Everyone who knows me well, knows I love bathing and I love gardens. I've found a simple way of blending both so to enjoy the fruits of my efforts in the tub. Here's how to make simple bath sachets with what you grow and would otherwise throw out.
Some folks use cheesecloth to make sachets. But, I cut off the feet of ripped nylons or tights. I put my plant material in the foot and tie it up. It is a great way to up-cycle. If you don't have nylons or tights, you can use any thin porous cloth; thin socks, or tie up cloth from rags of old tee-shirts for example.
Just what can these baths do for you? Here's the 411 on the oils and waters of a few garden delights.
Marigolds: Marigold essential oil and floral water is used to treats: cuts, eczema, oily skin, insects bites, rashes and wounds. It has a beautiful, fresh, floral aroma. This flower is so easy to grow. It is so easy to bathe with the petals and save the seeds for more healing next year.
Lavender: Highly floral and mildly herbaceous; lavender is most versatile. It is said to balance one's energies: stimulating if tired, and relaxing if stressed. It is excellent for treating scarring, acne, burns, eczema, psoriasis, wounds and more. It is used to help with a variety of emotional issues including: anxiety; depression; feelings of fear, anger, aggression, & irritability, insomnia and headaches.
Roses: Prized since biblical times, the scent of the rose is a famous aphrodisiac. It is very comforting and can be of great aid during blue moments. In skin care, it is used to help repair broken capillaries and to maintain a youthful complexion. Its scent is used to ease fear and grief; as well as aid forgiveness, motivation, and confidence.
Rosemary: Rosemary is the herb of love and remembrance. The essential oil is recognized as an aphrodisiac. It is recommended also help with memory and concentration. It has been said to strengthen both the brain and the nervous system. Emotionally it is used to increase confidence, energy, clarity, structure, and awareness. In skin care, it has been used to fade varicose veins. It has also been used to: help relieve fluid retention, aid the immune system in fighting infections, relieve headaches, fight nervous exhaustion, and bring relief to respiratory ailments.
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