· By Scandi Scents
The benefits of a relaxing bath
We've all had the urge to take a nice relaxing bath after a long day and there's many benefits to taking a relaxing bath. Bathing is something that we've done for centuries, be it for hygiene, leisure, and health. With the temperatures getting colder, now is the perfect time to start taking hot relaxing baths on a night.
As lovely as taking a relaxing bath is, there's also several benefits and below we'll delve more into exactly what these are!
Bathing can improve heart health
One thing that might surprise you is that bathing can improve your health. Taking a warm bath will make your heart beat faster and can give it a healthy work out.
Taking a bath can help to improve your breathing
Your chest being submerged inside a bath can actually help to improve your breathing! Being immersed in water past your chest with your head out, can have a good influence on 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.
It eases muscles, joints, and bones
One of the most commonly known benefits of taking a bath is that it does help to ease muscles, joints, and bones. The warm water from a hot bath helps to release tension from muscles and loosens spasms.
Baths are great for cleansing and moisturising your skin and hair
Exposure to fluid through bathing and steaming is a great way to ensure hydration of the body in all aspects. The human body is made mostly of water and that is why we are encouraged to drink plenty of it. But soaking in it is also extremely beneficial. We can enhance this by adding certain oils or salts to a bath or bathing in a natural body of water or pool, rich in naturally occurring minerals.
Your brain and nervous system can benefit from bathing
Submergence in water can reduce pain and inflammation and also calm the nervous system, reducing the levels of stress and anxiety in the body and improving your mood. Hydrotherapy can help people who suffer from multiple sclerosis as the temperature and pressure of the water gently relieves the spine of pain and discomfort.
Can help to boost your immune system
Studies have indicated that an elevated body temperature helps certain types of immune cells to work better. Also, taking a hot bath or spa can kill bacteria and improve immunity. It can relieve the symptoms of cold and flu.
Improves your sleep quality
Nightly baths are a great way to help improve your sleep quality. Studies have shown that a nightly hot bath (and even a hot foot bath if you're unable to take a full bath) facilitates earlier sleep onset.
There are so many benefits to taking a nice relaxing bath, and don't forget to take your favourite smelling hand poured candle with you to add that extra relaxation bonus!