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Ave Maria Behrendt
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Herbal Bath Remedies

There are few things more therapeutic or relaxing than a deep hot bath. Until, that is, you add a handful of herbs to the water, and then your humble tub turns into your very own health spa.

The herbal remedies are based on ailments which are not chronic, i.e. needing either general practioners or hospitals.

Herbal Bath Remedies

Methods:

  • Make a strong infusion. Put fresh or dry herbs in a teapot and pour on boiling water. Cover it and leave to brew for ten minutes, then strain infusion into a bath of hot water.
  • Just add the herbs direct to the bath.
  • Put the herbs in a draw-string muslin bag. Hang the bag over the hot tap while you run the bath. (Effective way to draw out the soothing properties of plants like oats.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
* TAKE CARE! Do not use this bath if you are pregnant.
# TAKE CARE! A herbal bath is not recommended for inflammatory arthritis (i.e. where the joints get hot).

The following list of Herbal Remedies are chosen because:
  1. These herbs are not too difficult to get in a fresh form; and
  2. They deal mainly with symptoms we are sometimes experiencing no matter what our age and status in life is.

PICK ME UP!
Rosemary Invigorates the skin and body, and also works on the adrenal glands to lift your spirits. It will help to revive you when your brain has ground to a halt!
Quantity: A handful of the dry herb, or two handfuls of fresh rosemary
Method to use: Tea pot infusion

STRESS RELIEF!
Camomile Soothing and relaxing
Quantity: Two handfuls of the dry herb, or three handfuls of the fresh flower heads
Method to use: Tea pot infusion
Lemonbalm Soothing and mildy sedative, helps one wind down before bed.
Quantity: A handful of the dry herb, or two handfuls of freshly chopped up leaf
Method to use: Tea pot infusion

ECZEMA/PSORIASIS
Oats Soothes the skin and reduces itchiness and irritation.
Quantity: A few handfuls of oats or enough to fill a small muslin bag
Method to use: Draw-string muslin bag over hot tap of running bath water

MUSCULAR ACHES AND PAINS
Thyme Makes an invigorating bath, improves the flow of blood to the surface, eases aching muscles, back pain and stiffness.
Quantity: A handful of the dry herb, or two handfuls of the fresh herb
Method to use: Tea pot infusion
Lavender Sedative and relaxing, is a wonderful helper in relieving pain
Quantity: A handful of the dry herb, or two handfuls of freshly chopped flower
Method to use: Tea pot infusion

INSOMNIA
Lemonbalm A soothing bath leaving one feeling with a wonderful feeling.
Quantity: A handful of the dry herb, or two handfuls of the freshly chopped herb
Method to use: Tea pot infusion
Lavender Restores emotional balance and soothes by the relaxing quality of the bath.
Quantity: A handful of the dry herb, or two handfuls of freshly chopped flower
Method to use: Tea pot infusion

ARTHRITIS/RHEUMATISM
Juniper *# This is both a tonic and detoxifying herb which helps the kidneys to draw out the waste products that cause the pain of arthritis.
Quantity: A small handful of the dry berries or a large handful of fresh, crushed berries
Method to use: Tea pot infusion
Epsom salts # Soak for twenty minutes. Wrap yourself up in bed, keep as warm as possible to allow you to sweat. Helps promot sweating and to clear out waste products that gather in the joints.
Quantity: A pound of salts
Method to use: Just add salts direct to the bath

PERIOD PAIN
Camomile Relaxes the uterus and other muscles to relieve period pains. Antispasmodic.
Quantity: Two handfuls of the dry herb, or three handfuls of fresh flower heads
Method to use: Tea pot infusion or tea can be drunk as well
Lemonbalm A soothing remedy which relaxes the spasms that cause period pain.
Quantity: A handful of the dry herb, or two handfuls of the freshly chopped herb
Method to use: Tea pot infusion or tea can be drunk

ITCHY SKIN
Camomile Camomile is known to act as a natural antihistamine which can help to soothe inflamed skin.
Quantity: Two handfuls of the dry herb, or three handfuls of fresh flower heads
Method to use: Tea pot infusion in bath or bowl of hot water for ands/feet

POST NATAL
Marigold This bath will help with healing or knitting torn tissue, marigold is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory
Quantity: One handful of the dry herb, or two handfuls of fresh flowers
Method to use: Tea pot infusion

APHRODISIAC
Cloves Warm, aromatic and stimulationg, cloves can lift the spirits and relax tension. Traditionally they have been used as an aphrodisiac.
Quantity: Five cloves
Method to use: Tea pot infusion

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