Profound Healing Effects of an Herbal Bath

Ahhh… a warm relaxing bath before bedtime is just what the body needs to promote restful deep sleep. Water, one of the five elements of nature, benefits emotional and physical well-being.

Profound Healing Effects of an Herbal Bath

Therapeutic benefits from bathing are well documented from ancient times and known to promote wellness and relax the body. Water does more than simply cleanse our bodies, it relaxes and calms the nervous system, some say it restores the balance of our chakras, reduces inflammation and even lowers blood sugar.

The restorative properties of a bath are especially positive when you’ve added herbal remedies. By adding herbs to your bath you’ve given your body and mind extra love. When you add herbs to your bath, their nourishing properties are released through the action of the warm water and absorbed into your skin.

“The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and a scented massage every day.”

~ Hippocrates ~

Many of us experience a calming effect simply being near a large body of water. I grew up near the Pacific Ocean and spent many days in the water and sitting on beach listening to rhythmic sound of rolling waves. It’s always a very relaxing and restorative experience. Some people report the same calming effect near a river or lake.

Have you felt this, too?

I remember as a young girl filling the tub with water, adding lots of bubbles and soaking in it until my fingers and toes were all pruney.

Sometimes I’ll add bubbles to my bath even as an adult, but more often I enjoy herbal infusions in the tub because of the nourishing properties of herbs. When soaking in herbs your body will absorb the water-soluble components of the plant.

Carefully select herbs that are soothing to the skin provide the beauty of herbal remedies to your every day life.

Herbs like Lavender, Calendula, Rose, and Chamomile are excellent for the skin. You may have seen or heard about bath products that include oats, this is another wonderful remedy for irritated skin.

And just like selecting your favorite herbal tea, choosing your own herbs for the bath is a personal decision.

Try these too:

  • Oat straw
  • Nettle
  • Passionflower
  • Hops
  • Red Clover
  • Violet
  • Linden

Becoming one with nature in an herbal bath…

Bathing with herbs not only nourishes the skin and body, but when volatile oils are released by the action of warm water the fragrance acts like an aromatherapy treatment. Again, providing a relaxing and calming effect to the mind and body.

There are a few different ways to include herbs in your bath. You can pour them directly into the tub, which is pretty and a wonderful way to directly connect with the herbs, but if you’re like me, you’ll want an easy clean-up.

I prefer to make herbal tea bags. It’s a very simple process and you can make a bunch in advance and store them in an air-tight jar for ease of use. Just toss one into your running bath water.

You can purchase muslin bags or empty tea bags which you then seal with a hot iron. I’ve done both. The muslin bags can be washed and reused a few times. The empty tea bags are discarded after the bath (you can toss them in your compost pile if you have one).

How to make an herbal bath tea…

Select your herbs and mix them in a large bowl. They need to be dry. And then scoop about 3 ounces (this amount depends on the size of the bag you purchased) and place into the bags. Tie or seal bags (depending on the type of bag you purchased).

Store in an airtight container. Mason jars work well for this.

You’ll likely agree these make lovely gifts, too. Have fun.

Another way to include herbs in your bath is to brew your tea and let it steep for 30 minutes or so, and then pour directly into the tub. Lots of options. Find the one you enjoy the most.

 

 

I always add Epsom or sea salt to my bath, thus creating an herbal mineral delight. This little beauty secret makes me feel like I’m at the spa, only much more personally satisfying. Selecting your own herbs makes the experience more enjoyable because you’ve carefully chosen your favorites based on your own skincare needs.

We’ve talked about herbal allies before… these are plants that you feel a personal connection to. There’s more to herbs than their medicinal components, we have an innate and symbiotic relationship with them. If you have an emotional response to a plant, this typically is an indicator that it is YOUR plant. These are the ones you want to bathe in.

Be creative.

Herbal allies are also the plants that you turn to time and time again. You’ve grown to trust them.

After soaking in your luxurious herbal bath, pat your skin dry, then use an herbal spray to tone your skin and lastly apply a lovely herbal infused body oil.

You’ll feel so pampered in the comfort of your own home and you’ll sleep like a baby.

Enjoy. ?

What are your herbal favorites for the bath? Share below…


Resources:

www.ancestralapothecaryschool.com/2016/11/15/support-from-our-herbal-allies/

www.traditionalmedicinals.com/articles/diy/herbal-rituals-bath-therapy/

www.healthline.com/health-news/cant-work-out-try-a-hot-bath

Disclaimer: The information written in CRY Herbals’ emails, blog & website is for creative and educational purposes only. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical advice. All questions regarding any health condition should be addressed to your primary care physician or other healthcare provider. We are simply ordinary folk who love experimenting and working with natural herbal products to enhance and support the body in health and well-being. It is joy and honor to explore the historical and contemporary practices of herbalism for the purposes of education and personal fulfillment. ?

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