A bath is can be a calming way to relax in today’s fast paced stressful world. It is a soothing way to start a new day and relaxing send-off to bed. Herbs and its essential oils can soothe aching muscles, tense nerves, skin irritations, softens skin. Imagine yourself floating in a gigantic bathtub full of herbs and essential oils. The soothing powers taking away your tensions, worries and transforming you to feel complete and new.
Be sure to set the stage for your bath with a clean fresh bathroom. Keep clean towels, herbs, loofah, etc handy. Choose relaxing music and light unscented candles around you or use an essential oil diffuser. Make sure that everything you need for your luxurious, soothing bath is within arms reach.
While filling your tub with warm water, create a bag of your favorite herbs to be used as a bath tea. To create an herb bag, fill muslin cloth or bag or even an old stocking with your favourite herbs. Bath salts, citrus leaves, dried rose petals, dried lavender buds are all good choices when creating an herb bag. You can also buy these ready-made for use if you would rather.
Bath teas can be hung on the water faucet when not in use. To use, submerge the bath tea bag into your bath water. Dip it in your bath, letting the herbs gently soak in the water. Before you ease into your herbal bath, a quick skin brush from head to toe can be beneficial to get your blood flowing.
You can also put no more than 5 essential oil in your bath water. You can dilute them with milk or a carrier oil if you wish.
Here is a list of common herbs and its essential oils used in bath for calming properties:
– Black Pepper – relief for aching muscles
– Clary Sage – as a perk me up and premenstrual tension
– Eucalyptus – opens the pores and the vapours from the bath help to clear the breathing passages.
– Geranium – for very dry or itchy skin, eczema and PMS
– Jasmine – when you wish to feel luxurious
– Lavender – dry skin, eczema, sprains, hot flashes, headaches, over work, insomnia
– Orange – to pep you up
– Rosemary – to get you going in the morning, a quick pick-me-up in the evening. Also good for aches and sore muscles.
– Chamomile, Lavender and Rose is good for dry, delicate or irritated skin.
– Rosemary, Calendula and Thyme for oily skin.
– Lemon Balm – good for hyperactive children
– Citrus & Lavender – soothing and therapeutic properties
– Ylang Ylang – exfoliates and moisturizes the skin
– Apricot and Amber – moisturises, restores softness and suppleness to skin.
– Chamomile – aids in relief of aching muscles and nervousness
Make sure that your bath time is a time of solitude and don’t forget to put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door. Relax and enjoy!