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Aromatic baths have given centuries of pleasure to the masses. Experimentation on a folk level, as well as a scientific level, has finally determined the importance of herbs in the bath. Relief of stress, stimulation, relaxing muscles, relief from depression, to combat nervousness, detoxifying, relieve cramps or colic, infections, high blood pressure, rheumatism and toning are just a few of the conditions aided by aromatic baths. Ancient history tells us that herbs were used while bathing by Egyptian Queen Cleopatra. Romans, who built bath houses throughout their cities, had elaborate bathing systems using herbs. Today, even children, who are not thought to deal with stress, can benefit from the use of herbs in their bath.
Herbs can be used for the bath in many different ways. Placing the raw herbs in squares of muslin or cheese cloth tied together with string is recommended. This can be used more than once by placing it directly in the water or tied under the running water. Making a tea of the herbs and adding it to the bath water works as well.
For a refreshing and stimulating bath, rosemary and peppermint are suggested. To relax muscles use lavender and Roman chamomile. Infections respond to thyme, rosemary and lavender. Eucalyptus, camphor and rosemary relieve rheumatism. For depression use lavender and jasmine in your bath. To detoxify, geranium, juniper and rosemary will work. Chamomile, peppermint and sage relieve cramps and colic. For insomnia use lavender, rose, chamomile and sage. Rosemary and juniper will tone muscles. Nervousness responds well to basil and geranium. Sage stimulates the sweat glands. Pine opens pores, stimulates the skin and cures some rashes. Ginger induces perspiration and relaxes muscles. Oatstraw releases skin impurities. Fennel is a mild detoxifier. Rosemary increases circulation. While any of the herbs can be mixed to alleviate more than one condition, it is best to have the water as hot as possible and to soak in the bath for at least 15 minutes.
There are other items use can use in your bath for healing. Oatmeal is excellent for skin problems. Salt or sea salt added to the bath invigorates the skin and has a tranquilizing effect. Apple cider vinegar will restore the skins natural acid and combat fatigue.