Soothing Herbal Baths-Guide to preparing and amazing recipes for mind and body

Soothing Herbal Baths-Guide to preparing and amazing recipes for mind and body

 Baths alone can ease stress or just melt the day away. There are many benefits of taking baths but adding some herbs or essential oils can make a bath even more delightful. I tend to find myself experimenting with different herbs & oils for bath time. I also seem to take baths quite often for many different reasons. If I’ve had a long day, feeling stressed, feeling tired, sore, feeling sick, congested, cold, or even restless a simple bath always does wonders. I recommend adding Epsom Salts to any one of your baths as they are great for detoxing, sore muscles, and are good if there are toxins in your water.

Herbal baths or “tea baths” can give you extra benefits for all kinds of things. It all depends on the types of herbs you use. Essential oils can be added to enhance your bath as well. I love lighting some candles, and if you prefer you can light incense as well. It really gives you a nice “spa” touch.

Also, I wanted to note so I don’t mislead anyone, but if you notice in the main photo I sprinkled some dried roses in my bath. They did smell amazing but the clean up was a pain. It was rather comical to find a way to collect all of the floating tiny pieces of roses. It took me quite some time to clean them up. I definitely don’t recommend sprinkling any herbs in your bath, just keep them in their baggie and you will be fine!

DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor and do not pretend to be one. The information on this blog is not intended to treat any illnesses or problems. Some people may have an allergic reaction to certain herbs or ingredients they are unfamiliar with and I advise you to speak with your doctor or a medical professional prior to making any decisions on trying something new. Please read full disclaimer here!

How to Prepare an Herbal Bath

Option 1:

1. Fill a cotton or muslin baggie with your herbs or roots of choice

2. If possible tie baggie so that it hangs directly under your tub faucet. If not, then just toss it in the water

3. Start your bath at the hottest water setting and fill about 1/2-3/4 full. (this will allow herbs to “steep” in the hot water)

4. Turn on the cool water and fill until you have reached your desired temperature

5. Add in Epsom salts and if desired any essential oils

Option 2:

*this is best used when adding roots, bark, grains, etc. to your bath. These generally need to “decoct” which means to heat or boil to extract essence or properties

1. Bring a teapot to a boil, reduce to simmer and add in desired ingredients for you bath

2. Cover pot and allow to simmer for about 20-30 minutes (if possible allow roots, bark, nuts or seeds to sit overnight)

3. Strain and pour liquid in your bath

4. Prepare bath to desired temperature and add Salts or essential oils

Herbal Bath Recipes:

Calming Bath

(as seen in photos below)

2 Parts Rose Petals

1 Part Lemon Balm

1 Part Lavender

 

Muscle Relaxant Bath

2 Parts Chamomile

1 Part Peppermint

1 Part Marshmallow Root

1/2 Part Ginger Root

 

Decongestant Bath

2 Parts Chamomile

2 Parts Lavender

1 Part Peppermint

1 Part Burdock Root

1/2 Part Ginger Root

1/2 Part Eucalyptus (or 2-3 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil)

 

Heart Warming Bath (For those cold days were you just can’t seem to warm up)

*use small amounts of all of these ingredients, as they will go a long way*

1 part ginger

1 part nutmeg

1 part cinnamon

1 part cayenne pepper

 

Dreamy Bath for Sleep

2 Parts Lavender

1 Part Chamomile

1 Part Lemon Balm

1 Part Valerian Root 

 

Soft Skin Bath

*make this in advance* boil ingredients in 2 Cups of water for 10-15 minutes, strain, then add water to bath

1/2 Cup Oatmeal

1 Part Lavender

1/2 Part Burdock Root

1/2 Part Marshmallow Root

1/2 Part Calendula Flowers

 

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Fill Baggie with desired ingredients

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Make sure you tie it tightly so none of the herbs escape

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The position of my faucet doesn’t allow me to tie the bag on very well

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So I just toss it right in.

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