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Do you take baths?

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Since Jack was born, I’ve started taking warm, shallow Epsom salt baths to help with the physical recovery. I take one in the morning before Brian leaves for work, and one in the evening before bed and they’ve created such wonderful recharge time for me after a full day (and full night) of caring for Jack. I light a candle (lately, this one), listen to music, read and totally check out from responsibility for a while. It’s amazing how I can feel simultaneously refreshed and relaxed afterward.

I’ve honestly never been one to take baths, but I think I’m addicted now. Of course, in true Natalie fashion, I couldn’t help but do some research about the benefits of Epsom salt baths (mostly because I was wondering if you could overdo it!), and much to my delight I learned that they are an incredibly healthy habit. According to Mind Body Green, there are four ways in particular they help both the mind and body:

1. They ease stress and promotes relaxation.
2. They detoxify the body.
3. They ease muscle pain.
4. They soften and smooth the skin.

Yep, I’m sold.

Are you a bath person?

Photo by Melissa Oholendt, styling by Emily Saunders via Design*Sponge

18 Comments

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    Emma
    October 30, 2014 at 5:37 am

    I was NEVER a bath person, but now that I’m pregnant I love them! I take one most evenings and it helps so much with my back pain and general discomfort.

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      Natalie Borton
      October 30, 2014 at 7:23 am

      Oh yeah, baths do wonders for soothing aches and pains. Glad you’re enjoying them and taking time for self care while you’re pregnant!

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    VaNessa
    October 30, 2014 at 6:43 am

    I used to be a bath person, at least once a week! Now, I am not really a bath person; I live in the dorms and I don’t think my bath tub gets clean enough! I would love to take a good bath though!

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      Natalie Borton
      October 30, 2014 at 7:35 am

      Haha, yeah, I probably wouldn’t take a bath in a dorm bath tub either!

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    kelly sommer
    October 30, 2014 at 7:00 am

    I’ve always been a bath person but only got onto Epsom salts a few months ago after reading about detox health habits. love to soak!

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      Natalie Borton
      October 30, 2014 at 7:35 am

      I’ve been missing out all these years! I can’t believe only now I’m realizing how amazing baths are!

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    Maria
    October 30, 2014 at 7:51 am

    The last time I probably took a bath was when I was little…I guess all the preparation turns me off. I’d want to clean the tub, make sure it’s rinsed well, then once I am done taking a bath, maybe clean it again so I do not leave a ring? Am I over thinking this, ha!? I’d probably be a good canidate for a bath…calm my nerves and over thinking.

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      Natalie Borton
      October 30, 2014 at 11:33 am

      Haha, I totally get it. Those thoughts are what has always kept me from taking baths, too! It wasn’t until my doctor told me I needed to take them to help me heal that I realized I actually love them (and it’s not as much of a hassle as I thought it would be)!

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        AshleyL
        November 2, 2014 at 2:36 pm

        That is so great. I love baths! I started taking them a couple years ago. My hospital nurse told me I couldn’t take one until after my 6 week check up with my Ob it was so hard. I wanted to take one so bad. I like the Epsom salts that have milk powder or oats in it. So softening. I have just gotten into bubble baths though bits like the blanket of bubbles keep the water warm. My goal in life is to have a giant soaker tub. :)

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    Maria Trujillo
    October 30, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Hi Natalie!

    I really enjoy reading your blog :) You’ve inspired me to revamp my bathtub situation! Where did you get the wooden tray? It looks great and the functional possibilities seem endless!

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      Natalie Borton
      October 30, 2014 at 11:37 am

      Thank you! Unfortunately the photo above is one I found online, so I don’t own that tray. But if I ever see one like it I am going to snatch it up—I want one, too!!

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    Tiana
    October 30, 2014 at 8:32 am

    I used to love baths but now, I can’t help but feel guilty about all the water it wastes. Especially with California’s drought situation.

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    Urban Wife
    October 30, 2014 at 8:53 am

    I love baths but don’t make the time to take them often. I actually need to do it more now that I’m feeling an achy back at the end of the day thanks to this growing baby and chasing a toddler all day.

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    Teresa
    October 30, 2014 at 10:22 am

    I’ve never tried an epsom salt bath BUT I am making a Target run today and will pick some up for when my daughter goes off to bed! Thanks!

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    Hannah Hardy
    October 30, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Couldn’t agree more! I’ve been a bath fan my whole life. My mom always took baths growing up and my older sister as well so I kinda thought everyone did! Wasn’t until I was older I realized most people shower instead. I agree though, nothing beats a warm soaking bath in the evenings to detox from the day! :)

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    Allison Isherwood
    October 30, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Add some essential oils to your Epsom salts for an aromatic and healthful treat.

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    Elizabeth
    October 31, 2014 at 11:44 am

    During this stage of my life, we are in a different rental every year, leaving me with some very unpleasant & old bathtubs. As much as I scrub and clean them, I just cannot feel comfortable taking a bath in them. But, I love taking baths though, and it is one of the first things I will make sure our future permanent home has! They sound amazing- and I love those wooden tub shelves! Glad you have some detox time!

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