I'm Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh growing herbs is a passion I've had for more than 20 years now. The Backyard Patch is my own herb business started in 1995. I specialize in fresh, amazing, organic blended herbs. Those for cooking, tea and bath -- and they are all home-grown and hand-blended. In the last 20 years I have gained a knowledge of herbs and their flavors that I share here.
I have developed arthritis in one hand and my hip. It is early yet and may be able to be controlled with physical therapy, but it does have occasion to interrupt my sleep, so since we now have a nice deep bathtub, I decided to work on bath salts for soothing joint pain.
This blend for the bath tub is a combination of Chamomile and Lavender with Epsom salts. All of which are great for reducing inflammation.
I generally use heat seal tea bags for blends like this, but I know not everyone has access to those, so if you don't you might want to try sewing these up in a used dryer sheet. Just fold the sheet in half and stitch it closed on the two of the three open sides, if you have a sewing machine you can make quick work of this. Then fill it and hand stitch closed the last side.
has strong anti-inflammatory benefits, making it a great
addition to the warm bath along with relaxing Lavender. Epsom salts also have an anti-inflammatory effect for soaking. Combine the added benefit of hot water to increase circulation and you have a great therapeutic bath that eases joint pain and reduces sore muscles. Some slow, deep breathing is useful as well for relaxation.
Chamomile Arthritis Bath Salts
1 cup Epsom salts
cup sea salt
1 cup baking soda
3 Tablespoons Chamomile flowers
2 Tablespoons Lavender buds
12 drops chamomile essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
Use about 1 cup of mixture per sachet.
Your bath salt sachet gets
tossed into the running hot bath and the fabric keeps the herbs from
clogging the drain and making for messy clean up.