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By Holly Bellebuono
Originally published in Issue 6::WATER.
Land herbs are wonderful in the bath, too. Some herbs are the original soaps and are perfect for bathing, such as lavender and soapwort. Others are fragrant (rosemary), soothing (chamomile), moisturizing (red clover), antibacterial (eucalyptus), anti-inflammatory (St. John’s wort), or all of the above (marjoram and calendula).
10 teaspoons dried herb(s) of choice (see list above)
5 tablespoons dead sea salts or Epsom salts
1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin (optional)
10 drops essential oil (lavender, eucalyptus or lemon)
fresh herbs such as rosemary branches (optional)
1. Bring a very large pot of water to boil. Place the herbs in a large infuser or cheese-cloth bag and submerge them in the water; simmer 30 minutes.
2. Fill the tub with hot water. While it’s filling, mix the salts with the essential oil in a small bowl.
3. Pour the tea into the tub and scoop in the sea salts and the vegetable glycerin, if using. If you have fresh herbs such as branches of rosemary or long leaves of yarrow, bring these into the tub as well and swish them around while you bathe, inhaling their deep scents. Enjoy!