Taking a bath when you’re on your period may seem weird, even a bit gross at times. But as loud and proud bath people, we have found that - with the proper setup and tools in place - your period can be prime time to take a bath. While our body is busy undoing its preparation to house and grow a human, we become tired, hungry, and achy. Whether we are aware of it or not, our sleep and nutrition suffer. Add all of this up and it is no wonder our periods are negative experiences that affect our mood and overall well being.
This positive period bathing ritual was created to help women relax their bodies and minds, creating space to shed what we no longer need, and prepare for a fresh, new beginning.
Some of you may feel comfortable taking a bath any day, and some of you may want to wait until your flow is lighter. We encourage you to be open minded and adjust this ritual to your own comfort level.
Think it through
Taking a bath on your period requires a bit of forethought and planning but the renewed sense of wellness is completely worth it.
How to take a bath on your period:
- Make sure the tub is super clean and give it a good rinse before filling it up
- If your flow is medium to heavy, rinse off in the shower before getting in the tub
- Fill the tub with warm water, not too hot or too cold
- Add bath salts with ingredients like lavender, eucalyptus, and juniper for relaxation
- Set up a Bath Board with a face mask, candle, wash cloth, cold beverage, and a good book
- Ease into the tub and encourage yourself to relax by taking slow, deep breaths
Get past the ick factor
We’re not going to pretend that it’s not there. It is a bit icky to think about blood in your soothing bath but let’s get past that. Start by picking the right day to take a bath during your period - this is entirely up to your comfort level. You always have the option to use a tampon or a more earth friendly cup while in the tub. Just remember to remove the tampon when you get out. Or, take a quick shower before your bath to rinse off and, well, less icky.
It’s also helpful to keep in mind that we don’t really control our bodies, especially during our periods. Some blood may escape and you might see it. That’s ok. Remove it if you can and go back to relaxing. It’s as simple as that.
Have something to do
Pack your Bath Board with all kinds of amusements and distractions so you can focus on relaxing. We like face and hair masks, a tablet to binge on a show, a playlist that makes us happy, even a phone call with your bestie can be a relaxing bath time amusement.
Aromatherapy can be a powerful way to relax when we are uncomfortable and that is especially true in the bath. Try adding an incense bundle, a candle, or even a shower steamer to your bath ritual to surround yourself with the relaxing, grounding benefits of breathing in essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus, juniper, calendula, and palo santo.
- Apply a few pumps of Body Oil to the neck and shoulders
- Gently circle your neck and shoulders to begin to relax
- Use the Allover Roller to gently massage out tension and stress on the neck, shoulders, and - if you can - back of the neck and in between the shoulder blades.
- Gently circle your neck and shoulders again and notice the release of tension
- Use the Allover Roller on the arms, the wrists, and any body parts outside of the water (avoid submerging the Allover Roller in the water)
- Lay back in the tub, relax, and breathe
- Repeat as desired. You will find that when your body is relaxed and warm from the bath, the Allover Roller can work even more effectively at soothing the muscles and releasing tension
(Pro tip: Reach for your Allover Roller a few times a day to release tension from the neck, shoulders, and wrists. Don’t skip your hip joints, ankles, and inner and outer thighs. Tension melting all day long.)
CleanseWhile there is plenty to gripe about when it comes to our periods, we can also see it as a time to cleanse our bodies and minds and release what is not serving us. Take the time in this restorative bath to slowly and mindfully cleanse your body. Pay attention to the spots you may rush through in your daily bathing ritual.
- Use a nail brush to scrub the finger, toes, and cuticles
- Wash your body with a luxuriously foaming Body Wash - and don’t stop until you’ve used up all the foam.
- Cleanse every nook and cranny. Get in between the toes, behind the ears, in the crevices of your thighs, knees, and ankles.
Baths serve as valuable time with ourselves, and there is no better time to love yourself than when you’re on your period. Who knows, maybe next month you will look forward to it!