“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea.” – Isak Dinesen
What’s nicer after a long, tiring day than soaking in a warm bath?
All throughout history, humans have appreciated the healing powers of water. From the Roman bath houses and the Japanese onsen to the hot springs in Iceland, people immerse themselves to feel fresh, relaxed and rejuvenated.
But being in water has actually has some important benefits from your health too. Taking a bath clears your skin and calms your nervous system. It also releases tension from your muscles and alleviates pain. What’s more, soaking in a warm bath can also help you sleep better. And those are just the perks of hot water: studies show that cold water reduces inflammation and boosts your circulation.
In the beautifully illustrated Bathe, Suzanne Duckett shows how you can turn your daily tub time into a soothing ritual that boosts your health, beautifies your skin and even fuels your creativity. After all, it’s the act of stepping into a bath that prompted Archimedes to solve his problem and yell “Eureka!”
If you want to transform your next bath into a health-boosting ritual, check out these 5 bath recipes with all-natural ingredients.