If youíre lucky enough to own a bathtub then Iím green with envy. The house I live in now is tiny and there is no space for a bath. Luckily I have family members who are more than happy to let me come and use theirs every now and then.
Immersing ourselves into water is a primal urge and a great way to refresh and revitalize our whole body. We can make bathing a simple part of our daily routine or a luxurious indulgence that we treat ourselves to occasionally. Bathing with a loved-one can be a great way to relax and unwind together and have a bit of fun.
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Apparently it was only in the early nineteen hundreds that people began bathing in their homes. Before then they would use public baths. It was the Greeks and Romans who first considered bathing as a form of relaxation and well-being.
For me it has always been a way to de-stress and nurture myself, and so itís never just about water. I've always used bubble bath, oils or other additives to make it more special. I've even been known to go all out with candles and music.
Here are a few good ideas for making your bath-time special:
- If you donít have bubble bath, use a capful of gentle shampoo.
- Try Epsom salts and a few drops of lavender oil to relax and relieve stress.
- Allow yourself the luxury of a milk bath (a couple of big scoops of powdered milk.)
- Scented bath oils or olive oil moisten your skin and keep it supple.
- Squeeze a couple of lemons into your bath to cool and refresh on a hot day.
- A few spoonfuls of baking soda will sooth irritated skin.
- Put some oatmeal into a muslin bag and squeeze under the running tap. This is also great for its soothing properties.
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Have the water warm, but not too hot. Aside from drying out your skin, a very hot bath can be dangerous for anyone with particularly high or low blood pressure or heart problems. Itís also not good if youíre pregnant.
While some people enjoy a cold bath, especially after exercise, this can also have its dangers. For those with a heart condition, the cold bath can be a shock to the system. Itís also not advised if you experience any kind of circulation problems.
But donít let any of this put you off. The positive benefits of a bath far outweigh any negatives, so as long as youíre careful Ė go ahead and indulge yourself.