The average American spends nearly 1/3 of their day sitting down – what if you could sit down and enjoy a little self-care at the same time? A sitz bath is a cozier, comfier, and more soothing way to enjoy taking a seat.
What Is A Sitz Style Bath?
A sitz style bath is a different sort of bath, one that focuses on the bottom area instead of the feet or full body. These baths can be taken in a standard bathtub or a bath that attaches to a toilet seat, so it’s a type of self-care that can be enjoyed by anyone with a tub or a toilet. In a bathtub, you’ll fill the tub with a few inches of warm water, then sit down in the water with your soak to feel the soothing on your bottom. In a sitz that attaches to a toilet, the bath will be affixed to the back of the bowl, filled with warm water and soak, then enjoyed as you sit on the toilet seat with your body soaking in the water underneath.
This style of bath is particularly popular with pregnant women or those who experience hemorrhoids, but that’s not all. Because Americans spend so much time sitting down, a sitz is an excellent way to soothe any sort of discomfort that may arise after a long day. It gives anyone the opportunity to sit back, feel the warm water, enjoy the aromas coming up from the aromatherapeutic oils, and enjoy a game, book, music, or other fun hobby they enjoy.
For those with hemorrhoids, itching and soreness are part of dealing with the condition. Unfortunately, there’s more than a few people out there who believe they simply have to deal with these discomforts until their treatments work and the hemorrhoids start to go away. Sitz soaking is an excellent way to prove that theory wrong, and there’s no better time to take one of these soaks then when symptoms begin acting up. Alongside treatment from medical professionals, sitz bathing provides a ton of comfort and soothing care.
Taking Your Sitz
Taking a sitz soak couldn’t be easier. Because it can be taken in either a full tub or a sitz on the toilet bowl, it’s accessible to just about anyone. First thing before your soak, choose where your soak is going to be. If you have a sitz bath, situate it onto the toilet bowl, and if you plan to use the tub, make sure it’s clean and prepped with a fresh towel within reach.
After you’ve figured out where you’re going to take your sitz, it’s time to get your water ready. In a tub, test your temperature and make sure you settle on warm but not too hot. If you plan to take your sitz in a sitz basin on the toilet bowl, get your temperature just right before you begin filling your bath. The perfect temperature for a sitz is hot enough to generate a little steam for aromatherapy, but comfortable and not harmful to the skin.
Once your soaking area is filled, it’s time to get your soak ready. Your chosen sitz soak blend is one that uses natural ingredients, USP grade epsom salts, and nourishing ingredients to aid in the soothing benefits. Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, is renowned for its ability to soothe and comfort, making it a popular choice for sitz soaking at any time. When adding your soak, start with 1 tablespoon per gallon of water, and you may gradually move up to 2 tablespoons as you get more comfortable with knowing just what you like.
After adding your soak, agitate the water to make sure the soak has dissolved, and get ready to sit. As you’re sitting, you can read your book, watch a show you love, do a crossword puzzle, listen to music, or simply live in the moment enjoying the aromatherapeutic essential oils. Once you’ve been soaking about 15 to 20 minutes, it’s time to rise from your soak and pat dry. Patting the skin dry ensures the soft skin is treated delicately, so it’s always preferred instead of rubbing with a towel.
Soaks For Any Sitz
There are different sitz soaks for different baths, and the one you choose one day may not be the one you choose the next. Juniper & Niaouli is a popular basic sitz blend for novice and expert sitz bathers alike. This blend uses USP grade epsom salt, fractionated MCT coconut oil, Vitamin C crystals, Vitamin E oil, and essential oils of juniper, niaouli, geranium, lavender, and frankincense. For those looking to invest in a sitz basin, the Juniper & Niaouli blend is included alongside a bath and travel bag in the Sitz Tub Bundle.
Another soothing blend for hemorrhoid or anytime soaks is the Lilliuma Sitz Salt. This blend uses Mediterranean Sea salt, fractionated MCT coconut oil, jojoba seed oil, and essential oils of chamomile, lavender, and frankincense.
“Just because” is always a good enough reason to enjoy the soothing effects of a sitz soak. Whether you’ve been sitting all day, have been dealing with the discomfort hemorrhoids bring, or you simply want some time to yourself, having a good soak can always provide comfort and relief. With all-natural ingredients and USP grade certified epsom salt or Mediterranean Sea salt, relaxation and calm can be as simple as a soak away.