Sipping & Soaking
By Shari Darling
I’ve always enjoyed soaking in the tub and enjoying the emotional and physical benefits of bath scrubs and salts. On occasion, I have also enjoyed pairing this ‘love-me’ activity with a glass of chilled wine. It is the perfect hot and steamy date with moi!
The offsetting of the hot, soothing water against my body with the cool wine sliding along my palate is sensuous and relaxing. It’s important to harmonize the aromas of the bath scrubs or salts with those found in the wine. Otherwise, one’s mind senses the disconnectedness. This halts the ability to focus and relax. The juicy aromatics of the scrub or salts paired with the wine’s aromas may appear as snobbery at its finest, but it is actually a potent medicinal, emotional and spiritual activity and partnership.
Sipping a glass of wine while bathing has many health benefits. Wine, in general, when consumed in moderation (defined by the American Heart Association as one to two four-ounce glasses a day) has proven through studies to promote longevity, all the while lowering the risks of heart attacks, heart disease, strokes, type 2 Diabetes, gallstones, cataracts, colon cancer and mental decline. The alcohol in wine has anti-bacterial power as well and can be helpful against the common cold.
The art of smelling wine to distinguish its aromas requires single-mindedness and is meditative. Alcohol, in general, when consumed in moderation has proven to reduce stress.
Using quality bath scrubs and salts containing essential oils is a form of aromatherapy and is also emotionally and spiritually beneficial. The inhalation of different essential oils can help balance the body, mind and spirit. Essential oils are not actually oils at all. They are the lifeblood of the plants used to make them. Essential oils are highly concentrated plant constituents, and the elements of heat, light, air and moisture activate the release of their aromatic scent.
While using the bath scrub or salt, we inhale the essential oils, which stimulates the part of the brain connected to smell – our olfactory system. A signal is sent to the limbic system of the brain, which controls our emotions and helps to retrieve learned memories. This action causes chemicals like serotonin to be released in the brain, and makes us feel relaxed and calm.
It’s important that the scrubs or salts you buy are made of quality, organic essential oils. Our bodies absorb whatever we put on our skin. While there are many brands on the market, Arbonne produces bath scrubs and salts that are of the highest quality ingredients (plant extracts and essential oils) that act as exfoliates and antioxidants and condition the skin, as well as soothing the mind and spirit through their aromatics. The oils are minuscule in molecular size, which means they are absorbed well by the skin.
So the next time you decide to take a bath, be sure to take part in the art of sipping and soaking. Here are a few Arbonne inspired sipping and soaking combinations worth exploring:
|Product||Essential Oils||Best Wine Match||Reason for Pairing|
|Arbonne Aromassentials Awaken Sea Salt Scrub||Avocado
|Organic or biodynamic Sauvignon Blanc (white wine).||The big citrus and floral-like aromas of this scrub pair with the lime and grassy aromas of this wine.|
|Arbonne FC5 Exfoliating Body Scrub||Grapefruit Peel
Mandarin Orange Peel
|Organic or biodynamic Off Dry Riesling (white wine).||The fruit flavours in the scrub harmonize with similar fruit flavours in the wine.|
|Arbonne SeaSource Foaming Sea Salt Scrub||Grape Seed
|Organic or biodynamic Off Dry Gewurztraminer (white wine).||The floral-forward aromas of this scrub complement the spicy and floral aromas of this wine.|
|Arbonne Aromassentials Unwind Bath Salts||Nobillis Flower
|Organic or biodynamic Pinot Noir (red wine) that should be chilled for about a half hour in the refrigerator.||Soft and earthy aromas of the scrub complement the wine’s earthy andsweet cherry and floral aromas.|
To purchase Arbonne scrubs and salts, contact your local Consultant or go to www.arbonne.ca and click on Join Arbonne, then Locate a Consultant.
Shari Darling is The Sophisticated Wino, an international award-winning and best-selling author, speaker, columnist, TV and Radio Host, educator and wine judge. www.sharidarling.com