Winter is a wonderful and magical season. The snow glittering over the grass and sidewalks. The holiday lights glowing from each home. The hot cocoa or cider waiting for us at home to fill us again with warmth. Not to mention all the lovely time spent with our friends and families during the holidays. There is so much beauty in this chilly season.
However, winter also brings a lot of pleasantries our way including colds and flu.
In reality, you can easily get the cold or flu during all the seasons of the year. However, due to winter weather encouraging us to stay closer to others without much fresh air or being able to achieve a nice detoxifying sweat, cold and flu seem to cover a lot more ground during this chilly season. Though these illnesses aren’t deadly, they seem to make even the simplest task difficult and unpleasant. Most of us are not even able to take a day off in order to recover from it properly.
So how can we combat this frequent winter time sickness?
Well with a nice warm bath of course! Many cultures have long known the health benefits and importance of taking a relaxing soak in the bathtub. However, most of us still underestimate just how much taking a daily soak can benefit you both physically and mentally. Even if you cannot seem to find time for a bath every night, you should never skip out on taking a dip when you find yourself under the weather with a cold or flu.
Vogue released an article titled ‘A Winter Bath for Every Ailment: The Soaks That Cure Colds, Sore Muscles and Beyond’ by Mackenzie Wagoner to explain more on why baths have such a wonderful effect on those sick with cold and flu. Within the article, Wagoner includes a statement by holistic medicine professional, Tasneem Bhatia, M.D. to better understand how and why it works. Tasneem Bhatia, M.D. is the medical director of the Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine and states that just the mere ritual of drawing a bath and the warmth of the water has wonderful benefits for both the mind and body.
It doesn’t end there. Wagoner goes on to research the best way to relieve your cold and flu symptoms during your bath time experience. For those currently suffering from these illnesses, having a resource to have ease their aches and symptoms is both educational and a life-saver.