I love a good bath. Rainy evening? Take a bath. Sour mood? Take a bath. Sore from yoga? Take a bath. For me, baths are the ultimate way to relax at home, and they feel so indulgent (yet are so simple).
Today's Blog Every Day in May prompt is this: Educate us on something you know a lot about or are good at. I thought I would take a light-hearted approach and share my tips and secrets to the perfect bath.
I recently discovered that epsom salt is just as good--if not better--than bath salts you can purchase. First of all, it's just salt--no chemicals or additives--and it's inexpensive. Bathing in salt helps to soften and moisturize the skin. Epsom salt, specifically, has a high level of magnesium sulfate (which most of us are deficient in, and which is very good for us) and our skin easily absorbs it while soaking. Finally, epsom salt baths apparently help the body to detoxify--I'm no scientist so I won't begin to explain this. You can read more about this here.
I love the smell of lavender. I find it to be incredibly calming. Just a few drops of lavender essential oil will perfume your bath water, calm your senses, and leave your skin smelling heavenly. I also prefer the combination of epsom salt and lavender oil over traditional bath soap that bubbles (like in the photo) because it's hard to rinse all of the suds off when you get out of the bath.
There is nothing more satisfying than taking a sip of cool water as you soak in a hot bath. That's all there is to it.
I only use candles if I'm not reading in the tub--if I'm reading, I need more light. But if I'm just soaking and trying to rest my mind, a candle makes me feel peaceful and relaxed. An unscented one is better than scented if you're already using lavender oil.
Those are my tips and tricks! Simple, inexpensive, and easy--but highly rewarding. What do you do to make your bath more relaxing?