The Beauty of Baths

The Beauty of Baths

A bath is a beautiful luxury! There are many benefits to baths—for the body, mind and soul.

There is even a scientific word for bathing—balneology—which means using water for its curative powers. A bath takes longer than a shower, but when you have time, there is nothing quite like a bath. Soaking in warm water relieves tension and tiredness throughout the body and mind. After a long day, a bath can soothe aching limbs and soak away any problems. A bath is an inexpensive luxury to indulge in.

Make your bath as enjoyable as possible! These are some of my favorite bath tips:

Gather together everything you might need for your bath while the water is running

  • Shower cap
  • Large towel or toweling bath robe
  • Essential oils or herbal bath bags to make the bath smell nice
  • Soap or other cleanser
  • Wash cloth or, the ultimate luxury, a natural fiber sponge
  • A soft backbrush
  • Body lotion or moisturizer

Comfortable water temperature

The temperature of your bath should be comfortably warm. A bath that is too hot dries your skin and saps your energy. In extreme cases it can put strain on your heart, since it causes the blood vessels to dilate to cool the body down. If you are going to add herbal bath bags, run the hot tap first to release the herbal essences and then cool the bath down with the cold tap. A very cold bath can be too much of a shock to the system, but one that is pleasantly cool can make you feel great and wakes you up first thing in the morning or cools you down on a hot day!

Bath additions

Consider adding extras to your bath, depending on what effect you’re going for. Your bath can be made aromatic, invigorating, sensuous, healing, relaxing, or energizing!

  • Add 2/3 cup cider vinegar to the average-sized bath to soften and soothe your skin, and help to conserve the body’s acid mantle. To add fragrance and the extra healing powers of herbs, make a herb bath vinegar.
  • Milk baths moisturize, nourish, and soften the skin. Simply add about 1¼ cups milk to a warm bath. The effect of milk can be increased if it is used in combination with emollient herbs such as elderflower, linden flowers, or chamomile. Make up milk powder and herb bath bags, or infuse the herbs in warm milk for a while.
  • Salt baths are healing and soothing for the skin. Use a pure sea salt and add about 4 tbsp to the average bath.
  • Epsom salts in the bath ease aching limbs and draw toxins from the body. They can reduce stress and help you relax. Dissolve about 1 cup in 1 quart boiling water and add to an average sized bath. Do not use soap in an Epsom salts bath as it stops them working as they should.

Making herbal bath bags

If you’d like to add herbs to your bath, don’t use loose chopped or dried herbs! The pieces would stick to your skin and to the sides of the bath, and block the drain. Instead, make an infusion with them or use herbs in bath bags!

Bath recipe: milk and honey

Milk baths are softening to the skin and feel very luxurious. Use the mixture right away.

What you will need:
4 tbsp honey
1 quart boiling water
6 tbsp dried milk powder

  1. Place the honey in a bowl or large pitcher and pour on the boiling water. Stir until the honey has dissolved. Leave to cool.
  2. Place the milk powder in a bowl and gradually mix in the honey water.
  3. Add the milk mixture to a warm bath, swishing it about so the milk powder dissolves completely.

Bath recipe: milk and elderflower

This has a very softening and soothing effect on the skin. Chamomile or linden flowers may be used instead of elderflowers. Use the mixture right away.

What you will need:
2 tbsp dried elderflowers
1 quart boiling water
2 tbsp honey
6 tbsp dried milk powder

  1. Place the elderflowers in a pitcher or bowl and pour on the boiling water. Add the honey and stir until dissolved. Cover and leave to cool. Strain.
  2. Place the milk powder in a bowl and gradually mix in the strained infusion.
  3. Add the milk mixture to a warm bath, swishing it about so the milk powder dissolves completely.

Bath recipe: herbal bath vinegar (slow method)

Herbal bath vinegars restore the skin’s acid balance. Add 1¼ cups to a bath of warm water.

What you will need:
6 tbsp dried or 12 tbsp fresh chopped herb(s) of choice
2½ cups good quality, light-colored cider vinegar
up to 2½ cups mineral water

  1. Place the herbs in a 1 quart sterilized glass bottle and pour in the vinegar. Cover and leave on a warm, sunny windowsill for three weeks. Shake the bottle every day.
  2. Strain off the vinegar though coffee filter paper, pressing down hard on the herbs.
  3. Measure the vinegar and add an equal volume of mineral water.
  4. Bottle and leave for one week before use. Use within four months.

Bath recipe: herbal bath vinegar (fast method)

This bath vinegar is quicker to make and can be used immediately, but it doesn’t have so fine a scent. Use it in the same way as the previous recipe.

What you will need:
6 tbsp dried or 12 tbsp fresh chopped herb(s) of choice
2½ cups good quality, light-colored cider vinegar
2½ cups mineral water

  1. Place the herbs in a bowl or large pitcher.
  2. Place the vinegar and mineral water in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Pour the hot mixture over the herbs. Cover the bowl with a lid or kitchen wrap and leave for 12 hours.
  4. Strain though coffee filter paper, pressing down hard on the herbs.
  5. Transfer to a sterilized bottle and use within two months.

Enjoy the luxury!

Love, Janelle

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