The Ancient Art of Bathing
The ancient tradition of bathing dates back centuries and these rituals were used not just for hygiene but also for social, religious and therapeutic purposes. The first evidence of bathing dates back to 3000-2001 BC to the Indus Valley Civilisation where, incredibly, there is evidence of the first public baths.
Egyptians brought us traditions of hygiene, bathing rituals and application of cosmetics in 1500 B.C. They believed a well-groomed person is closer to gods, and they already used essential oils, clay and alkaline salts for bathing and healing practices. The ancient Egyptians believed that bathing and cosmetic rituals should be part of everyday life.
The ancient Greeks used bathtubs and washbasins to keep themselves clean and later they created public baths and showers. Ancient Rome, famous for its innovations, developed aqueducts with the ability to supply water to public baths and even private homes. Public baths, or thermae, became an important part of daily life and this tradition spread to other parts of the world as the Roman empire grew.
The benefits of bathing rituals
If you’re the kind of person who is in and out of the shower as quickly as possible, we get it – life gets busy and you have things to do! No matter how busy you are, it’s important to try to take the time to care for yourself and a personalised bathing ritual is the perfect place to start. Bathing is not just about personal hygiene, it is a ritual and has significant therapeutic benefits.
As you can see, bathing rituals have been an essential part of human culture for centuries and go far beyond simple hygiene. They offer a way to embrace self-care and to take time out of your busy schedule. This cleanses both the mind and the body as your embrace the ancient practices from around the world. This doesn’t mean that you need to put aside hours for yourself each day – it can start with a simple half an hour that you dedicate to your own personalised ritual. This could be soaking in a long bath or simply indulging in scented body products when you take your shower.
Luxury Bath Co. are passionate about helping you take time for yourself through our range of products which are inspired by ancient bathing rituals from around the world. Our Australian-made base products are infused with essential oils which nourish your body and relax your mind. We’re also committed to reducing the environmental impact of waste with our stunning glass bottles and refills which allow you to use your packaging again and again.
To discover your own unique bathing ritual, take a look at the range on offer with Luxury Bath Co.