Take an Herbal Bath to Soothe Muscle Aches

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Use herbs in an herbal bath to soothe muscle aches and flu symptoms.

Learn how you can reduce flu symptoms by taking an herbal bath to soothe muscle aches.

Herbal Baths 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.

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