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Getting up in the morning to a nice hot shower is how many people start their day. At the end of the day, however, a hot bath can be more beneficial for those who are searching for sleep. Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering recently established that taking a hot bath 1 – 2 hours before bedtime can significantly improve your sleep. Not only did this study show that the average person can fall asleep faster, but it also showed that the quality of sleep was higher throughout the night. The optimum time to soak is about 90 minutes before you hit the sheets.
For centuries, hot baths have been known to calm the nerves, soothe muscles or joints, and give the bather a general sense of well-being. The ancient Greeks and Romans were dedicated to bathing as a way of improving the body and mind. Their elaborate tubs and pools were known far and wide. People met, conducted business, and socialized while relaxing in the hot waters.
Thanks to the arrival of the bubonic plague and other maladies, public bathhouses lost their popularity in the late 16th century. Today, taking a bath is a private ritual that can be appreciated right in your own home.
Bathing with lavender essential oil added to the bathwater can do a lot for your body and mind. According to WebMD, the skin-healing powers of lavender oil can be used to treat hemorrhoids, eczema, and other irritating skin conditions. It also has an anti-anxiety effect that can promote relaxation, reduces stress, and aid in sleep. As you inhale the scent of the oil, it stimulates the olfactory nerve, which can have a direct effect on your mood.
Lavender isn’t the only essential oil that can enhance your bath time experience. The following essential oils can be added to any bath for a spa-like treatment that can soothe, heal, and stimulate.
Always dilute essential oils in a carrier oil before adding to the bathwater. If you prefer to bathe without the addition of essential oils, but still want to reap their benefits, place a few drops in a diffuser and inhale as you soak.
Making your own bath bombs are not only fun and cost effective, but they also give you complete control over the ingredients you’re adding to your bath. While store-bought bath bombs can be found just about anywhere, you never know what skin-irritating ingredients they can include. While those that are purely natural can cost a small fortune. Here are three recipes that will get you started making your own bath bomb making adventure.
Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix liquid ingredients in a small, separate bowl. Slowly add liquid to dry ingredients, mixing until the texture is soft and grainy.
Next, press the mixture into bath bomb molds or standard cupcake tin. Let sit 8 hours or overnight until dry. Remove from molds when dry, and store in a tightly covered container in a cool place.
Place citric acid, baking soda, cornstarch, and oil into a bowl. Add essential oils and blend until mixture forms a soft, dough-like consistency. If desired, add dried flowers or herbs to the mixture. Spoon into silicone molds or standard cupcake tin. Let dry for 24 hours before removing from the molds. Store in an airtight container.
Mix baking soda, Epsom salt, and citric acid in a large bowl. Add olive oil and water (mixture will fizz a bit). Mix well with a wire whisk. Add the essential oils; mix until there are no clumps and mixture has a sand-like consistency. Spoon mixture into bath bomb molds or cupcake tin. Place in a cool, dry spot for 24 hours until ready. Once dry, remove from molds and store in an airtight container.
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