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4 Benefits to Taking Baths

Baths are not just relaxing and stress relieving; they can improve your health. Research shows bathing helps with your mental and emotional well-being, can help you rest better, easing muscle and joint aches, and can improve your skin. 

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1.   Improve your mental and emotional health

Self-care isn’t about being selfish or neglecting others. It’s about taking time to rest and reset your energy. Picture this: You’re in your cozy bathrobe. You feel the soft fibers of the bath rug slip between your toes. You run a bath and the book you are currently reading. You drop a Therapy Bomb into the bath right before you step into the warm water. Your favorite scent feels your nostrils and you escape into a state of relaxation.

Self-care relieves stress. You probably think of stress as an emotional burden, and it is. But it’s also toxic for your body. The Cleveland Clinic Health Essentials has shared 10 Strange Things Stress Can Do to Your Body, like:

  • Sore muscles.
  • Heart disease.
  • Hair loss.
  • Acid reflux.
  • A weakened immune system.
  • Weight gain.

The Clinic also found that warm baths are linked to decreases in stress hormones and more balanced serotonin levels, which help regulate mood. Some research studies from the National Library of Medicine suggests that a type of warm bath therapy may have positive effects on people living with depression.  

For maximum relaxation and mood enhancement grab one of our Mood Enhancing Therapy Bombs.

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2. Rest well

One study from Science Direct shows that taking a warm shower or bath before bed can help you fall asleep faster and sleep better.

Throughout the day, your core body temperature fluctuates and for ideal sleep, your temperature needs to drop about two or three degrees. And while it might seem like taking a bath gets you all warm and cozy and, therefore, increases your temperature, it’s the opposite. As your body warms up in the bath, it brings your blood to the surface. That means your heat is pulled from your core. That lowers your body temperature and promotes relaxation and sleep. The study concluded nightly warm showering, foot bathing, or full body bathing scheduled 1–2 hour before bedtime for a duration as short as 10 min can improve sleep.

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3. Ease your aching muscles and joints

There’s a reason just about every sports movie shows athletes hanging out in a big metal bathtub in the locker room after the big game. Soaking in a warm bath can help with muscle soreness and tension. 

Taking care of your achy muscles will help you get through your day with less pain. That means more range of motion and improved ability to exercise. Win-win.

While bubbles or bath salts may take your bath from enjoyable to life-changing; consider using one of our Muscle Recovery Therapy Bombs, which can further help you relax and ease your aches and pain. Cleaning your body doesn’t have to be just one more thing on your to-do list. It can be a chance to care for your physical and mental well-being.

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4. Soothe your skin

A bath can do wonders for your skin—but the magic truly happens when you introduce nourishing ingredients. Try using products with oatmeal that have natural, soothing properties to reduce inflammation, or honey, a natural humectant that moisturizes and heals. A few drops of your favorite essential oils, like lavender or chamomile, can also enhance the experience, bringing therapeutic benefits to both your skin and your senses. You can get both of those experiences with our Cleopatra Therapy Bomb.

Taking baths has so many benefits. Remember baths are your secret weapon in enhancing your mental and emotional well-being. It's like having a 'Ctrl + Alt + Del' for your mind, giving you a fresh reboot.

After a nice, warm bath, your body will be practically begging for a squishy pillow and a soft blanket. Let the warm water be your personal masseuse, kneading out those pesky knots in your muscles and joints. Let's not forget, a bath can turn into your skin's BFF. The warm water and your favorite bath products work together to hydrate, cleanse, and soothe your skin. 



So the next time you think about skipping your bath time, just imagine all these little health elves eager to pamper you – all from the comfort of your tub. Remember folks, when in doubt, just get in the bath and let the magic happen. Your body and mind will thank you later!


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