January 8, 2009

Hot steaming bath in the freezing cold winter!

I admit, I'm a bath addict. I love taking a bath year around, but in the winter it becomes essential. Nothing like a steaming hot bath before going to bed on a wintry night, a perfect cure for many ailments, including the common cold, muscle or joint pains, and insomnia!
Many things can be added to the bath water, bubbles are fun, and essential oils are wonderful for rejuvenating the spirit and to prevent drying of the skin. Try lavender oil if you are feeling under the weather or coming down with a cold. Epsom salt relaxes the muscles and is said to draw toxins from the body. Cleopatra was known to have a beautiful, smooth skin, and her secret was soaking her body in milk! Try adding two cups of fresh milk or buttermilk to your next bath! When I feel I really need to wind down and relax, I add a few drops of essential oils (I like Lavender and Ylang Ylang), pour some rose water into the bath, light some candles and turn off the other lights, then I pray the kids will allow me 15-20 minutes of heavenly escape....

Here are some products that can be used to enhance your home-mini-spa experience:
A spa soap bar from nordeasoaperie:

Handmade soap with frankincense & myrrh, two more wonderfully fragrant, relaxing and sensual essential oils by dirtylovesclean:


Use these candles from DewOnAPetalHome , turn off the lights and reaaaaaly relax...


Whatever you use in your bath, keep warm and enjoy!
Iris
ArtByIris

7 comments:

Michelle said...

thanks for featuring me iris! wish I had more soaps right now..

Karen's Monsters said...

I'm so glad you posted about baths. I love a nice hot bath too. The best!

waisze said...

It's been a long time since I've had a bath. I only do it when I go on vacation because that's the only time I actually have time to do nothing, haha!

Iris said...

You'll have more soap soon enough, right Michelle?

Waisze, taking a bath is almost like taking a mini-vacation! it doesn't have to take more than 15-20 minutes, but it's so much more relaxing than a shower.... in fact in winter I'm taking such hot baths that I can't stay inside for more than 10 or 20 minutes at the most! I get out and my skin is red like a lobster...

May Luk Ceramics said...

I love taking a bath and listen to the radio and look at my big toes. So nice to have hydrated skin. Thanks for posting this.

Ikyoto said...

NYC people should check out Spa Castle in Flushing. It is a enormous Korean style bath house, and I've brought my own handmade bath products with me to use in the shower area. Hair masks are so much better when your head is wrapped in a towel while you relax in a sauna!

Marty said...

What a nice article. Sometimes my husband will surprise me and drawh a hot steamy bubble bath, lights bunches of candles and makes my favorite cocktail. It's heavenly!

Oh, and I can vouch for Nordea's spa bar. It's amazing.