What is the best bath temperature?
There are plenty of factors to consider when choosing the right bath temperature.
Not only does the temperature need to be comfortable, but it also needs to be safe. Here are a few guidelines to help you choose the right temperature for your bath:
The COLD bath: water temperature below 30°C (86 °F):
If you want a bath that is cool and refreshing, choose a water temperature below 30°C.
This will help to soothe your skin and invigorate your senses.
Benefits of a cold bath:
– replenishing and stimulating
– firms the tissues (the skin)
– diminishes the effects of heat
Preferably take this type of bath in the morning for an invigorating awakening.
The WARM bath: water temperature between 30°C and 37°C ( 86 °F and 98,6 °F):
Warm water has a stimulating effect on the body, which increases our metabolic rates. The warm bath is ideal for people who are feeling fatigued or have muscle aches, as it relaxes the body.
Benefits of a warm bath:
- relaxing and soothing
- soothes the nervous system
- calms muscle pain
Preferably take this type of bath in the evening, because it soothes you and prepares you for a good sleep!
These benefits will be increased if you raise the temperature to have a hot bath. Let’s say that a warm bath is OK, just not optimal.
The HOT bath: water temperature 37°C (98,6 °F):
It is the BEST bath, and the temperature we recommend.
A hot bath will calm your mind, improve circulation, detox the body, relax your muscles, help you sleep better, boost your immune system, and soothe your skin.
It is also the most effective for breathing essential oils in your bath.
A hot bath offers many benefits well known by science. We wrote a separate post specifically about hot baths, you can read it here:
The VERY HOT bath: above 37°C (98,6 °F):
If you want a bath that is both hot and invigorating, choose a water temperature above 37°C. However, be gentle with your body when using this temperature, as excessively hot water may cause dehydration and inflammation of the organs. Avoid taking a very hot bath if you have sensitive skin, high blood pressure, heavy legs, or a cardiac condition.
Having a hot bath is actually quite similar to taking a sauna. The main difference is that the sauna uses dry heat while the hot bath uses humid heat. Both will make you sweat and have the same benefits.
So, if you don’t have a sauna at home, no worries, a hot bath will do the trick! But again, be careful not to overdo it and drink enough water before and after your bath.
Benefits of a very hot bath:
- elimination of toxins (by sweating because the temperature is higher than that of the body)
- eases muscle pain
Do not stay there for more than 10 minutes (risk of discomfort: palpitation, feeling of suffocation, etc.).