Recipes for Herbal Bath

Herbs for bath

Nothing beats shower if you need a quick cleanse. In the time that takes to run a bath, you can clean your body and wash your hair. Showers are invigorating and they leave you feeling refreshed while the dirt and dead skin are washed away down the drain.

Although taking a shower is a quick process, if you have time to run a bath, dedicate this time to yourself. Most people find that it’s best to take a bath in the evening, before bedtime as this is the time we allow ourselves to relax fully. We all need downtime in order to re-energize and recuperate from the events of the day, and taking a bath could become nice part of the routine.

Herbs to add to your bath

  • Relaxing: Lavender, Chamomile, Horsetail, Lady’s mantle,  Linden flower, Meadowsweet, Mint, Mugwort, , Raspberry leaf, Rose, Thyme, Valerian, Vervain
  • Soothing: Bay, Bergamot, Chamomile, Comfrey, Elderflower, Elder leaf, Fennel, Horsetail, Hyssop, Lady’s mantle, Lemon balm, Lemon verbena, Linden flower, Marigold, Marjoram, Mugwort, Nettle, Rose, Rosemary, Thyme
  • Refreshing: Lavender, Lemon balm, Lemon verbena, Mint, Pennyroyal, Peppermint
  • Healing: Chamomile, Comfrey, Elderflower, Elder leaf, Horsetail, Plaintain leaf
  • Invigorating: Blackberry leaf, Borage, Elderflower, Elder leaf, Fennel, Horsetail, Hyssop, Lavender, Lemon balm, Nettle, Pennyroyal, Rose, Rosemary, Sage
  • Anti-rheumatic: Hyssop, Marjoram
  • Deodorant: Basil, Lovage, Peppermint
  • Cleansing: Chamomile, Elderflower, Linden flower, Marigold, Nettle, Rosemary, Sage
  • Aromatic: Basil, Bay, Bergamot, Hyssop, Lavender, Lemon balm, Lemon verbena, Marjoram, Meadowsweet, Mint, Pennyroyal, Peppermint, Pine needles, Rose, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme
  • Emollient: Comfrey, Elder flower, Fennel, Lady’s mantle, Linden flower, Marigold

Each of the bath bag recipes given below fills eight to ten muslin bags, so it is recommended to make few at the time. To use, muslin bag should be hung over the hot tap and let it dangle in the running water. Add cold water to the bath to a comfortable temperature. When the bath is full, swish the bag about in the water and squeeze it several times. Leave it in when you have your bath. You can also use bath bags instead of soap or shower gel: simply rub one gently over your body while you are in the bath.

Dried milk powder, fine oatmeal, ground almonds, cornmeal or orrisroot powder can be added to the bags.


Dried rose

This mixture is sweetly scented and luxurious.

2 tbsp dried rose petals

3 tbsp dried lavender flowers

4 oz/125 g ground almonds



These bags are gently emollient on the skin, and relaxing for mind and body.

2 tbsp dried chamomile flowers

2 tbsp dried linden flowers

4 oz/125 g ground almonds



These bath bags will revive a tired body and a tired mind.

2 tbsp dried rosemary leaves

1 tbsp dried lemon verbena leaves

4 oz/125 g cornmeal



This combination has a refreshing scent and is also a natural deodorant.

4 tbsp dried peppermint leaves

1 tbsp dried lovage root

4 oz/125 g cornmeal

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Source: Gail Duff (1998), Natural Beauty

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