As the week draws toward its close, the stresses and weariness of the week can build up. Deadlines and frustrating co-workers, mounting chores, and even small troubles can build up, until you just need a nice soak to relax and forget all your troubles. But did you know that certain herbs, added to your bath, can help even more? The following herbs, spices, and natural leaves give great aromatherapy and skin care benefits, without the expense of essential oils or fancy bath treatments.
To get rid of fatigue and stress at the end of the day or the end of the week, try pine or fir branches, or sage leaves. Simply bundle together with string and toss in the tub, or hang the bunch from the faucet while still running water. Your bathroom will feel like a holiday paradise, and your skin will tingle with refreshment!
Get yourself revved up to go to work or a big party with infusions of mint, rosemary, orange, thyme, or lovage. To keep from making a mess, make a bag by tying loose herbs in a wet cloth like a towel, then adding to the bathwater. Sage and pine also work well, and all will help open pores and stimulate blood flow, giving your skin a healthy, glowing look.
After hard workout or a day at the office in pumps - or both - a soak with sassafras, lavender, or wintergreen added can help relax sore muscles and joints.
Basil and parsley work wonders to relieve the discomfort of dry, itchy skin, as do rosemary and sage. Adding a cup of cider vinegar is another way to cut down on itchiness, and can be quite refreshing, when used with fir.
Need a relaxing soak at the end of the day? Try marjoram, marigold, sandalwood, or lavender. Mint and chamomile also help relieve stress, and are available in tea bags, just waiting to steep in the bath.
So try one out! Since it is Hump Day, a bath with herbs added might be just the thing to carry you through to Friday. ;)
Take care of yourselves,