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Favor Baths over Showers

The modern world has taken to showers.  Many apartments and even some homes no longer even have a bathtub.  I mourn the loss of the bath and the bathtub.

Showers are bad for the skin.  In most countries the water is full of chlorine which damages skin.  As soon as the water comes out of the shower head the chlorine starts to leave the water.  You can smell it.  But it doesn't leave fast enough.  The chlorinated water hits some of the most precious parts of your skin: your face and your chest.  I can't even bear to think about it.

On the other hand, when you run a bath you can wait 20 minutes or so and most of the chorine will have escaped from the water into the air.  Your skin is safe.

A Simple Bath Oil

If you can break with society and take baths here is a nice bath oil you can make.  Mix together:

  • 100ml miscible 20% lavender
  • 34 drops of wintergreen oil (or the less-expensive methyl salicilate)
  • a few drops of pure Rose Oil

Shake it up and put a capful (teaspoon) into the bath when you begin to run it.  The lavender has a gentle antibacterial effect and the wintergreen sooths sore muscles and joints. 

A handful of epson salts and a little sea salt is nice too.

The Quick Bath

Many people believe that baths take longer than showers.  That is just not true.  They certainly can take longer and a long bath is always a wonderful, meditative experience but once you get the hang of it you can bath very quickly.  Start the bath, get the temperature right, just like you do in the shower.  Use the back of your hand to gauge the temperature.  Until you get used to running the bath, set a timer for 8 minutes to remind you to turn it off.  Let it de-chlorinate and warm the bathtub for 21 minutes and then hop in and bath in one minute.  I believe you can actually bath more quickly than you can shower.  You don't need to balance and your entire body is immediately wet.  Enough said.

Nexus Shower Head

For those who must shower (sigh) I saw an interesting shower head in a recent edition of Nexus magazine.  It de-chlorinates (not sure how that would work) and adds nourishing oils and nutrients to the water.  it has a visual indication of when the magic cartridge needs to be replaced (approximately every 200 days if memory serves) and the cartridges are inexpensive.  Details later.

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