Take a Bath in Chamomile

Chamomile is widely regarded as a very mild, very safe tranquilizer and sleep aid. But what if you took a bath in it instead of drinking it? I’ll show you how – and why.

Have you ever treated yourself to a cup of chamomile tea in the evening, believing that it will help you turn off all that distracting mental chatter and instead fall asleep peacefully? If so, you’re not alone. Every day, more than one million people around the world drink chamomile tea, both for its delicate taste and its gentle therapeutic benefits.

Chamomile contains certain constituent ingredients (terpenoids and flavonoids, for the scientists among you) that act on the body as a very gentle, very safe sedative. It has been used for centuries to ease colic and fever in babies, to relieve indigestion and nausea, and to soothe insomnia and anxiety.

But did you know there’s another way to enjoy the benefits of this valuable herb? Soak in it, and breathe in its healing vapors.

Fill your tub with the essence of chamomile, close the door, take several deep breaths, and let yourself float. You feel yourself relaxing; the stresses of the day seem to melt. It’s not just the luxury of the warm water and the quiet room; the very air is suffused with the aroma of chamomile, and simply by breathing it in, you are getting the beneficial effects of this valuable herb.

You may not realize it, but you are partaking of two types of herbal medicine that have been used for millennia. Today we call them aromatherapy and hydrotherapy, as if we’d invented something new.

There’s another important benefit too. Chamomile is well known as a skin herb, so if you have any rough, irritated, or damaged skin, soaking in a chamomile bath will help those areas heal.

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