Friday, January 28, 2011
Homemade Herbal Bath
Admittedly, I am a 'shower person', but sometimes a lovely, warm bath just can't be beat. Whether it's a cool bath w/selected herbs for fever relief, or an-almost-hot bath w/soothing herbs to soften skin & sooth tired, aching muscles, winter itch, relieve congestion from allergies or a cold...or...just because...
Because the skin is our largest organ, taking an herb bath is a great way to immerse yourself in the healing benefits of herbs. What a great herbal tea does on the inside, a great herbal bath can do from the outside, in. Herbal baths are particularly good for babies...so soothing. If you take an herb bath together, w/baby lying on it's back upon your raised thighs, you can bond in the soft, warm water while you coo & make eye contact w/your precious new babe.
Use time-tested favorite herbs for baths, depending upon the experience or out-come you are looking for: peppermint, lavender, chamomile, calendula, comfrey, rose, echinacea, eucalyptus & even a little course sea salt & oatmeal. Experiment w/your own favorites, but do a little research, first, & make sure that they can be used on your skin & what they are commonly used for.
If you don't raise & dry your own herbs, no problem, most local health food stores will have a bulk herb section. USE IT! (You can even make your own teas w/fresh herbs...hmmm...maybe that's a future blog topic!)
~Gently crunch up a couple of hand-fulls of your favorite herbs or herb mix & place it either in a clean cheese-cloth, or a tea ball or do-it-yourself tea bag (you can also get tea balls & empty tea bags at health food stores). Tie the cheese cloth to the tub faucet & let the water run through OR place 1-3 tea balls or tea bags full (as much as you desire) in the tub & let it steep while the water is running. Just before you get in, empty the herbs into your tub or, if you like, float a few fresh chamomile blossoms, rose petals &/or lavender in the tub.
You will exit your herb bath relaxed, refreshed & your skin will be naturally soft.
Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><