How To Make a Herbal Bath

An herbal bath is a good way to rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit.  While bath time is a luxury for many women (and men), it can also be therapeutic. The warm water helps the body to relax by soothing sore, tired muscles, and nothing can make a bath more relaxing than surrounding you with an aromatic herbal blend.

To get the spa experience at home, you can learn to make your own herbal bath blends.  To make an herbal bath, you will need a few items to get started: 2 cups of dried herbs, scissors, cheesecloth cut into a 10x10 inch square, string and an enamel pot.

Basic Herbal Bath Recipe

Place the dried herbs into the cheesecloth square.  Gather the cheesecloth into the shape of a pouch or bag and secure with a string, just tightly enough to prevent the herbs from escaping the bag.

Drop the homemade herb bag into an enamel pot and cover with just enough water so that the herb blend is submerged into the water.

Turn the stove on high, allowing the water to come to a boil.

Remove the pot from the heat and set aside.

Be sure to leave a lid on the pot while the herb bag sits in the water.  Keep it in the pot for about 15 minutes.

Pour in the herb-and-water mixture as your tub begins to fill.  Remember to select the correct water temperature for the type of bath you are taking. In general, cool or warm baths are refreshing and invigorating, while warmer to hot baths are perfect for alleviating soreness and to aid in sleep and relaxation.

You now have the basic recipe to make an herbal bath.  Feel free to experiment and try different herb blends to create the perfect homemade spa experience.  Some common ingredients used when making an herbal bath blend include rose petals, catnip, peppermint, chamomile, lavender flowers and more. Whether you're looking for an herbal bath mixture to alleviate stress or restore energy, there is sure to be an herbal bath recipe that you can make at home.

Bonus Tips:

*Some herbs may clog your drain.  If this is a concern, you may leave the herbs in the bag or even use a muslin bag. You can still reap the benefits by allowing the herb bag to float around you or by tying the bag around the faucet and allowing the water to run through it.

*Light an aromatherapy candle for an enhanced experience.


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