A natural herbal bath is the perfect way to soothe away your aches and pains, remove stress from the day and improve your circulation. An herbal bath is simple to prepare and often requires nothing more than a trip to your spice cabinet or garden. Fresh or dried herbs can added either directly into the water or placed into a bag and allowed to steep.
Ideally an herbal bath should be only slightly warmer than your body temperature. If the water is too hot then the therapeutic steam will evaporate before you have a chance to enjoy and your body is less likely absorb any beneficial properties of the water. Limit the bath time to about 20 minutes to avoid dehydrating the skin.
Useful Bath Herbs
Rose petal have a soothing aroma and contain a small amount of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) which is known to help smooth skin. Adding a small amount of petals to the bath water will help moisturize dry sensitive skin.
Lavender is a fragrant additive commonly used in lotions and soaps. Lavender is used as a relaxant and a great additive for a stress relieving bath. Lavender is also a mild anti-septic which can help to heal acne and other minor skin irritations.
This popular herb has been used for centuries as both antibacterial and analgesic. Chamomile is commonly used to relieve skin inflammations such as eczema and psoriasis. Chamomile is also known for its calming properties and is frequently used as a sleep aid.
The dried leaves of Rosemary have an invigorating and warming effect on the body. Adding rosemary to a warm bath water is an excellent remedy for aching joints and sore muscles. It’s a great way to wake yourself up in the morning.
A bath with lemon balm is the perfect way to end your day it’s a tart lemony scent that helps revive spirits and lift depression.
Herbal Bath Recipes
1 cup dried Rose petals
1/2 cup dried Lavender
For Minor Skin Irritation
1 cup Chamomile
1/2 cup Lavender
To Relieve Muscle Aches and Stiffness
1/2 cup Lemon Balm
1/2 cup Rosemary
1/4 cup Chamomile
1/2 cup Thyme
1 cup Sage
1/4 cup Rosemary