From mineral springs to hot baths, ancient Greek, Roman, Celtic, and Egyptian cultures all used water for healing purposes. Some scientists believe that using water as therapy is as old as humankind itself.
Contemporary scientists continue to test the (bath) water to discover its many soothing secrets. Though much of the research focuses on therapeutic treatments and not on our at-home soaks, here are some of the findings from recent research.
- Water therapy is thought to help ease the pain of fibromyalgia.
- Warm water bathing has been shown to improve cardiac function in patients with chronic heart failure.
- Bathing has been shown to help reduce labour pain in pregnant women.
- Foot baths may help stimulate the relaxation response and reduce stress.
Of course, some of these results come as no surprise – taking time for ourselves can make a monumental difference in our emotional and physical well-being.
Tub time tips
- Bathe in warm, comfortable water. Hot water can dry out your skin.
- Soak no more than 20 minutes to avoid skin irritation.
- Pat—don’t rub—skin dry to lock in moisture.
- Apply a moisturizer after bathing while your skin’s still damp to protect it from dryness.
Trusty tub toolkit
Time to toss those expired bubble baths and grungy sponges. Instead, stock up on some eco-friendly and all-natural bath ingredients that can enhance your soothing soak.
Here are our top picks:
Bath Salt Revival, Aromaforce
Hand crafted bath bombs and salts made with essential oils, sea salts, clay, plant-based milks and butters, shea butter, argan oil, epsom sea salt, eucalyptus essential oil, Siberian fir & lemongrass essential oil for this divine Eco body care solution.
- Certified organic extracts
- Vegan & gluten-free
- Not tested on animals
- Eco-friendly packaging
- Fragrance, phthalate and aluminum-free
- Safe for pregnant women
- Does not stain bath tub
Eucalyptus & Citrus Epsom Salt Bath Soak, EO Everyone
A blend of lemon, lemon myrtle, orange, and eucalyptus essential oils combined with organic olive oil and epsom salts, these essential oils refresh and restore muscles. The products as a bonus are packaged in a recycled bottles.
- Certified gluten free
- Synthetic fragrance free
- Certified organic (USDA)
- Certified B Corp
EO became a certified organic manufacturer in 2004, choosing to meet the food-level guidelines of the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) since there are no certifications for personal care products. EO Products is a zero-waste manufacturer. Which means they divert over 90% of their refuse from landfills.
According to the founders they “recycle traditionally, non-recyclable items such as hairnets, nitrile gloves, and backing our labels. We were among the first businesses in our region to have an onsite composting program as well. In 2017, we recycled 265 tons of plastic, cardboard, metal, and wood material.”
The brands bottles are BPA-free, plus constructed of 25%-100% Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic (PCR). All shipping is sent out in 100% recyclable packaging. In addition the factory uses solar power, a closed loop water-cooling system that saves tens of thousands of gallons of water each year, and electricity that’s 100% offset by Green e-Energy Certified renewable energy.
Charcoal Garden Detox Crush – Bath Soak, Bathorium
Organic activated bamboo charcoal aims to detoxify skin, while basil and lavender emanate a calming aroma. epsom and French sea salts join skin-softening coconut milk to encourage blissful relaxation.
- No artificial colorants
- No artificial fragrances
- Cruelty free
Detox Beauty, Pursoma
Hand-harvested French grey sea salt, wild-harvested seaweed, and sustainably-farmed spirulina, the philosophy is to heal through traditional rituals like bathing. This brand is completely worth trying, but since most are clay based you will definitely have to clean the tub after. But it’s well work the work.
- All product and packaging ingredients are safe, non-toxic, and free of toxic-processing and manufacturing.
- Business is done under the Fair Trade standards established by Fairtrade International
Kessa Mitt, Kahina Giving Beauty
The exfoliating mitt from Morocco’s storied hammams, not only is a soft exfoliant so gives a nice polished finish, but the brand gives back by involvement in helping otherwise impoverished communities. Kahina Giving Beauty donates 1% of its annual revenue to organizations that directly benefit the women in the South of Morocco and their families. Two of their favourites are Education for All and Morocco and the High Atlas Foundation. Since 2009, here are a few of their accomplishments.
- 12,000 trees planted in community-run nurseries in partnership with the High Atlas Foundation to elevate rural Moroccans beyond subsistence level farming
- 100 sheep donated to women in the Anti Atlas Mountains of Morocco so that they may have wool for their weaving
- 84 pairs of winter boots donated to the children of the village of Ait Goh in the Anti Atlas Mountains
- Healthcare for 25 women of a cooperative outside of Agadir in southwest Morocco
- Free room and board for 18 girls so that they may continue their education beyond the third grade through Education for All, Morocco