Using either the actual herb or the essential oil, which is a concentrated natural extraction of rosemary's volatile oils, you can make a therapeutic bath at home. This allows you to soak in the medicinal benefits of rosemary, light a few candles, and relax.
Basic Rosemary Herbal Bath Recipe:
- 1/2 cup dried rosemary or 2 cups of fresh rosemary
- Muslin bag
Draw very hot bath water. Wrap the rosemary in the muslin bag and drop into the water. Allow the herbs to infuse into the water for about fifteen minutes while the water cools to a tolerable level, then soak for about thirty minutes. For a bath to relieve tension, stress, and headaches use equal parts of rosemary and lavender. For a more cleansing herbal bath use rosemary with peppermint. For depression use rosemary with skullcap or oats.
Another method to prepare an herbal bath is to make the infusion on the stove and then add to bath water. Use the same amount of herbs and steep in a pot of water for about ten minutes.
Basic Rosemary Aromatherapy Bath Recipe:
Add the essential oil to the vegetable oil to make a rosemary bath oil. Add to bath water and swirl around just before getting in. Soak for twenty to thirty minutes. You can also add the essential oil to one cup of epsom salts, sea salt, or a cup of milk instead of the oil. Rosemary essential oil blends well in the bath with lavender, peppermint, marjoram, and clary sage. If blending essential oils for your bath only use a total of eight to ten drops, such as four of rosemary essential oil and four of clary sage. Essential oils are highly concentrated and only a small amount is necessary to enjoy the beneficial properties.
A rosemary bath is an enjoyable and therapeutic experience. Take one to sooth nerves, ease tired muscles, and improve your well-being. Rosemary is excellent for both the mind and body so enjoy this pleasing, healing herb.