Herbal bath mixtures can be used for aching joints, colds, etc. or for just relaxing after a long tense day.
Any herb that can be used internally can also be used in a bath. Herbal baths are very effective for babies as well as adults. Baths are very relaxing, healing and soothing. Prepare an infusion and pour it into the bath water, or you place the herbs in cheese cloth and place it in the hot water, usually 30 grams (total) of herbs is enough. You can also use essential oils in your baths.
- Bath for colds: 2 drops Thyme oil, 2 drops Tea-Tree oil, 4 drops Lemon Oil, 1 drop Eucalyptus oil. Swish round in the bath water before getting in. Don't use if you're nauseous or running a high fever.
- Herbal Bath to Soothe Insect Bites: Some or all of Rosemary, Orange peel, Chamomile, Alfalfa, Comfrey, Eucalyptus, Mint, Lemon Balm, Parsley.
- Herbal Bath for Aching Joints: Use a large handful each of Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Sage and Comfrey Root. Simmer for 15 minutes in a liter of water, strain and add the liquid to a warm bath. Soak yourself for half an hour.
- To aid your sleep: Hops and Linden flowers, Lavender and Lemon Balm.
- General Tonic: Thyme and Rosemary.
- Hyperactive Children: Chamomile and Catnip.
- Rheumatic joints: 2 teaspoons Mustard
For a relaxing and exquisitely scented bath, infusions can be made of:
- Linden, Lemon balm, Rosemary
- Lavender, German Chamomile, Linden
- Roman Chamomile, Linden, Red Clover (good for children)
Nothing is nicer on a cold winter night than a hot herbal bath. Blend these fragrant herbs to soothe stiff joints and calm jangled nerves:
2 cups rosemary
2 cups lavender
1 cup thyme
1 cup bay leaves
1 cup calendula
1 cup rose geranium leaves
Cover 1/2 cup of the blend with 1 cup boiling water and steep for 20 to 25 minutes. Drain liquid into the bath water and tie up the herbs in a terry wash cloth. After a long soak, use the washcloth as an herbal scrub. This mixture is enough for 16 soothing baths.
You will need: One 5 x 5 inch square of cheesecloth, 1 rubber band or string, 1 ribbon long enough to hang the bag from the tap.
Place the herbs in the center of the square of cheesecloth. Gather up the corners and secure the pouch with the rubber band or string. Tie the ribbon around the top, creating a loop. Hang by the loop from the tap, allowing the water to run through the pouch. When the tub is full, lengthen the loop and immerse the pouch in the bath water. Reuse the pouch by drying after use, and replacing the herbs as they lose their aroma.
Or...Place herbs in a 10 x 10 doubled cheesecloth and secure with string. Boil for 15 minutes, then pour the water along with the bag into the bath.
1 tablespoon dried Chamomile
1 tablespoon Lavender leaves
1 tablespoon Rosemary
1 tablespoon Mint, Thyme, Sage, or Basil
1/2 cup Chamomile
1/2 cup Rosemary
1 cup Lavender Flowers
1/3 cup Lemon Balm
1/2 cup Chamomile
1 cup Rose Petals
1-1/2 cup Verbena
Soothing and a great skin softener.
1 cup honey
2 cups milk
1 cup sea salt or plain salt
1/4 cup baking soda
1/2 cup baby oil
In a large bowl, combine the honey, milk, sea salt, and baking soda. Stir well. Pour the mixture into a tub filled with warm water, add the baby oil and mix well.
To revitalize your tired muscles.
1 cup sea salt
1 cup baking soda
1 cup inexpensive shampoo
Fill a bathtub half full of warm water. Pour the ingredients into the tub, then add more water swirling it around with your hand to spread out the bubbles.
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