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Herb and Botanical Bath Recipes

Try these Herb and Botanical Bath recipes for a soothing home bath. When herbs and botanicals combine with natural ingredients for a luxurious soak, the stress of the day seems to melt away.
By Janice Cox
August/September 2006
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Try these natural Herb and Botanical Bath recipes for a soothing, refreshing bath experience.
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Herb and Botanical Bath Recipes

The other day I had one of those non-stop, super-busy days. I’m sure you know the kind—in which every project and family member needs your attention and there just doesn’t seem to be enough time for a moment to yourself. Usually on a day like this I do some weeding in the garden to give myself some personal time and still be productive. But in this particular instance I didn’t even have time for that. So, after tucking my daughters into bed and leaving my husband content watching the nightly business programs, I took some of my own advice: I took a bath! Not the basic get in, get clean and get out type washing, but an indulgent, luxurious, “real” bath. I lit candles, made a pot of herbal tea, read a favorite book and luxuriated in the scented water. My crazy day and all its tensions and decisions went right down the drain with the bathwater. I emerged renewed, calm and collected. In fact, my husband even looked up from the television to see my refreshed expression and asked what had happened. “The power of the bath,” was my reply. A bath, something so simple to do, yet so often overlooked as the stress-relieving rejuvenator that it can be.

In this article you will find some of my favorite botanical bath and shower products inspired by the garden. I have included recipes for bringing a bit of the outdoors into your bath by creating indulgent botanical bath products.

Bath products are simple and fun to create. Floral and herbal bath oils and scrubs are some of the most luxurious types of bath products. They nourish the skin and leave it feeling silky, supple and deliciously scented. They also make wonderful gifts.

Many of these recipes contain dried mixtures that can be stored in clean jars with tight-fitting lids. The bath oils have long shelf lives and also can be stored in clean containers with tight-fitting lids. The recipes containing fresh ingredients should be mixed and enjoyed the same day—the yields are about enough for one bath, and any remains will keep for a few days if refrigerated.

Ahh, the power of the bath . . . aside from my garden, it is my most creative and enjoyable place to be!

See the herb and botanical recipes at the top of this article.

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