Herbs for the Bath

Herbs are useful additions to the bath because of their healing qualities. They can help to increase circulation, heal the skin, relax the body, and calm the mind. You can use them by themselves in a bath or add them to other ingredients such as bath salts.
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  • Calendula is a soothing and healing herb for the skin that is excellent for healing and reducing scars, stretch marks, scratches, rashes and more. This helpful herb encourages sweating and is especially useful for eliminating wastes through the skin.
  • Lavender is soothing for both the skin and the nerves. It is helpful for burns, sore muscles, tension, headache, bug bites and sunburn.
  • Chamomile is anti-inflammatory and relaxing. It makes a good rinse to brighten blond hair. This beneficial herb can help to settle the stomach and encourage a restful sleep. It is one of my favorite bath herbs for children.
  • Lemon Balm is uplifting and soothing at the same time. It also makes a delightful, nutritive tea.
  • Sage encourages sweating and is an excellent antimicrobial herb.
  • Mustard seed is an old remedy for chest congestion and colds. A mustard pack or a mustard bath encourages sweating, helps break up congestion, and promotes blood flow.
  • Rosemary stimulates the mind. It makes a wonderful invigorating bath.
  • Rose is rejuvenating and slightly astringent to the skin. It has a loving aroma that is excellent for stress and anxiety.
  • Ginger supports circulation and sweating. It aids in digestion and makes a spicy, warming tea. Ginger can be especially helpful for nausea.
  • Kelp is high in minerals and soothing to sunburn.
  • Aloe Vera juice can help to heal the skin and soothe rashes or sunburn.

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© Elaine Sheff, Clinical Herbalist 2013

IMG_3077Elaine Sheff has been studying medicinal plants since 1987. A Clinical Herbalist, she is a graduate of both the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies and the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. She is passionate about the inherent healing connection between people and plants. Elaine has a longstanding clinical practice providing herbal consultations for individuals with health concerns. A best selling author, Elaine teaches herb classes throughout the United States and is the co-founder of Meadowsweet Herbs. She is a certified instructor of Natural Family Planning, a safe, effective birth control method used to avoid or achieve pregnancy.   You can often find Elaine in her garden, homeschooling her children, or cooking some delicious gluten-free meal


2 Comments on “Herbs for the Bath

    • Laurie, depending on how strong you like it, you could use a couple tablespoons up to a whole cup of herb. Some herbs like calendula are pretty light and fluffy, so they take up a little more volume than the same weight of another, denser herb like ginger root. Ginger and mustard tend to be a little stronger as well and can generally be used in lower amounts. I hope that helps! Warmly, Elaine

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