Herbal baths are a wonderful way to use herbs.

If you would drink a herbal tea then why not soothe your skin and your mind using the medicinal powers of plants externally?

My favourite herb to use in baths is Calendula also known as Pot Marigold.

Benefits of Calendula

Calendula is widely used in herbal medicine for gut and wound healing. Calendula also helps in removing congestion in the liver and blood.

This is a herb that is ruled by the Sun and it vitalises the blood!  It supports detoxification through the lymph and liver and clears stagnation so is really helpful if you suffer from menstrual conditions.

However, it is great to use topically. Calendula is antibacterial and antifungal so is very helpful to manage bacterial and yeast infections such as thrush.

It is highly soothing so I love to use calendula for skin rashes, itching, eczema and acne. We can apply calendula to the skin as a compress or poultice.

Herbal Baths with Calendula

However, another way to get herbs in through the skin is by infusing them in a bath or foot bath.

All you need to do is take a few handfuls of dried calendula, place it in a muslin bag and let it infuse for 10 minutes whilst you are running a bath.

You could also make a tea and add this to the bath if you prefer.

This healing, warm calendula infused water will promote tissue repair and heal inflamed or sensitive skin.

The fresh or dried herb can also be added to the bath for emotional benefits. Calendula comforts and opens the heart and provides protection. I use calendula. when I am feeling agitated and tense. I find it very calming to bathe with.

Calendula also brings the power of the sun to restore your power and support the manipura chakra energy.