May 8, 2020
Flares floral colors
Defusing it's essence
An intricate tapestry
Charged with vitality
Wafting healthy beauty.
Enjoying the aromatherapy.
In a landscaped herbal tapestry.
Spring is the season we have been looking for, warmer weather and longer days. A greener landscape with blue, yellow, red and purple flowers. We become more active having spent the winter setting goals, waiting for the days we can be outdoors. Athletic activity, yard work, and gardening; all in one day as our passion leads the way. We value the task at hand more than the minor twitch and throb from over exertion. Before you know it, your joints are sore, and your muscles stiffen. Sound familiar? This is the season the tapestry of herbs becomes an art. Blending and preparing fresh and dried herbs you stored from last year's harvest. You boil some water for tea and a pot of herbs for the bath.
Herbal baths nurture the entire body or specific parts of the body, such as hands, hips, feet and muscles. Because the skin is the largest cleansing organ in the body, it readily absorbs herbal properties. Herbal baths are especially useful and effective for people of any age, infants, the elderly, etc. Once you soak for 20 minutes your skin becomes pliable so the herbal constituents can pass the water barrier in the skin. It is a natural barrier of protection.
Essential oils travel quickly through the skins solar cells and sweat glands. They are charged with sunlight developing electrolytes. Adding essential oils to the bath along with herbs is an effective holistic synergy for your health and well being.
Steeping Herbs for a Bath
Marshmallow root is a demulcent that soothes and hydrates the skin. It is a precursor for the assimilation for a combination of herbs and their herbal properties absorption. The diuretic action of Marshmallow Root supports the skin's ability to eliminate fluid and inflammation. It makes a good assisting and conducting herb that will bring down swelling and pain associated with fluid retention and inflammatory conditions.
While you were enjoying being outside, did you let yourself get too close to a poisonous plant while cleaning out the flower bed or clearing new ground? If insect bites are an issue, you may enjoy another herbal bath? This one is specific for the skin. Fresh Oak leaves and twigs. Externally it is used as a wash for rashes, skin eruptions, burns and welts.
Fill up a pot with fresh Oak leaves and twigs, add cold water and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain and add tisane to your bath water. Wash with Jewelweed Soap for Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Poison Sumac, and Contact Dermatitis. Towel dry, spray the Jewelweed Topical Mist on the affected areas, let it dry. For an added benefit rub Jewelweed Salve on the blisters and inflammation.
If you find that your skin is itchy but not necessarily for any foreseeable reason you may enjoy a bath with fresh mint leaves. Cut yourself enough mint for a pot full, bring the water to a simmer and steep for 20 minutes. Strain and add to the bath water. Relax and breathe the aroma. Mint clears the air passages and is relaxing. It is a topical analgesic and a full-bodied herbal treatment to alleviate the symptoms of candida's which causes the skin to itch and welt. You may notice when you scratch the skin makes a trail with little welts. This is a warning; your skin is trying to cleanse your body of yeast. When you get out of the bath spray Dune Dew Mist on your skin everywhere you may still itch. It is designed with Peppermint, Spearmint, Lemon Balm, Witch Hazel, and Aloe Vera hydrosol. Besides the medicinal values this tapestry is designed for your comfort with cooling herbs for hot, sweaty, and clammy days. Dune Dew is refreshing anytime of the day when the heat is making you feel uncomfortable. It is as refreshing as a cool summer breeze.
St. John's Wort Oil a Natural Nervine
Calms the central nervous system, harmonizing and restoring balance to the body. A natural anti-inflammatory. St. John’s Wort is known as a prophylactic because of its benefit as a nervine. St. John’s Wort Oil protects the body from dis-ease.