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Scrub-A-Dub-Dub, Herbs in a Tub

By Gina Souders

Tags: Winter, Baths, Herbs, Products, Body Care,

As much as I enjoy fall (I love layering peacoats, Steve Madden boots, Hue tights, chic cardigans and colorful pashminas.) I do not enjoy the cold weather that comes with it. Every morning I have a harder time getting out of bed than I did the day before. Wrapped tightly in my warm and cozy comforter I have zero motivation to step out of my queen-size bed and enter the realm of what I consider to be the “cold plague.”

Unfortunately I don’t have any sage advice on getting out of bed in the mornings, but I do have some tips on how to reward yourself for the days you mange to get up: Use herbs to create a warm, relaxing bath.

According to our 2006 article, Warming Winter Baths, lavender, sandalwood, rosemary and basil are a handful of herbs that will help create a therapeutic bath.

The Essential Oil Company offers organic essential oils to help you create your blends at reasonable prices. Try out some of these blends from our article Warming Winter Baths:

• Stress-Relieving Aromatherapy Bath
• Energizing Aromatherapy Bath 
• Restorative Bath Salts 
• Winter's Night Bath Salts 
• Muscle-Soothing Bath Salts
• Peaceful Dreams Bath Salts 

Unfortunately, there’s not always time to mix your own herbal blend. For those days, try out some of my favorite bath products that don’t require a lot of time and energy:

2008-10-12008-10-3Earthwork’s "Sweet Lime Bath Truffles” ($30). Offered in packages of six, Earthwork's bath salts emit a very powerful scent that send you straight into a state of relaxation. The lime is especially enticing and the bath truffle, which is large, takes its time to dissolve. Save each truffle for a especially tiring day.

Organics by Noah’s Naturals “Lavender Sea Salt Soak” ($16.99). After you pour a handful of these intoxicating bath salts into the bath, make sure you wait a good two minutes before stepping into the warm water—the salts are fairly sharp. But it's worth the wait. The lavender leaves the skin looking healthy and tension-free.

Here are some other products I want to try:

2008-10-22008-10-4Pangea Organics’ line of massage oils ($25). I first noticed this line of products while whopping at World Market. Pangea offers three oil blends: Italian White Sage & Geranium; Malagasy Ginger with Lemongrass; and Pyrenees Lavender with Cardamom. The oils smell invigorating and each combination of herbs is designed to create a different type of enjoyment for your stressful woes.

Aubrey Organics’ Camomile Calming Bath Soak ($7.98). This company is known for creating organic products at reasonable prices, keeping organics within reach for those who claim green products are too expensive. This camomile bath soak also uses almond and organic jojoba to soothe the body.

I think tonight I’m going to make a warm bath, light a few candles, turn up the volume to my Imogen Heap album and relax with the latest copy of The Herb Companion. What are you doing to fight the cold weather? What’s your favorite herb to use in a warm bath? And what’s your favorite piece of fall clothing (mine are ankle boots!)? Comment away!