Shepard Moon Blog
Staying cool on hot summer nights can be a challenge, especially for us temperate climate folks in the Pacific Northwest. We often create crazy cooling rituals like opening our windows and blinds from dusk until dawn, then closing them during the heat of the day. Our homes are littered with fans and occasional window A/C units. And some of us just give up and grab our camping gear and head for the backyard or basement to try and sleep. But what most of us don’t think about is taking a bath!
A tepid bath is a great way to cool your core body temperature before bedtime and connecting with the wisdom of Mother Nature can help even further.
Moms are amazing. Not only do they make sure everyone gets to where they need to go, they ensure everyone has what they need when they get there. That can mean ensuring every member of the family arrives at work or school with a full belly and wearing something clean. That before every practice, every offspring is equipped with a pre-packed sports bag containing the right uniform, shin guards, snack, cleats, and even the library books that need returning later. And often it can mean working long hours and providing for everyone. No matter what other titles a mother bears, they are Janes-of-all-trades and help everyone else succeed.
I consider myself a spiritual being here to help serve our world. In my personal life I am both a spiritual counselor and a woman in recovery. 19 years ago I founded Shepard Moon Concoctions and consider it to be one of my greatest spiritual expressions. This endeavor has also been a consistent source of some of my life’s most valuable lessons, and these past couple years have been no different. Every Mother’s Day, this sentiment rings truer for me than the last.
I absolutely love springtime. The promise of new life, everywhere we look. The volatility of the weather, and how all four seasons can happen within a single hour. Those first few warm days, where the Magnolia blossoms eagerly begin to bud between my dog Bodhi’s morning and evening walks around our neighborhood. There is an inescapable vitality in the air that inspires me out of Winter’s sleepy lull and makes me want to… CLEAN!?!
Who has time to take a bath anymore? It might not feel like you do, but making time for relaxation is important! And taking regular baths, instead of showers, is not only more relaxing, it’s also better for improving your overall health. Here are 11 reasons why you’ll want to resurrect bathing as part of your weekly self-care routine.
#1 Taking baths improves your overall circulation
One of the biggest differences between bathing and showers is hydrostatic pressure. Because water is much denser than air, immersing yourself in your bathtub exerts greater pressure against your body. This pressure pushes excess extracellular fluid back into circulation. “When you improve blood flow, you improve everything.”—Dr. Douglas Lewis