Understanding Herbal Preparations- Herbal Bath

Understanding Herbal Preparations- Herbal Bath

Posted by TriLight Health on Jun 11th 2022

This herbal preparation is the most self-care focused preparation we’ve discussed so far. We can all benefit from a nice bath! Most other preparations are used for a specific ailment, a bath can simply be for nurturing yourself. This is also the easiest to put together and implement. 

What is an herbal bath?

The name tells us all we need to know. A bath with herbs. These herbs can be whole, in essential oils, mixed with bath salt, in a bubble bath, or in a baggy.

How is it used?

Baths can be used for relaxation or for a specific ailment. Herbalists traditionally recommend herbal baths for things such as joint and/or muscle pain, colds/flu, emotional support, and skin healing. Soak time varies by herbs used and if anything else, like Epsom salts, are added.

How is it made?

There are many different options for an herbal bath. To create a real spa-like atmosphere, light a few candles and put on some relaxing music too!

- Herbs can be added loose into the tub. They’re often added after the tub has been filled. If this method is used, it’s important to make sure there is a food strainer in place in the drain to not clog the pipes!

- Essential oils and/or hydrosols can be added to the bathwater

- Herbs can be placed in a pair of old tights/hose or even an old sock and tossed in the bath

- A muslin bag or cheesecloth may also be used to make a giant “bath teabag” 

- An herbal infusion or decoction can be added to the bathwater

What herbs are commonly used?

Usually, relaxing herbs are used. However, herbalists often recommend the use of other herbs such as ginger during cold/flu. Popular options include:

-Lavender
-Calendula
-Chamomile
-Oats
-Rose petals
-White Pine Needles


Note- Heat applications are not appropriate with certain health conditions. As always, check with your healthcare practitioner first.


Learn More

Understanding Herbal Preparations- Steam Inhalation
Herbalism 101- An introduction to common terms
Tips for Teaching Kids About Herbs

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