Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Herbal Baths

A few simple ideas to help you relax after a long, stressful day. Easy to do and well worth the wait.

It’s a great feeling to get home and have a long, hot bath after a day of work, yet by adding the odd herbs to our baths we could be benefitting from them even more.  Most people buy bubble baths and scented candles but none of that is really needed, all you have to do is grab a few herbs and you can have the bath of your choice.

If you are feeling stressed and really need something to help you relax then try my favourite stress release recipe.  Add a little lemon balm, kava kava, chamomile and 10-20 drops of frankincense oil.  This smells divine and helps the body and mind to relax.  An alternative is to add several drops of lavender into your bath when the water is running.  Stir the water to help blend it together and feel the full benefits.

If you want a bath to help your troubled skin while you simple relax try adding ¼ of a cup of dried thyme and ¼ of a cup of dried calendula blossoms to boiling water then simple pour under the tap like you would a bubble bath.  Make sure all the herbs you use as fresh for maximum effect.  This can help reduce irritations such as rashes and is a great summery smelling bath.

  Different herbs do different things for our bodies.  To really wake yourself in the morning you could try using stimulating bath oil in a cooler bath.  The following recipe can help circulation and also in doing this help you beat that cellulite.  Add a mixture of1/2 cup of carrier oil, 5 drops of peppermint, and 3 drops of pine and 5 drops of rosemary to your bath.  For an extra little kick after you have added the mixture simple turn the hot tap on and stir the bath water around then enjoy.  This bath soak can also be applied straight to the skin as a body lotion after you have cleansed properly.

Finally if you have aches and pains from all that hard work try the following mixture of bath salts and herbs to really help them muscles relax.  Start by mixing 12 drops of chamomile, 8drops of rosemary and 5 drops of thyme together.  Add these to the bath when the water is running.  Next add some bath salts too, you can use scented or plain it doesn’t really make a difference and they can all be bought in your local health shop.  Once the bath is full a soak in this mix will help relief any pains you have and release any aches.

There are loads more different ideas for all kinds of different benefits so whatever you are looking for there is a recipe out there for you.  By making these bath soaks yourself you can save on pennies while enjoying a long, relaxing soak.  Why not experiment with all kind of herbs until you find the one you want.

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