Stressful day? Try some “Bathtub Therapy” (or, when the going gets tough, the tough get into the tub)!
Baths can be so soothing, both for body and mind. When I’m feeling fritzed, there’s nothing better than sinking into a big tub with a cup of tea and good book.
I like to soak in herbal teas as well as drink them! San Franciscan herbalist and aromatherapist Jeanne Rose calls herbal baths “the organic antidote to impure air and harsh water conditions”. She recommends taking a herbal bath 2-3 times a week to smooth and hydrate the skin, and keep it healthy and young looking.
I tend to have lots of different herbs on hand, so can make lots of different bathtub teas to suit my mood. Some of my favorite blends are:
- 2 parts red roses, 1 part jasmine flowers, 1 part patchouli leaf
- 2 parts lavender flowers, 1 part comfrey leaf, 1 part marjoram leaf
- 2 parts calendula flowers, 1 part lemon balm leaf, 1 part lemongrass leaf
- 2 parts chamomile flowers, 1 part catnip leaves, 1 part lavender flowers
But you don’t have to have a huge herbal apothecary- Common kitchen ingredients like apple cider vinegar, oatmeal, and sea salt are perfect for turning your bath into a therapeutic spa experience.
Vinegar and salt (½ cup-1 cup) can be added directly to the tub as it’s filling, but oatmeal and herbs I put in a muslin bag before tossing into the tub. An easy substitute if you don’t have a bath tea bag is to use a washcloth. Wrap a large handful of herbs up in the washcloth and tie it with a string.
(I let the bath tea keep steeping in the tub with me while I soak. Often, I can get a second bath from the same bag. But when the herbs are spent, into the compost they go. The tea bag itself can be reused.)
Sit back, relax, and enjoy your soak. Oh, and don’t forget to bring your luffa!