“The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and a scented massage every day.” – Hippocrates
It’s safe to say the art of bathing has been practiced and perfected for thousands of years, but why exactly do people bathe? Is it only to promote cleanliness and hygiene? Or have people learned to take something as simple as submersing themselves in water to aid in treating mental and emotional ailments as well as muscle and joint pain associated with many chronic diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s?
The truth is, bathing has a strong effect on far more than just the dirt under your nails and between your toes. Bathing has been proven to alter moods, calm the mind, relax the body and reduce certain symptoms associated with illness and disease. By utilizing essential oils both in your bath and in your space with a diffuser, you can enhance these positive effects on the body and the mind and achieve a greater feeling of wellness and harmony.
THE BENEFITS OF BATHING
Relaxes Body and Mind – calms nervous system by applying pressure to the body, similar to a weighted blanket – providing comfort and relaxation and a sense of security. When we lose the feeling of calm and relaxation within the body, our adrenals become damaged and our body is no longer able to eliminate toxins appropriately thus rendering us “overloaded” with chemical stress internally. These chemical stressors can manifest themselves in a number of ways including pain and inflammation, interrupted sleep, illnesses, skin conditions, hormonal imbalances and weight gain. A great way to combat this is by adding a few drops of Relax Blend to a diffuser, and add Wellbeing Massage & Bath Oil to your bath.
Heat Relieves Muscle Tension and Joint Pain – Heat Therapy is recommended to treat muscle spasms and joint paint due to its ability to dilate the blood vessels, allowing greater blood flow and oxygenation to the affected area. http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/heat-therapy-cold-therapy/benefits-heat-therapy-lower-back-pain Ever feel like you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders? That’s probably due to a combination of toxic stress as a result of emotional stress from daily life and the unending demands of work and home, alongside tension that has built as a result of anxiety or rising stress levels. For this we recommend adding Anti Stress Massage & Bath Blend to your bath and then applying Body Oil No. 301 to back and shoulders when you step out of the bath before applying your moisturizer.
Bathing Before Bed Prepares Your Body For Sleep – when the body begins to wind down and ready itself for sleep, the body temperature drops to speed the process up. By taking a hot bath, the body is cooled upon exiting and the brain believes it’s time to sleep. http://www.health.com/health/condition-article/0,,20189095,00.html Once you have balanced your hormones and reduced Cortisol levels while increasing Serotonin, the body is naturally triggered to feel at ease and comfortable enough to sleep. If you tend to struggle with insomnia or wakefulness, we recommend diffusing Sleep Well Diffuser Blend
Hot Baths Detox the Body – as the body heats up it begins to sweat, releasing toxins, purifying the blood. This process can be enhanced through the use of things like Epsom Salts and Essential Oils. By reducing stress, balancing hormone levels, and relaxing the mind and body, you will begin to see drastic changes in your overall well-being. Unfortunately, sometimes we have developed such a large amount of chemical stress that we need assistance in detoxifying. Two great products to aid in this process are the Detox Bath & Massage Oil used directly in the bath, and Body Oil No. 302 applied immediately after the bath to legs, bum and tum. See below for more information.
THE THERAPEUTIC BATH
Essential oils are an excellent addition to any bathing experience; whether they are diffused in the air or added directly to the bath. When adding essential oils to the bath, it is advised that you use an oil specifically designed for use in water so as to avoid causing serious damage to the skin and mucous membranes. Click here for a full list of our NEW Bath & Massage Oil Blends available in 4 enhancing options.
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