5 benefits of traditional hammam bathing and how to create your own home spa

Since ancient times, people have transformed the practice of bathing themselves into a meaningful experience. In today’s world, taking a long, luxurious bath can be synonymous with relaxation—but it also has healing powers.

 

1. It recreates the moment when we felt safest

A 2002 study from the University of Wolverhampton proved that a bath at end of the day has an indisputable effect on psychological wellbeing. The combination of being in a horizontal position and surrounded by water mimics the feeling of being in the womb.

 

2. It’s good for preventing and helping to alleviate skin conditions

Doctors often prescribe baths in combination with medicine for people struggling with disorders like eczema. For otherwise healthy skin, soaking in a bath helps to remove dead skin cells that can clog pores or even cause potential infections.

 

3. It improves circulation

When we’re submerged in warm water, ours hearts have to work a bit harder and more efficiently. This stimulates blood flow, which is always good for our bodies. 

 

4. It lowers stress

A big reason most of us feel so relieved after emerging from a nice, long bath is because it naturally lowers our cortisol levels. Cortisol is the so-called “stress hormone,” so when there’s less in our system, we feel more at ease.

 

5. It helps you battle the common cold

While we can’t get rid of this annoyance completely, the steam produced in a warm bath can reduce the symptoms you have when you catch a cold. It frees up your nasal passages and reduces inflammation  



To get you started on your Hammam spa, read How to turn your bathroom into an at-home spa, or check out these tips below. 

 

FIVE STEPS TO PURIFICATION 

Deeply cleanse your body while you gently soothe your spirit – create your own spa at home with The Ritual of Hammam. 

  

  1. ULTRA HYDRATING BLACK SOAP

Imagine yourself in a fabulous hammam as you use our soothing black soap. Apply a thin layer all over and rinse off during your shower to thoroughly cleanse the skin. 

  

  1. SEA SALT HOT SCRUB

Experience a deep cleanse with one of our scrubs. Simply layer it on top of the black soap, massage and rinse off. We recommend The Ritual of Hammam hot scrub but you can check out the full scrub collection here.

  

  1. PURIFYING BODY MUD

Massage a thin layer of body mud onto damp skin, allow to absorb for two minutes and then rinse off. It contains powerful antioxidants to help prevent skin ageing and rhassoul clay for deep cleansing. 

  

  1. FOAMING SHOWER GEL

Refresh and revitalise your skin with our foaming shower gel. Squeeze a small amount of gel into the palm of your hand, massage it onto skin and watch as it transforms into a foamy, fragrant sensation. 

  

  1. WHIPPED BODY CREAM

Hydrate and protect your skin with The Ritual of Hammam body cream. Intensely moisturising and easily absorbed, apply it liberally and massage gently into the skin to complete your Hammam experience. 

 

Aside from being a perfect opportunity to be alone and meditate on the experiences of the day, partaking in a daily bathing routine has undeniable health benefits. We suggest you start filling up the tub with warm water and a gorgeous fragrance, light some candles and let the healing begin. 

Laura Wabeke

Laura Wabeke

Oversætter, skribent og tekstforfatter Laura Wabeke er fascineret af ord og de mange innovative måder, man kan bruge dem til at udtrykke sig på. Efter ni år som freelancer –hvor hun har arbejdet så forskellige steder som rejseindustrien, medieagenturer, reklamebureauer og forlag –dyrker vores tekstforfatter nu masser af yoga, meditation, mindfulness, og hun omfavner brandets filosofi om at finde skønheden i de mindste ting.