Taking an herbal bath to soothe muscle aches helps when battling the flu and the heated water can boost the therapeutic effect of the herbs.
Learn how you can reduce flu symptoms by taking an herbal bath to soothe muscle aches.
A soak in a warm bath can go a long way toward relaxing the muscle aches that accompany flu. Adding herbs to the water can boost that therapeutic effect. Essential plant oils provide a convenient way to spike your bath with botanicals. Jack Oliver, an aromatherapist who practices in Evergreen and Denver, Colorado, recommends using the essential oils of oregano, marjoram, thyme, or peppermint—all are antimicrobial and ease muscle pain. Just before you step into the bath, add either 3 to 4 drops of any one herb or a total of 6 drops from a blend of these herbs. Keep these oils away from your eyes.
Linda B. White, M.D. is coauthor of Kids, Herbs, & Health (Interweave, 1998) and The Herbal Drugstore (Rodale, 2000).
Read more about herbal remedies for the flu: Natural Remedies for the Flu.