A bath is one of those regular, everyday things no one really thinks about. It is something to get out of the way, and people view it as a chore more than anything else. It is a well-known fact that baths can be an experience, but many people don’t see how. Spas charge a bomb for this experience, which can often be replicated at home! Transform your everyday bath into a soulful experience with bath rituals, an ancient and time-honored tradition that come along with a veritable cornucopia of benefits.
What are bath rituals?
Bath rituals follow ancient principles of natural science. It combines practices drawn from traditional sciences like Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, Herbalism, Aromatherapy etc. and incorporates them in a modern setting that you can adapt into your regular routine.
Traditionally, bath rituals are spiritual in nature. They form an integral part of ritual. To incorporate this or not is a decision that is up to you. The invocations and prayers that occur in this aspect put many off, and you are encouraged to adapt this to your needs.
What will I need?
You will need ingredients, candles and time. The ingredients are what will go into your bath. The candles will set the mood, along with other optionals like slow, meditative music and incense. It is that easy!
Tell me more!
It is simple enough to transform your bathing experience. Just follow the easy steps below, and bid expensive spa’s good-bye! The upside of doing this at home is that you have control over the ingredients of your bath rituals recipe. Thus, you can ensure that you use all-natural ingredients that are sourced responsibly.
1. Turn off your phone! The one thing that the spas have is complete disconnect from the outside world. To truly achieve this, turn off that one constant companion in your life. Leave it outside the bathroom if you have to. Read a book if you must, but leave the personal electronics, including tablets, outside. Make sure you are not going to be disturbed either. Put your phone on silent; keep it outside, lock the bathroom door. If anyone is going to be in the house, tell them not to disturb you unless of a major emergency.
2. Light a few candles. Either scented or unscented, candlelight gives an unparalleled luxurious experience. Give your eyes a break from harsh electric lights. Is you’re using scented candles, use scents like Lavender, Jasmine and Patchouli to relax you. Stores usually carry candles with a mix of scents for relaxation, energy, etc. Use the one that suits your purpose best. It is best not to overdo the candles because it will have the opposite of the intended effect. A few candles will suffice. Also make sure they aren’t kept near anything flammable.
3. Use different salts. There are many different salts available in the market that give you myriad benefits depending on where they come from or what kind they are. What they have in common is that they are great for you and your skin. They draw out impurities well, and are great for detoxing. Thus, Himalayan salts, Epsom salts, Dead Sea salts and sea salts are all options you should consider.
4. Essential oils are a great way to take your bath to the next level. The main difference between spas and home baths are that spas use different essential oils to produce a beautiful experience. Like the salts, various oils will produce different effects and results. The oils to use for healing will not be the same ones to use for energizing or relaxing. Thus, Thyme for purification, Catnip for relaxation and Sandalwood for energy. Most stores that sell these will help you out with the correspondences. If not, there are various archives available on the Internet to help.
5. Incase you aren’t using essential oils, incense is a great way to imbibe the effects of aromatherapy that it would have provided. Incense sticks and cones are widely available, and it is best to choose one that goes in principle with the mood of the bath that you have chosen. Thus, Sage for purification, Lavender for relaxation and fruity scents for energy. Look up the Internet for more correspondences.