Bathe Like The Romans With Homemade Bath Soaks

Create herbal soaks for simple healing with these easy steps

| January/February 1999

•  The Best Homemade Bath Soak Combinations  

It is said that at the ancient Roman baths of Caracalla, citizens could choose from twenty types of soaks, including steams and massages, mineral water and oils, friction rubs and salt­water brews. All were designed not only to cleanse, but to heal and beautify.

While it’s true that the ancient Romans lacked the convenience of hot water from the faucet, they were onto something with the healing bath. Herbal soaks can turn your bathtub, whether humble in its setting or ornately constructed, into a spa— a place to relieve tension, soothe aching joints, stimulate circulation, or chase away a cold. All you need is a little herbal know-how and thirty minutes of happy solitude.

8 Basic Bath Steps

1. Reserve the bathroom for yourself when you’re sure you won’t be interrupted, or obtain family support for your thirty minutes of bath time if your only chance for an uninterrupted soak is between midnight and 6 in the morning.

2. Prepare your herbal bath treatment using the instructions below.

3. Shut the door behind you and begin filling the tub with comfortably warm water.

6/30/2015 1:11:39 PM

I also just found 2 water bugs in my condo, due to endometriosis, I can't have the exterminators come and spray inside and outside the house, also I can't use the traps or powder due to toxic fumes, what do you suggest I do that is very effective at eradicating the water bugs and safe for me too? Thank you

6/30/2015 1:08:26 PM

I have severe endometriosis and frequent UTI'S if I am not careful, my urologist advices against baths and pools but my acupuncturist advices baths with salts and healing oils to help with the endometriosis and cyst pains, I am confused, what do you suggest?

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