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 when 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 digestive 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. 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 synergy. Electrolytes assimilate herbal elementx.
Marshmallow root is a demulcent which soothes and hydrates the skin. It is a precursor for assimilation of herbal properties to absorb into the skins. The diuretic action of Marshmallow Root supports the skins 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.