Herbal Baths for Self-Care

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Having time and a space to calm your mind and relax your body is arguably one of the fundamental practices in self-care. Herb-infused water has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. In fact, herbal tea is among the first medicines used by humans. Herbs are rich in nutrients and beneficial compounds. Herbal baths are an effective way to utilize the medicinal benefits within herbs. After all, the skin is the largest organ of absorption. Here is my disclaimer – I am not a doctor or an expert herbalist. The information about the medicinal use of plants is for educational purposes only and are not meant to substitute for consultation with a licensed physician for treating illness. Please check with your doctor before using any herbal remedies. Relaxing in a bath of herb-infused water for at least 10 minutes can support your health, stress levels and energy. I like to leave the lights off and fill the room with candles. I hang a burlap drawstring bag with the herbs inside under the faucet of running water. Once the tub is full, I throw the tied bag into the water. I swirl the bag through the water a few times to help the steeping process. I soak in the herbal water focusing on the calm, hopefully quiet environment around me.

 

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Gathering Herbs

Herbs are great plants to grow in a container garden. You can grow herbs from seed or buy plant starts from your local garden center or retail store. If you do not want to grow your own, be sure to purchase the best quality herbs available to you. By using organic, you are able to avoid herbs that may have been sprayed with chemicals.

Common Garden Herbs

Common garden herbs are readily available and equally rewarding. Create a stimulating bath with basil leaves. Sage assists in preventing stiff, sore muscles after a hard workout. Infusing your bath with mint can stimulate and promote healing of your skin. A mix of the three – basil, sage and mint is a superhero blend!

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Tips for herbal baths

  • Hot baths feel great. However, baths that are too hot can dry out your skin. Be careful!
  • Drink plenty of water. Just as your skin is the largest organ for absorption, it also pushes out the unwanted toxins from your body. Therefore, it is important to replenish the fluids lost while bathing.
  • Adding Epsom salt or sea salt can help with detoxing, softening skin and muscle relaxation.

Herbal baths are a great way to take time to be quiet, rest your mind and body while also absorbing beneficial nutrients into your body.  Taking a bath is not a new self-care idea. Throwing in herbs might not been at the top of the list. However, now you are aware that it should be!  I of course read as much information as possible online. However, I have also bought a few books. I’m not ready to recommend any of them yet so in the meantime check out what Amazon recommends!

 

 

 

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