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Herbal Bath Soothing Cold Remedy

Herbal Bath Soothing Cold Remedy

Like several of my friends, I’m just recovering from a nasty cold brought on, I think, by the stress of adjusting to the falling temperature. I was eager to try this great formula–and the good news is that it really helped unstop my nose and soothe my sniffling soul. Plus it was pure pleasure to loll in such fragrant waters for a few minutes. (Warm baths are one of my favorite de-stressors, hands down!)

Get the simple and effective formula here to save for a sneezy day:

INGREDIENTS

2 cups boiling water
2 tablespoons dried eucalyptus
4 tablespoons dried rosemary
4 tablespoons dried lavender buds
2 tablespoons dried rosebuds (I didnít have any of these on hand, but the formula still worked without them)

Steep the herbs in the boiling water for 30 minutes, then strain and add the liquid to a warm bath.

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By Cait Johnson, inspired by 365 Simple Pleasures, collected by Susannah Seton (Conari Press, 2001).

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Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.

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6:38AM PDT on Apr 2, 2011

Thanks for the article.

12:40AM PDT on Apr 8, 2010

For a good "cold tea," combine equal parts of elder (Sambucus nigra), peppermint (Mentha piperita), and yarrow (Achillea millefolium) and steep 1 to 2 tsp of the mixture in 1 cup hot water. Take it hot just before going to bed. This will induce a sweat, and if the cold is caught early enough, may stop it altogether. Even if it is too late for this it will still be very useful. This tea can help the body handle fever and reduce achiness, congestion, and inflammation. They may be taken with a pinch of mixed spice and a little honey to soothe a painful throat.

Other herbs that may be added to the infusion include:

* Cayenne (Capsicum minimum): a favorite North American Indian remedy: use 1.25 ml (1/4 tsp) of the powder to really stimulate the circulation.
* Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum): use a cinnamon stick, and break it into the mixture of herbs, for a gentle, warming and sweat-inducing effect.
* Ginger (Zingiber officinalis): grate a small piece of fresh root ginger into the mixture for extra heat.

herbal stress remedies

5:22PM PST on Jan 28, 2010

This sounds very nice..

3:26PM PST on Dec 22, 2008

I just started my very own herb garden this past season!I enjoy using herbs for more than just cooking. This season I decided to make my own bath goodies for xmas gift giving.Who doesn't like to take a little time, a few herbs and some essential oil and relax in a tub? Lots of recipies everywhere! Of course, I had to test my mixes. lol Be good to yourself...place some fragrant rose petals, lavender buds and mint (my fave combo)in a food processor. Add a couple of tablespoons of dried powdered milk and a few drops of rose essential oil and lavender oil...voila! A relaxing bath..with floating flowers! How luxurious! Thanks Mother Earth!

12:02PM PDT on Oct 28, 2008

I'm from Canada also and it's getting really cold already but thank goodness I an find all those herbs at a bulk store, or health food store. Don't go supporting a Chinese Store that provides you with dead slaughtered animal pieces, but only one you find with no animals in jars. Mostly I can't find a chinese place that doesn't sell shark fins and gorilla balls in a jar, but it's okay because we have many bulk stores and online herb stores as well. Muawww, for putting this and I think I need a bath now... Muawwww.... PS; Lavendar bulbs you can even buy and dry yourself... WTG...

5:36PM PDT on Aug 24, 2008

To Laurie Noble...the world wide internet??? You can find a HUGE variety of herbs online. :) just use your search engine.

8:53AM PST on Jan 17, 2008

I live in Canada, Where on earth do I find dried herbs to use here?

9:48PM PST on Nov 27, 2007

Sounds like just what I need tomorrow. what relief it would be.
Carolyn you are right it would make a great gift.

3:03PM PST on Nov 27, 2007

Sounds wonderful! Can't wait to get out and get the items I need for this. Wouldn't this make a wonderful gift?!

7:10AM PST on Nov 27, 2007

This sounds wonderful. I just have to find the eucalyptus.

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