Originally Published: May 29th, 2008
Edited: April 13th, 2016
I believe one of the simplest daily pleasures is bathing. I think it’s sad that many of us don’t really get to enjoy this ritual anymore. We take a quick shower before work or school, just enough to get clean but without the relaxation that comes with a nice long soak in the tub. I’ve never lived in a house without a bath, I am aware that these exist now (I have much sympathy for you if you lack one!) and I also think that most bath tubs these days are way too small. Someday I’d like a nice big clawfoot bath deep enough to sit in.
I take baths quite regularly, especially in winter. I can think of no better way to relax after a long day and the warm water increases your circulation, easing out any aches and pains and steams your skin leaving you a rosy pink afterwards! I really love bubble baths, but unfortunately a lot of bath mixtures contain unpleasant chemicals. Here are some other ways of enjoying a bath though:
- Take your time! This is the first rule of bathing. Set aside a good hour or so to enjoy your bath and have a little ‘princess time’ to yourself. Turn off the TV or loud music, put on some relaxing classical or new age music if you like, and close the door. Set everything up nicely from the start with your soaps and oils all close at hand and have a soft fluffy dressing gown and slippers waiting for you when you emerge. You might even like to light some candles to create a special atmosphere.
- Run the bath, it should be warm but not too hot. Use the back of your hand to test the temperature. Really hot baths can be draining rather than relaxing and make you dizzy afterwards (I’ve actually fainted after a too-hot spa bath once) but you don’t want it to be too cold either, or you won’t have long to enjoy it. With practice you’ll learn the right temperature for your body.
- Add things! This is the fun part about bathing. You can add so many beautiful-smelling things that are great for your skin too! Here are a few suggestions: bath salts, Epsom salts, dried or fresh flowers, seaweed, essential oils, rolled oats, powdered milk, herbs, spices, bath melts and bath bombs/fizzes. If you’re a girl, you’ve likely been given plenty of soaps and things by well-meaning but distant acquaintances and relatives; now is the time to use them up! Alternatively, you might like to try my Rose Milk Bath recipe below.
- Sometimes I am just happy to lay back an enjoy the soak, but if you think extended bathing might be a little too dull for you, try reading! I love reading in the bath because its doubly relaxing for me, however make sure not to get the book wet! I also like to drink herbal teas (cleansing the inside at the same time) and for a real treat, cut up some fresh strawberries and nibble on these as you relax.
Rose Milk Bath
- 3 tablespoons of milk powder
- 2 tablespoons of Epsom salts
- 1 cup of fresh or dried rose petals
- 6 drops of rose essential oil (5% in Jojoba base or similar)
Add the rose oil and milk powder to the bath as you are running it, making sure it is mixed in well. Just before you step in, spoon in the Epsom salts and scatter the petals on the surface. Leaves your skin soft and lightly scented.
You may also like to visit you closest Lush store to see the amazing range of beautiful bath products they sell, in general the ingredients are mostly natural and some of them look good enough to eat!