Apart from simply cleaning, a lovely hot bath can offer all sorts of other health benefits, from relaxing aching muscles and soothing dry skin to vapourising a stubborn cold or even clearing a stressed mind.

Adding herbs to a bath can be fun and therapeutic and can be done with a variety of methods from bath oils and creams or just adding raw herbs to the water. It’s a good idea to add your herbs to a cloth bag and hanging it off the tap or over the side to stop the herbs sticking to the skin and making it much easier to clear them up afterwards. Lavender is popular for herbal baths because its strong smelling scent can be deeply relaxing and it contains active compounds such as Linalool and Linalyl Acetate which can be anti-inflammatory for tired limbs. A few leaves of Eucalyptus under the running water or Eucalyptus bath oil can be effective as an inhalant for a cold or sore chest. Chamomile, Rosemary and Calendula also make great additions to a soothing, relaxing herbal bath.

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