A lovely aromatic herbal bath is defiantly one of the most pleasurable and therapeutic ways to cleanse our bodies. Herbs can invigorate and stimulate circulation, or relax and soothe aching bones and muscles, unwinding the body ready for a peaceful night’s sleep.  Always try to keep the water temperature in your bath around body heat, as hot water will cause you to perspire and not absorb any of the natural therapeutic herbal properties. Try to relax for at least 10 minutes.

Therapeutic Bath Herbs:

  1. Relaxing: Chamomile, lime flowers, hops, meadowsweet, jasmine, valerian
  2. Stimulating: Basil, bay, eucalyptus, fennel, ivy, lavender, lemon balm, lemon verbena, mint, pennyroyal, pine, rosemary, sage, tansy, thyme
  3. Healing: Calendula, comfrey, houseleek, lady’s mantle, spearmint, yarrow
  4. Spring Tonic: Blackberry leaves, dandelion, lawn daisies, nettle

Herbal bath bags

You can make your own bath bag very easily and it can be used over and over again!

You will need:

  • 1 square of loose weave, natural, unbleached cotton cloth or muslin (cheesecloth) measuring about 45 x 45 cm (18 x 18 inches)
  • 60 cm (2ft) of ribbon

Cut the ribbon into 4 pieces and sew a loop on each of the four corners of the square cotton. That’s it! Now you are ready to fill it with your favourite herbs and oats!

Oats are an excellent skin cleanser and have a balanced pH for sensitive skins, or when skin conditions such as eczema make it impossible to use manufactured creams and soaps. Making your own ‘natural’ skin care products is not only fun but also very therapeutic!

Oat Bath

This is a filling for your hand made bath bag!

  • 1 cup (3 oz) oats
  • 2 tsp or your favourite herb

Hang the loops of the cloth bag over the taps so that as you draw your bat the water will run freely through the bag, filling your bath with fragrant and softened water. You can add other herbs to the bag also, to give a different fragrance of to make a therapeutic soak. You can also use the bag like a sponge, rubbing it over your body and allowing your skin to absorb the creamy oat milk that seeps from the cloth. This leaves your skin silky smooth with polished skin. Afterwards,throw away the oats and wash the cloth for the next time!

Honey & Orange Body Scrub

An excellent exfoliation scrub for dry skin!

  • 1 tbsp (10g) kaolin
  • 2 tbsp (30g) ground rice
  • 1 tsp (5ml) clear honey (warmed)
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) orange flower water or orange blossom infusion
  • 1 drop orange essential oil
  • 1 drop geranium essential oil
  • 1 drop of juniper essential oil

pound the aolin and ground rice together in a pestle and mortar. Add the orange flower water (or infusion) and warmed honey and mix thoroughly until fully combined. Add the essential oils and again mix thoroughly.

To use, mix with a small amount of water on the palm of your hand and massage lightly into the skin with small circular movements. Rinse off with warm water. This will keep for upto 2 months.

Oat & Bran Scrub

Oats are very cleansing, and bran actively penetrates the pores of skin, removing deeply ingrained dirt and grease. For skin that tends to be oily, use crushed aduki beans and oatmeal. Ground almonds can be added for a more nourishing effect.

  • 4 tbsp (20g) bran
  • 4 tbsp (40g) oats

Place the bran and oats in a muslin (cheesecloth) bag and hang it from the tap so that the water runs through the bag. Use like a sponge and rub your skin with the bag, paying attention to dry hard skin.

Body Splash

This is a delicious body splash/spray that will keep you smelling gorgeous!

  • 5 tbsp (80 ml) distilled water
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) aloe vera
  • 1 tsp (5 mil) orange flower water
  • 2 drops patchouli essential oil
  • 1 drop geranium essential oil

Combine all the ingredients together and store in a 100ml/3fl oz bottle. It will keep for up to 2 months. Apply with an atomizer, shake well before use.

Exotic salt Bath Scrub

One of my personal favourites, I have made this many times over the years! The skin has a balanced microflora so it is best to not use this scrub too often, but a whole body scrub is a good spring ritual… it improves dead skin cells, clears pores and tones blood circulation to the skin.

  • 1 tbsp bicarbonate soad
  • 5 drops ofyour chosen essential oil (I like lemongrass)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp good oil such as sweet almond
  • 100g (4 oz) of sea salt

Stir the bicarbonate soda, essential oil, lemon juice and the oil together, then blend in the sea salt. Rub all over, rinse with cold water, let it dissolve in the bath water towel dry and wrap up warm.

Crackling Crystal bath

  • 6 tbsp baking soda
  • 4 tbsp citric acid crystals
  • 1 tbsp cornflower
  • 1 drop ginger essential oil
  • 8 drops frankincense essential oil

Combine the baking soda, cornflower and citric acid in a large clean dry bowl. Sprinkle into your bath and add the essential oils.. swish the water and enjoy your bath!