Herbal Bath Rituals

What are Herbal Bath Rituals?


Since ancient times, people bathed to clean their bodies but also to purify their spirits. Water is cleansing, healing, renewing, and refreshing. The beauty of a spiritual bath is the unity it brings to your body and your spirit. Not only does it cleanse the negative energies from your soul, it rejuvenates your body by performing its sacred tasks on your actual skin and bones.


Just as tinctures and teas can promote healthy digestion and relaxation, herbal self-care rituals encourage whole body wellness and nourish the body's largest organ, our skin! Submerging ourselves in water, whether in a bath tub or in a natural body of water

is something we do for both personal hygiene, leisure and health. A hot bath has been scientifically proven to take care of your blood and immunity, so it's a good idea to luxuriate in hot water with healing herbs.


Did you know?


Bathing is actually an ancient therapeutic practice called balneotherapy. Romans recognized the importance of water therapy and even provided public bath houses for citizens. Steams, baths, and cold water plunges are used by Ayurvedic healers depending on your particular dosha, or your particular constitution, to maintain health and promote circulation. Almost all ancient cultures prescribe therapeutic bathing rituals to promote overall wellness and calm the skin.


When it comes to many of our skins challenges like eczema, psoriasis, acne or even aging herbal bath infusions can help improve the conditions as well as balance the mind, body and spirit. Every skin imbalance may seem superficial looking from the outside in but in actuality the issue starts far within. Infusing natural herbs, salts, and pure baking soda in a warm bath can naturally help heal, soothe, and detox the body to help maintain internal health as well as improve the skins health simultaneously.


A few benefits of bathing in Epsom Salt


  • Can help remove scales and decrease the bothersome itching caused by psoriasis.

  • Helps to relieve the stiffness in joints and relieves achy muscles.

  • Magnesium and sulfates are absorbed into your body through the skin.

  • Epsom salt helps reduce pain and swelling.


* Baking soda is sometimes added to salt baths to help support their effects, but it is important to discuss this with a healthcare professional first.


A few benefits of bathing in Pure Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda)


  • Baking soda can soothe inflamed skin and reduce irritation and itching.

  • Baking soda can be a helpful way to promote detoxification.

  • May help prevent eczema flare-ups or reduce symptoms in some people.



A word of caution: A hot bath also lowers your blood pressure, so avoid it if yours is already low; otherwise, it may leave you weak and faint. This may lead to the belief that a hot bath is a remedy for high blood pressure, and this is true—but the effect doesn't last. A cold shower, on the other hand, spikes your blood pressure for a few seconds but lowers it in the long run. If you have heart failure or any kind of heart problem, you should avoid hot baths due to the fluid pressure the water exerts on your chest, which can trigger or escalate heart failure. A warm half bath (where the water rises only to your navel) is a good alternative.




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