Herbal Bathing …….

For many centuries enjoying herbs in bath has become a very therapeutic way to help re-energize the body.    A great way to distress, soothe skin and generally relax you from every day.    Enjoying a warm bath with a few wonderful herbs in a a small muslin bag.

Creating a ambiant place around your own tub can become very theraputic after a stressful day.   We all know that we have stress in our everyday life.     Add in some good music, candles, flowers, infuse a herbal tisane or a wonderful cup of tea.     The idea is to sooth the mind and relax the body, refresh the whole body, create new energy in the body and relax.

Feeling calm after relaxing after the bath will help encourage a restful sleep.

** Research:  “Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health” by Rosemary Gladstar’s

Many cultures around the world have a range of theraputic bath houses; healing with mineral waters and ranged temperatures to help with artheritic health issues, enhance health, cleansing and relaxation like the “Turkish Bath Houses” is just one example.   Some Bath Houses give body massage’s as part of the theraputic treatment before enhancing their bodies to the hot bath’s.  “Japanese Bath Houses” are separated by the sexes and use hot water from a natural spring (the “Sento”), these were public bath houses.  For more enhancement of nutrients from the mineral natural bath’s; many of the clients would leave the Bath Houses without rinsing off the minerals after bathing.   Healing properties of the hot mineral waters was to cleanse impureties from the body, enhancing a long life.    The Canadian well known “Banff Mineral Springs” or “Radium Hot Springs” in Canada, with a variety temperature’s where you can soothe, soak and refresh from daily life.     Their are many Bath Houses around the world.  

**Research from “Wikipedia”

Many herbal infusions are from flowers and leaves.

**Remembering use less for children and elders, full infusion maybe too strong.

Many popular herbs in the bath are:    Lavender, Camomile, Hops, Peppermint, Roses, Rosemary, Bay Leaf, Sage.

Herbs and Health

Can teas be added to your bath?        Answer: The herbal teas make great bath infusions. Best to use a muslin bag sachet to add your teas, place into the water while the water is running. Enjoy.

Many herbs contain “water-soluble tannins” which in turn will help to cleanse and disinfect the bodies digestion and are good to soothe the skin.   Herbs also contain minerals and vitamins, but the most important nutrient is the essential oils that can be drawn out of the plants.   Essential oils have many uses for adding to bath’s, adding to herbs to boost the scent and many essential oils are known for healing purposes.   

“It is important to know how to use essential oils and herbal concoctions for some combinations are toxic”.  

Many research books are available to give you better knowledge on the use of herbs.

***Research from: “Dumont’s Lexicon of Herbs” by Andrea Rausch & Brigitte Lotz 

**Herbs are a big part of the herbal tisane’s brewed in many tea shops around the world.

Unsafe Herbs

Here is a list of some of the UNSAFE HERBS

Calamus Root; Comfrey; Goldenseal; Hawthorne Berries; Juniper Berries;

Life Root (Ragwort); Lobelia; Mandrake Root; Mistletoe; Oak Bark;

Pennyroyal; Pokeroot; St. John’s Wort; Wormwood;

*** from Health Promotion and Nutrition, Scarborough Health Department

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Herbal Teas

Herbal Teas are known to be the most affordable.   Herbal teas were usually reserved for medicinal use for the rich.

Now their is a higher quantity of herbs that are now produced and this has now lowered the general cost. Not just the rich can afford such herbs, but the general public can now have herbs available to purchase.

Most herbs should be researched before using them. 

See our next topic on Unsafe Herbs….