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Herbal bath teas and aromatherapy bath oils for relaxation, recreation, therapy
Aromatic and herbal baths are among the most enjoyable methods of therapy and recreation. They combine benefits of aromatherapy and advantages of direct application of herbal nutrients to the skin. Aromatherapy bath soaks and oils have been used for restorative purposes to help improve body functions and combat pathological conditions. Bath oils and bath teas are indispensable as rejuvenating and restorative skin treatments. They promote healthy skin, help improve conditions of scalp and hair and are effective in the treatment and prophylactics of various skin and scalp conditions including acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, scalp itching, dandruff. Besides aromatherapy and skin care herbal baths were traditionally used to help reverse exhaustion, resist cold and flu, relieve muscular aches, spasms and pains, treat rheumatism and arthritis. Aromatic herbal baths are effective against stress, anxiety and insomnia, they help combat fatigue and apathy. Floraleads GR offers two types of herbal bath products: traditional bath teas and aromatherapy herbal bath oils
Aromatherapy bath is one of the most enjoyable treatments. It combines skin care action, general health beneficial mood improving effects. The skin is cleansed and healed with the essential oils and nourished, moisturized and lubricated with combination of vegetable oils and herbal extracts. Warm water promotes the assimilation of essential nutrients. Aromatic bath positively affects one's mood and general well-being. To enjoy just ad bath soak into the tub. Developed from traditional recipes with contribution of advanced technologies to improve bioavailability and stability
HERBAL BATH, AROMATHERAPY, HERBAL BEVERAGES, RELAXING MASSAGE WORK TOGETHER TO COMBAT FATIGUE, INCREASE ENERGY AND ENDURANCE
Bath teas, also called tub teas, are developed from traditional recipes of medicinal herbal baths and are composed of raw herbs. No flavors, no odors, no artificial additives. Teas are provided in convenient cotton sachets and may be used for body baths, hip bath, foot baths, herbal wraps, hair rinses and as an herbal pillows. For best effect brew the bath tea shortly before use. Traditionally 1 - 2 lbs of herbs were used for therapeutic bath teas, 0.5 - 1 lb for restorative and 0.25 - 0.5 lb for supportive recreation bath teas. Herbal rinses and wraps were usually made of 0.25 -0.5 lb of herbs
From the history of medicinal herbal baths and soaks
Medicinal bathing, also called thalassotherapy or hydrotherapy, was traditionally utilized as cosmetic, hygienic and medicinal treatment. The name itself may come from ancient Greek thalassa, - small sea, or from Thales, Greek philosopher (c.636546 B.C.) who believed that the physical world is derived from a single underlying substance - water. Thalassotherapy was a popular healing and restorative treatment in the ancient Rome and Byzantium. Thermae (bath house) was a regular recreational facility in Roman cities and bath pavilion was an ordinary and well attended department in Constantinople hospitals. European tradition of medicinal bathing was apparently acquired in 11 - 16 centuries from the Middle East and developed thereafter with the contribution of local folk medicine.
Aromatic and herbal baths are become more recognized and appreciated after being in low demand for the most of 20th century. Many, seems to be obscure therapeutic applications of herbal baths, find support in modern scientific research and clinical studies. For example, Golden Rod bath tea was traditionally used to help treat arthritis pains, muscle pains and rheumatism. The bath tea contains White Willow bark, which is a potent source of aspirin-like compounds according to modern studies. And the way of administration (topical) becomes more and more appreciated by the experts in drug delivery systems. Aromatherapy herbal baths reclaim its position of natural, safe and efficient method of treatment in the areas of skin care, anti-aging care, women health, men health, relaxation therapy and others.
Traditional bath teas were well recognized treatments for skin problems, back pain, rheumatism, arthritis, spasms, insomnia and numerous other conditions. Herbal medicinal baths used to be prescribed by doctor and taken in a course of therapy from several to several dozen treatments. As shown on the medieval painting above bath tea was brewed in a separate kettle and poured into the bath before or at the beginning of the treatment. Fresh herbs were used sometimes, more frequently we find references to the dried herbs. The amount of herbs used for medicinal bath usually was in the range of half a pound to several pounds and the duration of a procedure from about 20 to 40 min. Sometimes herbal baths were supplemented with herbal essences, added to the bath to promote the action and combine bath treatment with aromatherapy. Biologically active constituents of herbs released during the brewing into the water include saponins, phenols, polyphenols, alkaloids, peptides, and others. Some of these ingredients may exercise therapeutic effect by acting on the skin receptors, others by being absorbers through the skin and assimilated by the body, just like pharmaceuticals in the modern skin patches are slowly absorbed through the skin to induce desirable therapeutic action. We find references to the use of herbal baths for medicinal purposes in ancient times, as well as medieval and in 18th - 20th centuries. Medicinal herbal baths were employed by Egyptian, Roman, Indian, Chinese, Turkish and many other traditional medicinal schools.
Frequently asked questions
Any contraindications? Some people are hypersensitive or allergic to
particular herbs, plants or vegetables. In general, you will find much more
people with the allergy to apples or tomatoes, than with the allergy to a
certain herb. Most common cases include an allergy to strawberries, tomatoes, wheat. All ingredients of bath teas and bath oils are listed on the package, on the web page
and in the catalog/product information. If one is hypersensitive to certain herbs
or suspects that some herbs present in the bath formula may cause allergy we
recommend to start the bath treatments with the low dose, and, before taking
the bath, stir the water for a while with hand. If you experience skin itching or
rushing, when taking the bath, stop bathing and take the shower. Be especially
cautious not to fall asleep in the bathtub using bath tea Tranquillity. People who have problems with regular baths,
like people with serious heart conditions, very high or very low blood
pressure, should consult health care professional before taking herbal baths. Foot bath , herbal wrap or hip bath is a good alternative in case of heart conditions or high blood pressure problems.
Is it safe for a bath tub? Herbal bath teas and aromatic bath oils were tested with several types of bathtubs and no stains were detected when the bathtub was rinsed after the bath. Do not leave bath tea in the bathtub after you are done. The extracted herbal ingredients tend to precipitate when water cools down. Rinse the bath with regular bath/shower cleaner.
How to make sure that bath tea is made right? Extraction quality depends mostly of the qualities of the water, such as softness, acidity, content of certain minerals etc. If water quality is not favorable for the extraction, one may need to increase brewing time, increase the volume of the pot or used additional pot. To check the quality of the extraction, have another pot with near boiling water. Take the bath sachet from the first pot when ready (with caution), place it in the second pot and let boil for another 20 min. Compare the water color between pots. If color in the second pot is significantly lighter than in the first one, the extraction is good and you probably do not need the second pot. However if water color intensity in two pots is similar, you may want to increase the volume of the pot, increase the boiling time, use spring or distilled water or just use the second pot for the additional extraction.
Will bath teas help combat eczema? Herbal bath Floraderm II was used for many years to help improve skin conditions such as dry eczema and dermatitis. Traditionally the tea would have to be used continuously for 2 - 4 weeks in combination with diet adjustments and herbal oils, like ointment Balmflower. Traditional sources recommend avoiding meat, spices, eggs, excessive alcohol during the treatment, eat plenty of fruits, mushrooms and vegetables, include in the diet real butter, olive oil, freshly made carrot juice and orange/lemon juice. There are different types of eczema, some are effectively treated by pharmaceutical drugs, some respond better to herbal remedies. Consult with health care professional and try to find if eczema is related to allergic reaction on food ingredients or environmental factors. In that case, while bath teas will promote the healing, only the removal of allergens or desensitization will help completely cure the disease.
Clinical studies of herbal bath effects
Medicinal baths for treatment of generalized fibromyalgia
K. Ammer and P. Melnizky
Ludwig Boltzmann Forschungsstelle fur Physikalische Diagnostik, Wien, Osterreich
Forsch Komplementarmed 1999 Apr; volume 6(2): pages 80-85
OBJECTIVE: We studied whether whirl baths with plain water or with water containing pine oil or valerian have a different influence on pain, disturbed
sleep or tender point count.
METHODS: A randomized, comparative and investigator-blinded study was performed. Out-patients with generalized fibromyalgia were randomized into three treatment groups.
INTERVENTIONS: Therapy consisted of either whirl bath with plain water or with the addition of pine oil or valerian. The baths were carried out 10 times, three times a week.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: General pain, change of pain intensity during the day, general well-being and occurrence of disturbed sleep were recorded before and after the therapy. The number of tender points was assessed by digital palpation, the pain threshold on the shinbone and the middle part of the deltoid muscle was measured by the dolorimeter of A. Fischer. The same instrument was used for recording pain threshold and pain tolerance of both trapezius muscles. The tissue compliance of these muscles was measured as well.
RESULTS: 30 out of 39 patients included in the study were evaluated statistically. After treatment with valerian bath (n = 12) well-being and sleep were significantly improved and also the tender point count decreased significantly. Pine oil added to the bath water (n = 7) resulted in a significant improvement of well-being, but unfortunately also in a significant decrease of pain threshold of the shinbone and the right deltoid muscle. Whirl bath in plain water (n = 11) reduced general and maximum pain intensity significantly.
CONCLUSIONS: Our cautious conclusion of this study is - with respect to the small number of treated patients - that different effects of whirl baths with or without medicinal bath oils can be detected in fibromyalgia patients. Plain water baths modify the pain intensity, medicinal baths improve well-being and sleep.
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