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The best self-care? 8 great ways to sink into a warm bath for a much-needed break

By Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Fashion Daily News

The pandemic has forced many to slow down their daily routines and connect to simpler processes. Remember the popularity of baking sourdough bread? Well, just as that required a recipe, there's a method for elevating a simple bath to a healing experience, according to Deborah Hanekamp, author of the book "Ritual Baths: Be Your Own Healer."

"In a world where we are constantly bombarded with external stimuli, it's easy to look outside of ourselves for the comfort, peace and healing we need," she said. "But true healing and inner peace come from within, so rather than looking outwards, we need to turn inwards. A bath is a perfect way to relieve depression, stress, and soothe because it's a way of being our own healer that we are already familiar with. Just adding a bit of intention to it, what you are cleansing beyond just your physical body will do just that!"

Here are several products that will help you formulate your own recipe for creating a space for reflecting and recharging after a hard day of Zoom calls and remote learning.

THE LONG SOAK: Milk + Honey Bath Soak No. 08

Milk + Honey's No. 8 soak is prime for creating calm. Let the day's stress fade away. Inhale and exhale to take in the smells of organic lavender and eucalyptus oils to calm your day. The scents set a scene for a peaceful state of mind, so lounge at length. $28, milkandhoney.com

THE DETOX: Pursoma Apres Savasana Soak

 

With essential oils that include juniper berry, ho wood and frankincense resin, this treatment (blended with kelp and green algae) removes toxins and relieves muscle tension with aromatherapy. $20, pursoma.com

THE LUXE BUBBLE BATH: Lalicious Sugar Coconut Bubble Bath

Need quick stress relief? Try a bubble bath. The light smell of coconut takes a relaxing bath and moisturizing to lush levels. A soak with Lalicious leaves your skin hydrated and delicately fragranced. $28, lalicious.com.

THE ULTIMATE CHILL-OUT: Lord Jones High CBD Formula Bath Salts

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