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Cooling Summer Mint Bath Formula

Cooling Summer Mint Bath Formula

Mint is cooling, refreshing, and astringent to the skin. It is also very cleansing, and great for a putting in a bath on a hot, muggy summer day.

The mint family includes peppermint, spearmint, and lemon balm, and all but spearmint contains menthol. The oils of the mint family are antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic.

This bath is inspired by a hot, humid day in upstate New York, and indeed, the bath was the perfect anecdote to feeling hot and sweaty:

Fill a bath with cool water. Add 4-6 drops essential oil of peppermint, spearmint, lemon balm, or mint. Alternatively, make 4 cups of very strong mint tea, cool, and add to the bath. Enjoy!

Note: Do not use pennyroyal, also a member of the mint family, in the bath.

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By Annie B. Bond

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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3:12AM PDT on Apr 29, 2013

Thank you :)

7:38AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

7:17AM PDT on Mar 17, 2013

Don't like mint but thanks.

8:29AM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

Spearmint is my favorite, not only because it is tingly and refreshing, but because inhaling the vapors can actually improve symptoms of seasonal allergies.

4:20AM PDT on Mar 10, 2013


10:44AM PST on Mar 9, 2013

I have air conditioning now, but I would have loved this idea back when I lived in LA and the temps soared to 100+! I used to take cold showers. I never thought of a cold bath with mint. Nice idea :)

2:11PM PST on Mar 8, 2013

Great tip.Thanks for sharing

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9:55AM PST on Mar 6, 2013

sounds lovely! will definitely give this a try :)

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