Set Your Intentions
Whether you’re looking to unwind after a busy day, uplift and energise a low mood, or soothe tired muscles after a workout, you need to identify the vibe you’re seeking. Doing this will help you to pick the best aromas and products to help to alter both your physical and mental state. Yogis love to set an intention at the start of their practice, this is a similar idea.
Create The Sensory Tone
Dropping some essential oils in to your bath is a must for triggering a relaxation response and turning your bath in to a truly transformative experience. If you want to boost your mood, try citrus scents like lemon, orange and grapefruit combined with thyme or rosemary as this will help to encourage concentration and allow you to refocus. Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning Bath and Shower Oil, £50 offers an invigorating soak to revive and refresh your mind and body.
For overworked and tired muscles, try Olverum Bath Oil, £39.5, which is a soothing and therapeutic blend of lavender, rosemary and ginger to ease tension, stiffness and discomfort. If it is a relaxing and calming bath you’re craving, look for chamomile which has a relaxing effect that lightens up the senses and disperses feelings of exhaustion at the end of the day. Our favourite? This Works Deep Sleep Bath Soak, £24.
Add Healing Salts
While oils are great for awakening the senses and creating that spa-like ambience, bath salts will add a whole host of other benefits. Sprinkling just a few of these crushed up minerals into your bath can help combat fatigue, reduce inflammation and even eliminate toxins as they break down in water and enter your body through your skin as you soak. Relieve muscle tension with magnesium (reach for ), revitalise and detoxify the body, mind and soul with pink Himalayan salts (try Mauli Himalayan Healing Salts, £42) and soothe irritated skin with .
Light A Candle
Lighting a candle instantly gives a feeling of relaxation and calm; thanks to the aromatic scents and the peaceful flicker of the flame. Our favourite is the Aromatherapy Associates Relax Candle, £48, which is blended with West Indian bay and myrrh essential oils to create a feeling of calm and serenity. Mauli Sundaram & Silence Candle, £55 is another candle to have on your radar. The concoction of lavender, sandalwood and jasmine ignites a peacefulness. Artificial light at bedtime will suppress melatonin, which can make it harder to drop off and interfere with sleep quality, so try switching out the lights completely and just bathing by the candlelight.
Try Sound Bathing
Sound bathing is huge in the world of wellness at the moment and there’s no reason it can’t aid your bath time state of bliss. Created by Tibetan singing bowls, gongs and crystals you’ll find the deep, soothing, repetitive sounds help you to switch off physically and mentally. You’ll be lulled into the deepest state of relaxation. There are plenty online for you to stream if you’re new to the scene but trust us… try it!