Thank you so much for sharing this. :-)