Relax Your Body and Mind with a Herbal Bath
A hot, relaxing bubble bath can quickly rekindle your inner energy and relax the stiff body after a tiresome, hard-working day. Also, to increase the rejuvenation of body and mind, you can add some herbs and oils to your hot bath.
Doing a natural bath soak, however, isn’t all that beneficial for your health if you practice it every day. In fact, according to Prevention.Com, herbal baths when taken daily may decrease your immune system. If you want to know how can you benefit and what to be afraid of when taking a herbal bath, the following expert tips can lead you.
What herbs are the most beneficial for deep relaxation?
Many people make the common mistake of adding all the natural bath products that they have into one bath. This excessive use of bath oils and herbs is not only a way to waste money, but also bad for your health. In fact, not all essential oils and herbs, despite their claimed medicinal benefits, should be added to baths.
According to Dr. Josh Axe and Prevention.Com, the best bubble bath products should be based on the following herbs and essential oils:
- Meadowsweet – may relieve pain in the muscles and enhance your mood;
- Linden flowers and oil – can provide aromatherapy relaxation and may stifle a common cold before it gets worse;
- Jasmine bath and shower oil – may refresh your skin from dead cells and improve mood;
- Lavender bath oil, leaves, and powder – may calm the nerves and reduce the natural aging processes in skin;
- Hops can be the most beneficial herb for relieving insomnia and promoting a normal night’s sleep;
- Grated ginger is not just a good component for natural soap but also can be added to a bath for blood flow enhancement;
- Eucalyptus oil and powder added to your bath may reduce symptoms of asthma, ease breathing, and cleanse the lungs;
- Dandelion flowers for a bath soak may be good if you want to renew the skin and drive away winter depression;
- Fans of bath and shower aromatherapy will benefit from chamomile flowers and oil because this herb can relieve the muscle pain and heal the insect bites;
- For a relaxation bath, you may add a few drops of rosemary oil;
- Romantic rose petals are not just good for a sensual bath for two, but can also completely relax your body and refresh the skin;
- For healing bruises and sore joints, try adding parsley powder;
- Mint leaves and oil can stimulate the skin rejuvenation and its natural healing;
- Another natural remedy for a relaxing bath is orange blossoms that can also lower blood pressure;
- For the prevention of sore, stiff muscles after a severe workout, consider taking a bath with sage oil.
Ways to add herbs and oils to your relaxing bath
Before you soak in the best bubble bath you’ve ever taken, use one of these 3 popular and effective ways of preparing a herbal bath:
- Throw a handful of dried herbs straight to the hot bath;
- Brew an herbal tea then add the steeped tea to the warm water;
- Buy an herbal bath tea bag with herbs and dead sea salt; put it straight in the bath.
Different herbal baths for different situations in your life
Herbal baths can be good for both your health and beauty. Consider using one of the following herbal bath recipes offered by Prevention.Com and StyleCraze:
Add some moisture to your skin!
Use a natural goat milk soap or add some powdered milk with any of your favorite herbs to the bath to moisturize your skin. In addition, you may pour a few drops of olive oil, or some rose essential oil along with jasmine oil. Those who enjoy a nutty aroma may also add some organic vegetable or nut oil.
Expert tip: Avocado, sunflower, almond, safflower, walnut, grapeseed oils are generally considered great choices for natural skin moisturizers.
Don’t give arthritis a chance!
These men and women who suffer from sore joints caused by arthritis may prepare a bath with hot water and a mixture of some herbs to alleviate some of their stiffness. What herbs and oils can you use for an anti-arthritis bath? Experts recommend adding a steeped and strained mixture of lavender flowers, fresh sage, and bay leaves (or bay essential oil instead).
Before soaking, prepare the mixture. Mix all these components and steep in boiling water for 3 minutes, then simmer for 15 minutes. At last, strain the mixture into the bath. While soaking, relax and take deep and slow breaths. This bath can be a great arthritis reliever! Sipping a willow tea after the bath may increase the effect.
Forget about headaches and panic attacks!
Panic attacks, tension headaches, stress-related problems can go away along with a hot bath with frankincense and chamomile essential oils. For added benefits, you may also include a peach or olive oil.
Get a full-body massage in a bath!
Instead of going to a massage salon, you can take a bath with the effect of a full-body massage. This effect can be achieved due to Epsom salts. Recent studies have shown that Epsom salts contain a lot of magnesium which is good for your blood and skin. You can prepare a massage bath with 2 cups of Epsom salts along with 20 drops of your favorite essential oil. Stir thoroughly and then take a bath.
Get baby soft skin!
Oatmeal may be good not only for your stomach but also for sunburned-dry-wind burned skin. Take a clean handkerchief or thin sock without holes, fill it with 1 cup of instant oatmeal. Tie the DIY bag tightly. Afterward, place it into a warm bath and hop in! Then squeeze the bag gently to release the oatmeal “juice” into the bathwater. After leaving the bath, scrub the whole body with this bag.
Keep in mind that some herbs may cause allergic reactions, so it is better to do a skin test for a new essential oil or herb before adding it to your bath.