How to take a healing bath is simple and the result is a bath that will allow you to leave your pain behind.
Unlike a traditional bath, you are going to select certain things to add to the bathwater, whether it is essential oils for aromatherapy or natural ingredients like salts or apple cider vinegar. Here are some tips for how to take a healing bath and some different bath options available for your chronic pain.
Add Essential Oils
The first thing you can do when you want to take a healing bath is to turn it into an aromatherapy bath. With aromatherapy, you are getting health benefits through your sense of smell, which is done with essential oils. When applied directly to your skin, essential oils usually need to be diluted with carrier oils, but when you are taking a bath, no dilution is necessary. You just add a handful of drops to the bath water and enjoy the aroma. Choose some essential oils known to help with chronic pain, like lavender, chamomile, and peppermint. These are all soothing and relaxing, so they will help with stress and insomnia as well as the chronic pain.
Be Careful About Getting in and Out
This is something that might prove to be an issue for you, depending on the type of bathtub you have and what your chronic pain is from. If your main source of pain is in your back or you have arthritis, getting in and out of the bathtub can often be more painful and doesn’t really make a healing bath that effective. In this case, consider installing support bars if you are able to, or use a low bath seat if you have a deep bath.
You will still relax in the water but are a little bit higher off the bottom, so it is easier to get up. The support bars also help to support your body when getting in and out of the bathtub.
Choose the Type of Bath
Finally, let’s go over some different types of healing baths you can take. This will depend on the source of your pain and what healing you are trying to get. For example, if your pain comes from sore muscles or muscle inflammation, then you can try a bath with apple cider vinegar. If you are an athlete and most of your pain is from tight muscles and back pain, then add lavender, marjoram herbs, rosemary, and eucalyptus leaves to a bath with Epsom salts in it. Oatmeal baths are also great, along with adding different combinations of oils or herbs.
Ever wonder about the benefits of Epsom salt baths? There’s many beneficial properties that can soothe the body, mind and soul. This includes relaxing the nervous system, curing skin problems, soothing back pain and aching limbs, easing muscle strain, healing cuts, treating cold and congestion, and drawing toxins from the body.