Therapeutic Benefits of Baths

In a recent poll conducted by Omu with over 200 men, 80% of men that have access to a bathtub have not taken a bath in over a year. While their hygiene practices do include showers, taking baths was not considered part of their self-care routines. Of those 80% that have not taken one, the number 1 reason was time. They either did not think they had enough time or were not making enough time. The second majority reason is they essentially did not think they should because it was not something a man “should” do. 

This simple poll shocked us at Omu. Why are baths for American men considered not masculine? Why, when so many other cultures consider baths to be sacred self-care, no time is being given to do so? Simply put, we don’t know why (yet!) but we want to change this perception one glorious therapeutic bath at a time. Starting with our artisan crafted therapeutic bath soak. Specifically formulated to help you relax and reconnect with self.


  • Pour at least ¼ cult of bath salts into a warm basin of bath water. We love a water temperature of at least 105 degrees Farenhaite but whatever warmth is to your liking.
  • Soak for at least 15-20 minutes to help relax your mind and body and soothe your tire and achy muscles
  • For extra ambiance, burn scented candles and try fire gazing. Or start a breathing practice to calm your nervous system.


  • Epsom Salt - Also known as magnesium sulfate, natural epsom salt has many healing and therapeutic benefits. For centuries, it has been believed to relieve tired muscles, reduce swelling. relieve chronic pain, help fighting symptoms off colds and flu, help treat sore and callused feet and a help heal wide array of skin conditions.
  • Sodium Bicarbonate - also known as hydrogen carbonate is a is a naturally occurring substance that is present in all living things--it helps living things maintain the pH balance necessary for life. Externally its natural exfoliating, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties  make it a very effective remedy for a number of concerns. Including relieving itching from skin conditions such as eczema and psciouris . Thanks to its alkaline nature, hydrogen Caronate can decrease itching and help soothe skin, making it a particularly useful tool for anyone with chronic eczema, says Dr. Sonia Batra, a board-certified dermatologist and co-host of The Doctors.
  • Coconut Oil - Studies show that coconut oil can boost the moisture content of dry skin. It may also improve the function of the skin, helping prevent excessive water loss and protecting you from external factors, such as infectious agents, chemicals, and allergens according to healthline. Coconut oil can also protect against hair damage. For instance, one study determined that, since coconut oil deeply penetrates hair strands, it makes them more flexible and increases their strength to prevent them from breaking under tension.
  • Eucalyptus Essential Oil - Respiratory conditions such as asthma and sinusitis may be helped by inhaling steam with added eucalyptus oil. The oil reacts with mucous membranes, not only reducing mucus but helping loosen it so that you can cough it up. It’s also possible that eucalyptus blocks asthma symptoms. On the other hand, for people who are allergic to eucalyptus, it may worsen their asthma. More research is needed to determine how eucalyptus affects people with asthma.

Rarely do bathers experience any ill side effects from a regular bath practice, but those who are pregnant, nursing, diabetic, or have open wounds, skin infection, or abrasions should not take these types of baths. And it is important to check with your doctor first if you have low blood pressure or before starting any self-care routine. This is because hot water can temporarily lower blood pressure even more.

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