DIY Herbal Bath Blends

Relaxing herbal bath

Beauty begins in the bath. A centuries-old ritual, herbal bathing not only is a soothing cosmetic affair but also has important therapeutic applications. 

Herbal baths are extremely therapeutic. When you immersed in water, the pores of the skin are open and receptive to the healing properties of the herbs. Herbal baths are great for terrible headaches, stress, skin problems, shingles and more. Shallow 'sitz' baths are great for soothing urinary infections, menstrual issues, and injuries to tissues (after childbirth).

There are various ways to use herbs in the bath, however the most efficient and practical ways are either to make extra strong pot of herbal infusion and add to bathwater before you get in or make a 'teabag' (when you run water through teabag make sure its only very hot water so that beneficial properties of herbs are extracted, you will cold water later for the ideal bath temperature). 

Relaxing Bath Blend 1

Method 1

  1. Mix all herbs in a saucepan, cover with 2 L of boiling water, leave it for 15-20 mins, strain the herbs and add the infusion into you bath water. 

Method 2 

  1. Mix the herbs, place the herbal mixture into muslin bag or handkerchief and herbal bath soak pouchtie the container onto the nozzle of the tub. 
  2. Turn the tap on hot and let it pour through herbal bath bag.
  3. Run enough cold water to bring to the desired temperature. 

Relaxing Bath Blend 2 (with essential oils and salt)

  • 2 parts Epsom Salts (can be substituted with Dead Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt)
  • 0.5 part fresh or dried linden (lime) blossom (get from here)
  • 5 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops of rose essential oil (or rose geranium as a cheaper more available substitution) 

Method 

    1. Put the salts and linden blossom into a blender and pulverise. This allows the cell walls of the herb to be broken down and therefore it will have greater beneficial properties once added to bath.
    2. Transfer mixture to the bowl, add the essential oils and mix well. 
    3. Put the mixture into a muslin cloth, bag or handkerchief and tie the container onto the nozzle of the tub. 
    4. Run the hot water directly over and through allowing the salts to dissolve. Add cold water to bring to the desired temperature. 

 Healing herbs for bath ritual and healing

Stimulating Bath Blend 

  • 3 parts peppermint 
  • 2 parts calendula (get from here)
  • 1 part bay leaf or eucalyptus 
  • 1 part rosemary 
  • 1 part sage 

Method 

  1. Mix the herbs, place the herbal mixture into muslin bag or handkerchief and tie the container onto the nozzle of the tub. 
  2. Turn the tap on hot and let it pour through herbal bath bag.
  3. Run enough cold water to bring to the desired temperature. 

Sitz Bath (for urinary infections and thrush)

Method 

  1. Add all herbs to a large saucepan, pour over 2 L boiling water, cover and infuse for 15 mins.
  2. Leave to cool slightly, strain before adding the liquid to a shallow bath (sitz bath)

TIP

All the mixtures can be done in big batches (only with dried herbs and without adding essential oils) and stored in a cool dry place for 9-12 months. 

Why not trying herbal bath this weekend: put a lot of candles, switch on music, read, or just close off your eyes and relax. Share with us your experience and your personal recipes! Happy Bathing Xxx 


Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published

Sale

Unavailable

Sold Out