Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Relaxing Herbal Baths

The holiday season is fast approaching, and it can be a stressful time for many people. Finding a little time for a nice warm bath can do wonders for stress, and adding a sachet of soothing herbs to the water can make a bath all the more relaxing.

First you'll need something to put the herbs in. A small muslin or cheesecloth bag will work. A bit of cotton cloth can also be sewn into a pouch. (Ripped a pair of nylons? A small square of leg, tied well at each end, also does the trick.) Anything you can put the herbs in so they can steep in the bath water, but be easily removed.

3 parts dried chamomile
3 parts lavender
2 parts dried rose petals
1 part dried mint

Don't be afraid to adjust to your tastes! After mixing the herbs, simply put them into your bag, and toss into the tub with you.

Essential oils can also be used if you don't have the dried herbs on hand. Use one drop per part, and mix in an ounce of carrier oil. When the bath is done running, mix the oil into the water. Alternatively, mix the essential oils into some sea salts, let the mix dry, and that can be added to the bath instead.

You can also try...
3 drops vanilla
3 drops sandalwood
2 drops lavender
1 drop myrrh 

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