Did you know bathing can actually have healing powers? What seasons are better for restoring, relaxing and recharging than autumn and winter?
There’s people that love water and people that don’t love water. I definitely belong to the first category. So I love taking a bath. But did you know a bath can actually come with health benefits? There’s even a medical term for this: balneotherapy, aka the treatment of disease through bathing.
Healing powers of a bath
“Although very few of the claims for healing baths are backed by rigorous scientific studies, the anecdotal evidence for their efficacy is abundant,” says Minneapolis-based dermatologist Bailey Lee, MD to WebMD.com. And you’ve probably heard of people with skin diseases traveling to the Dead Sea that’s known for it’s healing benefits. No worries, you don’t have to hop on a plane and travel to Israel. You can turn your own bath into a healing bath.
Drowsy Sunday or an evening off? Lock the bathroom, light some candles, put on your favorite relaxing music and fill your bath with warm water. I love to bring a book when I take a bath, but be careful you don’t drop it. One of my favorite things to use when taking a bath: mineral salt made of ground gems agate, carneol, citrine, chrysopraas, chalcedon, sapphire, rock crystal and onyx. I always get mine here. The mineral salt alkalizes the body and gets rid of toxic waste in your body. But you can also buy Dead Sea Salt. Just check if you score the real deal, not normal salt with a Dead Sea Salt-label. You can usually find more about this on the web.
You can also try adding oats pulverized into a very fine powder to your bath. It’s been used for centuries to cleanse, protect and soothe dry, irritated skin. You can even buy sachets of pulverized oats.
Essential Oils are gaining in popularity. Lavender oil is known for it’s skin-healing powers, but also can have effect on your stress-level. A few drops in your bath will do the trick.
No bath? No worries. I didn’t have one either. Until I found out about Tubble Bath. This is an inflatable bath that you can use when you don’t have a bath build in your bathroom. It’s super easy to inflate and fill with water. You can close it with a zipper so the water doesn’t cool down easily. Every time I take a bath I’m so grateful for the fact that I’m able to do so in my own home.
Healing or not, one thing is for sure: I always feel súper relaxed after a bath.