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I heart herbs for so many, many reasons.

April 17, 2010

Just as flowers grow from the earth, so the remedy grows in the hands of the physician…the remedy is nothing but a seed which develops into that which it is destined to be.

~Paracelcus


I plan on having several posts on the many uses and benefits of herbs. Nothing beats fresh herbs (or veggies and fruit for that matter) straight from your own garden. Today, I will share the benefits of steaming your herbs for a bath and a facial steam. While I don’t know the science or specifics behind each herb, what I do know is that I notice the benefits and that’s good enough for me. The heat and volatile oils in the steam will help relax your mind, muscles and joints, increase circulation, open and cleanse your pores and nourish your skin.

Take inventory of your herbs and get creative. I gathered these suggested herbal steams (and then added additional herbs) from the book, ‘Herbal Healing”, by Rosemary Gladstar (of course that’s her name!).

The purpose of this bath is to relax your body and assist in alleviating pain in your muscles. For my bath I used:

~Eucalyptos

~fresh Ginger

~Chamomile

~Lavender

~Calendula

~Fennel

~Sage

~Rosemary

I prefer to pour boiling water over the herbs and let them steep for 5 minutes to ensure maximum usage before I pour it into my bath. It’s even better if you add a cup or two of Epson Salt. Amazing!

If you can find the time, it’s best if you can do an herbal facial steam, once each week (so far I am one for one!). A facial steam is your best bet (besides heading to an esthetician) for a deep pore cleanse, resulting in that ‘glow’.

For my facial steam I used:

~Lavender

~Rose petals

~Chamomile

~Rosemary

~Calendula

~Sage

I took a handful of the mixture and placed them in a large bowl with a generous splash of Witch Hazel. I boiled water,  poured it over the herbs and placed my head and bowl under a towel for 10 minutes. What a treat!

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