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Would You Bathe In Tea?

Laura Billingsley

Bathing can be a ritualistic and restorative experience when it is done with intention.  The element of water is powerful because without it nothing can survive.  It is the first of all elements because it is the basis of all life and has mastery over the other elements.  Consider the words of John of Damascus: " Water is also one of the four elements, the most beautiful of God's creations.  It is both wet and cold, heavy, and with a tendency to descend, and flows with great readiness.  It is this the Holy Scripture has has in view when it says, 'And the darkness was upon the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters."  Water, then is the most beautiful element and rich in usefulness, and purifies from all filth, and not only from the filth of the body but from that of the soul, if it should have received the grace of the Spirit."  Water is also the element of emotion and subconscious, of purification, intuition, compassion and family.  If you feel like it's right, then set the intention that the act of bathing cleanses you of all negative energy collected by your body during the day, filling you with new life and purifying your soul.  This can be time for yourself to reset and recharge so make it a special time in whatever way that means for you. 

Combining water with earth elements can elevate the emotional experience of bathing and provide vital nutrients for your skin to restore health.  There are a myriad of herbs that can be used for this purpose and there is no wrong way to combine them.  Let your intuition be your guide.  Some herbs elevate your being through inhaling the aroma and others have medicinal effects for your skin.  Here are few suggestions for herbs you can try.

Chamomile:  Has a calming effect on the skin, mind and body.  It soothes body systems.

Calendula:  Aside from stimulating healing, calendula oil can significantly boost the appearance of your skin. It can affect blood flow to the skin cells, provide antioxidant protection that reduces [5] the appearance of wrinkles and age spots, and even the visibility of scars.

Jasmine:  Jasmine oil has long been associated [9] with skin care, particularly in terms of treating dry, brittle, or dehydrated skin. However, since it does have certain non-sensitizing effects, it is not always pleasant to use on cracked or open wounds on the skin, as it can cause an allergic reaction, or irritation. That being said, it is still frequently used for the treatment of eczema and dermatitis.

Lavender:  Reduces anxiety and emotional stress, improves sleep, restores skin complexion and reduces acne and slows aging with powerful antioxidants.

Rose Petals: Soothes skin: The natural oils found in roses help retain moisture in the skin. This results in your skin feeling smooth and soft. The sugars in rose petalsespecially benefit those with sensitive skin

Sage:  The antioxidants in sage reverse the signs of ageing such as wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. These antioxidants provide protection against free radicals that damage skin cells, causing premature ageing of the skin. This herb is loaded with calcium and vitamin A, which protect your skin against the assault of free radicals and aid in daily cell regeneration, minimizing and delaying the onset of facial wrinkles.

Yarrow:  Helps promotes skin circulation and opens skin pores. This herb is commonly used as an astringent in organic skin careYarrow also has anti-inflammatory qualities.

Holy Basil (Tulsi):  Hole Basil is highly antibiotic, disinfectant, antibacterial, and antifungal in nature. External application on the skin also removes extra oil from the surface of the skin. Camphene in it gives a soothing and a cooling effect.

Comphrey:  An extraordinary plant that rejuvenates and promotes the growth of new cells, making it unsurpassed among herbs for skin conditioning, healing cuts and scratches, and alleviating the pain of bruises and pulled or stiff muscles.  Not recommended to be taken internally.

Himalayan, Epsom or Sea Salt:  I always add this to my bath no matter which herbs I choose.  (Livestrong) Sea salt mineral baths promote relaxation, reduced stress, enhanced circulation, increased detoxification, improved skin integrity and decreased inflammation when used alone and in combination with botanicals. Dead Sea salts provide additional benefits. CNN Health's psoriasis recommendations include daily 15-minute baths in warm water nourished with Dead Sea salts, bath oil and colloidal oatmeal. The "International Journal of Dermatology" supports these dermatological findings, reporting that magnesium hydrates the skin and improves its ability to act as a barrier. The University of Maryland Medical Center encourages Dead Sea and sulfur baths to reduce symptoms of arthritis, osteoarthritis and psoriatic arthritis.

To prepare your tea bath, steep about 1/3 cup of your herb blend for 20 minutes, strain the mixture (but save the herbs!) then add the tea to your bath. You can also fill a 5x7 muslin bag with 1/3 cup of herbs and drop that directly into your bath.  The tea bag can be used more than once so make sure you save it!  It is recommended that you bathe only for about 20 minutes, but that's plenty of time for your ritual. 

Enjoy your bath!

 

 


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