• Harshita Chaarag

DRAW YOURSELF A RELAXING & DE-STRESSING BATH

Most of us currently living under a state-imposed lockdown or a self-imposed quarantine. For some this has brought a great routine of eating, sleeping, working from the comfort of your bed and Netflix. For a lot of people, this routine is not all that fun.

So to add an element of fun and relaxation to your otherwise boring days, why not try a de-stressing bath? All you need is hot water and some basic ingredients from your kitchen. So, let’s get started!


KEEP IN MIND

  1. The water should be hot, not just warm or lukewarm. Before you settle into the bath, check it to make sure it’s as hot as possible without burning your skin.

  2. These baths tend to detoxify your body, so you may get a little woozy. If it gets too much, don’t panic and just step out of the bath carefully.

  3. Due to the detoxifying nature of the bath, you’ll probably sweat a lot. This means, you’ll lose a lot of water, so keep a bottle of water within easy access before you get into your bath. Make sure you keep sipping on the water; aim to consume a litre of water.

  4. Keep a bathing robe or some other loose clothes handy once you get out of the bath. The sweating may continue for a little while after the bath, so you’ll want to wear something airy and you won’t mind sweating into.


APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Make sure you purchase raw and unprocessed Apple Cider Vinegar. To check, shake the bottle and hold it up against a light. If you see some murky browns or webbed stuff floating around, it’s the correct one. This is called the “mother” and is the most important element of Apple Cider Vinegar.


To get the bath started, fill your tub with hot water. Add approximately 2 cups of apple cider vinegar. The exact amount varies, depending on the quantity of the water. So err on the side of caution and start with a smaller quantity of 1.5 cups and gradually increase. You’ll want to soak in it for 20-30 minutes or till it turns lukewarm, whichever happens first.


BAKING SODA

This bath is just so relaxing, I bet you’ll feel the tension ooze out of your muscles. You’ll need 1-2 cups of baking soda. If there are lumps in it, make sure you break them down with a spoon first. Add the baking soda to your bath and mix it well before you settle into the bath. Once again, the amount varies, so put just one cup first, slowly adding more. With this bath, you’ll start feeling the effects almost immediately.


GINGER

This bath is a little less effective than baking soda or apple cider vinegar. I decided to add this, anyway since ginger the most readily available ingredients out of all three. If you have ginger powder, it’ll be a lot easier to mix in the bathwater. However, you can even use regular ginger by grating it. Since it will be fresh, it’ll work better. With this, there’s literally no fixed quantity, so you’ll just have to wing it. Start by adding a few tablespoons at first and gradually increase.


CONCLUSION

The only closing piece of advice is to keep a mat ready for when you step out of the bath to catch the water so that you don’t slip and hurt yourself! That’s it. Now you’re all set for a super soothing experience that’s so much more convenient and friendly on the pocket than a day at your favourite spa!

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