MED: Herbal baths

Charlevoix, MI(Zone 4b)

For dry or chapped skin

1 cup dried rose petals
1/2 cup dried lavender flowers

For acne or eczema

1 cup dried chamomile flowers
1/2 cup dried lavender flowers

For poor circulation

1 cup dried rosemary leaves
1/2 cup dried chamomile flowers

For muscle aches and stiff joints

1/2 cup dried lemon-balm leaves
1/2 cup dried rosemary leaves
1/4 cup dried chamomile flowers

For colds and congestion

1/2 cup dried thyme leaves
1 cup dried sage leaves
1/4 cup dried rosemary leaves

For trouble falling asleep

2 oz. passionflower leaves and flowers
1 oz. valerian root
1 oz. violet blossoms

For peaceful, restful deep sleep

2 oz. hops flowers
1 oz. lavender blossoms
1 oz. Siberian-ginseng root

For overworked body and mind

2 oz. chamomile flowers
1 oz. lemon-balm leaves
1 oz. St. John's wort or catnip leaves

Place the blend in the center of a 12-in. by 24-in. cheesecloth, folded in half to make a 12-in. square piece. Tie the cloth's ends together, using a rubber band to secure. Place the sachet in a 2-qt. pot (not aluminum or copper), add 1 1/2 qt. of boiling water. Cover; steep for 1/2 hr.
Add the infusion and the cheesecloth bag to the bathwater. Gently squeeze the sachet from time to time.
Keep your bathwater between 98.6F and 110F If the water is too hot, your skin will perspire, and your body will be less likely to fully absorb the healing properties of the herbs. Add the bath blend once you've filled the tub with water; otherwise, the therapeutic steam will evaporate prematurely. To avoid dehydrating your skin, limit your bath to 20 minutes.

This message was edited Aug 14, 2008 3:12 AM

North Augusta, ON

Thank you for this!!!

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