Who knew pampering in a hot bath could be so beneficial


Soaking in a hot bath can be both peaceful and rejuvenating. Life is busy and stressful, there is no getting away from it and daily work stress is, unfortunately, a common occurrence for many of us. Research has shown, and really we all know it any way, that a hot bath can literally soak away your stress in just an hour.

When immersed in a warm bath your skin releases endorphins in response to the soothing warm water the same way that endorphins are released when you feel the sun on your skin. Submerging ourselves in hot water can be both therapeutic and reinvigorating because blood flow increases to the skin. This in turn can improve blood sugar control, lower your blood pressure, and protect you from illness and infection. A hot bath relaxes muscles, washes away pain and is soothing for those with chronic pain conditions.

A recent published study collected data from 14 participants and found that soaking in an hour long hot bath burned as many calories (around 140) as a 30-minute walk. This is because the warm water makes your heart beat faster, giving it a healthy work out.

The same study also found positive anti-inflammatory and blood sugar responses which can protect against illness and infection.

A warm bath can also improve breathing. The temperature of the water and pressure on your chest increases your lung capacity and oxygen intake. A growing body of research has shown that passive heating, like spending time in a sauna, can also reduce the risk of having a heart attack.

Here are a few facts about the benefits of bath bombs that you may not know.

 They are good for your skin. They usually contain softeners that moisturise, sooth and cleanse your skin

  • They are natural and chemical free, with no skin irritants.
  • They create an atmosphere of luxury and opulence, which in turn has the positive effect of making you feel uplifted and relaxed.
  • They have healing properties and can help repair skin and strengthen blood vessels

SweetAs Gifts has recently introduced a pamper box and other pamper products are now offered with our traditional teddy bears. This pamper box is really classy and affordable. In addition we have introduced our specially designed boxes with our logo and some very inviting and tempting words!

We put careful thought into our new pamper box, and what we thought you would like for your ideal relaxing bath.

The vintage bath bomb which has a sweet floral scent of rose, topped with dried rose petals looks and smells amazing. It comes from Soap Opera, a funky NZ owned business making soap and bath products using all natural ingredients.

Lindon Leaves is a Christchurch company which produces an amazing range of beauty and pamper products. We have popped one of their bath bags into our pamper box. This is a mineral rich, natural sea salt bath infusion in a handmade organza bag. Infused with an enticing blend of the sweet fresh notes of fig, underlined by intense licorice echoes. Just  drop into the water and let it steep for a few minutes before immersing yourself in aromatic bliss.  

We have chosen Lindon Leaves again for their  nourishing hand cream, just in case your hands a bit wrinkly from the good soaking J The hand cream comes in a variety of subtle aromas, including pink petal, green verbena and Amethyst. It soaks into your skin without leaving an oily residue, with a gentle but definitely not overpowering perfume - just the way we like it.

The NZ made natural soy candle has the subtle aromas of either champagne and berries or French orange.  

There are a few pieces of fudge, because, well really why not, go on, you deserve it, you really do. A glass of wine is purely optional!

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