Herbal baths, the spa in our home
Soaking in hot or warm water with salts, herbs, or foam is so calming and beneficial that should be mandatory like naps or sleeping late on weekends. Herbal baths have many advantages, such as:
- Improve blood circulation
- Relieve upset stomachs
- Reduce stress
- Relieve menstrual cramps
- Treat hemorrhoids
- Eliminate muscle contractures
- Reduce anxiety and nerves
- Treat skin problems
- Relax the body and mind
Plants in general are an option to alleviate all ailments, whether we consume them in an infusion or in the form of ointment, oil or, in a bath. Not everyone knows the properties of getting into the tub for a few minutes and enjoying the feeling of being in a spa, but in our own home.
Taking a shower is associated with personal hygiene and cleaning routine, however, a soaking bath is something else. Of course, afterwards we take advantage and shower, but once the "session" ends and we are relaxed and in an attitude of peace and harmony.
Medicinal herbs are very good to calm all the senses and also to reduce muscle aches and pains. The benefits will depend on the plants we choose for that bathroom.
How do you prepare an herbal bath?
It is a very simple task, therefore, you can enjoy it whenever you want.
A tub to soak in, hot water and a handful of herbs, flowers or plants.
How do we prepare the herbs?
They have to be wrapped in a cloth or gauze to prevent them from dispersing throughout the water, sticking to the skin, etc.
Step by Step
Fill the bathtub with water as hot as you can handle first and then add the wrapped herbs. Leave about 10 minutes, until it gets warm. Some choose to brew a tea with their chosen herb and pour it into the water after straining it.
When to get in and out of the tub
It is necessary that the water is warm, that it does not burn but neither that we freeze. Do not stay more than 15 minutes in the herbal bath and repeat this practice 1 or 2 times a week.
Bathing daily can not only dry out the skin, but also take away the “magic” of much-needed relaxation.
How many types of herbal baths are there?
Everything will depend on two aspects:
- 1. The herb used
- 2. The desired effect
Not all plants have the same properties no uses. You can also make very interesting mixtures to treat more than one ailment or enhance the benefits of herbs! The most popular and effective options are:
Chamomile herbal bath
It is a relaxing plant par excellence, we already consume it in the form of tea as for an herbal bath. Among its benefits we find the following:
- Relieve the stress
- It helps to sleep
- Calm fussy babies
- Eliminate back pain caused by work overload
Eucalyptus herbal bath
You will surely know the characteristic and refreshing aroma of this tree that is several meters high. It is used to relieve nasal congestion and cough. An herbal bath with a handful of eucalyptus leaves and fruits can be perfect for when we are sick.
It is also used to relieve headaches caused by cervical contracture. and it's a great invigorating. To enhance the effect, add a few drops of natural lemon juice to the water.
Lavender herbal bath
A very special plant also due to its beautiful lilac color and its pleasant perfume. Ideal for relieving stress, relaxing muscles, the body in general and also the mind.
To increase the properties of this bath you can add rose petals and a few drops of sage essential oil.
Rosemary herbal bath
It helps to fight nasal congestion and is very useful in people who suffer from asthma, allergies and get sick very often. It is also an excellent idea for when we arrive tired from work and need something quick to recharge our batteries.
Prepare a bath with 10 drops of essential oil of this plant, or add two cups of infusion with the dried leaves.
Fennel herbal bath
This plant can not only be consumed in salads, but also It is very pleasant for the bath, being stimulating and helping to detoxify the body. To enhance the effects, you can combine it with a handful of Epsom salts.
Calendula herbal bath
This orange flower is well known for its benefits on the skin. Soothes irritations, itching, dermatitis, eczema and even insect bites. It is perfect for those with dry skin. It is also said to help relax the body after bathing.
Herbal basil bath
An herb with a special flavor and aroma that cannot be missing in your kitchen ... and not in your bathroom either! Sure because will help you feel refreshed, being perfect to enjoy a bath after a tiring day at work.
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