The Ancient and Healing Ritual of Baths

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A brief history on bathing culture throughout the globe and how to cultivate healing waters at home.

Warm water, essential oils, candles, and a relaxing soundtrack make the perfect recipe for the modern-day bath, which provides the ultimate stress relief for many people. But bathing wasn’t always a thing. Nor was it always done in private. In fact, up until the mid 19th century, most bathing was public, reserved for religious leaders, political leaders, or the very rich. Eventually bathing evolved into a private, personal ritual that can have a wide variety of psychological and physical benefits. Here’s how you can make the most of your bath ritual.

Want to learn more about how to baths got their start, how to make the most of your next bath, and how they can greatly improve your health in a variety of ways? Click here to read my story over at Shondaland.

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Abigail Bassett is a full-time freelance journalist, content creator, and television, video, and podcast host whose work has appeared in publications like TechCrunch, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, Forbes, Fortune, Motor Trend, Shondaland, Money Magazine, and on CNN. Her passion is telling unique stories that change the way we see, interact with, and relate to the world. She is also a Yoga Alliance Registered 500-hour yoga teacher.

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