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An alternative to commercially-sold herbal bath items such as, bath foams, salts and oils, which usually contain only artificial fragrances and preservatives, mineral oils and harsh detergents that can promote allergies, irritate your skin and even encourage vaginal infections, is to make your own with herbs and oils purchased from Starwest Botanicals.
Tip: In the bath, exfoliate your skin with a course sea sponge or loofah to improve circulation and absorption of an herb's healing properties.
Herbal Bath Recipe
Herbal Bath Blends
For dry or chapped skin
1 cup dried rose petals
1/2 cup dried lavender flowers
For acne or eczema
1 cup dried chamomile flowers
1/2 cup dried lavender flowers
For poor circulation
1 cup dried rosemary leaves
1/2 cup dried chamomile flowers
For muscle aches and stiff joints
1/2 cup dried lemon-balm leaves
1/2 cup dried rosemary leaves
1/4 cup dried chamomile flowers
For colds and congestion
1/2 cup dried thyme leaves
1 cup dried sage leaves
1/4 cup dried rosemary leaves
Tea bag bath
If you don't have dried herbs on hand, you can use tea bags containing appropriate herbs, such as chamomile or peppermint. Pour 1 qt. of boiling water over 6 tea bags; then steep, covered for 30 min. Add the tea and the tea bags to the bathwater.
Store dried herbs in dark glass jars with airtight lids away from moisture, sunlight and heat in order to keep the fragrance and the essential oils from dissipating. Label the bottles with the name and date. Use the herbs within the year.
Keep your bathwater between 98.6F and 110F If the water is too hot, your skin will perspire, and your body will be less likely to fully absorb the healing properties of the herbs. Add the bath blend once you've filled the tub with water; otherwise, the therapeutic steam will evaporate prematurely. To avoid dehydrating your skin, limit your bath to 20 minutes.
Rose petals for a rosy glow: The petals of the rose (Rosa spp.) are not only soothing, but also contain a small amount of vitamin C; ascorbic acid is known to smooth and tone the skin. Adding rose petals to your bath will lightly moisturize dry, sensitive skin and encourage a healthy, rosy glow.
Lavender for deep cleansing: Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia or Lavandula vera) is derived from the Latin word lavare, which means "to cleanse". A fragrant additive in lotions, lavender is not only a relaxant but an antiseptic, as well. It can help to heal acne and other skin irritations, such as minor cuts, scrapes and burns.
Chamomile for skin inflammation: Both Roman (Anthemis nobilis) and German (Matricaria recutica) chamomile are rich in antibacterial and analgesic volatile oils. Use either form of chamomile to relieve such skin inflammations as eczema and psoriasis.
Rosemary for sore muscles: The dried leaves of rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) have an invigorating and warming effect on the body. Added to bathwater, they make an excellent remedy for aching joints, sore muscles and poor circulation.
Lemon balm for relaxation: A lemon-balm (Melissa officinalis) bath is a perfect way to end your day. Its tart, lemony scent helps revive spirits, lifting depression.
Quality Counts: To ensure that you're soaking in a chemical-free bath, buy herbs that are certified as organically grown from a mail-order supplier or health-food store. You can also grow your own organic garden filled with favorite herbs. Once your herbs are ready to be harvested hang them in a sunny location or slowly heat them at about 125ºF in the oven until dry.