Not many people have heard of hydro-therapy, a distinct procedure towards a unstrained body, relaxed mind and good disposition. Immersing your body into water has been showed to be utterly relaxing, therapeutic and a complement for a healthier lifestyle. The deep muscle relaxation associated with a good hot bath helps to reduce cramps, tension, headaches and improves muscle elasticity.
Lavender oil is known for its sleep inducing qualities and the rose oil has a sweet and lovely fragrance. Vanilla oil is also a good idea as it cheap and enjoyable. Add oils to the tub when the bath is halfway full, this will help them disperse evenly throughout the water.
Did you know that common baking soda, the one you might keep on your kitchen shelves or in your fridge to absorb the odors, can also be used as a detoxing device? By adding this to a bath you are giving it properties it otherwise wouldn’t have. It’s been said that this bath can help you de-stress. It’s important to look at stress as a toxic condition and to look at ways of relaxing as a way to detox the body. The scientific way of referring to baking soda is sodium bicarbonate and it’s great for neutralizing the chlorine that’s been added to most city water sources.
Milk baths are best with powdered milk. Add two cups of powdered milk to your bath while it’s filling. Feel free to add honey, lavender or Epsom salt along with the milk for added benefits!
Did you know Cleopatra’s beauty was attributed to her love of milk baths? Milk contains lactic acid, which is packed with skin softening properties that leave skin feeling smoother and more resilient. The lactic acid in milk acts similarly to the alpha hydroxyl acids found in expensive skin creams, which dissolve proteins that bind dead skin cells together. Milk baths are also great for soothing burns and skin after spending too much time in the sun!
It is important to close your eyes during the bath to enter deep relaxation, so anything that forces you to keep your eyes closed is a great. Try cold cucumbers, an icy compress or eye pads which have been soaked in chilled chamomile tea.
Add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to running bath water. Epsom salts can be mixed with olive oil, milk and baking soda for added benefits!
Benefits of an Epsom Salt Bath – Historically, Epsom salts have been known for their powerful ability to relieve aches, pains and sore muscles. The nutrients in the salt break down the build up of lactic acid, which causes muscle pain. Soaking in a bath of Epsom salts will also help reduces muscle inflammation.
Squeeze and drop 5-6 lemons into your running bath. If you don’t have lemons, 3/4 cup of bottled lemon juice will work just as well. Soak & relax.
Benefits of a Lemon Bath – Lemon baths are especially refreshing in hot weather. The healing agents in lemons will refresh revive tired skin. Lemons will also cool the skin, and help tighten large pores!