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Monthly Archive for June, 2011

Benefits of Taking a Bath

Five Benefits of Taking a Hot Bath—Soak 10 minutes, or more if you’d like!

1. Helps relax muscles—Take a hot bath with mineral-rich bath salts containing Dead Sea and/or Epsom salts, not just sea salt. The magnesium, sulfate and potassium in Dead Sea and Epsom salts are absorbed through the skin and help reduce inflammation that causes sore and stiff muscles. The hot water warms your muscles helping them loosen and relax.
2. Provides aromatherapy—Using a natural bath product scented with pure essential oils helps you relax, uplift mood or recharge depending on the specific essential oil. Products scented with “fragrance” or ”perfume” contain synthetic fragrance and don’t provide this aromatherapy benefit. Lavender essential oil and real vanilla are calming and relaxing scents. Grapefruit and peppermint essential oils help uplift your mood.
3.  Helps promote a good night’s sleep—After you take a hot bath, your body temperature drops helping to prepare you for the sleep state.  Body temperature is lower when sleeping so creating that “sleep signal” can help promote a good night’s sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep helps you manage stress and stay healthy. Natural bath salts that contain lavender essential oil or real vanilla are calming and relaxing.
4.  Helps release toxins caused by stress, etc—Fill the tub only half way with water, enough to cover your sides when you lie back in the tub. Your belly, chest and top of legs will be exposed to the air. Skin breathes so your pores, uncovered by water and opened from the heat, can release toxins helping you maintain general wellness. Natural bath salts that contain ginger root powder or ground yellow mustard seed in addition to Dead Sea, Epsom and sea salts are especially good for detoxing.
5. Provides quiet, meditative time—Taking a hot bath takes you to a place away from your To-Do list. Slide down into the tub and take deep breaths, breathing in and out slowly to the count of three. Three counts in, three counts out, repeat a few times. Let you mind and body rest.
Note:  Best to use all natural products in your bath. Products that contain synthetic fragrance, perfume or bubbles can irritate and throw off a woman’s “feminine balance”.  Use products that contain salts since they are naturally anti-bacterial and typically aren’t irritating.

Bath Salts for Summer

Read what Spa Magazine has to say about the Joyful Bath Co. line in "Bath Salts for Summer". And remember you can also use bath salts to soak your tootsies to keep those feet soft and sandal ready! Mellow Yellow has anti-fungal properties and Green Tea Glee is oh-so-pepperminty!