A fresh herb bath detoxes your body (and relaxes your soul!) without soapy chemicals. Try one today for a perfect at-home vacation and stress reliever. But which herbs turn your bathtub into a spa? Here’s a healthful combination of natural detoxifiers…

  • For a delightful, detoxing bath, use equal amounts of eucalyptus, win­tergreen, cinnamon and fennel. If you opt for essential oils (which is easiest), use five drops of each…for fresh herbs, use one tablespoon of each, mixed together and placed inside a tea ball…for dried herbs, use one teaspoon of each, mixed together and placed inside a reusable tea bag or drawstring cheesecloth bag. Add the oils or herbs to the bathwater, then add one cup of Epsom salts. Allow everything to steep for at least 10 min­utes. (You can leave the tea ball or fabric bag in the tub while you soak.)
  • Soak in the herbal bath for 15 to 20 minutes. Don’t stay in too long. You don’t want to dehydrate your skin. (If your fingertips start to wrinkle, it is past time to get out.)

Please note: Herbal baths generally are safe for everyone. However, people with certain medical condi­tions (high or low blood pressure, circulatory problems, heart disease, obesity, pregnancy) should get their doctor’s OK first because any type of extended hot bath could cause blood pressure to spike and then drop. People with diabetes who have numbness from nerve damage should take special care to make sure that the bath water is not too hot.