Herbal Bath

I absolutely love to take a Hot Herbal Bath.

It is so simple to do and is one way to activate all of our senses at once.  Just by

IMG_0009carefully choosing a specific blend of herbs, it has the ability to be stimulating, relaxing, soothing, or medicinal.  Without getting all scientific, our skin is our largest organ and needs nourishment and attention.  The skin is also an extremely effective way to absorb the chemical constituents of the plants that are released and available from the hot water.  It is literally like bathing in a big tub of tea.  I often drink herbal tea while I am soaking.  There are many ways to incorporate herbs into your bath.  You can purchase a large tea ball or cotton tea bags that you just plop into the water.  I have used just about everything out there.  One of my favorite ways is to use one of my reusable veggie bags.  I can affix it in a way that the hot water pours over the herbs while filling up the tub.  I can then squeeze the bag to enable more of the herbal goodness into the water.  Afterwards I just compost the herbs and clean then wash out the bag.  However you choose, I will warn you…don’t add the herbs loosely to the bath tub!  You will have a fantastic mess.  I actually had a tea ball come apart and spilled the herbs throughout the water before I could realize.  Needless to say, I am very careful about making sure the herbs are securely enclosed in whatever I am using.

There are obviously an infinite combination of herbs that you can choose.  Much of the choice depends on your desired outcome, such as needing to relax, or have an illness that needs extra care.  There are many herbalists and natural stores that have created herbal blends depending on the specific situation.  You can also start with some of the more well-known, safer herbs such as Lavender, Rose Buds, Calendula flowers, etc.

Make this time special by lighting a candle, putting on your favorite music, adding some essential oils &/or bath salts.  Empty out all of your stresses and worries before you get in.  Make sure the water is hot and try to relax for around 20 minutes.  You can read a book, meditate, pray or do nothing at all.  I promise you won’t regret it.

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