Men and women who are uncomfortable lounging in a standard-sized bathtub may shop for oversized clawfoot Acrylic Bathtubs to have installed in their homes. The tubs are especially appealing to individuals who are too tall to soak the entire body in a smaller basin. Taking a bath not only is a relaxing experience, it actually offers certain health benefits.
Taking a bath in warm water with magnesium sulfate added to it is a recognized method for easing muscle and joint aches. Commonly known as Epsom salt, magnesium sulfate is absorbed by the skin as the body soaks in the water. The beneficial effects can provide significant pain relief. People have been using this strategy for hundreds of years. Many people do not consume enough magnesium in their diets, so absorption of this essential mineral has nutrition benefits as well.
Warm water bathing increases the levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain. Low levels of this hormone are associated with mild depression, lack of energy and irritability. Someone who is feeling like this may find an improvement in mood and energy after taking a relaxing bath.
Adding a drop or two of essential oils that are known to improving mood makes the experience even more enjoyable. Bergamot and tangerine, for instance, are known for boosting mood. Lavender and sandalwood are recognized for reducing anxiety. A small amount of oil in the water also is good for the skin.
Soaking in lukewarm water that includes oatmeal is helpful for reducing symptoms of eczema and psoriasis. Oatmeal reduces inflammation and provides extra moisturization for the skin.
People who are congested because of a cold, the flu or a sinus infection will achieve some relief in a warm bath. The steamy air acts like a room humidifier does, only with even greater effect. Taking a shower can have the same results, but individuals who do not feel well may prefer being able to sit or lie in the water instead of having to stand. They are already feeling fatigued, and it’s easier to lounge in the tub.