Not just for cleansing, bathing in herbal scented water can help reduce stress, soothe the skin and just be a relaxing experience for everyone.
Herbs can be chosen for their therapeutic offerings; such as softening, soothing muscles, stimulating circulation or drawing out infection. Despite your ideas for an herbal bath, there are some basic rules to follow in order to get the most out of the experience.
When creating an herbal bath, enclose the loose herbs in a sachet, or bag to keep them from sticking to the skin. Also, avoid using extremely hot water, as it is very drying to the skin. Plan on a 10 minute soak, to enjoy the full benefits of using herbs in this way.
Of course chamomile makes the list. Its gentle, fruity scent will whisk away your stress like no other. This is a wonderful choice for small children, but any age will benefit.
Chamomile is an herb that can be used alone in the bath. I use it for my fussy babies, to help them settle before bedtime. It is safe enough for the youngest bathers, and the scent help calm the frazzled mom as well.
6. Lemon Balm
Calendula is a true must have for any bath mixture. It is used as a soothing and healing herb, wonderful for those with dry skin, to soak a healing wound, consider this when trying to soothe an area that is out of reach - soaking in a warm, calendula infused bath would feel wonderful!
I use calendula for my children's baths when they have chicken pox, any eczema symptoms, too many mosquito bites, or a stubborn diaper rash. It is always the perfect answer.
Yarrow is an unusual addition to the list. It is often overlooked by the home herbalist, they may even cut it down from their own yard and not use it for anything!
Yarrow is a wonderfully healing herb. Use it for a soaking tub, for irritated skin and to soak healing wounds in.
I find that yarrow has a pleasing scent, but it is a bit different for most folks. Try a light hand when mixing in your bath herb mix.