Bath time rituals for blissful relaxation
A soothing bath can be the most welcome relaxation at the end of a long day or a busy week. It can also help you to ease into a soothed slumber.
Research shows that having a bath around 90 minutes before bedtime can help us to fall asleep more quickly. The theory is that the hot water (ideally between 40 to 43°C) can help to change your body’s core temperature. As bedtime approaches, the drop in your temperature helps to signal to the body that it’s time for bed.
Read on to discover our favourite bath time rituals for blissful relaxation.
Bath time rituals for relaxation
Add soothing salts
While a bubble bath can feel incredibly indulgent, we recommend sprinkling a generous helping of magnesium flakes to your bath instead.
This essential mineral is absorbed by the skin, helping us to top up on magnesium levels. Soaking in a magnesium-rich bath helps to ease tired and aching muscles, and it can also promote feelings of relaxation too.
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Soften skin with a milk bath
Milk has long been known for its skincare benefits – just ask Cleopatra. The Egyptian queen famously bathed in ass’s milk to improve the appearance of her skin.
Adding milk powder to your bath is a simple and effective way to leave skin feeling soft and smooth. It also acts as a great carrier for the fragrance of essential oils.
Making a milk bath at home couldn’t be easier. You can even make your own blends of milk bath soaks to give to friends as gifts – discover some of our favourite recipes here.
Inhale relaxing aromas
The scent of essential oils can help you to relax and unwind. Adding a few drops to your bath is a simple way to incorporate oils into your routine.
If you’re after something ready-made, we love Olverum’s bath oil, which contains a combination of 10 essential oils that help to relieve stress, lightly moisturise skin and promote untroubled sleep. Or, if you’re after something a little more simple, add a few drops of essential oils to your bath.
It’s important to be aware that not all essential oils are created equal. Some may irritate your skin, so be sure to do your research before diving in. Skin-friendly oils include lavender, chamomile and rose. We recommend doing a patch test on your skin beforehand to check these won’t irritate you.
Once you’ve selected your chosen essential oil, mix a few drops with a carrier oil and add your blend to the water once your bath is full.