Sunday, 2 August 2009

The Bath Bouquet


With the use of herbs and plants from your garden you can create a fantastic, aromatic and beneficial bath bouquet just as I have done. How? I’ll show you how!

Over the last week I’ve been suffering with a bout of flu and I really needed a pick me up (as well as a wash) so I thought I would have a nice relaxing bath with a twist. I wanted something more luxurious than a shower, something pampering and invigorating. Flu has really knocked my motivation along with my immune system and the idea was that this would help somehow.
I looked at several bath products but so many bath products were either full of “nasties” or were not really aimed at the male market. I then looked at various ‘Do It Yourself’ herbal bath recipes but I couldn’t really find anything that appealed to me. So, I walked around my garden and picked out herbs that I love with the particular qualities and scents I was looking for.





I picked a good sprig of Lemon Verbena (Aloysia triphylla), some Chamomile (Matricaria recutita), a little bit of Thyme (Thymus vulgaris), a handful of Purple Sage (Salvia officinalis ‘Purparescens’) and Eucalyptus. Most herbs are safe to be used regularly but please check to see if any are known to have undesirable effects before use.





When added to the bath the scent was absolutely mind blowing. The whole house was filled with the symphony that was my bath bouquet. The Lemon Verbena and Eucalyptus really added a fresh, clean edge, while the other herbs helped to add depth and maturity to the mix. All this coupled with a good CD and the recipe was complete. Mission accomplished.
At the moment I smell pretty good and I'm thinking this will happen again pretty soon. Now, what herbs should I add to my collection?!

Have you tried using your garden herbs and plants in the bath? What are your favourites? I would love to hear your stories!


29 comments:

  1. martin phillips2 August 2009 at 17:53

    What a wonderful, relaxing, and aromatic way to ease your ailments and enjoy the bath all at once! My recommendation to add to it when you have a cold or flu may throw off the already perfect balance of the bouquet you wrote about, but add a sprig or two of mugwort/wormwood which will add to the vapor and ease your sinuses, both the pain and stuffiness. Thank You for sharing this!

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  2. I can understand why you were talking about the refreshing smells of hers in my previous post. What a great idea. Hope you're feeling better.

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  3. I am a lavender man through and through.

    There is a chapter in The Healing Garden by Gay Search entitled 'The Power of Flowers' which looks at scent and aomatherapy etc

    Brian

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  4. Bringing fresh herbs inside the house is a warm and cozy feeling. Cut and put in a vase works for me.

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  5. What a great idea. I wonder if it would work with dried too. Would make a lovely inexpensive gift.

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  6. Martin Phillips3 August 2009 at 00:10

    Like The Secret Gardener, I, too, am a lavendar guy. Since I cannot grow the flowers to cut like I used to, I cut my lavendar and place it in my many small vases throughout my apartment and just let them dry. They, too, are nice in a bath or a pot of boiling water.

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  7. Sounds like you had a Fabulous bath! Im going to try your idea, using sage, lavendar and rosemary!

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  8. Gorgeous! We suggest that people do this with the herbs in our bouquets after the roses have faded. Lavender is particularly lovely for bathing but all herbs have their own properties and a handful of fresh rose petals thrown into the bath for good measure is always a treat!

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  9. Some great comments there! I'm not a massive fan of Lavender but I may add a little sprig along with Chamomile for my next bunch. Excellent before bed!

    Ryan

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  10. Fabulous reminder that you don't have to buy expensive products when the best are right out there in the garden.

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  11. Some pineapple sage might be interesting...it is so cheerful. I personally love lavender as well. Your tub is unbelievably clean-looking. Did you tie the stopper chain around the herbs?

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  12. Great idea! I will have to try an herb bundle in my bath sometime! Also wanted to let you know that I added your blog to my blog roll! I enjoy reading your blog! Keep it up!

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  13. Blast - have just run a bath with Radox. Tomorrow I shall make amends and go herb-gathering. I hesitate to ask how you make bubbles...

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  14. Fresh flowers are widely used in Asia for bath rituals, e.g. before a wedding, in arotherapy, or during the new year celebrations. It purifies and refreshes our bodies. Flowers used are jasmine, gardenia, orchid, chrysanthemums, etc. and kaffir lime juice also.

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  15. Have you got lemon balm? It has antiviral and antibacterial properties and makes a lovely tea for when you're feeling under the weather. Would smell nice in a bath, too :)

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  16. GardenMom: Pineapple Sage could be very nice! Another plant for future bouquets I think. The bouquet was tied with string and then attached to the stopper chain.

    Olive Branch: Thanks for the blog roll addition, much appreciated!

    Autumn Belle: I have Jasmine that I could use for my next bath. Great idea!

    Fluffymuppet (Published author extraordinaire): Will add lemon balm to the next one definitely! Really need the anti-viral touch at the moment.

    Thanks again for the fantastic comments!

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  17. It is good to find a use for herbs that we don't use for cooking. They are often left on the sidelines. I might give your idea a go, particularly as it requires very little effort!

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  18. You know this is such a good idea, I don't know why I haven't thought about it before. I love herbs (for all cooking and domestic uses), grow oodles, dry heaps, only ever use natural essences – so this is the perfect way to combine everything I love. Thanks Ryan!

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  19. I am totally inspired! We are having a particularly dreary summer day here in the redwood rainforest, so I think I'll take your advice later and enjoy a hot bath with some fresh herbs. If only I had lavender, that's my favorite!!

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  20. Nice work Ryan!
    hope your camping holiday has been fun, my mum says the sun is blazing in Cornwall today.
    I read an article recently where an anti-organic man was saying 'but plants are full of pesticides! Thousands of them! Natural ones to kill any insects or animals that try to eat them!" this has made me look suspiciously at plants for the last few days to try to work out if they are going to kill me

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  21. Such a wonderful idea! I grow lots of herb, mainly for their scent in the garden, I never thought of using them in the bath. I'll add another suggestion, pineapple mint.

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  22. I tried a simple bunch of rosemary and lavendar last week when looking to soothe some aches and pains. I missed not having bubbles, but not the feeling of having washed in artificially coloured chemicals. Try lavendar! My perception of it has changed hugely since using my own fresh from the garden, (or hung to dry inside for a couple of weeks). Fresh and home-grown, it's quite different from those 200-year old sachets one is sometimes encouraged to put in drawers to make clothes smell as if they're 200 years old. After reading the comments, I'll try my pinapple mint too, with some lemon balm. Also wondering about chocolate mint - would it be like bathing in After Eights?

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  23. OK, Ryan, from reading your post I got all excited and used lavender and sage in my bath. No scent to speak of. What did I do wrong?

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  24. Kim and Victoria: It's pretty strange that Lavender and Sage produced no scent? Were they freshly cut? I would suggest crushing the foliage slightly and then add them to the water. I hope that helps.

    Frugilegus: A lack of bubbles can be slightly strange when you're not used to it. I suffered with eczema for years and as a result I have been unable to use a conventional bubble bath, the idea that I'm surrounded by chemicals is enough to put me off bubble bath anyway. Lemon Balm and Pineaple Mint would be great! Very zingy and energising! Chocolate Mint would be pure indulgence!

    Emma T: Cornwall was fab. and the weather was glorious! I hope your plant paranoia has subsided now. I'm sure they're not all out to get you, although I heard through the grapevine (see what I did there?) that there is a dodgy looking and stinky assassin Arum after you!

    Keep the comments coming! I love hearing the combinations you are using in your bouquets!

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  25. Ryan, despite frequently being wrong on this occasion it seems you are right! There is definitely a lack of men’s bath products and this is a fantastic idea. Next time I go for a dip in the tub I will see what I have in my garden and report back – I am feeling the need to experiment with rosemary perhaps?

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  26. I've been wondering too how to use rosemary in a bath. Did you try it ?

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  27. Interesting...yes, I guess men may like to take a fragrant herbal bath from time to time too, right? Great idea!

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  28. Ras said....

    lavender is the best it makes your mind cool and calm

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  29. That must have been quite a relaxing bath! I could imagine that using both lavender and camomile would have been a very deadly combination haha

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