Sunday, December 23, 2012

Holiday De-stress treatment

Okay it is two days before Christmas.  Time to stop for a moment, give thanks for your blessings and take a few minutes to rejuvinate yourself.

This aromatic bath is good for relaxing muscles and relieving stress.  It is also valuable to those with arthritis.  Juniper berries essential (volatile) oil breaks down the surface tension of the skin helping it to absorb the beneficial aspects of the remaining herbs.

Muscle-Saver Relaxation Bath Bag

1 tsp. juniper berries
2 Tbls. dried peppermint
2 Tbls. dried spearmint
2 Tbls lavender flowers and leaves

Place all the ingredients in a square of muslin or a handkerchief, tie up with string.  Or place in an unbleached muslin bag.  Place the bag in the tub while it fills with water.  The bag acts like a giant tea bag, turning your bath into a therapeutic herbal tea.  Use the soaked bag to scrub your skin.  If you prefer a shower, soak the bag of herbs with the shower head, then use it like a washcloth.

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