There’s no denying that a good soak in the bath is the ideal winter-time treat for soaking away stress, tension and party season toxins. Read on to discover the best ways to turn bath time into a truly holistic experience.
“Bathing has many untold benefits,” explains co-founder of Mauli Rituals, Anita Kaushal. “Immersing the body in water helps to calm the mind, soothe skin, improve lymphatic draining, relieve muscle ache and induce a good night’s sleep. We begin life in the womb, cocooned by water so it is a natural place to be,” adds Anita. “It is the best place for us to find comfort.”
Set Your Intention
Whether you’re looking to unwind after a busy day, uplift and energise a low, post-party mood, or soothe tired muscles after a workout, you need to identify the vibe you’re seeking. Doing this will help you to pick specific aromas and products that will really help to alter both your physical and mental state. Yogis love to set an intention at the start of their practice, this is a similar idea.
Create The Right Sensory Note
Dropping some essential oils in to your bath is a must for triggering a relaxation response and turning your bath in to a truly transformative experience. If you want to boost your mood, try citrus scents like lemon and orange combined with thyme or rosemary as this will help to encourage concentration and allow you to refocus. Fresh’s Sugar Lemon SugarBath Cubes give an invigorating soak which restores and uplifts the senses as well as calming and refreshing the skin too.
For overworked and tired muscles, try Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle Bath and Shower Oil which is a soothing and therapeutic oil loaded with lavender, rosemary and ginger to ease tension, stiffness and discomfort. If it is a relaxing and calming bath you’re craving, look for chamomile and ylang ylang as these aromatic scents lull the mind and body in to a peaceful trance. Our favourite? Susanne Kaufmann’s Oil Bath For The Senses.
Add Healing Salts
While oils are great for awakening the senses and creating that spa-like ambience, bath salts will add a whole host of non-aromatic benefits. Sprinkling just a few of these crushed up minerals in to your bath can help combat fatigue, reduce inflammation and even eliminate toxins as they break down in water and enter your body through your skin as you soak. Relieve muscle tension with magnesium (reach for REN’s Magnesium Booster Bath Salts), revitalise and detoxify the body, mind and soul with pink Himalayan salts (try Mauli’s Ayurvedic-inspired Himalayan Detox Salts) and soothe irritated skin with Susanne Kaufmann’s St John’s Wort Bath.
Light A Candle
Lighting a candle instantly gives a feeling of relaxation and calm; thanks to the aromatic scents and the peaceful flicker of the flame. Our favourite is the This Works Deep Sleep Candle which is blended with comforting lavender and Roman chamomile to remedy a restless mind, relax the body and promote a good night’s sleep, as well as Mauli’s Sundaram and Silence Candle which ignites peacefulness thanks to its blend of lavender, sandalwood and jasmine. Artificial light at bedtime will suppress melatonin which can make it harder to drop off and interfere with sleep quality, so try switching out the lights completely and just bathing by the candlelight.
Sound bathing is huge in the world of wellness at the moment and there’s no reason it can’t aid your bath time state of bliss. Created by Tibetan singing bowls, gongs and crystals you’ll find the deep, soothing, repetitive sounds help you to switch off physically and mentally. You’ll be lulled into the deepest state of relaxation. There are plenty online for you to stream if you’re new to the scene but trust us… try it!