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How to Take a Relaxing Bath

Updated on January 31, 2013

It can be difficult to find time to take a relaxing bath, so when you finally do get that time, you want to take full advantage. Here are some tips on how to get the most from your bath time.

Milk and honey make for a luxurious and relaxing bath
Milk and honey make for a luxurious and relaxing bath | Source

Relaxing Bath Ideas

Use Minerals in Your Bath: Minerals contained in sea salts, especially salts from the Dead Sea and Epsom salt, have been shown to help you relax and reduce stress. They are easily absorbed through the skin during a bath. For example, both Dead Sea salt and Epsom salt are high in magnesium which reduces inflammation, soothes aching muscles and limbs, eases stress and relaxes you body. Magnesium also helps to produce serotonin, one of the feel-good hormones. Using these salts in your bath with help your body heal, relax and detoxify.

Dim the Lights: We spend so much of our time squinting at bright computer or tablet screens, suffering under harsh, unflattering fluorescent lights. Needless to say, this is anything but relaxing. Take a break from the harsh lights of the day and soften the lighting during your bath. If you have multiple lights in your bathroom, only turn on one, or use candles to completely light the bathroom during your bath. The softness of candlelight will give you an immediate sense of calm and relaxation.

Lavender is a popular essential oil for relaxation
Lavender is a popular essential oil for relaxation | Source

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Don't Allow Interruptions: In order to have a relaxing bath, you need to be free of daily worries and constant interruptions. This is your time and for goodness sake you've earned a little you time. And when you feel calm, soothes and relaxed, it's not only better for you but better for everyone around you as well. Finding time for a relaxing bath may come far and few between, so you want to make the most out of it when you do find the time.

Make sure your family knows that it's your time. Put your phone in another room. Then, allow yourself to relax. Forget about all your worries, all the errands you have run, all the chores that need doing, all the things you need to do when you go into work tomorrow, or next week, or next month. Let it all go. All that stuff will be there waiting for you when you're doing. It can wait an hour. Spend this time focusing on you.

Make every breath you take during your bath an indulgence. Feel how wonderful and relaxing the warm water feels on your skin. Breath in every moment and allow yourself to completely experience it.

Add Essential Oils: If you enjoy a little aromatherapy then consider adding essential oils to your bath. The most relaxing essential oil is going to vary from person to person, so choose when smells best to you. Are there any fragrances the remind your of a fond person, place or memory? Popular essential oils for relaxation are lavender and chamomile, but again, it's going to completely depend on your personal preferences.

Salt build up at the Dead Sea.
Salt build up at the Dead Sea. | Source

Relaxing Milk Bath Recipe

It is said that Cleopatra used to bathe in a bath of milk and honey. Doesn't that sound simply luxurious? Not only is a milk and honey bath extremely relaxing, it's also great for your skin. Milk and honey are both ingredients that hydrate and nourish your skin. Try the following recipe:

  • 1 cup Epsom Salt
  • 1 cup Dead Sea Salt
  • 1 cup powdered milk or 2 cups fresh milk
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Essential oil of choice
  • Mix ingredients together under warm running water. Add a few drops of your chosen essential oil after the bath water has run. Light your candles and enjoy!

Relaxing Bath Products

These products will help you relax, indulge and enjoy your bath completely.

I hope you enjoy your relaxing bath! I would love hear any comments or questions you might have, so feel free to leave a comment.


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      Jenna Estefan 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      That's a great suggestion, I'm going to have to dry those different kinds of soaks! Ah, I feel more relaxed just thinking about it :)

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      alwaysamber 5 years ago

      Great ideas! I love putting bubbles and then lighting a candle or turning on a small lamp that I have in my bathroom. It's so relaxing after a long day at work. I also love to put anything with a lavendar scent, in my bathwater. Wal-Mart has bottles of different types of soaks to put in your bath water for aches and pains, sinuses, etc. I absolutely love those, especially since I have bad allergies and sinus problems. The sinus one works wonders in clearing up my sinuses!