As the temperature starts to drop, the day time shortens and leaves begin to turn yellow, we know autumn is coming our way. It provides a perfect condition for us to enjoy a hot bath, which not only helps cleanse our body, but also helps enhance our mental and emotional wellbeing.
Here are a few reasons why you should take a nice bath this autumn.
Helps you de-stress and unwind
Having a nice hot bath melts our body into relaxation, it also puts the mind at ease. Having the alone time and comfort provides a safe haven for you to let go of what is causing anxiety. Using essential oils for stress relief such as lavender or ylang ylang can provide a therapeutic and divine feeling while bathing.
It helps you sleep better
Taking a warm bath before bedtime can improve sleep quality. Studies have shown that taking a bath 90 minutes before going to bed can help people fall asleep more quickly.
One of the triggers for sleep is a drop in body temperature where the body starts producing melatonin. Melatonin is a natural hormone which regulates our sleep cycles and guides our body into sleep. When you take a warm bath, it raises the body temperature. And when you get out, your body temperature drops thus producing melatonin and promoting the feeling of sleep.
Releases muscle pain
We live in a ‘sitting culture’. We sit at a desk, in a car, at a table, and this is usually for prolonged periods. As a result we suffer from muscle pains, especially around the neck, shoulders and lower back.
Taking a hot bath is great at releasing muscle pain. The heat from the water will get your blood moving, which is not only great for circulation but also helps sore or tight muscles to relax. In addition, adding epsom salts into your warm bath has been proven to help reduce inflammation in your joints caused by arthritis or other muscular diseases.
Helps relieve cold and flu symptoms and enhance immune system
Not only does a warm bath make the blood flow easier, it also makes it more oxygenated by allowing you to breathe deeper and slower, particularly when taking in steam.
Steam from a hot bath works wonders for stuffy noses and bad coughs. Congestion is caused by inflammation in your nasal passages, and steam gets the blood vessels in your face and nose moving, thus loosening any mucus blockage. A hot bath can kill bacteria and also boost your immune system to better fight off viruses.
Meditative for complete relaxation
Your body is already physically relaxed, which makes it easier to empty your mind and zen out in your bath haven. Simply close your eyes and concentrate on long, deep breaths. Keep your mind quiet, and focus on the present moment. The sound of the water. The smell of essential oils. The complete relaxation. You can also utilise this opportunity to reflect and conclude the day with our evening reflection meditation.
Recommended bath essentials
I love taking baths, considering the time it takes to fill up the water and then to clean the bathtub afterwards, it’s not a frequent self-treat for me to indulge in given the busy city lifestyle. But whenever I get a chance, I do my best to turn it into a therapeutic session. I turn off the lights, spark a match and light up some candles, prepare a glass of warm water, soak myself into the hot bath with chosen essential oils, play my favourite soft music and then simply close my eyes to relax. Here, I’ve chosen four of my favourite bath accessories below.
1. Wellvivid Bamboo Bath Caddy
The biggest frustration I had during a bath was not to have a dry space for my phone, water and towel. It becomes a struggle to try to change the music with wet hands, or to reach out for my glass of water on the floor. The bamboo bath caddy solved all the problems for me. It also added an element of ‘nature’ to my surroundings. The fact that bamboo being the number one renewable resource, also released me from the guilt of ‘killing trees’.
Made from 100% natural bamboo - number 1 renewable resource - this bathtub caddy provides space for all your bath essentials, for you to create a Spa experience at home. Get yours via Amazon UK here.
2. Neom Organic Calm and Relax Candle
The soft candle light creates the cosy environment that encourages the body to relax. The scent is also very soothing and refreshing, which made the bath experience truly sensational.
Blended with pure essential oils, this candle not only sets up the mood for the bath with the deemed candle light, but also smells wonderful that provides therapeutic benefits for the mind and body. Get yours via Amazon UK here.
3. Elemis Aching Muscle Super Soak
The first time I tried on this was when I suffered severe shoulder and neck pain from a demanding desk job. Though I do monthly massages to help release the pain, I also started a weekly bath with this super soak as a self-care routine, especially for my tense muscles. It creates a beautiful aroma and foam. It makes me look forward to soaking into the bath every time.
With Rosemary, Clove and Thyme to be the main ingredients, this super soak helps relax the tense muscles, recharge the body and uplift the mind. Get yours via Amazon UK here.
4. Wellvivid Lavender Body Scrub
I am a big believer in the benefits of elimination in wellbeing, from the digestive system, a proper and deep exhale, to sweat, as well as to get rid of dead skin cells.
After a hot bath, the pores are open, skin is soft, it is the best timing to apply an exfoliator. I am biased, but this body scrub is very effective in eliminating the dead skin, leaving the skin soft and smooth. The granules are smaller than usual, which makes it less abrasive. The rich essential oils not only produce soothing aroma, but also ultra moisturising and nurturing - you can feel the skin is soaking them in as if taking in all the minerals it needs! The hand-crushed epsom salts, as well as lavender are rich in anti-inflammatory properties, making them naturally great for reducing inflammation in the joints.
Using the finest organically grown Carshalton lavender, mixed with hand-crushed salt and specially mixed essential oils (lavender leaf oil, sweet almond oil and jojoba seed oil), this lavender body scrub not only helps exfoliate the skin, purify toxins, but also promotes relaxation, improves sleep and brings you a sense of peace and wellbeing. Get yours via Amazon UK here.
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(Sources: Happiful, Town and Country Magazine, Lifehack and Healthline)