Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Benefits of Aromatherapy Bath

I love baths! They are my great escape from the stresses of a busy life complete with a husband that works 6 days a week, 2 kids (ages 5 and 4 months), and 3 pets. Somebody is ALWAYS needing something! At the end of the day, I can just slip into the tub with the water as hot as I can stand and forget about everything except relaxation. It is 20-30 minutes that I can just focus on me.

Aromatic baths are one of the most important and versatile forms of treatment in aromatherapy. A bath with aromatherapy bath salts or bath oil can be whatever you like it to be: relaxing, stimulating, tonic, or aphrodisiac. Any of my Aromas of Eden Massage Oils can also be used as a bath oil, just add 1 teaspoon to a full tub. Stress reduction is the area where aromatherapy bath salts and bath oils are the most valuable, but they can also help with muscular pain, skin conditions, mood, and act as a treatment or preventative measure for many physical conditions. The heat of the water aids absorption of the essential oils throughout the skin, and some of the oil will also be released as an aromatic vapor and breathed in. Just soak in the tub for at least 20 minutes to get the full effect of the essential oils.

Epsom salt is a very beneficial and therapeutic bath salt which all of my Aromas of Eden Bath Salts contain. Epsom salt boosts our magnesium levels better than that of taking a magnesium supplement! Some benefits include improved nerve function, stress relief, improves circulation and heart health, reduces severity or incidence of diabetes, eases muscle pains, helps the body to remove harmful substances, exfoliating, lowers blood pressure, reduces inflammation, helps prevent and ease migraines, improves absorption of nutrients, improves formation of joint proteins and brain tissue, softens, smoothes, and restores moisture balance, heals irritations and scars, encourages the skin to renew itself, eases hemorrhoid & arthritis pain, and is very helpful with psoriasis & eczema.

I found this list of reasons to take a bath on a brochure I received recently:

Your Skin Will Thank You. Bathing in warm water opens up pores and cleanses your skin from the inside out, leaving you soft and supple. Bathing also lifts out harmful toxins, so your skin is fresh and unbelievably clean.

You Will Be Free of Stress. Bathing actually lowers blood pressure and provides an excellent respite from your busy routine. Your body will relax and your mind has a chance to wander, leaving the stress of the day behind.

You Will Smell Fabulous. Take a bath with scented salts - and to add to the atmosphere, line your tub with scented candles. Not only will the aromas add a nice touch to your bathing experience - you will emerge smelling fresh and clean!

You Will Get a Good Night’s Sleep. Bathing has been proven to lead to a better night’s rest and for some, even cure insomnia. Take a bath before bedtime, and you will get a restful, uninterrupted night of sleep.

Your Muscles Will Be Limber. At the end of a long day, particularly if you exercise, your muscles can feel tight and tense. Bathing loosens and relaxes the muscles, soothing aches and pains.

You Can Finally Have Some Time Alone. Bathing can bring you the restful solitude you need to reflect and relax. You can literally close the door on the outside world and disappear for a while without having to worry - they’ll understand.

It’s Romantic. Bathing is wonderfully sensual, and if you need some time alone with that special person in your life, taking a bath together is an inexpensive, pleasurable way to enjoy each other’s company.

You Will Look Younger. In addition to the lovely flush you’ll get from all that steam and warmth, your skin will soften and become smoother. Bathing in natural bath salt can even reduce the look of fine lines and other signs of aging, leaving you feeling and looking years younger.

It’s Cheap. Well, bathing is free - and bath salts are extremely affordable. It’s a low cost way to treat yourself like royalty, bringing all the benefits of an expensive spa trip into your own home.

It’s Fun. Simply put, bathing is fun. It gives you something to look forward to at the end of a hard day, a gift to yourself that will energize, soothe, soften, and relax you from the inside out.

I know most days can be hectic and you barely have time for a shower, but at least try to have one bath a week where you can soak for 30 minutes and just focus on you!

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