Ritual baths

Baths have been popular for their physical and psychological benefits for centuries. Dating back as early as 2500 B.C, bathing has been considered ritualistic and many cultures still regard it as a symbolic, religious practice.

In ancient civilisation, bathing and cleanliness was associated with godliness. Throughout Asia, the tradition was carried out in rivers as the water was believed to be holy. The Greeks and Romans would generally bathe collectively, and it was seen as a way to socialise more than anything. Having a bath was reserved for those with status and wealth until around 300 B.C, when it then became open to all. However, as the roman empire fell into decline, public bathing went out of favour in the west and the experience was modified. This was when the famous Hungarian baths began - you can still visit these thermal hot springs now.

After the renaissance period, bathing became a private ordeal, like we know it to be today. This was the result of diseases being spread through water. According to JSTOR, we started introducing baths into our homes in the 1800’s. In modern times, bathing has become part of our day to day lives, whether to reduce stress, relax, or help our bodies to recover from injury. 

For most, taking a bath tends to involve essential oils, bubbles and candles. Some even like to add flowers and salts to their tubs. It is said that 10 minutes per day can be a hugely beneficial experience for both your physical and mental health. If your hair is in need of some TLC, why not try our SAKRID clean body bundle? Or if you’re looking to give your skin a boost and achieve a smoother complexion, then our Omorovicza Rose Lifting Serum might be for you. It is made with Hungarian thermal water, sea mayweed and ruby crystals. What better way to compliment your bath time ritual?

Sources: Britannica, Shondaland, JSTOR, Vogue, Gaia.