I make shower bags with herbs and soap that can be used to wash with. The key with a shower bag is the herbs must come in contact with the skin to impart their herbal properties. My solution was to put soap in it so that you would put it in contact with the skin. Tina's recipe uses only herbs and you just wipe it over the skin after wetting it. I like the variations that were possible with her recipe and came up with a blend that would soothe my sensitive skin and remove irritation from being outside and sun exposure.
Flower Bath Scrubbie
2 Tbls. calendula petals
2 Tbls rose petals
1 Tbls lavender buds
1 Tbls chamomile flowers
1 Tbls thyme or sage flowers
This makes about 3/8 to 1/3 of a cup of blend that is enough to fill one 3 x 4 inch cotton (or you can place them in the center of a 10x10 inch square of muslin fabric and pull the edges together.) To use in the shower, wet the bag and scrub over your skin. The soothing properties of the flowers is perfect for your skin.
I like the method of brewing the bag in a pan of water and pouring that into the bath water as the best way to get the benefit of the flowers, but if you want to take a shower with this scrubbie, the key is to make sure the bag comes in contact with the skin.
Here is a breakdown of the benefits of the flowers:
Chamomile - reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while also possessing anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Calendula - has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, and helps to heal wounds and soothe damaged skin, such as sunburn, cuts and scrapes.
Rose - Antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties in roses make them wonderfully soothing for skin, especially swollen spots and redness.
Sage - the antioxidants in sage reduce fine lines and wrinkles and other signs of aging.
Thyme - is an anti-bacterial herb that can be used on skin bacteria that creates acne, and an antifungal agent that works on eczema.
Lavender - is rich in a compound called linalool that assists with skin healing while also preventing tissue degeneration keeping skin firm and preventing wrinkles.