September 13, 2005

GLAM-LIVING

Yesterday I started the column Glamorous Life(now shortened to Glam-Living) which is about giving tips on how to do luxurious things on a K-Mart budget.The first post was on doing an at home body wrap and this one focuses on the herbal bath.

The herbal bath is a great way to get that spa like soak at home.Depending on your need,the herbal bath can be fine tuned to suit your purpose.With all herbal baths I suggest that you create the perfect enviorment,you should have a set of really great towels that you'd use just for when you have your at home "spa" day,some candles,and some relaxing music.Even though you're doing these treatments at home,really come prepared to do nothing but relax.Pop in a movie for the kids(or do it when they're asleep),tell hubby to give you some time,or whatever the situation.You deserve this sweetie(male,female and both).
The ingredients can be bought from a natural store,healthy alternative type place,Whole Foods,and online.

Before incorporating any of these infusions into your bathwater, use the patch test on your skin. If you don't take baths, follow the instructions for any of the bath mixtures and use the cooled infusion as a body splash during your shower. Use the bath bag of herbs as a washcloth.
Troubled Skin Bath
Summer can cause a variety of irritations to your skin. Try soaking in the Troubled Skin Bath as an aid in relieving some of them.
1/4 cup fresh or 2 tablespoons dried thyme

1/4 cup fresh or 2 tablespoons dried calendula blossoms
1 quart boiling water
Add the herbs to the boiling water and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove the infusion from the heat and let it cook to lukewarm. Strain the infusion and add to your bathwater.


Deodorizing Bath
All of the herbs in this recipe contain ingredients that will deodorize your body. It is a wonderful herbal mixture to enjoy after a hot day of working.
1/4 cup fresh or 2 tablespoons dried thyme

1/4 cup fresh or 2 tablespoons dried lavender buds
1/4 cup fresh or 2 tablespoons dried rosemary
1 muslin bath bag
1 quart boiling water
Add the fresh or dried herbs to the bag and close snugly. Add the bag to the water and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Remove the infusion from the heat and cool to lukewarm. Add the infusion and bag to your bathwater, using the bag of herbs as a washcloth.


Fragrant Bath
The herbs in this recipe will give you a fresh, pleasantly scented bath.
1/4 cup fresh or 2 tablespoons dried sweet marjoram

2 tablespoons fresh or 1 tablespoons dried lavender buds
2 tablespoons fresh or 1 tablespoons dried peppermint
1 muslin bath bag1 quart boiling water
Add the fresh or dried herbs to the muslin bag and close snugly. Infuse the bath bag or herbs in the boiling water and simmer, covered, for 15 to 20 minutes. Let the infusion cool to lukewarm, then add it and the bath bag to your bathwater.


Relaxation Bath
1/2 cup fresh or 1/4 cup dried lemon balm
1/2 cup fresh or 1/4 cup dried German chamomile blossoms
2 cups boiling water
Add the herbs to the boiling water. Cover and infuse for 20 minutes. Strain and add to your bathwater.

2 comment(s):

Nice Ms. Holiday. I'm not much of a bath person but I'll have to try those one of these days.

By Blogger E, at September 13, 2005  

Very nice indeed. An herbal bath is just the thing to calm the senses after a long day with my daughter. These remind me of Harney & Sons herbal bath teas. Not sure if they fit into that K-Mart budget, but for those that don't want to do it step-by-step and prefer the ready-made routine, they may just cut it. Otherwise... lavender is what brought me to your blog (I loooove lavender) and I do have a great web source www.splendidpalate.com

By Blogger working mom - working wonders, at April 17, 2006  

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