It’s time to bring back the bath.

I ran out of Vaseline Intensive Care Bath Beads and had a hard time finding a replacement. Finally got Calgon Take me Away bath beads.

I went to CVS, Vons, RiteAid, etc and couldn’t find any. They are carrying shower products but limited bath.

I’m sure it’s because showers save water and energy. They’re also faster.

But it’s time to bring back the bath. The Japanese are on to something. No need to bath in a group. If baths freak you out do as the Japanese do and shower yourself clean before you soak in the bath.

I soak in a bath of soothing salts and epsom salts and I use the bath beads to counter the drying effects of the salts. It’s been working very well.

Bathing with the epsom salts allows the body to absorb magnesium, a mineral that helps relieve stress. Something that many people can benefit from. I’m not saying the stress of the 21st century is a result of increased showers over baths. And I’m not saying that taking baths in epsom salts will cure it all.

But it couldn’t hurt.

    How to take a nice hot bath.

Make sure your tub is in good repair so that the tub doesn’t slowly leak water during your bath.

Start with a squeaky clean tub. Scrub with Bon Ami or Comet cleanser.

Make sure you have all of the needed ingredients: a natural sea sponge. No need to pay big bucks at the bath store, pick up a natural sea sponge at the paint dept. of Home Depot. You will need to go to the bath store to get a cover for the tub’s overflow so you can fill it up deeper. A pair of scrubby bath gloves, a bath pillow or you can fold a hand towel. Epsom salts available at most drug stores and some grocery stores. Mineral salts with fragrance, aromatherapy salts, bath bombs or whatever. Skin softening bath powder such as Vaseline Intensive Care Moisturizing bath beads or Calgon Take me Away moisturizing bath beads. A natural hand made soap is a nice luxury that’s pretty affordable.

Put the cover over the overflow.

Plug the tub and start filling. (If your tub is not well insulated and cools off the water quickly there are several options. One is to pre-heat the tub, but that wastes water. Fill the tub about a quarter of the way with the hottest water that will come out of the tap, let it sit for 5-10 min. Then drain and fill for the bath. The alternative is to fill it with overly hot water and estimate how much heat it will lose before it fills completely. This is much harder to do.) When the tub is about 1/4 full start amending the water. Reading the directions on the products put in epsom salts, bath beads/powder and the bath salts. Bath salts come in many fragrances, some for aromatherapy. I never found them to make that much difference so I just choose something that smells good.

Swish the water and get ready to enter the tub. You want to get in the tub before it’s half full because you want to acclimate your body to the water so you can adjust the temperature more accurately. (If your bottom is cold it’s because your tub isn’t insulated and you may need to preheat.) Adjust the temperature of the water while sitting in the tub and watch the overflow cover. When the water is half way up the cover, make it a little hotter to compensate for it cooling off while you soak. Shut it off about an inch from the top of the overflow cover because when you lay back, you’ll displace water.

After you’ve shut the water off, put your pillow in place. If you’re using a hand towel, fold it in thirds one way, then thirds the other way and use that as a neckroll.

Lay back and use the natural sea sponge to dribble water over any parts that are exposed. Natural sea sponges are great for baths but never use one on your car. They contain microscopic ocean grit that can never be washed out and will scratch the finish on your car.

Soak as long as you like or until the water starts to cool too much.

Then putting a scrubby glove on each hand, use bath gel or soap (I use hand made artisan scented soap from Kate’s Soaps) to lather up and quickly to over your entire body. Rinse using your sponge and pull the plug and get out. Towel off thoroughly, rinse out the tub, rinse out the sponge, unfold the towel to dry, lay out your gloves to dry. Rinse and scrub the tub down when drained.

Your skin will feel tingly from the massage with the gloves, you’ll find your skin soft from the bath beads and you may find your stress reduced from the absorption of magnesium from the epsom salts.

You can’t get that kind of soak in a shower.


One Response to It’s time to bring back the bath.

  1. Tina says:

    What a highly civilized article! No matter I’m 4.5 years late to it…it’s timeless. Thanks for a morning pick me up that there are others who share my convictions to slow down a bit and take care of ourselves.

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