Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Herbal Bath

  • Sage: Uplifting, calming and astringent
  • Rosemary: Relaxing, clarifying, alertness, also an astringent
  • Peppermint: Energizing (or relaxing) and clarifying
  • Chamomile: Extremely relaxing and calming
  • Green Tea: Energizing and mood stabilizing – also antioxidant, antiaging, and very healing for any skin type
Or, of course, you could use things like lavender, rose petals, calendula, orange peels … the list goes on and on.

How to take an herbal bath: While you could make little herbal bath bags, my new favorite way is to brew a very strong tea ahead of time using the herbs (and essential oils, if I want an extra kick). Brew 1-2 cups of very strong herbal tea. Strain and add it to your running bathwater. Then, take the remaining brewed herbs and place them in the middle of a washcloth. Gather the washcloth together at the top and tie tightly with a string or a hair tie. Leave it in the bath as you soak, and then scrub well with it before getting out of the tub.