By Jill Brooke
It’s Bubble Bath Day – most likely inspired by someone needing to relax.
For many people, slipping into a hot bubbly tub with floral-scented aromas is an instant way to destress.
Since we like to provide floral news, here are some ways to improve the experience.
Add a little lavender oil to reduce stress or rose oil to enhance your breathing and perspective. Rosemary and eucalyptus boost circulation while jasmine and gardenia – which is used in many perfumes – reduces anxiety. Each flower has different healing properties.
It’s not only the aromas that benefit your well-being.
The human body is made mostly of water which is why we are told to drink tons of it.
Scientific data reveals soaking in a warm bath has health benefits including clearing your sinuses and chest, reducing pain and inflammation, calming your nervous system and oxygenating your blood.
However, despite all these benefits, studies show that more and more people prefer showers to baths. One study said only 10% of people bathe while 90% shower. Another study said the number was 57% who preferred showers while 32% preferred baths. The preference for showers was for convenience and speed.
Maybe that’s another reason that Holiday Insights created a Bubble Bath day in January. To remind people to find the time for a luxurious bubble bath which not only makes you feel good and melts away tension but has so many health benefits.
Sore muscles respond to baths especially if you add Epson salts along with the floral oils. It penetrates the skin and relieves tightness and tension. Furthermore, stretching in water is a low impact way to get out some of the kinks in your limbs. Another bonus is that submerging yourself in water reduces inflammation which can be a source of tightness and pain.
Being immersed past your chest with your head out of the water can increase your lung capacity and oxygen intake. There are two factors that contribute to this; the temperature of the water and the pressure the water places on your chest and lungs. When the water is warmer and your heart is beating faster, your oxygen intake can be improved and the steam created can clear your sinuses and chest.
Not only is your oxygen intake improved but the steam can clear sinuses in your chest. It also makes your heart beat faster which gives it a work-out. But don’t make it too hot – especially if you have a heart condition. Warm and toasty is ideal.
Warm water baths with fragrant smells reduce stress and also increases serotonin, which is the chemical produced by the brain that triggers happy feelings. Decades of research also says that hot baths improve sleep quality since the body’s core temperature regulates when you’re sitting in the water. Plus on a cold day, it warms you up.
Especially by adding the oils, it acts as a full-body moisturizer. Men in particular rarely moisturize their whole bodies – which can get dry especially in cold climates. Adding oils to the bath is a great remedy.
Be creative and have fun with your bubble bath by mixing different floral oils or products to find your favorite blends to help you relax. Just like you cook different meals, different scents provide a variety of experiences. Companies like Bath & Body Works, Indigo Wild, EO and Wen have a variety of scents and products to choose from. Find your own if you don’t want to do a DIY.
Maybe light some candles, put on some music and wiggle your toes and just breathe in all these pleasures to revive your mind, body and spirit.
Jill Brooke is a former CNN correspondent, Post columnist and editor-in-chief of Avenue and Travel Savvy magazine. She is an author and the editorial director of FPD.