I lived for two and a half years without running water (while living in a tipi on a commune where I bathed daily in an ice cold creek). I still marvel the blessings of hot running water for its calming and healing effects, and am careful to not be wasteful.
Soaking in a warm fragrant tub can be a sensual delight, offering time to retreat, reflect and refresh. A bath right when you come home from work can make you more pleasant to be around. If you take a bath in the middle of the day and expect to get any work done, make it cooler and shorter, or you might be too relaxed to accomplish much else. It is best to bathe at least a couple of hours after a big meal, to avoid interfering with digestion. Baths before bed aid sleep as they elevate the body’s temperature; the body will compensate by lowering its temperature, thus making one ready for sleep.
We don’t want to waste resources, so it’s not necessary to fill the tub too high. Placing a warm wet washcloth on the chest area can help infuse warmth through your body. If you use natural products, you could even collect some of the “grey water” to water the garden.
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