Herbs are a great substitute or addition to bath ritual. Herbs have been used in baths for thousands of years for health and for beauty – to relieve aches and pains, to improve sleep, to boost circulation, to fight colds, to energize or to relax.
Adding Herbs and Flowers to your bath is an easy way to spread its power over the entire body. There are 3 methods to adding herbs to your bath.
1. Sprinkle Directly into the tub
The simplest method is to sprinkle the herbs directly into the water, its a very aesthetically pleasing way to enjoy flowers in your bath. I love to watch as they dance around the tub, lightly touching my skin. The con? You do need to clean up before draining the water. Many say to use a food stainer to gather the petals but truthfully, I turn it into a game at the end of my tub and try and scoop as many out as I can with my hands. I tend to make a large pile of the herbs on the edge of my tub and once I am out I toss them. I do usually need to grab a cloth to wipe away all the color from the petals from them sitting there.
2. Muslin/Cheese Cloth Method
An easy way to make a herbal bath is to fill small muslin bags with fresh or dry herbs and add these to the water or hang them under the tap as you run the bath. Use one single herb or up to 3-4 different herbs. Small bags work just as well for foot baths, although a foot soak with fresh herbs or flowers floating in the water can be a nice experience.
3. Brew a Tea and Pour Directly Into The Water
Gather your dried herbs into a kettle or pot on the stove and boil the herbs. After a few minutes you will have a tea. You can strain the petals and herbs and pour the infusion directly into the tub.
Best Flowers and Herbs To Use In Your Bath
- Basil eases stress, relieves muscle spasms and improves skin hydration.
- Butterfly Pea Flowers helps collagen production and prevents wrinkles.
- Calendula to soothe the skin, promotes healing of skin abrasions, eczema, sunburn
- Chamomile flowers for relaxation and good sleep
- Elderflower firms and smooths skin, and promotes blood circulation
- Eucalyptus is known to relieves joint pain and sore muscles.
- Lavender for a relaxing bath and to improve sleep
- Lemon Balm for a refreshing, uplifting bath
- Peppermint or mint for a refreshing bath or during a cold or fever
- Rose Petals for pure luxury or for relief from cramps.
- Rosemary for tired muscles, to lift energy levels and to boost circulation
- Sage supports memory and brain function
- Thyme for colds and other infections
- Yarrow is a fever reducer, cold & flu treatment, heals skin abrasions and reduces swelling, relieves cramps