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Essentials for your bath

by Sarah Horrocks Published on 17 March 2008

A bath is a moment of relaxation for both body and mind, so don't forget your candles and soft music to create a calming atmosphere! Here are the essentials you need to get the most out of your bath.

For a refreshing bath

To make your bath pleasant and refreshing, choose from foaming gels, silky oils, fizzy bath bombs, sparkling pearls and coloured salts - the choice is vast.

Essential bath oils: an elixir of pleasure

A few drops of essential oil are enough to give you a feeling of total well being, cocoon your body in velvety perfume and leave your skin soft and delicate.

Recipe: Mix 20-30 drops of essential oils in a small cup with an ingredient that will make the oil soluble in water (for example, powdered milk, 2 or 3 spoonfuls of honey with a natural yoghurt, or plain liquid soap).

A bath for every occasion!

- If you're tired and lacking energy, have a tonic bath to give you strength. Pour in a few drops of rosemary oil into cool water.

- If you're stressed or under pressure, camomile will help.

- For relaxation, put lavender in your bath.

Warning: Pregnant women and children should not use essential oils without taking precautions. Lemon, orange, grapefruit, cinnamon, cloves, or mint essential oils can be too irritant.

Note: Essential oils don't release their active ingredients in cold water.

Good old-fashioned recipes

Pour 1 or 2 teaspoons of peanut oil and a handful of big salt grains into your bath water, and you’ll come out with deliciously smooth skin.

If your skin doesn't react well to water, add 2 handfuls of corn strach to your bath water.

And for the skin of a goddess, pour a few drops of geranium or sandalwood oil into your bath water.

Recovery baths

For muscular aches and pains, pop 2 soluble aspirin into your bath water and soak for 15 minutes.
If you're hung over or you've got a raging headache (or both!), dilute 6-10 drops of essential juniper oil in your bath.

The art of bathing

The temperature of your bath water should be 37°C.

Don’t stay in for longer than 15 minutes, and when you get out, wrap yourself in a dressing gown without drying yourself off for a feeling of wellbeing.

by Sarah Horrocks

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