Bath soaks are like bathing in a wonderful, healing herbal tea! They’re incredibly easy to make using one of the methods below.
Add herbs directly to hot bath water. I love this method, especially when I’m using flowers like borage or rose. However, the process can be messy, and you’ll want to clean the tub when you’re done.
Put the herbs in a cloth “tea bag,” and submerge it in your bath water. This method works very well and isn’t messy. You can purchase muslin drawstring bags for this purpose, or make your own. A clean sock will also do the trick. Just place the herb-filled bag in the tub with you while you soak, or use it as a washcloth.
Use bath soaks to make a strong tea that you add to your bath water. Put 1 cup of the herbs of your choice in a pint jar, fill the jar with boiling water, and cover it. Let the herbs steep in the water for at least 20 minutes, and then strain them with a strainer or a piece of cheesecloth. Pour the resulting tea into your bath.
To Make Bath Soaks
Combine equal amounts of the dried herbs listed in each recipe in a jar. Then use one of the methods listed above to add them to your bath.
Super Skin Nourisher
Oatmeal, nettles, comfrey, calendula, chickweed.
Bath Soak for Rashes, Bug Bites, or Dry, Itchy Skin
Great for grandchildren! Calendula, oats, and chickweed.
Wonderful for relaxing babies, kids, and adults. Lavender, chamomile, roses, borage.
Perfect if you need a mental or physical pick-me-up. Rosemary, sage, peppermint.
Reprinted with permission from The Herbal Bath and Body Book © 2014 by Heather Lee Houdek, Lark Crafts, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Photography by Lark Crafts (£16.99, available from www.thegmcgroup.com)