Healing Herbal Bath Recipes

home remedyTreat yourself to a home-made herbal bath to ease a variety of conditions. I’ve included herbs for muscle aches and pains, to relieve itchy skin, and those helpful for a restful night’s sleep.

Preparation
Herbal baths are simple to prepare by adding 4 litres of boiling water to (generally) 200 to 500g of dried herbs, letting it infuse for 30 minutes, then straining out the herb and adding the herbal water to a full bath.

Alternatively you can fill a muslin pouch with a handful of dried herbs, and let it hang under the pouring hot water faucet as you fill your tub. Then add cold water until the bath is at a comfortable temperature before you step in to soak.

In choosing a herb and the recommended quantity for you, seek the advice of a trained professional (often found at your local herbal farm or store). Since you’ll be soaking in the scent of this herb…you may wish to smell it too!

For Restful Sleep
Lime Blossom, Elder Flowers, Chamomile, Valerian (combine with pleasant-scented herb) or Lavender

To Relieve Itchy Skin
Chickweed or Oats

If You Have Muscle Pain
Nettle, Lobelia or Cramp Bark

Note: Articles are not intended as medical advice or cure. Please ensure there are no contraindications to your health; it is recommended that herbs are only used for a maximum of 8 weeks at a time, followed by 2 weeks off. | Copyright © 2013 InnerVitality, All rights reserved | Visit our website at www.InnerVitality.com and we invite you to follow us on Twitter!

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Make Your Own Lavender Herbal Mist

healing herbsThis herbal concoction is ideal for skin care, with Lavender’s gentle rubefacient properties (brings blood to the surface, helpful in healing and in the regeneration of healthy cells) and mild antimicrobial action (which can inhibit bacteria and pimples). Simply spray it on your face after cleansing.

Lavender is also a known tonic for the nervous system, so close your eyes and use this relaxing mist the next time you have a stress headache!

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 oz or 100 ml spring water
  • 2 tbsp of dried lavender flowers (or 4 tbsp fresh)
  • pestle & mortar
  • heat source
  • glass bowl, with a lid (or cover)
  • strainer (or coffee filter or muslin cloth)
  • spray pump bottle

Here’s the Recipe:

  • Grind lavender with pestle and mortar and put in glass bowl.
  • Gently add 100 ml boiling water.
  • Cover and let steep for one hour or longer.
  • Strain out herb and pour liquid into a spray pump bottle.
  • Label and keep in fridge up to 2 weeks.

Note: Please ensure there are no contraindications to your health; it is recommended that herbs are only used for a maximum of 8 weeks at a time, followed by 2 weeks off. Articles are not intended as medical advice or cure. | Copyright © 2013 InnerVitality, All rights reserved | Visit our website at www.InnerVitality.com and we invite you to follow us on Twitter!

Tonic Herbs for Your Health

inner vitality herbal remediesTonic herbs are considered to be body normalizers, usually mild and subtle in action, and often taken in small doses. These herbs are often used in prevention, to aid and tone glands and organs, and restore balance to organ systems under stress:

Whole Body System Tonics
• Echinacea • Astragalus • Licorice • Siberian Ginseng • Hawthorn • Sarsaparilla • Aloe Vera • Ginger Root • Lapacho

Reproductive System Tonics
MALE • Pygeum • Saw Palmetto • Sarsaparilla • Damiana • Siberian Ginseng
FEMALE • Dong Quai • Black Haw • Cramp Bark • Valerian • Ginger • Fenugreek • Red Raspberry • False Unicorn • Licorice • Black Cohosh • Chaste Berries • uterine tonics

Immune System Tonics
• Echinacea • Siberian Ginseng • Panax Ginseng • Astragalus • Gotu Kola • Licorice • Taheebo • Garlic • Bearberry

Cardiovascular System Tonics
• Hawthorn • Motherwort • Butcher’s Broom • Turmeric • Gotu Kola • Rosemary • Siberian Ginseng • Bilberry • Buckwheat • Linden • Valerian • Garlic

Respiratory System Tonics
• Mullein • Elecampane • Coltsfoot • Thyme • Plantain

Digestive System Tonics
• Gentian • Agrimony • Dandelion • Milk Thistle • Artichoke • Ginger • Turmeric • bitter tonics

Urinary System Tonics
• Buchu • Bearberry • Cornsilk

Nervous System Tonics
• Valerian • Oats • Skullcap • Vervain • Mugwort • St. John’s Wort • Siberian Ginseng • Ginkgo Biloba • Hops • Peppermint • Chamomile • Linden • Passionflower • Lemon Balm

Musculoskeletal System Tonics
• Horsetail • Alfalfa • Devil’s Claw • Comfrey • Nettles • Bogbean • Celery Seed • Yarrow • Saw Palmetto • Wild Yam • Sarsaparilla • Echinacea • Licorice Root

Skin Tonics
• Cleavers • Nettles • Red Clover • most alteratives

Source: Herbalist Peter Laker. Not intended as medical advice or cure; it is recommended that herbs are only used under the advice of a trained professional, and for a maximum of 8 weeks at a time, followed by 2 weeks off.

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