There’s nothing better for unwinding and relieving stress than soaking in a warm bath, but the addition of a therapeutic herb can multiply the benefits. One of our favorites is Chamomile, an herb long-known for its ability to soothe muscles, treat skin irritations and promote healthy, restful sleep.
Chamomile’s healing properties come from its daisy-like flowers. The active ingredient is bisabolol, a safe and gentle volatile oil with sedative qualities. Steeped in a steaming bath, the aromatic oils are released for a luxurious, healing soak.
How to make a Relaxing Chamomile Tea Bath:
• Brew a pot of chamomile tea using dried chamomile flowers (loose leaf or in bags)
• Let the tea steep for 10-15 minutes to allow the plant oils to be fully released
• During the last few minutes of steeping, begin drawing a hot bath
• Add the fully steeped tea to the tub, along with cooler water to reach a comfortable temperature
• You can elevate your relaxing tea bath experience by practicing mindfulness breathing. Breathing exercises release stress and anxiety and enhance the body’s ability to heal. Learn more at The Buddhist Center.
• Try adding other healing herbs to your tea bath: Fragrant lavender and skin-soothing calendulas are popular choices
• Chamomile tea baths are an ideal choice for helping children relax before bed
Common Sense Precautions:
Although chamomile has been used safely for thousands of years, it is not recommended for those who are pregnant. It is also not recommended for people with ragweed or other strong plant allergies.
note that this was previously published in march of 2015